Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by jimanuel12, Sep 24, 2009.
Had good luck with most of the Head Radical OS racquets, except for the LM series.
I fully agree that the arm friendliness is a very subjective thing. There's nothing wrong with you feeling that the 5i is just as arm friendly as the 5G, even if many more others prefer the 5G. Heck, for me personally, beside a couple of 5Gs, I also have a Wilson N 6.1 95, a Prince O3 Tour mid, and a Yonex RDS001 mid. And by now, I can't really say that the 5G is any more arm friendly than those other 3. Maybe in the beginning I might have had a bias on the 5G when I was still more vulnerable to TE. I think at this point for me, it's the right specs in all those rackets that bring me the arm friendliness, not the Kinetic technology from PK.
And I'm just trying to make sense and guess about something backward after the fact only (that more people on the board say they prefer the 5G), which is easy to do after the fact. But like you said, arm friendliness is such a subjective thing so how can any company measure arm friendliness? And if they can, why not show the data? But apparently they must have done something right with the 5G to have such a big group of followers.
I believe that the rules governing racquets was modified slightly to allow the PK technology. Currently, no movement within a racquet that results in a longitudinal shift in the balance point is allowed.
another data point...
When I got TE, I too started w/ the 5g and nat gut and low tension and it was, at the time, best thing since slice bread.
I've long since switched to the Fischer MPro1 105 SL and many times, I've tried picking up the 5G again. For my game, mishits and shanks are huge parts of my arsenal, the 5G still plays relatively stiff, indicative of its stiffness rating. Eventho the Fischer is slightly larger, it doesn't really help w/ my usual shanks but it plays very flexible as expected.
My TE prefers the Fischer.
I have tendon pain that isn't technically "tennis elbow" but is equally problematic. I got it from changing my service motion and then serving a lot with the new motion. The pain that developed made it impossible to hit my 1HBH without pain. So I switched to a 2HBH (not an easy switch, but nowhere near as hard as I anticipated), and I serve more softly and don't look for aces, just spin it to the opponent's weaker side. This has allowed me to play tennis a lot again and really enjoy it.
Try this little cushion- http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=KPS88
Volkl has quite a few that are very easy on the arm.
Another Volkl endorsement
^^^^ Agree on Volkl being a possibility. I've never played with PK products but understand they place the emphasis on arm friendliness and less on performance. From the sounds of it, the OP is a player and needs to make adjustments to his equipment without necessarily sacrificing performance.
I've played with the Fischer frame the OP suggested for about 1 year. I found it very arm friendly, but lacking in power. In fact, I ended up avoiding use of the Fischer frame for sinlges play because I found it too difficult to maintain a deep ball consistently. At the time, I rresoted to using the k90 for singles and the Fisher for dubs. This was clearly a sub-optimal solution.
My experimentation eventually led me to the Volkl brand. I tried the C10 Pro, the DNX10 mid, the Becker 11 mids, and recently the PB10mid. I even resorted to the older C10 Pro Tour (93) for a brief spell. All these frames were arm friendly and performance oriented. Some were more demanding than others.
The new PB10mid is my current frame of choice and is very arm friendly. It is a unique frame that provides adequate power for an agressive player, incredible feel and control. It hits like it weighs substantially more, yet it swings much easier than it's specs lead one to believe.
If the PK doesn't work due to performance being sacrificed, I highly recommend trying the PB10mid. From what I understand, 2 of TW's testers have made the switch to this frame since it came out.
In my experience the Volkl (some arm protection, OK playability) is the natural progression from the PK (all arm protection, little playability).
after several months of rehab on the elbow - 9 month layoff --my TE is now much better.
i used the flexbar after the elbow got better and laid off tennis for 9 months.
i tried the kennex 5G but i was not impressed with it being an arm friendly racket.
i then went to a fischer pro 105 - wow--what a difference.
i started to play again in March of this year. the fischer was a very arm friendly racket and now i have 5 of them.
fischers are very flexalbe, arm rackets. i would recommend them for folks with arm problems.
i can play now for the most part, without any or little arm pain.
thanks to fischer rackets.
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