What good does that little rubber thing do at the bottom of your string bed? Does it effectively reduce vibration or is the benefit all in your head?
According to racquet supplier, Tennis Express
The sole purpose of the dampener is to reduce the vibrations off the racquet string bed. Players that like vibration dampeners mainly use it because it decreases the “ping” sound the ball makes at impact. For many players this is more of a mental purpose than a physical purpose.
Two common misconceptions with dampeners are that they help with tennis elbow problems and reduce a racquets power level. Although many manufacturers use this in marketing ploys, there is little evidence to support either of these myths.
More times than not, manufacturers have built in dampening properties to the frames to give better shock absorption than actual vibration stoppers. Most dampeners are usually fairly small and do not make significant changes in the way a racquet can play.
Types of Dampeners
(From TennisCompanion.org) “There are two primary types of tennis racquet vibration dampeners. The first and most common type of vibration dampener is typically referred to as a “button” dampener, since they’re roughly the size of a large button and frequently circle in shape.
The other common type of vibration dampener is frequently referred to as a “worm” dampener. Aptly named, these dampeners are long and thin in the shape of worm.”
Andre Agassi was different in that he frequently just used a rubber band tied at the bottom of the string bed.
What about YOU … What do you use and do you see a benefit in dampeners?
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