Have you ever tried to take a panning shot with your DSLR and a crappy tripod? If you have, you know that the results are usually jumpy and un-smooth.
Seems like the solution for this abruptness is as simple as using a rubber band. Placing a band on the tripod’s head handle helps even out the tension on the start and the end of the shot, and also averages out any small movements that would have caused shakiness in the shot.
This video by brusspup has been floating about for a while, but it explains the trick very well.
Thanks for sending the tip over, Graham