Prince RipStick 300 - coming soon!

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
OMG. The oports are a nonstarter! It seems like Prince lost all its pro players because of Oports. Probably not that simple but I swear that is when things went off the rails for them.
 

jarko111

Hall of Fame
Those are not O3 Ports or EXO3. They're square.. those are Speedports..
There are three versions of the Speedport Whites that play exactly like that video. Is this a Speedport White Pro re-painted?
 
We;; ;ookd so much better than original Ripstick, it was a 29 inch, extender head shape with a mono shat frame/grip



It was used by Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, in the Australian Open in '97 when she won the Womens Doubles with Hingis.

Gotta sat this new 1 looks rather interesting
 
We;; ;ookd so much better than original Ripstick, it was a 29 inch, extender head shape with a mono shat frame/grip



It was used by Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, in the Australian Open in '97 when she won the Womens Doubles with Hingis.

Gotta sat this new 1 looks rather interesting
As you say new one looks much better
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
OMG. The oports are a nonstarter! It seems like Prince lost all its pro players because of Oports. Probably not that simple but I swear that is when things went off the rails for them.

Don‘t think it’s that simple at all. But it is sad when a company goes off the rails for designing rackets that function best for vast majority of average rec players.

Oports are one of the best technologies for arm health. You can easily make a stiff racket comfortable using these ports.

And if they were such an awful invention, do you think Prince would keep putting them out? Clearly they have a following which is amazing given they provide no marketing for them.

As for this frame, it’s totally not my jam to bash baseline balls with full poly. I’ll stick with my Phantoms.
 
Don‘t think it’s that simple at all. But it is sad when a company goes off the rails for designing rackets that function best for vast majority of average rec players.

Oports are one of the best technologies for arm health. You can easily make a stiff racket comfortable using these ports.

And if they were such an awful invention, do you think Prince would keep putting them out? Clearly they have a following which is amazing given they provide no marketing for them.

As for this frame, it’s totally not my jam to bash baseline balls with full poly. I’ll stick with my Phantoms.
O ports are amazing, I love the plush feel they provide. I think more people would like them if they tried them
 

PBODY99

Legend
OMG. The oports are a nonstarter! It seems like Prince lost all its pro players because of Oports. Probably not that simple but I swear that is when things went off the rails for them.
@Shroud ; @Dartagnan64
Prince became an asset play for Nautic Partners when they took over in 2007. As many leverage buyout firms did during this period, they wrung as much "value " out of the company before selling it to Authentic Brands Group LLC, in 2012 as it had suffered from the 2008 global market meltdown and an 80 million dollar debt load.
Many long standing US companies suffered the same leverage buyout fate.
Pro players used the ported frames, a few stuck with Prince even when the endorsement money dried up.
The error at launch was not explaining no boomerang tool is needed with the 50 / 50 string pattern which starts the crosses from the middle ,alternating 2 up an 2 down.
 

PBODY99

Legend
@jarko111
I agree but O3 is just the marketing term they choose to use, to tie it back to the start of the tech
That port shape has is what Prince seems to have settled on since the 1st generation of Textreme ported frames.
The Phantom 100; O3 Heritage 100, O3 Textreme Premier 110 & O3 Legacy 110 all have the more rectangular shape..
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
@Shroud ; @Dartagnan64
Prince became an asset play for Nautic Partners when they took over in 2007. As many leverage buyout firms did during this period, they wrung as much "value " out of the company before selling it to Authentic Brands Group LLC, in 2012 as it had suffered from the 2008 global market meltdown and an 80 million dollar debt load.
Many long standing US companies suffered the same leverage buyout fate.
Pro players used the ported frames, a few stuck with Prince even when the endorsement money dried up.
The error at launch was not explaining no boomerang tool is needed with the 50 / 50 string pattern which starts the crosses from the middle ,alternating 2 up an 2 down.
Sure like I said its not that simple, but if the oports were all that, there would be more pros using them. 3 players in the top 100 are using prince. I didn't look to see if those are all oport models. Even if they are, 3% doesn't speak well for the tech being an advantage.

Some dude did a vid about the prince oports. He was saying that often the coach does the stringing and when players ask for a new stick the player is steered away from the oports because even without the boomerang, 50/50 sucks more than a normal racquet....
 

BumElbow

Rookie
I watched the Tennis Nerd video yesterday. The new Ripstick will be another Babolat Pure Strike competitor. It will come in 2 weights - regular and light. The "O" port technology works. (I have a Prince Phantom 100 original with the "O" ports.) The frame will play comfortably and racquet head speed will be enhanced thanks to the large holes. The real problem is if stores can or will want to sell Prince because the "O" ports are more complex to string. Stores used to love selling Prince racquets because their oversize frames with open string patterns were easy and fast to string. Not so much anymore. It should be noted that there are no "O" port in the bridge of this frame, only on the top and both sides. The new Ripstick is yet another competitor in a popular segment of power/spin frames with the niche of being for players who cannot tolerate the stiffness of the Pure Drive.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Don‘t think it’s that simple at all. But it is sad when a company goes off the rails for designing rackets that function best for vast majority of average rec players.

Oports are one of the best technologies for arm health. You can easily make a stiff racket comfortable using these ports.

And if they were such an awful invention, do you think Prince would keep putting them out? Clearly they have a following which is amazing given they provide no marketing for them.

As for this frame, it’s totally not my jam to bash baseline balls with full poly. I’ll stick with my Phantoms.
Yeah while I will never understand it, some players like those silly ports.

I was a huge prince fan, and its a long story but I found TW and this forum because of Prince. I even tried to end my racquetholicism by buying 3 Prince lightnings...it was the perfect racquet with perfect specs and I was happy. But damn if they didn't have the flared grommet version of the oports. I ditched those sticks shortly because they were always too soft no matter how high you strung them. My spin warrior was the same way too. Never could get it to feel good at contact...
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
O ports are not a panacea for a stiff racquet. Still have a steel beam covered with velvet.
But they do shock absorb better than CV or cortex IMO.

Yeah while I will never understand it, some players like those silly ports.

I was a huge prince fan, and its a long story but I found TW and this forum because of Prince. I even tried to end my racquetholicism by buying 3 Prince lightnings...it was the perfect racquet with perfect specs and I was happy. But damn if they didn't have the flared grommet version of the oports. I ditched those sticks shortly because they were always too soft no matter how high you strung them. My spin warrior was the same way too. Never could get it to feel good at contact...

They seem to be a love em or hate em thing on these boards.

I like them when I need soft. No stick allows me to play when I have TE other than the O3 Phantom. Too soft to be my regular frame but it keeps me on the court when my arm is bad. That’s a win in my book.
 

mucat

Hall of Fame
Looks amazing! Can't wait to play with this Racquet. I intend to buy both the 280 and 300 versions budget depending. I love o ports too
It is so comfy to take full swing with O ports. I don't usually believe in racquet technology mumbo jumbo but O ports actually works the way it is intended.

no new range still includes both of them. The ripstick is more powerful than those sticks by some margin
More powerful than warrior/beast? That will be too powerful for me :(
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
It is so comfy to take full swing with O ports. I don't usually believe in racquet technology mumbo jumbo but O ports actually works the way it is intended.



More powerful than warrior/beast? That will be too powerful for me :(
A true Thunderstick!
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
I have criticised O-Ports in the past. On some models, they are still a bit of a pain due to the size of them. But on the current models, they string up just fine. I do the 50/50 thing without any problems. And, in fact, find them easier to do than most of the 18X20 sticks I have.
I'm not sure using pros as an example to follow is really a valid means to dismiss technology(at least not outside of TTW). Very few pros use a Wilson Clash, yet it is the best selling stick currently on the market. And it is popular for a similar reason Prince o-ports are popular with some of us here. Hell, very few pros use any of the racquets that are actually popular in sales.
It's good to see Prince back at it.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I have criticised O-Ports in the past. On some models, they are still a bit of a pain due to the size of them. But on the current models, they string up just fine. I do the 50/50 thing without any problems. And, in fact, find them easier to do than most of the 18X20 sticks I have.
I'm not sure using pros as an example to follow is really a valid means to dismiss technology(at least not outside of TTW). Very few pros use a Wilson Clash, yet it is the best selling stick currently on the market. And it is popular for a similar reason Prince o-ports are popular with some of us here. Hell, very few pros use any of the racquets that are actually popular in sales.
It's good to see Prince back at it.
Not like any pro strings their own sticks.
 

Crocodile

Legend
At least this racquet has some colour. All the phantoms and tours look very plain. While I am not saying that the new racquet is beautiful, at least it looks more interesting.
 

jarko111

Hall of Fame
I am port-sensitive. It's less than it used to be. But I used to have issues without ports. It's just the way you can feel the ball.
Some players that went to ports in the middle to late 2000s can't play without them. When ports came back for the Beast line I thought Isner would switch back for sure.
I am still with Prince.. trying the new Extreme (I like it more and more but it's nothing but snow and ice and no indoor tennis because of that which we cannot say) I was hitting a lot against the backboard with the Extreme and it's great but I won't know if I can switch from the Beast with no ports to the Extreme until it warms up.

I've never been able to get my best tennis with Babolat. There was a time that you'd go to Seneca Park (for any of you Louisville folk) and see nothing but PDs and PAs on all those beautiful courts.. and I was so sad I couldn't be one of the cool kids/guys/gals. I blamed the ports.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
@Shroud ; @Dartagnan64
Prince became an asset play for Nautic Partners when they took over in 2007. As many leverage buyout firms did during this period, they wrung as much "value " out of the company before selling it to Authentic Brands Group LLC, in 2012 as it had suffered from the 2008 global market meltdown and an 80 million dollar debt load.
Many long standing US companies suffered the same leverage buyout fate.
Pro players used the ported frames, a few stuck with Prince even when the endorsement money dried up.
The error at launch was not explaining no boomerang tool is needed with the 50 / 50 string pattern which starts the crosses from the middle ,alternating 2 up an 2 down.
Sure like I said its not that simple, but if the oports were all that, there would be more pros using them. 3 players in the top 100 are using prince. I didn't look to see if those are all oport models. Even if they are, 3% doesn't speak well for the tech being an advantage.

Some dude did a vid about the prince oports. He was saying that often the coach does the stringing and when players ask for a new stick the player is steered away from the oports because even without the boomerang, 50/50 sucks more than a normal racquet....
 

mvg93456

New User
people here bashing oports forget about how many pros used to play with them

davydenko used an o port racket to beat nadal, federer, and delpo at one tournament

In fact in it's heyday o port rackets were the most popular selling rackets in the US, they definitely have a loyal following.

That being said it's not my cup of tea either, but it's cool to have variety in tennis, what price is doing with o ports is definitely unique
 
people here bashing oports forget about how many pros used to play with them

davydenko used an o port racket to beat nadal, federer, and delpo at one tournament

In fact in it's heyday o port rackets were the most popular selling rackets in the US, they definitely have a loyal following.

That being said it's not my cup of tea either, but it's cool to have variety in tennis, what price is doing with o ports is definitely unique
Dank-o was in the zone that tournament. Absolute Terminator, in the body of a computer nerd.
 

ccmtennis

Rookie
people here bashing oports forget about how many pros used to play with them

davydenko used an o port racket to beat nadal, federer, and delpo at one tournament

In fact in it's heyday o port rackets were the most popular selling rackets in the US, they definitely have a loyal following.

That being said it's not my cup of tea either, but it's cool to have variety in tennis, what price is doing with o ports is definitely unique
yup also don't forget Sharapova's 03 white, Bryan brothers with speedsport black, Gael Monfils for a bit with that green ported frame and one of my fav players rocking the ports was David Ferrer . I personally didn't like the ports in the past except when they managed to stiffen up the frame and improve feel with the textreme line which is why I use the Beast 03 98
 

markus666

Rookie
I recall Pablo Andujar playing with a ported Phantom paintjob, and Kovalik also last time i saw him live. Both play with a lot of touch
 

ne1410is

New User
We;; ;ookd so much better than original Ripstick, it was a 29 inch, extender head shape with a mono shat frame/grip



It was used by Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, in the Australian Open in '97 when she won the Womens Doubles with Hingis.

Gotta sat this new 1 looks rather interesting

Thanks for the reminder about the Ripstick. But I think Mirjana Lucic won the '98 Aus Open Dbls with Hingis.





 

TW Staff

Administrator
We will be recording a podcast TOMORROW on these new Prince racquets (Ripstick and Synergy 98) so leave your questions on them here and we will do our best to address anything that comes up :)

Michelle, TW
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Seems like we are getting this frame as a Prince power option in lieu of the new Beast line that's out in Japan?
 
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