Hey everyone, been a little while since I've posted on this site, but I wanted to stop in and share my recent experience with power pads and how they have shaped the most subjective attribute of my tennis rackets...their feel. I'm a graduate assistant on a D-1 college team and one of our players kept losing his dampener on the court. I installed power pads in the throat of his rackets and he liked the feeling A LOT. So, I decided to try them for myself in my 6.1 95's. They feel great! My racket history is littered with rackets from 3 specific brands: Head, Wilson and Babolat. With Head rackets (PT 630, Prestige MP), I've always used a Head logo dampener on the stringbed, as I've always felt like Head rackets transmit a large amount of feedback. For me, Wilson rackets (Various 6.1 incarnations) usually required a rubberband tied around the center two mains. The rackets seem to be inherently more muted, so I used the rubberband just to get the "ping" sound out. Interestingly enough Babolat Rackets ('03 Pure Control, Pure Storm LTD) don't require the use of a dampener at all. I feel as if it's due to the woofers, but that's really just speculation on my part. Anyway, I feel as if in each case, I'm looking for a similar feel from the stringbed, while using various methods to achieve them. With my newest Wilson 6.1, the power pads act exactly as I was hoping that they would. They mute the stringbed just enough to get rid of that "ping" sound. I don't necessarily think that it adds any "power" to my shots. I supply that myself! But, it does give a relatively stiff racket quite a flexible feel. It reminds me of my PT630 Holy grail that I loved so much. It seems as if I have achieved what I've been looking for since I switched from that beloved PT57A and I was able to do so without having to look down at something on my stringbed. Always thought that was a bit distracting... I get the mass and stability of the 6.1, coupled with the plush feel at contact of the PT57A. Anyone else have a similar experience with power pads or chasing a particular feel in their rackets across different stiffness ratings or manufacturers?