The Oversize Racquet Club

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Alafter, Jul 15, 2008.

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Why Oversize?

  1. Forgiveness

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  2. Power

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  3. Feel

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  1. Alafter

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    I will get around to updating new faces on the OP. But I am trading right now!

    PS mid is for wannabes.
     
  2. Ljubicic for number1

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    Andrew you are getting me very intrigued with the tour OS, Sounds like I might like it from your description, pity its impossible to demo it here is Australia, I already have dozens of racquets sitting in boxes that I have purchased by specs alone, just got to stop myself.
     
  3. keithchircop

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    I use a Microgel Radical OS. It's as powerful as a mid plus due to its low flex and low swingweight, but you get the added forgiveness of a 107 sq in head.
     
  4. haerdalis

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    I just bought 2 MG rad OS but havent recieved them yet. I have high hopes for that racquet though. Had a brief hit with them and found it to be much to my liking. Hopefully even more so that the Black Star.
     
  5. go13illy

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    oh sorry for not posting the string. I use Babolat Hybrid Hurricane Tour + Excel 16 @ 55
     
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  6. keithchircop

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    Keep us posted on how they compare.
     
  7. skraggle

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    Excellent troll deflection. Thanks for a good laugh...
     
  8. skraggle

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    Back to using the venerable Warrior OS to great effect. Had a few people tell me I shouldn't use a 12 ounce+ Mid or MP, and sadly, they were right.

    Try this bad boy with MSV Hex mains and Enduro Tour crosses at 65, and you won't believe the spin/power combo.
     
  9. Alafter

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    Recently I see some new faces who are using OS as main stick, so I thought to cast lvl27 spell "Raise Dead" on this thread.
     
  10. 80sPOG4me

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    Please add me to the OS club.

    I've been playing with Prince OS racquets for 25 years. Started out with the one-stripe POG OS, and loved it. But, my wallet cried when it cracked after losing a match, and tossing it up in the air, and I missed the catch. :(

    I ended up buying a 1986 Prince Power Pro after that. It was a touch heavier due to the fiberglass, but it was the exact same size, and played very similar. And it was quite a bit less expensive.

    Next I tried the POG II OS, but it never had the feel of the original POG.

    In the early 90's I bought a few Chang Graphite Oversizes. I loved the blue and green paintjob, but didn't care for the extra inch, so I cut them down to 27 1/4". I enjoyed them for a few years, but missed the original POG OS.

    In the mid 90's I picked up a POG OS 4-stripe, but ended up quitting tennis for a few years, so I hardly used that racquet. It did seem lighter than the old one-stripe POG.

    Around 2001 after taking a few years off from tennis, I decided to get a couple new POGs from TW. At that time they had the "Straight Shaft" version with a big "Prince" on the lower right side of the hoop. They were great racquets, and I used them for 4 years.

    I took another tennis break until 2006, and while checking out TW's site, I ran accross the 03 Tour OS racquets. They seemed like the logical repacement for the POGs, so I ordered a couple. Well they sat in the closet until a couple of months ago, still with plastic on grips. I had hurt my shoulder right after buying them, and never got to use them.

    I started back playing a few months ago, and saw that the NXG oversizes where selling for $59. I always liked that paint job and the specs, so for that price I ordered a couple without demoing them. Sadly I ended up not liking them due to the strange feel I got with them. I tried a couple multi's, PSGD(my fave), and Big hitter regular and big hitter blue, and could not get used to the feel of them.

    While looking through my closet, I found the 03 Tour OS's, still strung with PSGD 16, and plastic on the grips. I took them out that weekend, and loved the way they felt and played. Felt like the perfect upgrade to the POG OS's which were still my favorites. I do still always carry one in my bag just for fun. :)

    Sorry for the longwinded post. ;-)
     
  11. Alafter

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    Ah no problem, but i truncated your post just to show you what I am taking away. Adding you to the front page now! Keep them coming folks!
     
  12. Orion

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    Good man for resurrecting the thread!!!

    Add me (in light of my "experimenting" with the MG Rad Pro) LOL

    Agassi Radical LE (107 Head UltraTour 16L @ 55) x 5
     
  13. Alafter

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    Orion, welcome.

    Adding you to the front page right now.

    Even if you dont use LE anymore, at least people will know you can be asked for an opinion on the stick.
     
  14. TheLambsheadrep

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    Ive used Head OS Ti.Radical and use right now 3 Twin Tube Tour Radicals. I may be looking for more...
     
  15. aptennis91

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    Count me in!

    I unintentionally got the LM Rad OS as my first racquet and have been trying to replace it ever since.
    I finally gave up on spending money on a new racquet and have been tinkering with the LM Rad OS with magnetic tape and euro coins that I found at home (very heavy)
    Haven't tried it out yet, but if all goes well, it seems that this will be my racquet for a long time!
    Do any of you guys lead up ur OS? It would be nice to know what kind of setup is good for OS racquets.

    BTW, it's LM Rad OS prince syn gut. @60~64lbs. (around 10~15 grams in the handle and about 5 grams total in 2.5 and 11.5)
     
  16. Ano

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    Please sign me up.

    I use Prince EXO3 Silver ( 118 ), Prince Topspin Duraflex 15L @ 55 lbs.

    I have always used OS Racquet.

    Here's the list:

    Wilson Hammer 2.7.

    Prince Thunderstrike 29 inch

    Wilson Hypersledge Hammer 125

    Head Titanium S8

    Prince TT Sovereign

    Wilson NCode 1

    Prince O3 Speedport Platinum

    Prince Exo3 Silver (since June 14th, 2009)
     
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  17. Terr

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    I have a Head i.x6 OS. Strung with PHT 18g at 55lb. Works just great :D

    Though still prefer my Baboat Drive Z Lite, just need to get that strung as soon as my Cyber flash arrives. (Hurry up please TW)
     
  18. Ucantplay2much

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    Sign me up! I have a Babolat PD 107, Head Liquidmetal 4 and a ProKennex Ki 15 PSE but my main stick is a Head Liquidmetal Genesis. It's a B i g 5 racquet that's a 107, 16x19. I think it's pretty comparable to the Liquidmetal 5. It originally weighed @ 276 grams but with a 47 gram bolt in the handle, regripping and 12 grams in the hoop it's at 333 and is about 7 points head-light. It's strung with Ashaway Crossfire 18, 48-52.

    I use it because I play better with it :) I've only been playing for just over a year, so I'm still doing a lot of experimenting. I keep wandering away and using the other racquets I have but I keep coming back to the Genesis.
     
  19. Alafter

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    Talk about ressurection! Ok will add soon...pls gimme time to catch up on other posts around this board first.
     
  20. Larrysümmers

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    Prince triple threat warrior oversize.
    Added some lead and it grew a pair. Great power and control. Wicked slice. And so forgiving.
    I am hooked
     
  21. skraggle

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    Dead on, sir. Although I use another stick as my main, I have 11 Warrior OS sticks (six cut down to "27, five regular "27.5) in storage for the rapidly approaching time when I need something lighter and more forgiving.

    I string them at max with Cyberflash 17 or Crossfire 17, add 1/2 ounce lead at 3 and 9 and another 1/2 at the handle, and they're ready for battle. In fact, if I had half a brain, I'd be using them exclusively now.
     
  22. kevoT

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    don't count me in on this! I think my 100sq in pure drive roddick gt is huge.
     
  23. Larrysümmers

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    that half inch is my bff. My serves are so much better. My only problem is kick serves, I am still having problems adjusting. But when they get it they have nice action.
     
  24. racquetfreak

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    at least once a week i use Prince Thunderstorm with MSV Focus Hex 1.10 @ 65 lbs
     
  25. ybot

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    Ti Radical OS for me, strung with lux. big banger @ 65lbs, TW Leather grip, and lead at 12.
     
  26. PBODY99

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    From Wilson Sting LH to

    Prince Speedport Gold, strung as a 110. Neck injury lead to a bad shoulder. The original Sting was 1/2 the price of a POG. used them for several years until I got better. Then I got older , the shoulder started down hill once more and I went to longer and bigger frames.
     
  27. new_tennis_player

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    OS rackets have got to be far and away the leading class of rackets sold. I bet most people using OS rackets on this forum won't say so for fear of flack from midsized and midplus fanatics.

    Who cares? It's just a tennis racket!
     
  28. Larrysümmers

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    because people have this thing that the smaller and heavier the racket, the better you are. and if it is wood. it doesnt matter if you win or lose. because you are more talented if you use wood
     
  29. T3NN15

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    I'm in. I sometimes use a 107.
     
  30. Keifers

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    The POG has to be one of the all-time great OS frames. My fave: the 1 stripe, from the late 70s, early 80s -- unusually maneuverable for sn OS (19mm beam), hits with authority and control and touch, and, most of all for me, has a delicious, crisp feel on impact.
     
  31. Simon Brown

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    Count me in. My usual racquet is the Head LE Agassi Radical OS, and I have three of them. I string it with Head Rip Control at around 58lbs.

    Forgiving feel, plenty of power and good control.

    I also have a POG OS, which is a very nice racquet. But with that very open stringing pattern I find it hard to hit anything other than loopy shots with loads of topspin. I can attack the ball a bit better with the LE Radical.
     
  32. nighttenis

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    i use Head LiquidMetal Radical OS

    normal strings for now, haven`t decided what to use on it [any advice on control orientated strings is usefull ]
     
  33. acintya

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    Hey oversizers, which OS blade is the one that offers the most control and is good for serving?

    I use microgel OS but this is not what i am looking for.
     
  34. TennisMD

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    Just for everyones interest, the myth that the OS rkt has a larger sweet spot is clearly debunked, just go to the TWU site and review. For example the Vokl C 10 pro has a larger sweet spot than the POG OS and very similar to the Head liquid metal radical OS
     
  35. StanW

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    I'll join this club.

    Currently I'm using the Babolat Aero 112 w Pro Hurricane Tour 17g @ 58lbs.

    Gives me a lot of forgiveness when it's those hard to reach shots. :)
     
  36. new_tennis_player

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    You know, I thought OS was cool, until I played against a guy who decided to bring along what must have been a 130" OS. Why not just attach a handle to a schoolhouse wall next time?
     
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  37. tapatio

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    I'm in, Kneissl all-in-one(105) with Isospeed Professional Classic @ 58 lb.
     
  38. AndrewD

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    That isn't true. When the oversize first came on the market it DID have a much larger sweetspot than any other racquet. It was a proven fact, NOT a myth. Obviously that has changed today, however, the POG OS is hardly a good example. One of the key reasons why it was so successful is because the larger head allowed for greater spin and increased stability on off-centre shots but the sweetspot wasn't so large it was uncontrollable.
     
  39. DoctorBackhand

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    Sign me up.
    POG OS.
    This club seems way more popular than the one I put up a few months ago.
     
  40. sinnetklat

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    Hello, this is the club I was looking for to get more information on oversize racquets.

    I played with head tis1 pro some time ago. I quite liked it. Do you suggest this racquet or a better one with similar specs?

    Head Size: 107
    Length: 27.25 "
    Weight (strung): 8.8 oz.
    Balance: 1 pts Head Light
    Composition: Titanium/Graphite
    Beam Width: 26 mm
    Power Level: Moderate
    Swing Type: Moderate to Full, Medium and Powerful
    String Pattern: 16 Mains x 19 Crosses
    Grip Type: SoftTac
    (NTRP) rating: 3.0 - 4.5
    String Tension: 55-64 Pounds Recommended


    I'll be very happy if Oversize Racquet Clubbers share their opinions with a prospective clubber.

    Thanks friends...
     
  41. TennisMD

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    So did not notice this statement til new post. I guess Andrew is of the philosophy if I say it , it must be so. I believe a fair amount of effort/ science went into the TWU findings. LOOK at them it gives you the sweet spot size also gives you twist weight and my statements stand correct. Just an FYI for new poster looking at what an OS rkt can do for him. Believe me I am not of the school that states all real players only use 90 sq inch head size and weights 12.5 or greater
     
  42. Rattler

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    Radical MicroGel OS
     
  43. sinnetklat

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    Thanks, the weight is a bit more than TiS1 pro's range, but it must be a good racquet, I think.

    By the way, this club seems to be deserted bringing to mind either the oversize is not a much preferred option or its users hide themselves so as not to lose this advantage. :lol:
     
  44. robbo1970

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    I use a 105, am I in?

    When I got back into the sport I started using this 105 and it felt great. Only a 300g, so easy to manoeuvre and although my game is a combination of baseline and volley. I found that the head size was forgiving and helped compensate for my lack of ability.

    I then fell into the trap of reading too many opinions and tried out a smaller head. Its good, but just doesnt feel as natural as the 105, so I am back to that. The 105 feels like an extension of my arm, if you know what I a mean.

    Its only a lower end Prince, but it feels great and suits me.
     
  45. robbo1970

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    Just started playing with a re-strung Prince Pro 110.

    Nice forgiving size head but weighty enough to get plenty of easy power.

    I need to give it a go for a full match though, I've had a few knockabouts so far.
     
  46. makinao

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    Just changed back to OSs after over a decade of mid-pluses. POG OS one stripe, Prince CTS Synergy DB 24 OS, Head Radical Limited Edition Agassi.
     
  47. eman resu

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    I need help on stringing an OS. I bought a Wilson Sting 2 Largehead (110) today. the strings are very old and loose, but I can't tell the if the tension has lowered over the years or if it was already low when strung. Now the tricky part: That racquet is very heavy at 13oz strung, almost even balanced. I'd love to take some weight off by restringing, but I don't know where I am, really: the recommended tension is (ouch) 65-70. I'm worried that a 65lbs stringbed will be too tight, but I have no experience with OS (my racquet is a 100 ozone tour). I do have another olldie, the Graphite Matrix, that I strung at 50 (5 below minimum), but that's a completely different racquet (85sqin, much more HL).

    What should I do? Thin poly lower than or equal to 60 (maybe 55?)? 1.30 syn. gut at 65?

    Ideally I would like a stringbed that's light (I want to make the racquet lighter as much as I can, so no thick poly), comfortable (worried about the 65 minimum), reasonably durable AND CHEAP (no nat gut for me).
     
  48. eman resu

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    I would like to read some feedback on the Prince Precision Response 710. 107, 18x21. Anybody? I am familiar with different versions of the response mp, O3 red and tour OS and with the 1 stripe pog os. Also curious about a comparison with the radical os, also a tight pattern. Mine arrives tomorrow, so I will only be able to try it next week =/
     
  49. LeeD

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    As usual, I can't help anyone.....
    But I use Prince03Red, Prince03SharkOS, and HeadMGRadOS rackets when I'm blind that day.
     
  50. Shroud

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    I just joined the club. Rocking a 110" wilson BLX 2

    The main reason is because it was super HH and I could weight it to where it was light but gave enough plowthrough. I wish it was a 100" though :)

    It stinging it super tight with kevlar helps me contain the effortless power.
     

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