Prince TeXtreme Warrior 100 Tennis Racquet Review
Prince has been on a roll, garnering heaps of praise for the introduction of Textreme into its racquet lines. With the Tour series being responded to so positively, it was only a matter of time before Prince introduced the new Textreme Warrior 100. This frame uses the same aerospace based Textreme technology to enhance racquet stability and power without sacrificing feel. The Warrior 100 takes a more power focused approach than its Tour sibling, emphasizing baseline play and aggression. I spent some court hours with the Textreme Warrior 100 recently and here’s a recap on what I found.
Power is strongly emphasized off the ground with the Warrior 100. The 100 inch head offers a sizeable sweet spot and the 24/26/22mm beam provided ample power on tap for both forehands and backhands. While the sweet spot was ample, I found the power of the frame to bit a bit harder to control off center (especially at the sides of the hoop). The 11.1oz strung weight provided easy depth control from either wing. I especially enjoyed getting my backhand deep into the corner up the line. With a headlight balance, the weight was easy to swing and I could accelerate the racquet through contact quickly, adding pace and spin to my shots. The 16x18 string pattern was quite spin friendly and I added plenty of margin when I needed to, or when I wanted to push opponents back. While spin production was solid, the racquet never lost its control when trying to flatten out short balls and step into the court. Overall, the frame struck a nice balance between power and accuracy and I felt confident picking aggressive targets from either side at the baseline. My one issue with the frame was the stability. While it felt solid on contact, it tended to flutter against big hitters. Depending on the player level, this may or may not be an issue. More advanced players should find plenty of room to customize the racquet with some weight in the hoop to beef up the stability.
Volleys & serves
The speed and pop of the Textreme Warrior 100 again showed up when at the net. The midlevel weight and headlight balance made the racquet ultra maneuverable and it snapped off reflex volleys with ease. The power level was also helpful in making short work of high volleys. I also enjoyed the sweet spot and 100 inch head when stretched out for defensive volleys. Stability was again a bit of an issue as the racquet wobbled a bit when fighting off big shots at the net. As with all of the Textreme racquets I have tried, the feel was excellent. The well connected feel gave me the confidence to reliably use drop and touch volleys to my advantage.
When serving, the Warrior 100 was a racquet of many talents. It whipped through the top of the zone quickly, yielding solid pace for my flat serve. Court penetration was adequate, but I would have liked a bit more mass in the frame to really drive the ball through the service box. Accuracy on serve took me a little bit of adjustment. Once I found my rhythm, I found I could hit both corners of the service box and really keep my opponents guessing. The speed of the racquet and its string pattern worked together to make it very spin friendly for serving. I had great action on my kick serve and could get my slice out wide. I think a bit of additional weight would have kept my slice a bit lower but it still provided to be a very effective weapon.
The Warrior 100 exhibited the same great feel that all of the Textreme frames I have tested to date have. They balance soft feel with the right amount of feedback and response. The racquet was well connected on contact and I had high confidence in what the ball would do as it exited the string bed. On contact outside the center, the dampened feel did an excellent job of letting me know where I made contact without sending harsh vibration to my arm. Players who need a comfortable frame should be right at home with the Warrior 100. Between its dampened feel and a more open string bed, it played comfortably with a wide array of strings and tensions.
The Textreme Warrior 100 is a potent entry into the power baseline frame segment. It blends power with spin and feel, creating a weapon that can be utilized from anywhere on court. The frame also plays with much more feel and comfort than its stiff (literally) competition. Whether you’re an intermediate player looking for power and control or a more advanced player looking to customize something to your liking, the Prince Textreme Warrior 100 would be an excellent choice to take into battle on court.
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.