Discussion in 'Racquets' started by PrincessAdam, Sep 10, 2012.
What racquets are being updated in 2013. Are they putting out new tours?
Whatever they put out, I would bet they will have a bunch of speed holes that help the frame crack prematurely.
The will be releasing at least 1 frame with traditiinal grommets.
Yeah aren't they guaranteeing 33% more spin or some crap like that in their next line of swiss cheese?
They are planning to release a number of rqts with very open string patterns, 16x16 and even a 14x16. Those rqts will also have the 03 holes, and some rqts will see the return of the double bridge system.
They've also worked on strings to maximise the spin potential of the above rqts and retain durability.
May I aske how you came into this info?
Didnt Prince go bankrupt???
yay! less crosses to string
I see nothing wrong with the "swiss cheese" holes, i.e., ports. The EXO3 Red 105 has helped my game immensely.
As part of being sold to another company. They restructured the business, but never went out of business.
Haven't played with a "swiss cheese" Prince, but I'm curious: Did anyone actually notice some benefit from those holes?
ok, i wasn't gonna tell but ever since uk skippy was telling you guys about what's coming from prince i am going to say a few words.
first of all the new tech will be called ESP which should stand for extreme string pattern.
i playtested the new tech already in febuary or march. the racquet was blacked out but i think it was supposed to be a rebel 98 with a 14/16 or 16/16 stringpattern and a silicone double bridge.
when playing with it i noticed that i produced a really fast and a hard to predict ball for my opponent.
the first 5 minutes i really had problems with getting the ball in but after that i got used to that much more power and had a lot of fun.
i am really looking forward for those new esp-racquets and think that they will make new more aggressive playing-styles possible!
to keep it in marketing words: "a new tech for a new generation of players!" ;-)
I've seen a couple of the frames, including the 'special' string at Wimbledon. 1 of the Junior girls was also using 1 of the rqts.
I've also been told by a Prince contact who I'm friends with, and by a company that distributes Prince products here in the UK.
I was as big a skeptic as anyone, but I gotta say that I love mine.
Did you get to string the special string? Hit with it?
I've gotten to try some new string from Prince lately, and the new poly is pretty exciting.
There are many types of bankruptcy, many of which doesn't involve Prince closing up shop for good.
I didn't personally string the rqts as they were allocated to the same stringer. The junior was having 1 rqt strung a day and none came in broken.
Certainly didn't hit with it, no time, or strangely enough, no courts to use.
Once the restructuring has happened, Prince will be in a strong (initial) position as to financing, and that financing is long term.
Try a gettyimages search: Antonia Lottner. German Junior who played USO juniors and seems to be playing with what looks like a new tour? 16x16 pattern? When you look closely the frame has a slightly tweaked paintjob at 3 and 9 oclock areas compared to the current EXO3 tour line.
In an email I received this morning Prince calls that racquet the "EXO3 Tour 100 ESP."
I saw that, too. Think it's 16x16.
Yup, no ports in the throat
Any word on the stiffness of the 2013 EXO?
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What happens to the 16x18 and 18x20 tour100s? They'll have 4 options?!?
Here's hoping they bump the stiffness up a bit on the tour100, say 58 or 60ra.
Have you had prince frames that have cracked on you?
Have not had one frame that's cracked yet but have had several from other manufacturers.
The 16x18 eats up my multifilament strings fast enough. I can't imagine a 16x16 or 16x14 pattern in terms of string durability.
^^ It's been noted in several threads that these racquets are intended for use with thicker poly.
Well it is an excused to get a "new" frame.......
I hear that complaint, but I have used O_Port frames since the release and have lost only one due to losing my grip on an overhead follow through directly into a hard court.
The people I know who have broken O_Ports tend to have a few more side impacts with frame still in hand.
String life in an open pattern frame is always shorter. The Prince 90's with 14 mains just ate strings.
14x16???? Jeez..can we do anything else to encourage this new age crappy baseline spin ball tennis?
Is that the famous Prince "bridge" throat at 6:00???
I've read that but poly just won't work for my arm.
Have you tried very soft polys at 42 in a flexy frame. That should not hurt your arm
Yup, it is...
I'm probably done with poly.
Im just surprised that for the longest time, Prince dedicated all their new R&D and product releases solely to these o and exo port sticks. I get what they're trying to do but releasing only those racquets with their unique, muted feel for the past 5 years just alienated a consumer base that preferred less funky sticks.
Im glad they are sort of going back to their roots (at the very least, it's smart on their part to diversify their offerings)
Well, if a flat hitter would show up that could beat the heavy topspin crowd, it wouldn't be an issue. For now people just want more and more spin.
I have had a total of 4 Exo's crack or warp. They are a very fragile in my opinion. I love them however its becoming very expensive to keep using these frames.
^Really? That's terrible. Where are they cracking?
Did Prince replace them or had the warranty expired?
BTW, if anyone from Prince is reading this thread, a 93sq.in. exo, 16x18 and a stiffness of 58ra would be my dream stick.
Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Really? What model? How did they break?
It must be certain models, because I've never broken a Prince frame with ports, and I hard on racquets. I've played O3 Tour 95, Speedport Tour, and both Rebel 95 models.
If you've broken 4 Exo's, you probably should look into your technique.
I've never had a problem with them, but I'm not a crazy hard hitter. But I've never seen a pro break them and you figure the Bryan Bros are taking some pretty heavy pace with their EXO3s.
Someone has posted that rumor every year since the ports were first released.
There's a picture of a pro with the real thing up somewhere.
The new CEO stated it in an article on espn.
i actually liked the whole hole technology. my first one was a O3 white, loved that thing. the exo technology is real. unlike say oh cortex/basalt/innegra lol
Try searching Antonia Lottner on Getty Images, there's quite a lot a photos of her racket from the USO
Agreed, I switched to the 18x20 for that reason alone.
I know. I posted one earlier in this thread.
Rebels, Speedport tour etc with string hole inserts is not considered traditional stick???
I dont understand all the whine about o-ports. To me it is the best they could have come up with! I love my collection of EXO Rebels (95, 98, 105, team too), Ignite teams, O3 hybrid tours etc. Now I cant imagine myself to play with cheap DRILLED frame...
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