Best racquet for tennis elbow

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    May 11, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    Ok, so i'm usually sidelined by tennis elbow during the season and I know it's because of my shitty racquet and I'm finally buying a new one. Any suggestions on the best racquet that would address this? Am willing to spend up to $300. I already do all the exercises and stretches for tennis elbow.
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    May 12, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    http://www.racquetresearch.com/
    offers great advice, but it's kind of dated.

    The Prince Graphite Classic OS is supposed to be one of the best, and it's been around and been used by pros forever (so we'd know if it created injuries), but it's a racquet for an advanced player. If you're not hitting the "sweet spot" on your racquet every point, that's going to really mess up your elbow (or shoulder or wrist) no matter what racquet you buy, and I'd suggest getting one that makes it really obvious when you hit the sweet spot so you can develop that skill, like the Babolat Pure Drive Cortex. These two racqets have very different "feels" to them, but they and many others can provide some elbow protection, so don't go just by how they feel: Buy one that feels good, and is also head-light, not lightweight, and non-stiff*.

    Always: talk to a doctor/sports therapist to see what's best for you, and try before you buy.

    *Consider also: resting, always using new balls, and perhaps elbow supporters:
    http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/front/elbow/tennis_elbow_brace.htm

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    May 12, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    I've had a couple Head liquid metal racquets that have been awesome. Definitely recommend them.
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    May 12, 2009 11:40 PM GMT
    Thanks much for the suggestions guys. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 13, 2009 12:12 AM GMT
    something very light
    or keep the one you have and do exercises to strengthen joints
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    May 13, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    Something light will help, but also you need to stay away from head heavy rackets (you can find that info on most tennis websites) So find a racket that is more evenly weighted.. Also, go out and demo a bunch of different ones, play with them for awhile and see if certain ones feel better than others...

    The string you use can also have an affect on how much impact your arm takes..