View Full Version : How does the speedport tour play?

06-02-2008, 05:57 PM
Just wondering what the pros and cons of thie prince speedport tour are.

06-02-2008, 05:58 PM
I thought it hit like a piece of tin and put it down in about 2 minutes, but that's just me.

06-02-2008, 08:15 PM
- Very soft feel, I absolutely love it (even though I don't play with the racquet; I've demoed it for about two weeks though). Some people prefer a more crisp feel though.
- Tremendous power from an easy-to-swing frame that just rips right through the air and the ball.
- With that power comes a nice amount of top spin on the ball.

Overall it does live up to its claims of fast swing speeds and power and spin on the ball.

- The biggest one...it really rips through the ball and if you can't control it, it'll fly all over the place.
- If you want to switch between the two separate grommet attachments, you have to get your racquet freshly restrung, which would suck if you had a nice string on it the first time but didn't like the way the grommets played...a mistake I made with natural gut lol.

06-02-2008, 08:24 PM
It feels really soft, I loved how it felt. Spin and power was there. Control was there, but you really needed to have the right swing. As said above ^^, the ball will fly on you, but thats only if you swung it wrong, so IMO, I think you can't blame it on your racket anymore if you get this. But of course, I found the power a little too much.

06-02-2008, 08:28 PM
I am familiar with the head line up. Which head racquets (feel free to mention other brands), does the speedport pro equate to in terms of power?

06-02-2008, 08:30 PM
err, I meant tour not "pro"

06-02-2008, 08:42 PM
As far as power goes, I find the Speedport is in its own class. For a racquet that's relatively as light as the Speedport Tour, it's hard to match one from the Head family that has comparable power. In fact, you would probably have to go OS to get a comparable power from the Head line in my opinion.

06-02-2008, 08:46 PM
Or you could go Metallix, which I absolutely despise because it's about as far from a player's racquet as I've gone in a while lol.

06-02-2008, 08:57 PM
For those of you saying its a soft racquet, is it flexible or doesit feel soft because it's muted?

I've hit with the old O3 Red and O3 Tour and they were quite stiff frames that had a very muted feel, which a friend of mine was mistaking as flexible.

06-02-2008, 09:27 PM
-soft feel. a very comfortable racquet with a very large sweetspot
-good spin. nice slice and topspin potential
-controllable power on strokes and serves. very nice serving stick
-pretty good volleying stick. manueverable with good pop

-muted feel. especially on the serve. i couldnt feel the ball being crushed but i could definitely see the ball explode off the court
-stabiltiy is only so so. i think the speedports are to blame for this. noticeable on the volleys although the comfort helps abit

06-02-2008, 10:25 PM
Nice views here. Any comparison of the SP Tour vs SP Black vs SP Pro White?

06-03-2008, 06:53 PM
Also, does anybody know how the SP Tour compares to the prototype prince racquets ( Prince SP POG, NXG or whatever its supposed to be), and do these have a scheduled release date yet?

06-04-2008, 01:39 PM
i play with sp tours
great power and top on forehands
sweet bakchands
good serves
kinda lacking on volleys but im a baseliner
overall player racquwet suitd best twoards players with big topspin strokes

El Guapo
06-04-2008, 01:50 PM
For those of you saying its a soft racquet, is it flexible or doesit feel soft because it's muted?

I've hit with the old O3 Red and O3 Tour and they were quite stiff frames that had a very muted feel, which a friend of mine was mistaking as flexible.
If you think that the O3 Tour MP is stiff, you're all alone on that one.

06-04-2008, 08:26 PM
felt very very flexible to me. i disliked that enough to put it down after only a few minutes.

09-27-2008, 10:15 AM
It feels strange at first, but if you are a baseliner that hits a lot of ts stay with it. Now that i am used to this stick it is unbelievable, great comfort, great spin+serve. This racquet has great control to me, i dont understand anyone saying that it is to powerful.

09-27-2008, 11:38 AM
I thought the SP Tour felt alright. I was able to rip a few serves when I got going, but the kicker wasn't working so well with the frame. Slices serves were alright as well. Forehands and backhands were good, but felt a little strange with the grommets inserted. I didn't like the feeling with the classic grommets inserted. Felt strange, because I swung fast, but didn't get the response that one would typically associate with swinging fast.

09-27-2008, 11:42 AM
i was a former SPT user before switching to the blades. i have to say, the racket was very forgiving and extremely well suited for my baseline spin game at the time. the feel was decent, but nothing compared to Wilson sticks and was probably due to the Oports. I found out that i do prefer precision over general control, and that led me to my current stick.