By on December 07, 2009
The first Shark was an excellent racquet, and this one is too. The big difference: Prince has incorporated its popular Double Bridge (DB) technology. Some of the main (up and down) strings are threaded through a shock-absorbing polymer located at the bottom of the head that reduces vibration without deadening feedback. The result is a solid-feeling, comfortable racquet that will be especially appealing to players who have had arm problems. The mid-plus and oversize are also slightly lighter and easier to swing than the originals—slightly. You still have to take a healthy rip to generate pop. This is a good thing if you’re an improving intermediate who wants a stick that will encourage you to develop better strokes. You also may find, as our playtesters did, that you can’t generate as much spin as you might like. But for driving through the ball this Prince will turn any minnow into a Shark.
You tried out Maria Sharapova’s frame, the Shark, but realized that it wasn’t suited for your mid-level game. Now you can be a Maria wannabe with this user-friendly version.