Learn how to make a DYI vibration dampener, Agassi’s style
Tennis vibration dampeners are one of the most used accessories in tennis.
From complete amateurs to some of the best players in the world, most players will have some form of vibration dampeners on their rackets.
There are many types of tennis racket dampeners – button dampeners, worm-like dampeners, and, our favorite, DIY custom rubber band dampeners.
Since their only function is to absorb the shock and vibrations that hitting a tennis ball causes to your strings, any type of tennis racket vibration dampener will do the trick.
But first, let’s dive in on what constitutes a tennis racket dampener, how to make your own tennis vibration dampener and some common questions surrounding them.
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A tennis dampener is a piece of silicone rubber that you introduce anywhere outside of the pattern of cross strings on a tennis racket.
Its main function is to reduce the vibrations on the head of the racket and reduce the “ping” sound. There are no performance differences between the different types of tennis vibration dampeners since their objective is mainly mental – to reduce the “ping” sound that your strings make when hitting a ball.
Even though we know that the objective of a tennis vibration dampener is purely mental, no one at Tennis Bolt can play without one!
Almost all tennis vibration dampeners are made from plastic rubber. It is a cheap, elastic, and resistant material, that will efficiently absorb the vibrations on your tennis racket.
There is no need to invent another material – we recommend that you go with the industry standard and use a typical rubber band to make your own, custom tennis racket vibration dampener.
The only limitation, regarding vibrations dampeners, in the professional competition levels, is that they must be anywhere outside of the pattern of cross strings.
You can use as many or as little as you like – however, it really doesn’t make sense to have more than one, so please don’t make a fool of yourself by adding more than one to your racket.
The recommended placement for tennis rackets vibration dampeners is in the middle of the racket, below the last horizontal string, like in the image below.
The reason is simple – is the place where you are less likely to hit a ball. Let’s face it – if you hit the ball with the part of the tennis racket, 99% of the time you have already lost the point.
To make your own tennis dampener, simply tie the rubber band tightly between the strings that are in the middle of the racket, below the last horizontal string. It is that easy!
Most of them do use vibration dampeners. However, since is a matter of taste, some prefer not to use one – Roger Federer, arguably the best tennis player ever, does not use a vibration dampener on his rackets.
Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, uses a vibration dampener.
The DIY tennis vibration dampener was originally made famous by Andre Agassi, that used a rubber band as a vibration dampener almost for his entire career. While at first he was laughed at, it quickly became a staple in the vibration dampeners market. Now, a lot of amateurs and professional players use this kind of setup in their tennis rackets. I use Agassi’s setup on my tennis rackets as well!
While there is a lot of controversy regarding vibration dampeners on tennis rackets, the truth is that most players use them.
While there is no scientifical evidence to backup differences in performance when using a vibration dampener, they do look cool and significantly diminish the noise caused by the ball hitting the strings of the racket.
The DIY, custom-made, Agassi’s style vibration dampener is a perfectly viable setup and works just as fine as a “professional” racket vibration dampener. To make one, simply tie a rubber band firmly between the two middle strings, below the last horizontal one.
Since you’re into DYI tennis, our guide on the best tennis stringing machines might be of use.