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    Jerry Rogers

    My son has tried out the Prince Tour 98 ESP and really likes it (he is currently using a very stiff racquet–APD). To try and help head off potential arm issues we are likely going to transition to the Prince, but with its 16×16 string pattern it will likely be prone to string breakage without using a stronger string. Do you have any recommendations on a softer/arm friendlier poly, or would use of a poly completely offset the advantages gained by using the more flexible racquet? My son currently uses Black Code (a poly) in the mains and PSGD in the crosses at around 56lbs in his Babolat APD, but I don’t know if using hybrids in a 16×16 pattern will work, or just end up cutting through the PSGD. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. JR

    #1845 Reply

    Dennis

    I was happily surprised to find the Wilson 95S on your “easy on the elbow” list. I own two of them but strung them with “Wilson Ripspin”. Was that a mistake? What string would you reccommend for that racket?

    #1844 Reply
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    Thomas Tennis
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    The Head Prestige Pro is average in terms of being arm friendly since it is a little bit too stiff but the Head Prestige Pro MP is a good arm friendly racquet. Yet you definitely could benefit from the Prokennex Heritage Redondo Type C 93, after looking into that racquet I realize it is an exceptional top arm friendly racquet, you may want to also look into the Prokennex Heritage Redondo Type C MP which has a 98 head size, unless you are a very high level player it could be difficult to consistently find the sweet spot on a 93 sq.in head size

    #1843 Reply

    Dennis

    What string do you recommend for the Wilson 95S?

    #1842 Reply

    Diego

    Hi Thomas,

    First of all congratullations for this website, it is really usefull.

    I have been having TE problems for the last 2 weeks and now I am am a bit undecided about whether I must swop my tennis frames or just keep with them. I play two different frames at present, HEAD Youtek Prestige Pro & MP. I am wondering if Prokennex Heritage Redondo Type C 93 will be better or just more of the same thing.

    In the other hand I strung my MP frame with X-One BiPhase 18g and the Pro one with Luxilon BB Ace 112 (18g too).

    Am I in the rigth direction or just going too wrong.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    D.

    #1841 Reply

    RP

    What is more arm friendly, the Babolat VS Team or the Babolat VS Touch? Do both of these natural gut strings have the new BT7 technology and is the new BT7 technology more arm friendly or does it just make the string more durable? Does the VS Team & VS Touch come in 16G, 17G & 18G diameter and if so which gauge is the most arm friendly?

    #1840 Reply

    Brian

    Hi Thomas,

    Thanks again! I have one more question for you! What is the shelf lifespan of a poly string? or other strings? How long can they be kept before declaiming it dead?

    Thanks,
    Brian

    #1839 Reply

    RP

    What are your two favorite arm friendly natural gut choices and your two favorite synthetic gut choices? Is there a noticable difference between your favorite natural gut and synthetic gut choices with regard to being arm friendly? What would be the most arm friendly, a 16G, 17G, 18G etc? Thank you for a great website.

    #1838 Reply

    Geoff

    What tension would you recommend starting at
    To max control while protecting elbow?

    Also the club pro suggested switching to 98 vs current 95 size head exo3 rebel team
    And says should not notice much difference but would overall improve my game
    Play
    already have elbow problems and shoulder problems with the current racket
    Can you please answer these two questions thank you so much for your website

    #1837 Reply

    Marco

    Thanks for the great site. I’ve choosen a prokennex ki 5 315 raquet. Now for the strings I don’t know which to choose. I used to play with a Babolat apd gt, with a tension of 24kg. That caused elbow pain, but was great for my playing style. Which kind of strings and tension should I put on the prokennex to obtain similar overall effect? Thanks.

    P.s. the links next to the names of the strings do not work for me.

    #1836 Reply

    Diego_Switzerland

    Hi
    Thanks again for your amazing contribution to the tennis community!
    Have you tried Luxilon Alu Power Big banger (17L)? I use it on the mains, with a Kirshbaum Black Shark a little thicker on the cross.
    I understand that the mains are giving the touch and the feeling, while the cross are giving the power. I can not afford to buy Luxilon so often, thats why I use Kirschbaum on the cross. Besides price, it has an hexagonal shape and prevents the string from moving so much.
    Finally, do you recommend stringing with more/less tension on the mains than in the cross?
    Im playing with a Wilson N-blade 98. I think it fits most of the characteristics you have listed under the racquets section.
    Thanks!!

    #1835 Reply

    Fahrudin Kulic

    To add to my own comment. The racket is slightly stiffer than recommended (66). I tried playing with Head Youtek IG Prestige MP which has a 18×20 string pattern and I preferred the 16×19 pattern of Prestige Pro.

    #1834 Reply

    Fahrudin Kulic

    I just wanted to thank you for this very useful site for players suffering from tennis elbow, like myself. I am 42 years old, a recreational player, self taught, and hence my technique is not the best but isnt poor either compared to other club players, but still I started suffering from elbow and shoulder pains 3 years ago and stopped playing for two years. I am glad I found this website which helped me select a new racket and strings (Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro and Heat Intellitour). I can play now, with minor stiffness after a match. thanks for your effort.

    #1833 Reply
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    Thomas Tennis
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    Lower tension is better for your arm but you start to lose control as you lower the tension so you will need to experiment and reduce the tension gradually to see how low you can go and still be able to control your shots John McEnroe strung as low as 45 lbs I would not recommend any lower than that

    #1832 Reply

    Syed

    Hi, I found your write-up very informative and appreciate you sharing your experience. Could you elaborate on string tension and how it impacts tennis elbow? For example, my understanding is that low tension is easier on the elbow. But what would be defined as low tension for natural gut? 40 pounds? 50 pounds? Any additional details you could provide would be very helpful.

    Thanks.

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    Jerry Rogers
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    My son has tried out the Prince Tour 98 ESP and really likes it (he is currently using a very stiff racquet–APD). To try and help head off potential arm issues we are likely going to transition to the Prince, but with its 16×16 string pattern it will likely be prone to string breakage without using a stronger string. Do you have any recommendations on a softer/arm friendlier poly, or would use of a poly completely offset the advantages gained by using the more flexible racquet? My son currently uses Black Code (a poly) in the mains and PSGD in the crosses at around 56lbs in his Babolat APD, but I don’t know if using hybrids in a 16×16 pattern will work, or just end up cutting through the PSGD. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. JR

    #1845 Reply

    Dennis
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    I was happily surprised to find the Wilson 95S on your “easy on the elbow” list. I own two of them but strung them with “Wilson Ripspin”. Was that a mistake? What string would you reccommend for that racket?

    #1844 Reply
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    Thomas Tennis
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    The Head Prestige Pro is average in terms of being arm friendly since it is a little bit too stiff but the Head Prestige Pro MP is a good arm friendly racquet. Yet you definitely could benefit from the Prokennex Heritage Redondo Type C 93, after looking into that racquet I realize it is an exceptional top arm friendly racquet, you may want to also look into the Prokennex Heritage Redondo Type C MP which has a 98 head size, unless you are a very high level player it could be difficult to consistently find the sweet spot on a 93 sq.in head size

    #1843 Reply

    Dennis
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    What string do you recommend for the Wilson 95S?

    #1842 Reply

    Diego
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    Hi Thomas,

    First of all congratullations for this website, it is really usefull.

    I have been having TE problems for the last 2 weeks and now I am am a bit undecided about whether I must swop my tennis frames or just keep with them. I play two different frames at present, HEAD Youtek Prestige Pro & MP. I am wondering if Prokennex Heritage Redondo Type C 93 will be better or just more of the same thing.

    In the other hand I strung my MP frame with X-One BiPhase 18g and the Pro one with Luxilon BB Ace 112 (18g too).

    Am I in the rigth direction or just going too wrong.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    D.

    #1841 Reply

    RP
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    What is more arm friendly, the Babolat VS Team or the Babolat VS Touch? Do both of these natural gut strings have the new BT7 technology and is the new BT7 technology more arm friendly or does it just make the string more durable? Does the VS Team & VS Touch come in 16G, 17G & 18G diameter and if so which gauge is the most arm friendly?

    #1840 Reply

    Brian
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    Hi Thomas,

    Thanks again! I have one more question for you! What is the shelf lifespan of a poly string? or other strings? How long can they be kept before declaiming it dead?

    Thanks,
    Brian

    #1839 Reply

    RP
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    What are your two favorite arm friendly natural gut choices and your two favorite synthetic gut choices? Is there a noticable difference between your favorite natural gut and synthetic gut choices with regard to being arm friendly? What would be the most arm friendly, a 16G, 17G, 18G etc? Thank you for a great website.

    #1838 Reply

    Geoff
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    What tension would you recommend starting at
    To max control while protecting elbow?

    Also the club pro suggested switching to 98 vs current 95 size head exo3 rebel team
    And says should not notice much difference but would overall improve my game
    Play
    already have elbow problems and shoulder problems with the current racket
    Can you please answer these two questions thank you so much for your website

    #1837 Reply

    Marco
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    Thanks for the great site. I’ve choosen a prokennex ki 5 315 raquet. Now for the strings I don’t know which to choose. I used to play with a Babolat apd gt, with a tension of 24kg. That caused elbow pain, but was great for my playing style. Which kind of strings and tension should I put on the prokennex to obtain similar overall effect? Thanks.

    P.s. the links next to the names of the strings do not work for me.

    #1836 Reply

    Diego_Switzerland
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    Hi
    Thanks again for your amazing contribution to the tennis community!
    Have you tried Luxilon Alu Power Big banger (17L)? I use it on the mains, with a Kirshbaum Black Shark a little thicker on the cross.
    I understand that the mains are giving the touch and the feeling, while the cross are giving the power. I can not afford to buy Luxilon so often, thats why I use Kirschbaum on the cross. Besides price, it has an hexagonal shape and prevents the string from moving so much.
    Finally, do you recommend stringing with more/less tension on the mains than in the cross?
    Im playing with a Wilson N-blade 98. I think it fits most of the characteristics you have listed under the racquets section.
    Thanks!!

    #1835 Reply

    Fahrudin Kulic
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    To add to my own comment. The racket is slightly stiffer than recommended (66). I tried playing with Head Youtek IG Prestige MP which has a 18×20 string pattern and I preferred the 16×19 pattern of Prestige Pro.

    #1834 Reply

    Fahrudin Kulic
    • Offline

    I just wanted to thank you for this very useful site for players suffering from tennis elbow, like myself. I am 42 years old, a recreational player, self taught, and hence my technique is not the best but isnt poor either compared to other club players, but still I started suffering from elbow and shoulder pains 3 years ago and stopped playing for two years. I am glad I found this website which helped me select a new racket and strings (Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro and Heat Intellitour). I can play now, with minor stiffness after a match. thanks for your effort.

    #1833 Reply
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    Thomas Tennis
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    Lower tension is better for your arm but you start to lose control as you lower the tension so you will need to experiment and reduce the tension gradually to see how low you can go and still be able to control your shots John McEnroe strung as low as 45 lbs I would not recommend any lower than that

    #1832 Reply

    Syed
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    Hi, I found your write-up very informative and appreciate you sharing your experience. Could you elaborate on string tension and how it impacts tennis elbow? For example, my understanding is that low tension is easier on the elbow. But what would be defined as low tension for natural gut? 40 pounds? 50 pounds? Any additional details you could provide would be very helpful.

    Thanks.

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