New racket 'aches and' pains'

Hi folks.

Any of you guys notice different arm/ shoulder aches when changing frames?

Even when the RAs and strings etc are similar, I always have some bedding in pains.

Just switched from Head 360 Extreme MP to 360+ Extreme Tour.

Head Lynx 1.30 and Wilson Sensation 1.30 in both. 50 52 or 48 52 depending on the weather in Wales

Yet still having a few arm twinges.

Am I the only one this happens to?

Cheers, Paul
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Well those aren't totally similar rackets despite carrying the Extreme name. Different weight, SW, balance point and hoop dimensions.

I don't think RA is ever the whole story.

What I find with people and new frame is they get excited to use them and see what they can do. They hit too hard for too long with a different balance and SW. So there arm is a bit sore after.

I tend to rotate around frames a lot so I've gotten more immune to "new frame syndrome". But if you've only hit one frame for a long time then switch to a brand new frame there will be "growing pains" so to speak.
 
Well those aren't totally similar rackets despite carrying the Extreme name. Different weight, SW, balance point and hoop dimensions.

I don't think RA is ever the whole story.

What I find with people and new frame is they get excited to use them and see what they can do. They hit too hard for too long with a different balance and SW. So there arm is a bit sore after.

I tend to rotate around frames a lot so I've gotten more immune to "new frame syndrome". But if you've only hit one frame for a long time then switch to a brand new frame there will be "growing pains" so to speak.
Cheers for the reply

Yup as you say the tour is a 98, but I've added weight so that they match the specs of the MPs - ish. 330g strung and 33.7 balance strung.
 
Well those aren't totally similar rackets despite carrying the Extreme name. Different weight, SW, balance point and hoop dimensions.

I don't think RA is ever the whole story.

What I find with people and new frame is they get excited to use them and see what they can do. They hit too hard for too long with a different balance and SW. So there arm is a bit sore after.

I tend to rotate around frames a lot so I've gotten more immune to "new frame syndrome". But if you've only hit one frame for a long time then switch to a brand new frame there will be "growing pains" so to speak.
I'm terrified of getting tennis elbow
 

Stepanek2020

New User
@Polotechnics Just changed from Aeropro Drives to Head Gravity Pro’s and also changed old Signum strings to much hard Lynx Tour and WC Rock n Power. Definitely getting some elbow pain in bigger serves and seems like it’s not going away by getting used to it so have to make some adjustments to string settings. Gut in the mains work painlessly but control is hard to get with it. Just love the control-freak setup :)
 
@Polotechnics Just changed from Aeropro Drives to Head Gravity Pro’s and also changed old Signum strings to much hard Lynx Tour and WC Rock n Power. Definitely getting some elbow pain in bigger serves and seems like it’s not going away by getting used to it so have to make some adjustments to string settings. Gut in the mains work painlessly but control is hard to get with it. Just love the control-freak setup :)
Yup I'm doing the same. May switch down to a 1.25mm in the main, see if it helps me
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Good luck with the journey.
I usually start with used/softer ball when I play test new racquets/string setup... to get used to the swing and impact. Then move on to new/newer balls after.
when I first got back to the court, a mate of mine brought a tube of brand new Tretorn balls. They are stiffer imo, which I loved pre-covid. I had my old pre-covid racquet setup, but used a can of older balls just to get in the groove and not to put too much stress on the old joints. Lol
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
Check out the vibration frequency spec of your two racquets on the TWU database of racquet specs. Maybe your new racquet is not as comfortable as your old one. I’ve found that the VF spec correlates closer to comfort than the RA stiffness.
 
Timely post, as I've been hitting w/ the Pure Aero VS 2020 for the past 5-6 months, recently started using the Yonex VCore 97HD, and it feels like I did a serious shoulder workout.
 
Good luck with the journey.
I usually start with used/softer ball when I play test new racquets/string setup... to get used to the swing and impact. Then move on to new/newer balls after.
when I first got back to the court, a mate of mine brought a tube of brand new Tretorn balls. They are stiffer imo, which I loved pre-covid. I had my old pre-covid racquet setup, but used a can of older balls just to get in the groove and not to put too much stress on the old joints. Lol
Tretorn balls? Aren't those pressureless? The ones I've seen are, and they are hard as rocks.
 
One thing that might be contributing is the density of the string pattern. The MP has a much more open string pattern than the tour, so a lower tension or thinner gauge might help to make them more comparable.

For example, the 18 x 20 pure strike gives me some elbow twinges, but I find the 16 x 19 more comfortable.
 
One thing that might be contributing is the density of the string pattern. The MP has a much more open string pattern than the tour, so a lower tension or thinner gauge might help to make them more comparable.

For example, the 18 x 20 pure strike gives me some elbow twinges, but I find the 16 x 19 more comfortable.
Cheers, Strato
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
Hi socal.

One is 140 the other 142. Is that a big differential?
I usually notice a difference only when the VF difference is more than 5. If you added weight to one of them, the difference might not be in line with the published specs. Also as someone already pointed out, dense string patterns can feel more uncomfortable also at the same tension.

Also, if you are having shoulder aches, that is often associated with the service motion especially if a racquet feels heavy and less maneuverable to swing.
 
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