In need of advice - Upper arm problem; is it the racquet?

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  1. Robbo222

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    Hi guys,

    Long time member/lurker but first topic post here so please be kind :p.

    Okay, so I've been playing tennis for a long time (about 15 years; I'm 23 now) and I've been using the babolat pure control team (98inch/non-swirly) for around 8(ish) years? But I've been finding lately that I've been having issues with the upper part of my arm (not quite shoulder, but definitely not elbow) and have considered trying something else, but I am reluctant as I have been using the PCT for so long.

    One of the guys at the club I play at has a Prince Ozone Seven - I had a go with it and my arm felt a lot better. Is there a reason for this?
    Would it be better to lay off the PCT's and move on to something a bit lighter? Or to see if the problem sorts itself out?

    Finally, I know the Prince Ozone Seven is difficult to get hold of now but wondering what new racquets have a similar spec? Or easier on the arm. Ideally I would like to know what people who have played with PCT/or similar and played with a variety of frames think? Of course any advice would be brilliant!

    Thank you =)
     
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  2. vandre

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    when you say upper arm is it more on the top of your arm (bicep) or bottom of your arm (tricep)?
     
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  3. Robbo222

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    I tend to get it in the top of my tricep I think.
     
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  4. vandre

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    okay, i think i know the part of your arm you're talking about.

    it's possible that what you're feeling is due to the weight of you current stick. sure you can change up your strings or string it looser but in the end if it's a weight issue, the string won't change much. if you've got a little bit of rust on you (you've had some time off) you might reacclimate to the weight of the pct in time.

    the biggest differences between the 2 sticks you're talking about are the weight and hitting area. the ozone 7 weighs in at 10.1 oz unstrung/ 285 g and has a swingweight of 290 while the strung weight of the pct is 11.8 oz/ 335 grams and while it has a swingweight of 327. one set of weights is done unstrung so keep that in mind but even with that in account the difference in these racquets is over an ounce (doesn't sound like much but it is). the ozone 7 has 7 sq. inches more hitting area that the pct does. that will should make it easier for you to find the sweetspot but i'm not sure that will make it much easier on your arm. also, the length of the ozone 7 is extended by a quarter of an inch (27.25), which can make your serve nastier (in a good way).

    as far as alternatives to the ozone 7, well, i don't know how much you're looking to spend but the donnay pro one os ext is somewhat close to the specs of the ozone 7 (same headsize, a bit more flexible, a 1/4 of an inch longer, a little bit heavier (strung) with a higher swingweight (334)). prince makes a ex03 red 105 that is pretty close on many of the ozone 7s specs. it has the exact same headsize and length and is probably really close on weight (strung). the ex03 has a swingweight of 311 and a stiffness of 63 (making it much more flexible than the ozone 7). the ozone 7 clocks in at a 71 rdc which is quite close to your pct according to the specs i could find online (pct= 70 rdc). the donnay i mentioned was also more flexible (rdc 65).

    when all else fails, demo demo demo!

    hope this helps!
     
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    Thank you so much for the advice! Really big help.

    When I hit with the ozone my serves were really hard and managed a couple of twist serves too! The extra reach is really helps especially with making some good balls on the run.

    I think I'm going to demo the exo3 red and the donnay pro you mentioned. Found two ozone 7's online that are reasonable so I'm going to watch that and see.

    Probably aught to sell the pct's then! Hopefully they'll be worth a bit now they've not made any more.

    Another question is whether I should wear an elbow support on my serving arm(as this is the one with the pain)?

    Thanks again :)
     
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  6. Muppet

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    I've never used an extended length racquet, but if your tricep is hurting (especially if it's the tendons) the extra length and the length of your arm serves as a 'lever arm.' More length exerts more shock from the ball strike to your arm, but especially the top of your arm and shoulder. I would try standard length racquets as well if you're going to be demoing extended ones.
     
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    Definitely try some standard length rackets.
     
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    Will do. I'm also going to demo the other exo's. I'm going to hunt around the tw site for other racquets in a similar spec too. Thanks again :)
     
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  9. mikeler

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    The Exo Tour is buttery soft.
     
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  10. rpsbel

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    I already have this pain (tríceps). That is hard to identify the causes, but, in my case, the problem is the powerful racquet. Too much weight, too much stiff, and equal balance, plus a problem with my serve (dynamics). I change for a racquet with more head light, less stiff, and the pain is gone.

    Try the Prince EXO tour 16x18.
     
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    It could be the strings rather than the racket, are you using poly or lexicon
     
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