- Learn All About Tennis Racket Vibration Dampeners
Learn All About Tennis Racket Vibration Dampeners
What is a Tennis Racket Vibration Dampener?
The short version is that a tennis racket vibration dampener (also known as a tennis racket shock absorber) is a little piece of rubber that gets inserted between a couple strings at the bottom of the head of a tennis racket. Tennis dampeners come in many shapes, sizes, materials and styles but all have the same intended goal: To reduce racket grip and string vibration by acting as a tennis racket shock absorber. This softens the feeling when a ball is hit.
Who uses a Tennis Racket Vibration Dampener?
Not all players choose to use one and some actually prefer to play without one but the majority of players including the top pros like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic use a vibration dampener on their tennis racket.
If you watch professional tennis you may have noticed that some players don't use a tennis racket shock absorber on their strings. Some prefer the feel of playing without one. Others opt for simply trying an ordinary rubber band around the strings toward the bottom of the frame which Andre Agassi did as it also absorbs some of the shock without any chance of falling out during play or needing to be readjusted too often.
At social, recreational and club level, it's safe to say that the majority of players use a tennis vibration dampener on their racket strings and it's rare to see anyone playing without one.
Most players enjoy the softer feel a tennis vibration dampener provides and can tell an immediate difference in the sound and feel when a ball hits the strings. Many players also like using a dampener in their rackets to accessorize and give their strings a little more flair. Most of the big tennis brands sell their own signature dampeners and several boutique companies produce cute designs to let players mix things up.
There's no downside to using a dampener typically aside from the possibility of having one become dislodged and slide down or get loose in the strings or get ejected from the racket after a particularly hard serve or hit. For most players this is a minor inconvenience greatly outweighed by the comfort of using a racket dampener. Since racket dampener installation is done with the dampener is placed at the bottom of the strings outside the "sweet spot", it's not common for the dampener to be hit by a ball with enough force or at enough of a direct angle to where it affects the spin or direction of the ball and dampeners don't typically impact play beyond comfort and feel.
Racket Expressionspressions is the first tennis dampener maker to specialize in intended to help players with their mental tennis game as much or more than serving the purpose of absorbing the shock of every hit. Nearly all of our designs have been strategically sized not to fall out so players can rely on their calming or humorous visual aid always being there when needed.
Common Tennis Racket Vibration Dampener Fallacies
When just starting out, some new players make the mistaken assumption that using a tennis racket vibration dampener will change how they hit the ball or how they swing their racket. Any such change is purely mental.
Some players also erroneously assume that using a dampener will make you a better player. When Racket Expressions began selling our unique designs on Amazon, one of the only negative reviews was from a customer who was upset that the dampener did not make them a better player. Simply pout, you will NOT become a better player, hit the ball harder, hit with more spin or with better accuracy due to using a tennis dampener. You may, however, do all of those things as a result of your racket feeling better in your hand as you make contact with a ball and being less distracted or thrown off by the sound and the exaggerated "trampoline" feeling you get when you hit a ball without one.
Types of Tennis Racket Vibration Dampeners and Materials
Most tennis racket dampeners are made of plastic or rubber. Higher end dampeners made by top tennis accessory companies and the racket manufacturers are made primarily of PVC or silicone rubber of varying qualities although most advertised as silicone are actually made of PVC to reduce manufacturing costs.
Some are round, square or custom shaped and are about 1" square and others are elongated or "worm" shaped. Some dampeners are embossed and have their designs molded or carved out of soft PVC like the tennis racket shock absorbers we manufacture at Racket Expressions and those manufactured by big brands like Head, Wilson and Babolat. Others are silk-screened and are flat with the designs printed on them. racket dampeners are equal and some act as better racket shock absorbers than others based on their design and material.
Do I need a Tennis Racket Vibration Dampener?
If you're asking this question, the most likely answer is yes. If you're like most players, you will appreciate the feel of playing with a tennis dampener. Luckily, tennis dampeners are a very inexpensive tennis accessory that you can try one out with very little risk or borrow one from another player to see what you think.