POG: "You complete me."

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  1. Long Face

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    Some time ago, I bought a very old Prince POG from a local guy, for my racquet collection. It was in mint condition (thanks to protection tapes). It is a single stripe version, with "1983 Prince Manufacturing, Inc." and lots of patent numbers on the side label. Unfortunately the racquet no longer had the original leather grip.

    Last week when I was in a thrift store, I saw this Price Graphite Pro with orginal Prince leather grip in very good condition. I spent $5 for it, took it home, cleaned the leather grip thoroughly, and put it on the POG.

    It turned out that both racquets had the same grip size. The leather grip went on the POG flawlessly.

    "You complete me."

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  2. jonestim

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    That graphite pro plays very nice if you dig soft racquets. Put a grip on it and see what you think.
     
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  3. Long Face

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    It is OS and a bit too heavy.

    I did try the new Prince Rebel 98. Very soft and nice racquet.
     
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  4. tennis005

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    The Graphite Pro is a great racket!!! It plays pretty good in Oversize but IMO, the Graphite Pro 90 is amazing.
     
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  5. Nastenroe

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    Very cool looking POG...congratulations!
     
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  6. Hannah19

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    I recently got a first edition POG without grommets.
    Next week I'm giving it a swing and see how it plays.
     
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  7. TCTEN

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    Today I took five of the oversize frames from my collection out for a hit. They included an original single stripe no grommet POG, Prince Spectrum comp, Prince Precision graphite, Wilson Sting (grommetless model), and a PK Copper Plus 110.

    The POG was the clear favorite for me as it had a superior balance of power and control plus a very nice SW/feel for my tastes. The Spectrum was not bad either, powerful but lacked the control of the POG. The other three were rather unremarkable with nowhere near the feel of the two mentioned above.

    Now I have to add the caveat that these frames don't all have the same type of strings and tension which would have a bearing on the playability and feel of each particular racquet, but with that said I can see why the POG was such a popular model with top players in its day. Even at 30+ years old it is one sweet frame.[​IMG]
     
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  8. Long Face

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    Nice.

    I also have a Graphite Supreme (blue & gold stripes), and am looking for a Volley, which has a red stripe. I like the traditional look of matte frames with color stripes. Just classic.
     
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  9. jxs653

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    TCTEN, doesn't your bumperless single stripe POG have extremely rectangular grip? Mine does to the degree it's almost not usable--mind you I'm used to the traditional Head grip shape.

    I have five POGs, all old version, all oversize, and the grip shapes are not uniform. The above mentioned is extremely retanglar and one which is four-stripes is very square (or do you call it round). Well even the same version goes with different grip shapes: I have two four-stripes and one of them is square while the other is not.
     
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  10. TCTEN

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    I agree that the grip is a bit rectangular but I certainly wouldn't categorize it as nearly unusable. Mine is a 3/8 and I actually quite like the grip.
     
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