Prince TeXtreme Warrior 107T Tennis Racquet Review
Recognizing that Warriors come in all sizes and abilities, Prince looks to ensure that it offers racquets for a wide variety of play styles. For those who want abundant power in an easy to swing package, they introduce the Textreme Warrior 107T. The frame utilizes space age Textreme to improve feel and stability without increasing the weight. It also has CTS variable beam width, which adds flexibility and power to different key areas of the frame. Packing all the tech of its big brother in a lighter setup, here is how the frame stacks up on court.
Much like the standard Warrior, the 107T has tremendous power off the ground. I had no problem accelerating through contact for maximum pace thanks to the light 10.4oz strung weight and slightly head light balance. While I found the pace to be present, I missed the heavier punch of the weightier model. This racquet also had me swinging a bit shorter in order to keep the power under control and stop balls from going long. Slices were also slightly less effective with less mass behind them in this version. The 107 inch head has a sizeable sweet spot and that extra real estate comes in handy on defense. For a lighter, oversize frame I found it to have solid directional control. While I had difficulties controlling depth, I had an easier time attacking sidelines and using the full width of the court to keep opponents moving. Textreme gives this frame better stability than most in its weight class but more advanced players would want to add weight in order to deal with bigger hitters.
Volleys & serves
The Warrior 107T is very fast at net and was quick to maneuver in rapid volley exchanges. The low weight and balance keep the head size from feeling cumbersome. It made quick work of short balls but shared the tendency of the other model to push some balls long. The key was to ensure short strokes were used as too much swing at net almost always resulted in the ball being too deep. There was ample feel for attempting touch volleys. I was successful most of the time with only a few balls floating on me. I also appreciated the added room on the string bed when I was forced to stretch for defensive volleys.
Solid pace and spin were easily on tap when serving with the Warrior 107T. The light weight and makes it accelerate quickly through the top of the serve and it did not take a lot of effort to put pace on flat serves. It took a little bit of time to adjust but I was able to dial in and be fairly consistent on first serves. While fast, they lacked the heavy feel that drove opponents back when I played the standard Warrior frame. The fast feel and 16x19 pattern provided me with plenty of spin for slice and kick serves. This provided a nice changeup on my first serve as well as a second serve that could keep my opponents from stepping in too aggressively.
This racquet continues the trend of excellent feel in the Textreme family of racquets. I found a firm yet comfortable feel on contact. I felt well connected to the ball on my shots without getting any kind of harsh feedback. The frame stayed consistent around the string bed and didn’t have any hot or buzzy spots. The benefit to this racquet’s construction is that it can produce a modern, crisp feel without sacrificing any comfort, making it an attractive option for a wide range of players.
Developing players who need a frame that swings easy and can help produce power will enjoy this racquet. It offers easy access to power and spin from the back of the court and has enough feel and maneuverability to be effective at net. The Prince Textreme Warrior 107T makes an excellent choice for players who want free power without losing out on solid levels of response and control.
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.