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Comments: I love this racquet. Good combination of control and power. It's forgiving on mis-hits and powerful on
serves. My only complaint is that it was a bit flimsy on slices. It didn't feel as crisp as my old Dunlops AeroG and a couple of
times when taming high kick serves with my slice the ball would fly on me. For those concerned about the Kinetic beads rattling
(which was my hesitation buying it) the sound is unnoticable during play and barely noticable when shaking it by my ear at home.
I quickly overcame my concerns about the sound bothering me, though I have no idea whether the technology helps. I would
From: Anon, 7/12
Comments: I agree with all the previous reviews. I picked up this racquet because I was looking for arm friendly
racquet to help with my tennis elbow. After a couple of months of forearm conditioning and this soft-feeling racquet, tennis elbow
was gone. I especially like the buttery feel of this racquet. You do need to generate your own power and pace from legs, hips,
shoulder rotation, and a nice long swing. Otherwise, the ball doesn't come off the string bed with much pop or pace. It took a
while for me to get used to this low power racquet, but stick with it and you will be rewarded. The racquet has terrific control and
feel, especially when returning shots that have pace. A good all-around racquet with medium flex that feels good on any type of
shot. I like using soft, multifilament synthetic gut at 57 lbs, which gives good touch and feel and that smooth buttery shot.
From: Rene, 4/12
String type and tension: Tecnifibre Multi-feel 16 gauge
Comments: Got here after 4 months with golfer's elbow, tested PK 5G, PK Ki 5 295 (euro version) but finally
decided to keep 315 because of the weight; I can tell you that Kinetic technology works, with no pain or discomfort. After many
attempts I went as low as 45 lbs - that is not easy to control considering the flexibility, that was my way to compensate the low
power. I eventually got accustomed and the control is back. I won't say this frame is for everyone but definitely is for someone
whose arms need some care.
From: Jorge, 4/12
Comments: Great Racquet. Ki5 is equivalent as 5G with 6 gram lead tapes at 9/3 o'clock. They plays very similar,
tons of spin, power and a lot of control. The kinetic technology really works. For me, this racquet is far superior to any Babolat
racquets, period. I would recommend to string at lower tension.
From: Mike, 4/12
Comments: Cannot tell a difference between this and the previous paint job, which is expected of course since the
specs are the same. Much improved in appearance, in my opinion. Stunning with white overgrip and white string. Nice medium
flex, generous sweetspot, decent plow through, and very arm-friendly.
From: Aaron, 3/12
Comments: I have demoed a ton of racquets, you would think I owned stock in TW. This is a very solid racquet. I
give it a 10 out of 10 for all court performance. I was very surprised how smooth this racquet was. There is something to be said
about the technology Pro Kennex is known for not only are they arm friendly but it makes for solid shots. On impact vibration was
next to nothing and it showed on every shot. Demo this racquet you, will not be let down.
From: Dav3, 3/12
Comments: I have been using this racquet for 14 months. All of a sudden, the racquet cracked around the handle. I
cannot find anyone with Pro Kennex to help me with the issue as the racquet is in brand new condition. Buyer beware, customer
service with Pro Kennex is not 100%. Besides that issue, the racquet has felt great. No more elbow pain and the ball hits off well.
From: Eric, 10/11
String type and tension: Tecnifibre MultiFeel 16g @ 60lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I have to comment again on this frame. I let it go for a year (again) and tried various players frames, all
had some good qualities but most were lacking something in different areas enough for me to keep looking for that perfect frame.
I tried the ProKennex Black Ace 98, Wilson K6.1 95, Boris Becker 11 Mid and MP, Legend and most recently the Dunlop 200 Tour.
All good frames, but they all left me yearning for a more comfortable/high performing stick that I could play well with day in, day
out without any arm issues. I just restrung my ProKennex Ionic Ki 5 with a gut/poly hybrid and after 1 year, and did not miss a
beat. Comfort, power, control and spin. It was like I never put it down. An easy to use players frame that performs with the best of
them. I think my search is over at least for now.
From: Basil, 9/11
String type and tension: hybrid gut/poly 60 lbs/56 lbs
NTRP Rating 4.0
Comments: I have played the Ki5 since developing tennis elbow with the Pure Drive. I have natural gut at 52lbs and
the racquet plays really well. I have added lead tape at 3 and 9 o clock for increased power. I have just demoed the new Ki5 with
factory strings and although the racquet played really well there was a definite lack of power. Serves were great and very accurate
but service returns and backhands tended to fall short and invite my opponent in. I have beaten my regular partners for at least a
year now, but with this demo they took me all the way to 3rd set tie break. Second time out after winning the first set 6-4 I
switched back to my pure drive and blitzed him 6-1. All I can assume is that the power level of this racquet didn't give me the
penetration to keep my opponent deep. Having said that the control of the Ki5 is fantastic I can let rip and keep the ball in play. I
dint know whether to restring the new Ki5 at a lower tension or switch back to the Babolat, one thing for sure I wont suffer with
tennis elbow with the Kennex as it is so comfortable.
From: Steve. 06/11
Comments: I am a 4.0 player, coming from Volk C10, which was felt a bit heavy for long matches. Also, I was
starting to play at lot more (3-4) times per week, and noticed some elbow/shoulder discomfort, mostly due to weight, since C10
is one of the best feeling and most comfortable racquets available. I tried various player's racquets, but all seemed harsher on
joints than C10, without offering any significant advantage. Ki5 turned out more comfortable and more stable
on off-center shots than most player's frames that I've tried, of
similar or lighter weight. I think the reduction in weight versus C10
was just right, and it's just as maneuverable and with similar balance
(a bit more headlight). Seems to play with more control, feel and spin
when using co-poly(mains)/syngut hybrid strings versus my usual multi-
filament (both strung at 60lbs), in fact the difference was striking.
I think even full co-poly will work, without injury concerns. This is
a low-powered racquet, just like most other player's frames, but I
think it's a bit more forgiving. I've added a bit of lead at 3/6/12
o'clock to add a little pop and depth to my shot. It is only suitable
for people with fast/full strokes and good timing/technique, or those
who are willing to make the effort to learn. Those who can't produce
their own power will likely be very frustrated, but that's true for
most player's frames. It doesn't have the same pop or feel as racquets
like Dunlop 3Hundred Tour (which plays great when you play great, but
very unforgiving otherwise), but Ki5 a good overall racquet. It doesn't
excel in anything, except comfort and stability, but it doesn't have
any obvious shortcomings either. In summary, if comfort and injury
protection is important to you, and you're a 3.5+ player, you must try
this racquet. It's a very unique racquet, so you should try it in any
case, just so you know what you're missing (make sure you try in with
From: Roman. 6/11
String type and tension: ALU Power Rough(mains)/Prince Synthetic Gut Duraflex(crosses) at 60lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Bought racket without testing after reading all the positive feedback. I was playing with a Babolat Pure
Drive and developed tennis elbow. Switched to multifilament strings but when the tennis elbow healed, wrist became a problem.
The Prokennex Ki5 felt stiff as a board @ first, so I put it down. Upper hoop is a dead zone. I play mainly a baseline game (doubles
for now) but take every opportunity to control net. I finally put two lead strips (o.5 grams each) @ 10/2 positions. Immediately
added stability but you still have to generate your own power and spin. The sweetspot is definitely small but after a few rallies, I
got the hang of this player's stick. Serves were decent and my partner told me that I was putting "good spin" on 'em although I was
only serving @ about 60%. I'm satisfied that my wrist didn't feel like falling off after playing and am interested in my 3rd outing
with this racket. I'm going to test for "touch" which was only OK after my first two outings. This is a player's racket.
From: Ray, CA, USA, 03/11
String type and tension: Tecnifibre NRG 17, 58lbs
Headsize: 100sq. in
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: Excellent arm-friendly racquet, with rather wide appeal in play styles. Very maneuverable with the
headlight balance, especially at net, yet still has decent feeling swingweight for solid groundstrokes and serve. I think the
sweetspot is generous and the racquet plays more like many 98's out there. Relatively easy to string and can be done 1 piece.
Though I wish I could play with a more old school frame like the Sampras Pro Staff 88 or Prestige Mid, this one isn't a bad
From: Milosh, Glendale, AZ, USA, 01/11
String type and tension: Multifilament, mid 50's
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: Bought the racket without demo to help with tennis elbow. Tech NRG 16 at 60#. Though fairly heavy on
specs, the racket felt very light... perhaps too light for me...something about the racket felt like it wasn't 'substantial' enough.
Perhaps this was because I was used to hitting with stiffer frames. I also felt it did not have any feel and had a funny sound when
striking the ball-definitely not that lovely 'thwack' that you like to hear. The racket is very under-powered so if you are going to
try it, suggest lower end of string tension. I think it was friendly on the arm. Overall, the racket was just not for me.
From: CJ, Dayton, OH, USA, 11/10
String type and tension: Tecnifibre NRG 16
NTRP Rating: 4-4.5
Comments: Hi. I started to like the PK Ionic Ki5 after having it re-strung at a lower tension than recommended.
Strung now at 22kg/48.4lbs and it is great, that did the trick for me. Initially strung at 52lbs when purchased the racquet (lowest
value of manufacturer's recommended range 52-68lbs) and it felt so surprisingly stiff and lacked of power that I was about select
another racquet. Now I love this racquet, it feels soft, it has good power and control, plus after 6 months playing with it, it has
kept those tennis elbow pains away.
From: Jordi, Barcelona, Spain, 11/10
String type and tension: 16G @22Kg (48.4lbs)
Comments: Normally play with the new Babolat Pure Drive GT. Wonderful stick but started getting tennis elbow.
Decided to try the ProKennex Ionic Ki 5 because of its reputation for being a player's racket yet soft on the arm. I am a baseliner
who likes to approach the net, can place serve, one-handed backhand. Color-way on the Ki 5 is cool, straight-beam. A lot of
dead spots outside of the small sweet spot. Very low power on hits off the upper string bed (shots feel very dead in that area). You
really need to have your own power because the racket offers little help. Somewhat disappointed in the comfort of the racket, but
my arm was already hurt when I played the racket for the first time. This is a player's racket as advertised, but you really need to
be precise with strokes because mishits are lost points. Overall, I'm not happy with this racket and will probably return to it.
From: RRT, USA, 10/10
String type and tension: Tecnifibre NRG2 17
Comments: I went to this frame prior to having shoulder surgery back in December 08 and I was happy with it, but
in my mind I never considered it as a full time frame. 1 1/2 years later I was still struggling to find a good players frame I could
use day in, day out without inflaming my shoulder. I restrung MY KI5 that was sitting in my closet with 17G VS gut at 60# and
rediscovered what a well rounded frame this really is. Great control, decent feel, great spin and on command power. I have been
using this frame full time now for 3 weeks and I like it better every time I hit the court. My opponents see a new level of aggressive
play they have not seen from me in quite a while and the biggest positive, absolutely no pain in my shoulder at all. Great stick. I
may even try a poly Hybrid and see how that works out in it.
From: Basil J, Wakefield, MA. 10/10
String type and tension: Babolat VS Gut 17G at 60#
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I switched to this racquet from the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick after having elbow problems. Apart
from being a softer overall frame, the Ki 5 is much deader in the upper hoop than the PDR. Shots hit near the tip of the head that
might have adequate pace and depth with the PDR, don't work nearly as well with this racket. I'm trying to compensate with a
little lead tape at 10 and 2. Also, it seems harder to generate spin with groundstrokes but that may be because I have this racket
strung a few pounds looser.
From: Anon, 08/10
Comments: Hi TW staff, I'm interested in KI 5 or the 12.9 oz. version. I'm currently playing with Donnay pro 0ne OS
at 12.1 oz. Which ProKennex should I try? Thanks!
From: Marcel, Gatineau, QC, Canada, 07/10
(Marcel, please contact our customer service line at 1-800-8-TENNIS, or e-mail info@tennis-warehouse for any questions regarding recommendations or ordering. Thanks--TW Staff)
Comments: Concerning tennis elbow problem, all I can tell from my own experience is that this racquet absolutely
didn't help recovering from my injury. I didn't feel any improvement, even with vs team 1,25 string on it (24kg : around 53lbs). As
it is a little bit stiff player's racquet I think the kinetic technology works well at higher tensions, but not so at lower tensions. So,
I'll simply stay away from racquets that have stiffness above 61 RS with or without Kinetic system. The grip is also a little short for
two backhanders. Other than that, the racquet plays wonderfully for those who can handle it. (Thanks to TW to make my English
understandable (or almost);-)
From: Anon, 06/10
Comments: This racquet probably salvaged my tennis career. I had a pretty bad case of golfer's elbow after a few
months switching to a Wilson KBlade 98 strung with Luxilon Big Banger. I had to stop play for 4 months. Upon my return, I
reverted to my 15 year old Wilson Pro Staff 5.8 Lite, but after hitting for an hour, I knew my condition would relapse. Using the
KBlade was not an option either (I could have switched to a soft string, but I wanted maximize my chances). So, when I read the
testimonies about the PK Ki5, I figured I had nothing to lose. I ordered it with a Wilson multifilament and have been playing
without any pain since. The Ki5 has very good feel and I am able to hit with both power and finesse. It is more headlight than the
KBlade 98, so I am able to generate more head speed on serves and ground strokes. The kinetic technology really help absorb
shock on off-center hits, which allows you to get the ball over with decent pace, while preserving your arm. Volleys and sliced
backhands are also noticeably improved. I just ordered my second one and figure I should be ok for the next 10 years! Kudos,
From: Bernard, St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada. 6/10
String type and tension: Wilson KGut Pro 16, 58 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I demoed about 20 racquets. I bought 5G, 7G, Ki5 and Ki5-PSE. I like Ki5
the most, 5G the least. In terms of arm-comfort, the PSE is the best.
However, it is so heavy I get tired easily.
From: charles, vancouver, bc, canada. 5/10
String type and tension: PSG Multi 16g mid-range
Comments: WOW!! I'm really impressed with my initial hit with this racquet ..... QC appears very good .... racquet
presents a very nice 'feel' at contact .... serves are excellent, both power and direction ... volleys very nice and controlled
....groundstrokes precise and controlled. Don't believe you can ask for more out of a racquet. I used to play with a 7G a few years
ago and am glad I decided to give Pro Kennex another go .... they have a winner in the Ki5.
From: Charlie, Atlanta, GA. 4/10
String type and tension: 17ga Gamma Asterisk @ 52
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I played with a Head 93 in. racquet for a long time. I switched to a Ki-5 six
months ago. The Ki-5 plays better than I could ever have expected. It provides sufficient
power coupled with control. The racquet plays equally well at the net as from the baseline. I
just turned 50 and felt it was time for a change. I am really glad I made the switch. The
racquet speaks for itself.
From: Tom, Chicago, IL USA 01/10
String type and tension: Wilson NXT 16 @ 60 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Omg! what a helper. I love to hammer the ball, and play everyday, then develop TE like others. This
racquet is good for someone that have arm problem. Tried every racquet there is in the market, but this racquet is amazing, solve
my arm issue. Thanks Prokennex for making this racquet.
From: Yari, FL, USA 01/10
String type and tension: Babolat Pro hurricane 18g at 56lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: The Ki-5 has excellent feel and control, and is good for groundstrokes and volleying,. OK for
serves. It feels lighter than the listed weight. I originally strung it at 58 and didn't get enough
power on groundstrokes because I don't have a very fast swing. Then I restrung it at 52 and
that made a huge difference.
From: Henry, San Francisco, CA 10/09
String type and tension:gut/multi hybrid
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I just got this racket a couple of weeks ago, and I absolutely love it.
Pros: This racket is incredibly soft on the arm its almost unnoticeable that you even just hit a ball, very good control and more
power than I was expecting, all ground strokes are solid with this racket, on the serve I experienced more spin than I was used to
which definitely helps my second serve.
Cons: Can make a funny sound when making contact with the ball but put a dampener on it and it won't make a sound at all. At
the net is this rackets major drawback, the racket seems very awkward and its side-to-side movements feel a little slow and
heavy. I don't know if the kinetic technology only helps on forward movements, but at the net the technology is almost no help
because the small bearing inside which are supposed to transfer more mass forward are completely useless and almost feel to be
working against you, I asked my coach of a way to fix this and he said to add lead tape to the head.
Indifferent: I am indifferent about this racket on my flat serve (100-105 mph) it didn't give me any noticeable increase in speed or
power, but it didn't hurt my serve either so I'm completely indifferent about it.
Overall: Great on the arm, good for serving, ground strokes, mediocre at the net. I was never one to go at the net anyways so its
no big deal for me. This racket comes highly recommended for baselines, counter punchers, or anyone that has had a wrist,
elbow, or shoulder injury.
From: Adam, Charlton, MA, USA, 10/09
String type and tension: Co-Polyester, 58 Pounds
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: Has a very small sweet spot, and you cannot mis-hit it and expect it to go over. It is though, very
comfortable on the arm, but you need to be able to generate your own power if you are to use this racket. Demo it and try it if
you are a player who likes control over power.
From: Austin, Russellville, AL, USA 10/09
String type and tension: Kirschbaum Touch turbo 16L/Gamma Gut 59/56lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: With the original 5g smi as my current racket, I had high hopes for this one, but was not impressed.
The first thing is that I felt this racket had no power...my shots came up short, and just didn't have any weight to them. This was
a demo from TW, so maybe with change in stringing it would help, but I string my 5g's at the upper part of the tension range (TW
strings demos at 2 lbs over midpoint), so I don't think that's it. Also very weak on serves, which has always been one of my strong
points, my serves felt like they had nothing on them, never felt like a good solid hit. Just not a solid feeling racket in my opinion.
However, I loved the PSE version (you can hit the bajesus out of the ball, and you've never seen a ball leap towards your opponent
like that) and the Redondo, so I know PK still has a racket for me.
From: JD, Los Angeles 10/09
String type and tension: tennis warehouse demo
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I've had surgery on my shoulder and elbow so needed a very comfortable player's racquet. My
arm/shoulder feels great using this racquet and the control is excellent. The only problem was stability and I also wanted a
slightly higher sweetspot. I corrected both by putting 6 grams of lead tape (total) at 3 & 9 o'clock and 2 & 10. I recommend this to
Toby, UK who posted here earlier wanting greater stability. By my calculations the racquet is still 6pts head-light.
I can't imagine ever switching away from this racquet.
From: Joel, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 09/09
Comments: I have play tested every available racquet with similar specs
to the KI 5. Nothing even comes close to the comfort, control, and feel this racket provides. Whether or not you suffer from TE this
is a great players frame. Just seems to do everything well. Thanks PK.
From: Glen, Florida, USA 07/09
String type and tension: Tecnifibre NRG2 17 @ 54lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: This is a solid racquet for baseline (backhand & forehand), volley, and serve. Good control and good
pop to the shot. I bought this because I thought this racquet would be reduce the sore & after-played pain from my tennis elbow
problem. I am getting use to this racquet especially on the forehand and all-round strokes are great with this racquet. But easy on
the elbow, shoulder or arm? Feedback review from the others that I have read...I don't think so.
From: David, Houston, TX, USA 07/09
String type and tension: Natural Guts at 56lb
Comments: The Best PLAYERS racquet for Amateur Players. I played with several models from Dunlop to HEAD,
Gamma, Wilson, Fischer, Volkl, Prince. In total 29 of them. All of these sticks have their own technology. But, nothing I could feel.
Once, I made my first hit with PK Ki 5. I can feel the Kinetic Technology on my arm. It is so comfortable on elbow (I had Tennis
Elbow before 2 years) and arm. I play with One handed BH. It generated lots of spin. You may string with poly and you wont feel
any pin on elbow. But, it plays Great with Hyb. Settings at 52x54 Lbs.
So my verdict... go back to the first line.
From: Sriraam, Orange County, CA, 4.0. 7/09
Comments: I just started having some elbow pain after just starting tennis last year at this time. I play lacrosse,
golf, and basketball as well and I think they have all contributed to the pain. I read all the great reviews this racquet received and I
looked all over for a demo but I was unable to find one. Finally I just ordered one blindly hoping that these reviews wouldn't steer
me wrong and I just received my racquet earlier today and I was impressed! Before I got this racquet I played with a Prince Ozone
Seven with MSV Focus Hex....and between the stiff racquet and the poly it was pretty tough on my arm. I just strung up my Ki 5
with Babolat Hurricane Pro, which is a poly, because it is what I had lying around. I was a little worried because, like the focus hex,
it is pretty tough on the arm. I just got back from hitting for a few hours and my arm feels great! Having those stings in didn't
affect anything except the awesome spin I was putting on the ball on groundstrokes, volleys , and serves! For such a great price,
because of the cosmetic update, I think I'll have to order one or two more! Hope this review helps those of you who haven't been
able to demo but are struggling with arm pain and are looking for a new racquet.
From: Scott, Lancaster PA, USA. 7/09
String type and tension: Babolat Hurricane Pro
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: Great racquet. Love the new cosmetics. The Ki5 has really good weight and a fairly tight 16x20 string
pattern. Very maneuverable and provides plenty of "POP" on all shots. Also works well when returning big serves. Feels great on
the arm as well.
From: Jorge, Hilton Head, SC, USA 06/09
String type and tension: Kirschbaum Hybrix Spin @ 58 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: I had tennis elbow so bad that I ended up with surgery and missed about a year
of playing. Prior I had tested just about every brand name racquet there is- nothing helped. After coming back from surgery, I
tried the PSE version of this racquet and it was too heavy; I then got the Ki 5 and thought it was a little too light. I experimented
with some weight in the handle and voila! I have the perfect stick for me. I have strung it with 17g gut 3 pounds below mid and I
have virtually no vibration, which equates to no elbow strain/pain. I am also
playing my best tennis ever, probably because of the confidence have with this racquet. Great topspin; amazingly light feel and
maneuverable due to the head light balance. Truly an amazing, and very underrated, racquet! PK should do a better job of
advertising this racquet.
From: Kenny, Fort Lauderdale, Fl, USA. 4/09
String type and tension: Babolat VS gut 17 g 57#
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: I have played tennis since I was a child. Three years ago I bought a Head Liquidmetal and I began to
suffer tennis elbow, a year before I changed to a Dunlop Aerogel 300, and the problems of my elbow didn't disappear at all. Finally
I decided to buy a Pro Kennex kinetic ionic ki 5 after reading all the feedback on this web. With this racquet the tennis elbow
disappeared completely. Moreover it is a racquet with a good power and excellent maneuverability on the net. Muchismo ben a
From: Santiago, Lugo, Galicia, Spain. 3/09
String type and tension: Wilson sensation 22 kg
Comments: I have played with the Ki5 for 2 weeks and I'm very pleased with this racquet. I did a test before buy it,
but the first time I hold it, I could feel the good sensation. I don't have tennis elbow problem, but decided to use anyway.
From: Sergio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
String type and tension: 60 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Easily the most comfortable racket I've used - any others I try always provoke wrist or elbow pain which
is annoying as I find this racket a bit underpowered for my style.I would like something a bit heavier and therefore more stable
whilst remaining head light and easy on the arm - suggestions?
From: Toby, UK 2/09
Comments: After discovering that I will need shoulder surgery, I decided to try the KI5 to get me through until
surgery day. Nice surprise. This is a nice player's frame that delivers excellent control, manageable power on demand on a
headlight frame that is extremely comfortable. This frame really reminded me of the 200GMW for some reason, but with more
access to spin. After 4 sets, no shoulder pain at all. I may stick with this frame even after surgery
because it is an easy frame to use and is extremely comfortable. Nice Job PK!
From: Basil J, Boston, Mass. 12/08
String type and tension: Prince Synthetic Gut Duraflex 60#
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Really a top performing player's racquet! If you have tennis elbow problem, you do not need to look any
further nor continuing playing with pain. I read the good reviews on this racquet; buy continued trying other racquets mainly
because I did not like the 7G rattle feeling. Well, this is a very well made racquet; great mix of control, feel and power. Now I
think I lost a lot of time (and went through a lot of pain) searching elsewhere. I tried many of more "recognized" brands. Know I
have to admit that there was no reason to harm my elbow while this racquet is available. You can even string with a multi in the
mid 60's without noticing any TE pain. From the playing standpoint, great serving, power, control, touch and feel racquet. I am
really impressed and happy with my selection!
From: Rene, San Juan, PR, 12/08
String type and tension: Tecnifibre Pro Mix and NGR2 @ 64lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: It is true what they say about this racket being easy on your arm! I like to hit out from the baseline and I
feel like I can swing hard and still keep the ball in. It's very stable on return of serve. At first I was concerned about it not having
enough feel at the net and for approach shots, but as I've gotten use to it I've found a lot of control in my shots with this racket. I
served five baskets about as hard as I can, and played five sets in the last three days, and my arm still feels great! Every other
racket I've used I also strung at the bottom of the range and still had shoulder and forearm problems. I also tried it at 62lbs. with
Wilson NXT and I played well, but I prefer Gosen 17 gauge at lower tensions. Great buy!
From: Paul, Nashville, TN, USA, 10/08
String type and tension: Gosen OG sheep micro 17 @ 54lbs.
Headsize: 100sq in.
NTRP Rating: 5.5-open
Comments: Been used to heavy racquets but have been searching for something slightly lighter and easier to
maneuver as I've got older. Tried lots of different mid-weight racquets - but most had at least one weak area for my style of play.
Tried the Ki 5 and it was a revelation. Power on demand, easy to swing, good for spin, pretty stable on volleys. In a way, it
reminds me of a slightly lighter Volkl Tour 10 I used to use (and love) a few years back - doesn't excel at any one area but has no
significant weakness - just lets you play to your abilities. It does make a strange noise when you hit at the tip, but no vibrations
are transmitted to the hand or elbow and it plays nice and soft but retaining some feel at the same time. A really nice racquet.
From: Mark, 08/08
Comments: Just an amazing racquet. Many people are drawn to ProKennex because they have gained the reputation
as having "arm friendly" racquets. This is true, but my experience has been that I prefer the Ki5 over anything out there regardless
of what it does to my arm and elbow. I played with a Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 for years when I was younger and I feel the Ki5 has
similar control. I can generate my own power, but based on the other racquets I have demoed, the Ki5 feels more powerful than
most to me. It is sold for volleys and does a nice job with serves. Personally, I don't see myself playing with anything else for
From: JP, The Woodlands, TX, USA. 7/08
String type and tension: Babolat VS @ 62 lbs.
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I recently switched from Tecnifibre TFeel 305 to this stick. ProKennex Ki 5 is offering + 10 gsm and
head light instead of even balance. It's easy to handle on nearly all kind of strokes, flat shots are a joy but the best on this racket
is the great amount of control on serves. Volleys are good, too...really enjoyable tool!
From: Rene, Germany. 6/08
String type and tension: Oehms Co-Poly 3rd Gen True Grip 17
Comments: I had a bad shoulder pain that was caused by the new Wilson K Factor. It became so bad that I couldn't
even sleep well. So I sold and went back to Head Liquidmetal Prestige. After playing for two months the pain decreased, but
continued and I would feel it at least a couple of times while playing. The owner of the tennis shop told me about this racquet and
I tried one out. It really is incredible. The pain just disappears. There is no more pain. The racquet is very control oriented and I
had no problem switching. Actually my instructor told me that my shots improved
From: Alejandro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 10/07
String type and tension: Wilson NXT Tour 55 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: I started having elbow problems when playing with my nsix-one 95, so I decided to demo some
racquets to fix this problem. I tried the Fischer M-Speed No. 1, the Avery M3 Power, the Head Flexpoint Prestige, and this racquet,
and this one was the only one that generated the same results as my previous racquet but without the side effects. This is a
player's racquet that offers the easy feel of a more forgiving racquet without giving up performance.
From: Phil, Roanoke, VA, USA, 06/07
Headsize:100 sq. in.
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Wow... this is a nugget! The weight is wonderfully balanced, no shock, no vibration,
strung with gut @ 65 pounds gives that pop sound so coveted. I truly believe that this is the racquet
professionals would choose if not sponsored by the "big three" or others.
From: George, Sacramento, CA 05/06
String type and tension: Tonic, 16g at 65 pounds.
Comments: I have spent approximately 4 weeks demoing various rackets. First, I demoed Prince
Hornet and Shark. I developed significant arm pain within a week or so. There was no way I could play a whole
season with those rackets. I would be sidelined with tennis elbow in no time. I began to search for a racket that
would not punish my arm for hitting a winner. I demoed ProKennex Ki5, Volkl 9-V engine 16x 19, and Head
Liquid Metal Instinct. I could tell within minutes of hitting with the Head LM Instinct that it was tennis elbow in the
making. Next, the Volkl 9-V Engine felt ok on my already sore arm. However, I did not like the way I was striking
the ball with it. Off center shot are not very forgiving and it seemed be dead when hit toward the top of the
racket. Now for the good news, the ProKennex Ki5 felt great when I first picked it up. My groundstrokes were crisp and accurate.
Serves had moderate pace
and nice consistency. I would not classify this racket as an ace machine. That's not my game anyway. Volleys
had nice touch. Very good all court racket that DOES live up to its claim as being "arm friendly". I ordered two of
them today. Thank You ProKennex for saving my season, and allowing me to play without the constant
nagging pain of tennis elbow! Anyone who has any arm / elbow problems should give this racket a test drive.
Comes highly recommended.
From: Brian, Kingsport, TN 04/06
String type and tension:KLIP natural gut 17G
Headsize:100 sq. feet
Comments: The Ki 5 is a very different stick than the 7g, no question. For all the alleged
improvements of the ionic technology, the old kinetics seem to provide a softer, more cushioned feel than any
of the ionics I have tested. The Ki does, in addition to being somewhat stiffer, provide more stability but I prefer
the 7g. I will now have to load up on 7gs to make sure I always have a few. I wish I had made the same call with
the 5g PSE. Now that was a sweet stick.
From: John, Gainesville, FL 04/06
String type and tension: Gamma Fusion Plus 19
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I played for years with the original black PK 5G. Then I got the updated 2001+ version
(which despite what they say, is different) and now the ki 5. For my money, the original black model still has the
sweetest feel. The ki has a crisper feel with a much lighter head. But with the right strings, the new ki is still a
very nice feeling racket with better control than the original models. One definite improvement, the new ki
makes much less noise as the tiny lead balls shift around in the head.
From: Martin, San Francisco, CA 04/06
String type and tension: Gamma livewire
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: I had been playing with a nSix-One 95 and had elbow pain towards the end of a match.
After demoing the Kinetic ki 5 I bought one and am having more success with spin and accuracy. I also don't
feel any pain or soreness when using the ki5.
From: Joel, Northfield, MN, USA 04/06
Comments: This is a GREAT racquet. I had used the ProKennex 5g Pro for
several years. Two years ago I switch to a Head Liquid Metal to get more power but started
having elbow pain because of the stiffness of the racquet. I recently purchased a ProKennex
Ki 5 and have not had any elbow pain ever since. This racquet has a bit more power than
the 5g and is a great all court racquet. I highly recommend this racquet even if you don't
have elbow problems. It has a soft but solid feel and the racquet weight puts power behind
the strokes. One of my favorite features is the amount of control you get. It has a nice sweet
spot and off center hits do not transfer any vibration to the arm. My opponents say I am
hitting a heavier ball with this racquet.
From: Scott, Raleigh, NC USA 02/06
Comments: I'm puzzled by the opposite reviews. I bought a Ki5 based on my
experience w/ my PK5G and didn't
like it. I thought it was too stiff. The TW reviews and some of these indicate it absorbs shock
better, but I found it conducted
buzziness more. I'm putting my Ki5 up for sale on the forums and going back to the PK5G :-(
From: Ken, Boston, MA, USA. 11/05
String type and tension: Klip Legend 17 @ 62lbs.
NTRP Rating: 3.0
Comments: After suffering from elbow problems, I switched to the PK 5g about 5
years ago and got immediate relief. Just recently, I bought a PK Ionic 5g. The racquet has
great feel, offers slightly more power than most players racquets and is very easy on the
elbow and shoulder. Overall, this is a great racquet and an improvement over the classic
5g.NTRP Rating: 4.5
From:Tracy, Houston, Texas.
String type and tension: Wilson NXT @ 62lbs.
Comments: I absolutely love this racquet. I had to switch to this racquet after I
had intense wrist pain which forced me out of
the court for 2 months (Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 made my wrist almost useless)..Started
playing again with this racquet, I can feel the
difference. It's very soft on my hands, has more than enough power for someone who is
cautiously starting tennis after a 2 month layover.
I slowly may have to increase the String tension (now @54 lbs) to get more control out of this
racquet. Terrific buy, overall.
From:Girish, Dallas, Texas, USA
String type and tension: Klip Natural @54 lbs
Comments: I have been using 5G for a few years and wanted a new racket. I
demoed the Pro Kennex Ki 5. I like it more than the 5G. It is softer on my elbow, more
powerful. More topspin. Possibly, a bit less crisp than 5G with a softer feel. Overall definite
improvement over the older 5G.
From:Alex, Boston, MA, USA 05/05
NTRP Rating: 4.25
Comments: I was playing with a Mid size Prince TT graphite and having arm and
wrist problems. I switched to this racquet and not only do my wrists and my shoulder feel
better my game has improved dramatically. I love this maraca sounding racquet.
From: Adam, Smyrna, GA, USA. 04/05
String type and tension: Kirschabaum Competition @ 57lbs.
Headsize: Prince Graphite TT mid size.
Comments: My experience is so different, as are many PK enthusiast, that I
wonder if the feedback that was so negative really involved a Ki5 racquet. Plays a lot like the
longstanding and fantastic 5G racquet except in my opinion with a tad more power and even
better protection for arm. Like the racquet a lot, though recently switched to Ki 10PSE for
better spin potential.
From: Jim, Kalamazoo, MI, USA. 01/05