Prince Triple Threat Hornet

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  1. luke_1983uk

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    please could someone help do these specs sound right for the tt hornet
    is it an mp



    Best selling prince performance racket. With a 100sq inch head and at a comfortbale 275grams in weight the Triple Threat Hornets enlarged sweetspot allows for easy play from all areas of the court. TT Tungsten in the racket shaft ensures that the racket hoop remains stiff through the swing and that twist and oscillation is massively reduced.

    • Balance: 31.5 cm
    • Cross Section: 19 mm Slim Beam
    • Headsize: 100"
    • Length: 27.5"
    • Material: Graphite Extreme, Tungsten
    • Series: Triple Threat
    • Swing Index: C900
    • Stroke Style: High
    • Swing Style: Long Fast Swing
    • String Pattern: 18/20
    • String Tension: 55-65 lbs
    • String: Prince Wrapsure 16L
    • Weight: 275g (unstrung)

    RACKET FEATURES AND TECHNOLOGY

    TRIPLE THREAT TUNGSTEN:- Triple Threat is a unqiue balaned weighting system that focuses Princes' exclusive Triple Threat materail in three critical racket locations. The end result is perfect balance and stability in a racket that will improve your game.
    Triple Threat Means:
    - An expanded sweet sport in all directions
    - Ultimate stability for greater power and imporved control on all hits (on-and-off-centre).
    - Less Shock, easier on your arm.

    How it Works:- Triple Threat increases racket stability by focusing weight inserts of Titanium-Copper:- Carbon in three critical racket locations: 10 o'clock, 2 o'clock and at the base of the handle. The result is a phenominally stable racket design, with a huge sweet spot, for more power and precision than ever.


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  2. weed

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    the beam width is not 19mm
     
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  3. Gaines Hillix

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    The shaft is 22mm and the beam width is 24mm on the MP version.
     
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  4. POGO

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    The balance is more even so it is a good baseliner stick.
     
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  5. luke_1983uk

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    so do you know whether this is the racket used by maria sharapova
    what version of the hornet is this?
    im just a bit confused
     
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  6. netman

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    Here are the published specs for the TT Hornet MP

    • Balance: 2 pts HL
    • Cross Section: 24-22 CTS Taper
    • Stiffness: 75
    • Headsize: 100"
    • Length: 27.5"
    • Material: Graphite Extreme, Tungsten
    • Series: Triple Threat
    • Swing Index: C925
    • Power Level: Med
    • Swing Style:Med-Fast Swing
    • String Pattern: 16/20
    • String Tension: 53-63 lbs
    • String: Prince Wrapsure 16L
    • Weight: 289g (strung)
    • Swingweight: 318

    Here are the published specs for the TT Hornet OS

    • Balance: 3 pts HL
    • Cross Section: 26-24 CTS Taper
    • Stiffness: 70
    • Headsize: 110"
    • Length: 27.5"
    • Material: Graphite Extreme, Tungsten
    • Series: Triple Threat
    • Swing Index: C975
    • Power Level: Med
    • Swing Style:Moderate
    • String Pattern: 16/19
    • String Tension: 57-67 lbs
    • Weight: 286g (strung)
    • Swingweight: 305

    Sharapova played the Hornet OS until and through her win at Wimbledon. It was painted to look like a MORE Attack OS but the grommets and lack of an Air Handle gave it away as a Hornet. She has since switched to the Shark OS.

    The Hornet is not really a very high powered racquet and one of the underappreciated members of the TT series. Makes a great customization platform if you like a lighter, stiffer frame. The Shark is definitely an improvement in that they dropped the stiffness down into the low 60's and updated the weight a bit.

    -k-
     
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  10. netman

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    Good catch folks. I had seen pictures of her hittting with a Shark, but in your shots it sure does look like a Hornet. The true give away is the beam profile. The Hornet MP tapers from 24mm at the tip to 22mm at the shaft. The Shark is the opposite, 22 at the tip, 26 at the base of the head. Anybody got a shot that shows her racquet side on?
     
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    I have to say that sure looks iike a Hornet. The giveaway to me is the size of the TT weighting at 10 and 2. Its much larger on the Hornet than the Shark. That plus the fairly straight sides seems to give it away.

    BTW, I have been playing customized TT Hornet MPs for a couple of years, so I'm glad to see they are still being used on the tour. As I said before, a very underappreciated "player-tweener" frame.
     
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  13. POGO

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    Yes, they are great rackets. It has a big sweet spot and it really bites on groundstrokes and serves. I don't have mine customized.

    BTW..did you know the early Hornet tungsten weighted heavier than the later ones? Look at the letter between the <> in the throat were it shows the stringing recommendations. The letters with A through F were heavier and it had a thicker coat of red paint. The newer ones after the F were much lighter, about .6 oz less and has a lighter coat of red and a little hint of orange color on the throat area. Mine is a <b> revision. What is yours?
     
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  14. kv581

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    How can you tell between a paintjob of the early Hornet (non-Tungsten) and the Tungsten version? I believe they play quite differently, with the earlier version having a much higher swing weight. Which Hornet (Tungsten vs non-Tungsten) do Sharapova and Gambil use?
     
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    POGO, I use the Tungsten all metal flake red versions. The original version had a swingweight so high it had no manuveurabiiity. Very sluggish. My MPs have lead in the handle and at 3 and 9. They weight 10.8 oz. are 7 pts HL.

    kv581, the originals had a primary red color with black and gold accents. The lighter Tungstens were basically all metal flake red in color. You can easily tell the difference when you pick them up.
     
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