Used to be a decent player and played in college. Am now in mid-30's and trying to get back into tennis after around 15 years off and shoulder surgery about 1.5 years ago. My shoulder problem put me out in college and I blame my racket (Yamaha Secret 04 strung at 70lbs) and tendency to muscle the ball for the injury. So now I'm trying to change my game and play a much looser and more fluid game, but am also looking for a racket that's easier on my arm so I never have to go through the nightmare of surgery again. I have done my research and learned flexible rackets strung loosely are the best. Weight seems to help with shock absorption, but you run the risk of straining your arm if you pick too heavy a frame. So I guess you need to make like Goldilocks and find the 'just right' weight for you. Just had my 1st day hitting with some rackets that have a good rep for arm-friendliness. I'm calling this 'Batch 1' b/c I'm sure I'll be demoing a few more groups. I also tried the Donnay Pro One International, but didn't like it at all so it's not included here. Below are my thoughts and observations for the other 3 rackets. Hopefully they're of value to someone out there. But please let me know what y'all's thoughts are and if they are any other rackets I should try out. Thanks! Batch 1: Boris Becker 11 This was 1st of the four I tried. First several shots were instant love. It felt very soft, had lots of topspin, and was easy to control with my forehand. The backhand was a bit more awkward, then again, everything is a bit awkward since the last time I trained was in the early '90's. Volleys felt decent, but not as good as the ProKennex Kinetic Pro 7G. Serving was okay, but I felt I had more speed and kick with both the 7G and the Prince EXO3 Rebel 95. Actually, this was the only place where I thought I felt the weight of the racket and that I was laboring to use it. This is strange b/c the other rackets were of similar weight and balance. This is also an odd observation b/c I've noticed most people rave about the Becker 11 specifically at the net and when serving. Conclusion: A favorable impression nut concerned about the strain on the serve. ProKennex Kinetic Pro 7G Tried this one out next and also liked it. It also felt nice and soft, especially when you hit dead center in the sweetspot. However, off-center hits felt harsher and not as cushioned as the Becker 11. My hitting partner tried it out and agreed with me. With all the talk of the Kinetic system and shock blocking, I was surprised. Perhaps there was some slight problem w/ the frame b/c we both heard something that sounded like sand moving around from a place on the top of the frame. But, it makes me wonder if your body's feel is actually the best judge, i.e. if you can feel more shock but your body actually absorbs less. This kinda happens with vibration absorbers, and they just deaden the vibration and do nothing for the shock (which is the real killer). Any thoughts? I did like the 7G more at the net than the Becker 11. Also, it seemed to have more pop and possibly spin on the serve than the Becker 11. In addition, I finally got comfortable with backhands when I went back to this frame late in the session. Of course, these impressions could have been b/c I was more grooved in my game as time went on. Finally, this frame felt heavier (again hitting partner agreed) than the Becker. This is odd b/c the 7G weights very slightly less than the Becker according to Tennis Warehouse. However, the weight never bothered me and it may have when serving using the Becker 11. Conclusion: Nice frame, but worried about the off center harshness. Perhaps there's a reason why it's rated below the Prince EXO3 Rebel 95 and Becker 11 in comfort in Tennis Warehouse's reviews. Prince EXO3 Rebel 95 Another nice and soft frame, though possibly not quite as cushy feeling as the Becker 11. The Rebel 95 was a good all-around performer. Nothing felt terrible and when serving I got a great deal of kick and probably the most power of any racket. I might have felt a tiny twinge on one of the hardest flat serves I hit that day. Perhaps that was the weight, which is supposed to be the heaviest of the three frames I tried. Conclusion: Another soft frame that I enjoyed. Final thoughts: I can say that after what for me was along time playing yesterday that I feel pretty good today. The part of my elbow which hurts after using my Prince 730 Longbody (circa '97) was not nearly as bad. And the 730 felt much gentler back in the day than my Secret 04. My shoulder was also very slightly tight, but I could have gone out there again today. So perhaps there is something to this arm-friendly technology. Overall, my hitting partner and I agreed that all 3 of the frames felt forgiving and we imagined they would be good for your arm. Hard to tell which would be better for this in the long run from just one 1.5 hour hitting session though. My partner vacillated b/t the Rebel 95 and the 7G as her favorite. I'm still completely torn b/t them and the Becker 11. Have a feeling I'll have to demo them again. Next Up: I'd like to try out the ProKennex Ki 5 and Ki5x. Interestingly, they both have significantly lower scores at Tennis Warehouse for their comfort than any of the rackets I just reviewed. With as much as ProKennex lauds the improvements in comfort and shock reduction with their Ionic line, these scores seem odd. Will also have to try the Fischer M Pro Number One 98 as it's gotten a great deal of buzz as an arm friendly stick. Again, this seems out of place as it's not their models with the grip dampening system (GDS) designed to protect the arm. If anyone has any comments or recommendations for other rackets to try, please speak up!