Which high level ATP Tour Player(s) actually uses the Prince Ripstick?

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.

I am think of buying a Prince Ripstick since I enjoyed years ago hitting with a friends Prince Black O3! Like all of you here in this subform, I want to have confidence in a racquet that I can simply overpower my way through the likes of a Novak Djokovic, Andrey Rublev or even a Mateo Berrettini in matches! Overpower in every way too! Service, return of serve, forehand, backhand, overhead, volleys. What do you guys think of that! Cannot wait to hit a 160mph first serve and return at my opponent! :-D :laughing: :-D:D:-D

I know all you experts here know who on the ATP Tour uses this in Prostock PJ disguise! Just give a couple of names here to get me pull the trigger to buy one.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
None. The racquet only came out a few months ago. Not to mention there’s only 2 people on the tour that come to mind who use prince right now.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
Prince needs to bring back the 03 Tour. Even better if they would sell it as a LB like their top pros preferred back in the day (e.g. Ferrero, Davydenko, Coria, etc.). I'd buy that in a second.
I think that it is now the Hydrogen Chrome Racquet sold on Hydrogen website on sale!
 

TennisHound

Legend

I am think of buying a Prince Ripstick since I enjoyed years ago hitting with a friends Prince Black O3! Like all of you here in this subform, I want to have confidence in a racquet that I can simply overpower my way through the likes of a Novak Djokovic, Andrey Rublev or even a Mateo Berrettini in matches! Overpower in every way too! Service, return of serve, forehand, backhand, overhead, volleys. What do you guys think of that! Cannot wait to hit a 160mph first serve and return at my opponent! :-D :laughing: :-D:D:-D

I know all you experts here know who on the ATP Tour uses this in Prostock PJ disguise! Just give a couple of names here to get me pull the trigger to buy one.
Haha! Nice, I wish prince would go ahead and sponsor a couple of players, and just make an investment to get the racket on the pro tour. These rackets are just too good to not be on the Premier stage.
 
Haha! Nice, I wish prince would go ahead and sponsor a couple of players, and just make an investment to get the racket on the pro tour. These rackets are just too good to not be on the Premier stage.

Not a well known name but I saw Anastasia Zakharova using one in the Luxembourg Open.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
I try both of these out on a demo from TW! The demo racquets strings were flat and needed restringing badly. Both racquets were pretty much gone in terms of testing. Hitting was very unpleasant since the strings had no pop in them. I return them on the same day after trying each out for 10 minutes and was a terrible waste of $25.00.
 

Hidious

Professional
I try both of these out on a demo from TW! The demo racquets strings were flat and needed restringing badly. Both racquets were pretty much gone in terms of testing. Hitting was very unpleasant since the strings had no pop in them. I return them on the same day after trying each out for 10 minutes and was a terrible waste of $25.00.
Are you sure the strings were dead? The type of o3 port grommets produce no feel at all from my experience, like hitting a dead ball.
 

Djokovicfan

Semi-Pro
Could someone tell me what the purpose of the open grommets is on this type of prince racquet?
Are the strings supposed to like move around so the dwell time increases?
 

Lefty78

Professional
Prince needs to bring back the 03 Tour. Even better if they would sell it as a LB like their top pros preferred back in the day (e.g. Ferrero, Davydenko, Coria, etc.). I'd buy that in a second.
Those pro frames had a different construction with higher RA than what was available at retail, fwiw.
 

BumElbow

Rookie
I am not a fan of the Ripstick's CTS beam design with the widest and stiffest part of the racquet at the far tip. The "O" ports are very comfortable though. It's doubtful that I could control the RipStick as I hit mostly flat shots.

Prince seems happy issuing niche tennis racquets with unique string patterns (14 x 21 and 18 x 18), novel designs (TwistPower and "O" ports) and some flexy/comfortable frames. It should have signed Iga to a long-term deal for increased exposure.

Currently, the pros playing Prince use old designs (Isner and Andujar). The company seems to be all over the place design-wise in contrast to Head where the racquet designs seem all too similar. Prince's insistence on being an innovative brand has resulted in a lot of quirky designs that did not last long. It needs to stick with what works with materials like Textreme and Twaron (not a new substance but a very good one). It's good to see some old classic designs available from the brand - especially the Synergy DB26 and the POG - even though they now seem to fit into the brand's niche strategy rather than its previous reputation as a mass appeal brand.

I use a 4 5/8" grip size and Prince, like many manufacturers, only offers select models in that grip size, leaving me with a very limited selection to choose from. I find the limited distribution strategy perplexing as well though it is also probably very cost-effective.
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Are you sure the strings were dead? The type of o3 port grommets produce no feel at all from my experience, like hitting a dead ball.
I tried the Ripstick as a TW demo and it may have been at (effectively) 25 lbs tension; it was like a drugstore badminton racquet. The string itself did not look worn much at all, and even if it was, there's no way it even started out close to spec. I suspect some (? all) of the demo stringing staff don't do O ports properly.

I relaced it properly myself and for its weight (light for me) and stiffness (high for me) I quite liked it.

But, so, yeah, it could very well been off horribly on the SBS.

/Acey
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Prince needs to bring back the 03 Tour. Even better if they would sell it as a LB like their top pros preferred back in the day (e.g. Ferrero, Davydenko, Coria, etc.). I'd buy that in a second.
When the port racquets first appeared years ago, it was suggested online by a stringer that some pros using these racquets had grooves in the frame between the O ports, such that string movement on those frames was more like what one would have on a conventional frame.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
When the port racquets first appeared years ago, it was suggested online by a stringer that some pros using these racquets had grooves in the frame between the O ports, such that string movement on those frames was more like what one would have on a conventional frame.
That could be true, but even so, the O ports change the aerodynamics of the frame, so they still provide some utility aside from string movement.
 

christo

Hall of Fame
They were dead strings!
last year I demoed some frames from TW (4) and all the strings were shot. Demoing the Fed pro staff, the string was so dead that I injured my elbow
and it took about a month to recover. Bad experience from TW unfortunately.
 

PBODY99

Legend
@ollinger
Thanks for the info
It has been reported that ;
Ported pro stocks were stiffer with a different engenering code
Isner had his frames tubed at the to lessen breakage
First I heard of the groves that did not come from wear
 
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aussie

Professional
Best ported sticks from Prince are the Tour 100 16x18 and 18x20 models. These are the orange and black ones. Flexible, comfortable, sufficient mass, headlight, just beautiful to play with. I've got 2 of the 18x20 and 1 of 16x18 and since 2015 have used them exclusively. If Prince were to reissue these I would buy instantly and would urge others to do the same.
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
@ollinger
Thanks for the info
It has been reported that ;
Ported pro stocks were stiffer with a different engenering code
Isner had his frames tubed at the to lessen breakage
First I heard of the groves that did not come from wear
the reason Isner had tubes was because he played old Prince racquets with damaged grommets and probably he uses -too- high tensions I doubt Isner used ported Prince or at least not for long.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Yeah, I agree; it’s not like you can google pictures or anything, and even if you do get lucky and find some good images, they’re just showing paint jobbed ports anyway.
 

Permitlady

Rookie
The ports are stupid. If you know anything about aerodynamics, the ports create turbulence as the air is squeezed inbetween the holes slowing the racquet down.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
The ports are stupid. If you know anything about aerodynamics, the ports create turbulence as the air is squeezed inbetween the holes slowing the racquet down.
.........But that doesn't jive with most people's experience, including my own, which is that the ported racquets move more easily and quickly through the air than non ported racquets of comparable weight. I don't know that much about aerodynamics but I know that what seems intuitive isn't always correct, thus pointy noses on airplanes only being more aerodynamic on planes at supersonic speed, whereas planes that travel subsonic (e.g. the ones we all travel on) are more aerodynamic with rounded noses.
 

Permitlady

Rookie
.........But that doesn't jive with most people's experience, including my own, which is that the ported racquets move more easily and quickly through the air than non ported racquets of comparable weight. I don't know that much about aerodynamics but I know that what seems intuitive isn't always correct, thus pointy noses on airplanes only being more aerodynamic on planes at supersonic speed, whereas planes that travel subsonic (e.g. the ones we all travel on) are more aerodynamic with rounded noses.
Tell me about the supersonic plane with holes in the wings
 
Ripstick is the best stick I've ever used, crazy power and spin and I have no problem with control, despite using old multi at 40 lbs... try it you might like it
 

PistolPete23

Professional
The ports are stupid. If you know anything about aerodynamics, the ports create turbulence as the air is squeezed inbetween the holes slowing the racquet down.
You’re generalizing too much. There are a lot of factors in determining how fast a racquet swings; aerodynamics is one of them. Even aerodynamics is nuanced. If the racquet is thin-beamed, there’s generally less air resistance. But for a thicker beam profile, having holes might actually decrease overall air drag. For example, imagine swinging a wooden paddle; drilling some holes in the face of the paddle will make it swing faster.
 
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