Best string pattern for arm trouble

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  1. BaselinerEY

    BaselinerEY New User

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    I am starting to develop a case of biceps tendonitis and am wondering which is the best string pattern for arm trouble.

    I switched to an 18x20 pattern last year and never had problems before that. The frame's stiffness is in the low 60s and I do not use poly strings.

    Is an open string pattern easier on the arm?
     
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  2. darklore009

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    you can try using a 16x19 or 16x18 string pattern.
     
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  3. sansaephanh

    sansaephanh Professional

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    learn to swing a little more relaxed and make sure you are hitting the ball far out in front of you. or get a new string job if its old or too stiff.
     
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  4. Magic of tennis

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    Excellent advice. nothing better technic than relaxed arm, shoulder and hitting way front of you.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    Open patterns like this should be a little bit easier on the arm.
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo Legend

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    There's no real correlation between pattern and injuries...
     
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  7. dyldore

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    I just posted about this in another thread too, but here it is again. I started hitting for 3+ hours 3-4 times a week and began getting elbow/bicep pain. I started using an elbow band (Band-It) and continued to ice after hitting. Within a week my pain during and after hitting was gone and has stayed away for around two months now. My racket/strings remained the same throughout this.

    I have never heard of string pattern causing this, though. Whatever the cause, if you like your set up and elbow pain is the only thing keeping your from loving it, this might help. Good luck!
     
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  8. MikeHitsHard93

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    I agree with this. How tight it is strung is the main factor for me.
     
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  9. db10s

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    Yeah, and if there is, it's very minimal.
     
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  10. mikeler

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    String type, tension and frame stiffness are all more important but everything being equal an open pattern should feel a little softer.
     
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  11. Chotobaka

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    When it comes to string patterns being a contributing factor to injuries I agree entirely. However, when it come to living with or recovering from injuries string patterns absolutely are a factor. I've played with 18x20 and 16x19 versions of the exact same racquets with the same string, the same dynamic tension, same grips, etc. and can confirm that the open pattern is definitely easier on the existing injury.
     
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  12. Roadway

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    if two racquets have same specification including headsize, weight, stiffness, etc except sting patten, i think the less dense one will be easier on the arm if string with same string type and tension.
     
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  13. matchmaker

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    I don't believe there is any correlation, except as it comes to the wrist. Open patterns are softer on the wrist. OTOH closed patterns have better directional and launch angle predictability, so maybe injuries could also be a cause of overcompensating with open patterns.
     
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