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Awarded TENNIS Magazine's Editor's Choice (April, 2006)
The tradition of the Prince Hornet continues with the O3 Hornet Hybrid racquet. Offering noticeably more power and a more dampened and comfort oriented response, the O3 Hybrid Hornet sets itself apart from its Triple Threat predecessors. The "Hybrid" in the O3 Hybrid Hornet name refers to the combination of existing Prince grommet technologies with Prince's O Ports at the 12 & 6 o'clock racquet head positions.
Note: Racquet comes Pre-Strung
We found a nice blend of power and control from this one. There's plenty of pop to keep defensive shots deep and we found the power level ideal for blocking back fast shots. The solid and comfortable response found favor with our playtesters when returning fast first serves and when volleying hard struck passing attempts. Control on faster swings comes largely from the easy access to spin. We found it easy to generate lots of topspin and slice with this racquet both off the ground and on serves. Offering a maneuverable feel from all areas of the court, this racquet felt very user friendly when switching from defensive to offensive play. Players at the 3.5-4.5 NTRP level looking for some pop, comfort and mobility from their stick should find this one a good fit.
100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.
|Length: 27 inches / 69 cm|
|Strung Weight: 10.6oz / 301g|
|Balance: 2pts Head Light|
|Beam Width: 23-25-22 mm Tapered Beam|
|Composition: Dynamic Braided Graphite / Titanium / Tungsten|
|Power Level: Medium|
|Swing Speed: Moderate-Fast|
|Grip Type: Duratac|
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T.9T.7H.9H
No shared holes
|String Tension: 53-63 pounds|
|Other racquets from this series|
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