“ Brand: Prince / Type: Tennis Racquet „
You'll have to excuse me if you have read this review on epinions. I have copied it here as you can now pick this racquet up for £80 in most good tennis shops and this makes it a bargain. I am a medium level player who plays for his local club in league matches and reached the semi finals of the mens and mixed doubles club tournaments this year. I used to use Slazenger Pro Braided Extreme racquets until I had one break on me during normal play. After spending 2-3 weeks weighing up the options available to me I bought a Prince Precision Response on approval. I had tried previous Prince models a couple of years ago but found that the did not suit me. This time it was completely different. I bought the racquet on a Saturday, had a practice session and then played a league match with it on Sunday. The racquet felt so natural that I found an immediate increase in form. This racquet will suit competent players with full swings who want moderate power and good control. It will reward good technique whilst still being forgiving to the odd off-centre shot. If only I had found this racquet before those summer semi finals may have been finals. *update* After playing with this racquet for some time I am still finding new shots that have been improved. My only criticism is that it seems slightly unwieldly when making reaction volleys, but that could be down to me. So after all this time I'm still amazed, I've found a "kicking" serve and love playing low, "precision" volleys when approaching the net. I won't be changing raquets for a long while unless I can find something better... but I can't imagine that :-) * Updated - May '01 * I still like this racquet and my game has continued to improve. There is one area that any potential buyers should be aware of and that is stringing. I am fortunate enough to string my own racquets and have foun
d that this racquet is quite sensitive to the strings you use. My old favorite strings make it feel very hard and unresponsive and the sweet spot feels a lot smaller. If you stick to the "softer" strings such as synthetic gut at a slightly lower tension it plays really well and gives better control. This was surprising to me as my favourite, Bow Brand Tournament strung at 60lbs was perfect for me in a range of racquets. Now I'm using Bow Brand Synthetic Gut XT (generic Duraflex type string) at 57-58 lbs. I have also tried BowBrand Titanium at 58lbs and found that unresponsive and hard to control compared against the synthetic gut. Later in the season I'll be trying natural gut (Thanks to a very special offer from Bow Brand) and thicker strings (I'm currently using around 1.30mm - but a quick trial with thicker strings gave some promising results that I want to investigate further), I'll report back. * Updated - May '02 * I have two of these racquets and I strung one of them with Gut late last year. It took a while getting use to the feel but now I will always keep gut in it. The gut gives the racquet more power and control and is easier on the arm, which is a bonus if you are in a tough match. I still highly rate this racquet. I have tried out some new ones including the warrior, which replaces this model but the just don't work for me.
I was lucky enough to try out this racket recently and it certainly compares well to others. i have the graphite version and there's certainly been some improvements. For starters itw almost twice as light and it has great flexibility. It is a racket meant for the base line specialist. It has a nice big head and is built to give a great combination of control and power. I also found that it turned my serve into a weapon. My mates were struggling under the power. I found it really easy to string, but the orginal string they give you snaps within a week. I strongly recommend this product to the competitive base line player.