Closet Prince Mono lovers?

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Do you love the Prince Mono?

  1. I love it... wish I could find more!

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  2. They are cool and different, but just okay.

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  3. They are weird and ugly and there is no reason to want one.

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  4. Completely indifferent.

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  1. vwfye

    vwfye Semi-Pro

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    Are you out there? Other than the head size, I love the Monos! I've had two for awhile and just picked up a third on Tuesday. I'm going to string it with poly at 45lbs and see how I like it. Today is doubles day with my squads, so out comes the Mono... can't volley better with any other stick out there!
     
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  2. AndrewD

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    The only reason I joined TW was to find a replacement for my Precision Mono. The only reason I ever bought a new racquet was because I couldn't find a ready supply of them (I realise they're out there but not in Australia, where I live, and I've had too many bad experiences with the big auction site).

    Good luck with the poly. I had mine strung with Big Banger and absolutely hated it. Lost so much of the bite I got on my slice shots and ruined the overall feel/touch. Never again!
     
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  3. Kemitak

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    Never even seen a Prince Mono in person, but I like the idea. Don't know why no one makes a mono-shaft graphite.
    How does it compare to the Fischer mono-shaft?
     
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  4. galain

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    Half a fan here. I've never found anything better at net. Nothing. This thing just moves so easily it's ridiculous.

    Had a little trouble getting adjusted to it on groundies though - I wasn't good enough to keep hitting it square in the middle each and every shot, so it would sometimes feel a little unstable.

    But if you like to come in (and I do), it's damn near perfect.
     
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  5. jayserinos99

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    I shouldn't have sold the ones I had. I agree with galain with how maneuverable they are; so much so I had to add lead at 3/9 which helped with stability and to slow down my swing speed a little.
     
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  6. AndrewD

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    Galain,

    I think the problem people have on groundstrokes is that the sweetspot is lower on the string bed. Being slightly flared it's not such a bother on slice shots (personally I've never hit with a racquet that was so exceptional on the slice backhand) or topspin but can take some adjustment when you flatten out your shots.

    Here's a pic of mine (along with two of the best racquets I've ever used - and one dog)

    http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a240/AndrewDtw/F1000005hg.jpg
     
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  7. galain

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    Which one was the dog mate? I'm pretty sure that was the Prince Mark Kratzmann had in his hands when he told me Pat Cash's midsized Woody was really a Kennex Golden Ace.

    God I feel old!
     
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  8. Centered

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    Do any of your Monos shake inside the shaft? Mine has a shaking feeling when the ball strikes it, like something inside the racquet has come loose.
     
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  9. vwfye

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    i have one that had the weight shake loose. the others are all solid. i've said it before, and i'll say it again... if the Mono was the same specs, but in an 88 or 90 head, i'd be in heaven!
     
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  10. Mick

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    i have 12 prince monos, 1 used one and 11 new ones.
    I collected them before their prices went up.


    [​IMG]
     
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  11. jimbo333

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    At least you didn't show a photo of that Experimental Mono that I'd really like:-?
     
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  12. jaydubbs15

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    There's my old racquet! But it's not a "mono." It's the second from the left. Mine was bumper-less and grommet-less, had a rich brown leather grip, with a heavy dark green cover. I don't believe that mine had a green stripe around the hoop at all. I gave that racquet to my friend's wife, who gave it to my friend's niece who sold it to a collector (grrrr!) What's that racquet called? And what's it worth on the market these days?
     
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  13. coachrick

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    Are we looking at the Prince Comp? Individual grommets, very shallow string channel, green suede-like cover, IIRC. Very nice racket in the early/mid '80s.
     
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  14. jaydubbs15

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    Yes, thank you!

    Jay
     
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  15. Xenakis

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    Prince Mono.

    Good name, sounds like a Dub Reggae artist.
     
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  16. jaydubbs15

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    Which are your two best and which is the dog?
     
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  17. retrowagen

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    LOL.

    My first impulse when reading this thread yesterday was, "Well, I always try to avoid catching mono..."
     
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  18. CollegeBound

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    Knowing Andrew and having hit with him quite a few times I'd be almost 100% certain he's talking about the Volkl t10 MP V-engine.
     
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  19. KFwinds

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    Man, the Mono was a great stick; one of those unique "crisp but flexy" feels. And yes, very maneuverable and awesome at the net. I bought one off the 'bay several years back to get some of the Jimmy Connors magic happening - is he still using this?
     
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  20. coachrick

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    Ah, the revival of a two and a half year old thread! :) Learning to play in the early '70s, I was hitting topspin forehands before 'everybody' took to that style. Two decades later, I tried hitting with the Mono and thought the head was going to twist off the handle ;) . Great if you hit dead flat, a noodle if you drive heavy topspin from 1+2 strings off-center.

    Jimbo just had his second hip done, yes? Might not be hitting anything for a bit.
     
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  21. KFwinds

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    Yeah, I dug mine out of the collection recently and got the itch to hit with it. Didn't want to start a new thread since I knew there were already some out there; just wanted to see if this stick was still on anyone's radar. I know one other guy in my area that plays with one, but it's the larger headsize version (can't remember the name). Love the 650, tho :)
     
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  22. coachrick

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    Mach 1000, IIRC. A major baloon...talk about twisting on off-center hits!
     
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  23. Mick

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    I came up with an elegant solution for those off-center hits :D

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  24. coachrick

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    Perfect !!! That way--EVERYTHING will feel off-center! :)
     
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  25. Mick

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    haha. actually, this Snauwaert is easier to play with than the Prince Mono, except when you are at the net. That is when the odd racquet head shape betrays you.
     
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  26. Mick

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    Oops :)

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  27. retrowagen

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    ERGONOM NOM NOM!
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  28. PBODY99

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    There were two larger Monos

    RipStick 800 was the middle frame of the group. At 29" long 105 head size it was very different than the Mach 1000. One of the few extra long frames I did not like.
     
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  29. KFwinds

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    Yep, got one of those too - picked it up at a second-hand sports store for $10. The ONE racquet I've never been able to hit with :)

    I've never had a problem with off-center hits or stability in regards to the Mono 650; feels very stable to me, albeit slightly flexier than I normally prefer.
     
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  30. Snaab

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    I was more of a FISCHER Mono Series Fan - the "Mono Pro 95" which Henri LeConte briefly used (actually in his last professional match against Thomas Johansson at the French) was heavier and more stable IMO than the Prince version. Came with a great black Fairway leather grip as stock from the factory.
     
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  31. Hannah19

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    Was that the olive/drab coloured version or the Bright red one??
     
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  32. Captain Haddock

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    It was the bright red one. The Torsion Box made it a better design than the Prince Mono, indeed (although I did like the Prince as well — great volleying racquet).
     
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  33. Hannah19

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    I quite like the Prince Mono too, I have a Fischer Mono, the drab one, but never actually played with it.
    Maybe I will take it for a spin soon.......
     
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