Prince Original Graphite ( POG ) Mid and OS versions

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by scottatuofm, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. djNEiGht

    djNEiGht Professional

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    I've heard some players using ESP racquets are having success with smooth poly. Give that a shot as it might tame down some of the spin in an open pattern stick. I don't hit with extreme top spin so the textured poly helps me just enough.
     
  2. dmcb101

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    Anyone use Tour Bite in the OS? I have been using PSGO with only 2 hours worth of hitting before snap time. I am thinking a thin poly might play well in the OS. Any thoughts?
     
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    In the OS I enjoy 17g. In the Mid I like 16 or 17g. I would try the same gauge in what you are playing your PSGO and string 55 to start. I find that I need to tame the power with the mains being so long.
     
  4. shamaho

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    Had a very interesting playing experience today.

    Played with the POG Mid on a red clay court on a sunny day, not too hot.
    POG Mid strung with full bed one of Pro's Pro poly at low tension.

    The balls were not new and seemed somewhat dead...

    I felt that the POG Mid was making me work very hard for each and every shot, meaning I really had to prepare super early, be on my toes and be super focused, never could even think of making a sort of "creative" play, just play simple and swing the hell out of the POG...

    Result ? 6-1 for me against a battle hardened player.

    For the second Set and since I felt I was being forced to work extra hard, I decided to make an experiment and switch to the re-issue of the Prince Response 97, strung also with a full bed of Poly at low tensions as well.

    Yes the racket helped a lot with spin, pace well just about everything... and I made a couple of sweet winners, except, because I was being helped... I automatically let down my intensity level.... and started spraying shots wide and long... then started to hold on the shots instead if swinging out freely...

    result ? 0-3 in a flash....

    I switched back to the POG Mid but the damage had been done, and my timing had already been decalibrated.... only found my range again it was already 1-5... then we had to exit the court.

    So, it seems that for me to play at my best I need to play at a high intensity level and have to be forced to working hard... and playing with modern rackets, it seems be too much power available forcing me to focus too much on controlling the shot, or on the other hand... making me loose the intensity, thus increasing the unforced error count...

    it's weird...

    Oh BTW, using a full bed of poly on the POG Mid it feels really yucky ! complete lack of feel and feedback on touch shots.

    This gem of a racket needs the classic feel and so at very least a hybrid setup with a multi or Gut - it deserves this respect ;-)
     
  5. shamaho

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    Exactly what I was alluding to in my last post! I mentioned multi... but those to break very quickly, a hybrid with a good Synth Gut is probably the best compromise. I've had Hybrids with Synth Gut last quite a bit longer than that, so its a question of finding the right match for the synth gut.
     

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