Here are some tips about what to do about tennis elbow.
To alleviate a temporarily sore shoulder, elbow or wrist, a player can modify their racquet to absorb vibration. Try the following:
- String towards the lower end of the recommended tension range for your racquet. A looser string face will absorb more of the ball's impact. A looser face will also add depth to shots without a full-powered swing.
- Try a thicker string.
- Try adding lead tape to increase the racquet's overall mass. Adding weight will help reduce the amount of shock transmitted to the arm and hand.
- Check with your pro to see that your grip size is correct for your hand. It may be necessary to increase or decrease the handle size. Correct grip size can be an important factor in eliminating tennis elbow.
- Vibration dampeners generally have no effect on amount of vibration to your elbow. All they really do is make the racquet sound and feel different.
The following additional comment was contributed by reader Karl Spaelti in November 1998: If you frequently work with a computer you should use the mouse with the
hand you are NOT playing tennis with (i.e. a right hander should "mouse"
around using his or her LEFT hand).