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tjchurchdr
07-21-2010, 07:52 AM
I am 55, have been out of game for several years and now am returning. Had both knees replaced and so I will be playing doubles. Was 4.0-4.5 when I played and would say I am a 3.5-4.0 now. In the past i've had chronic tennis elbow. Even with the knees I like to serve and volley but not like I once did. Any suggestions on racquets for me?

In addition, my wife is a 3.0-3.5 player and is looking for a new racquet. suggestions?

Don S
07-21-2010, 11:28 AM
I'll pass along the best advise I ever got here, many years ago. Without knowing you or your game but understanding all about Tennis Elbow, I'd say try out the Pro Kennex Kinetic 5G. Also look the Pro Kennex Ionic Ki5. Both are very arm friendly - the 5G maybe more so than the Ki 5, but not by much.

Welcome to the Jungle by the way :)

Icedorb217
07-21-2010, 12:12 PM
Also the Head Microgel Radical MP is a good option. Its very soft and if the weight isnt enough you can just add lead to it.

smirker
07-21-2010, 03:28 PM
I am 55, have been out of game for several years and now am returning. Had both knees replaced and so I will be playing doubles. Was 4.0-4.5 when I played and would say I am a 3.5-4.0 now. In the past i've had chronic tennis elbow. Even with the knees I like to serve and volley but not like I once did. Any suggestions on racquets for me?

In addition, my wife is a 3.0-3.5 player and is looking for a new racquet. suggestions?


Using the racquet finder punch in a flex of less than 63 and see what it throws up. Keep an open mind manufacturer wise but Volkl, Pro Kennex, Gamma and Dunlop have a good rep for producing comfortable frames.

For S&V which is what I try to play I would look to a 100" frame with some mass but I find maneuvrability suffers over 12oz.

Currently havin a play with the Prince Ozone Tour which has all of the above attributes.

String also very important for TE. I had it for a while and it was not fun. Avoid poly at all costs (which you probably wold anyway for S&V) go for a multi or better still gut or gut hybrid at mid tension.

The combinationof flexy frame with enogh mass to absorb shock and a soft string should help. Adding lead tape also in my experience seems to reduce vibration.

For you wife I would look for a 100" to 110" frame of between 10 and 11 oz. Loads to choose from but Prince make some nice game improvement sticks.

Racquet finder is very helpful to narrow down the vast amount of choice. Once you have a shortlist try and demo if you can.

Good luck.

tennis005
07-21-2010, 03:57 PM
May I add the PK Redondo 98 to the list?

tailofdog
07-21-2010, 05:03 PM
Using the racquet finder punch in a flex of less than 63 and see what it throws up. Keep an open mind manufacturer wise but Volkl, Pro Kennex, Gamma and Dunlop have a good rep for producing comfortable frames.

For S&V which is what I try to play I would look to a 100" frame with some mass but I find maneuvrability suffers over 12oz.

Currently havin a play with the Prince Ozone Tour which has all of the above attributes.

String also very important for TE. I had it for a while and it was not fun. Avoid poly at all costs (which you probably wold anyway for S&V) go for a multi or better still gut or gut hybrid at mid tension.

The combinationof flexy frame with enogh mass to absorb shock and a soft string should help. Adding lead tape also in my experience seems to reduce vibration.

For you wife I would look for a 100" to 110" frame of between 10 and 11 oz. Loads to choose from but Prince make some nice game improvement sticks.

Racquet finder is very helpful to narrow down the vast amount of choice. Once you have a shortlist try and demo if you can.

Good luck.
I have a very stiff frame that, i wanted to keep. The 2 things that made the biggest difference were, string at 35lbs with soft multi filament and cutting the handle to 27 in. The other thing that helped was adding lead to get it over 12 oz. The extra weight helps reduce the shock of ball contact

Kirko
07-21-2010, 05:20 PM
May I add the PK Redondo 98 to the list?

I use the midsize and so 'arm friendly".

smirker
07-21-2010, 11:54 PM
I have a very stiff frame that, i wanted to keep. The 2 things that made the biggest difference were, string at 35lbs with soft multi filament and cutting the handle to 27 in. The other thing that helped was adding lead to get it over 12 oz. The extra weight helps reduce the shock of ball contact

I tried my Dunlop M-Fil 300 at 35lbs and bizarrely enough it actually hurt my arm. Think i twas to do with the frequency of the vibration changing.

Weight definitely helps reduce shock. Mine with added lead were much more comfortable.