Top 5 Racquets for Tennis Elbow + Expert Recommend Strings
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Tennis elbow is one injury that just about any player goes through at some point in their life. Some cases are mild and cause very little problems, while certain cases can bother a player throughout his or her entire career.
Avoiding these issues starts with investing in a racquet that fits your game and swing, as well as the proper strings. While this alone won’t prevent potential tennis elbow, it’s a great place to start:
The Volkl V-Cell 4 has additional V-Cell material allowing it to play softer, offer more feel, and have more power. Catapult springs at 3 and 9 o’clock give the V-Cell 4 easy power while the open string pattern gives great spin potential. The V-Cell 4 is a racquet which bridges the gap between today’s “player” frames and oversize “game improvement” racquets. This gives the Vokl V-Cell 4 high performance control and feel while still being user friendly for those needing an easy to use, easy on the arm racquet.
The Volkl V1 Classic has been known as one of the most arm-friendly racquets on the market for the past 20+ years. In 2018, Volkl updated the cosmetic to the V1 Classic. A great blend of power, control, and comfort that has proven to be very popular with a wide variety of players - making it one of the most arm-friendly frames on the market today.
The Pro Kennex Kinetic 5G Classic is the same model as the original 5G with the same specifications. Excellent control and maneuverability with good power. Definitely a "players" racquet. The Kinetic's mass provides shock dampening that is easier on your arm.
The Babolat Aero 112 frame offers plenty of power to go along with a comfortable response. The Aero 112 is a very maneuverable racquet at 9.8 ounces strung, offering players who have a slower compact swing to really get around on their swing and generate a pace on their shots. All in all, the Babolat Aero 112 is a solid option for players who have a slower swing looking for a lightweight, powerful frame with a comfortable feel for the elbow.
Re-engineered Graphene technology, Head Graphene XT racquets are 30% stronger providing an optimized weight distribution for a faster swing and more power. The Head Graphene XT Instinct PWR provides the perfect combination of increased power and superior comfort with Head's Shock Stop technology which provides a softer feel and fewer vibrations - perfect for those struggling with tennis elbow. With its large sweetspot and potential for big power this comfortable racquet is great for beginners and intermediate players.
Bonus: The Best Strings for Tennis Elbow
Babolat Touch VS is the premium standard for natural gut tennis strings, and is now updated with BT7 technology for 15% better durability. BT7 permits a larger contact surface of the natural gut fiber bands, leading to better durability and premium comfort.
Babolat Xcel is an update to Xcel Premium that offers improved durability without sacrificing playing comfort.
Head Reflex MLT 16G tennis string offers a full polyamide multifilament construction with soft PU matrix that provides for great comfort and precise control.
Rated by USRSA as one of the best performing strings for playability as it places a high emphasis on comfort, perfect for those looking to avoid further discomfort from tennis elbow.
Wilson NXT 16 is the quintessential multifilament string, offering an optimal combination of feel, playability and comfort. It offers less shock, reducing the risk of arm injury.