How to Install a Dampener on Head Rackets

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How to Install a Dampener on Head Rackets
Installing a dampener mimizes vibrations in your racket while playing racquetball. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Head is a maker of sporting goods, including racquetball rackets. When you hit a racquetball, the strings vibrate with the impact of the rubber ball, and those vibrations run down the handle and into your body. By installing a dampener on the strings of the racket, you cut down on those vibrations, making it more comfortable to play racquetball for longer periods of time. This process takes just under 5 minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Hold the racket in front of you so that the top of the racket is facing away from you. Hold the dampener on the horizontal string closest to the handle, and centred side to side on the racket to determine which strings the dampener will sit on. Locate the vertical string farthest to the left under the dampener, and make note of where it sits.

  2. 2

    Pinch the end of the dampener into a tight loop. Push down on the vertical string farthest to the left with your thumb, and place the looped end of the dampener between the lowest string on the racket and the string you're pushing down. Release the string so that the loop of the dampener is centred on the joint between the bottom string and the left string and is held in place with string tension.

  3. 3

    Weave the dampener above the bottom string on the racket, working it over and under the vertical strings with your hands, until you cannot weave it any farther and the dampener is centred on the bottom string and along the width of the racket.

  4. 4

    Pull down one side of the dampener with your fingers so the dampener is now centred on the bottom string. Pinch and shape the vibration dampener so that it forms a tight rectangular shape using your fingers.

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