View Full Version : Shoulder tendonitis racquet recommendation

07-04-2005, 07:46 AM
I am looking for recommendations for a racquet that will help my son with his off & on shoulder tendonitis. He is a 5.0 all-court college player that has always used a Prince Precision 770 racquet since he began playing 10 years ago. Based upon info here we are looking at demoing the Prince 03 tour, the Wilson n-code 6.1 95 and possibly the Wilson n-tour 95. What do you think? Thanks for your help.

07-04-2005, 07:50 AM
i would look for something with technology that dampens (softens) the hit and avoid harsh strings. the Volkl T10MPGen2 is a very soft hit and Fischer Pro1 is a good choice <both of these seem to match the power levels you seek>, and people seem to like frames from the PK line for arms and shoulder probs. Wilson frames arent well known for having a soft comfy ride. havent hit the 03 so cant comment there.

07-04-2005, 12:55 PM
I don't think Prince makes any actually soft frames, so I would probably not suggest the O3 Tour. The n6.1 95 is not harsh, but it is also not particularly arm-friendly. I would suggest trying really any Volkl first.

07-04-2005, 04:37 PM
The above mentioned choices sound good to me. If you really want to dig down deep on the physics of the subject you could find a treasure trove of information here:


There are sections on "shoulder crunch", "shoulder pull" and "impact force". The specific racquet ratings/reccomendations examine 167 racquets from 2002, a little outdated, but still usefull in my opinion.

Best regards to you, and I'm wishing your son a speedy recovery.

07-04-2005, 10:33 PM

i have a similar problem in the shoulder and found out, that a tad lighter racket with lower swingweight help me a lot...
i was the weight, that my shoulder could not take anymore...(i am 28, 6`0 :))...
Went with the TF325 and it was too heavy for me...i tried the Pure Storm - worked fine, but did not suite my game...
now i use the Yonex Nanospeed RQ7 and do not have any trouble at all...it is a little too light, so i put a leathergrip on it and some lead (only a bit) ...

No shoulder pains anymore... i can even play with poly, which killed my arm and shoulder before...

I know the theory about weight and absorbtion of vibrations...but it werent the vibrations, which caused the pains...it was the weight in combination with the swingweight...

Try some lighter rackets! Maybe it helps you out, too...


07-05-2005, 08:00 AM
agree w. tschevap that alot of shoulder problems come from trying to force a too heavy frame on the serve (so called players frames). the technique quite often breaks down and people get cuff problems etc

mary fierce
07-05-2005, 08:08 AM
Yes, swingweight more the issue here....6.1 95 is a nice racquet but a chore for your shoulder to bring around on a serve.

07-06-2005, 02:10 PM
Volkl racquets ( demo different ones) or a PK 5G

07-06-2005, 02:15 PM
strings, tension?
that is important too (avoid polys and tensions above 60)

keywords: shoulder pain
shoulder serve
you will find several threads

also check
Shoulder Pain in my signature here:

07-06-2005, 02:17 PM
Also, read any thread in the Health forum which contains "shoulder"


Training the Shoulder for Racquet Sports

Shoulder Tendinitis, what can I do for recovery?

07-06-2005, 02:20 PM
Also check:

Shoulder problems
including of course my postings:-)

07-06-2005, 06:00 PM

Just curious to know if a specialist has diagnosed it as being tendonitis? The shoulder can be a tricky thing so you want to make sure you know exactly what you're dealing with. Regardless, it's never good to hear of a shoulder injury in someone so young but there are quite a few means of rehab. Check out Marius' links as there might be something lurking in there.

Am I right in assuming that the Prince Precision 770 he's been using is the longbody? If so, Id be starting with the length (going back to standard) and reducing the swingweight to a more managable 330 or less.

As to the racquets, well I disagree with others and found the 03Tour a comfortable hit but less so than the Diablo mp which might be a better option in the Prince range. ProKennex is usually the first port of call for people with arm trouble so I wouldn't ignore them. Wilson I dont think makes the most comfortable racquets but keep an eye on swingweight if you test them out. The Volkl T10mpGen2 is a beautifullly comfortable hit due to flex and swingweight but, in terms of playability, I think the T10mp v-engine is a far better frame. Still very comfortable, managable swingweight and flex.

07-08-2005, 07:38 AM
Only thing that has ever help me with my shoulder is
Stretching and regular exercise, and maybe your serve mechanics
Try that before investing in new equipment,
Sorry that I can't recommend the easy way out.

07-08-2005, 10:21 AM
I was diagnosed with Shoulder impingement a few years ago, referenced the racquet research, then demo'd and bought a Yonex mp 3i which was no. 3 on rr's shoulder friendly list. I have found it to be very shoulder friendly, but now discontinued.At one point I picked up a Diablo MP, which I found to be much less shoulder friendly, particularly outside of the sweetspot. I've now just ordered a PK Ki 5 which offers a really nice plush cushioned hit, which you might want to demo.