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Comments: Ever since i switched from the TT Bandit, my top spin and backhand have improved significantly. Very
Comments: I have played with the previous Shark without the O ports, and loved it. The frame eventually cracked.
Since then, I have gone through two new ones with O ports. The enamel within the ports has cracked and broken my strings. This
has happened on both racquets in the space of five months.
Comments: I agree with most of the positive comments on here, so I won't reiterate those. However, I'll point out a
glaring negative. The Hybrid Shark OS has frame integrity issues. The first one I owned met demise when it cracked at 10 o'clock.
Giving it the benefit of the doubt, I bought another and just yesterday it too cracked (3 days after the warranty expired) in the
same place. I should mention that I'm not hard on my racquets. There are times when it hits the court (unintentionally) due to low
volleys and such, but that type of thing is common and any racquet should be durable enough to endure that type of thing. I've
owned a Hybrid Hornet OS for nearly 4 years and it's still going strong despite the occasional contact with the plexipave. I doubt
I'll be giving the Shark another try.
Comments: After switching to this beauty from my Wilson I have moved up the kingscourt tennis rankings and love
being #1 on the tour. Power, precision and spin it has it all for intermediate players.
Comments: I made the mistake of trading my Prince Shark Midplus racquets for two of the oversized. I've had
tennis elbow ever since switching and I have never had that before. My main complaint has been the elbow and not being able to
keep the ball in the court, even when trying to hit heavy top. The Midplus has much better control, no arm problems and plenty of
power. Unfortunately, nobody has the Midplus these days but luckily for me, I'm getting mine back and selling the oversized
Sharks. Or maybe I'll save them for when my strokes get shorter...
If anyone has switched from the Shark MP to one of the newer Prince racquets and found one comparable, please post your
comments and recommendations. My MPs won't last forever and I know technology does keep improving.
Comments: This one I just can't be aggressive with. Volleys are good, but that's about it. It just feels all wrong.
The Head Liquidmetal 4 is cheaper and sooo much better, except maybe in the control category.
Comments: An amazing racket for beginner to advanced. I fell in love with the easy topspin. I now have 4!
Comments: I have used this racquet since it first came out and paid $189. I have since tried to replace this racquet
with newer models, (Speedport Silver, Speedport Gold and the Speedport Black Long Body) and still keep going back to the shark.
The best racquet I have ever used by far. I now have 4 of them.
Comments:A pleasant surprise! It's great that racquet companies insist on constantly updating their models,
therefore making racquets like this "obsolete" and priced to get rid of. Not one of the O3s, Ozones, or new models hit better than
this racquet. No need to spend more money...the Hybrid Shark will give the 3.5-4.5 player (which is 90% of us) all he/she needs.
Solid performance on all shots. You provide the talent, the racquet will respond!
Comments: I seemed to be able to generate a lot of power and spin with this racquet. On a scale of 1-10 I would
give this racquet an 8, I think it is really good for the price.
Comments: On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give this racquet a 6. Power is good but not overstated. Control is good
but not great. Volleys are crisp and solid. Overheads are crisp and solid. Serve is pretty good. Spin potential is a little weak. My
biggest complaint is that I find the racquet to be sluggish. It seems like I have to work too hard to generate spin. The racquet also
seems a little slow during a fast pace doubles exchange at the net. All in all, this is a serviceable but not outstanding racquet. PS I
do not like the Babolat Hurricane strings. They trampoline too much and are hard to control.
Comments: This was my first racket I ever had and I still have it somewhere. The strings move a lot because of O
ports and sometimes that annoys me. There is TONS of power -- compared to mid size player's rackets, a simple tap will launch
it pretty well. It really is a good racket for a weaker player who wants to add a bit of power. There is really some nice pop to it.
After this racket, I preceded to the Wilson ncode ntour. Then I got a Yonex RDS 001, which I have fallen in love with. If you think
this racquet has too much power, try a 100 head size.
Comments: Amazing Racquet! The feel is amazing. When I bought this racquet my game elevated. I just bought
Comments: Overall, this is a really great racquet. At first, it was a bit heavier than my Wilson, but the weight
difference was barely noticeable soon after playing. My shots were a lot more powerful and my strokes, I noticed, were much more
controlled. I am in love with the tackiness of the grip, but after a few months it was hard to grasp and easily slip out of my hand.
The grip is now better, and I haven't changed grips- whether the reason was the product or my own fault, I don't know. I would
recommend this racquet to beginner and intermediate players. When I received this racquet two years ago, I was stepping up from
my $30 Wal-Mart Wilson and of course, noticed a huge change. Now that I'm becoming more advanced and more of an
intermediate player, I'm searching for a newer racquet. But it truly is a great racquet!
Comments: Very nice racquet, have been using for one year now. I'm 14 years old and owning everyone. I
recommend this racquet to anyone who likes a bit of spin, power and control, good all around racquet.
Comments: An overall very good across all categories. It packs power but not so much; it possesses good control
but not great for big swings. I can serve big flat serve or kick/slice on 2nd serve but not the best among all. It's efficient on return
of first serves and be used offensively on second. Volley is easy with good depth and speed but not excellent (due to lacking of
mass for stability). But if you only can use one racket to do it all well, this is of one of your top choices. I like the cushioned feel
but somehow it dampened the ball feel a little too much for me. Again, it is way better than Wilson Trad/N series with insulation at
the shaft. I found the best result comes with short take back but fully extend and follow through. You get both control and power
when rallying with hard hitter. It's my choice for single game. It is worthy to give it a try by giving the low purchase price now. I
am interested in trying Ozone 4 which has similar spec but with O3 holes on the sides too! But after trying 3 different O3
racquets, I think Hybrid is better than full O3 for better feel and control.
Comments: I played with my Hybrid Shark last night for the first time and noticed a definite improvement in all of
my shots. I'm very happy with the development of this racket. I had a Wilson Hammer before this and it had a little too much
power. The prince is much more spin friendly and the control is very natural.
Comments: Very smooth racquet. I switched from the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick. I have improve my one-handed
backhand because the Prince is lighter and is easier to swing with it. Also I can serve better with less effort. The Babolats feel like
you are hitting with a stone if you compare them to the Hybrid Shark. This is an excellent racquet for the price you pay. I am going
to order another one.
Comments: This frame has the advantages of control and just enough pop to make it great for an all-court player.
It hits with control off the ground, volleys great, and is maneuverable. The 10.8 oz. weight (includes some lead tape I added) is
just perfect. It can block back hard services nicely, and has great control if you swing out. As with all racquets, string tension is
critical. I find the Shark plays better in the lower range of tension, which allows the racquet to provide it's potential, which it does
beautifully, with control and not the dreaded trampoline effect loose strings might provide. I played with the Babolat Pure Drive
110 and loved it, but this racquet allows me to transfer my opponent's power back to him with control, without having to swing as
hard as I would have to with the Babolat. The feel on impact is slightly cushioned (of course that does depend on the strings and
their tension) and the Shark is friendly on the arm.
Give it a try. At TW's price of $79.95, it's a way better buy than any of the current $200. Speedport and Ozone models.
Comments: Great Racquet! It has great power, durability, spin, control, and feels great!
Comments: Strengths are power and maneuverability. Excellent on volleys. I recently switched from the Babolat
Pure Drive 107 Cortex. This racquet seems lighter although the weight is similar. Strung with Tecnifibre NRG2, which really
enhances the touch.
Comments: Great racket! Been playing with mostly 98 in2 (Dunlop m-fil 300) and similar rackets and wasnít sure
about the 110 size but itís good big sweet spot, good power and maneuverability. I demoed many rackets before selecting the
hybrid shark. I hit topspin and find that Wilson enduro-pro is a good string combination long life but still soft & forgiving (in this
frame). Iíve had the racket ~9 months and play once per week. The racket has recently developed a rattle some debris inside the
frame. Yet to see if that can be fixed.
Comments: Great racquet for intermediate to advanced players, it has great control and precision one bad thing is
that strings move rather a lot but definitely it's an excellent racquet.
Comments: This racquet has lived up to all my expectations. My confidence and play have improved since I made
the purchase. I have noticed improvement in both my serve and groundstrokes. I notice that I am hitting the ball deeper and with
more topspin. I would recommend this racquet to anyone. One negative is that the strings move a lot due to the O ports, but the
sweetspot is awesome!
Comments: Firstly. Wow! I love this racquet. I had a lesson today with a college coach, and he put me through some
hard drills and rallies. This racquet faced all the challenges and more! The weight of this racquet is good for almost anyone, and I
really noticed my backhand improve greatly.This racquet seems perfect at the net, and I noticed my serve seem to speed up a
little. On the Prince scale of power it said 1025 and compared to my old Airlaunch B850, which was 850 on the Prince scale, they
seem around the same. If you are looking for a good racquet at a great price this should be your first choice!
(Previous racquet- Prince Airlaunch B850
Comments: This is an outstanding racquet! I love it! It's very sturdy and solid. The sound of the ball hitting the
strings is incredible. It's a great racquet for intermediate players, such as myself, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to
slightly improve their game because this racquet does make an impact on your performance! WARNING: The white grip started to
become dirty the second day I had it! Otherwise, fabulous!
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