Prince TeXtreme Warrior 100T Tennis Racquet Review
Prince’s Warrior line has long been the power oriented segment of their performance racquets. Now in 2016, the line is getting the full Textreme treatment. The Textreme Warrior 100T is the mid-weight frame in the lineup and offers the same power, spin and feel in a lighter, easy swinging setup. The addition of Textreme, an aerospace material, allows for improved feel without giving up power and response. I hit the court with this baseliner friendly frame and here’s an overview of the on court performance.
Like its other Warrior siblings, the Warrior 100T packed a potent punch. The 24/26/22mm beam provided plenty of pop on tap from either wing. The 100 inch head had a generous sweet spot but there the power level was a bit inconsistent outside the center of the string bed. The reduced, 10.2oz strung weight made it easy to for me to generate plenty of racquet head speed, adding pace and spin to the ball. I found the easy spin helpful as the lower weight struggled to produce as much depth off the ground as the heavier model. I had to use spin to get the ball deep enough in the court to keep opponents from pouncing. The 16x18 string pattern had enough spin to create margin as needed but there was still enough control to flatten out the ball a bit more on offense. Stability was another issue for me as the weight just could not keep up with bigger hitters. Intermediate players and juniors should notice this less but stronger players would need to add some weight to keep the frame from wobbling on defense. Directional control was solid, especially considering the power level. I was able to create angles and pick targets that were tight to the lines, hitting them with a high degree of accuracy.
Volleys & serves
Maneuverability is at a premium during net play with the Textreme Warrior 100T. Its low weight and headlight balance made it very nimble and it was easy to keep in position during quick exchanges. While the power level made short work of balls I really attacked, the lack of mass tended to float volleys that I played a bit more passively. The directional control helped me play aggressive angles with my volleys and stick them deep into both corners with ease. The outstanding feel allowed for drop and touch volleys to be executed with ease and I used them to my advantage to keep opponents guessing. The extra head size and sweet spot provided good forgiveness on defensive volleys and stretch shots but there was still a bit of flutter when fighting off hard shots.
The serving strengths of the Textreme Warrior 100T will largely depend on the player wielding it. The racquet’s easy head speed and fast swing allowed me to put pace on my first serve with ease. While the pace was there, the reduced weight didn’t have the same court penetration of the heavier version. Where this frame really shined for me was with spin serves. The fast acceleration and open string bed created a healthy dose of spin for kick and slice serves. I was able to get a nice high bounce on my kick serve and consistently keep it out of opponents’ strike zones. Accuracy took a bit of time to dial in as I struggled when trying to go all out on my first serve. Once I found the right level of pace, I was able to place ball in my spots and start on offense.
Feel was another standout attribute of the Warrior 100T. It boasted the same plush but well connected feel of the other Textreme frames. Contact felt satisfyingly solid and gave just enough feedback to know what the ball was doing. Comfort was excellent, whether contact was made in the sweet spot or off center. The racquet provided a flexible, cushioned feel and I had no arm trouble throughout my time with it. Players with sensitive arms should be able to use a variety of strings and tensions in this racquet without issue.
For players who want to maximize power without sacrificing feel, the Warrior 100T offers both in spades. It brings the power and spin of a modern frame and bundles it with outstanding feel and a lightweight spec. Juniors and players with still developing strokes will be able to control points and play aggressively from anywhere on court when using the Prince Textreme Warrior 100T.
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.