Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by J-lob, Feb 20, 2008.
If you have tennis elbow, would using a very effective vibration dampener help or hurt?
I am a man who needs a sissy dampener?
I find using a dampener gives shots a more solid feel and a better sound
Sampras O dampener. Nice
I like the looks of that thing. Honestly I don't believe that dampeners are a must, when I started with tennis, there were no dampeners.
But having a tiny little piece of Pete in my racquet is nice.
I use a couple of kinds, and also like the Sampras dampener. Glad to see that the vast majority are using something.
none for me Liked the feel last year but got sick of it :/
The "sproing" noise which emanates from my 40 lb. strung Weed, sans dampener, aggravates the snot out of my opponents during warmup. :twisted: I'd never give that up. I wouldn't know "feel" if I felt it.
Hugh Thomson, a tennis hero of mine, has described a similar string job of another of my tennis heroes, Graham Snook, as being "cob webs", rather than tennis string.
I've had various affairs with dampeners over the years, but I've gotten to the point where I hit the ball cleanly and hard enough that the noise isn't as noticable and really doesn't matter to me.
Just gives you less space to hit the ball if you have to reflex something.
People will debate this like it's life or death.
Dampeners don't help or hurt tennis elbow. The affect of a dampener is purely to help with the ping noise.
That being said, if you put a dampener on the string bed, it will affect the way the string bed reacts as well as the balance. Its not always noticeable, but it happens.
Seeing all your sudden posts on tennis elbow, I would like to throw some advice.
Rest and ice your arm for a while. Use a soft string.
And most importantly: tennis elbow isn't a disease. You don't just suddenly get it. It is almost undoubtably a fundamental issue with your swing that is putting unnecessary stress on your arm.
No damper, I like a little ping.
Sampras Dampners for any frame 90in +
under that I don't use one
no I don't, should I be doing?
babolat cosmic dampener (the one that looks like a egg) just has perfect feel when i have this on the racket.
Wilson pro feel....too much "boing" sound without one
started off using dampner when i started to play tennis 2yrs ago, but last half yr took it off and not looking back, I find you get a lot more noticeable feel especially with a leather grip - no overgrip
kills the feel, makes the racquet feel head heavy (to me)
What kind of "feel" are many of you talking about? Any "feel"'you get is shock to your hand on up to your shoulder with or without a damp. For me the damp kills the rotten sound and marginally reduces the higher frequency vibrations.
How's that so funny? Dampeners affect balance. He might just be very particular.
depends on the racquet and string tension im using.... some racquets i dont need a dampner at all and can actually be worse but other racquets feel better with one, currently though im not
Depends on the racquet. Don't like damps on IG Speed 18x20 or on the YT and LM Rads. That said, I have to have one on my PDGT.
I use smiley dampeners because they take the horrible ping noise away but leave enough feel in the strings.
I have many types of dampener but I suppose it's a superstition thing, smileys, sad faces and surprised faces are the only dampeners that adorn my rackets. I even bought some Wimbledon dampeners when I went this year but can't bring myself to fit them to my rackets.
I use one on my Radical Pros, but I dont on my radical Mps. Just a sound thing for me, I dont like them so much but I have to on a radical pro. The noisiest frame ever! I dont like them because in the direst of situations when a ball is hit right toward you and you dont have time to get away from it it hits the dampener and the ball goes haywire.
Rubber band...they're lighter, cheaper, and do the job just as well as a "real" dampener. No worries about losing a dampener either.
They're also available in a huge range of colors which can coordinate with strings and frame.
depends on the raquet for me..
I used to use the babolat custom dampener.It had the perfect amount of dampening because it had a hole in it...but it kept falling off. So i switched to the rubberband and has the exact same feel and lasts for forever.
until my latest racquets and particularly my last string job, I used a Wilson dampner, but no more.
I like the undampened feel just too much
Tried a rubber band for awhile--it was OK, but then I tried the Tourna Sampras O dampener, and prefer that now. I only use it to get rid of the "ping"--I don't feel that it changes the feel for me (nor was I looking for that)
I will have 3 Pete Sampras "O" red for 3 black if anyone wants to trade.
i use any kind of vibration dampener cause it feels weird not to but it doesnt do anything (Ive always used vibration dampeners so i feel like my racket looks weird without it)
I use the Dunlop Bio one. Best one I've ever used. Very soft and easy to fit and stays secure.
Does and a great job of dampening the ping sound.
Heavy duty rubber band, tied my secret way
Were looking weird an issue, I'd have quit long ago. . .
tried lots of dampeners. Don't like them.
Rubber band works best for me
I use a rubber band.
Dampeners do get rid of the high pitch ping on many rackets and change the way the vibrations feel. They don't "kill feel," but if you like the high frequency vibrations after a shot, you won't like a dampener.
I've played both with and without a dampener. There was no noticeable difference in ball flight path, but I prefer not to hear that ping. The dampener will slightly alter the balance of the racket, but most dampeners are light, so it doesn't make a lot of difference.
No dampeners for me, I don't like the fact that they kill all the feel of the racquet...
Yes, glad to see that the vast majority do use one..
I haven't used a dampener since i was kid. One can get a better feel of the ball without it.
I've used dampeners all my life (the 0 ring cable groomet and the tw dampener) until i've switched to the c10 pro last month. I prefer this racquet without any dampener right now...
Do you think I over-dampen?
Whatever dampener comes with the racquet stays on there after each restring so mine's a black Yonex.
Technically, that's illegal.
Use rubber band. Cheap, tied to string and never fly off. Anyway... use whatever you like as long as you think it is helping your game. I doubt any dampener or rubber band neutralize the vibration, just mute or lessen the ping sound only.
Yep, but I don't play USTA so I'll never have to worry about it.
I used the one that came with my racquet until it fell off, noticed I liked the feel much better, and haven't used one since. I also recently realized that a number of pros don't use one, e.g., Federer, Murray.
I use the Sampras Dampener.
I dont like the dead feel with dampner.
Used one for years, then used a rubber band, and then forgot to put one on. Haven't used one since.
@ corbine. I really like that dampener, it would never fall off .
I use really stiff poly string so I do need a vibration dampener other wise its really uncomfortable and probably unhealthy. I hit quite hard and like the damp feel anyway so the lack of feel isnt an issue.
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