How to Tie a Rubber Band on a Racquet

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How to Tie a Rubber Band on a Racquet
Tying a rubber band to the lower middle portion of your tennis raquet can reduce vibrations which, over time, can cause elbow injuries. (Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Many tennis players like to use a tennis racket dampener on their racket to reduce vibration. Dampeners reduce the shock generated when the tennis ball hits the tennis racket's string bed which, in turn, reduces the vibrations that go through the player's arm. Vibration dampeners can decrease the risk of elbow injuries caused by racket vibrations. Vibration dampeners are available at most sporting goods stores or tennis speciality stores, but some players prefer to use a plain elastic rubber band as a dampener because it is less expensive and easy to install.

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Things you need

  • Tennis racket
  • One thick elastic rubber band

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  1. 1

    Select a spot in the middle bottom portion of your tennis racket to place the rubber band. It should be centred from left to right and about 2 inches from the bottom racket frame.

  2. 2

    Thread the rubber band through two of the tennis racket strings so that there are two strings in front of the rubber band.

  3. 3

    Pull the rubber band taut by grasping each end of the band with your fingers.

  4. 4

    Tie the rubber band in a knot around the two racket strings and pull tightly to make the knot firm.

  5. 5

    Tie the rubber band in a knot once more to make a double knot around the two racket strings. Pull it tight.

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