Top positive review
18 people found this helpful
Best Over-sized Racket At A Great Price
on November 17, 2011
This is actually our second racket of this exact model. We have many similar over-sized rackets from other major manufactures but this is by far the best. This racket feels very soft on impact so better on the arm/elbow, and the ball feels more powerful coming off the racket. It just gives us the 'oomph' feeling and sound we don't get from other rackets. We have to get another one so I get to use it as my daughter who plays on her high school varsity team also favorite this model.
As far as I can tell, this racket was priced a lot higher when new few years ago, but the price has dropped so much it's a great buy now.
BTW, I string my own rackets so when the stock string broke, I put Wilson NXT Tour 17 string on this racket, and we were amazed. The stock string came with this racket was decent, but with Wilson NXT Tour 17, it plays almost like a dream! Interestingly when I put the same string on our other rackets, we didn't feel this much improvement. Somehow this Prince OS3 Silver racket matches this Wilson NXT Tour 17 string much better than others.
Update: We bought our third racket of this model and still very satisfied.
On strings we have started to use Tecnifibre X-One Biphase strings and it is even softer than Wilson NXT. We can feel the difference between these two strings but not sure which is better, so we use both.
We have 4 similar over sized rackets from the 4 major brands: Prince, Wilson, Head and Babolat. My wife favors Wilson K-Zero racket as it is the lightest and the weight is centered closer to the handle makes it easiest to swing. My daughter and I favor the Prince O3 Silver as it is more powerful. The Babolat Y-118 has most control among the 4 brands but the sweet spot is a little higher away from the handle so takes a little getting use to, and it is the least powerful among the 4. The Head Liquidmetal 8 has a slightly smaller head at 112 square inches (all others are at 118) and is the second most powerful after the Prince O3 Silver. I feel the Prince and Wilson has bigger sweet spots compared to the other two. Each of these 4 brands/models has its own strong points and personalities so it's really personal preference.