Prince TeXtreme Warrior 107 Tennis Racquet Review
The Warrior line from Prince brings loads of power and spin to the court and now the latest update adds some serious technology upgrades to the mix. Prince employs the aerospace technology Textreme to add stiffness and stability to the frame without adding excess weight. The racquet also features the return of the CTS beam, which varies the thickness in order to add flexibility and power to key areas of the frame. Here’s a breakdown of how the technology translates into on court performance.
The Warrior 107 produces tremendous power off the ground. The 11.1oz strung weight and head light balance made it easy for me to accelerate through contact and amp up the power and spin. The 107 inch head offers a very generous sweet spot, providing extra forgiveness on off center shots. At times, I felt the need to shorten up my swing in order to control the power and keep the ball in the court. It was impressive how much power the racquet had, even on lighter, easy swings. While it lacked the surgical precision of a smaller frame, I still found plenty of control to dictate points and move my opponents around the court. The 16x19 pattern offered plenty of spin for playing with margin but it was still more than capable of flattening out short balls. I found the racquet to have impressive stability for its weight class, with only a very slight twisting against big hitters. Overall, the Warrior plays explosively from either wing and has more than enough pop and spin to push opponents into defensive positions.
Volleys & serves
At net, the Warrior 107 was a bit more of a mixed bag for me. It played pretty nimble, despite its increased head size and solid weight. The headlight balance kept the racquet maneuverable and after a few minutes to adjust to the head size, I had no trouble positioning it during quick exchanges. I would have preferred a bit less power at the net. While it had no issues finishing balls, I found it a bit too easy to overcook shots long if playing too aggressively. The same high powered response also made it a bit more difficult to execute drop and touch volleys. There was more than enough feel but the power just seemed to push balls a bit deeper than I wanted. Players may need an extended adjustment period to strike the right balance between power and touch when at the net with this racquet.
The Textreme Warrior brought its power game when it was time to serve. The easy acceleration led to lots of pace on flat serves. As with other shots, I had some challenge reigning in the power level at times and while my first serve was big, I felt my overall percentage was a bit lower than normal. I found no issues generating spin for second serves but at times the power still seemed to push balls deep. Eventually, I dialed in the right amount of spin and was able to use kick and slice serves to move opponents around. Control was solid if not spectacular, I felt confident I could place the ball close to targets when I needed to and used the variation in location to keep players guessing.
The Warrior 107 offered very favorable feel and response compared to other racquets in the segment. The addition of Textreme provided a crisp feel on contact without ever giving way to harshness. The racquet played with uniform feel and response from all areas of the string bed. This high level of feel should provide the confidence needed to attempt drop and touch shots, provided one can harness the racquet’s power. While the feel was firm, I never found any comfort issues with the racquet and a wide range of players should be able to use the frame without issue.
Players who want a high power game from anywhere on court should enjoy this frame. It offers easy access to spin and power off the ground and has finishing capabilities from all areas of the court. If players make the adjustment, the power can be harnessed at the net and its maneuverability becomes an extra asset. With tremendous power, spin and above average feel and control, the Prince Textreme Warrior 107 makes a great fit for a wide range of play levels and styles.
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.