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varuscelli
12-03-2006, 12:03 AM
I have been working on a small set of photos of the "God Racquet" or "God's Racquet" made by Prince as part of a promo a few years ago (I don't really know the full story, though). This racquet comes up in conversation here once in a while, and I though people might like a closer look.

The Prince God Racquet (http://www.photostringer.com/racquets_prince_god.htm)

That page is part of a larger site I've been working on with photo contributions from LOTS of TW forum members at www.photostringer.com (http://www.photostringer.com) (a site focused on tennis racquet stringing machines). Feel free to visit the whole site, if you like, but have a look at the Prince God racquet. If you've ever heard of it, these photos will probably interest you.

Edit: Perhaps I should have included a photo in my original message:

http://www.photostringer.com/images/061109-018b.jpg

Squid
12-03-2006, 12:08 AM
that must be the most manuverable racket in the world ;)

BiGGieStuFF
12-03-2006, 12:22 AM
Those are some great photos. NOw time to get some video of you playing with it. Now that would be a sight to see :)

ShooterMcMarco
12-03-2006, 12:29 AM
I thought Federer was using the new Wilson K?

Duzza
12-03-2006, 12:37 AM
Hey varuscelli, I'm gonna need my racquet back by Wednesday, I've got a tournament.

katastrof
12-03-2006, 12:44 AM
String it with leftovers & yo're good to go.

varuscelli
12-03-2006, 09:49 AM
Something else to show the perspective. The roughly 12-square-inch head of the Prince God racquet against the 110-square-inch head of an old Wilson Hammer 6.2.

http://www.photostringer.com/images/061109-035b.jpg

Voltron
12-03-2006, 09:56 AM
Woah, where did you find that racquet.

varuscelli
12-03-2006, 09:58 AM
Those are some great photos. NOw time to get some video of you playing with it. Now that would be a sight to see :)

The video is going to be you and me playing a match using two of these. But I'm gonna practice with it in the mean time, and on the day we play I'll break them out as a surprise (kind of like two guys in a dual where one of them breaks out matched pistols or swords).

But, um, I'm hoping this won't give me an unfair advantage. :p

Hey varuscelli, I'm gonna need my racquet back by Wednesday, I've got a tournament.

Too late! I've become accustomed to it, and much like loaning a neighbor some lawn tools you'll likely never see it again.... <insert evil laughter here>

SFrazeur
12-03-2006, 09:59 AM
If I used that racquet I could hit the center......of the shaft. That's for the ball and racquet comparison pictures.

sypl
12-03-2006, 10:19 AM
I know this is gonna sound really nerdy, but what are the specs of this racquet? Weight? Balance?

sypl
12-03-2006, 10:21 AM
Also, I notice that nowhere on the racquet does it say Prince. Shame.

You should make a mold and mass produce these!

varuscelli
12-03-2006, 10:58 AM
I know this is gonna sound really nerdy, but what are the specs of this racquet? Weight? Balance?

Nerdy Answer: I just posted them. :p

http://www.photostringer.com/racquets_prince_god.htm

I haven't gone through the exercise of figuring out the exact balance, but the racquet leans toward the head light side. (OK, so it REALLY leans toward head light.)

anirut
12-03-2006, 11:20 AM
Al, this is hilarious! I love it!

Amone
12-03-2006, 11:27 AM
XD I'd like to see somebody hit with that, to test the theory that "smaller heads mean better control." The sweet spot must be, what, the size of a ping-pong ball... If you used OPorts?

TokyopunK
12-03-2006, 11:28 AM
Woah, where did you find that racquet.

I'll answer this one... he sniped it from me on la e bay!

SFrazeur
12-03-2006, 11:29 AM
Also, I notice that nowhere on the racquet does it say Prince. Shame.

You should make a mold and mass produce these!

If you were God would you settle for Prince? I think not.

tennis-skater
12-03-2006, 11:41 AM
If you were God would you settle for Prince? I think not.
hahahahhhah sooo funny

varuscelli
12-03-2006, 11:51 AM
Also, I notice that nowhere on the racquet does it say Prince. Shame.

You should make a mold and mass produce these!

My understanding is that a very limited number of these were produced for promotional purposes. The number I keep hearing is "1000" or "less than 1000." I don't know if that's true or not.

I'll answer this one... he sniped it from me on la e bay!

Sorry, man, I didn't know you were after that one, too. I didn't make the connection between "TokyopunK" and "AnonymousTokyopunK" on the site... ;)

Besides, I'm trying to use it for the betterment of mankind through education by creating a web page dedicated to it. I'm being a philanthropist here (and I can't even afford to be one, for that matter) -- thus, my motives are pure (as the driven snow)... :p

sypl
12-03-2006, 11:59 AM
So how much did you get it for? Either of you can answer that :p

TokyopunK
12-03-2006, 12:26 PM
So how much did you get it for? Either of you can answer that :p

I don't remember the exact number but I think it was like 50-60 something.

varuscelli
12-03-2006, 12:39 PM
So how much did you get it for? Either of you can answer that :p

The auction one went for about $50. From what I've seen, though, you might expect to pay around $100 or a bit more for one. Since they're not a mainsteam item (even used) and were never actually marketed/sold (as far as I know), there's not much a really good frame of reference.

varuscelli
12-03-2006, 04:02 PM
I found a couple of the God's racquet videos on the Tennis Pod Pro Videos site. ("The God Racket" and "The God Racket 2")

http://iws.punahou.edu/MT/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=21&search=godr

To view them, you might have to go to the Tennis Pod Pro Video home page for instructions, etc. (unless you're already set up for iTunes/podcast viewing).

http://iws.punahou.edu/user/lcouillard/

Viper
12-03-2006, 06:40 PM
Woah, a 6x8 string pattern, this thing must be a spin monster! :mrgreen:

vinnier6
12-03-2006, 06:45 PM
i dont see what the big deal is...if someone gave me that thing i would give it back....

varuscelli
12-03-2006, 07:55 PM
i dont see what the big deal is...if someone gave me that thing i would give it back....

Hmmm...interesting take, but I think you might be missing the point. ;)

The whole concept is about the the lighter side of tennis and the humorous and fun vision behind creation of the racquet. It was conceived in good humor and seems to continue in generating that same sort of "lighter-side fun" message to people even now (based on the reaction most people seem to have when they see it), years after the initial promotional idea came and went.

I don't think anyone really takes it too seriously, but it is a very interesting collector's item and a unique curiosity. And it's fun to play around with the idea, as it always seems to generate good natured banter between people when the subject of it comes up. But a big deal? No, it's not a big deal at all.

But if someone does give you one and you don't want it, please let me know. I'll take it off your hands -- but I bet I'll be standing in line to do so... :p

Besides, this racquet's going to help me finish my tennis tribute to Georgia O'Keeffe.

http://www.photostringer.com/images/Compare-029b.jpg

d-quik
12-19-2008, 10:38 AM
^ what are those racquets, god > t2000 > ? > ?

themitchmann
12-19-2008, 11:15 AM
If you were God would you settle for Prince? I think not.

Ouch. My Dad bought one years ago when the commercials first aired. It now sits in our club's pro shop, as he lent it to them to display as a conversation piece. Maybe it's time I get it back...

Bud
12-19-2008, 11:39 AM
^ what are those racquets, god > t2000 > ? > ?

Yonex RDX 500 (mid?) and a Wilson Hypercarbon something OS :)

Bud
12-19-2008, 11:41 AM
Ouch. My Dad bought one years ago when the commercials first aired. It now sits in our club's pro shop, as he lent it to them to display as a conversation piece. Maybe it's time I get it back...

Yeah, before they forget where it came from ;)

zapvor
12-20-2008, 05:37 AM
i recently got to hit with one. it is IMPOSSIBLE to play with. i can barely hit groundstrokes with it, and whiffed all my serves.

Zhou
12-20-2008, 06:40 AM
I get this feeling that I want to use one...

plasma
12-20-2008, 09:41 AM
if anyone has one available pls contact me...

jetlee2k
12-20-2008, 03:05 PM
After losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open fifth set marathon 6-7 6-7 7-6 7-6 99-97, and Roger Federer also in the fifth set battle with the score 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 77-75, God went back up Heaven with a very very furious mood.. How dare his servant Federer, Rafael defeat the master. He was going to send some punishment down to the players but GOD said NO.. I am going to beat them by their games.. He calls up all the Saints and advisors to come up with the strategy.. And yes.. there are some TW poster were call.. They are all agree that b/c of the racquet that GOD lost.. but NONE can design a new racquet for GOD.. so he call up of the BIG 5 racquet makers to come up the design.. surely one of the advisor is "suresh" quickly pointed out was the Head Size.. so the head size is increase 20% bigger.. Drakulie came onboard to double the density of the string pattern so GOD will get more control.... The beam is also thinner to about 15" so it will cut thru the air much faster.. Here is the results of The BIG 5 design.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3256/3123129451_58610bdc57.jpg
Here is the overlay of GOD's Dunlop Racquet to Prince Boron

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3218/3123129467_59602c56a9.jpg
Here is another overlay of GOD's Wilson racquet to the KPS88

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3251/3123129481_d481eef5d9.jpg

HAPPY HOLIDAY

Duzza
12-20-2008, 03:16 PM
Can I have one pls?

vmosrafa08
12-20-2008, 03:44 PM
what do i search for on e bay? When I searched "prince god racquet" I got no results...

SirBlend12
12-20-2008, 03:47 PM
After losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open fifth set marathon 6-7 6-7 7-6 7-6 99-97, and Roger Federer also in the fifth set battle with the score 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 77-75, God went back up Heaven with a very very furious mood.. How dare his servant Federer, Rafael defeat the master. He was going to send some punishment down to the players but GOD said NO.. I am going to beat them by their games.. He calls up all the Saints and advisors to come up with the strategy.. And yes.. there are some TW poster were call.. They are all agree that b/c of the racquet that GOD lost.. but NONE can design a new racquet for GOD.. so he call up of the BIG 5 racquet makers to come up the design.. surely one of the advisor is "suresh" quickly pointed out was the Head Size.. so the head size is increase 20% bigger.. Drakulie came onboard to double the density of the string pattern so GOD will get more control.... The beam is also thinner to about 15" so it will cut thru the air much faster.. Here is the results of The BIG 5 design.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3256/3123129451_58610bdc57.jpg
Here is the overlay of GOD's Dunlop Racquet to Prince Boron

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3218/3123129467_59602c56a9.jpg
Here is another overlay of GOD's Wilson racquet to the KPS88

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3251/3123129481_d481eef5d9.jpg

HAPPY HOLIDAY

^^^ What are those? And where can I get one?

DJG
12-20-2008, 08:38 PM
^^^ What are those? And where can I get one?

Anybody up for a game of squash?

RoddickAce
12-20-2008, 08:46 PM
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1dyl3YQKGxo
The "god's racquet" commercial

In D Zone
12-21-2008, 01:08 PM
Here's a vintage copy:

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/7097/dcp0129sp7.jpg

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/7097/dcp0129sp7.jpg

zapvor
12-21-2008, 02:06 PM
^the prince God racket is even smaller. let me post pics later.

zapvor
12-21-2008, 02:07 PM
oh, and it's virtually impossible to get one now.