Prokennex 5g or Ki5 (which is more comfortable)

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. Banned

    Apr 29, 2008
    Hi all,

    I haven't played tennis for over 5 months due to severe tennis elbow.

    I have been playing tennis for over 20 years and never had tennis elbow.

    I only developed tennis elbow when i changed rackets (from wood) to a wilson hammer profile 2.7, a very powerful racket. I really enjoyed playing with this racket because it is very powerful. I enjoyed knocking off my opponents rackets from their hands. I have a long, fast swing and this racket generated awesome power.

    However, my arm paid the price for this power.

    I then switched to a Wilson Hammer 6.2 which is less stiff. My tennis elbow got better but never went away.

    I again switched to a Wilson NSix-one 95 (16x18). However, my tennis elbow got worse and painful that I have to stop playing tennis.

    It is time to change racquet brand.

    I read a lot about prokennex 5g and ki5 but i cannot decide which one to buy.

    my primary objective is to completely heal my tennis elbow and continue playing a little recreational tennis (not competitive, just rallyies).

    From a primarily tennis elbow point of view, which one should I buy? 5g or ki5?

    Thanks in advance...
  2. blackfrido

    blackfrido Hall of Fame

    Jan 18, 2008
    5G, I had tennis elbow for about 6 months. I bought couple of 5G"s, when did not hurt anymore then I changed for another racquet.
    I had a Ki5, did not like it.
  3. The Dampener

    The Dampener Professional

    Aug 18, 2006
    The 5G, in my opinion.

    I struggled through TE for a year and a half and played both of those frames. Both frames play soft, but the 5G felt more flexible. Especially, when you string with soft multis at low tension.

    Keep in mind, though, TE can be a result of any number of variables--equipment, technique, fitness, etc. Make sure you look at everything and not just your racquet.
  4. SLow

    SLow New User

    Sep 6, 2006
    Exactly what The Dampener said.
    I have both racquets laying around. I found the Ki5 to be more crisp while the 5G a bit more soft.
    Both very arm friendly frames.
  5. Banned

    Apr 29, 2008
    Prokennex 5g or Ki5 (which is more comfortable) Thanks for your suggestion

    based on your feedback and my own research, i ordered pro-kennex 5g from TennisWarehouse.

    I also had it strung with wilson NXT at 52 lbs (the lowest TW tension choice).

    I hope the 5g will help me completely heal my tennis elbow.

    I will continue my arm/shoulder strengthening routine.

    Once my arm is completely healed and stronger, i would then look for another racquet more appropriate to my play.

    who knows...maybe the 5g is not only a good tennis elbow racquet but a good player's racquet as well...

    again, thanks to you all...
  6. blackfrido

    blackfrido Hall of Fame

    Jan 18, 2008
    that's exactly what I did. I bought couple of 5G's played with them until the pain was completely gone.
    I was healed mainly with deep tissue massage, ice (after each session of massage) and strengthening routine (not much of this)

    You will enjoy your new stick specially while recovering from TE
  7. tennisinoc

    tennisinoc Semi-Pro

    Feb 20, 2007
    What racket did you change to?
    What do you currently play with?
  8. blackfrido

    blackfrido Hall of Fame

    Jan 18, 2008
    I was playing for a while (about a year) with fischer frames; Pro Tour Ft extreme, later M-Speed #1 SL. Always frames over 12 oz, until I demoed the UL version of M-Speed kind of light at first but since then I'm playing with racquets below 12 oz.

    These days I'm using a Kneissl Red Star which I really love in every aspects of the game.
  9. Don S

    Don S Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    Great choice CCambil, I've used the 5G for years. Just a heads up so you know - The 5G uses sand like material to help dampen the vibrations. You'll hear this stuff rattling around when you shake the frame, don't worry or think your racquet has a defect or is broken, this is normal.
  10. psYcon

    psYcon Semi-Pro

    Jan 6, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Saw this thread, couldn't help posting.

    I also had a severe tennis elbow pain earlier this year. I researched both the 5g and the Ki5 and finally settled with the latter because of the added power. Fast forward around 7 months, and now I am elbow pain-free. I have it strung at a low tension around 52lbs w/Luxilon and getting great match results (much better than when I was using my Yonex RDX500 MP).
  11. louis netman

    louis netman Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Kinetic Technology has altruistic intentions. Hoping that PK could find some organization to carry the torch...
  12. ps60

    ps60 Professional

    Feb 27, 2007
    if u want yr elbow heal, watch the time u play every week, have some recovering activities like massage, and never use a polyester string.

    I used 5G and it is good to elbows compared to others, but it won't make it better. it just makes less damage.

    I broke the racket into pieces lately after it had developed a crack for 2 yrs, and found that it really have the chambers of tiny beads. I guess it is the best dampening technology around but U need to add sth like 5g (4~6g) of lead around the upper hoop because it's under power (too low SW). Replace the thin grip with a thick MAX grip and it could be the ONE. No need to change anymore (until it breaks)

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