O3 Tour vs. Fischer M Speed Pro Number One

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  1. Rafa Nadal

    Rafa Nadal Semi-Pro

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    Hi,
    Has anyone played with the Prince 03 Tour and the Fischer M Speed Pro Number One, and can compare both? Which feels better at Serve,Baseline...
     
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  2. tarkowski

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    Yes - I've playtested both the O3 Tour and the MSpeed 98.

    Even though the Fischer is only 2 square inches smaller, it felt more compact and stable on all shots - though still very flexible like the O3.

    I liked the slightly tighter pattern on the MSPeed - better control, and yet still great spin from the baseline.

    I pretty much did everything better with it - baseline play, S&V, 1HBH. The one edge I'd give to the O3 is in spin production - and in my games, severe topspin ange shots close to the net. Though even on these, I was still more comfortable with my input-output with the Fischer. It just seemed that the O3 shots went in, even when I wasn't certain they would.

    I really liked the weight and balance of the Fischer - right in my comfort zone. My current stick is the nSixOne 95 18x20 which I really enjoy, but it can get a little demanding in that 3rd set. I felt pretty fresh with the Fischer all the way through.

    The O3 on the other hand was too light - and for me, in need of some lead tape - though I didn't get a chance to experiment with that. I think with some weight at 3 and 9, I could learn to like it a little more.

    The Fischer grip is full in your hand, like the Prince, only more square, not round. I liked it - not everyone does. About the only grip that gives me trouble is Head - just too rectangular for my tastes.
     
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  3. sevens

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    I tested the O3 Tour along with the M-Speed 98, RDX 500MP, and Aeropro Drive. To me the O3 was too fly-away. I was hitting most everything long. The frame is very maneuvarable though and plays well at net. It lacks punch on serves. I'm sure that by adding tons of lead to it the frame plays much better - I just wanted to customize as little as possible. The M-Speed is less powerful than the O3 and Aeropro on groundies but has plenty of pop for me. It serves as well if not better than all the other sticks. The Aeropro is more lively than the Fischer - you may miss that. Hope this helps. --Has anyone out there tried the DNX10 and M-Speed?
     
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  4. Rafa Nadal

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    @tarkowsko and sevens, thanks :)
    Have you played the Flexpoint Radical (Tour) too ?
     
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  5. thejuice

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    I have owned both (the M-Speed was the MP 105 head) and IMO the M-Speed was far better than the O3 in an overall score. Tarkowski's review was spot on because I also felt the Fischer was much better in every department except producing spin. Now don't misunderstand what I'm saying, the M-Speed IS very spin friendly but the O3 Tour is a spin machine. Not many sticks are as spin happy as the O3. One other negative of the O3 was that it seemed way too powerful for a "player's" frame. Lead is a must if you take long, fast swings. For me, the M-Speed wants you to swing harder because it seems to offer even better control the faster you swing it. This may be due to its flex rating.

    One other thing Tarkowski mentioned was the grip shape. For me and my 1HBH, the Prince grip is not as friendly as the Fischer grip. I had no problem finding the groove on when rolling to my 1HBH but with the Prince I would greratly mishit because of the round shape. I had to start using a 2HBH with the O3.
     
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  6. tarkowski

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    Yep, I've demoed the Radical FlexPoint Tour as well. Nice stick - I like this one more than the O3 as well. Everybody's game and feel is different, but to me, the Tour is more stable and a bit crisper than the O3. Power level's seemed similar - but I think the stringbed contributes to the power of the O3 while the Tour has a crisper frame (still very arm friendly and flexible though). I don't like the grip shape, but the weight, balance, and playability of the Flexpoint Tour is very nice.

    Having said that, I still prefer the Fischer MSpeed over the Flexpoint Tour. The Fischer just feels more compact and provides better control.

    Normally I'd like a little more crispness than what 'on paper' the MSpeed would seem to provide. But it is a very stable, easy racquet to like. The neck is flexible while the upper hoop is stiffer - providing a very uniform response with a flexible feel. Without hesitation, I'd pick the Fischer over the Head or Prince models.

    A racquet that looks intriguing to me is the new Prince O3 Mid (95): It is both heaver and smaller than the O3 MidPlus (100) which moves that model in the right direction for me. You might want to consider this for a demo as well.
     
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  7. hjhsu

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    Could anyone provide any suggestion about Prince O3 mid(95) vs. Fischer M speed(98)?? Thanks...~~ :)
     
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  8. milo

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    yes i would also like to know how the o3 tour 95 played.
     
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  9. InuYasha17

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    is it possible if someone can compare the i.prestige mid to the m-speed 98 also..thanks
     
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  10. InuYasha17

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    bump...
    is 10 characters enough?
     
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  11. hpark927

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    Any more info?

    Seems like the racquets you've gone through are similar to what I'm considering now. Which racquet would you rate as the best among O3 Tour, M-Speed 98, RDX500 MP, Aeropro Drive and possibly Fxp Radical Tour? Any more detail info would be highly appreciated. Thanks.
     
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