Top 5 Best Tennis Racket For Tennis Elbow In 2021

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Tennis elbow really can be a CRIPPLING and debilitating problem, and it doesn’t just affect life on the tennis court.

If it gets bad enough, you could struggle to lift up a glass of water, holding your child, or even typing at a keyboard in extreme cases.

So the question is – Are you PREPARED to take that risk by not using a racquet that will help with your tennis elbow issues?

Your Guide

Gavin Davison   Gavin Davison

I really hope that the answer is no, and I’ve produced a list of my racquet recommendations that will help you with this issue, and keep you having fun on the tennis court for many years to come.

Before I JUMP into my recommendations for the best racquets for tennis elbow, it is important that you understand the causes, the dangers, and what you can do if you are already suffering from this frustrating condition.

Of course, in an ideal world you would like to PREVENT tennis elbow before suffering in the first place. However, each of you reading this will have a different story.

Regardless of whether you have tennis elbow right now, have had it in the past, or are perfectly fit and HEALTHY for tennis, please take the time to read this article to fully understand why tennis elbow is so important to pay attention to.

#1: Wilson Blade 98

If you’ve ever suffered from tennis elbow in your life, you will know all too well the pain and FUSTRATION it can cause.

Depending on how severe it gets, you can be in agony when hitting the ball, and it can even start to impact other areas of your life.

Needless to say, you want to find a racquet that will not only help with this CONDITION but also find a racquet that will reduce the chances of tennis elbow recurring.

This is precisely where the Wilson blade 98 comes into play.

It is a nice and solid frame that reduces vibration on contact, and due to the specifications, it really emphasizes that you need to swing correctly to avoid FURTHER PAIN.

I believe that this is the best racquet out there to help with tennis elbow, and it’s also a great frame to use once your tennis elbow subsides.

Key Features

  • Racquet of choice for players like Tsitsipas and Serena Williams
  • Has the option of countervail technology to monitor your game
  • One of the top racquets on the market for reduced vibration when hitting the ball
  • Has an appealing paint job consisting of green and black colors

Specification

  • Weight strung: 320g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 98 square inches
  • Balance: 330mm (3 points head light)
  • Beam width: 21mm

Pros

  • The racquet does not perform well if you are not using the right technique (forces correct swings)
  • It is heavy without necessarily feeling the additional weight in the arm
  • A very good all-around racquet, great for serves, groundstrokes, and volleys

Cons

#2: Wilson Clash 100

Once again Wilson has delivered a racquet that is right up there with the best.

This time it comes in the form of the Wilson Clash 100, and this racquet has HELPED people with tennis elbow ever since it hit the market.

While it may not be as popular as some racquets in the Wilson range, I believe that it is one of those hidden gems.

Due to Wilson’s ever-advancing technology, this racquet is able to provide significant support to the elbow, and it has the feel of a heavier frame despite being less than 300 grams.

This means that you are getting the benefits of the feel on the ball without risking arm FATIGUE and further damage to the elbow.

It also has the added advantage of a 100 square inch head size, meaning that the racquet can be used for more advanced beginners and intermediate players.

Key Features

  • Racquet has some of the best reviews out of the entire Wilson range
  • Amazingly head light in terms of the balance (10 points head light)
  • Has the benefit of a carbon frame for added flex
  • Has a nice color blend of red and grey

Specification

  • Weight unstrung: 295g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 100 square inches
  • Balance: 310mm (10 points head light)
  • Beam width: 24mm

Pros

  • Facilitates a medium to fast swing style to assist with tennis elbow
  • At 295g unstrung, you won’t suffer from rapid arm fatigue
  • After helping with tennis elbow, the racquet is a very good choice for intermediate and advanced players

Cons

  • The frame is extremely head light, which is definitely a more individual preference
  • This racquet retails at £200, making it quite expensive compared to other frames

#3: Volkl V8 Pro

I would say that Volkl has kept a bit of a low profile in the tennis world, especially over the last 10 or 15 years.

I can still remember how popular they were when I was playing as a junior, but this popularity seemed to just disintegrate overnight.

However, while you may not see many top players using their racquets, I have discovered that they provide some AWESOME frames for those suffering from tennis elbow.

The best one out of these frames is the Volkl V8 Pro, and there are countless instances of players claiming that this frame almost healed their tennis elbow.

While I can’t personally confirm that this is true, I can confirm that the specifications of this racquet are ideal to at least help with your tennis elbow.

Key Features

  • Really cool looking racquet with a striking all red color scheme
  • Perfectly balanced racquet, therefore appealing to a wide range of player’s
  • Has a much tighter string pattern for added control
  • Provides quite a nice feel for serve and volleys

Specification

  • Weight unstrung: 305g
  • String pattern: 18 x 20
  • Head size: 100 square inches
  • Balance: 315mm
  • Beam width: 23mm

Pros

  • With an 18 x 20 string pattern, you can get great control from the string bed
  • This racquet is on the heavier side, meaning less pressure on the player to try and generate racquet head speed
  • The racquet can be bought in any grip size between 1 and 5

Cons

  • Not a cheap frame, retailing at over £150
  • Not ideal if you prefer to hit with power over control

#4: Head Graphene XT Prestige S

When browsing through the Head Prestige range, it doesn’t really matter what racquet you look at, because they are all all right out of the top drawer.

Of course, each individual racquet has its individual BENEFITS, and the Head Graphene XT Prestige S has many benefits suited for those struggling with tennis elbow.

It’s one of the lighter Prestige racquets out there, but it still falls within the DESIRED weight range. While it may be a lighter frame, it can still boast the typical characteristics of a Prestige racquet.

You can still access heaps of power when you hit that sweet spot, and for a baseline player, this added power can make all the difference whether you are competing for fun or at a serious level.

Key Features

  • One of those color schemes that just looks intimidating
  • Not one of the most-desired Prestige models, so it’s cheaper
  • Wider string pattern than other Prestige models
  • Smaller head size that requires more precise contact on the ball

Specification

  • Weight unstrung: 305g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 98 square inches
  • Balance: 320mm (head light)
  • Beam width: 22mm

Pros

  • Ball will absolutely fly when you catch it in the middle
  • Isn’t as frustrating to string the racquet (often a downside with Prestige frames)
  • Gives a little bit more flexibility with your technique as it is a head light racquet

Cons

  • At 305g unstrung, it can still be far too heavy for some players
  • Quite a dull feel if you don’t use a top-quality polyester string

#5: Volkl V-feel V1 Pro

Sneaking in at number five I’ve picked out another Volkl that is FANTASTIC for those experiencing tennis elbow.

This means that there is a total of 2 Volkl’s inside the top 5, which is a testament to the quality of their brand.

I haven’t had the pleasure of hitting with this racquet before, but I do know several players that have and they are quick to sing the praises of this frame.

Yes, the racquet doesn’t perform as well as frames from maybe the Babolat or Wilson range, but it serves a purpose

…That purpose is to reduce the pain that you are experiencing and to keep you enjoying the sport that we all love.

Of course, you must seek professional help with tennis elbow, but choosing the right racquet is a major step in the right direction.

Key Features

  • Facilitates quick racquet head speed through unique grommet designs
  • Uses the patented VTEX technology for increased comfort
  • Slick black color design
  • Optimum head size to suit many players

Specification

  • Weight unstrung: 305g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 99.5 square inches
  • Balance: 325mm
  • Beam width: 23mm

Pros

  • Slightly wider string pattern for more life on the ball
  • Works well with many different types of strings
  • Recently released frame, so it has some of the most advanced technology available

Cons

  • The racquet is not cheap by any means
  • Volkl racquets, in general, aren’t as good as other brands

Conclusion

Please don’t continue to SUFFER with tennis elbow, when a solution could be found simply by choosing to use a different racquet.

While prevention is better than the cure, if you are already suffering, you might have to invest a little bit to clear yourself of the pain and the frustration of not being able to play without discomfort.

I’ve coached many players through the years that have needlessly suffered with this problem, when a pain free tennis game is on the other side of simply SWITCHING racquets.

Take the initiative, and see if a different racquet could help you today.

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