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pshulam
03-07-2009, 10:32 AM
Have you used one or both of these rackets? What do you about them? I am looking for a racket with good control and arm-friendly. My elbow has been hurting lately and has been resting for a couple of weeks. Thank you in advance for your input or comments.

http://picasaweb.google.com/pshulam/PrinceCTSGraduate90#
http://picasaweb.google.com/pshulam/PrinceGraphiteCompSeries90#

pshulam
03-07-2009, 06:07 PM
No comments?!:???::confused::shock:

paulorenzo
03-16-2009, 03:54 AM
i have a CTS graduate 90. i got it from my god brother and its a decent/good stick. i would say the graphite comp (90 version) would be the better stick.
although i havent hit with a prince graphite comp, i own a prince spectrum 90 and various other 90 square inch racquets, and i have to say that the CTS graduate falls short in comparison.
for one, its just too bulky, the CTS stands for constant taper system, meaning the width of the racquet starts of at about 17mm-18mm at the throat and ends up at a whopping 22mm at the head guard area. this can be detrimental in racquet head speed due to drag and poor aerodynamics when compared to thinner beams on other 90's.

secondly, it doesnt feel as solid as my other 90sq in. racquets. i had to modify the CTS graduate a bit in order to achieve a similar feel to my other classic 90's.
however the CTS does allow access to some good power and would be easier to handle deep in a 3 set match, but with a caveat in that there is less control.
the CTS plays much more like an extended midplus than a midsize.

please however take what i said with a grain of salt, since i did not actually hit with the graphite comp, but instead have hit with the prince spectrum comp 90, pro kennex graphite comp 90, the mcenroe ceramic comp 90, yamaha ceramic sliver 90, yamaha ceramic gold 90, and i guess other more modern sticks :)

droliver
03-16-2009, 09:44 AM
The CTS Graduate was a big and stiff semi-widebody model in that CTS line. VERY powerful racquet.

I found it hard to keep balls in the court when I had this in the late 1980's-early 90's. If you have arm/shoulder issues, I'd look elsewhere.

plasma
03-16-2009, 10:51 AM
can't comment without knowing your level, age, stroke style etc. Remeber the CTS with the "Jelly Belly"? It had a built in dampener strip, a 3 inch wide hole in the throat filled with Genuine Hairibo Authentic Gummi Bears vibration dampener. That was a sweet racquet

pshulam
03-18-2009, 08:27 PM
Thanks for the input. I have ended up with the graphite comp series 90.

I am an all-court player. My groundstroke is heavy topspin (both forehead and single backhand). My swing speed is fast. I use a semi-western grip for my forehand and eastern grip for my single-handed backhand.

plasma
03-19-2009, 09:17 AM
there are so many different styles of forehands, different schools,different mechanics. SOme semi westerns slap the ball with the wrist like bolleterri teaches, some shmear the entire arm over the ball. Generally there is some arm motion independent of the body when the gripmoves to semi western. Semi western players also tend to ballistically use the racquet as opposed to matching the speed of the ball like more classical strokers. Hope the Prince works out, would be great to see pics...

retrowagen
03-19-2009, 10:05 AM
Thanks for the input. I have ended up with the graphite comp series 90.

I am an all-court player. My groundstroke is heavy topspin (both forehead and single backhand). My swing speed is fast. I use a semi-western grip for my forehand and eastern grip for my single-handed backhand.

For your style of play, I'd think the thinner-beamed racket would offer fewer opportunities for shanked mis-hits. The wider beams around the periphery of the head seem to be succeptible to getting in the way, particularly on heavy topspin or slice groundstrokes.

That old Comp Series 90 is one of the finest all-purpose rackets ever made, in my opinion. See what work you can get done with that fine tennis tool! :)

pshulam
03-21-2009, 06:35 AM
.. Hope the Prince works out, would be great to see pics...

I played with this racket for about an hour. It has good control, pop and feel.

Here are the pictures:

http://i672.photobucket.com/albums/vv86/pshulam/Prince%20Graphite%20Comp%2090/prince3.jpg
http://i672.photobucket.com/albums/vv86/pshulam/Prince%20Graphite%20Comp%2090/prince2.jpg
http://i672.photobucket.com/albums/vv86/pshulam/Prince%20Graphite%20Comp%2090/prince1.jpg
http://i672.photobucket.com/albums/vv86/pshulam/Prince%20Graphite%20Comp%2090/prince4.jpg