Prince CTS Synergy 26 (non double bridge)

tennisinoc

Semi-Pro
Anyone have specs on this racket?
I found info on the Double Bridge (DB) but not the non bridge.
Nothing is written on the frame.
I think it can still compete with modern rackets and i am
planning to see if it can. Out of storage it comes and back onto the courts!
 

tennisinoc

Semi-Pro
So I had a chance to get this 90's Classic out on the courts and hit against the most modern players power sticks on the market: 2012 Pure Drive Roddick Black!
Battle of the Old vs. New

I got a chance to weigh my Synergy at 12.2 oz.
Stiffness seems to be in the mid to high 60's (65-68)
Swingweight seems to be around 330
Balance is 8pt hl
Strung with Hybrid Cyberflash 17g / Gosen Micro 17g @ 58lbs

There were a couple of solid 4.0/4.5 guys on the courts with their new Pure Drives in hand and I asked if I could hit with them for a bit to do this playtest, and demo their new PD's myself :)
One had the standard 2012 PD Black and the other had the 2012 PD Roddick Black.
(Sick looking rackets BTW)
They both chuckled as I showed them what I was planning to hit with.
I myself chuckled as well because I wasn't sure how it was going to perform against the newest technology, since it's been sitting unhit for the past 2 decades.

At first I was a bit intimidated to hit against the Pure Drive "Dark Side" with my Synergy, thinking I was going to be pushed around.

But, this was NOT the case. My Synergy returned balls with stability and pace right back to the other side of the net. The Synergy SW is a bit higher than my regular racket, so it took a few minutes to adjust. But when I did get the timing down, I was able to power the ball back with just as much pace, power, and spin to the "Dark Side" of the court. I was pleasantly surprised how much power this racket had BUT with comfort!
We rallied for about 15 min then I asked to play some 10pt. tiebreakers to give this baby a true test. (Serves included)

Results: I won the tie-breaks! They were close games but at the end, my "Light Side" Blue Synergy prevailed.

Plenty of power, control, and spin to keep up with the newest rackets but with more comfort. I tried a few swings with their Black Rackets and noticed the stiffness and hollowness of the Babolats vs. my Prince. Power, control, and spin were comparable, but comfort of the Prince was the main difference. The Prince also felt more solid making it feel like it had more Plow.

Anyway, don't know if I will use the Synergy's as my main racket since my current taste of rackets are more on the flexy, control side of the spectrum, but it's definitely a fun hit that still can keep up with today's Power/Spin rackets.

If anyone is interested in taking these for a "Drive" on the "Light Side", let me know.
 

VGP

Legend
Thanks for sharing your experience.

The Synergy 26 may be more flexible in the throat compared to the DB 26 only because of the design. Less stuff at the base of the head. Other than that the specs should be more or less the same.

I find if funny that you all "chuckled" only because the frame may be just over 20 years old, but it's still a solid, even weight distributed, headlight and aerodynamic racket. The Pure Drive design is based on a frame as old as the Prince CTS line, the Pro Kennex Dynasty line. Polarized weight distribution (hollow in the middle) and stiffer.

The differences only get more magnified when you're looking at wood or non-widebody frames.

I couldn't tell from your post if you were using the oversize or midplus Synergy 26..... I'm assuming the MP.

I've got a few CTS frames that I like to use from time to time. The CTS Precision and Approach 90 and the Synergy DB 26 MP. All are still good frames.
 

makinao

Rookie
I just got a never-used CTS Synergy 26 OS last Wednesday for about US$20. The case and grip (still wrapped in plastic) were crap. But the racquet and the pre-installed strings (Prince Synthetic Gut 16) were immaculate. Its like the owner brought it home and never took it out of the case since '92.

I had one back in '92 when it came out, and this new one was exactly like what I remembered when I tried it out today. It is heavy like a rock, but also as stable as a rock. The synthetic strings don't ping like the polys I use now, but it is very comfortable. So I'll leave it on and have fun with it until it breaks.
 

Zodd

Hall of Fame
So I had a chance to get this 90's Classic out on the courts and hit against the most modern players power sticks on the market: 2012 Pure Drive Roddick Black!
Battle of the Old vs. New

I got a chance to weigh my Synergy at 12.2 oz.
Stiffness seems to be in the mid to high 60's (65-68)
Swingweight seems to be around 330
Balance is 8pt hl
Strung with Hybrid Cyberflash 17g / Gosen Micro 17g @ 58lbs

There were a couple of solid 4.0/4.5 guys on the courts with their new Pure Drives in hand and I asked if I could hit with them for a bit to do this playtest, and demo their new PD's myself :)
One had the standard 2012 PD Black and the other had the 2012 PD Roddick Black.
(Sick looking rackets BTW)
They both chuckled as I showed them what I was planning to hit with.
I myself chuckled as well because I wasn't sure how it was going to perform against the newest technology, since it's been sitting unhit for the past 2 decades.

At first I was a bit intimidated to hit against the Pure Drive "Dark Side" with my Synergy, thinking I was going to be pushed around.

But, this was NOT the case. My Synergy returned balls with stability and pace right back to the other side of the net. The Synergy SW is a bit higher than my regular racket, so it took a few minutes to adjust. But when I did get the timing down, I was able to power the ball back with just as much pace, power, and spin to the "Dark Side" of the court. I was pleasantly surprised how much power this racket had BUT with comfort!
We rallied for about 15 min then I asked to play some 10pt. tiebreakers to give this baby a true test. (Serves included)

Results: I won the tie-breaks! They were close games but at the end, my "Light Side" Blue Synergy prevailed.

Plenty of power, control, and spin to keep up with the newest rackets but with more comfort. I tried a few swings with their Black Rackets and noticed the stiffness and hollowness of the Babolats vs. my Prince. Power, control, and spin were comparable, but comfort of the Prince was the main difference. The Prince also felt more solid making it feel like it had more Plow.

Anyway, don't know if I will use the Synergy's as my main racket since my current taste of rackets are more on the flexy, control side of the spectrum, but it's definitely a fun hit that still can keep up with today's Power/Spin rackets.

If anyone is interested in taking these for a "Drive" on the "Light Side", let me know.
Haha - great story! You really nailed the "new" vs "old" feel - good stuff. I had the Synergy DB26 back in the day and absolutely loved that frame
 
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