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Tennis elbow & other arm issues


Racquet Choice


If you are suffering from any kind of neck, shoulder, arm or wrist pain, the first place I would look, would be your frame.

I would avoid light, stiff, head heavy frames, as they offer very little in the way of absorption from ball impact.

There are numerous frames that can contribute to injuries and many frames that are 'arm friendly' (too many to mention)

Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss frames that can help reduce and even stop painful tennis. 


Play-testing


I would also note that play-testing numerous frames, can also be detrimental to the body, as the body adjusts over a short period of time to the new frame.  I would advise to play-test a frame, using only 60% power for the first few days, gradually increasing the power as your body adjusts.


Multiple Frames that differ


We all love tennis racquets, maybe a little too much! How many of you have a tennis bag with different frames, from different makes and models, with different weights and balances? The Swiss Army frame has not been invented yet, so it's something that should be avoided.  Find your frame, purchase a few, tinker with it till your dialed in and clone the one you like the best.

String Choice

Whether you are a tennis pro, a weekend warrior of just suffer whilst swinging, your racquet does't have to hurt. There are many string manufacturers that have developed string technology to help reduce injury whilst playing. 


Below are a short list of strings based on comfort, price, durability and performance. The number before the string name is the elasticity rating, Starting at #99 being the softest & #981 being the stiffest. Then the string name, the gauge, they also have a number in brackets, which is their tension loss (in LBS after a few minutes of play). The lower the #, the better their ability to hold tension. Finally the restring price.


If there is a string that you believe should be added to this list, please email me so I can share that with fellow sufferers.




Tennis - Strings for Arm Related Issues


(all prices are for strings & labour)


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  • Description
  • Player String Review : : Wilson Natural Gut
Description

102) Wilson Natural Gut 16 ga (8.43)



£42.00


 

Great choice for players dealing with arm problems.

 

Wilson Natural Gut


This high quality natural gut uses only top quality beef serosa to produce a consistent and responsive string. Tension maintenance is outstanding, providing a much longer playing life. If you are looking to get the ultimate from your racquet, then natural gut string is the way to go. By far the most popular choice since the pro tour started, natural gut is powerful, offers great feel and is the No. 1 recommended string for arm safety.


Player String Review : : Wilson Natural Gut
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  • Player String Review : : Babolat VS Team or Touch
Description

102) Babolat VS Team Gut 17 ga (8.45)

106) Babolat VS Touch Gut 16 ga Black (7.93)



 £42.00


 

Great choice for players dealing with arm problems.

 

Babolat VS Team


Babolat's top of the line Natural Gut in a thin, spin responsive 17 gauge. Used in competition since 1875. Consistent winner of the USRSA String Survey for Playability. Used by top touring pros and players who demand ultimate feel and control. VS Natural Team Gut is constructed with a tighter gauge tolerance than any previous Babolat VS Natural Gut offering. Includes Thermogut Technology - a process of high temperature finishing that increases the cohesion of the fibers down to the core of the string.


  • Gauge: 17 (1.25 mm) - Note: Was 1.27mm, now back to 1.25mm
  • Natural gut material selection: "first grade"
  • Thermogut Technology increases elasticity & tension hold
  • Color: Natural

Babolat's recommended maximum tension : 125mm 17 : 28 kg/62 lbs



Babolat VS Touch Gut


Babolat VS Touch offers unmatched power, touch, feel, and comfort for all levels of tennis players. Traditionally, natural gut has been the top choice for touring pros and recreational players alike looking for premier playability and arm-friendliness. Furthermore, the Thermogut Technology Finishing increases durability and resistance to humidity, and the new BT7 layering technology makes it even 15% more longer lasting, according to Babolat. This is an ideal choice if you're looking for the best playability, comfort, and feel. 


  • Great control
  • Thermogut Technology increases durability
  • Gauge: 16 (1.30 mm)

Babolat's recommended maximum tension: 1.30mm 16 : 30 kg/68 lbs
Player String Review : : Babolat VS Team or Touch
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  • Player String Review : : ISOSPEED Professional
Description

152) Iso-Speed Professional Classic 17ga (15.06)


£23.00

 

Great choice for players dealing with arm problems.

 


Iso-Speed Professional 17 is composed of a blend of polyolefins (polyolefin is the same material used in the base of snow ski construction); narrow pre-stretched ribbons are twisted under tension and heat, then welded together. Through a unique patented system, each set of string is factory pre-stretched and locked under tension on an industry exclusive 40ft. reel. Iso-Speed Professional 17 retains all the characteristics of Iso-Speed Control 16g. but offers an option to players seeking additional "pop"and/or spin enhancement. Iso-Speed Professional is very close in construction and feel to the now discontinued Head Pro Fibre string, which was also 100% polyolefin.

  • Gauge: 17 (1.20mm)
  • Benefits: Ribbons of polyolefin are wrapped together, providing similar benefits of multifilament nylon strings. The result is good dampening and a slightly muted feel. This is a less lively string than multifilaments such as Wilson Sensation NXT or Tecnifibre NRG2 SPL, but maintains good durability for a 17 gauge string.
  • Colour: Natural

Player String Review : : ISOSPEED Professional
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  • Player String Review : : Babolat Xcel Power
Description

164) Babolat Xcel Power 17ga (10.76)



£26.00


 

Great choice for players dealing with arm problems.

 

Babolat Xcel Power


Babolat Xcel Power is a Polyurethane multifilament tennis string.
As one of Babolat's top-of-the-line strings Xcel Power offers a combination of both power and comfort.
This re-engineered multifilament synthetic offers the playability and comfort of the Xcel Premium. Already successful with a gut-like feel of Xcel Premium, the Xcel Power adds a crisper more powerful feel while improving durability and tension maintenance. Offered in a thinner 1.25mm for more power and playability.

Babolat's recommended maximum tension: 1.25mm 17: 30kg/ 66 lbs


  • Gauge: 17 / 1.25mm
  • Composition: Multifilament synthetic
  • Available colors: Natural

Player String Review : : Babolat Xcel Power
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  • Player String Review : : Volkl Power Fiber II
Description

186) Volkl Power Fiber II 17ga (12.20)



£23.00


 

Great choice for players dealing with arm problems.

 

Volkl Power-Fiber II

This extremely natural-gut-like performance multi-filament string has been improved with a new patented coating process that helps eliminate the 'notching' due to friction and court debris. Exceptional tension maintenance, thanks to the patented "high-pressure-resin-misting", allows more string fibres and less resin. This also helps create exceptional shock and vibration reduction.

Power-Fibre II is developed for all racquets and playing styles for today's players who demand top performance.

Gauge: 1.25mm

Player String Review : : Volkl Power Fiber II
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  • Player String Review : : Solinco Vanquish
Description

( not known but very soft ) Solinco Vanquish 16 ga



£23.00


 

Great choice for players dealing with arm problems.

 

Solinco Vanquish


The Solinco Vanquish is a high end multifilament made of a Du Pont high modulus polyamide. It offers a good feel that provides excellent control while being arm friendly. A great choice for the player looking for good playability while offering a lively feel. 

Player String Review : : Solinco Vanquish
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  • Player String Review : : Wilson K - Gut
Description

191) Wilson K-Gut 16 ga (11.98)


183) Wilson K-Gut 17 ga (11.59)


£27.00
 

Great choice for players dealing with arm problems.

 


191) Wilson K-Gut 16


Wilson's K Gut is a premium multifilament string offering superior control and outstanding comfort. Overall playability is excellent thanks to a high level of ball pocketing. A solid choice for players seeking plenty of power and feel from their stringbed as well as those looking to up the comfort of their racquet. A recommended string for players with elbow/arm problems.


183) Wilson K-Gut 17


Same as above but the added comfort is at the expense of durability.

Player String Review : : Wilson K - Gut
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  • Player String Review : : Tecnifiber X-One Biphase
Description

192) Tecnifiber X-One Biphase 16ga (10.08)



£30.00


 

Great choice for players dealing with arm problems.

 

Tecnifiber X-One Biphase


A premium multifilament string, X-One Biphase delivers superb comfort, feel and a crisp response. A good choice for players seeking an arm-friendly string without sacrificing power. Provides good tension maintenance, too. About as gut-like as synthetics get. Offers a livelier feel with less durability compared to the thicker gauge versions. A great choice to liven up a tight string pattern. The multifilament fibers within this string are immersed in polyurethane to provide shock absorption and optimum comfort." 

Player String Review : : Tecnifiber X-One Biphase