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Old 2011-02-18, 03:27   #1
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Default Stiff Rackets - tennis elbow

Which contributes more to tennis-elbow - stiff rackets or high string tension? Or both?

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Old 2011-02-20, 19:52   #2
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In my experience the strings makes more of a difference on my arm. If I put poly at just about any tension on my frame my arm is out of commission.
That said, I still think technique trumps both of those things. If one catches the ball late, off center, and or has some other technical flaw in their swing, I think that makes the most difference with T.E.
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Old 2011-02-22, 19:43   #3
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A stiff and/or head heavy racket can exacerbate tennis elbow, but the wrong string selection, flaws in the swing, and sheer overuse on one's arm will also have an impact on tennis elbow.
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Lightweight racket in the first place.
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Old 2011-02-25, 02:55   #5
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Shock is what does it. Like a boat at sea. The big waves rock it. I am a firm believer in the shock reduction technology of the Kennex kinetic system. There is a second little impact immediately following the big impact with the ball, and this second impact keeps big waves of shock from forming. I think tennis elbow mostly comes from the racquet. Unless the technique is really bad most players can find a racquet that will help. Strings also make a difference, but the racquet makes the biggest difference.
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Old 2011-02-25, 15:00   #6
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Question Stiff racquets or stiff strings

If you have a stiff racquet its probably best to put a soft string in to balance out the stiffness. Conversely if you have a very flexible racquet your wrist and elbow can afford to withstand stiff strings.

Also poor technique can give you arm problems with any setup.

Just play what feels good. If you have some joint pain, something is probably too harsh. For example I play the Head Speed Pro with a RA stiffness of 70 and I was enjoying the exceptional control of 18 gauge kevlar mains but I noticed some wrist pain. I then made the switch to a very soft Big Hitter Blue Rough full bed and the pain went away. Now I get very close to the same playability with no pain.

Listen to your body folks.

Enjoy the game.

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