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PRINCE O3 Hybrid Shark Oversize

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Launched: 2010

Subcategory: Intermediate Racquets

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General Information

Tennizoom ID:
180956
Product:
PRINCE O3 Hybrid Shark Oversize
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Launched:
2010

Technologies

O3: O3 Technology Uses O-Ports to provide total string freedom. Increases sweet spot size by 54% without increasing the size or length of the racquet or changing the weight or string tension. Also generates a livelier response across the entire string bed, and dramatically improves play at all levels. O-Ports reduce drag, producing faster swing speeds and increases power from anywhere on the court.

TUNGSTEN TRIPLE THREAT: Tungsten is a strong, dense metal, used here to fortify the Triple Braid system, improving stability for more power and precision. Triple Braid is a weighting system that promotes balance and stability: woven titanium, copper, and carbon are placed in three critical racquet locations: 10 o’clock, 2 o’clock, and at the bottom of the handle. Benefits include an expanded sweet spot with less shock to the arm.

Specifications

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Head size
110 sq. in.
710 sq. cm
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Length
27 1/2 in.
69,85 cm
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Strung weight
10.30 oz.
292 g
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Balance
13.65 in.
34,65 cm
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Balance points
1 pts HL
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Stifness
65
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Grip type
Duratac
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Composition
Dynamic Braided Graphite / Titanium / Tungste

Extended Specifications

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Swingweight
322
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Swing speed
Moderate-Fast
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Power level
Medium
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Beam width
24 mm / 28 mm / 24 mm
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String pattern
16 / 19
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Stringing type
One Piece
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Stringing tension (pounds)
55 - 65 lbs
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Stringing tension (kg)
25 - 29 kg

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Average Rating

4.00

Feature Averages

Serves

(4.20)

Volleys

(4.00)

Slice

(3.90)

Topspin

(4.20)

Returns

(3.90)

Groundstrokes

(4.20)

Rebeca Dias


Player Level: 4 |


I've played with this racquet for three or four years

I've played with this racquet for three or four years now. In the last year my game has improved from a 3.5 to a 4.0 and given the change I started demoing some heavier racquets like the Wilson K-Factor Tour and the Babolat Pure Drive GT. I thought that a heavier racquet might allow me to handle the pace of players I'm now encountering. But for the time being I'm sticking with the Prince Hornet. I'm able to generate more spin with it than the Wilson or Babolat and it is much better at handling volleys and slicing while coming to net. It is an incredibly forgiving racquet for me. About the only thing I've been able to do a little better with the Wilson or the Babolat is backhand topspin; I'm able to execute that particular stroke better with a heavier racquet.

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Jeremiah Leavy


Player Level: 3 |


This racquet has lived up to all my expectations. My

This racquet has lived up to all my expectations. My confidence and play have improved since I made the purchase. I have noticed improvement in both my serve and groundstrokes. I notice that I am hitting the ball deeper and with more topspin. I would recommend this racquet to anyone. One negative is that the strings move a lot due to the O ports, but the sweetspot is awesome!

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Jonathan Hopwood


Player Level: 5.5 |badges4 |


Great racquet for intermediate to advanced players,

Great racquet for intermediate to advanced players, it has great control and precision one bad thing is that strings move rather a lot but definitely it's an excellent racquet.

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Kevin Berner


Player Level: 1 |


Very smooth racquet. I switched from the Babolat Pure

Very smooth racquet. I switched from the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick. I have improve my one-handed backhand because the Prince is lighter and is easier to swing with it. Also I can serve better with less effort. The Babolats feel like you are hitting with a stone if you compare them to the Hybrid Shark. This is an excellent racquet for the price you pay. I am going to order another one.

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Karen Lage


Player Level: 4 |


This was my first racket I ever had and I still have

This was my first racket I ever had and I still have it somewhere. The strings move a lot because of O ports and sometimes that annoys me. There is TONS of power -- compared to mid size player's rackets, a simple tap will launch it pretty well. It really is a good racket for a weaker player who wants to add a bit of power. There is really some nice pop to it. After this racket, I preceded to the Wilson ncode ntour. Then I got a Yonex RDS 001, which I have fallen in love with. If you think this racquet has too much power, try a 100 head size.

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Joachim Lindberg


Player Level: 4 |


I made the mistake of trading my Prince Shark Midplus

I made the mistake of trading my Prince Shark Midplus racquets for two of the oversized. I've had tennis elbow ever since switching and I have never had that before. My main complaint has been the elbow and not being able to keep the ball in the court, even when trying to hit heavy top. The Midplus has much better control, no arm problems and plenty of power. Unfortunately, nobody has the Midplus these days but luckily for me, I'm getting mine back and selling the oversized Sharks. Or maybe I'll save them for when my strokes get shorter... If anyone has switched from the Shark MP to one of the newer Prince racquets and found one comparable, please post your comments and recommendations. My MPs won't last forever and I know technology does keep improving.

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Dustin Kaminsky


Player Level: 5.5 |


I have used this racquet since it first came out and

I have used this racquet since it first came out and paid $189. I have since tried to replace this racquet with newer models, (Speedport Silver, Speedport Gold and the Speedport Black Long Body) and still keep going back to the shark. The best racquet I have ever used by far. I now have 4 of them.

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Ana Pulpito Salido


Player Level: 3.5 |


I have played with the previous Shark without the O

I have played with the previous Shark without the O ports, and loved it. The frame eventually cracked. Since then, I have gone through two new ones with O ports. The enamel within the ports has cracked and broken my strings. This has happened on both racquets in the space of five months.

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Amanda Crosworth


Player Level: 3.5 |


This one I just can't be aggressive with. Volleys are

This one I just can't be aggressive with. Volleys are good, but that's about it. It just feels all wrong. The Head Liquidmetal 4 is cheaper and sooo much better, except maybe in the control category.

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Alec Nilsson


Player Level: 3 |


After switching to this beauty from my Wilson I have

After switching to this beauty from my Wilson I have moved up the kingscourt tennis rankings and love being #1 on the tour. Power, precision and spin it has it all for intermediate players.

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