Racquet Stiffness Scale or Range?

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  1. myservenow

    myservenow Semi-Pro

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    What is the range or scale (from what to what?) on racquet stiffness?

    I am having tennis/golfer's elbow issues and have been told that a less stiff racquet is one element of help to look into.

    Right now, i use K Six-One 95. It rates a 69 on stiffness scale. I've been told that is really stiff. But I do not know where it falls on the scale. I have demoed the Babolat Pure Storm, with a stiffness rating of 64. To me it seemed like it had a lot of give to it (meaning less stiffness). Since 64 and 69 are numerically close, I need more information on the scale itself.

    So, my question, where does the scale begin, where does it end? Secondly, what stiffness number should I look for in a racquet to help address my tennis elbow problems?
     
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  2. Sublime

    Sublime Semi-Pro

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    You'll be hard pressed to find a modern racket in the 50s... Head Liquid Metal Radical OS is the only one that comes to mind.

    You'll also have trouble finding anything over 69. There are a handful as high as 72, but I'd say 95% of rackets fall in the 60-69 range.
     
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  3. MesQueUnClub

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    The range I have seen is from 39 to 75 or so.

    For TE or GE go for a racquet that is 65 or lower, preferably in the 50's if they suit your style of play. ProKennex and Fischer makes very good flexible racquets. I recommend you look at them.
     
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  4. MesQueUnClub

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    Pure drives are 70 or over in stiffness.

    And there are a lot of players racquet with good flex. Like I said look in ProKennex and Fischer to see a large selection. Also a tennis elbow serach in the racquet section will give you a lot of threads with suggestions.
     
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  5. charliefedererer

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    From Technical Tennis by Cross and Lindsey:
    "The distance moved by a frame is indicated by a number between about 50 and 85."
    But modern midsize tennis racquets, which are mainly composed of graphite/carbon with varying amounts of other composite material, and varying thickness, have a usual range between 59to 72.
    So looking for a mid size frame with a stiffneness ratining in the low 60's would probably be best for your tennis elbow.
    Besides Prokennex and Fischer, Dunlop is known for it's fairly flexible player's racquets. The Head Microgel Prestige and Yonex RQ iS 1 Tour are other racquets to consider.
     
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  6. ir0-ed

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    rest and start working on your follow throughs without muscling those balls and you'll be just fine. i did develop TE after i started playing again after almost 2 years of not playing... the redondo helped me through that stage.
     
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  7. myservenow

    myservenow Semi-Pro

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    Thanks for the info everybody, it is very helpful.
     
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