BLX ps90 vs. POG mid

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  1. chopstic

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    Any thoughts comparing these two racquets? I'm currently hitting with the BLX pro staff 90, and am contemplating buying the Prince original graphite mid. I Like the PS90, but could definitely benefit from some added spin potential, as I sometimes hit a bit long, especially on the approach shots. It also would be nice to get more racquet speed/kick on my serve with a lighter racquet.

    On paper it looks great. The POG is .5oz lighter, has an extra 3 sq in at 93in, and is rumored to have some great spin potential with the 14/18 string pattern.

    Im just wondering if anyone has had the chance to compare/contrast these two racquets?
     
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  2. db10s

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    POG all the way
     
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  3. chopstic

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    finally recieved my new POG mid from tennis warehouse. Im actually kinda dissapointed. It is incredibly UNforgiving! And I'm no stranger to the smaller head sizes, I've been playing all year with the BLX PS90. The sweet spot on this POG mid is about half the size of that on my BLX PS90.

    I'll probably try a few different string combinations to make it work, but Im doubting strings and tension can fix this small of a sweet spot. I'm actually very dissapointed, as I had high hopes for this racquet.
     
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  4. jjs891

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    Small sweet spot on pog mid is a common complaint I hear. Although I haven't noticed much on the groundstrokes but sure notice it on the volleys. If I don't hit it square, it just dies.

    Not much pop on the serves either.
     
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  5. jonestim

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    What did you string it with and at what tension?

    I have been enjoying polys strung in the 45lb range. Lately I have used BHB7 and grey Typhoon.
     
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    Have to revive this thread to know the ending... :)

    Hi Chopstic - how did the story end? Were you able to string it in a manner that increased the sweetspot?
     
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    Bump!

    Quite interesting thread as I'm in the same situation.

    I use to play with a K90 and love it but I am contemplating migration into more powerfull stick, given the defensive play shortcomings (for me at least).

    In the meantime, I stumbled upon a great deal on a couple of POG Mids - that I simply could not let it pass by...

    I played with the POG Mid today - damm sweet feel! swings a bit faster than K90, did not notice much of a difference in sweet spot between them.

    However comparison is not fair yet, since the POG had the original string job and it was very stiff for what I use to play (mid to low 30 lbs).

    So I'll restring tomorrow for a poly of hybrid and give another go on Saturday.

    But most interested in feedback and impression from others !
     
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  8. goosala

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    Try adding five inches of lead tape to the 3 and 9 positions to add weight to the head. The sweetspot will improve and so will the balance. It is very headlight in stock form compared to the Pro Staff frame so you will see the difference very well.
     
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  9. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Umm... aren't the POG Mid actually 90sq inch? And that the Pro Staff 90s are actually closer to ~92 sq inch?

    :)
     
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    I bought POG Mid, one stripe with grommets (POG III?) awhile ago. I measured the stock swingweight at 310. added 4g at 3&9 and few g on top of the handle (to compensate lack of overgrip, grip is ok size without but with tad too big). New SW is 319, static weight 348.

    I find POG mid much easier to play than PS BLX 90. I am able to generate lots of power and also nice spin. I string it with TopSpin Cyber Whirl at 23kg.

    I see lot of people saying that sweet spot is small and that the racket is not forgiving. Maybe with later iterations that could be the case but my stick while not being exactly easy it is also not so demanding either. Sure you need to have loose wrist and attempts to try to muscle the ball are short lived.

    I noticed that TW reissue has swingweight at 328. It is notably higher than mine. Perhaps someone who knows POG generations better could chime in and comment on playability of different versions?

    I find that the swing weight on my stick is fine for serving and volleying. I don't know if I could handle higher SW with this static weight with same effectivity.
     
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    That I don't know, but I've placed the POG Mid on top of the K90 and there is a very clear difference, the POG being bigger i.e. wider.

    The POG is wider at 3 and 9 o'clock positions, the POG's stringbed encompasses clearly way more than half of the K90 frame at the PWS position, and is only milimetrically bigger in the bottom.

    That might make the crucial difference... I'll test it out this weekend with comparable string tension, weather permitting.
     
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  12. Joonas

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    POG should be 93in. It is wider and also more importantly mains are longer than in PS90.
     
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  13. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    There's a thread that actually measured the hitable surface of racquets, search for it. I was just referring to that thread.
     
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  14. PaulC

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    Hello there,

    A POG 90 is a true 93, not a 90, but yes, a K90 is closer to a true 92, using the same tech as measured by my CAD savvy pal, and actually was also on that thread.

    Happy new year!
     
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    I use the 90 and it has a bigger sweetspot than POG 93 or the Prestige Mid IMO.
     
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    I use the Wilson BLX 90*
     
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  17. PMChambers

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    Wouldn't the PS95 be a good fit. Larger head allowing more brushing, lower SW, lower mass and slightly larger string separation. You should find them quiet cheap. Most negative comments where related to their low power which is what you want.
     
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    I felt the exact opposite ie. That the sweet spot for the POG is bigger then the 90. It made a very significant improvement in both defensive and net play.

    Given its as wide as a 95, I compare it more to a 95 than to a 90.
     
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  19. TripleB

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    POG Mid....don't care how big the sweetspot is or feels....for some reason the ball just goes where I want and with the right amount of spin when I use this racquet. Extremely surprised that they have discontinued this racquet :sad:

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  20. Joonas

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    I grapped my POG Mid (POG 3) one stripe again from my bag yesterday. WOW! I found the pace, spin and accuracy immediately and made me wonder why I was playing around with other sticks and forgetting the POG.

    Now I would like to hear if anyone could compare the current TW reissue POG to the older one (one stripe, bumbered, POG3). It seems to have higher SW, more head light(!) and lower static weight. I know, demoing is an option.

    The sweetspot doesn't feel particularily small. I strung mine with Silverstring at 23kg.
     
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  21. SpinToWin

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    Lower static weight, more headlight AND more swingweight? :confused:
     
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  22. Joonas

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    Exactly. The weight distribution obviously. So that's why I am curious to see how the TW-reissue plays compared to oldie.
     
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    revive it. any more thoughts on the POG?
     
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    What part of that don't your understand? It is completely possible assuming there aren't large differences. I was just comparing two different Wilson 90 rackets to the published specs on the RF97. All there had the same weight 357 g, different balance points with the RF97 in the middle of the two 90s, and the RF97 had a much larger SW.
     
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  25. SpinToWin

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    way to jump at a comment from half a year ago :roll:

    I wasn't as knowledgeable on racquet specs as I am now, but I still must say that it makes no sense for a reissue to have the described specs, as it is impossible to get the specs of the original.
     
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  26. Joonas

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    I measured the POG one stripe and 4 stripe that I have. They indeed had equal weight, equal balance (take or leave few millimeters) but the swingweight of 1 stripe is 319 whereas 4 stripe was around 340.

    Anyway I consider that particular 1 stripe as an anomality. 4 stripe that I have is super solid and great feel but the SW with this high static weight is bit too much for me now.

    For note I was very happy to hit with G Rad Pro that has static weight (og'd and strung) 333g and SW 345. So really it comes down to the relation of SW and static weight. Not either alone.

    I still have not tried the reissue. But if anyone is into POG mid I think on paper it sound ok. SW should be below 330 and for POG mid it sounds playable to me.
     
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    Simple explanation is the 4 stripe is much more polarized with weight towards the two ends.
     
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    That's super weird. All my 4 stripe 90s were under 330 SW. Some closer to 320. Lead under the head guard maybe?
     
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  29. Joonas

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    Yeah, I think I have to have look. I would prefer below 330...
     
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  30. jonestim

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    Prince made the 4 stripes in at least 2, maybe 3 factories. Specs are quite different between them.
     
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