You'll be hitting winners till you're blue in the face with the Ektelon O3 Blue II 180 Racquet. One of the more widely used frames since its inception, the O3 Blue really packs a punch.  At 225g strung, you can let this frame supply most of the power, and if you were worried about the maneuverability, the relatively even balance will help you to wield this weapon. A very popular frame among beginner and intermediate players, the technology outfitted in this racquet has stood the test of time. The O ports help you to increase your swing speed, and the Triple Threat material helps maintain torsional stability and add strength to the frame. If you're looking for a frame that you can take up the ranks, your search is over.

All racquets come factory strung with a wrist cord installed. Click the Specs tab for more details.

Unstrung Weight: 180g
Strung Weight: 225.4g
Strung Balance: 2 pts Head-Heavy
Strung Swingweight: 162 (high swingweight = power)
Factory String: Ektelon Synthetic Gut Black
Factory Grip: Ektelon Maxtack Wrap Grip
Cover: Not included by manufacturer
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7H,9H,10H,11H
Two Piece
Shared Holes: 5H,6H
Head Size: 106 sq. in.
Head Shape: Quadraform
Racquet Length: 22 in.
Composition: Graphite

Comments: This is the first racquet I have purchased.  I play 5 times a week and it has held up perfectly.  My power significantly increased and allowed me to start beating the guys that introduced me to the game.  I really like the balance compared to the sticks I demoed.
From: Brent, Leavenworth, KS, USA, 03/14
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: Great racquet especially for the price.  It's light but generates great power.  No vibration or flexing of the racquet at all.  The factory grip is excellent and my hands sweat!  One issue that does seem to haunt the O3 line - breakage.  I am hard on my racquets so I didn't give this much thought when mine broke but I then started reading reviews on other sites and this line has more then its fair share of breaks.
From: Dan, Chicago, IL, USA, 02/14
String type and tension: Factory installed