A tennis dampener will also change the sound on ball contact. That distinct higher-pitched pinging sound will change to a more solid, deeper, and earthy thud. There are a few common misconceptions about tennis dampeners, though. First, a tennis dampener will not affect the overall tension or power of the racquet.
There's no use in wasting $5.00 on a single dampener or a pack of three dampeners when you can get fifty (or more) perfectly good rubberbands for about $2.00-$3.00. To conclude, I prefer to play without a dampener. The ball feels crisp and bounces right off the strings with ease when you find the sweet spot on your racquet.
The most common reason why tennis players love vibration dampeners is to not hear the “ping” sound. Now that I am used to it, I would hate playing without one. The truth is: Tennis racquets are already built-in with an anti-vibration technology. So, it begs the questions whether or not, a tennis vibration dampener is needed.
Tennis Racquet Dampener’s Purpose. The sole purpose of the dampener is to reduce the vibrations off the racquet stringbed. 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.
I have always been a dampener guy, because, with certain strings, I don’t enjoy the sound of playing without it. I prefer the “TWHOCK” over the “PIIIING”. But that’s mainly what it is, the dampener affects the sounds more than anything else and is not supposed to save you from harmful vibrations.
Pro Tennis Players Who Prefer Not to Use Vibration Dampeners There are a few notable players who opt not to use vibration dampeners, including Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Federer used to use a dampener, but decided to dispense with them even though the additional noise levels annoyed him for a while.
Many professional tennis players use a dampener. The list includes Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev…etc to cite only the top players. On the women’s side, Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard, or Simona Halep also use a dampener on their tennis racquet. Roger Federer and Serena Williams do not use a string dampener.
Dampeners do not help tennis elbow, change string tension, increase string durability, boost power, add spin or any of the other benefits you may have seen touted elsewhere. The reason this misconception has spread is due to manufacturers using terms in their marketing to make you think playing without a vibration dampener is leaving you open ...