PRINCE Tour 100T Tennis Racquet Review
The Prince has come out with the Tour 100T which has EXO3 technology to create the feel of an expanded sweet spot. It replaces the previous model of the Prince Tour Team racquet.
Right away, I noticed the racquet was very easy to maneuver. At 10.7 ounces it’s great for a 3.5+ player looking to have the feel of a tour frame. The 16x18 string pattern and easy maneuverability helped created a lot of spin on my groundstrokes. I felt this racquet was soft on the arm and was comfortable hitting for hours with no problems (60 flex rating). I felt I was able to get a lot of racquet head speed and had confidence when really going for my shots. That said, it was little light for my taste, which made it tough to return big serves.
Volleys & Serves
I thought the racquet was a little tough to maneuver around the net, which may have something to do with its almost even balance. On shots that were coming in much faster, I felt the racquet lacked some stability, but I got some extra juice when going for easy put away volleys. There was some twisting of the racquet head, but a little bit of lead tape will help that. This racquet is great for the 3.5+ that is looking for an easy racquet to maneuver and get some extra pop.
The lighter frame made it tougher to hit big flat serves; I felt it didn’t have much plow through. When hitting spin serves I thought this racquet was awesome. I was able to really go after my kick and slice serves and it was very easy to hit my spots. I had a lot of confidence going after my second serves, in particular.
I liked the look of the racquet. The orange and black paint job made it look just like the regular tour frame. The frame has the EXO3 technology and helps expand the sweet spot. Also the beam width (21mm-22mm) felt sleek and manageable in my hand.
Prince has created a very nice racquet for the 3.5+ player looking for a maneuverable frame capable of accelerating through the shot for power and spin. This racquet plays like a lot like a Babolat Aero Pro Lite and The Wilson Pro Staff 100L.
About the Reviewer: Steve Roberts is the Co-Head Pro at Brookside Club of Saratoga in California. He is a graduate of the Professional Tennis Management Program at Ferris State University in Michigan. While there, he played for their national ranked division 2 tennis team. Steve is also a USPTA certified Elite Professional.