Arm Friendly OS Racquet?

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  1. adventure

    adventure Banned

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    I'm a 3/3.5 and looking for an arm friendly racquet 105-110."

    I've already tried using a midplus, and I always find the OS easier to hit with.

    I want the racquet to have at least a little bit of heft (11 oz or more), since I am often playing doubles with players who are 4, or 4.5 who hit the ball pretty hard.

    So far, I have a pro kennex, prince OG, and head racquet on the list.

    Anything else I should add to the demo list?

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/ProKennex_Ionic_Ki_20_PSE/descpageRCPK-K20PSN.html

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Pri...size_Racquets_/descpageRCPRINCE-GRO.html#spec

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_MicroGEL_Radical_Oversize/descpageRCHEAD-MGRADO.html#spec
     
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  2. Orion3

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    I'm guessing you are looking for more of a power racket than a control one.

    Wouldn't suggest the Prince. If it is more of a 'player' racket - the 93 version is not easy on the arm. The 100 may be better, but I wouldn't expect too much.

    Not played with the Radical version you are looking at, so can't comment, but again - Radicals are not rackets that give you any power, you have to provide your own.

    and...never hit a Pro Kennex in my life.

    OS - Prince have a racket selector to help http://www.princetennis.com/tennis/index.aspx

    Also the raquet finder tab on the top of this page may be helpful
     
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  3. rlau

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    I can vouch for the Microgel Radical OS -- that is a very comfy and arm-friendly frame, that takes well to customization too if you feel you need to tweak it a bit.
     
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  4. Mig1NC

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    I don't know how much money you are willing to spend, but Vantage makes a powerfull 105 sqin racquet that is pretty arm friendly.

    In fact, I have one I am thinking about selling because I don't use it often.
     
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  5. gamerx52986

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    Another good suggestion would be the Volkl PB7..great Volkl feel nice controllable power and a forgiving headsize.
     
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  6. levy1

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    I like both Prince in 105 and 110. The 110 would be better suited to you. You will need a little lead to get to the specs you want for most OS. Thanks good because as you improve you can make your rackets heavier.
     
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  7. tennytive

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    Back when I was reading about tennis elbow, someone posted a link to a page with all rackets rated as most arm friendly to least.

    The POG Oversize was rated the most arm friendly racket, the least was one of the Wilson Hammers.

    Sadly, I don't have that link, but I did find one that talks about when and why to look for a new racket.

    http://www.epinions.com/content_4787642500

    Point number 7 you may find of interest.

    7. "I have tennis elbow so I need a snazzy new racquet with new technolgies to protect me!"

    Oh man, Head has a new racquet with a computer chip in it or something to get rid of shock. Every company comes out with some new stuff for comfort: Babolat's Woofer and Cortex, Prince's Shock Eraser, Yonex's VCon, etc. But the bottom line is that tennis elbow is caused mostly by one of two things...

    -Your racquet is too light and you're overexerting your arm.
    -Your technique isn't correct.

    If you want to get rid of TE, spend your money on some lessons with a certified pro who should be able to alert you to some bad habits you didn't even know you had. The most arm-friendly racquet is the good ole Prince Original Graphite. Not some new racquet with a computer in it.

    Heavy racquets absorb more energy and thus reduce the impact on your TE. It's that simple.
     
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  8. Avadia

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    The POG OS 107" you linked to is a great arm-friendly oversize racquet.
     
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  9. goran_ace

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    I have experience with both the POG and Radical, but not the Pro Kennex. POG OS is arm-friendly and feels buttery soft, but I don't think the typical 3/3.5 player has the swingspeed to keep up with it. against players at the same level as you it might not make as much of a difference if you are a physically stronger player - but against those hardhitting 4/4.5's you will feel outgunned.

    maybe add Volkl V1 O/S to your list. just under 11 oz, but just add a little lead. there's a powerbridge version now and also a classic version

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Volkl_V1_Classic_Midplus/descpageRCVOLKL-VCVN1.html
     
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  10. PandaKing

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    Volkl Powerbridge 10 light version is heavenly. I'm using a hawaiian grip with no problems and nothing feeling bad. Great feel, clean, and a beautiful racket! Great feel also :p
     
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  11. whomad15

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    What are you smoking, the POG OS is one of the arm friendliest racquets out there BECAUSE it is a players spec in an OS frame.

    I started playing with a POG OS when I was 15 because I had arm pain. I still use it now 6 years later, and I'm hardly a professional.

    There is a reason the POG has been around for so long, and outlasted its "modern" counterparts.
     
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  12. Steve Huff

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    Avery rackets are flexible and OS. The K Blade Team is 104 sq in, and pretty flexible and arm friendly. I guess you have to decide what power level you want in a frame and try them out. I think the Radical line is a very versatile line, and one that you can vary the amount of power just by stringing at different tensions, yet still keep and acceptable amount of control.
     
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  13. Don't Let It Bounce

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    www.racquetresearch.com
     
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  14. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I used to play with HEAD FXP OS Radicals, they were good on the arm and lovely frames to hit with..
     
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  15. Orion3

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    Thought the OS was 110 not 100. Maybe I'm mistaken?
     
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  16. Mig1NC

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    OS starts at 107, although some consider OS to start at 105.

    Midplus is 95-102 or 95-106. Some people refer to 103-106 as super-midplus.
     
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  17. Orion3

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    No worries
     
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  18. tennytive

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