Prince CTS Thunderstick info ...

zipplock

Professional
Hey,
I was given a Prince CTS Thunderstick "Oversize" racquet. It doesn't say 110, it says Oversize. No specs anywhere on the racquet.
Prince 1988 inside the throat.

I remember these from my high school days, but everything I can find has "CTS Thunderstick 110" printed on the side.

Is this an early run or something? Info and specs appreciated.
Thanks.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
It’s a late run from 1991 before it was discontinued. Prince changed from 90 and 110 to Midplus and Oversize because you had new racquets that came out like the CTS Blast Midplus and CTS Storm Midplus that were 100sq.in. So the 90 and 110 naming convention ended at Prince.
 
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zipplock

Professional
I remember when this came out. Widebody tech was the rage. Most people were either Wilson Profile folks or Prince CTS folks.
I'm going to put some fresh string in it and have a hit. My wife has already "claimed" the racquet :)
 

QuadCam

Professional
I remember when this came out. Widebody tech was the rage. Most people were either Wilson Profile folks or Prince CTS folks.
I'm going to put some fresh string in it and have a hit. My wife has already "claimed" the racquet :)
Exactly, the thunderstick was Prince's response to the highly successful Wislon Profile.
 

Black Knight

New User
What was the lineup of racquets in the CTS range? I remember the Approach, the Lightning (which was used by a few pro players was it not?) and the Thunderstick, which was the most expensive of the range, but I thought there were four in the line up?
I also remember there was a DB Graphtech with a bubble in the throat. I used it as a junior and loved it.
 

zipplock

Professional
Strung the racquet with Velocity 1.25 at 50#, put a fresh grip on it. Thunderstick 110 is a BOOMSTICK. Perfect for those that like to redirect shots/pace. Too powerful if you generate your own power/pace. Suprisingly, I never had an issue with the frame on slices/spin. I was sure I was going to get balls stuck up in the frame. Racquet is a beast.
 
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steveq81

Rookie
What was the lineup of racquets in the CTS range? I remember the Approach, the Lightning (which was used by a few pro players was it not?) and the Thunderstick, which was the most expensive of the range, but I thought there were four in the line up?
I also remember there was a DB Graphtech with a bubble in the throat. I used it as a junior and loved it.

Going from memory here...

I think you are correct about there being four racquets in the lineup at any given time, and I think there were three generations of the CTS series. Trying to put them in the correct order as far as power (low to high), but someone else may have to chip in here. I believe every frame came in two sizes -- named 90 or 110 early on and then changed to Mid Plus or Oversize later on.

(The Graphtech DB may have been a stand-alone frame, issued either just before the first CTS series or alongside it. It did not have CTS in its name and did not have the tapered beam -- Constant Taper System -- and it was called either 90 or 110.)

First generation (called 90 or 110): CTS Lightning (double bridge in throat), Graduate, Approach, Thunderstick.

Second generation (MP or OS): CTS Precision, Response (double bridge in throat), Blast, Storm.

Third generation (MP or OS): These all had Synergy in the name along with numbers that matched the beam width at the tip (DB was the double bridge): CTS Synergy DB 24, CTS Synergy 26, CTS Synergy DB 26, CTS Synergy 28, CTS Synergy 32.
 
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