Prince Graphite 125

Dino Lagaffe

Hall of Fame
Prince's racquets from the Graphite-series are some of the most iconic around. This is the series 125, the pretty rare super oversize version. I haven't measured the specs yet, but I did play with it a little bit. It is a blast to play with. One can really hit with a lot of spin, and with the heft it produces a heavy ball, provided you can keep the racquet speed up. I liked this racquet, and might play a set or so of match play to get a better feel of it.

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chazz

Rookie
I'm curious as to the specs of this Prince racquet. Thought about getting one off the auction site but then realized it's probably near impossible to find head guard and grommet replacements. It's most likely also a pain to string such a large racquet.
 

EBauman

New User
I'm curious as to the specs of this Prince racquet. Thought about getting one off the auction site but then realized it's probably near impossible to find head guard and grommet replacements. It's most likely also a pain to string such a large racquet.
I have a couple. They're both just shy of 13 ozs. and about an inch head light.
 

Yonex RD7

New User
I just found one of these and waiting on what strings to put in? I have shoulder problems and are there any suggestions out there?
 

Dino Lagaffe

Hall of Fame
I just found one of these and waiting on what strings to put in? I have shoulder problems and are there any suggestions out there?

I played mine with what came with it when I bought it, which was Gamma Moto. Not sure about the tension, but for sure at the lower end of recommended range.

It worked fine, and I got good spin, but haven't played enough with it to know how I would have it restrung.
 

Yonex RD7

New User
I haven’t seen any pro staff 125’s? But it would be interesting to see how they feel. During this pandemic I have found lots of super oversized rackets for sale. I’m playing with the prince graphite 125’s and the plow through is amazing.
 

AndrewD

Legend
The Graphite 125 has been my competition racquet for the past 18 months. Although it might seem a bit counter intuitive given the weight, balance and swingweight its helped my shoulder enormously. Before I started using it I hadn’t been able to serve properly or play more than 3 sets in the last 5 years.

If anyone’s got a couple they’d like to part with, let me know.
Otherwise, any thoughts about the Prostaff 125 would be helpful.
 

AndrewD

Legend
I had shoulder problems too and this racket helped out a lot. What strings are you using?

Honestly, I'm not sure and I haven't stopped to restring since I got them. My guess is that one has something like Prince Lightning 16 and the other is a 16g synthetic. That's probably all I need, given I only play doubles these days and prefer something with good feel and pop. That said, I am curious to see what a very spin-friendly but soft poly like Ytek would be like.
 

Yonex RD7

New User
I’m currently using gosen 17 at 65lbs and will eventually try multifilament when I return from France. I’m really liking Wilson nxt power and technifiber nrg 2 in my weed and wonderwand rackets at 65lbs.
 

Bisquick

Rookie
Picked up a pair of these last week, changed the grips and put them straight into play - pretty nice rackets.
will take them with me when I head south at the end of the month.
 

AleYeah

Rookie
Further context: I started playing again in 2020 after about a 15 year absence from the game. My primary sticks way back then were- and still are today- Head Pro Tour 280s. They replaced the Graphite for me at the time. It's probably been 20 years since that Graphite saw action! It felt so good I'm going to look for at least one more. (I used to have 3, but parted ways with a couple along the way.)
 

Yonex RD7

New User
Thanks, I have 2 in my collection and I’m trying to get ideas. We are in the same boat, I too took about 15-20 years off and during the pandemic I bought a tennis stringing machine. I’ve strung around 200+ rackets now.
 

AleYeah

Rookie
Thanks, I have 2 in my collection and I’m trying to get ideas. We are in the same boat, I too took about 15-20 years off and during the pandemic I bought a tennis stringing machine. I’ve strung around 200+ rackets now.

A stringer is a great investment... When I got out my old rackets, I also got out my Klippermate machine that I got back in the mid-90s!
 

Bisquick

Rookie
This thread inspired me to dust off an old friend for a fresh stringing and a 90 minute session earlier today. It played great!

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Nice - I jumped on the two 125’s that I added to my quiver as my four stripe graphite was taking a beating.
I also have a pair of the Chang long body’s that I go back and forth on as well. Will post pics once I figure it out
 

Bisquick

Rookie
Further context: I started playing again in 2020 after about a 15 year absence from the game. My primary sticks way back then were- and still are today- Head Pro Tour 280s. They replaced the Graphite for me at the time. It's probably been 20 years since that Graphite saw action! It felt so good I'm going to look for at least one more. (I used to have 3, but parted ways with a couple along the way.)
I used to play graphite comps but sold them once I was gifted the four striper by a friend. It was his dads racket, they both have sadly passed - both loved their tennis. It’s a special racket for me that will get put away but will come out once in a while.
 

t-swede

Semi-Pro
Any of you who have played with the other two 125 series models the magnesium 125 and the presicion 125?
 
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