Prince O3 Hybrid Tour Now Available for Pre-Order

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  1. TW Staff

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  2. BiGGieStuFF

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    Wow that's pretty headlight.
     
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  3. 300Gkid

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    yea, this is the racquet Blake is supposedly going to use at the US. Open correct?
     
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  4. Noveson

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    Seems to have a nice pj....Wow 8 points head light.
     
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  5. Slaz

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    Quite the same disign as the Diablo :)

    Is Xavier Malisse changing stick too ?
     
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  6. tarheels2323

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    Looks nice, but I think I'll stick with my Diablo. :mrgreen:
     
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  7. TN1

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    What's with the open string pattern? Rumor was Prince was finally going to release a dense string pattern O3. Oh well, I guess no prince demoing for me.
     
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  8. TW Staff

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    Unofficially, this is a more open string pattern of the racquet Prince is developing for James Blake... An 18x20 version is due in early 2007. We only received one sample racquet, and are awaiting 2 more to confirm specs. Don/Tennis Warehouse
     
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  9. travlerajm

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    I just did some quick calculations:

    I'm guessing it's designed so that Blake can easily modify it to his specs. It's designed so that if you add 40g of lead with center of mass at about 9" from the butt, it will have the same weight and balance as Blake's current racquet.

    Adding the 40g in a concentrated mass would make the racquet into a rocket-launcher with too low of a swingweight. So I'm guessing that about 6g is hidden under the bumper (at 10:30 and 1:30, about 25" from the butt, where prince likes to add hoop weight). The other 34g is then centered at 6.75" from the butt (which would make it possible to hide it under Blake's grip. This would give a SW of about 355, which is probably pretty close to Blake's actual swingweight.

    I'm tempted to get this racquet and try this customization out.
     
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  10. nn

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    holy..355 SW..is he superman...can't imagine to touch that kind of racquet
     
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    Not to threadjack, but I believe Sharapova uses an 18x20 version of the O3 White. Will this version ever be released to the public?
     
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  12. thejuice

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    I think I want one of these.
     
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  13. foetz

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    it's out in japan.
     
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  14. TopJunior56

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    As for the hybrid tour looks the exact same as the diablo (except for length) as for the 18x20 Whites, I really want to try that.:)
     
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  15. Alafter

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    That o3 tour hybrid looks finger lickin delicious and makes me want to stick my...wait am i typing this out loud on a webboard?
     
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  16. BreakPoint

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    Really? 8 pts. HL doesn't seem that headlight to me. My PS 6.0 95 is like 11 pts. HL. :D
     
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  17. BreakPoint

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    But it still has a swingweight of 337! Yikes!! :eek:
     
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  18. orangeblood

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    It might be a discrepancy of the sample they had (example being nBlade having a swingweight of 340 when most people claim it's around 330).
     
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  19. travlerajm

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    The reason people claim that the nBlade is around 330 is because it is a lighter than most racquets with swingweight of 340. If you use the parallel axis theorem to translate the axis of rotation from 10cm to -30cm (approx. the location of your elbow), the nBlade has a lower swingweight than a 12-oz racquet with measured SW of 330. It has little to do with discrepancy of the sample.

    Another example would be my old favorite, the Prostaff 4.7 OS. It had a swingweight of 346. I owned 4 of them. But because it weighed 10.5-oz, it "felt" like it swung lighter than a 12-oz racquet with swingweight 330.

    BTW, the Prostaff 4.7 OS is IMO the best stock racquet for serves ever made - and I've played with a LOT of different racquets. It was a very unique frame.
     
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  20. Roy

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    A heftier one than the non-hybrid.

    I think it's worth a try !!
     
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    anyone else disappointed at the 21 mm beam? would have liked 19 or 20 mm. doesn't seem like that much, but there is a noticeable difference between, say, a 200G or POG and a radical or prestige MP.
     
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  22. TripleB

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    2 things that seem to stick out to me about this racquet:

    1) the 337 swingweight (that seems pretty high...at least for my game)

    2) the shape of the racquet head...it seems a little more oblong than most Prince tennis racquets (looks somewhat like a Dunlop type headshape)

    TripleB
     
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  23. tangies08

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    On the prince website the Hyrbrid Tour is listed with a 300 swing weight. hmmmm. 300 to 337 is a huge difference
     
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  24. BreakPoint

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    Well, Blake did help to design it so he probably wanted it to be as close to his current Dunlop as possible, so it makes sense.

    Also, the stiffness rating is 67 which seems pretty stiff to me.
     
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  25. BreakPoint

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    Could there be two versions?

    Or perhaps the 300 rating is unstrung?
     
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  26. travlerajm

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    Hmm... I agree that 67 stiffness doesn't sound right. Especially if he's used to using a racquet with stiffness around 60.
     
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  27. tangies08

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    maybe, but does string really add that much swing weight
     
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  28. BreakPoint

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    Depending on the type of string, yes, strings can add quite a bit of swingweight because all the weight is added to the head of the racquet but 37 points is a bit extreme though.
     
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  29. El Diablo

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    Why does anyone assume he played with a racquet with a 60 flex rating? The shape of his racquet holds no clue as to how the composition and layup may have been customized for him.
     
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  30. ChiefAce

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    Blake likes his frame very stiff, if you think that was a stock Dunlop just leaded up think again. 67 stiffness on this frame is no shocker.
     
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  31. irishcommodore15

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    She uses an 18x19 version of the 03 White. In Japan, it's called Prince O3 XF* White.

    Headsize: 100 sq. in.
    Length: 27.25 inches
    Unstrung weight: 10.5oz
    Beam Width: 22.0-25.0-23.0 There's a signature of Maria Sharapova on it.

    *XF stands for Extra Feel. The head and the throat is O3 but the shaft and the grip is a regular frame.

    [​IMG]

    http://www.daiwaseiko.co.jp/tennis/products/rackets/o3/io3xfw.html
    ^That's the link for the website. it's in Japanese though.
     
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  32. Polaris

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    Yikes indeed! I would probably have to send my shoulder to the repair shop after every session ;) .
     
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  33. rayu89

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    Yes, probably Blake's going to use it on USO but it seems like coria using it now
     
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  34. emcee

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    Does this mean the O3 Tours will go on sale?
     
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  35. Dopke

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    No.
     
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  36. BabolatFan

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    I wonder if they will produce the 27.5 O3 tour.
     
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