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Comments: I'm a 60 year old who still feels 35, and I go out for a knock every day with the pro here using this
racquet. Although he's 28 and the city champ, he's fortunate to get the ball back when I lay into a good forehand. With this
racquet's control it's easy to take a good rip at the ball and keep it in play. Love this frame, along with TW service, and just picked
From: Bill, 6/14
Comments: I was given this racquet when I was 16 years old (early 1990s) and while I have tried to upgrade to
modern racquets over the years I have not been able to find one with the feel and control I get from the Original Graphite Mid. I
love the thin frame and small racquet head. I reflect on the pros over the last 15 years who, after I ask their opinion on newer
racquets I can try for a switch, they respond with, "Why would you ever want to play with any other racquet." I think that says it all
From: Jody, 4/14
Comments: I have always wanted to own Prince Original Graphite Mid Racquet since I first started to play tennis 27
years ago because my recreation tennis teacher had one and my favorite tennis pro, Michael Chang was using Prince. Somehow I
couldn't come up with the courage and money to buy it even though I have been the head coach of a varsity tennis team and a
professional teacher for years. Finally, after having used and gone through all brands of tennis racquets although mostly Roger
Federer's Wilson, I decided to purchase Prince Original Graphite Mid Racquet last week from Tennis Warehouse. It is the best
racquet I have used. It has good control and comfort with powerful serve, overhead and volley. It is also excellent for one handed
backhand with great slice and spin. The light head makes it perfect control and powerful.
From: Bouaketh, 4/14
Comments: I have been playing with this racquet now for about 3 months. I have had all the others but could not
get really comfortable with them due to either balance, arm, wrist issues as I am getting nearer to 65 years old. What I really like
about this racket frame is the way the weight is dispersed through the handle and the really very comfortable balance. It is way up
there in the power and control department which is absolutely great. I have mine strung with Babolat Excel premium at 57 lbs.
No issues in any department. I am a pretty flat stroker but also can still hit some decent serves, with good control and placement.
Very stable and a quality finish to the racquet.
From: Graham, 2/14
Comments: Played with the POG many years ago and loved it then. Saw that Prince was making the raquet again at
one of the major tourneys. I had been playing with the EXO and loved that raquet. When I saw the POG back in circulation I told the
Prince rep that this was one of the best raquets ever. Bought one and haven't put it down since. My big serves are even better and
I have more power and control in my ground strokes than ever. This is the best raquet I have ever played with.
From: Chris, 12/13
Comments: Well let me say this for the Prince Original Mid -- there is nothing I have tried to date (Wilson, Head,
Donnay, Dunlop, Yonex to name a few) that came close to the crisp, solid, and predictable feedback this frame offers to the
player. This is absolutely designed for a skilled player with a solid fundamental stroke style, in order to get maximum returns on
this pure stick. A bit of lead at 3 and 9 o'clock gives it the perfect balance overall. May be old technology, but still the best!
From: Anon, 12/13
Comments: This is an awesome stick. Don't let the head size scare you, as the upper portion of the head looks the
same as my Babolat Pure Drive. You will not notice the head size difference. I really like the flex feel, especially on serves and
groundstrokes. The stick produces a nice heavy ball that your opponent will hate. Another good thing about this stick is blocking
heavy shots. If your opponent hits a hard shot, you can easily block it back. I have played with modern racquets including the
Head Prestige MP and the Babolat Pure Drive for last 8 years. The 100% graphite feel on this stick is awesome. I strung my POG
with Luxilon Alu Power at 56 lbs.
From: Adrian, 11/13
Comments: I played with this racquet for about 10 years back in the 80's. As I got older, I thought I could not
maneuver the racquet as well as I used to, so I went through a decade or two with the Diablo, 03 Speedports, Babolat 105s, etc.
Over the years of using these other racquets, I realized two things -- my double faults significantly increased and my lobs were
everywhere, but especially short. Ground strokes had a lot more pop and volleys hit off center were better. Now at 72, I have
returned to a real racquet! I can again hit 30 or 40 serves without a double faulting. I can hit the ball where I want to. If I pay
attention, overheads and volleys are winners. Groundstrokes and slices penetrate and don't beg to be plastered by a topspin blast
from my opponents. As Clint Eastwood said after stealing the Russian Meg, "What A Machine!"
From: Bob, 11/13
Comments: I had previously (on 2/12) commented on the remarkable solidity and feel of the POG mid, and
subsequently had the urge to try the oversize model, perhaps the more famous variation. After all, if the mid was that good, then
the oversize might be even better. But to my surprise, I found the oversize to be less solid and feely than the mid -- and also
(predictably) less maneuverable. Both had the same stringing at the same tention, but every time I hit with them side by side, it
was the mid that struck me as the more solid, playable racquet, one that again struck me as the best I have ever hit with.
From: Gordon, 8/13
Comments: This truly is a classic, and a successful one at that. Perfectly weighted, plush feel and no tinny sound,
great on the baseline or net, it can do it all. This racquet was designed with the one-handed backhand in mind. I remember seeing
these around 25 years ago, but couldn't afford one. Now I can and I can assure my bag will be full of them.
From: Michel, 7/13
Comments: The VW beetle of tennis racquets. The tango, the copa mundial of the tennis world or like a poster
already said, the Les Paul of racquets. A timeless classic. Prince should never stop producing this wonder stick. No need to change
anything at all. Please Prince, if you stop making POGs, you will be as good as gone to me and hundreds of thousands of
From: Nacho, 5/13
Comments: I have 6 Prince racquets and haven't really played with anything else, but out of all my Prince racquets
(all 90 or 93) this is the one I use the most, you need to have lots of arm for sure if you want to use it properly, but it has lots of
control and is very stiff.
From: Andre, 4/13
Comments: I'm really happy that Prince kept at least one really great racquet here with the regular grommets and
the thin frame, I appreciate that when I am stringing the racquet. And of course mostly when I'm playing. It feels like real tennis.
Perfect weight for me. Always get what I want out of this and get great results from multifilament, higher gauge strings. I'm a
middle-aged player, maybe 4.5 with this racquet. I also love the way it looks and like playing with red or black strings cause
this is a good-looking racquet as well, which counts for little.
From: Jim, 3/13
Comments: I think the comfort of this racquet is really underrated. Because of the 14x18 string pattern it's
supremely comfortable, despite the 66 stiffness rating. Even with poly strung in the lower 60's, I experience absolutely zero
shock or pain with this racquet and it feels much softer than stiffer racquets strung in the same range. I also think it plays bigger
than a 93, more like a 98 in head size, given the extremely open string pattern. Now Wilson is trying to emulate this in their new
Steam S line as something new and innovative. The Prince original is a spin machine that has been around since the mid 80's.
Accept no substitutes.
From: Kelly, 2/13
Comments: When I was sixteen years old my coach gave me this racquet and said real players play with
real racquets. I haven't been able to hit with anything else. I've tried dozens of new racquets over the years and I
haven't been able to make a switch. I love the thinner frame width and stiffness. The racquet has excellent feel for a
hard hitting baseliner, but also allows for a hard serve and net game. I agree this racquet is more suitable for an
experienced player since it has a smaller head and a fist-sized sweet spot. It's stiffness may not be as forgiving, but the
feel is exceptional. I wouldn't shy away from the racquet if you are starting to play tennis and want to take advantage of
an inexpensive racquet that provides excellent playability. I wouldn't over tension this racquet; 58-60 is a good feel,
although I typically go 54-56, to give the elbow a little cushion and utilize my long swing.
From: Jody, 5/12
Comments: I've been using this racquet for about 2 weeks now and I'm actually really surprised at
how much it has improved my game. I'm surprised because I am an older 3.5 player, well below the 5.0
recommendation on TW. I also generally prefer tight string patterns. Groundstrokes and serves (both first and second)
are now at a much higher percentage than with anything else I've used previously (yt prestige, yt radical, donnay x-dual
pro, pure storm gt) but I find myself shanking a lot more volleys. There's definitely a bit of a power trade off as
compared to those other frames but the higher consistency and accuracy I get with the Prince let me construct better
points without the need for power. I think this is a funner and more satisfying way to play anyway. I prefer the mid to
the OS. The mid feels much more quicker but just as solid and seems to me that it has the same level of power. I think
this is due to the high headlight balance which makes this racquet swing really fast. Faster even than my yt radical
which is a full ounce lighter. Last but not least are the cosmetics. The Prince is tasteful, elegant and understated,
quietly radiating confidence. I'm not gonna lie, the cosmetics are what attracted me to this stick at first. The only
downside I can foresee is that the extreme open pattern means more broken strings. Better get two or three sticks and
some reels. Luckily the price point is very agreeable.
From: Yarek, 5/12
Comments: This is it! This is the best racquet in the world after my opinion. I don't like to close the
racquet head when I'm swinging this racquet give you the spin you need regardless just by hitting from low to high.
When you hit like this the feel by impact is much sweeter. The string pattern gives you the edge, the head size gives
you confidence to rip the ball. I just don't understand racquet producers today everybody is making the same racquets
why. This racquet stand out it have something different 18/14 string
pattern, graphite frame and 93 head size.This is a standout from the bunch, don't get blinded by the bling other
racquets appear to have it just doesen't matter.
From: Ken, 5/12
Comments: I posted an earlier review of this outstanding racquet, but I now want to post a follow-up
what another reviewer has written regarding "vibrations" from the racquet. The other reviewer wrote: "while serving
when one hits
the top part of the sting bed you feel significant vibrations". I'm commenting on his comment because I believe the
perhaps a string problem and not a problem with this racquet. I say this because when I strung this racquet with
there were indeed vibrations from hitting the top part of the string bed. The problem went away however when I
switched to a
multifilament (Technifibre X-one biphase). X-one biphase works really well in this racquet. [I've used tensions of 57
and 58 lbs]
From: joe, 3/12
Comments: Have played the POG mid since I bought a handful of them in 1990 (!). Have had shoulder
last couple of years (nothing to do with the racquet) and was recommended to find another stick. I have tried so many I
stopped counting....many good and all but when I switch back to the m home. I just can't find any that's comparable.
guys think I am a dinosaur playing with a club that should be in a museum, but as long as you can beat them around
From: Jakob T, 2/12
Comments: They don't make'em like this anymore - and I'm not talking about movies: I just bought a
pair of POG
mids 4-stripe 1987 models (used, but in very good shape). I took one out to hit with this afternoon. For comparison, I
along the racquet I had been (happily) using - the Wilson Pro-Staff 90, the frame that Federer first used around 2003
and one of
the most solid, no nonsense player's racquet around - better, in my opinion than it's successors: K Factor, etc. Well,the
the Pro-Staff seem tinny by comparison, so solid and sure was the feel. The best I have ever hit with,despite the fact
that the POG
came strung with run-of-the-mill nylon and that I have not yet put any lead tape on it. There's a lot of hype about
racquets, but in this case the hype is justified. Now, just how can twenty plus year-old technology surpass the new
guess is that most of the recent "innovations' are meant to spur sales and that with the POG, racquet technology
reached the point
of diminished returns.
From: Gordon, 2/12
String type and tension: Nylon, 58 lbs
NTRP Rating: 5
Comments: As a teaching pro and coach in my area for almost 40 years, I have had the opportunity to
different models of racquets. Since 1985 I have used exclusively Prince racquets. It was then I first started to use the
Original Graphite Midsize. As an all court type of player and doubles specialist, it has always allowed me to hit any type
of shot I
want with complete trust and confidence. After trying over the last 3 years different models of EXO3 racquets and even
Diablo Midplus, I am now done experimenting and will stick with my personal Excalibur, the POG 93. I have always
with it and I get great control and spin on every shot. With a little lead tape at 3 and 9 o'clock, I have great feel for
racquet head is. This is my personal tribute to a great all time racquet. I will not leave it ever again!
From: Jeff, 2/12
String type and tension:Solinco Tour Bite, 52 lb.
NTRP Rating:4.5, 57 years old
Comments: I believe what makes this racquet special is the combination of the midsize head and 14x18
pattern. Not too many other racquets have this combination, and it creates the opportunity to hit through the ball
fairly flat yet
generate enough spin to control the ball. Also, volleys are precise and solid and I find that the touch is unbeatable. I
oversize as well and actually serve better with that frame, but I prefer the mid for everything else. Highly
From: Joel, 12/11
String type and tension: 16 gauge, 55 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: After spending almost 30 years away from serious tennis, I returned last year and
an over-sized lightweight thinking it would help me get my game back. I was wrong. After a month, I purchased a
Graphite and things started falling into place. The Prince Oversize Graphite mid weight is wonderfully balanced and
feels like an
extension of my arm. It's the type of stick that lets you determine how much power you want, and the smaller hitting
forced me to use good technique. Since my training happened before the heavy topspin era, I am pleased that I get
hitting both flat and topspin. However, this is definitely a stick that rewards good stroking and will punish you if you
You must strike the ball with confidence because of it has a small sweet spot.
From: Pat, 9/11
String type and tension: Synthetic Gut at 60 lbs
Comments: Overall very good racquet for an advanced player. It has good feel and stability. It feels
lighter than the
Wilson BLX Six.One Tour even though they are rated at the same weight. Felt a marked difference when switching
two. Wilson seems to have less vibrations (which they advertise as the result of the fibers they have in the frame).
between the Head Speed Pro and Prince is not so different as compared to switching between the Six.One and Prince.
control, for me control is better in this Prince than in the Wilson or Head. Slices are the best, balls keep very low. Only
that while serving when one hits the top part of the sting bed you feel significant vibrations in the Prince, not so much
Wilson or Head.
From: MC, 9/11
String type and tension: 60 lbs
NTRP Rating: 5.5
Comments: This frame is great. Prepare early and taking a full swipes at the ball is the formula. Catching
court ball (especially the dirtballers heavy top) on the rise, and in the sweet spot, is unbelievably satisfying. The solid
construction and the weight/balance allows a guy like me to absolutely "juice" the ball from the baseline; very
either side of the point. The slice capability of this Prince 93 is sick. The frame allows a 17g multi to bite hard; you'll be
felt out of your sweet spot. Great pop and kick on serves and executes volleys nicely. The frame gives great feedback to
of hand as well, with zero arm trauma. My stringer did add .5 ounces of lead. I'm going to play with this frame for a few
and give it a go. Drawbacks? It eats my strings. My last set of 17g lasted 3.5 hours before it popped.
From: Evan, 9/11
String type and tension: Tecnifibre NRG 17
NTRP Rating: 6.0
Comments: I agree with very many of the reviews here; a number echoed my exact impression of this
racquet so I
think it well deserves another thumbs up. I have the most fun playing with this racquet. I appreciate a control oriented
most and this racquet offers more control than any other that I have tried. (To date I've demo'd about 30 players
racquets and this
is easily my favorite which is surprising because I thought I'd have to be a higher level player to be able to use it
offers a great level of control and power at the mid tension of 58 lbs. The Pro Staff Classic 6.1 95 and K 6.1 95 are
similar and are
also some of my favorites, but seem shy of offering the high level of control of the Prince Original Graphite Mid (93).
reviewers here, I enjoy the game of tennis a lot more when I play with this racquet since it truly does feel like an
extension of my
arm and hand; if you like feeling "connected" to a racquet then this is a must demo. Proper technique is a needed to
any power, but when using the right technique (what we're supposed to do anyway) I've generated a lot of power. I've
long time with the Prince Original Graphite oversize (107) and found it great for singles but hard to maneuver at
compared with more headlight racquets. The Prince Original Graphite Mid (93) is however more headlight and definitely
maneuverable than the oversize (107) and as such is great for both singles and doubles.
From: Joe, 8/11
String type and tension: Babolat RPM Blast 16 at 58 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: The most influential racket of my tennis-playing life; I've returned to this stick after a decade
racket wilderness. I wasted 10 years on unnecessary hi-tech, mid-plus rackets when I should've stuck with this all
current TW version feels harsher and slightly tinny, probably because of the hollower(?) handle than the foam-filled
of my youth. Weight and balance remains in the same ballpark as the 4-stripe, so all good.
I'm sorry POG Mid 90/93, why did I ever leave you?
From: Julian. 7/11
String type and tension: RPM Blast/Wilson Sensation @ 55/56 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: After using a number of different rackets, I must say I can't find another racket that does the
job as well
as this one. The technology today just can't beat the pure, 100% graphite feel in my opinion. In terms of comparing to
models, this one is more headlight, but a little bit of lead tape should do the trick. I put about 7 inches of lead at 3 and
9 and the
racket is playing wonderfully for me.
From: Alex, Canada, 7/11
String type and tension: Alu Rough 58lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: One word. Amazing. Amazing racquet. I don't know why more people aren't using this
beginners to advanced. Ultra comfortable, great feel, nice balance, great control, and an overall great all court racquet.
I felt it has
an adequate sweetspot for the head size as well. I hope they never quit making this racquet. It is the Gibson Les Paul of
From: Kelly. 6/11
String type and tension: Premier LT 16
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: I had been using POG for years and 6 months ago I switched to K90 to see if it worked for
K90 is a great racquet, I decide to switch back to POG. With my eastern grip and mostly flat groundstroke, I just feel
that POG can
give me an ultimate control of the ball even though it's a little bit stiffer than K90. My serve is also become more
accurate with POG. I would recommend a softer string or gut string hybrid with ALU Power which can "soften" the
stiffness of the
racquet but not sacrificing control.
From: Allen, Hong Kong. 6/10
String type and tension: Main - Babolat VS Touch @53lbs; Cross - Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power @48lbs
Comments: My friend had this racquet just lying around so I just borrowed it. The great thing about this
that if you cant hit solid shots with proper technique, you absolutely have to learn the basics over again. The 14x18
is amazing! groundstrokes have lots of depth and pace. Volleys are okay...the only problem is the manueverability.
Serves will only
work if you have the full follow through motion down. Overall, great racquet if you are absolutely confident in your
From: Kevin, Carrollton, TX, USA. 06/10
String type and tension: Prince Synthetic Gut/Duraflex, 60lb
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I just have to add another post. I am one of the many, many players who is
coming back to the game and is falling victim to the "need" to buy something new. Well I have been look at the Babolat
and it is a nice racquet. But today, I was in a tough match. I did everything I could and I just couldn't place the ball
where I needed
to. Down 4-5 in the second set I pulled out "old faithful" the POGmid. Three games down in less than 6 mins. Depth,
placement. It is a great racquet and one I will never get rid of.
From: Dr. Sax, Lincoln, Ne. 5/10
String type and tension: Prince Syn Gut, 60lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.5 (knocking on 4.0)
Comments: This is a "Dynamite" stick, one of the best ever made. I use the newer tour version of the
stick so as
people have said it is stiffer. But that does not take away anything from the racquet, and in fact you get more pop and
that you did with the older versions. I use a grip somewhere between eastern/semiwestern and have a one handed
those one-handers out there this stick will help you get that topspin that most two-handers can generate. You can
some massive topspin on your shots from both wings. The serve is exceptional. I have never served better with any
could hit big kickers, and nice angled slice serves, and flat serves were no problem. This racquet has absolute control
at the net,
having both precision and the power to put away any shot. This racquet is ideally for the aggressive all courter, but I
base liners will find success with it as well. The only downside to this raquet is that the string longevity is terrible. Most
you string on this thing will die in about a week or two, but that will not deter me from sticking with this racquet!
From: Rasheeq, New York, NY. 4/10
String type and tension: Luxilon M2 plus 56 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: I've been playing with POG mid for 2 years now. I wish I found it before. I have both the 4
version and the newer tour version. The tour version feels stiffer. If tour is power level 600, then original graphite 90 is
500. Other than that the newer version is slightly head light.
Very good control and really great at volleys.
From: Yehan, Fort Collins, Colorado. 4/10
String type and tension: Unique Big hitter blue 17g 55/55
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I've been playing with the POG for 2 years now. I really can not understand why the racquets
produced are so lightweight. And further more, why use all those space technologies which you don't actually need.
Simply, a full
graphite stick at about 350 grams (strung) is simply enough to master the tennis courts. That's why the POG is my all
From: Ton, Netherlands. 03/10
String type and tension: Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24 mm, 27 Kg.
Headsize: 93 (mid)
Comments: Been playing with this thing for 15+ years... so happy they brought it
back. Everyone talks about the different versions, but I actually prefer
the latest one that is out.
From: anon. San Mateo, CA 03/10
String type and tension: gosen og sheep 18 @57
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: OK, so I fell victim to people saying, "You need a modern racquet with more power." The
Prince is too
stiff, too old, modern technology...yadda, yadda, yadda. So I bought two Becker V1s; good racquet, but all my shots
long and I could not control anything. I got out the graphite mid and today I was pinpoint....welll not pinpoint, but 85%
If it aint broke...don't fix it.
From: Paul, NE, USA, 11/09
String type and tension: POGM 60
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: I just got this racquet and hit it tonight in lessons. I have to tell you, other than having to
adjust to the
smaller head (I used to play on 110) it rocks. After 13 years off I am back playing and I wanted something familiar. This
exact same as the old graphite, but it is, in my opinion, better. I am hitting with 20 somethings with bags full of the
Here I come in with one racquet (I am getting more soon), no fancy bag and BAM...I am nailing shots. They finally
asked, "What are
you playing..." Imagine that.
From: Paul, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. 06/09
String type and tension: 60 Tecnifibre
NTRP Rating: 3.5-Rusty 4.0
Comments:What can I say...POG OS & Mid are great racquets. If you have good
form the Midsize will take you to the next level, trust me. The newer
version is 8 pts HL. I put 9" of lead starting at 10 through 2 o'clock & wal-la its amazing! Just ripping shots left and
right. I string
it at the lower range for more power & amazing spin. If Sampras or Federer played with this they would be praising it
secretly. Remember newer doesn't always mean better; these racquets last forever! Keep up the good work.
From: anon. 06/09
Comments: Been searching for a modern racquet for 2 years to replace my graphite's (played with them
school and college-still continue to use them) and I just can't find anything close. Racquets these days just don't have
This is an excellent racket and instead of looking for a modern racquet, I just bought two more of these old sticks!
From: Scott, San Jose, CA. 04/09
String tension: 60
NTRP Rating: 5.0
Comments: Great racquet. Low-powered player's racquet with tremendous access to spin. The weight
swingweight are just right, and the racquet is very stable. A pleasure to hit with. Small sweet spot, but after getting
an issue at all. I string my racquets pretty loosely, but it's just personal preference.
From: John, Chicago, IL. 2/09
String type and tension: 51/55 lbs, Pro Supex Big Ace 16 gauge, Prince Synthetic Gut 16 gauge
NTRP Rating: 5.0
Comments: I've gravitated to the prostaff 6.1 line of Wilson racquets from PSC to HPS and nCodes for a
but never ceased to experiment on several others, until I came across the POGs. I first bought the OS without demoing
and liked it
but couldn't resist trying out the mid based on the reviews here. I kept going back to the OS for a while, but after I
found the right
string set-up and some lead tape at 3&9 o'clock positions, I can now agree to all the POG mid accolades. POG mid is
regular racquet and the quest is over for me. Thanks Prince!
From: Bobby, Houston, TX. 1/09
String type and tension:17g Babolat Xcel Power 57#
NTRP Rating: 4.
Comments: This stick is very strange to me. I have been playing for 20+ years and started my
graphite rackets with the original POG OS and really enjoyed but as a kid probably didnít know why. Since then I have
variations of modern frames from the Wilson Profile to Volkl to Head Dunlop you name it. I have been having some
the past couple of years and the one frame that really took care of the TE was the Fishers M Speed though I hated the
"feel" it was
very muted and mushy. I recently picked up a POG mid to try and was a little concerned that I may not have the game
play this frame. I was wrong...this frame does everything well even with a full polylon SP string job its pretty
serves well is a spin machine volleys and is very stable on backhands and returns. Anyone looking for a stable
should really give this a try.
From: Tony, IN, USA, 12/08
String type and tension: Polylon SP 17 58
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Used since 1987 and simply the best. You have to try one to appreciate it. Fancy racquets
you win. It's all about the skills.
From: Jet, Reseda, CA, USA, 10/08
String type and tension: Prince Syn Gut 17; 65lbs
NTRP Rating: 5.0
Comments: Amazing racquet. Control, maneuverability, power, spin it's all here. Stringing it at mid
tension with Big
Banger and gut was deadly for the opponent combining spin feel and power. It not a surprise this is a best seller.
Serves and overheads 82
From: anon, Evansville, IN U.S.A. 9/08
String type and tension:luxilon big banger alu rough, natural gut 17
NTRP Rating: 6.0
Comments: I believe this is the greatest racket, ever. I'm done trying to find a modern replacement for it.
by the way it feels in my hand I know this is the racket for me. Whereas the newer rackets feel rather big and bulky, the
in comparison, is the lightsaber of tennis rackets. Most important, playing tennis with this racket is fun. You can really
play an all-
court game and enjoy yourself. Even if, while using one of the newer modern rackets, I were to win all my matches, but
at the cost
of playing a more restricted, reserved, and one-dimensional game, I would still rather lose yet have fun with the POG
playing an all-court, multi-dimensional game with it.
From: Mat, DC. 9/08
String type and tension: Luxilon BB ALU Rough (48)
NTRP Rating: 5.0
Comments: Just got this racket today, tested it today. All I have to say about this racket is nice design, a
lot of spin,
and I felt like I improved on my volley and slice with this racket. The racket felt really good when hold it. To me it felt
like it's one
with my arm. I use full western forehand, and it put so much spin on the ball that it made my opponent think twice. I'm
another one when I have the money. This racket made me regret of ever buying a Prince O3 Speedport White.
From: Hau le, Manchester, NH, USA. 9/08
String type and tension: Tencifibre/Babolat 60/63lbs
Comments: Great control, feel and feedback. It responds my grounstrokes wonderfully, a bit of time is
get your spin working, but once you get it you'll enjoy it. It takes some energy so I recommend it to advanced players
or ones wih
a full swing who have powerful baseline strokes, as it provides excellent control, sacrificing some of the power. Still it's
frame I have and it's my current no.1, actually I use it as a base for choosing my other racquets. So if you're a baseline
around player who provides his own power and are looking for control, I definitely recommend a demo.
Serves and overheads 79
From: Joe, Toronto, Don Mils. 8/08
String type and tension: Gamma 28kg
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I recently broke my Wilson Hyper Prostaff 5.0. I ended up demoing a Prince 03 or something
like that. It
was too flexible for me. But it taught me just how stiff the Wilson was, and that it couldn't hurt to have a racket that
wasn't as stiff
as the Wilson. I bought the Graphite because it was less stiff but still firm, and because I really wanted the 14/18
pattern I loved
when I played with Prince Precision 20 years ago. I couldn't believe that they were still making such a frame. I bought
a demo. Man, I am glad I did. This is a player's racket. Very good feel, and I have more power now and more control.
has just a bit of flex, and I think that and the string grid really helped on kick serves. Coming from a very stiff and solid
racket strung like I had it really hits the ball but doesn't attack the arm like the Wilson did (well I never noticed it until
have more power and control. I noticed that I could really paint the sideline when serving in the add court. Groundies
effortless and you can hit a very controlled but penetrating shot. Volleys are crisp and have more precision than before.
I had no
problem with slice either or full westerns for that matter. Best racket I have ever had! And it might just be around 20
From: Doug, Berkeley, Ca. 6/08
String type and tension: Prince Problend Kevlar for mains, Babolat VS gut for crosses 60/62 lbs.
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: This racquet really is solid. I've tried out many racquets, including the prostaff 5.9, Wilson
prince extender etc. However, this racquet is incredible. The weight of it makes it so that however much power you put
into it is
how much you get out. The topspin also is amazing, and full westerns will literally tear the ball apart. The only area I
is the headsize and that it is a bit small for a full western. However, semis will enjoy this racquet very much.
From: David, Corona, CA, USA, 05/08
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger Alu power rough
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: This racquet pretty much excels at everything. Serving is quite controlled and 'kick' is very
Topspin, slice and control are a breeze with groundstrokes. Power is pretty much up to you but that's to be expected in
frame. Touch and punch volleys are also quite easy to execute. The flex is quite comfortable on many types of shots.
It's a classic
and does everything an all-round game utilizes. I would submit extreme western forehands probably need the oversize
ample "margin" on their shots. One more important note: I personally feel that the handle shape really aids in feel and
strokes as long as your grip isn't too extreme. I think it's the part of the racquet that is a bit underrated. All and all, it's
for good reason--it delivers.
From: Joe, San Diego, CA, USA. 4/08
String type and tension: Wilson NXT 60lbs.
NTRP Rating: 5.0
Comments: I was looking for Wilson ProStaff 6.1 Classic, and I cannot find it in new/good condition in
with reasonable price. The is "The Racquet" for me. The Pring Original Graphite 93 is the closest thing to the ProStaff
The racquet must be heavy 12+ ounces, but light/easy to move with the right balance. With 9 grams of lead in the
throat near of
the grip, it becomes a lethal weapon. Precision, precision and precision. It is not for faint of heart player. The feel of the
when the ball touches the string is amazing, like you touch the ball with your palm. Most new racquets models feel
due to new material. It is one of the best classic racquets.
From: Ferry, Houston, TX. 1/08
String type and tension: Tecnifibre X-One BiPhase 17 @ 62lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I have hit with this racquet for almost 20 years and cannot imagine using anything else. I
still have two
frames in my closet that are brand new. I have demo'd several of the newer racquets over the years, mostly for
purposes, and for me none of them even come close. This racquet is heavy by today's standards but it's control is
comparison. Just because it's new does not necessarily mean it's better. Prince came up with a thoroughbred with this
it still a winner!
From: Scott, Pensacola, FL, US. 11/07
String type and tension: Prince synthetic gut 16, 63# cross and 68# mains
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments:I spent quite some time trying different rackets and after all of them I landed on this racket.
provides the feedback, power, and consistent response across the strings that other rackets simply can't match. It
easily holds its
own with the power rackets of today and is comfortable on the arm. I would recommend this racket for players at all
stopped using this racket in the late 80s and after 19 years I have come back to it because of the heavy ball with a pure
get when you hit it solid.
From: Mark, Fairfield, CT, USA, 10/07
String type and tension: Gosen OG Micro 16, 64lbs
NTRP Rating: 5.0-5.5
Comments: I switched to this frame because I wanted a player's frame that was just a tad lighter than the
Factor 90 that I had. The flex, balance, and weight are perfect. The feel is solid but still offers feedback. What I really
like is the
open string pattern, which allows me to get some nasty kick on my serve. Prince is smart to keep making this frame
for the small
niche of players who still want and need a solid player's racquet.
From: Tuan, Houston, TX, USA, 07/07
String type and tension: Prince Syn Gut Multifilament 17, 60 lbs.
Headsize: 93 mid
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I have been playing all of my life. I am 40 years now and still try to play with some of the
players in my community. I developed severe elbow and biceps/triceps pain. Kept changing racquets and tried them all,
Tried all different brands, weights and balance categories. Tried all kinds of strings too!!! Finally after reading a lot on
elbow, decided to play with heavier and flexible racquets so I decided to try this Prince GCO. My arm pain is gone! Took
a week to get use to the flex and feel (felt so weird in the beginning I must admit) but it was worth it! My serves are
again, my groundstrokes very precise. Slice is difficult but I am working on it. Overall very happy to be playing
again at my age with no pain! There is a reason some tour pros are still using this racquet. Going to try the oversize
soon as many
friends tell me is even better, so I will try to let you guys know soon. No longer will I ever play with any racquet less
ounces. Guys I spoke to on the phone at T-W were awesome at giving me advise. Thanks a lot!
From: F. Arzola, Dallas, TX, USA, 07/07
String type and tension: Prince synth multifilament 58
NTRP Rating: 5.0
Comments: In my opinion, simply the finest racquet ever produced. Solid feel and ultimate control. It's a
court" frame, allowing the best of counterpunching or serve/volley. It'll drive your opponents heavy spin serve back
ease, and place volleys with surgical precision. A word of caution however: weighing in at 12oz.+, and a 93 head size,
proper technique and footwork, as well as a high level of physical fitness to realize it's full potential. It's a demanding
offers unsurpassed performance. (and no, I don't work for Prince!
From: John, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA, 07/07
String type and tension: Babalot Superfine 17
Comments: Those that know me well know that I have switched racquets a lot. I am in constant search
perfect frame for me. I believe I have finally found one to hold on to. The stability and the feel of the POG is like no
actually plays larger than a 93", but I imagine that is due to the open string pattern creating the sense of a larger
sweetspot. If you
have never tried the POG, I highly recommend at least a demo. You never know.....it may change you!! I will always play
with different racquets, but I promise there will be a couple POG's in my bag for security.
From: Jeff, Argo, AL, USA. 6/07
String type and tension: Gosen OG 16g @ 60 Lbs
Comments: This racquet is something else! I've been using this stick off and on since 1982, even when I
other racquets I always had 1 in my bag for security! With it I can serve bombs, crush overheads, scream returns,
driving heavy top
is so amazing & so is knifing through a slice, hitting flat no problem & it has true classical touch that you don't have
modern rackets. You've got it all in this small but potent mystical Zen tennis sword. Be sure to have some mercy on
opponents next time you play with this stick.
From: Jake, HI, USA. 3/07
String type and tension: Gosen. M @ 55 Lbs X @ 58 Lbs
Headsize: 93 mid
NTRP Rating: 4-4.5
Comments: Great racquet, just received it, haven't played with it much, but it feels really nice in the
recommend adding some lead tape to certain areas though (i.e. 3-9o'clock, throat piece, under the grip, and on tail). I
used to use
an old Dunlop McEnroe Tour 90si head, and this plays much better. For those suffering from tennis related injuries, I
going with the OS, it's much, much more friendly on the body than the midplus.
From: Paul, Modesto CA, USA, 01/07
String type and tension: Prince Synthetic Gut With Duraflex, 55lbs
Headsize: 93 sq in Midplus
Comments: This is the racquet everyone should have. I played this racquet 15 years ago for the first
time. For the
last 10 years I´ve tried to find some new ones but failed, until yesterday. This racquet gives you POWER, SPIN,
and more, but you have to put on some lead. I highly recommend this racket, and if you want the original feel of the
90 then I also recommend the lead tape.
From: Michael, Sweden. 10/06
String type and tension: Prince Syngut @ 57 lbs
Comments: I play sparingly. I have a 1984 Prince Graphite 90 that I bought about 10 years ago in a used
store for $15. It replaced my 1988 version that broke a couple of years before. I have tried many other rackets in the
years but none give me the control and power combination that this racket does. Some have more control on
no power on the serve and others have plenty of power on the serve and nothing with groundstrokes. I would love to
find a better
racket, but can't. It is the best. Rackets that briefly took the place of my graphite. Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 95, Prince
90, Prince Graphite II.
From: Doug, Columbus, OH, USA 08/06
String type and tension: Prince Pro Blend 63lbs
Comments: This racquet is a bit different than the original, with the balance point being more head light
original. I liked the racket even though it was a little different and found greater control and feel over the 'new
currently on sale. Over the past couple of weeks I've changed the balance of my newly purchased Graphite Mid using
(from Babolat) to mimic the balance of the old graphite 90. I found that by putting 3" of lead tape at 3 & 9 o'clock (on
of the head - so a total of 12" altogether when combining 3 & 9 o'clock), plus 1.5" inches of lead tape on either side of
at 12 o'clock gave a balance equal to my old Graphite 90. This has given the racket even more stability when striking
the ball than
before, while maintaining the same control - power has also subtlety increased. With the lead tape, the head seems to
through the ball more easily giving more spin & penetration, especially when hitting shots off balance & at extension. I
recommend this racket, and if you want the original feel of the old Graphite 90 then I also recommend the lead tape.
From: Rob, Carlisle, United Kingdom 07/06
String type and tension: Prince ProBlend, 57 pounds
Headsize: 93 Mid
Comments: Don't waste your money on any other frame. If you're a baseliner that likes to make his/her
run, this racquet can have you painting the lines on every shot. Lower tensions allow you the ability to hold the ball on
racquet for a longer period of time, making passing shots effortless. Serves are effortless as well, with the weight of the
doing much of the work. There's a reason why this racquet is still being made.
From: Rafal, E. Amherst, NY, USA 06/06
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger 64lbs and Prince Topspin 54lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.5-5.0
Comments: I have had an original Prince Graphite Pro 90 for about 16 years and just love it. I also have
Prince racquets but always seem to go back to "old trusty". Anyway, I shop around a lot at used stores and scored the
ever this week. At Salvation Army, I found a mint condition, fully strung Prince Graphite Pro 90 series racquet (without
paid $1.99 + taxes. Total cost of the racquet was $2.15. I couldn't believe it. I was so pumped. The racquet is dated
years older than my first Graphite Pro 90) and looks like it was only used for 1 season. I just finished taking it out for a
pun intended) and can't wait to unleash it against my friends.I know they sell newer versions of this racquet. Anyone
looking for a
good solid racquet with a little weight behind it, get this model. You won't regret it.
From: Christian, Milton, Ontario, Canada 06/06
Headsize: 93 (mid)
Comments: I have bought 2 of these from TW but as others mention they differ from the original
version. They are
the same in weight but the new ones are considerably more head light. I wonder how I have to custom-weight these to
From: Peter, Hungary 06/06
String type and tension: Luxilon
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Like a fine wine this racket just gets better with age, I have 4 of these beauties, all strung a
differently, trust me, if Prince wanted to, they could have their pro's play with this frame and they would rip the crap
out of the
ball. This frame is AWESOME and unlike the Babolat frames you won't need a brace for tennis elbow
From: Christo, Walnut Creek, CA 05/06
String type and tension: Pro Hurricane Blue 17g M's, Gamma Revelation 17g X's
Comments: I just hope Prince keeps producing the Prince Original Graphite
racquet. I’ve been using these racquets for over 15 years. I have tried many different racquets, but nothing
comes close to
control of this racquet.
From: George, Aldan, PA, USA. 10/05
String type: Prince Lightning
NTRP Rating: 4.0