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Comments: Having read a lot of the reviews on this frame, I was surprised to find that players who complained about too much power did not mention that they may not have tried to add more topspin to their shots. I moved to this frame, (with some extra weight under the grip), knowing I would have to add more topspin. Now all the baseline groundstrokes that I hit (cleanly) drop deep into my opponents backcourt. The wide string spacing makes it much easier to put spin (of any kind) on the ball, and the larger sweet spot makes it easy to place the ball.
Comments: I bought this racquet and I'm very impressed. I love the power of this racquet. My power increased tremendously. It also allows great amounts of spins. It takes about about 3 sessions to get used to the power and the different length but after that it is a great racquet. I recommend this to any intermediate or above player who loves power. Great job Prince!
Comments: Just got my Prince O3 Silver, what an awesome racquet! Played all evening with my son, and really enjoy the difference in my game! Thanks Tennis Warehouse for the great deal.
Comments: I am a singles player -- only playing for a year. I have used this racquet for 9 months with great success. It is very well balanced and is best suited for players with slower and more deliberate strokes (like me). You also need good strings with proper tension.
Comments: After demo-in' a bunch of Princes old and new, then just about every other major make of racquet, I kept finding myself coming to back to the 03 Silver...its physical advantages suit my game - the oversize head and length are great for extra pop on serves and reach at the net, and that huge sweet spot is great for a chip n' charger like myself who doesn't want to bang it out on the baseline...it definitely needs to be strung correctly, I'm all the way up at 67# because I have a fuller stroke and want to numb down the power a little, but once there, you can really hit deep and play aggressively, and even with the huge head, I get surprisingly terrific maneuverability and touch at the net...got a 2nd one on the way, highly recommend to hard chargers who are smooth enough hitters to control some of this stick's impressive power...
Comments: I like it, definitely get more mphs on my serve and strokes, and definitely lots more rpms....must be due to the significantly larger spaces between the strings, better bite on the ball, I am getting tons of kick. I control it fine on full topspin and slice swings. It will take some getting used on touch shots, it can be bouncy. The head heaviness makes it not feel too light, but will save lots of lead tape in case it starts feeling light.
Comments: Love the O3 Silver. I have two of them and am in the process to purchase another one with a little smaller grip. As Florida is very hot in the summer, keeping a good grip has been difficult and a smaller grip might just work.
Comments: I bought two of these racquets from my coach and I loved them but there is one problem. I am a pretty big hitter and I have had one frame bust after 4 hours of use and the other is cracked (my backup that I haven't used at all). So, if you are a big hitter or looking for something that is light, but durable do NOT get this racquet.
Comments: Played with this racquet today for the first time. Every strike of the ball gave off a trampoline sound. Gave off too much power from the baseline. Had to really be careful with my swing to make sure balls didn't go out. I'm thinking racquet headsize made it hard for me to get the racquet back in time to hit backhands. Will have racquet strung at maximum weight and give it another try.
Comments: Great racquet but needs to be paired with a great string at the proper tension. Most reviewers compare racquets but never mention strings or tensions so I tend to discount their opinions. For me the best string is Wilson NXT 17g @ 66lbs. Looser strings cause more vibration and more potential for elbow problems (I value my club pro's advice on this topic). I used to rely on a button or snake string damper but now it is not needed. I get great touch and good power. Strings provide enough grab for topspin.
Comments: If you like to take the ball early from the baseline, this could be the racquet for you. My two-handed backhand went from decent to great with the O3 Silver. The depth and angle of my groundstrokes improved tremendously. The only problem is that short balls from your opponent may be hard to keep in the court due to the racquet's extreme power. I had to string it up 4 lbs to reduce the power a little, which gave me improved spin and control.
Comments: This is an amazing racquet but it does dent easily. I'm not sure if the warranty covers that but it has really improved me at doubles and now I am starting varsity as a freshman in high school.
Comments: Great racquet! I had to tame the power down a little. I upped the tension from 62 lbs to 65 lbs and hit with more topspin. But once I got use to the power it improved my game. I'm 53 years old and play at lest 2 or 3 times a week, I believe it will extend my playing career. It's very lightweight without the banging impact when you hit the ball. The spin potential is great. I highly recommend this racquet.
Comments: Love this racquet! It elevated my game up a notch. I was a beginner 3.0 player and now I feel that I am a very solid 3.0 player and I compete at a 3.5 level. This racquet (prince 03) gave me a lot of confidence. I used to have some spin before and now I've gotten use to this racquet and how it works that I can control what I want out of it. I can topspin, slice and serve with a lot of spin whenever I need it. The next step is to add a lot more pace to my game. I think I just have to play with the tension first before even thinking about another Prince o3. I've had this racquet now for almost a year and I feel that it can take me for another 2 more years or so.
Comments: Great racquet! I had to tame the power down a little. I upped the tension from 62 lbs to 65 lbs. and hit with more topspin. But once I got use to the power it improved my game. I'm 5'3" and play at lest 2 or 3 times a week, I believe it will extend my playing career. It's very lightweight without the banging impact when you hit the ball. The spin potential is great. I highly recommend this racquet.
Comments: I love this racquet! My game is no longer making me pant (I used to use a heavy Head racquet); now I can really enjoy playing, and the racquet has given me so much confidence, I just want to play everyday! I love it and would recommend it to anybody moving from an intermediate to an advanced level! Fantastic, good one Prince!
Comments: Expensive but this racquet definitely helps to improve your game. My game improved drastically, so what they say about its forgiveness is true. Positive racquet feel, without the banging impact when you hit a ball, very dampened. I have a short stroke and this racquet it helps with reach and response, very easy to control. Solid POP on contact and if you get too over zealous you can really launch the balls. I highly recommend this racquet.
Comments: A wonderful racquet! Either you love it (me) or hate it (my wife). Once I found the right string and
tension, my game improved right away. It gives me lots of power and control (strings), which makes me feel very comfortable
when playing either singles or doubles. I truly recommend it for 2.5 players ready to move up to play at a higher level and be able
to hang on the court with all of those "ringer" 3.0s out there. A good alternative is the Wilson NCode N1 (same price range) with
the same strings and tension (I like the Wilson too, but my wife loves it). This racquet should be able to carry you through
3.0-3.5. Beyond that you'll need to move to the next color (either O3 blue or O3 white).
Comments: This racquet is great! The spin potential, especially on slices is impressive. It seems that no matter
where on the head you hit the ball, it goes right where you want it. I myself have a medium length stroke and even though it has
a recommended short swing style, this racquet excels in every category. The only complaint I must say is that when you get
those real tempting high, slow lobs near the net, the ball sometimes goes long; 14 or 1500 power rating would have been ideal.
Otherwise, great racquet! Demo it.
Comments: The first impression of this racket is that it provides ENORMOUS UNDENIABLE power!
I have used many Prince rackets before but I just thought they are lacking power! But this one is absolutely
different! O ports provide you a LARGER SWEETSPOT! And you will hear the "POP" sound of every stroke you lay!
Though you hit with the out-center area. It's still working with enough power to cross the net! For
groundstrokes, it's a piece of cake without any problems. Stability, consistency, power ----all optimal! For
volley, as its large headsize, sweetspot and light weight, it can rally very easily! For service, It's amazing! A
"POP" sound would be heard every serve and you will only see the ball fly over the net with amazing speed! In
conclusion, it's an awesome racket that I have ever used! It worth any cent though it's expensive price! It
deserved the EDITOR'S CHOICE!
Comments: I purchased an o3 Silver after demoing one at my club and can't believe how good this
racquet is! Admittedly I am a doubles player only but this racquet has added a new dimension to my game. It
has power to burn and has immensely improved my backhand spin and given me a much more telling volley! I
am a touch and place type player rather than all power and this racquet definitely suits my game. If I had one
slight criticism of this racquet, it is a bit of a handful when you first start using it. Once you have mastered its
incredible punch, it will win you more points in the long run. I would not recommend it for a high swinging top
spinner or power player, it will prove too much to handle and will not offer the control required. Great for
doubles players who favor net work and need power on tap at a moment's notice!
Comments: This racquet definitely has some pop to it. At times I'll barely tap the ball and it goes
sailing out of the court. I get god spin and accuracy off my serve and I noticed for backhand improved a little,
however my forehand is much too powerful for this racquet and this racquet lacks quality spin for me on the
forehand. I'm going to try the O3 Red which hopefully will suit my forehand better then this has. Good racquet
and all, just way too much power for me. Plus I am out of the NTRP rating for this racquet. The string I chose on
this racquet is pretty bad too. The softflex moves constantly after I hit the ball and ends up being wildly out of
place after I hit a hard topspin shot.
Comments: This raquet has got a certain flare to it, but if you are an advanced
hard-hitting player, you are better off not using it, but that's just how I see it.
Comments: I am always hungry for more power from my racquet and so I
decided to try this one out. It has great control for a racquet with such a large head size. It is
very lightweight and surprisingly easy to maneuver even at the net. In fact my volleys
improved with this racquet. It gives amazing pop to my serves and I would hit 2 or 3 aces in
every serve game. Excellent for back hand shots and particularly for shots where your
opponent has hit a winner and you are barely able to reach the ball. With this racquet I could
turn the tables in many rallies. On the forehand you have to generate your own speed later
in the swing and as a result I could hit the tough shots with amazing speed and accuracy
but could not kill the loose shots that my opponent barely lobbed over the net.
Comments: Awesome racquet, just the right amount of power for players who
can't produce too much power, improved my game
Comments: Good racquet but not for a player that can generate a lot of their own
power. I maxed out the tension @ 67 lbs for control with 17g for spin, and still too much
power. I have to take a lot off my swing just to keep it right on the baseline.
Comments: I bought the 03 in the begging of the summer. The first time I used
this racquet it felt great and I
played great using it. After I noticed I was trying to over hit the ball too much and therefore the
ball was sailing long. This racquet
has a little too much power for me. Although it has a large sweetspot and is lightweight, this
racquet is not working for me.
Volley wise, the racquet is very good, enabling me to be fierce with my volleys. However, the
control with the volleys wasn't the
greatest. Spin wise the racquet was decent, giving me a good amount of topspin. This
racquet was great for me when I was
serving because it was very large, had a great sweetspot, and gave me the strength and
power I need. Overall a decent racquet
but not the perfect one for me.
Comments: I played with this demo racquet for a week and found it a pleasure
to hit with. Although I can generate
my own power, I found this racquet helpful in forcing me to play with more control. Serving
with this demo was awesome and it
extra power I needed to my weak backhand.
Comments: This racquet has way too much power for me. I know I'm out of the
NTRP rating scale that tennis-warehouse recommends but it just doesn't give a feel that I
expected it to. If they toned down the power just a hair to around a 1400 level, this racquet
would be all around perfect.
Comments: I absolutely love this racquet. While I normally use a heavier Head
racquet, this racquet is great control and the sweet spot is outright amazing. Going from a
smaller headsize, you walk away feeling that you can't miss the sweet spot. It takes several
practices to get the proper control/power ratio. You will have a lot more power than you ever
thought possible. It is worth every hard-earned cent!
Comments: I played with this demo racquet for a week. Like everybody else, I noticed this racquet
provides remarkable power. My two handed backhand, which is hit with lots of topspin, is
much more powerful. My volleys are crisper. It requires a lot of control however, with, at
least, my forehand topspin ground strokes because it wants to fly through the ball. I think if I
learn to control my groundstrokes a little better with it, it'll be perfect for me.
Comments: I did a comparison of the O3 Silver to a Wilson nCode nVision for a
week and found the Wilson outperformed the Prince in every category. The O3 is light, but it
lacks touch and feedback on groundstrokes. I found its power to be unreliable, too often
over-hitting hard fore and backhand topspin shots. I was not able to place serves with spin
as easily as with many other racquets, and I found it to be too powerful for reliable volleys at
For the money, this racquet is over rated. The Wilson nVision does everything very well at
almost $100 less.
Comments: I bought this Zero 3 Silver last week after testing and comparing
many other brands new models. This Zero 3 Silver is the best ever and powerful racquet. It
generates good control and ball feel at every shots even awkward one. Excellent design on
the O -port for balanced string movement at every ball contact!!!!!
Comments: his racquet is awesome! I've improved my game by 100%! It's light
weight and contributes to a powerful forehand swing and 9 times out of 10 my opponent
cannot return my hit! I absolutely love this racquet.
Comments: Purchased this racquet two weeks ago. I am female, 67, 3.5
and play inter-club and recreational. LOVE this racquet. Absolute
dream for getting awkward shots and adds a whole new dimension
to "power" for regular shots. No comparison to previous
Wilson 2.6 Roller or Nano. No vibration at all!
Comments: The most noticeable thing about this racquet is its power. It has
tremendous power. I have a long loopy stroke, and I couldn't control the power. Best used for
short stroke topspinners.
Comments: I played this one as a demo, it had tremendous power. Belted out a
few very fast serves, yet even with heavy topspin it was hard to keep control. The power of
this racquets is overpowering.
Comments: I was able to try it out in a practice session earlier this morning and
I found it to offer a splendid and balanced amount of power, control and stability.
Comments: I have just purchased this racquet after trying several others on the
market! Excellent control and power. A little
expensive but worth every penny.
Comments: I play competitive singles every day. Excellent on defensive shots,
great control for a 118-inch frame, head heavy balance overcomes its lightweight. Expensive
but after playing with the demo I may buy one.
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