TW Team - Prince Response 97

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  1. ProRadTour

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    Hey guys,

    Just wondering how the feel, comfort, stability and plow of the Response 97 feels in comparison to say the IG Prestige Pro the Wilson Blade 98.

    I know it's subjective, but would you say that it has more comfort and stability than the Prestige Pro and Blade 98 ?

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    The Response is the crispest and stiffest feeling of the three. It is very solid feeling and may be the liveliest of the three as well.

    It's as solid as the Blade 98, maybe even a bit more, but it's not quite as comfortable as either the Blade or the Prestige.

    Andy, TW
     
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  3. ProRadTour

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    Thanks Andy, would you advise against playing with the Response if you have had elbow or shoulder problems?
     
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  4. TW Staff

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    I wouldn't necessarily advise against it, but be sure to use a softer string in order to compliment the stiffer feel of the frame. The heft of the racquet will help dampen and absorb unwanted shock as well.

    Andy, TW
     
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  5. Fed Kennedy

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    Question for Chris and Andy, do you guys prefer the graphite 100 or the Response 97 and why? Just curious, they both look sweet.
     
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  6. ProRadTour

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    Good question, I'd be interested to know as well. Hard to decide which one to choose.
     
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  7. bigdaddy

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    I believe Chris said in the review the response 97 was comfortable enough for a poly.
     
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  8. TW Staff

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    Hard for us to decide as well! Chris and I may differ on this one just simply because of personal preference. He loves the soft, plush classic-feeling racquets, and I think with a little bit of lead tape he could go out and play tournaments with the Graphite 100. Actually, he DID add some lead tape and take it out to compete with. He'd prefer the Graphite.

    I like a crisper, livelier feeling racquet, and I'd probably prefer the Response. I loved the Graphite 100 (especially the LongBody), but I found the Response to be a little more solid and stable feeling. It's very similar to the Prince TT Warrior MP that I love.

    Both were really fun playtests though and are awesome racquets.

    Andy, TW
     
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  9. Alex78

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    Just a thought that ocurred to me: When measuring stiffness, is this really a 1:1 relation with adjectives such as "soft", "flexible", "plush", or "comfortable"?
    The Völkl C10 Pro has a stiffness rating of 63, yet it's supposed to be one of the softest-feeling rackets, apparently because the flexibility is in the hoop (I haven't played with this racket myself yet...).
    So my question would be: Is the Response 97 stiff in all areas of the racket head, or is it stiff primarily in the throat area, and less stiff in the hoop?
    And another one is indeed: What does the double bridge system do in terms of absorbing vibrations? What I'd probably like to hear is something like "It makes a racket with a stiffness rating of 68 feel like a racket with a sr of 60" ;)
    Thanks for any response to my questions :)
     
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  10. ProRadTour

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    Thanks for the feedback Andy.

    Question for Chris, how does the Response compare to the Technifbre Tfight 325? Which of the two is more solid and comfortable racket?
     
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  11. MichaelChang

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    I have not checked in the Prince rackets for a while. Sorry for my stupid question. Is this Response 97 a remake of an old Prince racket line? Or it is a new line? Thanks.
     
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    MichaelChang,

    The new Prince Response 97 is a reissue of the older racquet.

    Brittany, TW
     
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    How is the string pattern of the Response compared to the Warrior? more/less open?

    How does the plow of the Response compare with a Wilson 6.1?
     
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    Brittany,

    any idea about what Alex78 asked? I am also interested to know.
    The 68 stiffness is a bit too much for me (mainly for feel rather than for arm issues).
     
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    How different or similar is it to the Precision ti response?
     
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    We measure beam stiffness with an RDC. The RDC flexes the racquet in the upper shaft/hoop area so we cannot measure zonal stiffness. We attempted to measure zonal stiffness about 8 years ago with a different machine, but never got it dialed in.

    I can give you my personal experience . . .
    The DB pretty much replaces a string dampener for me. It reduces the feel of string vibration and I did not use a dampener with the Response as it was overkill and resulted in too much dampening. I suspect the DB does little (if anything) to reduce frame shock which should be of most concern if you have arm issues. I do not and I'm not adverse to firmer playing sticks. That being said, while the racquet felt crisp it did not feel uncomfortable at all. For me, there was ample mass to absorb the shock of impact and I liked how rock solid it felt. The solid response made it feel plenty comfortable and I tested the racquet with co-poly strings.

    The string pattern does not feel quite as open as the Warrior to me, but it is close and pretty typical of Prince (which for me feels more open than most with perhaps the exception of Yonex). Nice and lively with excellent access to spin. I found some really nice bite with a co-poly and got great spin on topspin angles and when looking to drive my slice backhand etc. I also liked the grip I got on the ball when at net and cupping under a volley to add some spin.

    The plow through is excellent and on par with the Six.One 18x20 and 16x18. If you like a racquet that really comes through the ball, any of those three make great options.

    I have not hit the Ti Response, sorry.

    I hope that helps and let me know if you'd like me to elaborate on anything or have further questions.

    Cheers,
    Chris, TW
     
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    Thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed feedback, Chris!
    Always looking forward to reading your reviews, I just "trust" your assessments the most ;) (not to slight all the other reviewers, who are also doing a great job!)
     
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    Chris,

    Thanks for the detailed feedback. I am intrigued to demo it (I have already placed the order for the demo).

    If you think you can say a couple of things comparing it to the Vcore 330, please do. Is the Response as hefty but a bit whippier..?

    I think the VCT will be less crisp, definitely firm enough though and perhaps better with (top)spin. I wonder what the Response will do differently, because that Yonex is my frame of choice.
     
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    @ProRadTour,
    Sorry for missing your question. It is close, but I'd give the TF a slight nod on the comfort front. As I posted above, not an issue with the Prince and not an issue with the TFight either, for me.

    @Alex78,
    You are most welcome and thanks for reading/watching our reviews!

    Cheers,
    Chris, TW
     
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  20. Matchball

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    After demoing the Response 97, I get the feeling it's a decent frame, but the thick beam is killing me.
     
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  21. ProRadTour

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    What's wrong with the thick beam?
     
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  22. Matchball

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    I am just so used to thinner beams; thought I would not care, but I realized I do.
     
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  23. Dgdavid

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    glad someone else thinks it seem thick framed. exactly what i though. nice though.
     
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  24. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Responses have always been thick beamed.
     
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  25. Matchball

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    Fair enough. Had not hit with any of the previous models.

    I was in search of a slightly more maneuverable frame than my 370 grams Vcore. I did notice the thickness on paper and thought I would not mind, but after hitting with it I realized I am very used to thinner beams.

    It has to do with the overall feeling mostly; secondarily with touch shots and spin ground strokes. The way I am used to placing the ball on the stringbed.
     
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    Although very happy with my Rebels 95, and not switching, I got the change to play test a new Response just today. Wow. A bit on the stiff side but probably due to 100% graphite (is that actually true) not too harsh. Reminded me of the classic version of the Pro staff 6.1 from the old days, and a bit of the pro staff 6.0 95 as well. TW testers were right, rock solid on volleys. Prince is making some very good rackets today, never looked at them in my earlier years but the current offerings, rebel, response, graphite 100, are some very fine players sticks!
     
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