Pete's and Federer's power pads

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  1. Lambsscroll

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    I know one function of power pads is to lessen the angle of the string in the grommets/holes. But do you think Fed and Pete use them for other reasons? What else do power pads provide?
     
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    With power pads, you can hit great serves while down break point.
    They also enable you to shank the heck out of a backhand.
    They are really good for injury prevention.
    They give you deceptive movement and a lot of the benefits of 'roids, except they do not adversely affect the family jewelry.

    Kidding. Kiteboard's right. Also, they can sometimes help with durability if you are using gut mains and you hit some shots down near the bridge by accident.
     
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    I can see Pete using them for durability but not Fed. Why do you think Federer uses them?
     
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    Honestly, I just think he is used to it.
    Also, I don't really hit that hard and I notice softer feel AND better durability on the mains with the leather pads in.
     
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    well its sort of a dampener so maybe that??
     
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    It's really not that effective as a dampener. I used them once when I strung with gut mains and it had little effect on dampening...
     
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    well fed uses gut in the mains, so its probably the same reason as sampras
     
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  9. Jchurch

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    I think that Federer just uses them so his mind can be at ease. He takes just about every possible precaution he can to ensure that his strings will not break.
     
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    I use then in my prestige classics with the gut in the mains and if feels like there's more power.
     
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    I have used them in PS85s for years and a little while ago got a restring done without them. It was the same tension/string as usual but felt way more harsh.

    I doubt powerpads add any noticeable amount of power but they sure make tighter tensions especially feel a hell of lot softer.

    Federer no doubt uses them out of habit. They're what he's used to - easy to continue with what you know that go for pointless change.
     
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    so he doesnt have to worry about his dampner flying off his racquet.
     
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    Power pads is the 20th century┬┤s answer to woofer system
     
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    According to this guy, who makes youtube videos, powerpads that were meant to increase durability in the main for the friction to the string caused by wooden rackets, are used today in place of a dampener.

    Ive always hated using dampeners since it reduces the feel of the racket, but the vibrations are not something tennis players like to feel. So federer uses power pads instead of shock absorbers which inturn also makes the racket more aerodynamic and frankly just makes the racket look cooler IMO

    Check his video out
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhOMYEDeIXw
     
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    I 've heard they provide better ball pocketing,keeping the ball in the strings longer.It doesn't seem plausible though.
     
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    One time Mary Pierce was on the Tennis Channel talking about how she likes having power pads on her frame. She says she has no idea what they are for. She giggles after saying maybe it gives her more power.
     
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    There is a legitimate argument for them helping vibration...
     
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    Does anyone at all have a visual diagram or explanation of the purpose for pads? I just can't grasp this excuse that they somehow help "the angle of the string" by putting a pad on the outside of the frame.
     
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    This is what I always thought. That they were basically a vibration dampener without having to put one in the string bed.
     
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    Probably the same reason he uses 10 of those string saver things that click into place... Pete did it on the same racquet, so he started to - and has been doing so for so long now he'll never change. Even if the difference is barely perceptible to placebo, Fed likes it this way and will continue. Sure as heck isn't for string durability as they only have to last seven games (some in his bag never get used & cut at the end of the day anyway)
     
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  22. slice bh compliment

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    Yes, fully agree with your point about RF not ever needing durability.
    Whether it is in his samprasfan head or not, i would think roger uses elastocrosses for the texture. Might feel the tiny difference as a competitive advantage....not just placebo.

    I have used them since the wooden days. We have always called them leather pads. They came from grip remnants. Calling them power pads, i think, began in the eighties when companies would make and market them. The plastic ones were slick, and more uniform in mass.
    I remember when pros like Guy Forhzhay used them at the head, not just the throat....presumably boosting the durability of the gut, and to dampen and elongate.

    Sorry, i do not have a sketch for you. I am sure someone does.
    But, if you think of it less as "angle" and more as the "path" the string experiences...
    The string's path is less angled with leather pads. It is more rounded.
    Without leather pads, i am the string, driving a car turning twice around a city block....at right angles.
    With leather pads, i am the same string rounding a curve. More smooth and gradual.

    My opinions:
    No need for them on babolat frames because of the rounded woofer grommet strip.
    No real need for them with durable strings.
    Helps with durability if using gut or maybe a very fragile multi in the mains.
    Acts as a much more subtle, and good looking version of a dampener.

    I cut and use leather from a tannery. I used to use the synthetic version, but they dry out and crack. Vegetable tanned leather looks good for years.
     
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