What is the Best Dampener

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  1. Double Fault

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    Best dampener of all time: Yonex Vibration Stopper 3

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  2. Ramon

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    I take a minimalist approach to dampeners. My rationale is that the dampener really doesn't do much of anything besides deaden the sound so it's less of a distraction. It definitely doesn't make your arm feel any better. You also have to consider weight. A typical worm dampener weighs about 4-6 grams. That's like 20 inches of 0.25 inch lead tape, and unlike lead tape, it doesn't increase stability or plow, but it does add to the swingweight! That's a why I like the Tourna Sampras Dampener. It's light, convenient, and does the job. Yes, I lost a few of them because they flew off and I couldn't find them, but they are cheap enough that I keep spares. I tried rubber bands, and they work fine, but the Sampras Dampener is much easier to use because you don't have to tie it.
     
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  3. Arti

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    Tecnifibre vibraclip.
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  4. EdMcMush

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    rubber band
     
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    I'm a rubber band man also!
     
  6. beltsman

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    Rubber bands are ugly!
     
  7. c_hari_c

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    I have been using the Head Djokovic dampeners lately and like them a lot. I also liked the Yonex triangle shaped ones.
     
  8. DJ-

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  9. fazlameister

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    Rubber band for sure


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  10. McLovin

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    Technically speaking, that is illegal. Your rubber band cannot be tied to the cross strings, it must be tied to the mains only. As per the ITF rules:
    See http://www.itftennis.com/technical/publications/rules/rackets/overview.aspx

    Now...will anyone call you on it? Not likely, although I have heard of overzealous USTA umpires calling people on it at league district/sectional tournaments.
     
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  11. fazlameister

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    Really?? I didn't know for this rule until know.
    I think I have luck that I'm not in the US then haha But why is it forbidden? I don't get it, I won't play better than my opponent if I have tied my rubber band on the both M and X's. Anyways thanks for letting me know, this is a interesting case


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  12. McLovin

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    This is not a US rule, its ITF (the 'I' stands for 'International'). I believe the rule is in place because of the 1970s spaghetti pattern (just Google 'tennis spaghetti stringing' and you'll see all you need to know).

    Again...I know its not going to affect how well you play, and its probably one of the 'unintended consequences' of the rule, but I can guarantee you if they relaxed the rule slightly, people would find a way to take advantage of it. So, they simply state that it must be outside the pattern to avoid any people 'bending the rule'...
     
  13. haqqani1777

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    Wow, I had no clue. Thanks for the info. I don't use rubber bands but my dampeners all are engaged with M & X both. Might have to be careful in next year's league although I doubt anyone will notice it.

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    Just noticed and it seems a few pros have dampeners on/touching a cross string.

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    I am thinking "outside the pattern of crossed strings" is very ambiguous and open to interpretation depending on one's view of where the pattern of crossed strings ends. Great info though nevertheless.
     
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  14. McLovin

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    @haqqani1777, a 'normal' dampener exists outside the pattern as it technically only contacts the bottom of the bottom cross. If it were inside (e.g. between the bottom & 2nd to bottom cross), then it would be illegal.

    The issue w/ the rubberband on @fazlameister's racquet is that it is tied around the bottom cross. Here are some photos of 'correct' installation:

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  15. haqqani1777

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    I see what you mean. Makes sense to me. I use Babolat dampeners and mine touch the last cross so I guess i'm in the okay :)
     
  16. fazlameister

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    Yes I know for the Internation Tennis Federation. But in my country this isn't a problem for sure, because there aren't any officials or chair umpires that look on this one.


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  17. McLovin

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    Ah, got it. I misunderstood your 'I have luck that I'm not in the US then' comment.
     
  18. fazlameister

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    Yeah no problem. Just wanted to say that tennis rules like the one above arent so strong on our tennis courts. Thanks anyways for letting me know :)


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  19. ArliHawk

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    Really liking the RS tennis ones I bought recently. Also like the Babolat Loony damps.
     
  20. TahoeTennis

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    The Gamma Shockbuster II is the GOAT dampener.
     
  21. jdawg02

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    I swear by the Nishikori "Kimony Quake Buster". I was a long time user of the Sampras O's and Yonex ones until I found this one. It's the best of both worlds and does not add significant weight to the racquet. A little pricey but well worth it!
     
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    Karakal button dampener - oldie but a real goodie. Had them for years and they were unbranded so didn't know what I was using. Everything I used subsequently was rubbish in comparison so ended up rotating my one across all rackets...... then I stumbled across them again and all was right with the world once more!
     
  23. skydog

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    These are my favorites as well. I used to use worm style dampeners, but have switched exclusively to the Kimony. Never had one fail or pop out of the racket on me.
     
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    Dangit, reading these forums is going to put me in the poor house. Just ordered some Kimony Quake Busters and some of their grips. I can't resist random Japanese accessories. At least they don't cost an arm and a leg like Japanese golf grips (No1 and Iomic)
     
  25. skydog

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    The Kimony overgrips are my favorite, too. They remind me of the old Gamma Supremes which I loved until they changed a few years back.
     
  26. Frost5541

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    the luxilon ones. when i still used dampeners, the lux ones were bomb!
     
  27. CosmosMpower

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    Funny I'm using the Gamma Supremes right now, hope I like these Kimony overgrips then.
     
  28. Chotobaka

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    I am a rubber band user, but have tried a ton of dampeners. The greatest amount of dampening I've experienced is with Pacific's rectangular dampeners.
     
  29. rjp1977

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    Old British Post Office red rubber bands.
     
  30. Tommy Haas

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    How the hell did you tie such a perfect looking knot with a rubber band? The bow tie is perfectly perpendicular.
     
  31. Tommy Haas

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    I asked TW about this cool looking dampener more than half a year ago and I still haven't seen it here yet. Maybe it wasn't cost effective to import such a low margin product from Japan. The Yonex US distributor probably didn't carry it.[​IMG]
     
  32. McLovin

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    lol. That's not my frame. Its just some random image I pulled up to make my point about the 'legality' of dampener placement.
     
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  34. CosmosMpower

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    Not a big fan of the Kimony Quakebuster after trying it, I like the Sampras O better but at least it was only 10 bucks (bought 2)
     
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    Why do people like the Luxilon ones, what about them makes em so special?
     
  37. Arti

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    They are unique with the dull purple, they are light and dampen most vibrations leaving some feel. BUT the biggest reason why they are so special is because...*DRUMROLL*...They used to be player exclusives for a few years so everyone believes that they have some type of advantage that other dampeners don't give you. I own two and IMO they look cool and you feel like a pro but it really is just like any other dampener.
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  38. NuBas

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    Thanks for the explanation man.
     
  39. CosmosMpower

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    Looks pretty much like the Sampras O dampener, any difference?
     
  40. CosmosMpower

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    Didn't like the Yonex one either, too muted, too big, too heavy (4-5 grams vs 2 grams for most)
     
  41. DJ-

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    They only weight 2 grams, they look good and at one stage they were unavailable for a long time which led to pro stock frame sellers hiking prices at stupid rates.... They also absorb pretty well !
     
  42. NuBas

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    I think different dampeners do make a difference but I don't pay attention enough to the dampening to notice the difference during play.

    The Lux ones are huge and they are probably the only Os that won't fly off. They do dampen a ton but maybe that's better at the pro level when guys are hitting heavier balls.

    Do you know if the Lux ones now are any different from the ones back then?
     
  43. NeedforPRESTIGE

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    Kimony Quake Buster is also my favorite
     

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