Drumdots stick without being "sticky"... This means that the initial strike vibration is allowed to reach the rim and vibrate through the shell as intended . Unlike other "sticky" dampers and tape which creates a "dead-spot" in the drumhead muting the tone, drumdots allow the head to breathe preserving the natural tone of the drum. Then... as the initial strike vibrations slow down, the drumdot "chokes" the over-ring. The closer to the center you place the drumdot, the MORE over-ring will be eliminated. You have to try it to hear the difference between muting to reduce the ring, and controlling the ring while keeping the tone.