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Comments: Oh my; what a racquet. Recently returned to the game - after a long stint away (fromer 5.5 div 1 collegiate player). Upon my return was playing with a light titanium racquet - which worked decently. But after reading the posts here I returned to graphite and just had my first play with this stick (in the longbody version): unreal results. If you are an advanced player who generates your own pace and are looking for an incredible racquet - get this one! The placement potential is unreal.
Comments: In the last 3 years I have played with a number of frames;
Prince TT Hornet 100 Wilson K Zen, 6.1 Tour, 6.1 95 16*19, 6.1 18*20, Dunlop M fil 400 & Aerogel 200 16 * 19. I now accept there is no perfect racket. Each one helps in one area and takes away from another.
The Prince Graphite Longbody works for me because it fits my style of play. Played college tennis Div II in the 90's hitting a pretty flat ball. I have been building topspin into my game and this does the best job. That extra inch makes a big difference for me. More leverage on groundstrokes and serves. What I give up is quick reactions at net, but that's not my game. Still have one of my 28-inch Michael Chang 95" from college. It has a more open pattern which really bites the ball.
If you are looking to put bite and pace into your groundstrkes it is worth a try. The racket is pretty flexible which allows you to swing out and keep it in play. It is an inch longer but it is also pretty headlight. I needed a little more plow through and added lead tape at the 3 & 9 o'clock positions as well as the 1 & 11.
My habit of buying so many rackets over the years sounds crazy, but it really helped me understand the strengths of my game. Serve, groundstrokes and hustle around the court. 6'2 180lbs.
Comments: I am your typical former collegaite player coming back after being away for many years. I always was and always will be a baseliner / power server. The only way I am coming to the net is if bribed or threatened. "Back in the day" I used to use 28 inch racquets. Before homing in on this one - I bought an APDC & a K90 Tour. BOTH great racquets. The APDC is one heck of a racquet - but something just wasn't right in my head. So I bought one of these from TW.com on a whim with Technibre Black-Code @ 54 - WOW !!!!!! - Like an old glove that still fit - I decided to jump in a bought 4 more from TW.com - 2 with SPPP & 2 with SPP Hex (all at 56 pds) .
Comments: It is a good and classic racquet for tennis players with big swing and topspin and hard service.
Comments: I switched for a prestige pro to this stick it was love at first ball! I have a big forehand so off the top I could handle the length. On the gun my forehand went from a average 81mph to 91mph it was so easy to crush one in the hundreds no lie. My serve went from about 128 mph to about 136mph. My friends from the tour like the way it played and even two of them switched. I have about 6 them strung at 50 to 60. I love it so much. I found on the groundies spin was easy to generate.I have a friend about 6,5 we played college together he said the ball kick head level. My kick serve kick at about 6 feet plus before I switch but after I got in the 7 foot Range. 8.8 in my book.
Comments: I played with this racquet for maybe a couple of hours when my racket broke and my coach gave me this to use. It was the best feeling racquet I've ever used and I'm only 15 years old. The control is crazy good and the pop is great.
Comments: One of the most unstable and unreliable racquets I've ever used. It's so lightweight that a deep heavy ball is nearly impossible to generate. I even tried adding a large amount of lead to the 3 and 9 o'clock positions of the head but that just compromised maneuverability and my shots still fell short. On serve, I could place the ball on a dime and get good angle, but no matter how hard I tried, there was still No power at all. I tried all different string combos, Poly main Synth cross, Full synthetic, full poly and never liked the overall response, feel or power I got. I highly recommend you stay away from this stick.
Comments: This is a very unique racquet that really stands out from the crowd. For baseliners who value hitting aggressively and with heavy topspin, this is a magic stick and a must demo! Despite the added length, the longbody is very headlight, keeping a manageable, maneuverable swingweight. The frame has a very, very flexy feeling like a noodle, with little weight in the head. Topspin is prodigious from the baseline as a result. The extra length is very noticeable and feels like a whip in your hand, especially on windshield wiper type forehand strokes. Hit the ball hard, feel the flex, and watch the balls drop like a rock at the other baseline. With the longbody, swinging hard and taking full cuts is a must. This one is not for smooth swingers that like to let the frame do the work, but rather for ball bashers in the mold of Ferrero or Nalbandian. If you buy this frame, PLEASE be willing to string loose. A poly strung in the low 50s or high 40s works great in this racquet; the flexiness in the head will give you little pop on its own, so stringing low is a MUST to realize the true potential of the frame. Spin, feel, control, it all comes alive when strung loose vs. a dead, lifeless feel when strung at more conventional tensions. As a shorter player, the extra length has been nothing but a plus on my serve; I can really feel the extra leverage and snap, giving me a more reliable serve with greater pace and spin. I have noticed similar results with overheads. Volleys can be awkward with this frame; the extra length can be an issue here, and the flexiness makes sticking your volley precisely difficult. This racquet works best for occasional ventures to the net after a big groundie sets up an easy volley. As a one-hand backhand player, the extra length was at first a bit strange, but extended play and practice has ironed this out, and I am enjoying the kick on my backhand very much. Overall, I couldn't be happier with this frame, and I sincerely hope that it is still available in the future. There is simply no other currently available racquet like it.
Comments: This is an average stick. There's an extreme lack of maneuverability. I didn't notice a lot of pop on groundstrokes. I couldn't hit my usual heavy topspin groundies with this, I'd have to flatten out my swing and focus more on hitting spots. I used a tightly strung poly/synth combo and had decent success, but control was still an issue. I did like the flexibility of the frame when the ball was struck. As a guy who makes friends with the net, I had to hit a beastly approach shot in order to set up an easy volley, otherwise I was fairly out of luck. I'm ordering two graphite OS's. I may try cutting this frame to 27.5 and maybe to standard length just for an experiment. I'll post again once I do so.
Comments: This POG midplus longbody is the perfect racket I've ever used. Feeling, weight, balance, everything is PERFECT. I tried to change to another racket for many times because this POG midplus is disappearing from Japanese market, but I couldn't meet find a better one. (or even a good one.) PLEASE DO NOT STOP PRODUCING this racket. This makes tennis tennis.
Comments: Well...I sort of like this racquet. Truthfully, I got it a bit early for my skill level, just because I had an opportunity to get it cheap. I hated the leather grip. Even with my usual overgrip, Tourna Grip (that's never given me a single blister), I found myself with 3 big ones after an hour of lessons. I strung with Tecnifibre X-One Biphase at 60-ish. I found a lack of power, but that's because of I've been ill. I'm using my MG Radical Pro again, and I'm much happier with it. The mobility of the 28 inch frame was a problem with me. I tweaked my wrist due to the mobility, (my rad pro has the same weight). The headlightness was deceptive and it felt much less maneuverable. Maybe when I'm more experienced and stronger overall, I'll give it another shot. For now, it'll keep my bag warm.
Comments: I just got back into playing after several years. The POG OS was the racquet I learned on as a kid and am still fond of, but the Thunder 820 Longbody was my favorite racquet as a teen and early 20s. When I got back into playing recently, I tried out a POG OS and was happy with it, but something was missing. So I tried out the POG Longbody and I found exactly what I was missing. I'm 6' tall, have a big serve, play mostly on clay and rely on heavy topspin on my forehand and a one-handed backhand slice. I have a very long, fast swing, and generate a lot of power on my own. I was able to put a lot more topspin on the ball with this racquet than with the OS and my service game is more powerful as well. I find this racquet to be deadly accurate on drop shots and topspin lobs. It is an unforgiving racquet when you miss the sweetspot, but feels like heaven once I got used to putting it on the button every time.
Comments: Prince, please DO NOT DISCONTINUE producing this awesome racquet. This is the best longbody 28" racquet on the market; it feels better than the POG mid and OS. I've demoed some of the newer technology racquets, but nothing comes close to the feel, balance, and look of this classic. Please I beg you keep this 28" longbody version in the POG line-up.
Comments: I've played the Prince Original Graphite 93 for last couple of years competing in Open Senior Division events locally, sectionally and nationally. I'm a serve and volleyer at altitude and play a more traditional style when competing at sea level. I shied away from trying this frame due to the extra length until a few weeks ago. Do you mind if I say "wow!"? If you know your way around the net and wish you were just a little taller, do yourself a favor and try this frame. The spin from the baseline is 20% better (heavier) than the 93 head and will force the short ball you'll need to launch your attack. This frame will allow you to stick a laser-like volley and absolutely crush an overhead. Have I mentioned how easy it is, with this longbody, to snap off the wide kicker serve out to the ad side? Approaches, offensive slices and the stretch squash shot are all effortless with this beauty. Like Steve, from Minnesota, I put the lead at 3 & 9 o'clock and under the cross to finalize at 12oz. Love it!
Comments: The pros: If you are a baseliner with a variety of established strokes and angles, this has to be one of the best frames on the market. The extra length and low flex make massive top easy to generate off both wings. It's great for slicing one-handers down the line. It's extremely comfortable, especially with some weight under the grip, under the cross bar and at 3 & 9. I haven't found a set of strings I didn't like in this one, but it eats them all up a little quicker than most. It's versatile on groundies and gives predictable response on all shots. The cons: It's easy to get seduced into staying at the baseline and drilling groundies, especially with lots of spin; so it's probably not ideal for flat hitters. The extra length boosts my serve percentage (easy to do safer kick serves, etc.), but hard flat serves have less pop than standard length frames I have used. The real achilles of this frame has to be the volleys. If you have quick hands you can volley well with it, but definitely much harder to really stick volleys into the corners or at sharp angles. You need strong approach shots to move forward. Overall, it's a great frame to accentuate established baseline game, but it will not help you develop much of a net game. Highly recommended!
Comments: I love the Prince Graphite Range it seems it gives more topspin than any other racket with traditional feel, all the new lighter rackets are rubbish and cannot reproduce the same feel. Highly recommend this stick to everybody who have not tried the traditional racquets of the 90s
Comments: I'm a POG mid & OS fan. Bought this racquet and I am extremely pleased. Spin and control of the mid and access to power when needed as in the OS. I'm 5'8" and the extra inch is nothing but a + on the serve. My 2-hand BH is lethal with this stick. Volleys took a little getting used to, but I stay on the baseline and venture forward on the easy volleys too. Groundies kick up with force allowing me to get offensive on my opponents quickly.
Comments: PRINCE! Please keep on producing it! I throw away my ncode 90, rdx 90, prestige mid, prostaff.. Because this stick is so good.. so much control.. nice spin.. extra length is better for served! more power and accurate.. all you need to do in front of the net is to hold upper at the handle because it is long.. that's all... i wish this stick will keep on produced by Prince.. same goes to POG.. you guys just have that since 20+ years and I am sure it will last for another 100 years!
Comments:Nice! I reduced the length to 27-1/4" and placed 1/2 oz. of lead under the bumper guard to
compensate. I have a traditional game with a one-handed backhand, so the original 28" was not a good fit for me. The result:
something the highly rated Tour Diablo MP only wishes it could be. The feel, maneuverability, spin potential, and control is
amazing. Lower string tension also delivers some impressive power. I have always loved the POG, but found the OS tough to
serve with and the mid a little too demanding...this fits right in between the two.
Comments: Terrific frame. Has that same, great POG feel (rock-solid and well-dampened, with a ton of ball feel)
in a whippier package. Prince has engineered this frame to provide a full extra inch of frame length, without sacrificing
maneuverability or swing speed. I play a power baseline game with a one-handed backhand and long backswings off both wings,
and I found that very, very little accommodation was required in order to get this frame around and into the hit zone. The extra
length is especially noticeable and beneficial on serves, the racquet feeling as though it's capable of being snapped through the
hit zone like a long, wooden ruler. Granted, this is not a powerful racquet, even with a playability-first string set-up like my Klip
Excellerator 17g. at 55 lbs., but if one has a long swing and can get a head of steam going into the racquet, there's some pop
there. The extra inch is also handy on desperation reaches when all you're looking to do is to prolong the point. All in all, very
happy with this frame.
Comments: I have been a long time user of Prince Original Graphite racquets in both 93 and 107 head sizes. I've
always felt that Prince should have offered a 98-100 head size in this racquet. With this longbody -here it is - but at 28" and a
much lighter feeling racquet than the 107 or 93. I immediately had them cut down to 27" and had a racquet tech customize them
to match my 107 racquet - 12.3 oz strung, same swingweight, etc. I really like this racquet customized, more control than the
107 and I serve and volley much better than with the 107. More pop and less demanding than the 93. Note to Prince - make this
in a 27" racquet at 12.2-12.3 oz's strung and put more current graphics on it and it will sell.
I was a little skeptical about the one-inch longer frame at start but that turned out to be
nothing but help. Both on backhand and forehand I get a good extra reach because of this
one-inch and I also feel that it helps me slice better in defensive situations. I have nothing
negative to say about control either; I found it easy to place shots with this racket. I havenít
been serving that much, but from what I have it feels really up for the job. I can agree that
volleying isn't this rackets thing, but I have to say that it does impressive despite of the 28"
length. I Actually found that I could place my hand a little longer up on the handle to improve
the maneuverability, without losing any stability while volleying. This is probably thanks to the
12 points head light balance. Topspin was great, however I experienced that balls might sail
long if not doing a full long stroke, but that didn't do any trouble for me. I will probably string at
2-3 pounds less next time because I feel that I can sacrifice some on the control side.
Comments: I love this racquet! I'm a huge Prince fan and I've tried everything
from the O3 tour to the Diablo and this is by far the best of them all. I didn't want to try it at first
because of its length but I really enjoy it on serves and I can still work it at the net. I'm a 5.0
player and a USPTA teaching pro. Give it a shot!
Comments: This racquet plays very much like the old Michael Chang Longbody,
but it offers a few other advantages. On the serves, I can hear a big pop. I notice I can
generate maybe another extra 10 to 15 mph on the radar compared to the Michael Chang
graphite. This racquet gives fast head speed for flat out serves. What I was impressed most
with this racquet is how much pace and spin I can get while using the full western forehand
grip. I can hit the ball deep down the baseline and it jumps so high that it bounced over the
shoulder height of my opponents. It's like having the advantage of taking a kick serve into the
baseline. On backhands, with a 2hbh, I felt the racquet was a little too powerful. Each time I
took a big swing, I felt like I had to use extra wrist to get more spin to keep the ball in the
court. I think this can be fix if I put higher tension on the strings. However, if you are looking
for a powerful backhand racquet, this is probably it. This racquet has a lot of comfort,
especially for people who hit with western forehand. You will love how this racquet feels after
you take a big whack at the ball. But, like most other players who gave reviews on this
racquet, I also felt weak on the volley with this racquet. It is way too long while you're up at the
net. It's wiser to choke up the handle a little if you want a more effective volley. This racquet is
a beauty, I would definitely give this a try if you're an aggressive baseline player. Your
opponent will have a hard time controlling the rally game if you have this weapon. If you also
own or owned a Michael Chang Graphite, youíve got to try this. Oh, I forgot to add one more
thing, this racquet is very maneuverable. Much more than most 12 ounces racquet. I will
definitely add this racquet to my collection of Prince Graphite racquets.
Comments: Why doesn't Prince make the Prince Original Graphite Longbody a
permanent racket in their offerings? This along with the other POG's are for players with
tournament level strokes who prefer not to have their arms rattled off by shock. No
gimmicks, just graphite and grommets. Keep these coming.
Comments: I played 3 hours with it and here are my first impressions :
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