Prince 2013 racquets

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  1. Mig1NC

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    Yeah, and Dunlop also moved away from elongated to more round head shapes and most people seem to like them better.
     
  2. Automatix

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    I think it will depend on our environment. It's quite the opposite here from my experience.
     
  3. KoaUka

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    Or you could just slam the string hole inserts into the rebel.
    Personally I like them on the sides, but the ports on the top. I like having choices.
     
  4. zapvor

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    no i want the exo ports!!!
    what they need is to get nadal to play prince then every kid will buy one
     
  5. BlueB

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    Me too. I find the original O ports even sexier then square EXO.
     
  6. tata

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    The original O ports were actually marketed a lot better. I remember seeing it on tv watching AO back in the years when it just came out. It was new and innovative and genuinely expanded the sweetspot by a sizeable amount. I think that brought the success of the 03 white being a top seller that year. Then came speedports and it went downhill. Then came exo series which improved the feel that most people complained about but it wasnt marketed well and most people gave up on the idea of holes in the frame.
     
  7. Channy

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    Hi, Just saw in facebook page of mauro sport in Italy, it says there will be exo3 rebel ESP and warrior ESP. 2 of this racket is not out yet in Indonesia.

    looking forward for new prince frame.
     
  8. Bhairava

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    I confirm some people here in Italy have those rackets in testing I suppose.
     
  9. Devilito

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    rebel 95 esp? drool
     
  10. jonestim

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    I have heard of the 98 ESP existing, but not the 95. I too would like to see a 12 oz 95, but am not holding my breath.
     
  11. Arthuro

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    Love the ports and I think they are some of the most visible and innovative technology in the last decade or so...the feel is unmatched and can't be reproduced.
     
  12. darkwing_duck

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  13. themitchmann

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    Not happening. At least this year.
     
  14. prjacobs

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    Times have changed :) . My prince precision graphite MP had a power level of 640. Now their least powerful frame, the tour 18 X 20, has a power level of 800.
     
  15. jonestim

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    Unstrung Specs:

    * Rebel 98 ESP 16x16 / 310 gr. / 30.5 cm/ 98 cm2.
    * Tour ESP 16x16 / 300 gr. / 31.5 cm / 100 cm2.
    * Warrior 100 ESP 14x16 / 290 gr. / 32.5 cm / 100 cm2.

    Looks like all three have the double bridge.

    Rebel 98 ESP specs out at the same weight as the current Tour, with a .5cm more headlight balance.
     
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  16. jonestim

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    I asked Mauro Sport about the Rebel 98 swingweight. On the inside of the throat it is printed at 285 (unstrung) but they measured it at 295, which is the same as the current EXO3 Tour.
     
  17. ricki

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    sigh why not rebel 95 with more open pattern? (and old paintjob!!!!!!!)
     
  18. Bhairava

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    No one has played a little with those experimental sticks in order to write us some comments about them? :))
     
  19. Channy

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    in some area this racket is not available yet. in Indonesia ONLY exo3 tour 100 esp that has been available.

    Currently I am happy using dunlop biomimetic max 200G, so I don't want to try any racket yet.

    I think it will be out in europe soon.
     
  20. themitchmann

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    Well, since the cat is out of the bag, I've hit briefly with all 3 frames.

    I was surprised to like the Warrior the most (considering I play with the Rebel 95).
     
  21. v-verb

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    How is the spin? Noticeable improvement over regular Prince sticks?
     
  22. themitchmann

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    I got the most spin from the Warrior. It was pretty sweet. The ball really dipped aggressively, so you could hit with plenty of clearance over the net.
     
  23. themitchmann

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    Yes, way more action on the ball than current models.
     
  24. BC1

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    Does anyone know what the flex ratings are?
     
  25. Bhairava

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    In facebook page of an italian seller there are first impressions about those three rackets. I'll try to translate them for you! :D
    Prince EXO3 Rebel 98 ESP
    It's the more demanding of the three but with the best ball feeling, smooth and mushy impact, when well hitting.
    At the same time decent playability and very good spin thanks to the 16x16.
    Excellent control, better than previous versions even thanks to the somewhat high tension that we adopted for this test(as requested by Prince Tennis)
    Frame for expert player looking for compromise between precision and playability. Frame for agonist!

    Prince EXO3 Tour 100 ESP
    Excellent, the racquet that I most liked. Feeling, spin and playability are blended in a perfect cocktail....really good frame, it gives confidence and at the same time gives a lot of power. The ball travel really "strong", but at the same time while defending it is (the racquet) "easy" and forgiving, something that other thin frames don't do.
    Good spin, to be tested more with a thinner string in my opinion, this 1.35mm string gives impact solidity and control but gives away sensibility, power and spin...
    Mushy frame, not as mushy as classic prince exo3 tour 16x18 but not far away. Very good frame!

    EXO3 Warrior 100 ESP

    Frame where power and spin are the key words, sometime even too much.
    Spin in primis. Thanks to the 14x16 pattern, (the racquet) provide a ball spin definitely superior to the previous racquet versions, and at the same time a really impressive power, sometimes difficult to be controlled (advised high tensions, even higher than 26kg).
    Decent feeling maybe muffled by the 1.35mm string suggested by Prince(Experimental). Frame quite harsh, decent firm in total.
    Power and spin "lay down the law" that is a positive note for someone looking for those charasteristics, but the negative note is that it lacks sensibility due to the large frame and stiffness quite high.
    For those are looking for power and ball deepness, the Prince Exo3 Warrior 100 ESP is the right racquet!
     
  26. v-verb

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    Thanks themitchmann!
     
  27. mrw

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    Keep dem POG's coming y'all
     
  28. PBODY99

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    I think it is the balance, not the lay up of the frame. Tour Diablo player went to the Rebel, felt the power was about the same. Or it is just "Power Inflation"as the top power Frame is rated at 1600, but doesn't hit any bigger than an older one that was rated 1150 in my playing experience.
     
  29. prjacobs

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    Thanks. Back in the old days, I felt like 900 was very different. But maybe it's like golf. My seven iron from 30 years ago is today's six iron.
    Here's the specs of the Prince Precision Graphite 640MP - Andrei Medvedev' s frame. And let's face it - who didn't want to be like Medvedev :)

    I demoed it from Jay Schweid in New York, before Roman Prokes took over the shop. Roman recommended the frame for me.
    My demo weighed 12.9 ounces and after some buyer's remorse with a former purchase being very different than the demo I had 3 exact frames made. Not only weight and balance, but flex as well. Luckily my demo was heavy so it was easier to match by adding a little lead.
    The head size was 95 sq. inches.


    27 in / 686 mm
    Strung Weight:
    12.7 oz / 360 g
    Strung Balance:
    9 pts HL / 315 mm
    Composition:
    100% Graphite fiber composite
    Beam Width:
    20 mm Straight Beam
    Power Level:
    Low / 640pl
    Stiffness:
    62
    Swing Type:
    Fast
    Swing Weight:
    333
    String Pattern:
    16 mains / 20 crosses

    I'm looking forward to trying some of the new Prince frames. Prince definitely has a unique feel.
     
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    They should call one of their lines: Princess!
     
  32. BC1

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    Just noticed that all prince racquet prices are significantly reduced on TW. Obviously this means the new ones are coming soon. Does anyone have any definite dates when they will be available in the US?
     
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  33. Cobra Tennis

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    Might pick up a few extra rebel 98s at 119. That's a good price for a great flexy racquet
     
  34. JackB1

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    Not ALL......just a few.
     
  35. Tamiya

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    landed in Asia for winter holidays, just started stick shopping

    no sign yet of the new jellybridge trio :(
     
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    Oh men can't wait to give them a try. I was told the technique is the same in the new rackets but colors will vary.
     
  37. darkwing_duck

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    What orange string is that in the Tour? How did you get these?
     
  38. fibonacci888

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    My tennis specialist is close with Prince. the orange string is a new string from prince. Looks triangle
     
  39. Devilito

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    98 looks drastically smaller than the 100. Didn't think the 2sq.in. extra would looks that much different. Maybe its an optical illusion with the color of the racquets and strings
     
  40. fibonacci888

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    no illusion, the tour is wider and the rebel has more length
     
  41. Bhairava

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    Huh so the tour ESP is domething like 310 sw strung.it seems quite low;my ozone tour mp is 321.I don't remember exo3 but I suppose is more than 310. Maybe they have lowered the swing weight to counterbalance the more powerful open pattern.
     
  42. Devilito

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    such an open string pattern is less worried about plowthrough and more about fast swing speeds to keep the ball in the court. "Too light" is easy to fix though. Easy to customize. It's much harder to take away weight if something is too heavy
     
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    That Graphite is a 16x18 100 sq incher. hmmm...
     
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    all those "Type-J" sticks gunna be Japan only like in the old days? Or offered worldwide...
     
  48. fibonacci888

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    first impressions:

    Tour:
    Not my type of racket. The round head made it harder for me to get a feel for the shot. The trajectory of the ball was much higher then my 99s. Forehand was medium, backhand control was terrible. Hit a lot of balls towards the fence.

    Rebel:
    Much more my type of racket, similar spin but swing weight significantly less which troubled my timing.

    There was a lot of wind which messed with my timing. Will test next week some more and write a more detailed review.
     
  49. mmk

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    The specs on the yellow one are a bit blurry (not complaining, thanks for posting), can you tell me the weight, balance and swingweight? Thanks.
     
  50. Devilito

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    What would you say your NTRP rating would be?
     

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