prince 03 white
The prince 03 white is a great racquet for me, as it has improved my game a lot
The prince 03 white is a great racquet for me, as it has improved my game a lot. I swaped from a light framed babolat to the heavier prince and the signs have been significant. I have gone from an all round player to a powerful baseliner, im really impressed with this racquet and i also got it real cheap :)
I recomend this racquet to intermediate to advanced players.
The racquet was exactly as expected - definitely a larger sweet spot. The value for money is okay, given the fact it is a 2006 product but still competitive.
I'm an older 3.5 tennis player with a pretty bad wrist problem, so I've been reluctant to buy a new racquet until I tried the Prince o3 White Tennis racquet at my tennis club in Prescott, AZ. After 3 times of playing with it, not only did my game improve dramatically but it had no adverse affect on my wrist. I ordered the racquet from DO IT TENNIS and spoke to a really helpful representative who helped me decide on the strings, size of my grip and the string tension. Not only is this a terrific racquet but my experience with DO IT TENNIS means that I've found a perfect way to have my sporting needs met without a 2 hour drive to Phoenix and back. Oh, and they sent me a nice tee-shirt and gave me $7.00 off on my next purchase. It can't get much better than that.
Great racquet! I'm ordering another one since Prince has discontinued this model. Helpful staff and service at Do It Tennis.
I am an older club player,now suited to Vintage style tennis.
This racquet is wonderfully light, and yet packs a punch. As the years go by, perfect timing seems to slip. However, the large sweet-spot on this Prince O3 white, makes some allowance for these inevitable timing mistakes, to the chagrin of opponents. I hope to use it for many years.
Great overall racquet for the medium-advance player. Lots of power off your serves, I suggest using it without the dampener. Great head size for that control and spin as well. Good length racquet for any player. Also the racquet choice of Maria Sharapova.
The Prince O3 White is the best-selling frame in the Prince lineup, and is the model both marketed and used by Maria Sharapova. Here is the good news for Prince and the O3 White racquet: with the glamour and celebrity surrounding Sharapova, it is no wonder that the O3 White has become an all-time best-seller for Prince and there is huge awareness of the product in the marketplace; the O3 White carries with it a certain cachet. The bad news is that many players, juniors especially, assume automatically that the racquet will work for them when in fact it may not be suitable for the level and style of play.
The Prince 03 White frame is an excellent choice for an experienced player with an NTRP rating of 4.5 - 5.0 or higher who has long strokes, a consistent and repeatable setup, and a game where the player can locate himself on the baseline and bang away.
The Prince O3 White is rated at 1000 on the Prince Power Scale that, to this reviewer, seems like an accurate rating as long as you are staying back and not hitting approach shots or anything based on feel and flip from the mid-court. The frame measures 27 inches, and has a 100 square inch head size. The O-Port technology is for sure in play here, allowing players to achieve greater racquet head speed with less effort.
The Prince O3 frames are cool looking, incorporating both a classic look with new age cosmetics that reflects the technology involved in producing the racquets. The O3 White feels much like an older Wilson frame (like the Pro Staff 6.1) or the first good Head Radical in regard to weight and heft. Although it is rated closely to other Prince frames like the O3 Black, for example, it feels heavier in your hand, and the ball feels heavier coming off the string bed.
STRING / TENSION
The first demo model I played with for 5-plus hours was strung mid-range with Prince Syn Gut 16g.
The second demo I played with, also for 5-plus hours, was strung mid-range with Prince Syn Gut Durablend.
MY PLAYING STYLE
I play an attacking style, mainly serving and volleying. When receiving I position myself with the forehand for forays to the net.
I had trouble spotting my forehand with this frame. There was a nice level of power, but I had significant issues trying to put the ball into the specific window I wanted to, especially when I moved off the baseline. My best guess on the forehand is that my swing is a little too short to take advantage of how this frame sets up. I simply could not control the ball well enough at times. On the backhand side, the weight of the racquet afforded a nice blend of power and control. I think players with longer swings will have good success with this racquet from the back of the court. Also, I can see the solid feeling of the frame being a nice mix with the swing speed one can generate with the O-Port system.
The frame was fine on basic volleys hit hard and deep. The ball tended to tumble coming off the strings a little on slice volleys and on anything that was chipped or hit in a very wristy fashion. I think that the weight and balance of the frame tend to make it a little hard for players with a lot of feel, to get the whole deal aligned at the net or while attacking in or through the midcourt.
The frame provides nice pop on the serve. The Speedport system is a huge help on the serve, especially if you have good mechanics going up to the ball. I found myself having to move my aim points back just a little. The ball just explodes off of this frame.
The Prince O3 White is a good frame for good players, who have long swings, want some power out of their frame, and whom have no intention of coming in to attack the net much. This is a deal where a racquet is very good for one style game, and problematic for another. If I was an experienced baseliner, looking for a little extra power, I would take a hard serious look at this frame.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
Marc Pinckney is the Head Teaching Pro at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, located in scenic La Jolla, California. He plays Open and Age group tournaments on a local and regional basis, and has coached players at both the high school, junior and professional tour level.