Bruce, You got the right idea. My father who was a home framer in the Levittown project on Long Island had the same problems with his elbow. Many times doctors thought he had tennis elbow but what it really was that the impact shock from a 28 oz. steel hammer. Now that I have been framing for 15 yrs plus, I have always used a speciality wooden hammer from sweden. I've had it now for 5 plus years and is still in good shape and still has good balance. Although costly $75.00 it will save myself, my dad and my employees a lot of pain.