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timmyboy
01-08-2006, 04:12 AM
let's say that 100% power was the Bab PD for a standard control based racquet and a RDX500 as a 10%. where would an O3 tour be?

stevewcosta
01-08-2006, 06:43 AM
11%. Hated the 03. Felt too light and got pushed around. Maybe lead would help. Also, hated the big, bubble-headed frame.

tennissavy
01-08-2006, 06:49 AM
The O3 tour I find powerful off the ground, especially with lead tape added. I had to increase the tension to get more control over my groundstrokes. The only problem was lack of power on serves, regardless of tension and lead tape. Lead tape helped serves but still not enough. I switched back to the triple threat hornet(tungsten)MP. I serve so much better with that racquet, even without lead tape.

THE ANIMAL
01-08-2006, 07:20 AM
Yup probably around 10 to 20%.

fishuuuuu
01-08-2006, 07:42 AM
The O3 tour I find powerful off the ground, especially with lead tape added. I had to increase the tension to get more control over my groundstrokes. The only problem was lack of power on serves, regardless of tension and lead tape. Lead tape helped serves but still not enough. I switched back to the triple threat hornet(tungsten)MP. I serve so much better with that racquet, even without lead tape.

Mmm it's not too bad off the ground but a little bit of tape definitely doesn't hurt, I agree.

I'd rate the power closer to 20-30% though.

misterg
01-08-2006, 08:20 AM
I played for years with the PD, recently I tested the Prince 03 tour and I found it very, very powerful, not like the PD but very close to it, too close to be considered a tour model... IMO the Prince 03 tour has great confort, great maneuvrability, great spin and slice capabilities but gets pushed around by heavy balls. My play with the the Prince was too "wristy" for my likings, even the PD feel more solid, Just my 2 cents.

vinnier6
01-08-2006, 05:27 PM
the o3tour is not a powerful racquet by any means...its very low powered

THE ANIMAL
01-09-2006, 08:36 AM
Its due to its very low swing weight in standard spec. On average around 305 and also its not a heavy or stiff frame. = low power.

vinnier6
01-09-2006, 12:22 PM
327 is a low swing weight...

Skppr05
01-09-2006, 03:03 PM
ehh, not too powerful at all. All the power from the groundstrokes had to come from you...every single morcel of power....still a good stick. My best friend just bought one

basil J
01-09-2006, 04:11 PM
The 03 tour is very string sensitive. I used a 200G for a longtime and when I switched to the tour I felt that it was a powerful players frame. Now having used it for 6 months, I have found that if I string it between 61# & 64# depending on string type, the power level is just right and control, spin and feel are superb. A litttle lead tape at 3:00 & 9:00 stabilize the hoop nicely and the frame is one of the best I have ever used. Where it lacks is in producing consistant pace for flat serves. All other shots are great. This is a flexible frame, and if you are coming from a stiffer frame, ala babolat or ncode, you may need an adjustment period. Definitely worth a test drive...

datsveryinterestin
01-10-2006, 06:11 AM
I found the O3 Tour demo to be way too powerful.
Of course I am used to using the RDXmid and the FXP Tour.
Both of those I would rate as low powered.

On the mentioned scale, I would put the RDX at 10%, FXP Tour at 20% and the O3 tour at 50%. It did not feel like a "player's frame", but I could see that it would play well with a poly string. Seems like it was made to be paired with a low powered poly string.

basil J
01-10-2006, 06:30 AM
I tried poly and kevlar on the 03 tour and both worked well at 60#-62#. However I now use PSGD at 64# and it is a little easier on the arm and I get more pop on my strokes. The poly and kevlar gave me access to a little more spin than the PSGD but trade off is acceptable for me. I am actually going to try a 17' kevlar and gut hybrid next and see how it performs. 16'gauge kevlar at 60# gave me a sore shoulder, but I also strained a muscle from lifting around the same time so I don't know what to blame, so now That I am healed, I am going to give the kevlar one more try. I got nasty topsin with the crossfire at 16'. I am hoping the 17' is a little more arm friendly.

bc-05
01-10-2006, 07:51 AM
boh for me fxp tour radical is more powerful than 03 tour

safin_protege
01-10-2006, 11:22 AM
I would estimate its power level to be around 30% of that of the Babolat Pure Drive. The racquet is very flexible and "whippy," which creates spin potential, but drastically cuts the power. The lightness of the racquet is another factor that decreases its power.

timmyboy
01-12-2006, 12:19 AM
is it better with lead?

basil J
01-13-2006, 05:55 AM
Some lead tape firms up the hoop nicely with added stability. I have experimented with different amounts and for me, 2" strips at 3:00 and 9:00 gives me the extra stability I felt it needed.

THE ANIMAL
01-13-2006, 07:48 AM
It is allot better with lead but depends on your level id say a 3.0 person is better of just playing with it standard and concentrating more on his tennis then messing about with lead on the racket once at a 4.0+ then start experimenting with strings and lead. I started with 5g and no3w i have 11g in the head.