Thinking of a new racquet

Forehand Forever

Professional
Currently I have Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour and Babolat Excel in my Babolat Pure Drive cortex. Lately, I have had problems with my elbow and shoulder area. I have a history of an shoulder problem but the elbow is new. I'm battling for the 1st Singles spot on my high school team as a freshman and my elbow has started to hurt out of no where and my mom thinks it might be the strings or the racquet. I'm thinking about demoing some racquets to try out but I'm not sure what. Any suggestions?
 

Doc Hollidae

Hall of Fame
If you want something that plays similar to your PD, try the Microgel Extreme or the Radical Limited Edition. I haven't tried the Extreme, but it's supposedly the head version of the PD. The Radical Limited Edition hits a lot like the PD, but with more flex and and weight. Unfortunately you can't demo the Radical.
 

Forehand Forever

Professional
I don't think I'm going to buy the Radical Limited Edition but is the Microgel extreme arm friendly? I've heard that Babolat's aren't very arm friendly. Oh yeah My style of play is a pretty big forehand and hard serves mostly staying at the baseline but coming in sometimes.
 

fgs

Hall of Fame
if you want to stay with the babolat line, the pure storm is said to be less "elbow and shoulder"-intensive. it's the only babolat i haven't hit yet, so i take other poster's opinions for granted.
it can be the strings, but if you'd go for a softer multi for instance, you'd get yourself a rocket launcher and the stiffness of your current frame would still give you trouble on offcenter hits.
if you can demo, i'd suggest you try out that pure storm, and i would say to give the wilson k/n 6.1 95 a try, the 16x18 stringpattern would give you more power, though less than your babolat.
the head flexpoint radicals would also be worth a try. i haven't hit with the new extreme models so i cannot comment on those.
 

dunlopfan

Rookie
For a slightly less powered option, I would try the Dunlop M-Fil 300. It is better for a developing all-court game. The Pure Drive is more of a baseliners racquet. Another good racquet is the Yonex RDS 003. It is very similar to the PD, but is a little better (in my opinion) on volleys.
 

Forehand Forever

Professional
The price of the M-Fil 300 has attracted me somewhat. Could I get some more information on it. It is anything like the PD? Thanks for the input. Any other racquets you guys suggest?
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
My inclination is to suggest heavier and/or more flexible frames. The M-Fil 200 Plus seems to be near your Babolat, but with more flex. I enjoyed test drives with the Fischer M Speed 98 and Prince O3 Hybrid Tour - they both seemed to do everything really well for me. (I play 4.0 all court)

Poly in that stiff frame of yours will almost certainly wail on your arm, but other string won't tame the power so much without higher tensions. I've never had arm issues with my heavy racquets (around 12.8 oz), so I recommend higher weight to let it work for you, but somewhat heavy with flex down around 58 to 61 seems to allow for comfortable baseline work with full strokes. The Flx-pt Radical Tour is an example of a frame in that category.

Enjoy some demos and get healthy!
 

fgs

Hall of Fame
you could try a soft multi but then you'd have to go really high in tension so not to have a real rocket launcher, and that would dramatically reduce the benefit of the softer string in that stiff racquet, so it wouldn't really be a solution in my opinion.
 
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