Prince TeXtreme Tour 100T Tennis Racquet Review
Prince brings aerospace technology down to Earth with their newest line of racquet, the Textreme series. The Tour 100T builds off of the spin generating, arm friendly previous model, but utilizes Textreme in the throat and head to add more carbon fibers per square inch. The result is a frame that plays with excellent stability and feel while also offering power and maneuverability. It also trades the EXO3 grommet system of past models for a traditional grommet set that offers a crisper feel. Here’s a snap shot of my recent time on court with Prince’s latest model.
The Tour 100T plays aggressively from either side off the ground. The 100 inch head offers a sizable sweet spot and Textreme provided a clean feel even on off center shots. With a headlight balance and 10.7oz strung weight, I found this racquet incredibly fast through the hitting zone, allowing me to take big cuts and add plenty of spin and pace. The quick acceleration created solid pace but I found myself missing the heaviness of shot that a bit of extra weight in the racquet would have provided. This racquet is also one of the most controllable 100 inch offerings I have played recently. I was able to consistently direct the ball around the court and choose between safe and aggressive targets depending on my control of the point. The whippy feel made cross court hitting easy and I found excellent control for taking balls up the line. The 16x18 pattern provided solid spin access and I had no trouble playing with extra margin until I could flatten out a short ball. Stability was solid for a racquet in this weight class but there was a bit of a tendency to twist when playing defense against big hitters. Intermediate players will be able to play aggressively and more advanced players will have ample room to customize the racquet to their desired spec. The only other issue I found was that the grip seemed to run a bit small and led me to grip a bit too tight on groundstrokes.
Volleys & serves
At the net the Textreme Tour 100T plays with excellent maneuverability and precision. Its manageable weight and headlight balance allowed me to quickly position it during fast exchanges and I was able to react quickly when pushed to defensive volleys. The racquet is quick to finish high volleys although I again found myself wanting more mass to increase the power behind put away volleys. The excellent control and feel makes touch and drop volleys a welcome addition the arsenal at net. I was able to immediately execute delicate angles and drop volleys and the connected feel gave me confidence with those shots.
The Tour 100T does a lot of the heavy lifting during serving. The light feel and easy acceleration made it easy for me to keep a solid amount of pace on my serves. I was able to hit flat serves aggressively and keep opponents pushed back. Spin generation was easy to come by and I used kick and slice serves effectively from both sides. My kick serves didn’t seem quite as heavy as usual, which I would attribute to the lighter weight of the racquet. Control was another strong point when serving. Players can expect to have full command of the service box. I went after aggressive first serve targets and was able to play aggressive on the first ball as a result of my ability to dictate positioning with the serve.
Fans of feel will be right at home with the Textreme Tour 100T. While it has a slightly crisper feel than previous iterations, it plays very comfortably and produces consistent, clean feedback on contact. The well connected feel gave me confidence to mix my shots up from all areas of the court and this variety kept my opponents off balance and guessing. For me the addition of Textreme and traditional grommets was welcome as I found the last version a bit mushy in its response. This model is a great compromise that retains the comfort while adding a modern and consistent feel.
Intermediate players who want great response with easy access to spin and speed will find lots to enjoy with this racquet. It offers excellent all court control and punching power and has enough room for more advanced players to customize in order to deliver a heavier ball and better stability. The Textreme Tour 100T presents an attractive all court option with more feel and control than many of its modern competitors.
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.