What is the Best Dampener

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  1. jonnyboi09

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    Sampras "O" Dampener. Black one to be exact.
     
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  2. mattavery24

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    Babolat original custom damp (round) with the insert. Amazing...
     
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  3. Chotobaka

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    For years I used to swear by the Sampras round dampeners, but it they have been displaced by Pacific's square dampeners. Substantial and solid due to the shape, size and material used.
     
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  4. ilovetennis212

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    I have the same opinion(experience) as yours.
     
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  5. TripleB

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    Rubberband....doesn't over dampen the response of the racquet and it never comes flying off in the middle of a point

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  6. MauricioDias

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    hahahha thats a good advice. I use Sampras dampener also and have no problems.
     
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  7. v-verb

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    Yep exactly - love my rubber bands
     
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  8. camohommed

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    What I use now is the Prince NXG Silencer. I love the feel and recommend it without reservation.
     
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  9. Attila_the_gorilla

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    I've stopped using them, I prefer that raw sound, it gives me a more subtle feel for the kind of contact I make with the ball.
     
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  10. Shroud

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    Same here. Never could play without a dampener and the less vibrations I get the better. I too use the shockbuster II, and have even plastidipped my rackets to get even less vibration.
     
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  11. BretH

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    What happened to the Tennis-Warehouse "worm" type dampener? O-shaped ones always fell off at the wrong time. Babolat one broke after a session and a mis-hit. I am still using the first blue ribbed TW dampener I bought - a year ago. Glad I bought several at the time.
     
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  12. cocarrot

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    Rubber bands all the way and there's nothing even close!
     
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    i use the sampras, red.

    rubber band works great too.
     
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  14. downdaline

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    I use the sampras O dampener, but I'm curious about power pads.

    I know they're just leather bits, but how's the feel? Can anyone compare the feel to that of an O dampener?
     
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  15. VoodooBoot

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    I find the "ping" sound very annoying and cannot play if a racquet does it.

    That said, I have power pads on my VCORE 89 and they do NOT remove the ping sound. They silence it a bit, but not completely.
    On the other hand, PPs seem to give a little bit better feel for me, though that may be just mental.

    Best dampener so far: rubber band, because it's virtually weightless.
     
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  16. Bobs tennis

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    Original post mentions Serpent Dampener (4”)-What does this look like???I assume this is not shock buster
     
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    I do not understand this desire to completely dampen the sound (and feel) of the string vibrations. You are missing out on some important immediate feedback on the quality of your ball contact. This feedback provides immediate clues on the speed, spin of your ball as well as how clean your contact is.
     
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  18. struggle

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    http://www.stringadvantage.com/

    these are interesting, in the vein of powerpads.

    I haven't used powerpads since wooden rackets but some still swear by them. certainly they may soften the stringbed just a touch, but as they compress i'd think the leather becomes as firm as the nylon/plastic.
     
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  20. liehssahmster

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    I've been using these and really enjoying the playability and comfort. Still need my "O" vibe damp though, as the Pojie doesn't take away much, if any, of the ping sound.
     
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  21. BLX_Andy

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    Those O-ring washers are too enough imo. Rubber bands probably?
     
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  22. bsiegel

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    thick rubber band over four strings. Nothing like it. Stays there securely and dampens effectively.
     
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  23. heninfan99

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    These are the best dampeners, Wilson dice.
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    Though the Sampras Os look the coolest.

    I also like the Yonex 5
     
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  24. topspn

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    #64 rubber band ;) its on all my frames
     
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    The panda one is the best.
     
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  26. heninfan99

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  29. 2nd Serve Ace

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    Head smartsorb is the best worm dampener.

    Sent from my LGLS675 using Tapatalk
     
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  30. heninfan99

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  31. gino

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    Babolat dampeners with the little circle in the middle are awesome
     
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  32. Uncoil

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    #64 Rubber Bands

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  33. heninfan99

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    rubber bands are cool but they go bad become brittle. Economical and Agassi-like.
     
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  34. tennisnut1

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    I have to use one that stretches from 1 end to the other. The gamma shockbuster I used before the head ones came out.
     
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  35. lwto

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    I used to use Rubber bands, but they were a little difficult to stay on and like you said, they become brittle. A far better alternative if you like the idea of Rubber bands is
    this.
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    You can get them at different sizes to match the dampening you want
    THey don't get brittle
    They are cheap
    Come in many different colors
    Easy to put on, and never comes off
    and a much cooler DIY.

    Oh, They take a lot less foot print, when you loop it through the string and tie off in a half hitch.
    and
    there is virtually no weight added, most Dampners add about a tenth of a oz... this is weightless, unless you have a scale that weighs in the .001 range.
     
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  36. gino

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    The old Babolat custom damps are my favorite:

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  37. gino

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    +1 here
     
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  38. TahoeTennis

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    the undisputed GOAT dampener:

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  39. 2nd Serve Ace

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    Ohh that thing is SO bad.

    Breaks after a few months and then you get a wonderful neon goo on everything!
     
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  40. TahoeTennis

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    The new ones are actually quite good, just don't stretch them too tight and they last for months.
     
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  41. teachingprotx

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    Would love to find a Kneissl dampener
     
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  42. BorgCash

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    I think I have a very old one
     
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  43. teachingprotx

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    Does it connect onto the grommets?
     
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  44. BorgCash

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    It is on the strings
     
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  45. NuBas

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    I never thought I could feel the difference between dampeners but now I do, and its usually heavier vs lighter ones that make a difference for me. I have tried many dampeners and here are some that I think you should try:

    Tecnifibre Vibra Clip - transparent, looks great, very solid will never fly out
    Prince Tour dampeners - black pill shaped, looks great however not as sturdy
    Hardware store rubber grommets - slim O shaped, looks superb, softer rubber than Sampras and stays on extremely well
    Rubber bands - soft dampening, looks odd but you get used to it and actually looks good, never flies off but will dry out. Not all rubber bands are the same, some are made with better quality softer, more elastic rubber.
    Elastic hair bands - basically a much softer, more elastic rubber band, gives great feel, never flies out and looks awesome

    I mostly go back and forth between some sort of rubber band (doesn't have to be 64 thick) and rubber grommets (highly recommend trying these, they're awesome, the rubber is high quality), both are cheap and work much better than other dampeners. Also depends what you want, if you can't feel the difference and just want a nice little accent on your string bed then there's plenty of cool looking dampeners.

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    Go get these, they are much cheaper than Sampras O's and better looking.
     
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  46. robbo1970

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    Of all the dampeners I have tried, I actually prefer the standard TW dampener.

    I could do with a couple more, but it's a pain having to pay $10 to post a $0.49 item and it taking about 4 weeks arrive.
     
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  47. Muppet

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    You're probably right, but I don't want to shop at Sally Beauty Supply. And the rubber bands I'm using work great for me.
     
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  48. MarcusInKensington

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    Yonex Vibration Stopper 5... but let's be honest, they all do exactly the same thing. Preference is purely down to aesthetics.
     
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  49. lwto

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    Well, then your missing one of the fine things in life.. walking in to Sally's decked out in your tennis gear, with a bunch of Sallies oggling and you purchase Hair Berrett's.
     
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  50. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    Rubber bands. Pretty easy call. I don't use dampeners, but they do the same thing, weigh less, cost less, are easy to place and remove, never fall off, and are no sweat to replace. You can get a whole bag for $2.
     

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