My take on the racquet issue: Based on the recommendations of "racquetresearch.com" I went out and bought a heavy, headlight, flexible players racquet (Yonex RDTi 70 Long) to replace my Prince Scream. To my dismay, my tennis-elbow continued to get worse. About six months later, I selected yet another racquet, this time something a bit further down the list, but with a slightly larger sweetspot – a Wilson prostaff (don’t remember exact model). Again, the tennis elbow grew worse (despite playing only 2-3 times per week). Now, my tennis elbow is so bad that I’m scheduled to have it fixed arthroscopically later this month. Damn, no tennis for 3-6 mos. My personal feeling is that the logic employed on racquetresearch in generating these recommendations is somewhat flawed. The whole premise – as I understand it – is that heavier, more flexible (what we generally regard as a players racquets) are much better for tennis elbow because they “rebound” less (greater weight), and will absorb more of the energy (greater flex) at the point of impact. Theoretically, this seems to make sense. Unfortunately, my experience – and that of more than a few people I know who have made similar racquet changes based on RR’s advice – doesn’t seem to follow (nearly everyone I know claimed their arms got worse). While I did find a heavier racquet felt somewhat more damped on impact, I also found that the effort required preparing for shots AND the effort to slow the racquet down on follow through was much greater with a heavy racquet. Think about hitting a forehand. The shot begins by first accelerating the racquet from the front/Center “ready” position backward toward your forehand side, and then you must decelerate the racquet, change directions, and accelerate once again toward the ball. Finally impact occur, but now the racquet needs to be decelerated again as you end the follow-through. Only during the actual “impact” does the heavier racquet have an advantage – during all the accelerating, decelerating, and direction changes, a lighter racquet would (so it seems to me) be easier on the forearm muscles and the tendons that attach them to the bone. As for the flexibility issue, I think it’s true that a flexible frame feels softer on impact, but it seemed like so much more effort was required to get the same amount of pace. A couple of my playing partners observed that my swing – after changing to a “players” racquet – suddenly grew longer. Without really noticing, I was having to generate more racquet speed to compensate for the lack of power that used to be generated by my “tweener” racquet”. ..Not only was I using a racquet that took more effort to maneuver, but I had to swing it with more force to get the same speed! Double ouch. The author on RR uses no human-subjects to test his claims. Instead, he supports his argument by pointing to the fact that racquets were much heavier when we were kids and yet tennis elbow was almost non-existent. Well, it may be true that TE was less prevalent, but that could also be due to the fact that Tennis then was more of a finesse game than the gorilla pounding sport that it has become. Watch old footage of McEnroe and Borg – they hit wayyy softer than today’s players (not a dig! ..I love watching those guys play). The other evidence he sites is that Pros – who typically (though this is changing!!) use heavy/ flexible racquets – rarely develop tennis elbow. This too may be true, but this could also be – according to one of my doctors – due to the fact that pros give up competitive tennis while they are still quite young. All of the research I have read states that Tennis elbow tends to show up much later in life – generally after 40. My doctor claims that many (though certainly not all) WILL indeed develop tennis elbow as they head into their 40’s. Of course, we’ll never hear about it because they will have long given up competitive play by that point (alright, Martina and John Mac aside). I don’t dispute that racquets may have something to do with tennis-elbow, but I think it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Other pieces include: genetics (people with taut, sinewy forearms – according to my doctor – seem to be more at risk because their stronger muscles exert more “pulling” on the tendon); form (hitting late is a killer!); and pre-disposing injuries or activities (lots of keyboard punching or handwriting being two possible examples). As for racquets, after my surgery I’m going to stick with a moderately light (10.5 oz), moderately powerful racquet with a fairly generous sweetspot strung with a fairly soft string.