Prince Original Graphite OS mini review:

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  1. bluegrasser

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    Ok, having played this crazy sport for over 35 yrs, surprisingly the one stick I never tried was the POG OS, owned the mid 30 yrs ago but never the OS. I've been playing the PD for about two yrs, so I knew this was going to feel/play real different. The test was four sets of doubles on a humid early afternoon.

    1) GROUNDSTROKES: Wow the stability was the first thing I noticed, so solid feeling, control was excellent, couldn't get the spin of the PD ( and I'm not a real spin player, just flat to moderate spin, eastern grips) but getting the weight behind a flat shot was magic, to me flat felt more natural with this stick.

    2) RETURNS: Very solid with good control, just meet the ball w/ a firm wrist & magic happen, but not as quick as the PD, also the servers were upper 3.5 to maybe 4.0, so no big kickers to deal with.

    3) Volleys: Solid, just meet the ball with all that weight & pow ! no twisting at all, really shined, again not as quick as the PD.

    4) SERVE: This was the weakest part for me, couldn't get much pop, probably because I couldn't get the racquet speed with all the weight.

    5) CONCLUSION: Loved that old school feel & control, stability but after two sets when I was slowing down some I lost some zip on my shots due to the heavy weight & my serve even got slower. So will I give up my PD's for this beauty, hmm not sure, the jury is still out, if I could play like I did the first set, no question, but....you know the drill. *

    * strung w/ 16g Sensation at 58lbs
     
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  2. LeftyRighty

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    Have you ever played with a graphite ii mid plus? I play with that now and short of finding them used for sale so I can have multiple versions, I was looking at buying a graphite OS.
     
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  3. bluegrasser

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    Hit w/ the MP 30 yrs ago, very different IMO, played again w/ the POG last night & struggling w/ the weight, seemed like I was late on everything, but again when you meet the ball out front it's crush city.
     
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    It is really a great racquet. I have been all over the place myself and I have just finally decided to settle with it. I could have save myself a great deal of frustration and not to mention cash if I had done this a few years ago considering I have always kept the first one I bought from TW. :)

    With the OS I have found that it works best with a nice long medium pace swing. Its racquet back early (ie shortly after your opponent has hit it) and then a nice long relaxed easy swing and it a good "crush" every time. If you rush it yes you will get some results but you will be tired pretty quickly.

    I just bought two more so I think this is it for my racquet addiction. :)
    I hope.
     
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  5. LeftyRighty

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    That's funny. Im not even 30 yrs old yet lol.

    I really love the MP, but I think I'm just addicted to trying racquets. I only got the MP by trading a lady for a cheap walmart racquet, since she thought the MP was too heavy lol. Lucked out, but I'm always looking to see if I get even luckier with another racquet.
     
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    The mp is lighter w/ a lower swing weight against the OS.
     
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    That's great description of what I wanted to say. You can absolutley bludgeon the ball with the POG OS if/when you get a sitter, but on serves, returns, in a rally it feels clumsy and you really have to work to get set up and get it around. I still did pretty well with it in juniors because you can get by on talent/outhitting people most of the time, but when I played in college where everyone was bigger/faster/talented I really felt like I had to work that much harder for points and that margin is enough to make the difference between winning and losing a match. So I switched to the LB version of the graphite II MP. That was a decade and a half ago. I think the graphite II could hold it's own in today's game, but the POG OS not so much.
     
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  8. bluegrasser

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    True, I can kick myself for buying a stick w/o a demo, so I guess it'll be a nice wall hanging, I'll hang it where the T 2000 is on my wall:cry:

    Goran Q: What do you think of the Radical mp, only hit with the one that hasn't come out yet & the MG yrs ago.
     
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    I actually played with the LM Radical MP for about a year, about 5-6 years ago. I tend to stick with rackets for a long time, so the fact that I only played it or a year should tell you my opinion of it. In my opinion, I feel like the Radical MPs have been a one-size-fits-all type racket so it's good all around in the hands of just about any level player, but doesn't do anything great in particular. I've tried out different versions of the Radical MP and was never quite satisfied, like those who like a traditional feel were better off going to the Prestige, those who play a lot of spin or like a modern feel were better off with Instinct or Speed. These days with Head I say pay no attention to the name Radical/Prestige/Instinct/speed/Extreme and instead focus on the version e.g. trying all the 'S' rackets or the MP rackets.

    This may date me, but my favorite version of the Radical was the original yellow and black Trisys 260 because back then I was still playing the POG OS and it felt very similar. These days I've been a big fan of the Speed MP's.
     
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    I just got the IG Radical demo for a hit tomorrow, feels heavier than the MG version I tried yrs back
     
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    Before hanging it, try a mod: reppace the leather with a single or double overgrip only.
    It will become 20-15g lighter. I play all my Pogs like that...
     
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    I did that to the MP and it's perfect. I didn't like the leather, so I used a gamma replacement grip. I tried two different ones, one was a lot heavier and had damping...That one took the feel away, and messed up the balance...I used the thinner lighter gamma grip, and it's perfect.

    The widebody GII MP is my favorite, but I have noticed the strings don't last long at all lol. But it's the only racquet I've tried that is perfect for everything.
     
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  13. bluegrasser

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    Hit with it again & played pretty solid, again the plow through is amazing along with the stability, served better also the 2nd time around.


    ( POG OS)
     
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