Prince Beast 98

tata

Hall of Fame
Mine solid beams are weight to 10pts HL and weight about 332g. Very whippy balance but the thicker beam up the top keeps it stable.
 

PT280 Fan

Semi-Pro
Mine solid beams are weight to 10pts HL and weight about 332g. Very whippy balance but the thicker beam up the top keeps it stable.
I went the opposite direction with mine - evenly balanced. You must’ve put a lot of weight in the handle.
 

tata

Hall of Fame
I went the opposite direction with mine - evenly balanced. You must’ve put a lot of weight in the handle.
One was off spec and overly headlight (about 9pts HL) and the overgrip pushed it to 10pts HL. One was a few grams under static weight and was 6pts HL. This one was a larger grip size so no overgrip required so I just loaded it up under the buttcap (about 12grams!). I still have a ported version in stock form to play doubles on a weekend social (these are the only matches I play) and for whatever reason I always serve much better with the ported version. So in short, off the ground I prefer the solid beam for control and overall hitting experience (great for rallying and getting a good workout) but when it's match time the o3 version comes out if I am to hold serve easier. I make do with it off the ground. I'd say in a match holding serve takes priority.
 
Hi can someone here compare the non ported version with the pure strike 98 or the vcore 98? I'm curious about the comparison
In short, the Prince Beast 98 feels more solid than the Pure Strike 98 IMO. The Pure Strike feels slightly stiffer, more spin, and at the same time had this weird hollow feeling I don't like from Babolat. I have tried the Vcore 98 Galaxy Black from a friend for one set. The vcore 98 feels similar to the Beast in terms of flex and playability. The Yonex feels more controllable and slightly more flexy without that hollow feeling. It feels similar to the Beast IMO
 

riptide120

New User
One of the TW testers at the time said that Beast 98 plays very similar to Srixon Revo cv 3.0 F Tour -- another relatively unloved frame. Has anyone used both? How do they compare?
 

BillKid

Professional
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BillKid

Professional
In short, the Prince Beast 98 feels more solid than the Pure Strike 98 IMO. The Pure Strike feels slightly stiffer, more spin, and at the same time had this weird hollow feeling I don't like from Babolat. I have tried the Vcore 98 Galaxy Black from a friend for one set. The vcore 98 feels similar to the Beast in terms of flex and playability. The Yonex feels more controllable and slightly more flexy without that hollow feeling. It feels similar to the Beast IMO
I agree with you on the PS vs B98 comparison except for spin, I find the B98 very topspin friendly. Not as good for slice I would say.
 

PT280 Fan

Semi-Pro
So I watched Isner play a very competitive four set match against Tsitsipas with his Prince Beast and couldn’t help but wonder if Prince has made a colossal mistake closing out this line of sticks. I’d moved off the Beast 98 to play with some foam filled xenecores I’d acquired last year but have subsequently returned to the Beasts for two key reasons. Although I think I get a little more free power with the Donnays, I find the Beast 98s more user friendly and actually easier on my wrist and elbow, which is remarkable as the xenecore line is marketed for comfort!

I don’t think I’ve ever hit a stick with this blend of power, comfort and control!
 

Seth

Legend
Anybody stringing the Beast 98 with full bed synthetic gut or multi? If so, any advice on gauge? I've never used a 16x20 frame, but I've always put 17g in 18x20 frames.
 

tata

Hall of Fame
I've used full bed gosen OG sheep micro 16g before and it played quite nice but string movement and tension loss becomes very obvious. I find head rip control 16 works well in it and generally only starts to move and fly a bit when it is nearly breaking so it is my current set up. I have another one strung up in prince premier control to see if i can use it as a more budget friendly substitute as head rip control ain't cheap!
 

Seth

Legend
The specs of the Beast 98 aren't too far off from the Yonex Ezone 98 sticks. Can anyone compare the two? On specs alone, it seems like Prince took the Ezone 98 and tweaked it a little (slightly thicker overall, extra cross string).
 

BillKid

Professional
Beast 98 user myself, I have not performed a head to head comparison, but have already tested the Ezone 98.
Although I immediately loved the Prince, for lack of good reason I didn’t like the Ezone too much. As far as I can remember, the B98 feels more comfortable, more maneuverable, more spin friendly, and might have a slightly higher launch angle. Take it with a grain of salt.
The B98 is an excellent racquet at least for me. Maybe I should demo the Ezone 98 again.
Edit: I suspected the Ezone was strung a bit too high when I tried it
 
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Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Beast 98 user myself, I have not performed a head to head comparison, but have already tested the Ezone 98.
Although I immediately loved the Prince, for lack of good reason I didn’t like the Ezone too much. As far as I can remember, the B98 feels more comfortable, more maneuverable, more spin friendly, and might have a slightly higher launch angle. Take it with a grain of salt.
The B98 is an excellent racquet at least for me. Maybe I should demo the Ezone 98 again.
Any difference between the Beast 98 & 100?
 

BillKid

Professional
Any difference between the Beast 98 & 100?
I own both and IMO the B98 is better in all aspects except the B100 is more powerful (Pure Drive level).
The B100 is still a very good tweener in the 300g 100sqin thick beam category.
For me the B98 has more « personality », easy to play, great comfort, decent feel, great balance between control and power, topspin friendly. Top choice especially for a baseliner.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I own both and IMO the B98 is better in all aspects except the B100 is more powerful (Pure Drive level).
The B100 is still a very good tweener in the 300g 100sqin thick beam category.
For me the B98 has more « personality », easy to play, great comfort, decent feel, great balance between control and power, topspin friendly. Top choice especially for a baseliner.
Own the Textreme Beast O3 100. Bit uncomfortable, stiff
 

tata

Hall of Fame
Beast 98 user myself, I have not performed a head to head comparison, but have already tested the Ezone 98.
Although I immediately loved the Prince, for lack of good reason I didn’t like the Ezone too much. As far as I can remember, the B98 feels more comfortable, more maneuverable, more spin friendly, and might have a slightly higher launch angle. Take it with a grain of salt.
The B98 is an excellent racquet at least for me. Maybe I should demo the Ezone 98 again.
Edit: I suspected the Ezone was strung a bit too high when I tried it
B98 user and have hit with a friend's ezone 98 a few times and concur with the observation. The B98 is more comfortable and the ezone 98 felt a bit more head heavy but felt like control was slightly better. There's more power potential in the B98.
 

BillKid

Professional
Something I like very much with the B98 is that it’s not pingy at all.
Had a 2 hours session yesterday + 1 hour this morning just practicing with my tennis pal who is a hard hitter. No discomfort or soreness at all.
 

Hulger

Rookie
Prince O3 98
Having tried dozens of frames, but
this one is THE BEST! No need for any further comparisions.
 
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Hulger

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Prince O3 98
Having tried dozens of frames, but
this one is THE BEST! No need for any further comparisions.
Above mentioned was too early and hopeful thinking. To improve stability and filter some vibrations from off centred shots I needed to add lead at 3&9 about 5 g. It was manageable, but still the overall stiffness and extremely direct contact of the frame started to inflict some pain in the elbow. Maybe at some moment I should try it with 1.20 poly @ about 46 lbs (not gonna use other string types), but I fear it will turn into a rocket launcher.

Interesting thing about this racquet is that, I don't think it is viable to official games, because the two center mains are more departed than the gap between 2-3 mains. 8-B
 
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