TennisCompanion Vibration Dampener
I’ve used vibration dampeners on and off throughout my career as a tennis player. However, having tried various brands and styles over the years, I was never fully satisfied with any of them.
Here are some of the main issues I encountered:
- Challenging to install: Especially some of the longer worm-style dampeners. Not impossible, just unnecessarily difficult. On top of it, once installed, they often didn’t fit right.
- Unsecure fit: Once I hit high school, I gravitated toward button-style dampeners, but they often went flying unexpectedly out of my racquet during a point, which was not only distracting but half the time I couldn’t find where it went. The string pattern of a racquet can drastically influence how secure a dampener fits.
- Lackluster performance: Every dampener influences the sound of your racquet and feel a bit differently. The material, density, and shape all play a role, and some simply don’t work as well as others.
- Sub-par materials: Some dampeners either crack or break due to the quality of material and design, which is frustrating.
- Unnecessary bulk and weight: The larger the dampener, the heavier it is, which influences a racquet’s balance and swingweight. Overall, we’re talking subtle differences, but I prefer less added weight.
- Loud branding: If you like a particular tennis brand, then you may happily use their dampener, but some of the logos can be a bit in your face. I always enjoyed dampeners that were subtle and matched my racquet independent of my racquet’s color or brand.
With those in mind, I set out to create a dampener that would address these issues and that I’d be happy to use in my racquet.
I first started by testing various materials to gauge their performance and feel and eventually landed on silicone as an ideal substance, primarily for its highly resilient and durable properties.
Next up, I experimented with the hardness or density of silicone, which I found to impact a dampener’s performance significantly. Eventually, I settled on a softer compound that provided an optimal feel while delivering an appealing sound on impact.
Once I had the material selected, I evaluated a variety of shapes and sizes that would provide ideal coverage of my strings and ensure a secure fit without unnecessary bulk and weight.
During my research, I stumbled on a unique geometric shape called a reuleaux triangle, which works incredibly well, providing an optimal balance between the right amount of material for dampening and weight.
I also developed internal teeth for the dampener that form distinct grooves for the strings and ensure a secure locked-in fit while remaining easy to install.
Last but not least, I didn’t want the dampener to stand out unnecessarily, so I opted for a subtle matte black design with a debossed TennisCompanion logo that’s intended to look great on all frames.
Regardless of the racquet model, head size, string pattern, or string gauge you’re using, the TennisCompanion vibration dampener delivers exceptional performance that I think you’ll love.