Racquet Review – Prince Pro Beast Powerbite 750

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Prince Pro Beast Powerbite 750 Squash Racquet Ramy AshourThe Prince Pro Beast Powerbite 750 has been here on the shelves at Control the ‘T’ Sports for about 6 weeks now and I can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to appreciate the engineering that went into its design until now.  The racquet’s name aptly encompasses its distinguishing features that allow it stand apart from other racquets I’ve hit with in the past.  With elements of both touch and power, I’m having a hard time thinking of a type of player who would not make use of what it has to offer.

Let’s begin by taking a look at what sets this racquet apart from some of the others in the Prince family.  The “bite” in the racquet is a function primarily of the string pattern that is extremely widely spaced out. Only 14 main strings and 15 cross strings are used to string the racquet on one of the largest frames Prince has to offer (480 square centimeters).

The widely spaced string pattern increases contact time with the ball while the strings are flexed. Open strings help grasp the ball more easily encouraging the production of spin on the ball.  This cut that is produced really helps keep the ball close to the front wall on drop shots.  An additional function of the string pattern is the rebound effect that is conducive to the production of power.  On impact with the ball, this rebound effect ejects the ball in the same way you might imagine a sling shot would work, producing an extra punch to your shots.

I must admit, prior to the hit, I had not really looked too much into either the specifications of the racquet or the technology that was included in its design.  Let me share with you the notes I jotted down immediately after the hit.

  • Surprisingly quick to adapt to
  • Comes through nicely on drop shots with cut
  • Racquet prep easy on volleys

I’ve had about 5 days between the time of the hit and writing this piece and I’m finding it pretty interesting that things are really matching up nicely between what I was noticing on the court and the design features of the racquet.

It was amazing how quickly I noticed the extra spin that I was creating on drop shots.  The upside to the open string pattern was appreciated immediately as I was able to force my opponent to cover more ground than normal with drop shots that had crazy amounts of cut.  I was especially impressed with the final point of the match which was a straight drop from the back court which caught both my opponent and myself off guard when it died only a few feet from the front wall.

The other noteworthy finding that is worth mentioning here is that the racquet was relatively easy to prep for quickly attacking loose shots on the volley.   This is pretty easy to understand since the frame weight is nice and light (128g unstrung) with a head heavy balance. It’s not overly surprising that I was noticing this given the weight and balance of the racquet.

To summarize, the Prince Pro Beast Powerbite 750 is really a fitting racquet for players who would benefit from a little bit of extra cut on the ball, power or both.  An added bonus lies in the fact that it’s pretty easy to get aggressive on the volley.  Aggressiveness on the volley in combination with the power and extra spin is sure to give you the on court edge you’ll need to really put your opponents into trouble short with the spin or in the back court with power!

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17 Responses to Racquet Review – Prince Pro Beast Powerbite 750

  1. Jens says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the review of the Prince PB 750. How does it compare with the Prince Airstick 130? Have you had any chance to test both side by side as they both seem to have similar shape and string pattern? It would be great to get a feedback.

    Thanks and regards,

    Jens

    • Jeff says:

      Jens,

      My colleague Jeff emailed you back on this already and he is going to take out demo this weekend of the Pro Beast 750 and the Pro Airstick 550. The Pro Airstick 550 has the same specifications as the Airstick 130. The Airstick 130 is no longer available in Canada and I no longer have any so we can’t do an actual side by side. I hope his reply back helps!

  2. Jens says:

    Thanks for conducting this little racket test.
    Apparently Ramy was still using his tried and tested Airstick 130 in the World Championships. I wonder why he hasn’t switched to the power bite series? Therefore very interested in the outcome of your experiment 🙂
    Thanks,
    Jens

    • Jeff says:

      No problem. He definitely was using the Airstick 130 at the World Championship. I watched most of it and what an event! I wonder if Ramy will ever switch racquets. He hunted the world for a pair of discontinued shoes in a specific colour. Thankfully Facebook makes that sort of thing possible and he got them. I suspect he might do the same for the Airstick 130 even if the only difference between a current model and the one he uses was the paint job. Just a guess of course.

      Jeff P will report back on his test between the two racquets in the next few days. I believe he is taking them out for a hit tomorrow.

      Jeff

    • Jeff Porter says:

      Hey Jens,
      You’re absolutely right in saying that the Powerbite 750 and Airstick 550 have very similar shape and specifications. After having the chance to hit with each back to back and with the help of a teammate, I could more easily notice the differences between the two which I would be happy to share with you.

      Lets start with the Powerbite which I found to be noticeably lighter than its counterpart. The listed difference in unstrung frame weight is only 2 grams but it definitely felt lighter when maneuvering it on the court (I suspect this could be related to the balance which is more head light). This added maneuverability was very helpful in attacking shots with the volley loose from the side wall and putting shots away in the front court. Generating cut on these hard front court kill shots was easier to do compared to the racquet I use normally; no doubt about it. My opponent on this day even commented that the ball seemed to be reacting in a completely unexpected way after a few of these put-aways. I was also left with the subjective feeling that retrieving drop shots with a lob to the back court was easier to do with the Powerbite. Lob shots from an out-stretched lunge were more easily accomplished using the lighter, more maneuverable racquet of the two.

      The Airstick 550 cannot be sold short as a powerful racquet. I found this racquet to be exceptional at producing pace on the ball which was great to bury rails and crosses in the back court. The Airstick 550 seemed to have superior steadiness on tight shots to the wall compared to the Powerbite 750 which was an interesting finding on this day. I can only imagine that this can be linked back to its slightly heavier frame with a balance that is more head heavy.

      There are subtitles between each that I believe would make one more suited than the other depending on the users style of play.

      Personally, I gravitated more towards the Airstick 550 than the Powerbite 750, since I found getting the ball behind my opponent to be much easier. While with the Powerbite it was easy enough to get pace on the ball, I found that the added cut on regular drives left the ball sitting up in a position where it could be cut off by my opponent easily before reaching the back corners.

      On the flip-side, my teammate who regularly hits with more pace than I do, much preferred the Powerbite 750. He had no trouble getting the ball behind me with the added cut and I often was left with desperation shots from the back corners. He appreciated the added “touch” he seemed to get from the racquet on drops and there no question, the extra cut put me into trouble up front. He found that with the Airstick, the ball was flying all over the court and was more difficult to control.

      I hope this helps and gives you an idea of how each racquet might fit in with your game.

      – Jeff

  3. Ahmed says:

    There are few links online that help with the comparison with the new line of prince racquets. Take a look at it, it might help give an idea.

    Pro Beast powerbite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcyBYCffs8g
    Pro Shark powerbite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW66N2CCG2s
    Pro Airstick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9uOq9wR74

    The powerbite in the newer models is really noticeable. The spin that the ball gets makes it roll down fast and the touch is amazing. I have the pro-shark, which is somewhere between the Airstick and the Beast and from contacting few websites in the US, I found out that this model is getting to be their new best seller(more than the Airstick and the Beast). The only issue comes if you’re a power player, which would make the strings break faster, due to the open string pattern. By trying different strings on it, I found that the best fit is the 305+ 1.2mm, strung at 24lbs.

    Hope this helps!
    Ahmed.

    • Jeff says:

      Ahmed,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. The Powerbite technology is definitely very noticeable. More power and more cut on the ball for certain. Weight and balance different a bit between all 3 models you listed with the Airstick being the heaviest and most head heavy of the 3. The comment about the string breakage I think is one people should consider. Anytime you play with a very open string pattern you will see more string breakage than you would with a more traditional string pattern. The Pro Beast and Pro Shark have very open string patterns. Both are 14 x 15 compared to the Airstick which is 16 x 17.

      Jeff

  4. Jens says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Many thanks for the write up about the two Prince rackets. That was very helpful!

    Best regards,
    Jens

  5. Henry Lee says:

    Many thanks for the review.
    I have been using the airstick 130 for about a year now. I really like. When a fellow squash fanatic let me try this racket, it really blew me away. I thot the 130 was already a fantastic racket but this beast really tops it all. I never imagined that I could hit with such force. Even my friends were pretty amazed by my hard-hitting game that night. Def on top of my list for next racket but I’m mindful of the fragility of this racket. Maybe Jeff could provide updates. Many thanks in advance.

    • Jeff says:

      Sorry for the delay on replying to this. From a durability of the racquet itself I think the Airstick 130, Pro Shark, Pro Beast, Pro Airstick Lite 550 are all pretty much the same. The Powerbite models, the Beast and Shark will go through string quicker due to their more open string pattern. I hope that helps!

      Jeff

  6. Mark says:

    Hi all,

    Thanks for all the very useful comments. I currently play with the Prince TT Sovereign. I bought two of them on sale and they have lasted almost 3 years now, but I know they won’t last forever and I’m looking to replace them. Could anyone comments on how the Beast or the Shark might compare? I am looking for something a bit lighter and maneuverable. Based on the weight of these two, I’m guessing they would both be better. Is that right? Any other comments?

    Thanks!

    -Mark

    • Jeff says:

      Mark,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on our blog. The TT Sovereign is a 135gram racquet with an even balance. Both the Pro Shark and Pro Beast would play quicker and are more maneuverable. They are 129 grams and 128 grams respectively and there balance is just a bit head heavy. That makes for a really nice combination as there is enough mass in the head to help generate power but the racquets still play quickly. Both feature Prince’s Powerbite technology, a very open string pattern which helps produce power and spin. I hope that helps!

      All the best,

      Jeff

  7. Jon Catuccio says:

    Interesting comments on the open string pattern and increased string breakage. After a long hiatus from squash, I picked up the 750 and was blown away. I have broken a lot of strings, and one 750 after about 1 year of play – but I could see myself having one last 2-3 years now that I am back in the groove and more rarely hitting the wall.

    Setting up a volley, the head speed is exceptional. I’m shocked by how fast you can bring the racquet up or around from the opposite side, to do a quick, reactive forehand volley – the balance on the racquet is impressive!

    • Diego Caballero says:

      Hi Jon,

      We are very glad to hear that you really like the Pro Beast 750. You are very correct when you talk about breaking your strings often due to the string pattern. This is a great racquet built for grip and speed as you have been able to see with your volleys. They do tend to be a bit fragile but once you are able to avoid walls like you, I believe any player would find this an interesting racquet with a lot of potential.
      I personally have not tried it but I did try the Pro Shark 650 which is a very similar racquet and found the balance to be impressive as well; you should try it out!
      Once again, we are glad to hear your opinions and positive feedback on this racquet.
      Have a nice day.

  8. Adam says:

    Hello – thanks for all the reviews not he Pro Beast 750. I currently use Dunlop rackets but tried the PB 750 and loved the extra punch and control but after playing two games with a friend’s racket, caught the wall and broke the frame. I didn’t hit the wall any harder than I have done many times before with my Dunlops so was surprised it broke so easily. Has anybody else heard that these rackets are particularly fragile or was I just unlucky? The racket was almost new so I don’t think it was an existing break.

    I’d love to switch to them but am resisting due to concerns about durability.

    Thanks

    Adam

    • Jeff Warren says:

      Adam,

      That can be a bit of bad luck of course and can also be due in part to the frame. The Airstick, Pro Beast, Pro Shark I would not describe as extremely durable. We have definitely seen some breakage of them. They are not the worst for breaking but they are not built like tanks either. I have played extensively with the Airstick at different times and never had it break on me. I have a friend that has played with 3 of them he bought from me years ago and still plays with them to this day. I have had customers break PB 750 and Airstick though in similar situations to what you reported though. They are all basically the same frame and they are fairly light at PB 750 128g, PS 650 129g and Airstick 130/550 at 130g. Those are unstrung weights compared to some other brands that are unfinished weight. Generally I would say lighter racquets are easier to break.

      Jeff

  9. Nick says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for your very detailed review again.
    I can feel the same thing about PB 750 comparing to 130 which really provide more cut and power due to the new open string system. Surprisingly, it is very noticeable for same power ring system even though it is very common using 14 main string in traditional Squash racket. Prince did a great job in this fusion again.

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