Prince CTS Approach Oversize

McPatrickClan

New User
I have one of these and it is stamped 1988. My mother-in-law gave it to me. It's not really a racquet I enjoy playing with but is it worth anything?
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Check the auction site for completed listings. I tried to sell 2 recently on this forum and had no luck. I'd guess that if you had the right audience you'd get $25-40 for one including the shipping.

It is a nice hitting racquet. I used it and would compare it to the other oversize players racquets I've used to be very similar to the Radical OS and POG OS. It is very solid, doesn't have a ton of power, and is more of a control racquet.

I recently visited a thrift store that had the original cover for $0.99 so I bought it. It is teal in color and adds something that Prince didn't do to the paint on this racquet.
 

t-swede

Semi-Pro
Check the auction site for completed listings. I tried to sell 2 recently on this forum and had no luck. I'd guess that if you had the right audience you'd get $25-40 for one including the shipping.

It is a nice hitting racquet. I used it and would compare it to the other oversize players racquets I've used to be very similar to the Radical OS and POG OS. It is very solid, doesn't have a ton of power, and is more of a control racquet.

I recently visited a thrift store that had the original cover for $0.99 so I bought it. It is teal in color and adds something that Prince didn't do to the paint on this racquet.
i have to disagree with you on this one , i switched to these rackets back in the day from the 4-stripe pogos and noticed a massive bost in power on all strokes including the serve . later i traded them in for that sole reason and if my memory serves me right i switched to the precision which had a thinner beam . but all an all its a great racket with lots of feel and better than most of the newer offerings today .

the swede
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
I was using it last year along with the Head Microgel Radical OS and also the POG 4 stripe OS and I'd suggest that they all play very similar. Both Prince racquets have a 16 x 19 and the Head had a 18 x 19 string pattern.

It is a much wider racquet but I wouldn't suggest that it is a power racquet. I HATE, HATE, HATE power racquets and would NOT have used it if I felt it had too much power. This is definitely a players stick and that's hard for me to say about an OS racquet.
 

McPatrickClan

New User
If I did decide to keep this racquet, what would be a good string combo (tension, make/model of string) for a returning 3.0 player?
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
I'd just put Gosen OGSM at the middle of the listed tension range. I like that string for myself because it maintains its tension, is low cost, has enough feel, and just enough durability to trust it will get you through the day. I'm a 4.0 that'll be playing 4.5 soon and I string for many players and would recommend Gosen OGSM for many players but you especially as a 3.0 player. The 16 x 19 string pattern on that 107 frame will be open enough to provide plenty of spin and the heft of that frame will be enough to produce plenty of power.

Since you are just beginning (at least that is how I see a 3.0 player), I'd highly recommend reading the book Visual Tennis by John Yandell and work on developing solid fundamentals on each stroke. I like that book because it gives many good, simple instructions and provides pictures with checkpoints too.

Just remember this, TT is full of opinions. Many will disagree with me but I quit reading the sections about instruction and my game has never been better. Find a racquet and string that feels good and stick with it. There used to be a saying years ago and it went like this, "It's not the racquet. It's the player." On this board, people say the opposite way too many times. I'm not saying that racquets don't make a difference but You can change way too often.

Take your time and learn fundamentals!

If you find you like that racquet and want more, contact me and I'll make you a fair deal.
 

VGP

Legend
Just some "historical" context....The Prince CTS Approach 90 and 110 were the top of the line frames when they were released in 1988, MSRP $225. Adjusted for inflation, that's $437.10 in 2012.

Both the mid and oversize were quite popular in the recreational ranks....
 

michael_1265

Professional
Just some "historical" context....The Prince CTS Approach 90 and 110 were the top of the line frames when they were released in 1988, MSRP $225. Adjusted for inflation, that's $437.10 in 2012.

Both the mid and oversize were quite popular in the recreational ranks....
I loved that series of racquets.
 

McPatrickClan

New User
The grip size fits me and it's free, so I think I am going to just play with it for a bit. I may get some new strings but that's it.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Just some "historical" context....The Prince CTS Approach 90 and 110 were the top of the line frames when they were released in 1988, MSRP $225. Adjusted for inflation, that's $437.10 in 2012.

Both the mid and oversize were quite popular in the recreational ranks....
Unfortunately for Prince and other tennis companies, tennis products haven't raised in price with inflation. They've gone the way of the Wendy's $0.99 menu and been the same for nearly 30 years now.

Maybe that's why these companies keep having bankruptcy problems.

If I recall, a new Prince Graphite (POG) sold for $159 back in the early to mid 1980s with an MSRP of $199. It only costs $129 today. Did they start becoming cheaper to produce? It's too bad car prices have't done that! I'd love to buy a really nice car for under $15000 new!
 
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