Tennis racquet dampeners – what should you know? How to choose the best vibrastop
Some players decide to buy a vibration dampener because of its… looks. Considering that leading tennis equipment manufacturers produce vibrastops in interesting designs, such an approach is understandable. At the same time these players, even if they do it unconsciously, protect their arms, especially wrists and elbows that are the most injury-prone body parts in tennis.
Tennis dampeners: which are the best?
Tennis discussion boards on the internet are filled with questions, which vibration dampener is the best. As in case with every other tennis equipment, there is no simple answer. Tennis players can basically choose between two types of shock absorbers:
short – applied between two middle strings in the lowest part of a racquet’s head,
long – intertwined between a few vertical strings in the lowest part of a racquet’s head.
The above mentioned types of vibrastops can differ not only in their looks, but also in the intensity of shock absorption. Although there are no clearly specified parameters, players who tested both types of dampeners feel that long vibrastops are more effective in absorbing vibrations. It is so because they are applied between most of the vertical strings in a racquet, while short vibrastops are placed only between two central strings.
How to put a vibration dampener on a racquet?
Because producers do not define any parameters of shock absorption, some players state that there is no significant difference between transmitting vibrations with or without a dampener. Yet undeniably, vibrastops – both short and long ones – are indispensible in muting an irritating sound of strings when hitting a ball. If you ask yourself a question: should I use a dampener in my racquet, the answer is only up to you.
Putting a vibration dampener on a racquet is very easy. In case of short vibrastop you only have to push it between the two central vertical strings and the lowest horizontal string. It is good to know that putting a shock absorber anywhere higher is not allowed by the tennis rules, so it is not recommended, especially since it has no proven benefits.
You need a little more time to apply a long dampener. Before you start, put a vibrastop on a racquet and carefully measure the distance between the strings. It should cover the left and the right side of a racquet in an equal way. If the dampener has hooks on its ends, you should fix one end on an outer string, intertwine the vibrastop between the middle strings, and then attach the free hook to the string on the other side of the racquet. Long dampeners without hooks are applied by pushing them in the strings, yet you should also remember about the rule to cover both sides of the racquet’s head equally.