Prince Original Graphite with "Matte" finish

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  1. sunmin77

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    For all of you POG experts. I just got a Prince Original Graphite MP and it is different than any POG I have ever seen. To start with, it has a Matte finish, much like the Prince TT Graphite. It is the "Straight Shaft" version. On the grip it has a sticker that states:

    "Playtest sample"
    Weight: 330 grams
    Balance: 307 mm.

    Has anyone else seen this version? If so, have you played with it and how does it play?
     
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  2. KFwinds

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    Yeah, that's the 20th Anniversary version. TW sold them several years back. I never hit with one, but they were supposed to play identical to the other Graphites.
     
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  3. sunmin77

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    Thanks for the response, KFWinds.

    I thought the 20th anniversary version also had a glossy finish, however? Also, although this racquet is not strung yet, I think that it may actually have a 16/20 pattern.
     
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  4. TripleB

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    Yep, 20th anniversary edition...got one on my "Wall of Frames". To me it didn't seem to have as much power as the standard POG OS racquets.

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  5. OneHander

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    Did you buy the racket retail or get it another way? I am considering a switch to the POG mid and am interested to hear what the product looks like when purchased today retail.
     
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  6. LafayetteHitter

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    The 20th had the matte finish. The one I think is being mentioned here was on the auction site recently. It mentioned having a different string pattern than the standard POG.
     
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  7. sunmin77

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    TripleB

    Does your 20th anniversary have a 16x20 string pattern?

    Just curious.

    I think that this is not exactly the same racquet as the POG Mid that TW is selling. I think Prince was trying to see whether to introduce a 16x20 patterned version of this racquest and that's why they made a "playtest version".

    Anyway, any other input would be appreciated. Also, I will try to post some pictures of the frame after I string it, to show you the stringing pattern.
     
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  8. NLBwell

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    I have a Prince 20th anniversary mid with 16x20 strings. The sticker on the inside of the shaft says PATTERN 14 MAINS / 18 CROSSES, however, It has a glossy finish. Prince sent to the tennis store I bought it from (cheap) as a demo racket. No grommet holes have 2 strings in them - it is strung correctly.
     
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  9. improlumens

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    Summin, did you ever get a chance to play with your matte POG?

    I think I have got one like yours, also from ****-mine has a playtest sticker with a listed weight of 332 grams. Also, the date listed on mine is March of 1999. That would seem to preclude these frames from being anniversary edition graphites-wouldn't it? The lack of an authenticity sticker also supports this.

    When was the POG introduced?

    Also, the online seller I bought this from listed the pattern on this as 18 X 19, but the frame indicates 14 X 18.
     
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  10. MichaelChang

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    to OP and improlumens:
    if you got this from the auction site, it is a Prince Pro Room test racket. It is a 16*19 or 16*20 string pattern racket, with a POG Midplus paint job, the exact POG paint job such that it will say 14*18, although obviously the drill holes on the grommet is more than 64. It is NOT a POG. Let me repeat, it is NOT a POG.

    Also, somewhere on the throat there might be a Prince engineering code, a 4 or 5 digit start with T. It is also possible the engineering code is not there. The engineering code (I heard) could identify where (which factory) this racket is made.
     
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  11. improlumens

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    Thanks for the info, MichaelChang. Much appreciated!

    Have you hit with one of these, and if so how does it differ from a POG? The weight and beam are similar to a stock POG. I don't know the flex, and I would assume the denser string pattern would sacrifice some of the spin potential of the POG in exchange for stability.

    I haven't strung mine up yet, but seems like a quality frame.
     
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  12. BDAZ

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    bump... i'm also curious about these "pro room" pog's that i see pop up on the auction site. they peak my interest so i wonder how they play compaared to a standard pog mid. any, more elaborate, info would be appreciated. thanks.
     
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  13. MichaelChang

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    I have never hit with them, but if what you are really after is a POG mid, I wouldn't assume this Pro Room to be close.
     
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    So technically, it won't have the same specs as POG, am I right to say that?

    and btw, anyone knows the specs of the matte "POG" ?
     
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    ^^ anyone can confirm?
     
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    yohoooo....anybody?
     
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