kennex, arm friendly -- advice?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by jwardb, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. jwardb

    jwardb New User

    Sep 8, 2007
    My wife appears pretty clearly to have tennis elbow, now persistent. She plays with a Head Radical Microgel OS and is now considering switching to Kennex. (I play with a Kennex Ionic Ki 10PSE already, but mainly as a preventive measure and just because I like it a lot.)

    It looks like the closest for her (to the Microgel OS) would be Ionic Ki 15. Is this right? Does anyone with arm problems have experience with particular model?

    Any recommendations or advice would be welcomed! Thanks.
  2. Baxter

    Baxter Professional

    Jun 18, 2008
    I suffered from TE and shoulder problem to the point where I had to lay off for six months or so. I joined this board to find the most arm friendly racquet and enede up with the PK 7G. I've been playing a LOT lately, about 3 times a week, and so far my arm feels fine. I've read the 5g is even arm friendlier.
  3. roundiesee

    roundiesee Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Users of ProKennex would mostly attest to the fact that the kinetic technology does work. I've used the 7G and Ki5X for about a month now and my TE appears to be better. My tennis coach uses the PK Ki15PSE, and he does like it a lot. Would be sensible for you to recommend a PK closest to the specs of your wife's current stick (since you are also a PK user yourself).
  4. Loco4Tennis

    Loco4Tennis Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2007
    Manassas, Virginia
    the microgel technology and the OS head size are suppose to reduce the vibration on the racquet, thus making it an arm friendly racquet
    what about the strings she is using and the tension, maybe changing that would be what she needs, its a much cheaper alternative but also the reason why she might not be getting good fedback from that racquet she has now
    by the way, as you can see on my signature i am also a prokennex card carrying member, but strings are a major contributor to the feel of a ball
  5. backhand

    backhand Rookie

    Jun 10, 2004
    The PK's certainly should do the job, but in all honesty, the MG Rad OS is pretty arm friendly - soft flex, stable on hits off center, good balance. Is it possible the TE is more about technique? A lesson with the instructor paying attention to the position of the wrist and elbow at ball strike, often too flexy in TE, might be worth a lot more than new sticks.

    Also, people here who "play out of" TE by switching racquets either do not have it very bad or are using really outrageous racquets like a Wilson Hammer strung with Kevlar. She apparently fits neither group. So some rest and PT are in order. Pay now or pay later...

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