Most flexible Prince 90 frame

#1
I think I’ve narrowed it down to these thin beamed shared same molds but don’t know from here as all specs are NO WHERE TO BE FOUND.
If anyone knows which of these are the most flexible please tell us :
Power pro 90
Power flex 90
Zone 90
Finalist 90
Or
Volley 90
 

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#2
I personally would toss out the Volley. Looking at pics it has the same looking mold as the CTS Approach. The Approach, although quite enjoyable, feels stiffer than either Power Pro or PowerFlex. I have no clue about the Zone or Finalist. Both have "shinier" finishes than the flat gray finishes found on the Power Pro or PowerFlex. If there is one with more flex than the PowerFlex I don't want to hit with it. Tried them both out the other day vs the Graphite Pro. In my hand the Graphite Pro is the winner of the Prince 90's from the 1980s.
 
#4
You are correct kinda:) there are 2 versions of the Prince volley one is the graphite volley 90 wide body
Then there is also a graphite pro mold volley 90 gold champagne color . Also there is a tournament pro 90 black with blue pinstripes .. same mold as graphite pro , powerflex , comp pro , etc ...
Prince just like head made tons of frames from one mold . Head has a ton of differenrt versions of that graphite pro mold 8 at least like team pro , club pro , magnum pro etc .
Prince same with
Volley 90
tournament pro 90
Sierra 90
And as you know a ton more .
The zone looks really intesting as it’s the same racket as the power flex ie power pro the zone 90
Looks exactly like those sticks but shiny gloss .
All the ones I’ve mentioned I have never heard of or seen
So maybe they were euro release only . Or they may have been cheapos sold at Kmart and other discount stores back in the 80’s / early 90’s .
I’ve asked more than a few times about all those weird ones on here before , but no responses .
Maybe they were limited runs only .
Which all the more makes me crazy
 
#5
I personally would toss out the Volley. Looking at pics it has the same looking mold as the CTS Approach. The Approach, although quite enjoyable, feels stiffer than either Power Pro or PowerFlex. I have no clue about the Zone or Finalist. Both have "shinier" finishes than the flat gray finishes found on the Power Pro or PowerFlex. If there is one with more flex than the PowerFlex I don't want to hit with it. Tried them both out the other day vs the Graphite Pro. In my hand the Graphite Pro is the winner of the Prince 90's from the 1980s.
But I’m
with you @
Graycrait I am not interested in the CTS line personally . Only the thin beam 90’s..
I’m hoping to find the softest in the 90 old school thin beam line only .. I’m getting closer as I know the most flexy one I’ve had the chance to hit with is the power flex and power pro exactly the same stick . But I’m going deeper still . And I bet you money it is the volley 90 , finalist 90 , zone 90 , maybe that Sierra 90 that looks Almost exactly like the spectrum 90 but has pink font
 

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#6
And I bet you money it is the volley 90 , finalist 90 , zone 90 , maybe that Sierra 90 that looks Almost exactly like the spectrum 90
I have never seen those four in the flesh. If @retrowagen or @Sanglier or @Ultra 2 can't relay any personal experience with these someone is just going to have grab them off the auction site to see. Right now I am too enamored with the Graphite Pro 90 to spend even a little money on other rackets other than maybe another Advanced Response 90. I am also more than a little bit curious about the forthcoming Prince Phantom 14x18 93".
 
#7
I have never seen those four in the flesh. If @retrowagen or @Sanglier or @Ultra 2 can't relay any personal experience with these someone is just going to have grab them off the auction site to see. Right now I am too enamored with the Graphite Pro 90 to spend even a little money on other rackets other than maybe another Advanced Response 90. I am also more than a little bit curious about the forthcoming Prince Phantom 14x18 93".
I've seen the Volley, Sierra, Finalist, Zone 90's in the wild. When I flexed them, I don't ever recall coming across a flexier Prince 90 frame than the Power Pro/Power Flex Pro (imho same racquet). In the early 90's, Prince made a few frames for box stores and I imagine the Volley, Sierra, Finalist, Zones were just repainted Graphite Pros or Power Pros. It's basically a mixed bag.
 
#8
I will echo our friend @Ultra 2 when he suggests that many of these flexier models were SMU exercises, for various chain stores. Many are likely very flexy, as they were cheaper models. Many were never “in catalog” models, as the SMU amounted to a year’s supply for X Box Chain Store, who wanted a model with the cachet of a Prince Graphite racquet (!!!) at a budget price.
 
#9
many of these flexier models were SMU exercises, for various chain stores. Many are likely very flexy, as they were cheaper models. Many were never “in catalog” models, as the SMU amounted to a year’s supply for X Box Chain Store, who wanted a model with the cachet of a Prince Graphite racquet (!!!) at a budget price.
Well said :)
 
#10
I will echo our friend @Ultra 2 when he suggests that many of these flexier models were SMU exercises, for various chain stores. Many are likely very flexy, as they were cheaper models. Many were never “in catalog” models, as the SMU amounted to a year’s supply for X Box Chain Store, who wanted a model with the cachet of a Prince Graphite racquet (!!!) at a budget price.
So what your saying is “ I got a chance !”
 
#11
Retro probably knows me best out of all these . So.. d what I’m looking for is princes equivalent to both our beloved heads club pro .
When you use the acronym smu what is that ?
 
#12
And yes I too believe these are cheapies too! Which excites me as I’m hoping to find a prince 90
With the most fiberglass out of all of the thin beam 90 molds
 
#13
I used to play with the prince warrior 25 extended to 27 back in the day ! Loved it . RA WAS 48 or 42 can’t Remember contained a ton of fiberglass as I sanded down one just to see .
Would love to find a 90 even softer than that .. if it’s possibke
 
#14
SMU = Special Make-Up. That’s an industry term for a batch of frames commissioned from a manufacturer by a retailer, usually for their exclusive sale.

Nice Dumb & Dumber quote, by the way, @teachingprotx ! Hahahaha
 
#16
I personally would toss out the Volley. Looking at pics it has the same looking mold as the CTS Approach. The Approach, although quite enjoyable, feels stiffer than either Power Pro or PowerFlex. I have no clue about the Zone or Finalist. Both have "shinier" finishes than the flat gray finishes found on the Power Pro or PowerFlex. If there is one with more flex than the PowerFlex I don't want to hit with it. Tried them both out the other day vs the Graphite Pro. In my hand the Graphite Pro is the winner of the Prince 90's from the 1980s.
Totally agree!
Winner is by far the Prince Graphite Pro 90!
It has the perfect weight about (351grs)
I like the flex of the PowerFlex,but it’s a way heavier frame for my standards (362grs)
Best 80s frame!


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#17
Ahhh hah !! Ok now we are talking specs ! Ok
Boys so the power pro / power flex is a beast in weight . So that’s out for me too .
Anyone confirm weights on the
Prince 90 :????
Volley 90
Finalist 90
Zone 90
 
#18
I’m so proud of myself. I just walked away from a Power Pro 90. It had seen better days. The grommets were cracking everywhere, the bumper was missing a chunk, the grip was deteriorated, and it was very scraped. It actually looked like something I’d play.

It was $5.99 at the local thrift and I walked away! For $1.99, I would’ve purchased it.
 
#19
If only it wasn’t 20 lbs heavy ! And still after being 20 lbs heavy it’s still not head light enough . Flex is what 56 58 ?
Surely there is a prince 90 out there with a 40 low 40’s RA that ain’t crazy too heavy . If anyone knows please tell us ?!
 
#26
Ok here is an interesting bit !!
So I’m noticing on some prince 90
Thin beam 1980’s frame they all or most contain graphite listed first then fiberglass . But on the power pro / power flex - it’s in reverse .Fiberglass mentioned first then graphite . Possibly meaning it’s more flexible .. simply stated on the frame being that if fiberglass is first it’s gonna be flexor than a racket where that lists graphite first is gonna be stiffer?
 
#30
But at some point there is diminishing returns as to the lower RA no? From a flex point, between the Prestige, Elite and Elektra, I can go down in flex to the Elite. Just can't handle the bend in the Elektra. Everyone is different I suppose.
 
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