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Comments: I bought this racquet about a couple of months back and have been using it in winter indoor drills. Had
the O3 Red previously and the ESP is a definite upgrade in the spin category. Am able to use more pace on both the forehand and
the backhand while hitting up on the ball. Unless it is a total miss (frame-hit) the ball stays in play. Decent touch at the net
although a little more powerful than the O3 Red so am working on finishing higher and block it back from there. Overall, I'm
happy with the 105 ESP so far and looking forward to some outdoor games soon.
Comments: Howdy Sports Fans! I wanted to give my review of the Prince Premier ESP 105 racquet so here goes.
First the set-up -- I'm an old school guy and I installed the Babolat Leather Grips to the frame. For my playtest I used 2 strings;
The Prince Lightning XX 16 Ga. and the Prince Beast XP 15L. Both racquets were strung at 66 lbs. because I prefer a tighter
tension. Although I used a leather grip, the balance didn't change and the racquets were still evenly balanced. Because of the
balance the racquet felt heavier than it's advertised weight. Serves were drastically different with each string. The Lightning
produced a lot more spin on the serve however I was disappointed on flater harder serves. There was basically no control. The
Beast string produced much better results. Although there wasn't as much spin, the depth and power on the serves was much
better than with the Lightning. On groundstokes the Lightning was very good at producing spin. The thinner gauge and open bed
definitely is a good combination but as I hit with a flatter swing, it wasn't as beneficial. The Beast string on the racquet was
definitely more suitable for a player with flatter strokes although I could definitely hit with spin using this string. For volleys I was
able to get more depth with the Lightning because at the net, the racquet felt a bit like a springboard. The Beast produced good
depth but way better control. Generally, like I mentioned, the racquet felt heavier only because of the balance. I'm still getting
used to it but I can say that a thicker guage string should be used in the racquet. Of course a moron like me didn't read the inside
throat of the racquet which clearly states 15L Gauge is best suited! On appearance, the racquet looks way better in person than in
pictures. The graphics and paint are sharp and pop in the sunlight. I actually liked the green string with the red and black color
combo. Just an opinion. Although I'm still experimenting with string set-ups, I like this racquet. As I get used to the balance I
feel that I will be able to use it's capability to my advantage in upcoming matches.
Comments: I used the EXO3 Red for the last few years and needed a replacement. Tried this racquet and the open
string pattern does provide a noticeable increase in spin. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference based on
feel between this one and the EXO3 Red. That's a good thing because I really liked my Red. I've heard that the string pattern may
contribute to strings breaking more. So far, I've put 15 hours on the racquet and so far so good (using RPM Blast/VS Natural Gut
hybrid). Great racquet if you are looking for a little more spin for EXO3 red users. Highly recommend!
Comments: The spin you can generate with this racquet is amazing! It is also comfortable and generates a decent
amount of power. I did add some lead tape to the 12 o'clock to increase the swing weight. I strung it with some of the new Prince
Premier strings -- Warrior (hybrid) that I like a lot. I strung the racquet at 53 lbs, less than what Prince recommends. It's working
well. I wish that Prince will make a racquet like the new Babolat Play Pure Drive so that I can keep track of my progress. Also, I
Tennis Warehouse will review this racquet. I'd like to see what the playtesters have to say. I would definitely recommend this
to others and suggest they try the new Prince strings as soon as TW makes them available.
Comments: I have been using the red Prince racquets for 8 years and was eager to try the new red racquet with the
open string pattern. It is very arm friendly with good power and control. I would recommend this racquet to any player who is a
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