Prince TeXtreme Tour 100P Tennis Racquet Review
Prince continues to expand the well received Textreme family of frames with the introduction of the new Tour 100P model. The Tour 100P uses Textreme in the throat and head to add more carbon fibers per square inch. For players, this translates into a frame that plays with excellent stability and feel while also offering power and maneuverability. As the heaviest of the 100 inch models, the 100P offers an increase in power and stability over lighter versions. Here’s a recap of my recent time on court with Prince’s latest model.
The Tour 100P offered impressive performance on both sides off the ground. The 100 inch head has plenty of forgiveness and an adequate sweet spot. I did see a noticeable drop off in power when contact was made outside the center of the string bed. The 11.3oz strung weight provided solid power on both wings and I was able to hit heavy balls deep into my opponent’s court. The head light balance and moderate swing weight provided a very fast feel through contact. This allowed me to ratchet up the head speed for additional pace and spin. I was also impressed by the spin generation for an 18x20 pattern frame. The racquet easily switches between flat shots and playing with additional margin when needed. The variable beam width helped the frame offer a good level of control off the ground as well. I was willing to play aggressively and use the combo of control and power to dictate the flow of the point.
Volleys & serves
The Tour 100P has the same quick feel and maneuverability at net as other models in the line. I had no trouble snapping into position on quick exchanges. The power level was more than enough to finish put away volleys. The racquet also offered exceptional feel, which gave me plenty of confidence to mix in touch and drop volleys. I did notice a little bit of flutter when trying to deflect hard shots. I would have preferred just a little more weight in the head to get a bit more stability but players willing to customize would find that an easy issue to fix.
Serving with the Tour 100P was an excellent way to leverage its blend of power, control and spin. The fast feel and rapid acceleration through contact allowed me to generate lots of pace for flat first serves. The solid weight behind the ball also allowed my serve to penetrate the court more than the lighter versions. The high level of directional accuracy adds another weapon to the serving arsenal. I had access to the entire service box and could keep my opponent guessing and out of position. The surprising access to spin for an 18x20 pattern was again evident when serving. The pattern and quick response gave me plenty of spin to hit high bouncing kick serves and sliding slices, further allowing me to start my service points on my terms.
Feel is another highlight of the Tour 100P. The addition of Textreme produces a clean, connected response, even on off center contact. I felt confident with drop shots and touch volleys because I felt that I always knew what the ball was doing on the string bed. The racquet also benefits from the switch back to a traditional grommet system as opposed to the previous port system. This gave the racquet, which has a pretty low RA, enough crispness to not feel mushy. Comfort was also excellent. The flexibility and clean response ensured that this frame will be arm friendly for the vast majority of players.
Players searching for a frame with a more advanced weight that doesn’t sacrifice on maneuverability and response should find an answer in the Prince Textreme Tour 100P. It combines excellent power off the ground and on serves with the control and spin to dictate play from anywhere on court. The clean feel and impressive blend of attributes make the racquet an excellent option for all court players who want a bit more stability and weight on their shots.
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.