Back to the NXG's: anyone find a new frame that performs like these?

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  1. dman72

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    I used Prince NXG OS's for about 4 years straight. I've deviated from the path for about 8 months trying tweener racquets like the o3 Shark, but yesterday I took out the NXG's again, and I realized there are things I just can't do with other frames. The NXG still gives you power and can serve big, but because it is so head light and thin beamed, I can hit ridiculous drop shots with it. My slice is also much better, and my defense is way better.

    So yes, with a tweener like the shark I can serve a bit bigger and hit with a bit more pop on both sides, but my overall game suffers.

    The thing is, these raquets are long discontinued, and when they show up on the auction site they go quickly and for quite a bit of cash.

    Is the only alternative the Original graphite?

    There are just so few thin beamed oversizes out there. I have the LM radical and while it specs out similarly, the 18X19 patterns produces much less spin (kills my dropshots and kick serve).

    I tried the EX03 graphite MP and that thing feels so much heavier (close to even balance) and really doesn't give much back that you put into it. Very dissapointing.

    I tried the Diablo MP and that is very unstable compared to the NXG. Then you lead it up for stability, and it feels unweildy.

    Is there anyone who used to use the NXG and found a comparable racquet? My main issue is that I had 3 but now have 2 left (one was destroyed on an overhead hitting a basketball hoop at the rear of an indoor court).

    If anything I'd look for just a wee bit less power.
     
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    After the POG Mid, I used the NXG MidPlus for years, but wanted to upgrade to a 100 sq in headsize. So when I found out about the POG Longbody, I was hooked and bought up the last ones I could find.
    You should demo or buy a POG OS---there's plenty of used ones out there. Nothin else like it, for an oversized frame.
     
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    Limiting yourself to Prince is, well, pretty limiting. Try the Donnay Pro One OS Ext, which plays like a better NXG, especially with some judicious tailweighting.
     
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    This racquet hasn't even been released yet according to Donnay's website.....have you play tested it?
     
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    Judicious indeed...more than an ounce of lead in the handle to match specs on the NXG OS. :shock:
     
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    Demo demo demo, dman, before you buy. And TW has a great demo program.
     
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    Based on specs there really isn't much to demo that is in the same ballpark. Near 12 ounce oversizes are few and far between.
     
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    did´t have the chance to play with the OS, but i´ve played the MP years ago (only a few times, did not enjoyed the nxg frames very much).

    I´m more of a "players racquet" guy (pog mid, diablos, volkl t10 gen2, prestiges), and now i´m enojoing the Prince Ozone Tour MP.

    The Ozone is a extremely versatile frame, not heavy (labaled at 310grs unstrung, i have 5 and they are all a bit lighter). I think is much better than the exo3 graphites, surprisingly stable for its stiffnes rating (i tought at first i could add some lead, but the racquet is stable enough) and very maneuvrable (i replaced the grips for leather, so my frames a more HL than stock).

    Demo the ozone if you can. If you can handle the muted and comfortable feel, you can hit some nice shots with it...
     
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    I have 2 NXG MPs in additon to my OS.

    The MP NXG is a COMPLETELY different frame...apart from the way it looks the OS and MP have nothing in common. The MP feels much heavier, feels much stiffer, and is really dead and harsh in the upper portion of the string bed. I was able to make one of my 2 NXG MPs play just OK by skipping the first and third crosses from the top of the frame. Probably an illegal pattern now (inconsistent bed), but all of a sudden shots at the top of the string bed don't feel like instant tennis elbow. The engineering of that frame is screwed up and it doesn't surprise me it was a flop. The OS is miles ahead of it.

    The NXG is considered muted and comfortable, so maybe the Ozone or EX03 tours might do the trick.

    The main issue I've had with tweeners is beam width and head heaviness..I just can't carve through drop shots or whip kick serves with those 22mm+ beams.
     
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    The Ozone Tour isn´t a tweener at all! Is flexible and soft, but very stable (probably due to the O ports action increasing the sweetspot -wich is huge btw-).
    Check the specs, is a very thin and "whipy" frame and also very sensitive for touch and drop shots: yesterday i´ve played some great drops in a match against a friend, and thats a shot i almost cant play with my regular youtek prestiges mp...

    Head Size:
    100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 11.5oz / 326g
    Balance: 6pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 321
    Stiffness: 60
    Beam Width: 18-20-18 mm Tapered Beam
    Composition: Carbon Wave Matrix Constructions
    Power Level: Low
    Swing Speed: Fast
    Grip Type: DuraPro+
    String Pattern:
    16 Mains / 18 Crosses
    Mains skip: 8T,8H
    One Piece
    No shared holes
    String Tension: 53-63 pounds

    My uncle (53 y/o, decent shape for its age) used to play with the O3 Red and moved to the ozone last year, he´s really happy with the racquet (its helping him with some elbow problems), he is more a doubles/net guy (2.5/3.0) and is doing fine with this frame. I´m more like a 4.0 power baseliner and with some mods, i´m doing it great too, thats why a think this a extremely versatile frame.
     
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    I know the Ozone Tour isn't a tweener, I was commenting about my foray into tweener frames.

    I have an original o3 tour 95 (bought a demo for $40) which is too low powered for me to wield successfully, but it does have a surprisingly consistent sweet spot and is very comfortable, in addition to having a REALLY thin beam and being very whippy.
     
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