Prince Ripstick 100

Nikwho

New User
Hello all,
I just purchased a Prince Ripstick 100 (300g). More than anything, the racquet spoke to me visually. I liked the coloring and the "O-ports". Not the best rational for buying a racquet, but it also otherwise fit what I like in a racquet.

I also swing a 2017 Babolat Pure Aero Decima Roland Garros racquet. It's listed @ 300g/10.6oz, 320mm balance, 100"/sq. Reccomended string tension is 50-59 lbs. I have it strung with a hybrid setup pretty tight. Mains: Head Lynx 17ga, 55.5 lbs
Crosses: X-Tourna Quasi Gut 17ga, 57.5.

My other racquet is a 2022 Head Graphene 360+ Extreme MP. It also weighs 10.6oz (11.2 oz. strung), balance: 325mm/0.7 HL, swingweight: 325. It is strung as follows:
Mains : Luxilon ALU Power Fluoro 123 17ga @ 55 lbs. Crosses: Solinco Hyper-G 17 @ 57 lbs
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
The Ripstick is a lot of fun. As I mentioned in another thread, anyone who misses the ported versions of the Tour frames should at least give it a shot. How do you find the swing weight of the Ripstick versus your Extreme MP? I received a Brifidi SW1 device as a birthday present and measured all of my frames. I was surprised to find the Ripstick was one of my higher stock frames, measuring around 332. Thanks to the ports, though, it feels faster than expected for a thick beam with a high SW.
 

Mr.Lob

G.O.A.T.
Great name. Rip-stick. Has a 64 flex rating, which is on the lower end I believe. Similar to a Yonex Ezone 100 I'm looking at. Congrats.
 

Nikwho

New User
The Ripstick is a lot of fun. As I mentioned in another thread, anyone who misses the ported versions of the Tour frames should at least give it a shot. How do you find the swing weight of the Ripstick versus your Extreme MP? I received a Brifidi SW1 device as a birthday present and measured all of my frames. I was surprised to find the Ripstick was one of my higher stock frames, measuring around 332. Thanks to the ports, though, it feels faster than expected for a thick beam with a high SW.

My racquet is currently "out for delivery" with UPS. So, I haven't so much as held it yet! My thought was to play with all three racquets and see what feels best. Then, have them tweaked a bit, to get the overall weight and swingweight as close to one another as possible. I know that a high end player would buy three identical racquets, then have them tweaked to exact specs, but I'm a very recreational player! My game may improve layer one to a point where minute differences in racquets would be an issue, but I'm not there yet.
 

Nikwho

New User
Oh, also meant to add earlier that my Prince Ripstick was ordered with Yonex POLYTOUR REV 17ga strings, strung @ 53 lbs. My main concern was that the racquet may have too much power, causing errant balls to periodically sail, being strung a bit on the looser side. This was perhaps a racquet that should have been strung a bit tighter.

My main goal here was to start a new thread so as to not hijack the other, and ask for input from others about how they have strung their Ripsticks, and compare notes, so I can figure out the best combination of sting and string tension for this racquet, moving forward.

I'm going to go hit some serves in the morning before work with mine. That should tell me a little. Then, I won't have an opportunity to actually play with the racquet until Monday. I'm excited, though!
 

410

New User
I played it with cyclone mains poly tour fire crosses at 53 pounds, I liked the combination but it chewed through fast. I was stringing often

Oh, also meant to add earlier that my Prince Ripstick was ordered with Yonex POLYTOUR REV 17ga strings, strung @ 53 lbs. My main concern was that the racquet may have too much power, causing errant balls to periodically sail, being strung a bit on the looser side. This was perhaps a racquet that should have been strung a bit tighter.

My main goal here was to start a new thread so as to not hijack the other, and ask for input from others about how they have strung their Ripsticks, and compare notes, so I can figure out the best combination of sting and string tension for this racquet, moving forward.

I'm going to go hit some serves in the morning before work with mine. That should tell me a little. Then, I won't have an opportunity to actually play with the racquet until Monday. I'm excited, though!
 

bigbadboaz

Semi-Pro
It got props from the reviewers for sure, but not surprised that with the size of the Prince audience we don't have that many posters playing it.

Mine came in two days ago and also seems to have a surprisingly heavy swingweight. I wouldn't be surprised if it's 330ish like the poster's above. It doesn't feel lighter than my other racquets when air-swinging at all (I typically play an 11.5 oz frame). We'll see how this works out in actual use.
 

Nikwho

New User
Mine came in about two hours ago. My son and I went and hit some balls. Like bigbadboaz said, surprisingly heavy swing weight, but feels good! I hit some slinlce and kick serves, where it seemed to really excel. So far, so good! Anxious to go play some matches with it. Right off the bat, I'm feeling very good about having it strung at 53 lbs.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
Rip Stick is actually a really good racket...it never got it's props here in TW..

I play with the original O3 white with Gut/Poly as I have had multiple wrist/elbow surgeries and need something softer.

I had an opportunity to buy these on sale but the power level scared me away as I was worried I would be buying a rocket launcher.

Do you think I should pull the trigger as a replacement as my racquet is really looking like a dinosaur out there own the court?

My game is a bit odd... I have a good understanding of the game with a very good first and second serve I can place it where I want and I have a kicker that part of my game is way better than the rest of my game as I have aged. My movement stinks and my ground strokes are old school and flat with a 1 handed backhand.

Thus, I enjoy added spin / control on my serve but then rely more on redirecting balls from the ground. I play exclusively dubs so net play is important as well.
 

Molk

New User
Rip Stick is actually a really good racket...it never got it's props here in TW..
I think it needs to be strung tighter because of the O-ports to get the best control... The good news is you can play with a low powered control poly and not worry about arm issues but, in my opinion, you need to string it at least 56 lbs. The demo I hit with was not strung tight enough and I was launching balls so, it was not a fair test.
 
I have a drop weight machine which may be not working correctly, and I also suck at stringing, it takes me hours!

Consequently I end up stringing my ripsticks (I own 3) at very low tensions, probably less than 40 pounds. So low that I get string movement with poly as well as multi and syn gut, but it hardly matters.

I hit with a lot of topspin so I rarely hit ball long, and the ripstick provides me with excellent power, spin, control and comfort. It is by far the best stick I have ever used, and it also looks the coolest. I love the aggressive o port design and the colours.

Anyone who is on the fence about buying one, get the 300g version you will not regret it.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
No rocket launcher... just string in proper..
As with any racket.. poor strings strung poorly turns a good racket into a bad racket...

I string about 1000 racquets a year. If the racquet is too powerful no string is going to fix it.
 

Nikwho

New User
I'm really curious what string combinations and tensions folks have had success with in this racquet, as well as any combinations that you didn't like, and why!
 

A_Instead

Legend
The 300g that I have listed in the FS thread is strung at 50lbs with 16g sharp poly..
It's fine... but a tad high for my liking..
I have my 285, at 47 with natural gut..
Not to bad.. should have went up on that one with those strings..
 
I'm really curious what string combinations and tensions folks have had success with in this racquet, as well as any combinations that you didn't like, and why!
Mate it works well with any string set up, but try a co poly strung at 54 pounds or a thick multi strung at 58
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
Anastasia Zakharova is using a Ripstick in the US open qualies, if my old eyes didn't fail me.
You be the judge, if you have ESPN +
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bigbadboaz

Semi-Pro
Finally hit with my new Ripstick today. Tension is 57 though I use syngut which is obviously no longer the norm. Unfortunately the session didn't provide for any real depth of play, but first impressions are very promising! Frame was definitely comfortable even if a bit crisper than I was expecting. But the higher-in-the-range tension seemed perfectly fine. I can't tell yet if I'd want to move it in either direction but it doesn't seem like going tighter would be a problem.

Loads of power and spin, but it doesn't yet seem like TOO MUCH power. It's certainly possible that it might prove to be too much over further play sessions, but so far so good. It certainly wasn't launching shots uncontrollably like I'd feared coming from a more typical player's spec. Also seems like it does everything well; I didn't hit any particular shot where it seemed like a weak area for the frame.

I did notice the thickness of the beam in a weird intangible way - the frame's perfectly maneuverable yet I was always aware the thing is really fat. Even though it moves like a tennis racquet if somehow felt more like a club. We'll see if I get used to that. Overall, though, seems versatile, usable and definitely gives the power injection expected. So far, so good.
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
It does feel like a maneuverable club. But, as a Blade user, it was right at home for me. Though, frankly, if it were a few mm here or there thinner, I think it'd sell better.
I strung mine with poly usually in the 55-57lb range since it is so forgiving.
It's on lend to a friend of mine in Germany. So maybe I see it again, mebbe no.
 
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