Greatest Prince Racquets of all time?

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  1. Ron Insana

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    In the golden age of Prince (before Babolat) what were the sweetest playing Prince racquets of all time?


    Based on my fond memories of Prince racquets from the 90's, I recently purchased a Prince Graphite Classic Mid strung with Tecnifibre NRG2 16 at 56lbs. I've only played with it a few times but to be honest, I did not notice any unique defining characteristics. It just feels like a "ProStaff lite" to me, a racquet which I don't really like. For some reason, I keep yearning for the feeling I got from my old Rafter original Precision Response.
     
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  2. Conquistador

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    The Prince TT Warrior is really prince's flagship model to me. Here you have a racquet with an abundance of spin and all the maneuvarability in the world. it is a lot better than any model theyve ever made. The TT Warrior MP is still played on tour today.
     
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  3. TheSubdude

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    I remember playing with the CTS Storm when I was around 14 or so. It was a great racquet.
     
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  4. Fed Kennedy

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    the pog os brother
     
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  5. vsbabolat

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    Prince Graphite 90
    Prince Spectrum Comp 90
    Prince Graphite Pro 90
    Prince CTS Lightning 90
    Prince CTS Approach 90
     
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  6. mental midget

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    cts approach 90 was an interesting racket.
     
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  7. MarrratSafin

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    POG Mid or Spectrum Comp 90. Way better than any of today's gimmicks.
     
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  8. prjacobs

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    Andrei Medvedev and I both used a Prince Precision Graphite:). That makes 2 of us.... I loved that racquet.
     
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  9. pug

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    Are you still playing it? Sounds pretty darn good.
     
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  10. Fed Kennedy

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    What is the graphite pro's relation to the pog? Is it heavier or lighter, more or less power/stiffness? Pretty nice looking old school frame.
     
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  12. Keifers

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    The Graphite Pros (90 and 110) were made with a composite of graphite and fiberglass -- 80/20, I think; not certain. Neither had the crossbar in the throat.

    Softer feeling than the (all-graphite) POGs, as you would expect, but not noodle-y by any means. Both are nice hits. Provide good touch. Weight (approx. 360g/12.7ozs) and balance are similar to the POGs. Prince Calfskin leather grips.

    The copyright year on mine is 1986. Not sure if there were earlier ones. I believe the POGs first came out in 1977.

    I've heard that Prince expected the Graphite Pros to be more popular than the stiffer POGs. That didn't turn out to be the case, obviously -- perhaps because Prince's touring pros played the POGs and people wanted what they used, perhaps because the POGs were very fine racquets. In any case, imo, the Graphite Pros were also very fine racquets.

    If you get a chance, take one out for a hit and see what a classic, well-designed, solidly-made racquet feels like. (For one thing, it'll crush the ball far more effectively than the vast majority of modern sticks. :) )
     
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  13. dje31

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    Perhaps not GOAT, but still plenty worthy, would be the CTS Graduate 90 (used by Wilander in the post-Rossignol days) and CTS Response 90 (predecessor to the Warrior?). Both among the thinner, more player-oriented widebodies.
     
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    Really, the Spectrum Comp 90? o_o I bought one for 2 bucks from a garage sale, and it's my only racquet left now...

    Maybe I should take it out for a hit. Came with those rainbow strings. :D
     
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  15. MarrratSafin

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    Well, hit with it and you will know! I got mine cheap too, 7 bucks.
     
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  16. Conquistador

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    The TT Warrior is the best...Many big time players still use the frame.
     
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  17. vsbabolat

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    Thomas Enqvist used it also before he switched to the HEAD Pro Tour 630 with the Premier Tour paint job.
     
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  18. vsbabolat

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    The only one I can think of is David Ferrer
     
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  19. jimbo333

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    Just wondered what's the difference between the CTS Lightning 90 and CTS Lightning MP?

    And why is the 90 considered the better racquet?
     
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  20. Applesauceman

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    The POG is Prince's greatest racquet, hands down. All others would be considered "honorable mention" compared to the POG.

    Wilson's Pro Staff line, Head's Prestige line, and the POG are what ALL other racquets are compared to, then and now.
     
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  21. sruckauf

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    I can't believe no one's mentioned the Diablo mid. I think the POG mid and oversize are obviously at the top of the list because of their long lives and reincarnations, but I say the Diablo mid plays as good if not better.

    My $.02
     
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  22. vsbabolat

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    No difference just a name change. The CTS Lightning 90 was early production while the CTS Lightning MP was later production. That is when Prince stopped branding their racquets 90, 110, and 125.
     
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  23. Zielmann

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    I'm still using my Precision Response Titanium. I really like it.
     
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  24. Ronaldo

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    Used the Precision Graphite 640 but prefer the Prince Precision Graphite 700 PL OS. IMHO, better than the POG OS. Whole Precision series was great.
     
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  25. jimbo333

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    Thanks:)

    That makes complete sense now!
     
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  26. no1

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    I Agree that the Diablo is an excellent stick, just not that it is better than the POGs, IMHO.
     
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  27. galain

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    Noone has mentioned the Magnesium Pro 90? Have you all gone soft in the head?
     
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  28. Keifers

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    Wish I could hit with one, Galain! I've heard about it so many times on these boards.

    How would you compare it with the Magnesium Pro 110? Similarities, differences, etc. What strings and tensions might you recommend for the two?

    Cheers.
     
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  29. galain

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    Sorry mate - I've never hit the 110.

    As far as strings and tension go - I've had the relatively stiff poly at 53 and it played like a dream. I've also had a really soft synthetic gut at 62 - and it also played like a dream. A touch crisper with the poly as you'd expect, but from what I've seen you cold use just about anything and still expect a wonderful response. I tend not to play with mine too much now. I'm on my third, the last two cracked at the throat so I'm a little cautious these days.
     
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  30. Keifers

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    No worries. Thanks.

    What is the tension range on the 90? It's 65-75 (yikes! to 75) on the 110.
     
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  31. jimbo333

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    Do you know if the frame is actually made of Magnesium at all?

    I've always wondered this!
     
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  32. Mochel10s

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    IMO the Precision series was the start of the downfall for Prince racquets. I feel like their best days were in the CTS/Synergy days and ended when they started stoping production of those frames. For me the best Prince frames of all time...

    Graphite II 90
    Graphtech DB 90
    Lightning 90 (Synergy DB 26)
    Spectrum Comp 90 (Ltd Edition Yellow PJ)
     
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  33. Ronaldo

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    Still have that yellow Spectrum Comp 90 and a new one. Great racquets. Mag Pro 90 and 110 too.
     
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  34. schu47

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    Precision Equipe for me. Great, solid racquet.

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  35. TripleB

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    Prince Original Graphite Mid

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  36. jimbo333

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    Does anyone know if the Magnesium PRO 90 is actually made of Magnesium at all?

    What is the racquet actually made of please, I've always wondered!
     
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  37. vsbabolat

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    Yse it was really made out of Magnesium.
    http://80s-tennis.com/pages/prince_1983-3.html
     
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  38. galain

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    I'm pretty sure there had to be at least 'some' magnesium in the thing!

    Tension range - 65+ does sound really high to me but then in the 80's 60lbs was often thought to be mid range (all those recent stories back then of Borg stringing in the stratosphere had an influence I guess).

    I would put the Mag Pro at 55-56 - that'd be fine I think.

    I'll put in another 'aye' for the Graphtec DB - that was also a nice hit.
     
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  39. vndesu

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    put me down for the diablo mid. one of the most solid sticks ever made
     
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  41. MichaelChang

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    POG Oversize: born in 1976 and died in 2009.
    Probably the most sold graphite racket.
     
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  42. Keifers

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    I agree. Not just one of the greatest Prince racquets; one of the greatest racquets, period. The designers got out of bed the right side when they did that one. :)
     
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  43. EKnee08

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    Graphite and graphite II.
    In terms of game changing in the 90s, the Chang longbody was the first commercially successful longer-length stick for us shorter guys. Although it increased the number of aces MC hit, he started trying to serve big and had more double faults. It didn't work for me personally. I tried it and went back to standard length frames.
     
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