My Strings or My Racket?

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  1. alegare

    alegare New User

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    I'm currently using a PDR with ALU Power, and I'm having arm issues. Would switching to a softer string help, or would switching rackets all-together be the best option? If switching rackets is the better option, then what would be a good switch?
     
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  2. PrincessAdam

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    Both the strings and the racquet are very stiff and harsh on the arm. I suggest first switching string, and if still having arm issues then look into more arm friendly racquets.
     
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  3. LeeD

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    You picked the stiffest racket with the stiffest strings, so any change is for the better.
    Why don't you consult the stiffness ratings of your racket compared to other's.
     
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  4. danotje

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    I found that loosening my grip significantly (like leaving off the little finger significant) and flowing through the fundamentals of the forehand alleviated my arm issues. From time to time, I'll get pain (I use an arm friendly PK 7G, too), and the problem is that I'm tensing up, gripping too tight and shortening my stroke. I only see the issue during match play, never during rallying with a friend, who I hit out very hard with because I'm not worrying about the outcome so much. Stress begets stress.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    OTOH, PDR, with stiffness rating around 72, and given it's history of causing arm problems, might be the overall cause of the problem, regardless of how you hit the ball. Sooner or later, you're gonna volley, or hit a flat ball, and the stiffness, while helping you with pace, will kill your arm.
     
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  6. hyperion99

    hyperion99 Semi-Pro

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    Before switching your racket you could try these options I have listed below(IMHO).

    1) Try lowering your tension on the string.
    Luxilon also recommends lowering the tension 10% from the tension you currently use.
    2) Try a softer Poly string.
    3) Try Natural/Synthetic Gut on the whole racket.
    4) Try a poly/gut hybrid (natural or synthetic gut) if you like Poly in your racket.
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    If none of these suggestions work start looking into some Demos.
     
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  7. v-verb

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    string at a lower tension definitely. I go 30 lbs and when I play my racquets that low I have no probs.

    But when I use my racquets with poly at 50ish lbs, hello sore elbow!
     
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  8. esgee48

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    I am with LeeD. Switch first to a syn gut or multi. If that still hurts, then it is time to switch to racquets with lower stiffness. Might want to try Red (Orange) Alert or RIP Control if not enamored with syn gut.
     
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  9. brage tennis

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    I suggest that u try lowering your tension on the poly to mid 40's. If that does not work then I'd look at a hybrid.
    Keep in mid that ALU goes dead quickly and when dead it feels like hitting steel wire so you could try a softer poly like Solinco outlast or the Tourna BHBR.

    If switching string does not work Id look at the Donnay formula 100 or the Prince exo3 tour 100 16/18
    good luck man!
    Brage
     
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  10. mcnota

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    pht 16 at 50lbs works great in the pure drive
     
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