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TW Staff
08-15-2006, 08:10 AM
Go to http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=PO3HT

Don/Tennis Warehouse

BiGGieStuFF
08-15-2006, 08:15 AM
Wow that's pretty headlight.

300Gkid
08-15-2006, 09:08 AM
yea, this is the racquet Blake is supposedly going to use at the US. Open correct?

Noveson
08-15-2006, 09:46 AM
Seems to have a nice pj....Wow 8 points head light.

Slaz
08-15-2006, 09:47 AM
Quite the same disign as the Diablo :)

Is Xavier Malisse changing stick too ?

tarheels2323
08-15-2006, 10:15 AM
Quite the same disign as the Diablo :)

Is Xavier Malisse changing stick too ?

Looks nice, but I think I'll stick with my Diablo. :mrgreen:

TN1
08-15-2006, 11:58 AM
What's with the open string pattern? Rumor was Prince was finally going to release a dense string pattern O3. Oh well, I guess no prince demoing for me.

TW Staff
08-15-2006, 12:58 PM
Unofficially, this is a more open string pattern of the racquet Prince is developing for James Blake... An 18x20 version is due in early 2007. We only received one sample racquet, and are awaiting 2 more to confirm specs. Don/Tennis Warehouse

travlerajm
08-15-2006, 01:02 PM
I just did some quick calculations:

I'm guessing it's designed so that Blake can easily modify it to his specs. It's designed so that if you add 40g of lead with center of mass at about 9" from the butt, it will have the same weight and balance as Blake's current racquet.

Adding the 40g in a concentrated mass would make the racquet into a rocket-launcher with too low of a swingweight. So I'm guessing that about 6g is hidden under the bumper (at 10:30 and 1:30, about 25" from the butt, where prince likes to add hoop weight). The other 34g is then centered at 6.75" from the butt (which would make it possible to hide it under Blake's grip. This would give a SW of about 355, which is probably pretty close to Blake's actual swingweight.

I'm tempted to get this racquet and try this customization out.

nn
08-15-2006, 01:27 PM
I just did some quick calculations:

I'm guessing it's designed so that Blake can easily modify it to his specs. It's designed so that if you add 40g of lead with center of mass at about 9" from the butt, it will have the same weight and balance as Blake's current racquet.

Adding the 40g in a concentrated mass would make the racquet into a rocket-launcher with too low of a swingweight. So I'm guessing that about 6g is hidden under the bumper (at 10:30 and 1:30, about 25" from the butt, where prince likes to add hoop weight). The other 34g is then centered at 6.75" from the butt (which would make it possible to hide it under Blake's grip. This would give a SW of about 355, which is probably pretty close to Blake's actual swingweight.

I'm tempted to get this racquet and try this customization out.

holy..355 SW..is he superman...can't imagine to touch that kind of racquet

AR15
08-15-2006, 01:34 PM
Unofficially, this is a more open string pattern of the racquet Prince is developing for James Blake... An 18x20 version is due in early 2007. We only received one sample racquet, and are awaiting 2 more to confirm specs. Don/Tennis Warehouse


Not to threadjack, but I believe Sharapova uses an 18x20 version of the O3 White. Will this version ever be released to the public?

thejuice
08-15-2006, 06:12 PM
I think I want one of these.

foetz
08-15-2006, 07:44 PM
Not to threadjack, but I believe Sharapova uses an 18x20 version of the O3 White. Will this version ever be released to the public?


it's out in japan.

TopJunior56
08-15-2006, 08:13 PM
As for the hybrid tour looks the exact same as the diablo (except for length) as for the 18x20 Whites, I really want to try that.:)

Alafter
08-15-2006, 09:19 PM
That o3 tour hybrid looks finger lickin delicious and makes me want to stick my...wait am i typing this out loud on a webboard?

BreakPoint
08-15-2006, 09:40 PM
Wow that's pretty headlight.

Really? 8 pts. HL doesn't seem that headlight to me. My PS 6.0 95 is like 11 pts. HL. :D

BreakPoint
08-15-2006, 09:42 PM
Seems to have a nice pj....Wow 8 points head light.

But it still has a swingweight of 337! Yikes!! :eek:

orangeblood
08-15-2006, 09:48 PM
But it still has a swingweight of 337! Yikes!! :eek:

It might be a discrepancy of the sample they had (example being nBlade having a swingweight of 340 when most people claim it's around 330).

travlerajm
08-15-2006, 10:01 PM
It might be a discrepancy of the sample they had (example being nBlade having a swingweight of 340 when most people claim it's around 330).

The reason people claim that the nBlade is around 330 is because it is a lighter than most racquets with swingweight of 340. If you use the parallel axis theorem to translate the axis of rotation from 10cm to -30cm (approx. the location of your elbow), the nBlade has a lower swingweight than a 12-oz racquet with measured SW of 330. It has little to do with discrepancy of the sample.

Another example would be my old favorite, the Prostaff 4.7 OS. It had a swingweight of 346. I owned 4 of them. But because it weighed 10.5-oz, it "felt" like it swung lighter than a 12-oz racquet with swingweight 330.

BTW, the Prostaff 4.7 OS is IMO the best stock racquet for serves ever made - and I've played with a LOT of different racquets. It was a very unique frame.

Roy
08-16-2006, 02:19 AM
A heftier one than the non-hybrid.

I think it's worth a try !!

BDAZ
08-16-2006, 05:59 AM
anyone else disappointed at the 21 mm beam? would have liked 19 or 20 mm. doesn't seem like that much, but there is a noticeable difference between, say, a 200G or POG and a radical or prestige MP.

TripleB
08-16-2006, 07:09 AM
2 things that seem to stick out to me about this racquet:

1) the 337 swingweight (that seems pretty high...at least for my game)

2) the shape of the racquet head...it seems a little more oblong than most Prince tennis racquets (looks somewhat like a Dunlop type headshape)

TripleB

tangies08
08-16-2006, 09:54 AM
On the prince website the Hyrbrid Tour is listed with a 300 swing weight. hmmmm. 300 to 337 is a huge difference

BreakPoint
08-16-2006, 09:56 AM
2) the shape of the racquet head...it seems a little more oblong than most Prince tennis racquets (looks somewhat like a Dunlop type headshape)


Well, Blake did help to design it so he probably wanted it to be as close to his current Dunlop as possible, so it makes sense.

Also, the stiffness rating is 67 which seems pretty stiff to me.

BreakPoint
08-16-2006, 09:58 AM
On the prince website the Hyrbrid Tour is listed with a 300 swing weight. hmmmm. 300 to 337 is a huge difference

Could there be two versions?

Or perhaps the 300 rating is unstrung?

travlerajm
08-16-2006, 10:48 AM
Hmm... I agree that 67 stiffness doesn't sound right. Especially if he's used to using a racquet with stiffness around 60.

tangies08
08-16-2006, 07:49 PM
Could there be two versions?

Or perhaps the 300 rating is unstrung?
maybe, but does string really add that much swing weight

BreakPoint
08-16-2006, 07:53 PM
maybe, but does string really add that much swing weight

Depending on the type of string, yes, strings can add quite a bit of swingweight because all the weight is added to the head of the racquet but 37 points is a bit extreme though.

El Diablo
08-16-2006, 07:58 PM
Why does anyone assume he played with a racquet with a 60 flex rating? The shape of his racquet holds no clue as to how the composition and layup may have been customized for him.

ChiefAce
08-20-2006, 07:00 PM
Blake likes his frame very stiff, if you think that was a stock Dunlop just leaded up think again. 67 stiffness on this frame is no shocker.

irishcommodore15
08-20-2006, 07:39 PM
Not to threadjack, but I believe Sharapova uses an 18x20 version of the O3 White. Will this version ever be released to the public?

She uses an 18x19 version of the 03 White. In Japan, it's called Prince O3 XF* White.

Headsize: 100 sq. in.
Length: 27.25 inches
Unstrung weight: 10.5oz
Beam Width: 22.0-25.0-23.0 There's a signature of Maria Sharapova on it.

*XF stands for Extra Feel. The head and the throat is O3 but the shaft and the grip is a regular frame.

http://www.daiwaseiko.co.jp/tennis/products/rackets/tech/images/xfp01.gif

http://www.daiwaseiko.co.jp/tennis/products/rackets/o3/io3xfw.html
^That's the link for the website. it's in Japanese though.

Polaris
08-20-2006, 08:50 PM
But it still has a swingweight of 337! Yikes!! :eek:
Yikes indeed! I would probably have to send my shoulder to the repair shop after every session ;) .

rayu89
08-21-2006, 02:31 AM
Yes, probably Blake's going to use it on USO but it seems like coria using it now

emcee
08-21-2006, 05:48 AM
Does this mean the O3 Tours will go on sale?

Dopke
08-21-2006, 11:50 AM
Does this mean the O3 Tours will go on sale?

No.

BabolatFan
08-21-2006, 11:54 AM
I wonder if they will produce the 27.5 O3 tour.