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Published on June 8th, 2012 | by Kira


Prince EXO3: All-Around Winner

A few of us at Tru­lyNet grew up on table ten­nis. I’m not go­ing to name names or any­thing, but one of us (not me) is for­mer champ. My fam­i­ly used to play dou­bles when I was grow­ing up. So, even though not all of us here knew a lot
about ten­nis, we could trans­fer our table ten­nis knowl­edge to the
big­ger court. A cou­ple of play­ers on staff are al­so strong am­a­teurs, and to­geth­er we
were ex­cit­ed to hit the courts and try out some of the lat­est gear.

This is why I liked the Prince EX­O3 Blue 110 Ten­nis Rac­quet- it is ide­al for be­gin­ner and in­ter­me­di­ate ten­nis play­ers. This rac­quet has a 110-square inch head­size, is 27.25 inch­es long, has a 16X18 string pat­tern, and weights 9.3 ounces (with a slight­ly head heavy bal­ance). The over­sized head is ide­al for play­ers like me who need more pow­er be­hind their swing and a big­ger sweet spot for hit­ting the ball. For more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, you might find that you will need to short­en your swing to com­pen­sate for the pow­er this rac­quet has. The EX­O3 is a lightweight rac­quet, but be­cause it is head-heavy it re­tains its pow­er. Un­like some lightweight rac­quets we had on hand for com­par­i­son, this one still felt sol­id.

There are three new fea­tures to the EX­O3 Blue 110 Ten­nis Rac­quet. First, Prince added their clas­sic dou­ble bridge sys­tem, which is ba­si­cal­ly a built-in vi­bra­tion damp­en­er. Next, the en­er­gy bridge now con­tains a soft ther­mo­plas­tic resin, this soft­er ma­te­ri­al ab­sorbs the vi­bra­tions and al­lows for more flex. These ad­vances are ide­al for any ten­nis play­er, but re­al­ly im­por­tant to any­one with ten­nis el­bow or joint prob­lems (like my­self), be­cause it re­duces the im­pact on your joints. Fi­nal­ly, the throat has been en­gi­neered for greater stiff­ness re­sult­ing in im­proved con­tor­tion­al sta­bil­i­ty. This is a broad-ap­peal rac­quet, meant for gen­er­al use rather than be­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly strong in any one area, and the on­ly neg­a­tives we could find were a rel­a­tive lack of con­trol when re­turn­ing low, fast shots or try­ing to re­al­ly slam on ser­vice.

Prince has be­come a lead­er in man­u­fac­tur­ing some of high-per­for­mance rac­quets for pro­fes­sion­al and recre­ation­al users alike. Prices tend to be on the high­er end of av­er­age for rac­quets, but you know you are get­ting a qual­i­ty prod­uct. You can take the EX­O3 Blue 110 Ten­nis Rac­quet to the court for $185.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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