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Comments: I've had bad tennis elbow due to overuse and imperfect form during my early highschool days.
After college, I decided I had enough of having to stop a match, or tell my partner that "today is not the day" after going
through warmups. It was like flipping a coin to see if I'd be able to play or not, once I learned the hard way that playing
through it is not the way to go about it. After some research last summer (2014), I came across the ProKennex Ionic line.
After reading reviews of each racquet, it seemed like the Ki5 315 would be a good one for me. I got one, and played with a
synthetic main/gut cross. Felt a lot more "easy" power than my Babolat Aeropro Drive, which was key because I wouldn't
have to swing my arm as fast. Also, any off-center hits were dampened by the material in the frame. Something that can
be felt. After a few months of use, I bought a second and have put all-gut strings in. Couldn't be happier with the feel.
Have not had to call off a match or quit in 20+ occasions. Still some arm soreness on some day-afters, but nothing that ice
doesn't fix. I'd give this product a 9/10. Only thing stopping it from a 10/10 is that it seems like the "dampening" material in
the frame seems to wear down overtime, as my newer racquet definitely feels like it has "more" of it inside. Kind of hard to
explain if you haven't hit with one of these.
From: Andrew, 8/15
Comments: So I have tennis elbow. And I had it bad. I'm just getting over it although I have to still be careful. I
read about this racquet and tennis elbow. And the more I read the more I just wanted to buy it. So I did. Wow --it's
awesome! I wish I had known about this racquet before I got tennis elbow. What a solid hit. Great control. And no shock
whatsoever. I was going to demo some other ones but now, I'm just going to buy another one of these. Frankly, it's the
best feeling racquet I have ever used -- ever. Now, what I am finding is that tennis elbow is a huge problem. Almost every
guy I hit with in our group has had it at one time or another. And if you have it, you know it's horrible. You wouldn't wish it
on your worst enemy. I think Tennis Warehouse is out of my grip size which is 4 and half. (4.5). So I guess I'll have to wait.
A few people are saying this racquet actually healed their tennis elbow. I don't know if that's going to happen to me but I
played this morning and no pain at all. None. And I never hit the ball so solidly and with confidence. Oh and I have it strung
with Babolat Gut at 52 lbs -- it's perfect. I do love this racquet, I even like the way it looks and I showed the guys the little
tennis elbow emblem it has, pretty cool looking if you ask me.
From: George, 7/15
Comments: Love this racquet, I am about to buy another. I was playing with a Prince O series, which was like
playing with a club with no control. The ProKennex feels like an extension of my arm. Very comfortable, great spin and
have elbow and shoulder problems and my arm doesn't hurt when I play with this racquet. I am 40 years old and a 4.5
and play several times a week. The one thing this racquet lacks is power. I have Gamma pro 17 strings, strung at 57 lbs. I
going to try some different strings strung at a lower tension.
From: Mark, 9/14
Comments: Well I have had this racquet for 9 months now. I was using a Blade 98 that I loved but wrist and
pain almost stopped me playing. My coach had a Ki 5 295 due to his own tennis elbow problems and advised me it had
him out. I made the switch and moved seamlessly from the Blade 98 to this stick. The Ki 5 had big shoes to fill and it did
tamed my arm pain as well. I have been strengthening and stretching as well of course but that had not fixed the problem
was using the Blade. By the way, if you don't have arm problems the Blade 98 is terrific. The Blade is not an arm breaker
just had age and overuse issues which required the PK to get on top of.
From: Grahame, 9/14
Comments: I switched to the PK Ionic Ki5 315 after suffering from tennis elbow. I had been using a Head
Radical Pro. I demoed Volkl, Wilson and Babolat frames. None were as comfortable. The PK swings easier than its specs,
allows me to hit a heavy ball. I also found the headlight balance to be helpful on volleys. In short, this is a great arm-
player's racquet. String type and tension: Wilson NXT at 56 lbs.
From: Michael, 8/14
Comments: I bought this used from Tennis Warehouse and although they said it was B condition racquet, it is
perfect condition. I am a beginner again after not playing for decades and I've found this racquet easy on the arm and
powerful enough. The "beginner" racquets that I tried seemed to encourage poor swing mechanics and did not allow me
to hit the
ball at my normal pace without putting it over the fence. The ProKennex is really nice and I may just have to order another
a backup. Strung at 58 lbs with synthetic gut.
From: Tom, 7/14
Comments: Nice racquet that I almost pulled the trigger on. I had arthroscopic elbow surgery recently and
combo of the Wilson 6.1 95 and one handed backhand meant I had continued elbow pain -- more due to the 1HBH I think.
this racquet on groundies because it isn't overpowered. But I wanted more plow through on serves and volleys. I found
having to change my stroke mechanics to compensate for the lack of plow and because of that I went with the more
315 instead. I play USTA at the 4.5 level. (Kudos to TW for excellent all-around service!)
From: Brandon, 8/13
Comments: This Ki 5 315 is a really great racquet. Great feel and control on all shots from anywhere on the
Powerful strokes but really easy to maintain control on them. Arm friendly -- as arm friendly as a racquet can get. The only
negative is it may be too HL (10 points) but the racquet is great at the net and on half volleys. The accuracy one gets with
racquet on every shot is impressive.
From: Tom, 7/13
Comments: I demo'ed this racquet during a 10-hour, 2-day clinic for FYB's new course coming very soon. A
intro on my racquet search history; I bought two ProKennex 7Gs, demo'ed 8 racquets to end up with the Babolat AeroPro
bought 2, played with them for 2 years until my forearm began hurting, and went back to the 7Gs. I had 3 other ProKennex
racquets (the Redondo, Ki 5 PSE and the Q tour, as well as my two 7Gs) that I had gotten from TW to demo but after
starting to hit
with this racquet, the Ki 315 ended the search! I hit 4 shots with the PSE and didn't even bother to hit with the other ones.
all, I hit for about 10 hours in two days and my arm was not hurting! I found this racquet delivering in all of the different
situations, helping me hit powerful forehands with tons of spin, crisp volleys, lazer-like backhand slices, precise half
smoking serves. There was nothing disappointing about this racquet. I ordered two today and am very glad to have found
quality racquet that will be by my side for years to come. One note about ProKennex racquets is that they are probably the
heroes of tennis racquets when it comes to arm-friendly sticks. If you know of someone who is having elbow or shoulder
problems, tell them to demo a ProKennex racquet before they decide to hang it all up!
From: Milad, 10/12
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger Rough 16g @ 58lbs
Comments: I've been playing with this racquet for a week now and am loving it. I'm an all court
player who mixes in serve and volleys more often than most. I came to it from a Head Youtek Prestige MP. This racquet
noticeably more spin on ground strokes, and one of the main reasons I purchased it was the added power on serves
compared to the Prestige MP. What surprised me was how much better I felt with
the racquet at the net. Drop volleys were a breeze to hit with this racquet. Whether
it's volleys or ground strokes, the racquet generates some nice pocketing on the ball
and makes redirecting shots a cinch. I'm not a guy with elbow problems, but the racquet comfort is noticeable. If you're
looking for a stick that does lots of things well to compliment an all court game,
this one is worth demoing.
From: Pete, 8/12
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power mains @ 55 lbs / Babolat N.Vy crosses @ 57 lbs
Comments: This thing is a Babolat Pure Drive GT without the elbow and wrist pain. It's that simple. What a
racquet if you like a player's racquet that you can whip through the ball and you want a relatively stiff frame at the same
prefer stiffer frames and this is one of the best out there. Can't say enough good things about his racquet.
From: Sean, 8/12