Is there a good follow-on for the Prince O3 Black Speedport?

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  1. Poobah

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    Hi all - looking for some input...

    I've been playing with a Prince O3 Black Speedport for several years now...am wondering if I stick with it or move on. It's a great serving racquet, volleys well too - does just ok with drop shots. For ground strokes, it can hit a bit long for me at times...but on the flip-side, hitting with depth is a plus. It's got a lot of power - that's for sure...but I am a pretty big guy and don't necessarily need all that (but, again, love that power on the serves). I find that when I keep the strings fresh and restring often and at higher tension - 63-64 - I hit MUCH better and have very noticeable improvement in control....but that tapers off in about 3 weeks easily (playing on average maybe 4 times a week) and my ADHD kicks in and I forget to get it restrung (in spite of my calendar reminders) and I wonder why I am hitting so poorly until I get it restrung again. hehe

    (Other relevant info: I'm not a big topspin hitter, more of a flat hitter, though I do employ some spin. I'm an all-courter...serve and volley...definitely not a grinder - I like to end points as quickly as possible. I play doubles and singles. Early 40's - I'd like to avoid tennis elbow...have had it a bit in the past and don't want it again!)

    So... Thinking about either getting a second/third as a backup so I always have the tight strings on hand...or maybe moving onto a different racquet. I've always liked Prince racquets...but am open to suggestions. Anyone out there that loved their O3 Black Speedport that can relate to what I wrote above that has found a new racquet they love even more? Anyone switch to the Rebel 98 or any of the Warrior series racquets and find improvement? Is there a natural follow-on out there?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. PBODY99

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    Strings lose the ability to snap back with time and use. Three weeks for non-gut or Zyex and the bed has lost a lot of that feel. I would sstick with it or the EXO version, just remeber to keep fresh strings in it.
     
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  3. Poobah

    Poobah New User

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    Thanks for the reply. Yes, keeping the strings fresh is key for sure. Would still like to explore the possibility of a new stick. You recommended possibly moving to the EXO version...which I think has been discontinued already (the Black one anyway)? There are other EXO's out there that haven't been discontinued - I'm just not sure which would possibly be a good upgrade to my current racquet. Anyone out there that moved from the O3 Black Speedport to one of the EXO's that can talk to their experience? ...or to some other racquet?


    Thanks.
     
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  4. lefty10spro

    lefty10spro Semi-Pro

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    The short answer is EXO3 Warrior which replaced the EXO3 Black!
     
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  5. un6a

    un6a Semi-Pro

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    Yeah, EXO3 Warrior should play similar to SP Black, just with a little less heft.
     
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  7. Poobah

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    Thanks for the insights, all. I am going to test them out in the coming weeks....

    Rabbit - Do you still have those Warriors?
     
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  9. JackB1

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    The Warrior 100 is better than the SP Black in every way and especially in touch/feel, which will help those drop shots. The SP Black is is stiff powerful racquet akin to the Bab Pure Drive. Lot's of pop, but little touch/feel.
     
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  10. jason04

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    Jack, what is the best string set up for "feel/control" in the warrior? I've been playing this stick with POSG at the mid recommended tension.
     
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