Arm Friendly Racquets

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  1. BU Bearcat

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    i had tendinitis in my ECU tendon in my wrist. i can certainly play but i believe my Babolat Aero Storm caused the injury. so im just just trying to find a racquet easier on my wrist. Everyone is saying to go headlight and heavy. so the Prince Tour series looks like the perfect candidate
     
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  2. scotus

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    From my experience, head light is the way to go for any joint problem. But for a wrist problem, you don't want to go very heavy on the frame. Go only as heavy as you can handle.

    For your information, I play with a racquet weighted up to slightly under 13 oz.
     
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  3. BU Bearcat

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    well my old racquet weighed 11.3oz. so im not sure if i should be going heavier or lighter depending on the balance
     
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  4. Noltae

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    Missing the sweet spot is what causes arm/wrist problems - even stiff racquets and full poly can feel plush when one hits the ball in the centre of the string bed ...
    Not claiming to be able to do this myself as much as would like although i have no arm problems and play full poly..
    Technique here is almost everything in my humble opinion..
    If one misses the sweet spot try slowing down racquet head speed and getting faster and more efficient footwork.
    If you have tennis elbow your not in the strike zone!
     
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  5. stringertom

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    Off-court work, restring in multi thin&low

    Bab AStorm not known to kill arms...Pdrive, Adrive are much stiffer and therefore more suspect. What string & tension were you using? As to getting ready to hit again, LIGHT (many reps) weight training will aid you overcoming non-severe tendinitis. A 5# kettle-bell weight may become your best friend for a while. Do you have access to fellow student(s) in sports medicine? They can get you into a simple set of reps to strengthen the wrist. The stick switch? If you have to, Pro Kennex(Kinetic technology) is safest choice, followed by the twin kings of "sweet spot enlargers", Prince (Exo3 technology) and Yonex (Isometric head shape). As dense pattern as possible is best with multifilament string at lower tensions.
     
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  6. BU Bearcat

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    i was using a 57 string tension with regular gut strings. and im trying to spend under 110 if possible but its very hard considering all the great arm-friendly racquets that are out there
     
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  7. stringertom

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    "Regular" Gut

    When you say "regular" gut, do you mean ordinary synthetic gut? If so, a fresh restring with a moderately-priced multifilament (Babolat Addiction 17 or Tecnifibre Multifeel 17) in your Aero Storm may do all you need in terms of equipment. Try it low (55#) b4 jettisoning the stick. At $100, it's gonna be hard to find an arm-friendly upgrade with a good string job. Do the work offcourt, too.
     
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  8. BU Bearcat

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    i already sold both of my babolats. im getting a Head Yt Speed 16x19 strung with Gamma Flex Core Power 17 for about $85. i'll prob end up stringing it at 55lbs. i couldnt pass up a deal like this. im gonna strengthen my wrist more often now and ive been going to the gym so that'll make the racquet a lil lighter too me.
     
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  9. stringertom

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    Head YT Speed a good choice

    The stick is fine, the tension is fine, the string is one I'm not familiar with and isn't listed on the Gamma page at T-W's website. If it is a multifilament, great! If not, change to Live Wire XP or Professional 17. My previous Babolat & Tecnifibre recommendations would be less expensive and still protect the arm.
    Lastly, get a 5# kettle bell weight for the wrist and do lots of reps even while sitting at home watching TV. Rotate and pronate! Rotate and pronate! Put your arm on an armrest and lift the kettle from below arm level to above arm level. Multiple reps, rest, do it again. B4 you know it, you'll have bionic arms!
     
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  10. springfieldalum

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    Dynasti-A full set of Gosen Og-Micro 17 (natural) works well in the Ozone Tour or Gamma Revelation (17) too.
     
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  11. BU Bearcat

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    thanks man i appreciate the input! im gonna get on that and slowly start strengthening it again
     
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    I would recommend you stay away from solid core synthetics like Gosen OG Micro 17 until you are healed. If you are not going to use natural gut, then try some of the multifilament strings recommended previously.
     
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