After coming to the conclusion that it might take me weeks, months, or even YEARS before I actually make up my mind about what racket to buy to help my ailing arm, I've decided I should seriously consider tweaking the racket I do have in the interim as a band-aid measure... I posted a similar question awhile back and got several conflicting replies, so I'd like to give it another go: I have a head-heavy and light weight Hammer that probably contributed to my TE/GE. I would like to make this racket a bit more arm-friendly by adding some weight to the handle area, maybe an ounce or so, which would make it both heavier and less head-heavy. Doing this would also serve as a nice transition to using whatever heavier and headlight racket I ultimately do end up buying. But since I am a complete non-gearhead and non-handy type who can barely figure out how to open a new can of tennis balls, I would like to keep this project SIMPLE. And my idea of simple is this: Put some friggin' lead tape around the top of the handle and be done with it. Any customizing beyond this seems too difficult for my non-techy mind. When people start talking about stuffing Ben Wa balls under the butt cap or putting 1/4 inch strips of lead tape under the grip I start to tremble and sputter: "Take OFF the grip and then have to try and put it back ON again later? Are you crazy, man? I'd rather attempt open-heart surgery instead!" Now, when I last asked about doing something like this, the responses I got ranged from "Yup. Adding some weight near the handle area will work fine and probably help your elbow a bit. Go for it!" to "You'd better also add weight at 9 and 3 o'clock and also 4:15 and 11:20 am to offset what you put on the handle or you'll have completely messed up the balance of your racket and the hoop will vibrate and send shock waves through your arm and you'll be dead in 24 hours". (I also got responses suggesting that it was pointless to try and take a racket that was less than ideal and try and change its specs, which struck me as an odd response given that half this board is devoted to people talking about customizing their rackets and radically altering their specs.) For what's it worth, the TW Learning Center section on racket customization talks specifically about people with Hammer-style rackets wanting to make them more head-light, and implies that adding some tape around the handle is a perfectly suitable and simple way of accomplishing this. They say absolutely nothing about having to also add some weight to the racket head area to offset added weight in the handle. But still, if there's something to this "bad vibrations in the hoop" stuff I don't want to risk exacerbating my arm problems by messing around here, particularly since I'm such a complete moron about such things. If I'm truly supposed to add precise amounts of weight to the racket head in precise locations to offset tailweight additions, then I'll probably skip this little project all together. Better unsafe than sorry, I always say... Any thoughts, folks? (But please, no suggestions to buy the POG, or to string at lower tensions, or to use gut, or to take lessons, etc. I know all that stuff. What I'm interested in is opinions on the specific questions posed...) Thanks, guys.