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05-20-2007, 07:14 PM #1
Help! Any Prince racquet suggestions?
For the last 10 years I have been playing with the Prince Lightening, and it is likely that the frame will break when it gets restrung one more time. I recently purchased the L-Power 75 (HL) racquet and I realized that I am partial to Prince racquets. Do you happen to know of any prince racquets that are comprable to the Prince Lightening (or an upgrade of it). Does anyone know anything about the TT Beast or QF Classic? I am looking for something that is somewhat head heavy, but a little lighter than the lightening.
ps- What does Balance mean in a racquet description?
05-20-2007, 07:29 PM #2
Balance refers to the wieght distribution of a racket, whether it is head heavy, head light or just balanced. Head heavy generally gives you more power as you have a faster head speed when swinging. Head light gives you more manouverability (if thats spelt right...) and generally good for precise and controlled shots and balanced gives you something in between.
Can't really say much for Prince rackets, never really liked the tear drop design, but I hope that I've explained what you wanted to know with regards to the balance question.
05-20-2007, 09:23 PM #3
Can you still get Prince badminton rackets in your area? In the SF bay area, and I assumed the rest of th US, Prince no longer distributes it badminton rackets (tennis rackets are no problem tho').
A few of the shops around here have just a few frames left.
Are they availble in Canada? Pretty certain that you can still get 'em from the UK, the Phillipines and other sources.
05-21-2007, 03:54 PM #4
In one training/instructional video that I saw in the past, a coach said that Y-shaped rackets are inferior to iso or oval head shaped racket. I guess it might my related to the head shape, string patterns, and sweet spot.
05-21-2007, 05:14 PM #5
Yeah. I'd seriously consider changing to an isometric or oval shaped racket. Considering that its a popular choice for pro's and all other levels; you just don't see many prince rackets around and that surely says something. No offense meant to any prince racket owners
05-21-2007, 05:45 PM #6
Since it seems near impossible to get another Prince, does anyone have some suggestions for racquet that has some weight at the head? I consider myself more of an offense type of player (unless I am playing mixed doubles). Alternatively, I am considering adding lead tape to my new racquet as an alternative, because it is too light, but I am a little hesitant about doing this...
05-21-2007, 05:46 PM #7
ummmm how much is that racket? the price range depends on how good you are, what type of player you are(such as agreesive smasher, defensive receiver) beginner (20-90$) intermediate(90+) advance (120+)
05-21-2007, 05:56 PM #8
I spent $105 for the HL, but I have seen the racquet be priced for as much as $120. I am an agressive smasher, and have played at that college level (placing third in a couple of tournaments a few years ago), but unfortunately grad school prevents me from playing as much as I used to!. I am willing to pay under $200 for a reliable/reputable racquet. I want to start playing at least 3-4 times a week now, and don't want a racquet that is so light that my shoulder goes numb from playing singles after 2 hours.
05-21-2007, 06:08 PM #9
05-21-2007, 07:39 PM #10
Adding lead tapes on badminton rackets is not very common. I have seen some info on tennis rackets online. Maybe they are somewhat related. Try doing some searches on badminton rackets. Is your overgrip(s), original or replacement grips very thick corresponding to each of their normal size? You might consider changing to a thinner kind to shift the balance point higher to the racket head, so it will feel more head heavy.
Last edited by fivestars; 05-21-2007 at 07:42 PM.
05-21-2007, 07:48 PM #11
05-21-2007, 08:31 PM #12
adding lead weight to frame
When adding tape to the head, be sure that you do not tape in such a manner as to restrict string movement thru the grommets. If you need any more hints on adding weight, let me know.
05-21-2007, 08:49 PM #13
Not sure how it compares to your Lightning, but there are still some Prince Axis 65 rackets availble from ASBY sports for a mere $27. They may have only larger grips left. Since these rackets have been in a warehouse for quite a few years, the grip may need to be replaced. Ask ASBY about that.
Badminton Alley also has one of the more current Prince models left. It might be well worth checking out.
You might be able to find other Prince distributors here:
(btw, i talk abt lead tape above in case u missed it).
Last edited by SystemicAnomaly; 05-21-2007 at 08:55 PM.
05-22-2007, 10:29 PM #14
05-23-2007, 07:23 PM #15
I have tried and owned quite a few Prince rackets. I'll list them from head light to head heavy.
5.QF Rip (?)
All these except for the Stealth Ti are noticeably lighter than a Lightning. The Stealth Ti is the only one I have tried that I would even consider to be head heavy. Keep in mind I've tried 3 different Beasts and they all have different weights and balance. The weights were off by as much as 8 grams. There is one that is overgripped, string and still only 90 grams (no overgrip is 80 grams).
05-24-2007, 04:13 PM #16
Are most of the frames you listed above still available in Canada? Can you point us to a couple of good links (since Prince badminton is now nearly extinct in the Unite States).
05-25-2007, 03:11 AM #17
Sorry, I haven't even seen an Axis.
I'm not sure where these are coming from but Tad's (www.tadssports.ca) here in Vancouver carries some Beast, NXG 85 (not quadraform). I believe I saw a QF Lite a couple of weeks ago. They also have some older not flat-top Y-joint frames. I'm guessing they're fairly old models.
Abbie's Sporting Goods also here Vancouver also has one of the QF (not triplethreat) models.
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