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Prince - O3 Silver

Published: 17 Feb 2007 - 01:42 by rup3rt

Updated: 24 Feb 2007 - 20:53

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This Racket is great to play with - touch, power and interface between hand and grip are all excellant.

The downside is that they are incredible fragile, I have had 3 in the last 6 months and none has lasted more than 2 months. I have never broken a racket before and find it most irksome to have got through 3 in such a short space of time.

Even more, my skill level has improved a lot over the last year and I have had very little racket contact with the wall. The factory strings are very poor and on two of the rackets they have broken to (within 2 months).

Great racket, but not up to the rigours of the game.

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From Adz - 24 Feb 2007 - 20:53

I can completely understand where you're coming from, but the strings breaking could well be due to the frame and not the stringing quality. I've now seen another 3 of the O3 racquets (one silver and 2 tours) which all have the same FRAME NOTCHING on the side O3 ports. Surely this must be a design flaw of some kind? I've even seen someone go through some babolat pro hurricane in these racquets in TWENTY MINS OF PLAY! Now that's something that most hard hitting tennis players can't even do! And no the string wasn't damaged on fitting..... it was cut through by the notch on the frame (which has now had to be filed down due to the sharp corner).

 

If anyone has one of these racquets, I'd be interested to find out if theirs has the same problem on the O3 ports. Look at the places where the strings touch the frame..... is this beginning to cut into the frame/paint work of the racquet? Have you broken strings at this point?

 

Cheers

Adz

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From rup3rt - 24 Feb 2007 - 00:04   -   Updated: 24 Feb 2007 - 00:16

They may be half decent racket strings - but that doesn't mitigate the fact that wihin 2 months 2 O3 rackets had broken strings and 3 had a broken frames. Which tells me that they are weak.....

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From Adz - 23 Feb 2007 - 11:11

Hang on...... the O3 Silver racquets come pre-strung using Synthetic Gut with Durafex which is a great string on a budget. Has to be said that there is probably only one better factory string out there which is the Dunlop Dura-Ace string.

 

I've noticed another problem with the Prince O3 racquets..... the strings cut into the frame on the O3 sections. It's almost like they wear through the frame via friction. Anyone else notice this? I'ce seen it in various stages of EVERY O3 that I've had to string. Especially on the lower sides on the frames. Is this a design fault in the making?

 

I'll admit that for someone who doesn't like Prince racquets, the O3 Silver is the nicest one I've ever tried and if I had to pick a Prince racquet then is would be a choice between this one and the More Dominant model. Both are really nice to play with, quick and comfortable to string and give a great mix of balance, power and control. Still not enough to draw me away from the Gray's Powerflow Elite though!

Adz

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From rup3rt - 22 Feb 2007 - 23:53

I was using the factory strings (which also broke on 2 of the rackets) and i understand they are of low quality. So the frame broke with orignial strings on.

Its a real shame as I really like the feel of the O3 Silver, I have now bought a Head Liquid Metal 120 - which seesm like a great racket although I have only played 2 games with it so far.

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From hamburglar - 17 Feb 2007 - 02:09

did the rackets break after they were restrung or before?

Sometimes bad stringing technique can put eneven stresses on the frame and cause premature breakage.

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