Here are a few pointers for selecting your racquet:

• Improper grip size is a known contributor to elbow problems. When you grip the racquet, you should be able to snuggly slide the index finger of the other hand between the tips of your fingers in the base of your palm.

• A good grip overwrap can help prevent slipping and decrease the amount of force required to hold the racquet. (Factor the extra wrap into grip size, though)

• Players should quickly release their grip tightness after ball-to-racquet strike in order to reduce stress on the elbow.

• Increasing the size of your racquet head can help to reduce arm stress.
• Avoid choosing “longer” or “heavier” racquets that will increase the amount of stress on your elbow.

• Graphite is a light racquet but does not absorb vibration well. When possible, choose a more flexible frame that helps to absorb some of the shock of the ball’s impact.

• Avoid playing with old or wet tennis balls as the additional speed and mass of the ball increases stress on your elbow. “Softer” or “stage 2” tennis balls weigh less than standard tennis balls which will produce less stress on your elbow when you strike the ball. These balls can also slow down the game slightly.