Originally Posted by Dirty Bert
I have been reading many of the posts for a bit now and I hardly ever see any posts regarding Prince products. I play with the Speedport White and I love it. Just wondering??
Hey Dirty Bert,
As the first guy to make a Grand Slam final with an OS racquet -- The Prince Original Graphite -- I've got a soft spot for Prince. In the late 70's, when the first Prince frames made their way onto the pro tour, initially, they were a curiosity, and in some quarters, a joke. But not for long. In my view, the original Prince racquets were responsible for the most radical technical change in the history of the game.
A few years after their introduction, the Prince family of racquets, including the Pro, the Woodie, and the Graphite, had revolutionized the game. By the mid-80's, with all the major manufacturers taking Prince's lead, the old wooden racquets had become obsolete, throwbacks to days gone by. The change happened faster than anyone could've anticipated or imagined. It was a fascinating time to be playing, witnessing first hand the transition from knee-jerk skepticism and ridicule, to reluctant admission that Prince were on to something, and finally, to universal acceptance.
Which brings me to my point. Any time that new technology is introduced, there are *always* folk who dismiss it because it's too radical. I think that to a very limited extent, this is the case with Prince's Speedport technology. The Prince Speedport racquets feel much different than more traditional frames. But if you put them in the hands of, say, a really good 13 or 14 year old, a player who hasn't yet established in concrete his or her preferred playing characteristics of a racquet, chances are that the player will love racquets like the O3 Speedport Black or the O3 Speedport White. In fact, many of them do.
In Southern California, there are a number of highly ranked and very promising junior players playing with Prince Speedport racquets. Make no mistake, the Prince O3 Speedport White is a fine racquet.