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Good Racquets for Tennis Elbow

by Jonas Eriksson

I often get questions on how to tackle tennis elbow. Both for strings, tensions and racquets. Here are a few good racquets for tennis elbow.

If you suffer from tennis elbow, it’s important to do warm-up and do treatment on the elbow. If the pain and discomfort is strong – don’t play and work on rehabilitation and treatment until you’re feeling better. Strengthening the muscles around the elbow is key and I usually recommend a Flexbar for that (I use mine every day). The stiffness of your racquet and string also makes a massive difference, as does the tension. If you use polyester strings, always go for a low tension. As a general rule I would advice you to NOT go above 50 lbs or 22.5 kg. If you use multifilament strings or natural gut, you can use a slightly higher tension, because the string is softer. But let’s also look at some good racquets for tennis elbow.

Good racquets for tennis elbow

The number one factor for racquet comfort is the stiffness, measured in RA. It doesn’t tell the whole story, but a chunk of it. If you don’t know the stiffness, you can usually tell that a racquet is stiff by the thickness of the beam. Anything above 23 mm is getting into a thicker/stiffer territory. The Clash is an exception, with its 24.5 mm beam and extremely low RA at 55.

Talking about the stiffness rating, if you do struggle with tennis elbow, don’t go above 64 strung (the RA drops by 3 pts approx, when you add strings). And if you want to make really sure your racquet is not contributing to your tennis elbow, try to look at racquets below 60 RA strung!

Here are a few examples of nice, arm-friendly racquets:

Wilson Clash series (I’m a big fan of the 98 Tour at the moment). I go through them in more detail in my recent video about Wilson Tennis Racquets.

HEAD Gravity – not quite as arm-friendly as the Clash series, but low stiffness ratings and a nice controlled response.

Prince Phantom series – Really low flex on these!

ProKennex Racquets – ProKennex have their Kinetic tech, which makes their racquets quite unique and comfortable. The ProKennex Black Ace has an RA of 55!

Dunlop CX Racquets – Pretty arm-friendly racquets for control-oriented players

Angell K7 Racquets – The aramid in the layup creates a nice, arm-friendly feel.

I will compare these racquets in an upcoming video on my YouTube channel.

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Do you have an arm-friendly racquet you want to recommend? For comfortable strings, check out this post.

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António March 29, 2021 - 16:41

Should look for this: Low RA (something under 65), foam filled (to absorb vibrations) not too light (or else you will get most of the shock to your joints) and head-light balance.
To increase shock and vibration dampening, and turn the balance more head-light filling the handle with silicone or blue tack is a good idea.
Do a good warm up and stretch you arm after playing. Do some ice if necessary.
Try to avoid aggressive poly strings combos and high tensions.
Tennis elbow could also means technical issues in your backhand motion, specially with one hander. Get some lessons if that’s the case.
Don’t play under pain, it will only go worse
My two cents

Steve May 30, 2021 - 09:56

Lovely piece thank you. I was surprised but delighted to see the Dunlop Srixon CX200 line appears to be an “arm-friendly” racquet in your view.
Would be interested to hear your thoughts on whether that applies also to the Tour versions (e.g. Tour 18×20 with 95 square inch head)?

TN May 30, 2021 - 13:25

Thanks. Yes, they are also arm-friendly, but lower-powered so requires more from the user.

Karol June 11, 2021 - 00:16

Dear Tenisnerd, What is more important RA or Vibration Frequency Hz (from TW University)?? I’m asking because I really enjoy Yonex and I want to buy new Yonex Vcore 100 300g (vibration 140 Hz). The level of vibration is similar to Head Gravity MP – 139 hz – which you recomended. Due to this question do you think Vcore Tango Red is on the same comfort level as Gravity MP?

TN June 11, 2021 - 09:03

It depends on a lot of factors, but it’s a decent indicator of arm comfort. The Gravity is more comfortable in my opinion, but the VCORE 100 is not harsh, so unless you have a bad case of tennis elbow or intend to use a stiff poly/high tension, you should be fine with either.


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