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robbo1970
03-07-2012, 06:39 AM
When I first got back into this sport early last year, I started off using a late 90ís Prince Alloy oversize racquet. It weighed in about 350g and had a 107sq head. Not really having much knowledge of racquets at that time, I was aware the racquet felt a bit heavy after a long game, but didnít think a great deal about it.
It was only when I started looking at getting a new racquet that I saw all these different head sizes and weights and I will admit it confused the hell out of me.
Unfortunately, where I live in the UK there arenít any places that I can demo racquets and so it was a case of getting one I thought would be ok. I ended up with a 300g Prince racquet with a 100sq head and to be honest, itís been fine.
However, I have noticed that due to its weight, I donít seem to have great stability when volleying a hard hit ball and I am having to swing the racquet quite hard and fast to generate sufficient power, andÖ.as is the case with my golf swingÖ.the harder I try to hit the ball, the less control I have.
This is where I start to question whether I should go heavier and what benefit I will get by going to something like 330-340g? Also, the large head isnít a desperate requirement, one of my old racquets had an 80sq head and before that I used woods. I do also try and play regularly and I do weight training, so arm strength isnít an issue either.
I would say my game is not one of thrashing baseline rallies. I do like to mix it up and due to my low boredom threshold I will cover most areas of the court and do like to volley. My game is certainly one of ball placement rather than brute force.
SoÖ.this is where I need your feedback and any experiences you have had that are similar to mine.
I think I should start looking for a 330-340g racquet with a 90-95sq head, what are your thoughts and suggestions on what I should look to get?
Many thanks for reading this.

spaceman_spiff
03-07-2012, 06:50 AM
For stability, the swingweight is more important than just the overall weight. The swingweight is a good indication of how much mass is in the head, which is where you need it for stability. You could have a reasonably heavy frame with little mass in the head and it would be just as unstable as your current frame.

I completely understand what you're saying about faster swings leading to more mistakes. You probably want something with a high swingweight. If you can find a UK shop that still has the Youtek Radical Pro, that might work out quite well for you. The Dunlop 200 Tour is pretty hefty as well.

origmarm
03-07-2012, 07:13 AM
Which model of Prince do you have? Just so I can lookup the swingweight.

A lot of people who are coming from a 300/100 like something like a Radical or Prestige Pro, a Wilson 61 or a Babolat Storm or PDR. They are all different though so it's worth saying a bit about your style of play and what you like/don't about the Prince other than stability.

Harl Goodman
03-07-2012, 07:20 AM
I think I should start looking for a 330-340g racquet with a 90-95sq head, what are your thoughts and suggestions on what I should look to get?
Many thanks for reading this.

I hear a lot of similarities to my recent experience. The last 2 years I've played with a bunch of wood and metal rackets.
Trying to change back to a racket with modern specs left me wanting, as well.
There are 2 things working well for me: "antiquing" and customizing.

There are a lot of great graphite rackets from the 80s with specs much closer to that of the wood and metal. I played last night with my "new" Head Graphite Edge (13.2oz, 7 HL) and was very happy with it.

Lead tape is gonna be your friend. Before you buy another racket, consult TW on how to change the frame you have into something more like your old rackets.
I've got a Spalding Ceramic Comp. Stock, it was 12.5oz and WAY too head light for me. So, I added lead to 3 & 9 and now it's 13oz, 7 HL and feels great!

robbo1970
03-07-2012, 07:52 AM
The Prince racquet I have is a very basic low end one that cost £25. I dont think it has a name, but its red.

Its of titanium construction but looks like graphite. Weighs 300g, 100sq head, standard nylon strings. It was basically a lighter, smaller headed modern version of what I was using to start with.

I was looking at lead placements of 4" at 3 and 9 o'clock, but thats only going to add about 4g and I think I need more than that. I had a swing with a friends new Wilson PS61 95 that he said he had weighted at about 340 and just swinging it and striking the ball felt so much better.

I did look at the Dunlop 200, which I think is 337 strung. I did think that most racquets were weighted unstrung as surely the strung weight would depend on the strings used? However, it did feel solid and the 95sq head seemed big enough.

fuzz nation
03-07-2012, 08:26 AM
Hi robbo,

Another aspect to keep in mind is a racquet's balance. I love heavier frames myself and I venture to the net whenever I can. That extra measure of heft certainly brings more stability to the racquet and some authority to my volleys, but unless those frames have enough head-light (HL) balance to be comfortable for me, they'll be rather sluggish.

My Volkl C10 98's have extra lead on their handles and while they weigh in at 12.5 oz., they also have around 10 pts. HL balance, so they're also rather quick when I need to maneuver them in a hurry. I've looked at the spec's of the previous line of Dunlop 200 Tour frames - they list at 12.3 oz. strung, but only 5 pts. HL (I think). If I ever try one of them, I'm sure I'll need to put a lot of lead on the handle.

robbo1970
03-07-2012, 08:34 AM
Thats interesting about the Dunlop 200. I do really wish I could demo some.

I'm wondering if I am heading into Rebel 95 territory.

Its a shame the old Pro Staff 85 isnt 15 grams lighter.

kaiser
03-07-2012, 09:55 AM
Both my 4D 200 Tours came in more like 7-8 pts HL. Weighted the handle with Blu-Tack adhesive putty towards 9-10 pts HL.

Power Player
03-07-2012, 10:00 AM
Ok, so you like placement over power and all courting.

The only question I would ask is how much spin do you like to hit with? the guys who like placement and spin use larger light racquets at my club, whereas the people who drive the ball more go heavier.

Boils down to how fast you want to swing the stick on a consistent basis.

robbo1970
03-07-2012, 01:50 PM
Ok, so you like placement over power and all courting.

The only question I would ask is how much spin do you like to hit with? the guys who like placement and spin use larger light racquets at my club, whereas the people who drive the ball more go heavier.

Boils down to how fast you want to swing the stick on a consistent basis.

Im not one for much spin to be honest, except a reasonable amount of slice on my backhand, otherwise I try to put the ball to the corners and move my opponent about rather than try and outspin them.

Good question that, thanks....made think there.

robbo1970
03-07-2012, 01:54 PM
Both my 4D 200 Tours came in more like 7-8 pts HL. Weighted the handle with Blu-Tack adhesive putty towards 9-10 pts HL.

Nice trick that. I was looking at the AG4D 200 and the Bio 200, both look good and the Bio feels pretty good.

Power Player
03-07-2012, 02:13 PM
Im not one for much spin to be honest, except a reasonable amount of slice on my backhand, otherwise I try to put the ball to the corners and move my opponent about rather than try and outspin them.

Good question that, thanks....made think there.

Yep, you will like the Dunlop 4D 200 I'd bet.

spaceman_spiff
03-08-2012, 02:02 AM
Im not one for much spin to be honest, except a reasonable amount of slice on my backhand, otherwise I try to put the ball to the corners and move my opponent about rather than try and outspin them.

Good question that, thanks....made think there.

Nice trick that. I was looking at the AG4D 200 and the Bio 200, both look good and the Bio feels pretty good.

Yep, you will like the Dunlop 4D 200 I'd bet.

Be sure to try both the 200 and the 200 Tour. There are enough differences between them for you to prefer one over the other.

Oh, and there are some online shops in the UK that will let you do demos by mail. Send me an e-mail if you want details.

origmarm
03-08-2012, 02:16 AM
The Prince racquet I have is a very basic low end one that cost £25. I dont think it has a name, but its red.

Its of titanium construction but looks like graphite. Weighs 300g, 100sq head, standard nylon strings. It was basically a lighter, smaller headed modern version of what I was using to start with.

I was looking at lead placements of 4" at 3 and 9 o'clock, but thats only going to add about 4g and I think I need more than that. I had a swing with a friends new Wilson PS61 95 that he said he had weighted at about 340 and just swinging it and striking the ball felt so much better.

I did look at the Dunlop 200, which I think is 337 strung. I did think that most racquets were weighted unstrung as surely the strung weight would depend on the strings used? However, it did feel solid and the 95sq head seemed big enough.

Without wanting to sound like a racquet snob, for me the biggest difference between a high end and a low end racquet is stability and torsion on contact. Given that I personally think that half your problem is simply put, the quality of the racquet. That said without seeing it/knowing what it is it's hard to say. Given your description however I would say it's likely.

If you are in the UK some of the larger internet retailers (can't name names on the boards) provide a demo program of sorts. I have used this in the past.

Racquets are generally weighted and sold unstrung. TW is different in that instead of going on manufacturer's specs, they measure a bunch of racquets and take an average. You get a much truer picture that way and I trust their specs more based on that. Particularly things like flex and swingweight.

The Dunlop 200 is a great series but relatively demanding. Also with good weight but more like a 300/100 type is the 500 Tour (note the Tour here). Personally I can't rate the Prestige Pro highly enough and the Babolat PDR. Both are heavier and stable but very different frames.

Dave M
03-08-2012, 02:54 AM
origmarm is correct, it might not be that 300g is too light just what the 300g you have is made of anh how the weight is spread may not make it a good one for you.As well as the 500 tour, (better thab the regular 500)have a look at the 300 tour which is a nice frame too.

robbo1970
03-08-2012, 04:14 AM
I had a look last night and the racket I have is the Titan Ti Control. Bit of a cheap and cheerful racket, but while I'm finding my way in what racket works for me, it has done the job to date...sort of.

Those Dunlops mentioned and the Head Prestige Pro do see to tick the boxes and any recommendation is good. One of the other models that pops up as being 'similar' is the Prince Ignite 95. This looks a good weight and looks a very solid racket (and its in the sale). If I was a cynic I would say it looks like the previous Rebel 95 with a red pj. But its 11pts headlight. Is that going to be any good as an all round racquet for baseline and volleys?

gloumar
03-08-2012, 04:19 AM
If you want to keep a more (much more) comfortable stringbed, have a try with other Prince racquets : REBEL 95 (330g unst) and Prince EXO TOUR (315g unst). Both headlights though (mass but maneuvrability).

You will have this peculiar and soft prince feeling, with much more comfort than with the dunlop on hitting for sure (I made the comparison myself, playing for one year with the aerogel 200), and some really good stability for the REBEL, and acceptable stability with better maneuvrability and yet spin ability for the TOUR (as the racquet head can go reaaaally quick despite the mass).

REBEL is really worth a try in the heavyweight class of player's racquets.
And maybe Graphite MP if you want a stiffer racquet ?

origmarm
03-08-2012, 04:24 AM
I had a look last night and the racket I have is the Titan Ti Control. Bit of a cheap and cheerful racket, but while I'm finding my way in what racket works for me, it has done the job to date...sort of.

Those Dunlops mentioned and the Head Prestige Pro do see to tick the boxes and any recommendation is good. One of the other models that pops up as being 'similar' is the Prince Ignite 95. This looks a good weight and looks a very solid racket (and its in the sale). If I was a cynic I would say it looks like the previous Rebel 95 with a red pj. But its 11pts headlight. Is that going to be any good as an all round racquet for baseline and volleys?

Both the Ignite and the Rebel are very control orientated racquets. They are going to fit well in terms of weight but the Ignite in particular is going to make you work hard for your power and depth. With those two you are fishing very much at the top end of the control/long swing/good footwork spectrum.

The Rebel in particular is an excellent racquet, with a different feel to many other brands due to the ports. You'll either like it or hate it. Personally I didn't like it but I can see it's appeal. I would say be honest with yourself about how good you are and what you really need out of a racquet. If it's just stability, I would think those would prove too demanding from how you describe your level. Personally I found the Ignite too much hard work and I play with a Prestige Midplus currently.

I'm thinking of switching to a PDR actually at the moment as it seems a bit silly to give up the power/spin advantage before you even get on court and also I'm getting older/slower. I still wanted the weight and stability though which is why I think that will be a good fit. This coming from a guy who used to play a PSC6.1 for many years (about 360g if my memory serves, could be wrong though).

At the end of the day the more you can try the better. I have also found the Pure Storm Tour to be a lovely blend of power and weight/stability. I almost went with that over the PDR but what swayed me was on good day, I play great with both, different but great. On a bad/mediocre day, I play much better with the PDR. Still it will be interesting leaving the Prestiges. Last time I did that (the Pro Open) I came back due to weight/feel.

I like a swingweight around 330 strung so that's what I use to work things out. I've been as low as 290g and as high as 350g with that. The swingweight is what counts for sure.

EDIT: When I googled Titan Ti I came up with 280g unstrung and 33cm balance point. A lot of things are going to feel a lot more stable and heavier than that. Even something like a Radical is going to feel heavier to swing. For me if you like the power, go with something 98-100 around the 315g range with a 5-10pts headlight balance. Other than that, it's personal preference. Thinking about it, that sounds just like an Extreme Pro, a TFlash 315, a PDR, a Juice or a 500 Tour

robbo1970
03-08-2012, 06:14 AM
Yes thats the Titan I have....the red/black one.

I'm wondering whether it would be worth adding some lead to it and maybe getting it re-strung and whether that might be a good way to find out exactly what weight, balance and swingweight suits me best?

Do you think its possible with the Titan or should I try something a bit higher spec? I admit I am not nor am I likely to be a top level player, but I do want to enjoy the sport and know I am giving myself the best possible chance of playing my best.

TennisCJC
03-08-2012, 06:38 AM
Stock rackets you might like:

1. wilson blx 6.1 95 (18x20 string pattern): good sw, not too heavy, and perfect for all court play; standard on pro tour for singles and doubles players; also 8 pts HL which is good for all courters and net play
2. dunlop 200 (18x20 string pattern); same general characteristics as the wilson 6.1 but maybe a little softer and easier on the arm. But, decent SW, HL balance, good all court racket
3. Volkl organix 10 325 (16x19 string pattern); again HL, a little lower sw but still decent sw; and very comfortable; open string pattern maybe gives you a bit more spin.
4. Head Prestige or Radical: look at the specs and pick one you like

There are also lots of good 11 oz rackets that you can customize for higher sw if you are into customizing:

Dunlop 300
Dunlop 300 Tour
Volkl Organix 10 295
Head Rad

Does TW Europe have the same demo program as TW USA. USA will mail you 4 demo rackets and let you play them 1 week for $20 US. At the end of the week, slap the return label on the box and drop it off at the closest UPS (shipping) store.

Never buy without demo-ing

SW around 330 give or take 5 grams is about where you want to be in my opinion. Lead at 3/9 o'clock seems to help the most with volleying and slices. It also helps with power on topspin groundstrokes, and it is nice when facing incoming pace. I usually add a touch at noon too as it raises the sweet spot a bit. Offset with weight in the handle to get the balance you want. TW manual customization tool in the TW University area is handy for modeling setups. Play with the tool to see if you like it.

robbo1970
03-08-2012, 08:54 AM
I do like the sound of the Wilson range. My last opponent had the new 6.1 95 (the 95 version of Federers) and I did have a swing with it. Felt nice and solid. But I think I could go with a smaller head.

95 max I think really. Going from a 100 to a 95 felt fine, but over the past couple of evenings ive been knocking a ball about with my old Yamaha, which is 330g and has an 80sq head and it felt really good. I remember getting this re-strung a while ago and compared to the Prince, the strings on the Yamaha feel so much better.

330g, 80 - 95sq head. Tricky one.

origmarm
03-08-2012, 08:55 AM
Yes thats the Titan I have....the red/black one.

I'm wondering whether it would be worth adding some lead to it and maybe getting it re-strung and whether that might be a good way to find out exactly what weight, balance and swingweight suits me best?

Do you think its possible with the Titan or should I try something a bit higher spec? I admit I am not nor am I likely to be a top level player, but I do want to enjoy the sport and know I am giving myself the best possible chance of playing my best.

I think at the end of the day you have nothing to lose (bar the cost of the lead tape) if you try and experiment a bit. Given that you are used to the Titan I would try and start with maintaining the same balance i.e. put some at 3&9 for stability and compensate with some on/in the handle. I would try it and see what you think.

Otherwise it's just about trying a few things I think at this stage. Do you have any playing partners or similar who would let you hit with their racquet for a bit maybe if you can't demo?

origmarm
03-08-2012, 08:56 AM
330g, 80 - 95sq head. Tricky one.

For the modern game I say do yourself a favour and make it 95-98. I think honestly you'll love some bits of a mid but the frustration factor will be high.

robbo1970
03-08-2012, 12:46 PM
Yeah I think youre probably right. I guess there is the chance that the plus points with the smaller head could be overshadowed by the frustrations.

I definately think i'm going to try and beef up the Titan though, bit by bit until I get the feel I want.

One guy I play uses the Wilson 95, another uses a cheap Head thats lighter than my Titan and another uses a Prince that is about 250g!!! So I might try and see if the Wilson user will let me play a few games.

gloumar
03-08-2012, 01:43 PM
Both the Ignite and the Rebel are very control orientated racquets. They are going to fit well in terms of weight but the Ignite in particular is going to make you work hard for your power and depth. With those two you are fishing very much at the top end of the control/long swing/good footwork spectrum.

True for the Rebel (though easier to play than the 200 imo), but not really for the prince EXO TOUR I mentioned , the most forgiving racquet of all times :P (not the Ignite that I dt know)
In fact I know the Ozone TOUR only, but they just play pretty the same with the new EXO (for the 16*18 at least) and on this point, every user agrees : tremendous forgiveness. You get every ball back !

That's what I wanted to point about the Dunlop 200. Not the feel, but the unforgiveness of the stringbed. The 200 is definitly a difficult racquet to play with.

robbo1970
03-08-2012, 01:43 PM
The other thing with the Titan is that its strung so tightly, the string bed is rock hard.

Do you think getting a quality string at a lower tension would make the racket feel a bit heavier?

Sorry if thats a dumb question but I don't know the answer.

prjacobs
03-08-2012, 03:08 PM
If you're looking for additional weight and the solidity that it brings I wouldn't recommend the dunlop 4D 500 tour. I actually loved that frame, used it for two seasons, and did extremely well with it, but it isn't a solid feeling frame. I added some lead @ 3 and 9 and even then it feels nothing like, say, a wilson K6.1 95. (Which was the frame I almost bought). However, I got an amazing amount of spin with it, my serves killed - in fact every stroke was really great. I did find that after a while I seemed addicted to violently brushing up on the ball and I wanted to drive through my shots more. It also hurt my shoulder, so I gave it up.
There's got to be a way to demo. Many stores in the US will let you deduct the cost of your demos when you buy a frame from them. I once demoed so many frames that the one I bought was $50.... Anyway, good luck and have fun :).

robbo1970
03-08-2012, 03:19 PM
Im in the UK so the opportunities to demo are no so great, but I will work on that and some members here have given me some suggestions.

What I think I will try to do is add some lead to the Titan and get the weight and feel right, then weigh it up and see what I have created, that way I will concentrate on finding my ideal set up without looking at the numbers beforehand, if you know what I mean.

origmarm
03-09-2012, 02:31 AM
Yeah I think youre probably right. I guess there is the chance that the plus points with the smaller head could be overshadowed by the frustrations.

I definately think i'm going to try and beef up the Titan though, bit by bit until I get the feel I want.

One guy I play uses the Wilson 95, another uses a cheap Head thats lighter than my Titan and another uses a Prince that is about 250g!!! So I might try and see if the Wilson user will let me play a few games.

The 6.1 95 is a great all round racquet. I played a PSC 6.1 (the classic) for over 10yrs. If I was still young, strong and had enough time to practice I'd be using it to this day.

origmarm
03-09-2012, 02:43 AM
True for the Rebel (though easier to play than the 200 imo), but not really for the prince EXO TOUR I mentioned , the most forgiving racquet of all times :P (not the Ignite that I dt know)
In fact I know the Ozone TOUR only, but they just play pretty the same with the new EXO (for the 16*18 at least) and on this point, every user agrees : tremendous forgiveness. You get every ball back !

That's what I wanted to point about the Dunlop 200. Not the feel, but the unforgiveness of the stringbed. The 200 is definitly a difficult racquet to play with.

The tour is more forgiving than the rebel I agree. I've only ever played about an hour with it so it's hard to form a lasting opinion. Very unique feel, almost pillowy (is that a word?). Polarising, you either like it or you don't. I, to my surprise liked it. Definitely surprising as I didn't like the bed-feel on other Prince racquets.

robbo1970
03-09-2012, 02:45 AM
The 6.1 95 is a great all round racquet. I played a PSC 6.1 (the classic) for over 10yrs. If I was still young, strong and had enough time to practice I'd be using it to this day.

I'm a young 41....not that there are many old 41 year olds of course and I really would love to have a go with a PS 95, or even a 90 or the old 85, just to see how I get on.

origmarm
03-09-2012, 04:49 AM
I'm a young 41....not that there are many old 41 year olds of course and I really would love to have a go with a PS 95, or even a 90 or the old 85, just to see how I get on.

Mate young for tennis is more like 18-25 :). I'm only 32 now and I've lost about 30% of the speed and stamina I had when I was mid-twenties. I used to be able to run about twice as many halfcourt sprints before I collapsed for example. Jokes.

I can still hit the PS85 for a set but after that I just haven't got the footwork/speed/stamina to get into the right position anymore unfortunately. The racquets like that are all about preparation. If I'm playing someone of a lesser level it's fine. Similar or better than me and I'm a fraction late on everything, especially on fast hard or grass. Clay I'm better but then I lose out on the stamina and just can't play the longer points after an hour or running.

robbo1970
03-09-2012, 05:25 AM
Yeah thats very true. Sometimes its easy to romanticise about how we'd like to play, but in reality we often need every bit of help we can get.

I think perhaps the realms of 350g+ are beyond me, but I will definately try to demo some 330's and 95-98 heads.

One theory I did read about was trying a lower string tension on the 300g frame to keep the lighter weight and manouvrability but add a bit more spring and less effort off the stringbed.

fuzz nation
03-09-2012, 07:46 AM
What the heck - go heavy and find out whether you like it.

I'm happy to admit that at 46, I'm beyond my warrior years, but I've always felt good with a hefty racquet when I want some extra authority on my shots.
My heaviest frames are a pair of LM Prestige mids with enough lead on their handles to get them up to 11 pts. HL in balance. Although they weigh in at 13.4 oz., they maneuver rather well and can be a bundle of fun for singles.

If you're a "young 41", the only thing that a heavier racquet will do is humble you until you learn earlier preparation and stroke timing. Don't sweat the hoop size - the sweet spot is still in the center of the string bed and those mids I mentioned give me a much healthier sweet spot than some of the mid-plus frames I have in my collection.

The downside with my heaviest frames is that they only do what I tell them, so if my movement is slow or my "kinetic chain" isn't working well, my shots can really stink. If I'm arming the ball too much, these racquets don't let me get away with it for more than about 15 minutes. The upside is that... well, they do what I tell them. When I swing them right, I can do a lot.

If you're going for more modern strokes, you'll need significant racquet speed for your shots to work well and too much weight could slow things down too much. If that itch to swing something with greater heft and stability needs scratching though, jump in with both feet and sample something heavier for you. Just be ready to put up with several weeks of adjusting your habits to get the strings to the ball on time.

robbo1970
03-09-2012, 07:56 AM
Thank you for the words of encouragement, I like that 'go get em' attitude.

As I mentioned earlier, I only started playing completitively about a year ago and prior to that I was still using and loving wooden racquets, and weight and a peanut sized head never bothered me....thats the racquet by the way, not me.

I just found that to compete against modern racquets I needed to upgrade.

But I will try and give some heavier racquets a go. Worse case scenario, I find out theyre not for me.

But it could be that as I have to concentrate on timing and my footwork more, I do improve as a player.

I think I need to do some demo-ing.

origmarm
03-09-2012, 09:49 AM
Reading back on this I think I've come across as discouraging you in my earlier posts and for that I'm sorry. Certainly it's far from my intention. I've just seen many mid players and oversize players alike wish they'd picked something else.

Everyone will have their preferences, what is right for their game etc..etc.. and at the end of the day only you will know. One thing is for sure, that just by being here on this board you have entered a realm of questioning your equipment always. My best advice on the outcome is be realistic with yourself and just try stuff.

I've sort of come full circle on this and I can say that I now enjoy the mids and the heavy frames but I know where my sweet spot is in terms of play. It's been great fun over the last 10 or so years finding out what I like/don't what works/doesn't so I'd recommend the ride if you have the patience/money. Certainly I've sold over 20 frames on this board and the bay and probably owned 50+ so it's fun and you'll learn a lot about yourself and your strengths/weaknesses. I'm still between a Prestige MP and a PDR, both very different racquets that I love/hate on different days.

At the end of the day there's a reason why 98-100', 310-330g unstrung, head light, 20-24cm beam frames are the most popular. That doesn't mean they're for everyone but they're a good place to start.

Good luck in your search and I have a feeling we'll see you back around here a bunch :)

Orig

robbo1970
03-10-2012, 10:43 AM
Thats cool mate and I appreciate and take on board everything thats said, whether positive or negative....opinions, feedback and experiences count and I hearing what others have tried and experienced helps me.

Well I took my old Yamaha out for a knock about today and......

.......I could not put it down!!! No, not because I have sweaty sticky hands and could let go of it, but because its BRILLIANT!!!!

Its exactly between my favourite woodie and my modern Prince racquet.

330 grams and 80 square inches of pure tennis fun!

Accuracy with serves, groundstrokes and volleys was much better and the smaller head really made me think about my getting my feet right, so it was great as a training technique too.

I now have the option to go with the smaller heavier stick or revert to the 300g larger head if I feel the need. And I wore my KSwiss Speedsters, which felt great and although I was only knocking about, my injured calf muscles feel great. I reckon getting good footwork has probably helped there too.

I'm buzzing!!!

Has anyone seen or have an opinion on this Prince racket?

http://www.sportsdirect.com/prince-exo-3-tennis-racket-745066

origmarm
03-12-2012, 01:43 AM
Has anyone seen or have an opinion on this Prince racket?

http://www.sportsdirect.com/prince-exo-3-tennis-racket-745066

It's an attempt by Prince to "update" (i.e. cash in) on the POG. I only ever hit about 20 balls with it out of curiosity but overall initial impressions were that I actually liked it. Good fusion of the old and new. As with all the Prince "port" frames though the feel is unique and you will either love or hate it when you take it into proper play. I've seen them cheaper than £45 though, at low as £25 at that shop but only in store in a bargain bin or similar.

Search on this board and I'm sure you'll find a few threads about it in this section