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String setups for tennis elbow

by Jonas Eriksson

I am starting to suffer a bit from soreness in my right arm. Nothing serious yet, but it has made me focus on string setups for tennis elbow.

Tennis can be a pretty injury prone sport and this time all the testing of different strings, racquets and grips have made my arm sore. I haven’t suffered from problems of tennis elbow until I increased my testing of new gear. It will likely require me to structure my reviews differently and focus on string setups for tennis elbow (for a period).

I generally like a stiffer string bed and a controlled feel. The Wilson Pro Staff Six One 95 is one of my favorite racquet lines of all time and in the video below, I use one of beloved 6.1 95 nCode edition racquets with a hybrid of Luxilon Natural Gut and Luxilon Alu Power. (If you want to check out the Six One 95 Pro Labs edition, click here. ) But it’s not the most arm-friendly racquet, especially if you string it with a full bed of polyester string.

Ways to help your tennis elbow heal

If your elbow is not so severe that you can still play, I really recommend trying one of these things.

  1. Use a full bed of natural gut or multifilament. In the video I use Tecnifibre Triax and Luxilon Natural Gut. Both are great.
  2. For more control, add a softer poly to make it into a hybrid setup. I like rounder polys so they don’t saw into the softer string.
  3. For more spin, use a polyester string, but string it at a low tension. You can go really low and still get control with poly strings, but you need to hit with top spin. I have used tensions down to 42 lbs and my arm has felt great and I have gotten good performance out of them. In the video, I use a hybrid of Solinco Confidential 1.15 @ 47 lbs and Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.20 @ 45 lbs in the Wilson Ultra Pro.
  4. And if you’re open to changing to a more comfortable racquets, there are some interesting choices such as:

Wilson Clash
Prince Phantom (O-port racquets are generally very arm-friendly)
ProKennex Black Ace
Angell K7 Racquets

You can check any of these racquets out at any of my affiliates. If you buy anything through one of my links, a tiny commission goes to Tennisnerd which helps the site stay alive.

Tennis Warehouse
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Tennis Only

Do you have any experiences around tennis elbow? Any tips you would like to share?




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1 comment

laurean March 11, 2021 - 23:52

I would add: go thin! After changing to 1.15 gauge, no more elbow issues (hyper-g in PureAero VS at 50/48 lbs). A pro stringer also advised me to go low with the crosses (or use multifilaments), because the crosses affect the elbow the most.


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