Prince Official - Racquets

Hey there Talk Tennis fans!


It's been quite a while since Prince has been present here on the message boards and we're excited to finally be back. Now we know there's probably going to be a lot of questions about the brand....and rightfully so....it's been a bit of a rollercoaster the past few years to say the least. But what I can say here today with absolute certainty is that we are still here, we are still in love with this game, and we are certainly still obsessed with making the best tennis products that we possibly can. And that's where everyone here is hopefully going to help play a part.

We're probably not going to be able to answer all of the questions that come our way, but I promise that we will do our level best and we will commit to being as transparent as possible. We're here for the good, the bad and the ugly...as long as we keep things civil :)

Before we jump into this adventure, let us take a few moments to share some background on the two of us who are going to be managing this conversation over the coming weeks and months.


Tyler:

My journey with Prince began in 2005 right after I graduated college (University of Illinois), so next year will mark 15 years for me with the brand. I can say that I've done just about every different kind of job over my many years, but my absolute passion is for products development. I started as a tech rep, traveling the world putting on clinics from California to Dubai. Shortly thereafter I took over the US Junior program where I managed over 250 junior players from all over the country. After that I was given my first opportunity to work in product development where I helped to launch my very first product the Prince 5000 stringing machine. From there I moved on to manage the string and accessories business where I helped launch one of my favorite products of all time...Prince Recoil strings. From there I moved into the racquet business and eventually worked my way up to becoming the global director of product development and R&D for the brand. Now, in my latest role with the brand I'm overseeing all aspects of our global business and working with over 40 different partners around the world to try and bring new and exciting Prince products back to the market.

As a product developer I'm a bit of an equipment chameleon as I rarely play the same racquet 2 times in a row, but if I was pressed to pick my current favorite set it would be the Beast 98 with Prince Vortex 16 @ 48lbs.


Tim:

Like Tyler, I have been with the Prince brand through the ups and downs over the last few years. I started with Prince in 2006 working out of the R&D center in Italy as a Junior Engineer at an exciting time following the introduction of the O3 range. The first racquet that I was involved in developing was the Speed Port Black. After spending 4 years with the team in Italy, I made my way to China to work directly with the production teams to refine all of the production processes in an effort to improve the efficiency and quality of the complex processes at a time of economic challenges. Following the restructuring of the Prince business in 2011, I spent a brief period as the Product manager for Asia before starting my current role as Director of R&D. The first task in this new role was to develop a new line and technology which resulted in the introduction of the first generation of TeXtreme racquets in 2014. In this role I am responsible for the line development of all hard goods products, 3D CAD, layup development and product performance and quality. My favorite project I’ve worked on over recent years is the development of the Phantom line, which challenged us to develop a modern version of a thin beam players racquet. It’s something which Prince had been well known for and something that is unique in the current landscape of the tennis racquet market.
While we are a small team, we are passionate about developing the best product we can that has a real reason for being to help players enjoy the game of tennis more. I’m excited about the projects that we are currently working on and hope that you’ll enjoy trying them as much as I’ve enjoyed developing them.


Looking forward to the discussion everyone! Happy New Year!

The Prince Team
 

tata

Hall of Fame
Hi there, lifelong Prince user here. Been using Prince for 20 years. I was wondering if there are any plans or considerations to more 16x20 patterns, particularly in light player racquet spec. range? Somewhere in the 290g-295g unstrung weight.

The current offering is in the beast line which offers free power but sometimes overhitting - I still have an o3 beast 98 in the bag for doubles (great frame for that).
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
I love where Prince has been going with their Phantom line, especially with the thin-beam, minimalist, no-nonsense aesthetic of the frames. Y'all probably won't answer this question, but I'll give it a stab anyway. In the newest iteration of the Phantom racquets, does the application of the Textreme with Twaron consist of just the top, visible layer of the layup or is there more than one layer of Textreme? Thanks!
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
Tim, I'm a materials scientist/engineer with a true passion for all things tennis. Would love to know what it takes to break into the racquet development industry.
 
Hi there, lifelong Prince user here. Been using Prince for 20 years. I was wondering if there are any plans or considerations to more 16x20 patterns, particularly in light player racquet spec. range? Somewhere in the 290g-295g unstrung weight.

The current offering is in the beast line which offers free power but sometimes overhitting - I still have an o3 beast 98 in the bag for doubles (great frame for that).
Hey tata,

Thanks for the question. To be honest string patterns have been a big part of our internal discussions the past couple months as we’ve been planning our next years product ideas. We love the 16x20 in the Beast 98 and how it complements the characteristics of that particular frame, and is something that we are considering when we look to update that frame next year.

Is there something specific that a 16x20 does for you that has you looking? Is it trajectory control? Or just the feeling of the stringbed deformation that you like? I might be able to point you towards a demo that may not have considered.

Tyler
 
I love where Prince has been going with their Phantom line, especially with the thin-beam, minimalist, no-nonsense aesthetic of the frames. Y'all probably won't answer this question, but I'll give it a stab anyway. In the newest iteration of the Phantom racquets, does the application of the Textreme with Twaron consist of just the top, visible layer of the layup or is there more than one layer of Textreme? Thanks!
Hey PistolPete23,

I’ll let Tim come over the top of this with the real technical answer, but in short we use the fiber in quantities and in orientation beyond a single cosmetic layer. We fully believe that technology should provide a real performance benefit and when ever possible make it visible for people to see with their own eyes.

Tim can share the fiber “lay-up” strategy in more detail when he’s online. His knowledge far outpaces mine in that front.

Tyler
 

tata

Hall of Fame
Hey tata,

Thanks for the question. To be honest string patterns have been a big part of our internal discussions the past couple months as we’ve been planning our next years product ideas. We love the 16x20 in the Beast 98 and how it complements the characteristics of that particular frame, and is something that we are considering when we look to update that frame next year.

Is there something specific that a 16x20 does for you that has you looking? Is it trajectory control? Or just the feeling of the stringbed deformation that you like? I might be able to point you towards a demo that may not have considered.

Tyler
Spot on about the trajectory control. Also a bit more safety in controlling depth without getting too carried away, particularly on approach shots or short ball put away. I had used the classic response 97 a while back but had to leave it as I was starting to playing less and my timing and preparation suffered. To this day I still don't feel like I have found something that allowed me to play the way I did with the classic response 97. I had hoped to find it in the beast line but just slightly overpowered/erratic. Hence I have been looking for 16x20 light player racquet. To my frustration, there are only about 2 racquets on the market today that fit that spec - pro kennex ki q+5 (290g) and the head gravity mp (295g).

Make me a prince textreme response 97L?
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
Hey PistolPete23,

I’ll let Tim come over the top of this with the real technical answer, but in short we use the fiber in quantities and in orientation beyond a single cosmetic layer. We fully believe that technology should provide a real performance benefit and when ever possible make it visible for people to see with their own eyes.

Tim can share the fiber “lay-up” strategy in more detail when he’s online. His knowledge far outpaces mine in that front.

Tyler
Wow, thanks for your honest answer. I'm a big skeptic when it comes to materials innovation in racquets, especially when it's mixed with aggressive marketing strategy. I'm rather blown away that the Textreme is really intended to do something beyond cosmetics :). Really a breath of fresh air!
 

McLovin

Legend
Hi guys! Welcome to the boards!

First, let me say that I absolutely love the Tour Pack 9 bag:



I used to subscribe to the 'match the bag to the racquet' mindset, but this bag has everything I need: Room for all my frames, while still having more than enough space for clothes, shoes, balls, wristbands, etc. And with 2 side pockets that have many zippered compartments, I can put my phone, keys, wallet, etc., and still have space in the other pocket for grips, lead tape, head tape, etc. Just a great design.

On your frames...will there be any plans to release extended versions of your frames for us 'vertically challenged' players? Its really hard to find thinner beam frames in extended lengths. They normally come in oversize, wide beam models.
 

Beach

Rookie
Great to see you on here guys. I have been an avid Prince user for years, currently use 100T Textreme and contemplating a new Phantom but I have had a crazy thought the last couple of years. Any possibility of a new Prince Mono with some updated technology like Textreme and Twaron? It was a really interesting frame in its original form and with new technology....who knows? Thanks again for coming on here and answering all of our queries. Beach
 
Hi guys! Welcome to the boards!

First, let me say that I absolutely love the Tour Pack 9 bag:



I used to subscribe to the 'match the bag to the racquet' mindset, but this bag has everything I need: Room for all my frames, while still having more than enough space for clothes, shoes, balls, wristbands, etc. And with 2 side pockets that have many zippered compartments, I can put my phone, keys, wallet, etc., and still have space in the other pocket for grips, lead tape, head tape, etc. Just a great design.

On your frames...will there be any plans to release extended versions of your frames for us 'vertically challenged' players? Its really hard to find thinner beam frames in extended lengths. They normally come in oversize, wide beam models.
Hey McLovin,

Thanks so much for the post and really glad you like bag, we like it too. Keep your eyes peeled for an update later this month that might peak your interest.

I regards to the extended length frame...it’s a question that we get a lot and it’s something that we are considering. If you had your choice to extend ANY of the new phantom racquets which one would you choose? Maybe if we get enough interest we can look into a small production run. No promises...but let’s see if we can rally the troops.

Tyler
 
Great to see you on here guys. I have been an avid Prince user for years, currently use 100T Textreme and contemplating a new Phantom but I have had a crazy thought the last couple of years. Any possibility of a new Prince Mono with some updated technology like Textreme and Twaron? It was a really interesting frame in its original form and with new technology....who knows? Thanks again for coming on here and answering all of our queries. Beach
Hey Beach,

The Mono.....where should I start.....

In it’s time it was truly a leap forward in racquet design and was the stepping stone to one of the most important improvements to racquet design....the long body. You have to remember that the mono shaft was incredibly maneuverable and really cut through the the air...but what it wasn’t.....was stable. I’m not sure there’s enough Textreme in the world to fix that one.

I do admit that it would be fun to make a small run of them again, but alas the mold for the racquet is long since passed it’s useable state and is probably not worth reproducing for such a limited audience.

I love the thought though. Are there any other Prince heritage frames that you would like to see again?

Tyler
 

jonestim

Hall of Fame
If you had your choice to extend ANY of the new phantom racquets which one would you choose?
290x. It's the one with the lowest swing weight meaning it would be most manageable when extended. It is also light enough to add a leather grip to without getting too heavy.

Non Phantom, I would choose the Tour 260 mold. It has a lower swing weight than any of the Phantoms and has a plenty stiff upper hoop. Upper hoop was a bit fluttery in the Graphite Longbody. You could take the exact same hairpin you already use, cut to 27.5", add some weight in the handle to get it around 295g unstrung and ship it.

I did just that and love it - but my extended butt cap isn't nearly as solid as having a natural 27.5" hairpin.
 

AJvR

Rookie
Hey McLovin,

Thanks so much for the post and really glad you like bag, we like it too. Keep your eyes peeled for an update later this month that might peak your interest.

I regards to the extended length frame...it’s a question that we get a lot and it’s something that we are considering. If you had your choice to extend ANY of the new phantom racquets which one would you choose? Maybe if we get enough interest we can look into a small production run. No promises...but let’s see if we can rally the troops.

Tyler
Not McLovin here, but something that competes with the Dunlop CX200+ would get my money, like a 305 g / 335 SW phantom 97P LB. :)
 
290x. It's the one with the lowest swing weight meaning it would be most manageable when extended. It is also light enough to add a leather grip to without getting too heavy.

Non Phantom, I would choose the Tour 260 mold. It has a lower swing weight than any of the Phantoms and has a plenty stiff upper hoop. You could take the exact same hairpin, cut to 27.5", add some weight in the handle to get it around 295g unstrung and ship it.

I did just that and love it - but my extended butt cap isn't nearly as solid as having a natural 27.5" hairpin.
Couldn’t agree more on the Phantom 100x in the 290g spec, it’s a perfect frame for the job as it does take to customizing like a duck to water.

Let’s see if there’s anyone else who agrees and I’ll take it up with the team to see what we can do!!!
 

Lex

Semi-Pro
I'm really excited to see the Prince folks on here!

I recently came back to Prince. I'm loving the TT100p and TT100 (310). These are some seriously plush frames compared to the metallic-feeling Head frames of recent.

Keep up the good work!
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I regards to the extended length frame...it’s a question that we get a lot and it’s something that we are considering. If you had your choice to extend ANY of the new phantom racquets which one would you choose? Maybe if we get enough interest we can look into a small production run. No promises...but let’s see if we can rally the troops.
Hi, I like Prince frames and currently own a few different Phantom models and the Beast 98. As a shorter player, I would love to see an extended length Phantom. One of my favorite non-Prince frames is the Pure Aero Plus. I think a key aspect to this frame is that they still keep the swing weight very manageable despite the extra length. However, because of the power level and open string pattern of the Babolat, I am forced to play it with an all-poly setup. I think a Phantom XL model with an low 330's swing weight and a less powerful, more feel-oriented design that lets me use a more comfortable string bed would be very nice.
 

Beach

Rookie
Hey Beach,

The Mono.....where should I start.....

In it’s time it was truly a leap forward in racquet design and was the stepping stone to one of the most important improvements to racquet design....the long body. You have to remember that the mono shaft was incredibly maneuverable and really cut through the the air...but what it wasn’t.....was stable. I’m not sure there’s enough Textreme in the world to fix that one.

I do admit that it would be fun to make a small run of them again, but alas the mold for the racquet is long since passed it’s useable state and is probably not worth reproducing for such a limited audience.

I love the thought though. Are there any other Prince heritage frames that you would like to see again?

Tyler
I totally understand about the mono. I've had a few over the years and actually tried one again a couple of years ago. I always liked the way they went through the air. Cant help but wonder what a textreme/twaron mono would be like. A modern Diablo would also be very interesting.
 
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I'm really excited to see the Prince folks on here!

I recently came back to Prince. I'm loving the TT100p and TT100 (310). These are some seriously plush frames compared to the metallic-feeling Head frames of recent.

Keep up the good work!
Thanks for the support Lex!
 
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esm

Hall of Fame
You must be old. I used the CTS Blast in college back in the early 90s. The original Graphite Mid before that.
Lol. Takes one to know one. I was in high school in the early 90’s..... old school!!!!
Before that I had a couple of old school Donnay. One was a ceramic white one which was rather heavy and the other was the Matt black one which was rather nice.
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
My favorate Prince of all time was the Turbo Shark... I wish I would have kept a few..
But my biggest wish would be if Prince would bring back the Diablo XP oversized..
 

tennis347

Professional
Hi Prince Reps,

I really was excited when the Phantom line came out a couple of years ago. I grew up playing in the 90's and played with thin beam racquets that were low powered with the low flex. With that said, I purchased the Phantom 100P and really enjoyed the feel, spin and control. However, after using this frame for a few months, I started developing shoulder pain. I noticed that shots hit off center started aggravating my shoulder and had to discontinue playing with the PP 100P. I was using Gosen Micro 16 at 52lbs which is fairly soft string.

I am intrigued with the new Phantom line for 2020. With this being said, are the new Phantom racquets better at a absorbing shock than the original line?

I am considering a 100 sq inch version with the 16 x 18 string pattern. Is the new Phantom PP 100 more comfortable than the original? How about the Phantom 100x 305?

Any further insight is greatly appreciated!!
 

zipplock

Professional
I love the thought though. Are there any other Prince heritage frames that you would like to see again?

Tyler
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Tyler,
Thanks for joining the forum. I played with the POG 4 stripe in high school. It's the last racquet I used until switching to more modern racquets in 2013. I would LOVE a 97/98 version of that racquet. I've tried the latest Phantom racquets and was hoping the 100P was going to be the one, but it was just a bit too big. Fingers crossed the new 97P is close, but wondering if a straight beam like the original is possible. FYI, currently playing a weighted up Yonex VCP 97 310. Thanks again for being here.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Great to have Prince Reps on the boards.
Haven’t had anything new but still have a few POG OS. Wish I held on to the POG Mid just to have.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
If you had your choice to extend ANY of the new phantom racquets which one would you choose?
Welcome to the boards.

I would love to see an extended Phantom Pro 97P in either an 18x20 or 16x20 string pattern. I've played with 16x18 racquets before and they are great for me except with the BH slice where, if not careful, the ball can float on me more often. This is where a 16x20 would be better (although an 18x20 with the larger 97 head size will also do). The 16x20 gives the slightly higher launch angle and spin and still provides the added control. Fingers crossed.
 

Cobaine

Semi-Pro
I’m a lifelong Prince fan! I’m glad the brand is making a comeback.

Is there a reason Prince no longer incorporates the built-in dampener technology like that in the CTS Lightning and CTS Response?
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Great as others have said to have Prince on the boards!! Would love to see a reissue with TeXtreme/Twaron of the 28" Precision Equipe Longbody 95 MP, still my racquet of choice (have 12 of them!); or perhaps the racquet I used before those, the 28" Precision 730. (97".) Also playing currently with the original TT95 which I've had extended to 28". Was wondering if there will be a third generation TT95 with TeXtreme/Twaron at 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock as per the Phantoms? I've noted before that a 28" TT97 - PLEASE MAKE ONE!! - with a more stable hoop than my TT95 would be my holy grail. Cheers, JMac
 
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tata

Hall of Fame
Diablo Mid. That was a sweet frame.
My goat racquet. Sadly I am no longer worthy. Played my peak tennis with this. Great memories. If they do the Diablo mid I might just have it in the bag for memories. Closest one is the 93p right now but 18x20 in a 93 is a bit dense for me.
 

PBODY99

Legend
@Prince Tennis Official

I need an update to the TX-207A-110 or TX315A-110; with generation 2 Textreme / Twaron.
Speedport Gold & Premier 110 for the uniformed, :cool:
For my players frame an 290 gram O3 100X 27.5" as my TX150A-110 is showing its age.
{ O3 Tour 110 }
 

GreenClay

Rookie
Welcome to Tennis Talk. Love what Prince has been doing lately. I also happen to have a Prince 6000 stringer.

Anyway, I currently use the Tour 100 18/20 Port (the one from several years ago).

Two quick questions: do you have port racket with similar specs in the pipeline (especially one with a dense string pattern)? And how might you compare my old Tour 18/20 to the new O3?
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
@Prince Tennis Official there is only one problem with prince racquets! Your grip shape is horrible and too round. Please offer a pallet system with a wilson-shaped grip option...... or even change your graphite hairpin to the same dimensions as a Head racquet so they will take Head pallets comfortably after removing the molded foam handle.

Your current racquets are great, perhaps the best out there with Wilson atm! But your grip shape is a real problem for long time Head and Wilson players like me.
 

mistapooh

Semi-Pro
Long-term Prince user here also, played for years with a POG 4-stripe and now messing around with other current Prince lineups. Are there any plans to bring back the cross-bar? I just love the uniqueness of it and the POG lineage. I hope there's another iteration in the near future!
 

cedm

New User
Seems like the right place to declare the one great truth of the tennis universe: the Mono was the greatest racquet ever made. In almost every way. If there was one racquet I'd like to see reborn, a 16x19 Mono would be my wish (16x21 is a bit tight and a pain to string). If you want to stand out and be unique, that's the racquet to do it with.

To be clear: I would pay you a billion dollars for some new Monos. Legal disclaimer: I do not have a billion dollars. :)
 

Lukhas

Legend
Hello, welcome to the forums. I'd be curious to know what is your relationship with Prince Japan. They seem to act as a somewhat related but fairly independent company; could you care to tell us more?

I’m a lifelong Prince fan! I’m glad the brand is making a comeback.

Is there a reason Prince no longer incorporates the built-in dampener technology like that in the CTS Lightning and CTS Response?
I have a Classic Response reissue. The frame honestly played better without the dampener and didn't feel much different in terms of feedback. It saved seven or so grams straight on the balance point that you could redistribute elsewhere on the racquet.
 

gazz1

Semi-Pro
Welcome to the board guys.

I arrived at Prince after owning several rackets from Wilson, Babolat, Yonex, and Head.

I just wanted to say how impressed I am with my TT100 (310) & TT100P rackets.
The combination of power and feel is superb.
I won't be going anywhere soon.

I reckon that something like the TT100 (310) with 8 mains through the throat would be interesting. Main thing is to use the same materials in the frame.
 
Hi, I like Prince frames and currently own a few different Phantom models and the Beast 98. As a shorter player, I would love to see an extended length Phantom. One of my favorite non-Prince frames is the Pure Aero Plus. I think a key aspect to this frame is that they still keep the swing weight very manageable despite the extra length. However, because of the power level and open string pattern of the Babolat, I am forced to play it with an all-poly setup. I think a Phantom XL model with an low 330's swing weight and a less powerful, more feel-oriented design that lets me use a more comfortable string bed would be very nice.
I agree with what you're saying here. It seems that in recent years the only way to get an extended frame was with a thicker beam and some real power. Prince put the control oriented longbody on the map back in the day and maybe it's high time we take a serious look at how we might bring it back.

Here's a follow-up question....how does everyone feel about 27.5" vs. 28"? Is 28" just too long for players today?
 
The CTS range from back in the days. I have fond memeories of the CTS Approach 90 from the early 90’s. Lost it long time ago from various house moves.... now that I am in a different county, shame I’d love to have one again.
CTS was one of my favorite lines of racquets back in the day. We recently did a little trip down memory lane and took a few vintage frames out for a spin and ended up with a CTS Synergy DB26 Mid in our bags. Let me tell you....that racquet was SWEET. Totally unlike anything in today's market. You can just crush the ball due to the weight and flex and the ball has a much lower flatter trajectory than most racquets you can find today.

Do you think people would enjoy a frame like that today?
 
Welcome to the boards.

I would love to see an extended Phantom Pro 97P in either an 18x20 or 16x20 string pattern. I've played with 16x18 racquets before and they are great for me except with the BH slice where, if not careful, the ball can float on me more often. This is where a 16x20 would be better (although an 18x20 with the larger 97 head size will also do). The 16x20 gives the slightly higher launch angle and spin and still provides the added control. Fingers crossed.
I appreciate the comment here, but I just want to make one point. When you talk about string pattern, it's important to also consider the head shape and size. Since Prince racquets tend to be more circular vs. oval the actual spacing between the crosses might not be that dissimilar to a 16x19 in a more oval shape. Additionally, when you just look at the # of mains and crosses and not the actual spacing of the strings themselves it can also be a little misleading.

Just a long way of saying that it's not always the best to judge a book by its cover...other 16x18 racquets might not play the same as other 16x18 racquets. With that being said though, as I mentioned in another post we are definitely spending a lot of time these days looking at string pattern and how it impacts performance so you just might see some of the options you mentioned above and others in the coming seasons.
 
Some kind of prince version of a pure aero would be good.
That's a pretty generic statement :)

Can you be more specific as to what you like about the Pure Aero that you think is lacking in the Prince line-up? Also, what is it about Prince racquets that you can't find in the Babolat?

This is another debate we've been having internally as well and would love to get some more specifics if you can provide them!!!
 

TennisHound

Legend
Hey there Talk Tennis fans!


It's been quite a while since Prince has been present here on the message boards and we're excited to finally be back. Now we know there's probably going to be a lot of questions about the brand....and rightfully so....it's been a bit of a rollercoaster the past few years to say the least. But what I can say here today with absolute certainty is that we are still here, we are still in love with this game, and we are certainly still obsessed with making the best tennis products that we possibly can. And that's where everyone here is hopefully going to help play a part.

We're probably not going to be able to answer all of the questions that come our way, but I promise that we will do our level best and we will commit to being as transparent as possible. We're here for the good, the bad and the ugly...as long as we keep things civil :)

Before we jump into this adventure, let us take a few moments to share some background on the two of us who are going to be managing this conversation over the coming weeks and months.


Tyler:

My journey with Prince began in 2005 right after I graduated college (University of Illinois), so next year will mark 15 years for me with the brand. I can say that I've done just about every different kind of job over my many years, but my absolute passion is for products development. I started as a tech rep, traveling the world putting on clinics from California to Dubai. Shortly thereafter I took over the US Junior program where I managed over 250 junior players from all over the country. After that I was given my first opportunity to work in product development where I helped to launch my very first product the Prince 5000 stringing machine. From there I moved on to manage the string and accessories business where I helped launch one of my favorite products of all time...Prince Recoil strings. From there I moved into the racquet business and eventually worked my way up to becoming the global director of product development and R&D for the brand. Now, in my latest role with the brand I'm overseeing all aspects of our global business and working with over 40 different partners around the world to try and bring new and exciting Prince products back to the market.

As a product developer I'm a bit of an equipment chameleon as I rarely play the same racquet 2 times in a row, but if I was pressed to pick my current favorite set it would be the Beast 98 with Prince Vortex 16 @ 48lbs.


Tim:

Like Tyler, I have been with the Prince brand through the ups and downs over the last few years. I started with Prince in 2006 working out of the R&D center in Italy as a Junior Engineer at an exciting time following the introduction of the O3 range. The first racquet that I was involved in developing was the Speed Port Black. After spending 4 years with the team in Italy, I made my way to China to work directly with the production teams to refine all of the production processes in an effort to improve the efficiency and quality of the complex processes at a time of economic challenges. Following the restructuring of the Prince business in 2011, I spent a brief period as the Product manager for Asia before starting my current role as Director of R&D. The first task in this new role was to develop a new line and technology which resulted in the introduction of the first generation of TeXtreme racquets in 2014. In this role I am responsible for the line development of all hard goods products, 3D CAD, layup development and product performance and quality. My favorite project I’ve worked on over recent years is the development of the Phantom line, which challenged us to develop a modern version of a thin beam players racquet. It’s something which Prince had been well known for and something that is unique in the current landscape of the tennis racquet market.
While we are a small team, we are passionate about developing the best product we can that has a real reason for being to help players enjoy the game of tennis more. I’m excited about the projects that we are currently working on and hope that you’ll enjoy trying them as much as I’ve enjoyed developing them.


Looking forward to the discussion everyone! Happy New Year!

The Prince Team
Cool man, you definitely have the credibility. Can you go work for Head now and share some of your knowledge with them on how to make a racquet?
 
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