Weight: 175g (unstrung)
Factory String: Ektelon Black 16g Syn Gut
Strung Surface 106 sq in
Factory Grip: Ektelon Black Wrap
Frame Shape: Quadraform
It's a miracle...the O3 Black is back exclusively at Racquetworld.com! The O3 Black came out in the 2006-2007 season and has been one of the best selling O3 racquet's of all time and we are proud to have it back in stock for a limited time. We were told it could not be made again but kept pushing for it and here it is so get them while you still can. The O3 Black has a super widebody frame that adds extra stiffness and stability for more power. We cant emphasize this enough that if this is your favorite frame or looking for a top notch racquet at an affordable frame get 1,2, or 3 while you still can. This racquet now comes with a wrap grip instead of the rubber grip so if you want the rubber grip be sure to upgrade!
Here's what Ektelon says about the O3 technology:
The question everyone asks us is what do all those little "O" ports (as Ektelon calls them) really do for the racquet and more importantly YOUR GAME! Here's what Ektelon says: "By replacing traditional pin-sized string holes with revolutionary giant O-Ports, a super aerodynamic frame has been created with a more responsive stringbed. This increases the sweet spot by 54%, creating a Sweet Zone, which means you hit your best shots more often. Whats truly impressive is that the Prince engineers are able to do this all without enlarging the racquet head, increasing its length, or adding weight!
These are available in the SS grip size only.
If you're unsure about your model or weight...try our DEMO Program.
A racquet cover IS NOT provided by the manufacturer with this racquet. You have the option to add a cover for $10 if you would like.
RacquetWorld General Notes
RacquetWorld recommends changing the grip to a Python (Our favorite), which will be $11.00 installed, for the added traction to prevent slippage. The Racquetworld Grommet Tape upgrade ($1) can save you $$ in the long run as sometimes strings break from the grommet being worn down.For those who don't know what the grommet is, it's the plastic piece at the top of the racquet that the strings go through.When you hit the wall and floor this gets worn down.
The Python Atlas string upgrade is recommended because factory string is less playable/durable than the Python Atlas string we suggest. At the time of purchase, the Python Atlas restring upgrade is $22.00. It's normally $36 if you mailed the racquet to us later so you save $14 if you choose the upgrade right away. Another string we highly recommend is the Python Atlas Deluxe restring upgrade ($25.00), and its a little softer than the original Atlas for those players that prefer a softer string with incredible playability/durability.
If you choose a vibration dampener go with the Python Vibration Dampner (Our favorite), Head Megasorb, Gamma Worm or the BBB (Big Bad Band).
The wristlacer black is the default wrist tether that comes on your racquet at no charge.If you want to change colors, a small fee of $2.95 will be added for switching.
A question we get everyday is "What is Grommet Tape?"It's a piece of tape that goes over the head (bumper) of your racquet. Sometimes you need a restring because of a broken bumper.For an extra buck to add this, it could save you $25-40!!
We get follow up calls/emails everyday thanking us for the upgrades as they really help bring out the performance of the racquet.
Racquet Covers - Choose one for $10 (RacquetWorld Cover is Only $8.00)
A full racquet cover is NOT provided by the manufacturer with this racquet. You have the option of adding a full cover for $8-10 if you would like. If you want the best cover on the market buy the Racquetworld Cover. It is oversized, has a full outside pocket, a handle strap and a large shoulder strap as well as a ventilated pocket to let your grip breathe and best of all its $2 less than the others because we want to help you by supporting our company! The charge will only be $8.00 when added to the cart for this choice instead of $10.00 like the other covers.
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Exclusive RacquetWorld Racquet Ratings
Ratings and comparisons for all racquets can be found in RacquetWolrd Exclusive Racquet Ratings
Racquetworld's Durability Rating: 94.00
Racquetworld's Power Rating: Age 24- 93.59 Age 35 94.08 Age 45+ 92.61
Racquetworld's Control Rating #1 (Front Court): 94.57
Control 1 (Front Court) represents how the racquet handles upfront in the court. We are basically looking at how certain components stacked together to produce good (or bad) racquet maneuverability. To figure this out we look at the weight, balance point, and shape of the frame. We throw all this info into Pat's brain along with a couple hours of hit testing and out pops the rating. This value is useful especially for doubles players who find themselves covering the upfront court a lot. It is also good to know if you are a good server and find yourself quickly putting away returns off your serve without leaving front middle court.
Racquetworld's Control Rating #2 (Back Court): 94.08
Control 2 (Back Court) represents the traditional control rating when taking a full shot from mid to back court. Our goal with control is to redirect the Force of the ball. We again focus on weight, balance point, shape, string pattern and tension, frame stiffness and on court experience.
Racquetworld's Overall Rating: Age 24- 93.93 Age 35 94.17 Age 45+ 93.44
Bang for the Buck $$$
Technology - Manufacturers Features:
RacquetWorld Ektelon Racquetball Racquet Technology Section - Ektelon Technology Section
- Power Ring Inserts
- Power Ring 8
- Sweet Zone
- Air & Comfort Handle
- Power Scoop
- Triple Threat
- Graphite Extreme
- Wallglider Bumper
O-ports reduce aerodynamic drag, creating a fast and maneuverable frame with a lightweight feel for accelerated swing speeds enabling players to reach more shots and rip more winners than ever before.
Other Ektelon Technologies Used
Power Ring 8...
The evolution of Power Ring continues with Power Ring 8. By developing a throat area with 8 Power Rings, each main string wraps around it's own independent Power Ring. This allows maximum string resiliency, ultimate shot control and re-stringing is a breeze!
Ektelon replaced traditional pin-sized string holes with revolutionary giant O-ports, providing total string freedom for a livelier response across the entire string bed. This increases the sweet spot, creating a Sweet Zone, which means ultimate power on every shot!
The new grip system for the MORE performance racquets, the clear grip of the Air + Comfort handle reveals four air-filled quandrants that move independently for MORE shock absorption and grip ventilation. The red cross dampener at the bottom quiets frame vibrations for extra comfort.
Tungsten is a strong dense metal which provides precision weight distribution, allowing further weight reduction in non critical areas, to deliver superior sweet spot size, power, directional control, and reduced shock in a lighter weight racquet frame.
A unique shaped shaft which absorbs wall and floor impacts for more comfort and durability, yet provides full frame stiffness for maximum ball striking power.
A unique balanced weighting system featuring the Triple Braid material - woven titanium, copper and carbon that's placed in three critical racquet locations: 10 o'clock, 2 o'clock and the bottom of the handle. This creates a larger sweet spot in every direction, ultimate stability for increased power and control, and reduced arm shock.
Lightweight premium grade graphite/carbon composite increases stiffness to bring you more power.
The longer racquet revolution now adds a new dimension to racquetball! One-half to one-inch longer than standard length racquets, perfectly balanced LongBody racquets make the game easier to play. A LongBody racquet adds up to 10% more power and as much as 13% more reach to your game.
Wallbeater Bumper System...
Less shock. Patent-pending bumper system reduces shock from impact 70% as well as frame breakage vs. normal plastic bumpers.