Racquet advice for a 65 year old

Pitti

Rookie
Hi.

I'm searching some advice on a new racquet for a family member.

Relevant information:
  • My relative is around 65 years old. He is in good shape for his age. Not athletic, but not overweight either.
  • He enjoys playing and has some kind of a pre-intermediate/late beginner technique. He knows how to play a topspin forehand, comes to the net when necessary, but struggles with the backhand (1hbh) and sometimes with the serve. Also, he has beginner footwork.
  • He has been playing with an old Babolat Drive Z Lite (254gr unstrung/100in head).
  • Although he is healthy, he is prone to get some shoulder and elbow pain after playing. Also, when he mishits the ball.
  • He doesn't play too often, but enjoys to do so especially in summertime.
Questions:

  • Should the new racquet be slightly heavier (around 270gr unstrung) or should it be around the same weight to protect his elbow/shoulder?
  • What racquet would you recommend that would be good for him and not excessively stiff? (Not necessarily from Babolat, although he tends to like 'better brands' and considers Babolat and Wilson the best).
  • I had thought of a Drive G, or a Boost (Strike, Aero...). Would these be a good option?
Thank you.
 
Is a Wilson Clash 108 more money than he wants to spend? That would fit in with his brand recognition and also give him a very comfy racquet that will also be able to serve him as he improves.
 

dkmura

New User
I'm a 64-year old tennis player and would suggest your family member might be intrigued by a different type of racquet. I play with the Yonex Ezone 98 and enjoy features like the isometric head, quake shut gel and open string pattern. I'd suggest taking a closer look at the Ezone 100, strung with a multifilament in the 55/53 pound range.
 

PMF

New User
I run a 4.0 doubles league at an indoor club, and our best player is in his mid 60's. He uses a Head Graphine 360 Radical S, with a multi-poly-hybrid string set-up. That particular racquet is light, flexible, stable, easy to swing, comfortable, and has a 102 inch hoop size.
 

GeoffHYL

Rookie
If you do end up going with a heavier racquet, or even a different swing weight or head balance, best to gradually transition to using it. Either use it for a few minutes at the beginning or end of a session to start with, then build up more time as you go. If you abruptly transition into using the new racquet full time his strokes will be off and may result in more stress on the elbow and shoulder.
 

Pitti

Rookie
Thank you @mctennis and @hrstrat57. It definitely looks good.

@GeoffHYL What you said is the main reason we ask for some advice. I mean: the current racquet he is using is very light, which is not the best thing for the elbow. But abruptly switching to a moderately heavier racquet is not very good either, although I personally think it would be good in the long term...
 

Kevo

Legend
Although he is healthy, he is prone to get some shoulder and elbow pain after playing. Also, when he mishits the ball.
The question you should try to answer here would be what is the likely cause of the pain. Is he framing the ball or are the mishits less severe. If the footwork isn't so good and there's a lot of reaching and framing then the best thing would be a very large frame racquet. I've mishit lots of shots and frame a lot of shots in my time, with both light and heavy racquets, and it really doesn't matter a whole lot about the weight, framing can still cause some discomfort. More mass is better, and if you have a really heavy frame, you can get away with quite a bit, but best case is a softer string bed and no shanks off the frame. I play doubles with quite a few older guys, and they pretty much all use larger frames. 110 is sort of the starting point for them, and a couple use the max 128 or whatever it is. They do pretty well with those, but some of them still wear the elbow pad things to help with elbow pain. Once you get into your 60s and 70s or even higher, you just have to do what you have to do to take care of the body.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Most important thing at this age is comfort and forgiveness. Degenerating joints need to be taken care of. Degenerating eyesight needs to be compensated for.

Prince Premier 110
Any of the Head PWR frames
Wilson Clash 108
 
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