Prince Air DB

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  1. lcw

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    MP and OS. Any comments on this racquet is appreciated especially comfort. Did any one experience arm trouble with it?
     
  2. ps60

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    i just bought one, because they dump them out on the street (dep't store).

    This is a very HH stick. Gonna hurt if u don't take care of the form. The Tournament 15L string didn't feel good for the arm either.

    i restring it with PSGD 17, and add some weight in the butt cap/ under the grip. (Prince already did so with a 3g Lead tape under the partly dissolving grip.)
    One big problem of this stick is that it's heavy and HH. They don't come together usually. What u can do (if u don't change stick) is to take care of the form and add some wt to make it less HH.
     
  3. lcw

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    PS60: Seeing that you hit with a VOLKL, it will be interesting to read your commet after you hit wih it for a while .
     
  4. AndrewD

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    The racquet is under 11oz, the balance is close to even and the swingweight isn't very high. No idea where you get the idea it's heavy and head heavy.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-PADB.html
     
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  5. jimmycoop

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    I have been hitting with the Air DB OS for the past several months and have liked it, for one reason, because it seems so easy on the arm. I added a little lead in the handle and at 3:00 & 9:00 to bring it up to about 11 oz. IMHO it's an underrated racquet and, especially now, a great buy. Hope proud pusher weighs in on this--he's tried the DB also. PS60 must be confused; this racquet in stock is 1 pt. HL and only 10.3 oz (OS) and even balance and 10.5 in MP.
     
  6. Proud Pusher

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    I've hit with the DB os and it's one of the most comfortable frames I
    ever hit with. Certainly not heavy by racquet standards but to my
    taste swung just a tad heavy at net. Great frame and good price!

    Ken
     
  7. ps60

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    Air DB Warrior MP

    guys,

    U know what ? since i have purchased my own Air DB "warrior" (i guess it is just the same as TW's Air DB), i don't care about what the quoted spec say, except Stiffness. (USRSA quoted the MP has 70 units, 2 more than TW quoted)

    my Air DB has Tournament 15L on it, 35 cm balanced (if u like to call it HL, it's OK with me, but i am used to 31.x cm balance) around 305g.

    The grip dissolved partly, so i took it out and found a 3g lead tape on its handle (one reason to believe that even Prince thinks it's too HH)

    I put on 2 Kamachi (a very cheap but comfortable overgrip), played twice with the 15L nylon. It played actually much better than i thought, served big and powerful. 2nd time, i 'd added some 9g at the butt cap to make it 34cm balanced. Seems less favorable.

    Today i played with it using 56lb. PSGD 17, a little too much power, could use 2 lb. higher or 16G string. i also added 2 g total in 3/9 and it weighs 313g on a digital scale.

    In shorts: It has little shock but a little stiff. a little too HH for me, makes it less manuevrable (really don't know how to spell) at net and less control in the back court. torsional stability could be a little more (so i added a little lead at 3/9). And i really hope the Handle has much more heft... and there came my comment about it's heavy. i meant to make it a comfortable racket, u may need to add 25-30g in the handle, and that would make it to about 335g. (and it's heavy for someone who 'd buy this racket, not the K90 players !)

    for me, it is very similar to the $60 prestrung Prince rackets and its weight and balance are also like those rackets. Good thing is it is dumped at that price, and it is strung (although not very useful for me).

    I found the OS is lighter, although a little longer. it swings more naturally. Anyone interested should take the OS for demo.

    Finally, just want to say if u don't like HH racket, look elsewhere. This is not for the HL racket users
     
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  8. ps60

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    comment on Air DB ? or on Volkl ??

    the Volkl is sweet ! although the result may not be as favorable as a lighter, more powerful racket. But its comfortable to the arm, wrist...
     
  9. LoveThisGame

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    I found the Air DB OS to be a solid frame, but too light. Customers have told me the same thing.
     
  10. AndrewD

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    Seems to be a general problem with most all Prince racquets, in particular the OS frames. Apart from the NXG OS they don't have one racquet above 100sq which weighs more than 11.3 ounces. I'm not suggesting we all need to swing 12oz+ frames but there does come a time, for an adult male, when a racquet is far too light. In my opinion, that time comes when the weight is under 11.5oz.

    The TT Warrior OS and MP is still a much better buy and, I believe, a significantly better racquet than the Air DB.
     
  11. ps60

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    my wrist stiffen after playing the Air DB 3 times. it was injured but healed 80% before that. it could be the "head heavy" spec. together with my Adjustment to this big shift of balance point.

    So i am gonna add more wt in the handle, hope to find out a healthy spec. One thing good about this stick is its material don't feel so stiff as other Prince, like the Shark series, although it's stiffer than my Air Approach. So i want to mod it into sth like my very comfortable (modified) Air Approach.

    I 'm afraid it would weigh 325g+ when i am done, just like what AndrewD prefers. Hope it would not be another SW2 racket :grin:
     
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  12. LoveThisGame

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    AndrewD,

    Where Prince offers a MP and an OS in the same model, the OS seems to always be noticeably lighter. I guess they're implying that players with shorter or weaker swings are to play with OS.

    OTOH, it seems to me that MP and OS are converging on head size. MP is now 98 to 102, and I believe I encountered an MP at 105. OS (not the 113 and 115) may be 110 but also frequently show as 107. In a couple of years, maybe there will be fewer SKUs (stock keeping units)!
     

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