Selecting the Best Tennis Racquet for Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow

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  1. TennisCompanion
    TennisCompanion says:

    Hey Avery,

    That’s a great question, thank you for asking.

    An open string pattern is one where the strings are spaced farther apart, while a closed string pattern sees the strings spaced closer together. There are two factors that determine how open or closed a string pattern is:

    • The size of the racquet head
    • The number of main and cross strings there are

    A smaller racquet that has a 95 square inch head with an 18×20 string pattern (18 vertical main strings and 20 horizontal cross strings) will have a very closed string pattern, while a racquet with a 118 square inch head and a 16×19 string pattern will have a very open string pattern.

    Generally speaking an open string pattern will provide players with more power, less control and a greater potential for spin since the strings can really dig into the ball on contact. On the flip side a close string patter provides more control, less power and a slightly diminished potential for spin.

    In this article I recommend an open string pattern since it will tend to provide a more forgiving string bed – all other things being equal.

    Hopefully this helps and thanks again for asking a question :)

    All the best,

  2. Cam
    Cam says:

    Hey, I tend to get tennis elbow when I play a lot of tennis as most amateurs do.
    when you say ‘ players jump to a featherweight racquet’ what weight would this be?? 9oz or less? 10oz or less?
    and what would be a good weight range to use? I’m of slightly solider build and average height.
    and what are the parameters for swing weight? Does it depend on the weight ans balance of a racquet or is there set outlines? e.g. 250-350 etc etc

    I’ve been looking to buy a new racquet as my old one is very outdated, and was curious as to know what might help, I’ve had many conflicting results when asking coaches/pros.

    Any help is much appreciated thank you.

    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Cam,

      Great questions – thanks for asking!

      When I mentioned feather light racquet, I was referring to a racquet that’s 10 ounces or less. Most racquets below 9 ounces will tend to fall in the junior category.

      For the build and height you’ve described, using the range of 10.5 – 11.5 ounce as a guide is going to provide you with a wealth of options, but keep an eye on the stiffness rating too. As for swingweight, you’ve got it exactly right – the weight and balance of a racquet will have a direct influence on the racquets overall swing weight.

      The tricky part with racquets is that it can be very subjective, so as you’ve mentioned, you’ll get a ton of conflicting opinions on what is or isn’t important. My recommendation for players in your situation is to start with the racquet you have. Do you mind sharing what racquet and strings you are using?

      You mentioned you’ve struggled with tennis elbow, so you have good motivation to consider other options. However, as a starting point, it can be helpful to jot down what you like and don’t like about the racquet you have along with the current specs, i.e., weight, stiffness, balance, etc.

      If there’s a lot you like about your racquet, you might find you can make adjustments to your current frame such as adding some lead tape and swapping out your strings. Alternatively, there may be another series of racquets for the brand you use that might be worth experimenting. As an example, if you were using the Babolat Pure Drive, you may want to give the less stiff Babolat Pure Strike a try, which brings me to my favorite advice.

      Demo as many racquets as you can get your hands on and jot down their specs so you can compare and contrast their feel. There are a lot of variables that go into racquet specs, but nothing beats playing with a racquet to determine whether you like it or not :) Local clubs and tennis shops, as well as online retailers, have demo programs.

      If you can share the racquet and strings your using, I’d be more than happy to help point you in the right direction.

      Best of luck,

  3. sher singh shekhawat
    sher singh shekhawat says:

    Hey im suffering from TE from past few years the pain come and go. But during this time I changed many racquets it didnt help non of them finally I got wilson rf autograph 97 sq inch weight 340 gm I like it but nothing is helping at the moment do u think my technique can also be a reason

    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Sher Singh Shekhawat!

      Sorry to hear about your tennis elbow – it’s super frustrating when you can’t find a reasonable solution.

      Tennis elbow boils down to three primary causes:

      • Tennis racquets
      • Tennis strings
      • Technique
      • Overuse

      As you’ve pointed out, improper technique can absolutely lead to tennis elbow. Similarly, overuse can lead to tennis elbow. The two combined can wreak havoc on a players arm. With that in mind, it’s definitely worth evaluating your technique to see if there are any trouble spots. My recommendation would be to find a local tennis pro who you can spend an hour with and review all of your strokes to see if there’s anything that stands. In my experience, the serve is often the culprit.

      If you’d like to post a link to a video of your tennis, I’d be more than happy to help provide some feedback.

      Good luck and let me know how I can help.

      All the best,


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