I’ve spent one day in Sweden so far and met some local club players. I have one recommendation: Play with softer string setups!
The reason I want to urge most players to play with softer string setups is that all the racquets I’ve seen today on the local scene, have been strung with something like Babolat RPM Blast 1.25 at 26 kg or 57 lbs! Racquets: Blade 98 V5, Blade 98 V7, Wilson Pro Staff 85. These racquets are not made to be played with this string tension unless you’re breaking strings and a very advanced player hitting heavy topspin shots. But these guys I hit with today are around 3.0-3.5 club players. They are not aware of string brands and tension, so you just hand in their racquet for stringing and get something that will give them tennis elbow quickly.
I gave two sets of HEAD Velocity MLT 1.25 to my stepfather so he can play with something more comfortable at least. He hits the ball flat, so the Blade 98 is fine, although perhaps a tad demanding. HEAD Velocity MLT is a pretty control-oriented and durable multifilament string, which he can string relatively high at 24-25 kg (53-55 lbs), still get control and comfort, and not worry about making his elbow sore.
Two easy tips to avoid arm problems and to get more out of your string setup
Tip 1: Use a multifilament string (or syn gut/natural gut) unless you break strings or want a lot of spin/durability from your setup.
Recommended multifilament strings
Recommended softer polyesters
Tip 2: Reduce your tension
In the racquets, I mention in the first paragraph, control-oriented racquets with tight patterns (18×20) a lower tension around 20-21 kg or 45-47 lbs is the way to go if you use a polyester string. Just look at a player like Lorenzo Sonego who plays with a Blade 98 and uses Alu Power Soft at 47-48 lbs. Yes, he plays with more spin and many rec players hit the ball with a flat trajectory, but at least use 49-51 lbs max (22-23 kg).
If you use a multifilament string, you can go for a higher tension, 24-25 kg or 53-55 lbs. But don’t go much higher than that, I still see club players with 29-30 kg and that’s too much in my opinion.
I think many club players would benefit from a slightly softer string setup. What strings and tension do you use?