View Full Version : Classic Prince Pro?

09-11-2006, 10:42 PM
i have this racquet at home.

http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/875/profa4.th.jpg (http://img176.imageshack.us/my.php?image=profa4.jpg)

but it recently cracked at the neck, right next to the Prince Logo. I think its a prince Pro Series 90 its 13.5" by 11" lenth 26.5-27" tension 72lbs min and 80lbs max. i found this green one on e bay and was wondering if its the same one. im not sure since it's a different color.

http://cgi.*********/PRINCE-CLASSIC-OVERSIZE-RACKET_W0QQitemZ160027900518QQihZ006QQcategoryZ208 71QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

09-11-2006, 10:52 PM
I think the green Prince Classic was a different frame than the Prince Pro.

09-11-2006, 10:55 PM
oh i kinda thought it was a prince Classic... but i was hoping it ment classic as in old school racquet. haha. guess i'll buy me a Prince Pro then

09-11-2006, 10:59 PM
I still have one I bought in the 80's.

09-11-2006, 11:09 PM
oh yeah the one i broke have manufacturing 1979.

is that the one you have? and how much.

09-12-2006, 05:10 PM
I'm not sure, I'd have to dig it out of storage. Sorry, not for sale. I think I'll hold on to it. Good luck.

09-12-2006, 05:21 PM
There is an exact one on sale right now on 'bay. Do a search for prince pro series 90, you'll find it, grip 4 3/8

Edit: looking at your pic, that looks like an Oversize, not the series 90. The series 90 has 14 x 18 strings

09-15-2006, 12:34 AM
Thats a nice prince classic! I've got the green one (Mom's old racquet) and it hits pretty well. Its string pattern is 16x19. :D

09-22-2006, 07:09 PM
I have a Prince Pro Oversize. 16x19, 4 1/4 grip. Doesn't have any other markings on it but has a "no.2" on the bottom cap. Looks somewhat similar to the racquet in the photo. Definately a pre-strung and I'm thinking I got this in the late 80's. Still have the original strings on it. ;)

09-22-2006, 10:45 PM
Prince Pro black. I picked up the 110 at opshop. Massive vibration and pita to string grommets.

09-23-2006, 04:23 AM
It is a Prince Pro black. My memories are a bit foggy, but I think the Prince Pro first hit the market in 1979 as an OS. That's when I got one. Used it for about 8 years until the aluminum cracked at the throat piece. This is a common problem and ended the life of most Prince Pros. 90s seem to be even more prone to it. For some reason the Classics didn't suffer this as much, so I think the Pro used a harder aluminum alloy that wasn't as flexible.

The green Classic OS and the Pro that followed were revolutionary when released. Howard Head (of Head skis and racquets) spent a lot of time studying racquet physics and came up with the 110 OS design to optimize the sweetspot size based on the offical USTA racquet standards at that time. Seems old hat to us now, but in 1978 the Prince OS frames turned the tennis world upside down. When Pam Shriver started using one on the tour it opened the floodgates and 65 inch heads became obsolete quickly. Head licensed the design to Prince, which was a dinky little sporting goods manufacturer at the time, and they quickly became one of the leading tennis equipment manufacturers in the world.

I'm sure there are other posters here who have better details on this than me, so chime in.