Prince to release grommeted racquets again in 2013

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  1. AlfaAce

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    The Bryan brothers seem to do "ok" with them too ;).
     
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  2. uscmba02

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    I don't get how the ported Princes are hard to string. The 2 piece 50/50 works for me. But I'm far from an expert.
     
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  3. uscmba02

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    I like mine. Rebel 98 is a good racket.
     
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  4. zapvor

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    yea i know! i love the sweetspot from the stringbed. its a REAL technology unlike say, cortex/BLX/d3O

    O ports!!!!!!
     
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  5. Cup8489

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    theyre very simple if one has a starting clamp, but not all of us have picked one up (the 35 dollar price tag always makes me cringe a bit when I place an order.. but i think the next time i buy strings I will be acquiring one.
     
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  6. zapvor

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    you dont need starting clamp. i use my body, or better yet the turntable lock
     
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  7. uscmba02

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    I use my floating clamps. Before I started going 50/50 I used a sharpie or me.
     
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  8. themitchmann

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    I agree with you guys...stringing is not difficult.
     
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  9. Cup8489

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    Not all of us can afford expensive machines xD
     
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  10. zapvor

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    use your body!
     
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  11. SwissXV

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    +1 for Rebel 98
     
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  12. mxmx

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    Production costs....simple...it would cost double the amount to make two sets of each model Prince racket. My suggestion for Prince would be to create a better more solid string hole insert....or to have special edition classic or port hole rackets...
     
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  13. mxmx

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    I always thought the exo tour heavily leaded may suit his game...on groundstrokes at least...
     
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  14. mikeler

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    50/50 is easier.
     
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    But it would widen the audience: production costs would increase, but so would the potential market. Therefore the additional cost might not be a problem at all.
     
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  16. Rabbit

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    they still have access to the molds, i don't think cost is a factor at all from what i've been told.
     
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  17. themitchmann

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    I'm sure they have the molds from their older frames, so I agree with you here.


    If they decide to release some of their newer frames without the ports, then they'll have to develop some new molds.
     
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    yeah, but from what I've been told, the cost for that is very low.
     
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  19. mxmx

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    It's not just about the molds. Its marketing not just one series, but more. These things cost money. Imagine all the prince rackets they have now right:

    Rebel
    95sq ported
    95sq normal
    98sq ported
    98sq normal
    100sq ported
    100sq normal

    Tour 100
    95sq ported
    95sq normal
    98sq ported
    98sq normal
    100sq ported
    100sq normal

    Black
    95sq ported
    95sq normal
    98sq ported
    98sq normal
    100sq ported
    100sq normal

    warrior
    95sq ported
    95sq normal
    98sq ported
    98sq normal
    100sq ported
    100sq normal

    etc...

    I don't think it will make sense to have the option of both ports or normal, on all models. Selected models, yes. Or a new more solid insert on all models, yes. Both on all models, no. There will be tons of stock left that the market segment will not fall into. In other words, a jack of all trades, master of none. They should specialise, and specialise well...

    To use the exact same molds may just seem dumb to buy if there are not really improvements on the structure of the frame each time around. A new paint job and name will not cut it for me...

    I think Prince needs a complete overhaul to be honest. They need to go back to their roots, take the best part of the past, and combine it with the best part of their present. And by this i do not mean just their actual rackets. I mean their whole marketing approach - their corporate identity so to speak. Their current "message" caters too much on new kids on the block, forgetting how many loyal players have been buying their frames for years.
     
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  20. themitchmann

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    I would like to see a "best of both worlds" approach:

    Continue to produce the popular ported frames, while re-introducing some of the more popular traditional frames of their past.
     
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  21. mxmx

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    This is an alternative will probably cost them the least...
     
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  22. grover

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    Any update on what Prince will be coming out with in 13'?

    What will be dropped and what new rackets launched?
     
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  23. themitchmann

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    I don't know any specifics yet...we'll probably find out closer to summer.
     
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  24. corners

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    Mitch, do you know why Prince went away from their traditional round headshape with the narrow, oblong heads of the 2012 Rebel line?
     
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  25. themitchmann

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    It's only really the Rebel line that did this, so I wouldn't say the "went away" from their traditional shape...they just made a design choice (which I think came from there time working with James Blake). The oval shape works better for some swing styles, while the round works for others.
     
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  26. corners

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    Which shape suits what type of swingstyles?
     
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  27. DownTheLineWith90

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    Wow, Harry.
    What a variety of rackets you use..
     
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  28. themitchmann

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    I think the oval shape works well with my swing, which is a little on the flat side.
     
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  29. corners

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    Gotcha. Thanks.
     
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  30. Automatix

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    I wonder if the lack of the new models is a strategy - not to release frames when other companies do, or is it a production or/and distribution problem.

    P.S.: Bring back the Prince Precision Retro Longbody!
     
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  31. themitchmann

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    I think that is some of it.
     
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  32. Bartelby

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    This is a key racquet release season and still nothing new from Prince and nothing on the TW review list???
     
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  33. THESEXPISTOL

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    It will be a pain in the arse for the pros that use the EXO3 Tour, which is IMO, alongside with EXO3 Graphite, the only decent 100'' racquet in the market. They can't paint the holes LOL!
    They should invest more in the Graphite line, and release extended versions of their racquets.
     
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  34. Automatix

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    Yeah... they're too many of them. But it has been done. Flexpoint anyone? ;)

    I agree.

    Besides midgets such as myself would like to play tennis to!

    Currently the market doesn't offer any 28 inch sticks. Some players sticks are available in the 27,5 length - Babolat. But that's it.

    I'll repeat myself: Bring back the Prince Precision Retro Longbody!
     
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  35. THESEXPISTOL

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    He agrees.

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  36. Automatix

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    One of my favourite players by the way. ;)
     
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    I believe that his tennis career has much to thank to POG.

    I'm using a Prince TT Graphite Mid and i'm barely 1,80m. There's something about serving with this racquet that i've never found with any other.
     
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    Is Ruckus really using the xtended TT Graphite OS?
     
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  39. Automatix

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    Well Prince did have some great racquets. :(
     
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  40. Automatix

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    It's Rochus and no, he's using a Michael Chang Graphite Longbody.
     
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    Bring back the kevlar fibreglass Tricomp, along with CTS DB OS series.
     
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  42. Ronaldo

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    Shirley he cannot use such an old wet noodle?
     
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  43. themitchmann

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    Not until summer.
     
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  44. Bartelby

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    Like Volkl, the racquet design studio of Prince is quite good so it will be interesting what they produce beyond perhaps the string pattern idea.
     
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  45. themitchmann

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    New release is September according to my sales rep.
     
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  46. TennezSport

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    Same here.......

    New racquets, bags and shoes scheduled to be released around the USOpen.

    Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
     
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    This just in....new product increases spin by MORE THAN 30%...they call it SWINGING LOW TO HIGH WITH PACE!!!!:twisted:
     
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    This being said I'm happy for Prince...such tradition, would hate to see them fail completely. Love to see the new version of the Response 97...they retain value on "the Bay" so I gotta expect they'll sell a few.
     
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