tennis elbow?

Is it possible for stiff racquets to cause tennis elbow?

Or is it possible to get tennis elbow when u switch from a felxible racquet to a stiff racquet.

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  1. gr8ss4opper, 03 February, 2010

    I think it is very possible to get tennis elbow from a stiff racquet, especially if you mishit the ball often. Other contributing factors include the lightness of the racquet (a heavier racquet can absorb more impact) and how head heavy it is (think of it as swinging a hammer). Stiff strings (luxilon) are also really hard on the arms. Lifting weights and cross training helps strengthen the arms and joints as a preventative measure. Also, if you hit cleaner shots on the strings and use your body mechanics more (knee bend and shoulder turn), you’ll relieve the arm and elbow of the pressure caused by the impact between the racquet and the ball. Even a good tennis player can get tennis elbow by accidentally tweaking it on a difficult shot. This only gets worse if you play through the pain, and continue to cause damage. Play injuries smart, and your joints live to play another day.

  2. drkmrln14, 03 February, 2010

    I have never heard of such cause, however I think it has more to do with proper grip size.

    A year back I switched rackets but ordered the wrong grip size and my elbow flared up after one USTA tournament.

    I took a short break from the sport and got the correct racket grip size and I haven’t had a problem since.

  3. ransackman, 03 February, 2010

    very possible, its actually a mixture of your stroke and racket stiffness.
    You could try a pro kennex (the one with the beads) and see if that helps with the tennis elbow.
    I’ve been playing since I was 8 and if the problem does not arise from age, PLEASE look at technique.

  4. meeee, 03 February, 2010

    no…u get it from hittin the ball the wrong…

  5. ?, 03 February, 2010

    Techniques the issue, not stiffness. The 1 handed backhand is often the cause of tennis elbow due to not locking the elbow at contact.

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