Prince TeXtreme Tour 100L Tennis Racquet Review
Prince has garnered lots of positive praise for its recent introduction of the Textreme racquet line. The frames are built with Textreme in the throat and head to add more carbon fibers per square inch. The end result is racquets that play with excellent stability and feel without sacrificing power and maneuverability. With heavier models already introduced, Prince is looking to please juniors and intermediate players who want a lighter option with the introduction of the Textreme Tour 100L. This frame possesses all of the benefits of the unique construction in a package that is easy for players of any level to swing. Let’s take a look at how the racquet stacks up on court.
Lightning quick is a good way to describe how the Tour 100L plays off the ground. Its 10oz strung weight made it incredibly easy to accelerate through contact for solid pace. While it lacks the court penetration the heavier versions have, it had no issue putting speed on the ball. The 100 inch head offered a lot of forgiveness and a good size sweet spot. Much like the 100P model, I noticed a substantial drop in power on off center contact. The 16x18 pattern produces plenty of spin off either side without losing control. I found a high degree of directional accuracy, which allowed me to play aggressively and target lines and corners. The low weight did lead to the racquet getting pushed around on defense against bigger hitters but the more even balance did help with stability, especially for a racquet of this weight class.
Volleys & serves
The Tour 100L is a speed demon at the net. Its low static weight ensured quick response and maneuverability during volley exchanges. There was good power for finishing volleys aggressively. The lighter weight was most evident if I did not attack volleys as the ball would tend to float a bit more. It also was a bit unstable when fighting off shots from bigger hitters but it got some help from the even balance. The racquet had great feel, allowing me to mix in touch and drop volleys.
The Tour 100L continued to shine during serving. I found easy acceleration for hitting flat serves with pace. The speed combined well with the frame’s inherent accuracy. I could mix my spots and go for aggressive targets to put my opponent in bad positions. The low weight made body serves less effective as they just did not have the weight behind them to make them hard to fight off. Spin was easy to come by with the light weight and more open 16x18 pattern. I was able to utilize kick serves effectively to continue keeping opponents off balance with a mix of serves and locations.
The entire Textreme line is one of the best feeling racquet lines I have tested recently and the Tour 100L was no different. The use of Textreme provides crisp, clean feel without ever feeling harsh. The frame had plenty of feedback on contact, which provided confidence in knowing what the ball would do. I have also enjoyed Prince’s return to traditional grommets as it offers a firmer response. This is welcome as the Tour 100L is a lower RA frame and the grommets keep it from having an overly flexible, limp feel.
Juniors and intermediate players will have a lot to like in the new Prince Textreme Tour 100L. It has impressive speed, power and spin while offering the feel and control typically associated with heavier frames. The ability to mix spins, power and shot placement makes this frame a strong choice for developing players or those looking for a light easy to swing racquet.
About the Reviewer: Matt Locke currently serves as the Junior Programs & Development Coordinator for USTA-Idaho and is an active USTA League and Tournament player.