7. & 8. PRINCE
Since 1970, Prince has continually redefined the racquet sports landscape by bringing to market the most innovative and forward thinking products. Prince continues to set the standard as the exclusive racquet brand utilizing TeXteme technology. TeXtreme is an advanced, super thin carbon fiber fabric that maximizes the strength-to-weight ratio. This proven technology is engineered into the shaft of the racquet to maximize racquet stability. 45-degre box weave, carbon fiber pattern allows for increased stability and enhanced hitting feeling.
A. TeXtreme Tour 100P – $179.00
The Tour franchise has been developed to provide supreme control and enhanced feel for players with long fast swings. The addition of TeXtreme material has created a Tour franchise with more stability than ever before, increasing the control to laser like precision whilst adding enough pop to hit clean winners.
Ideal for intermediate and advanced players, the TeXtreme Tour 100P combines the speed of a modern player’s racquet with the control of a dense 18×20 string pattern. The layup is reinforced by TeXtreme a unique substance that provides a boost in both flexibility and stability. Like the TeXtreme Tour 95, this stick blends userfriendly playability with amazing feel. The low flex rating (62 RA) helps absorb impact shock without making the stringbed feel too uneven off center. From the baseline the Tour 100P plays with an impressive level of stability and comfort for its sub 12 ounce weight. With its ‘whippy’ headlight balance, this stick never feels sluggish on groundstrokes. Although the 18×20 string pattern is a welcomed feature on flatter mechanics, our editor’s found this racquet to be extremely spin friendly, making it suitable to the player who wants the feel and directional control of a dense string pattern without having to trade away too many RPMs. Doubles specialists and all court players take note: at net the Tour 100P plays wonderfully fast on reaction volleys while also feeling impressively solid for its weight. Our editor’s were also impressed by the Tour 100P on serves where the fast feel and accurate stringbed response proved to be a recipe for big cuts and ambitious targeting. With the Tour 100P Prince adds another racquet with great feel and user-friendly playability to its growing TeXtreme line. This stick is definitely worth a demo for those who could use a speedy control-oriented racquet that does not skimp on spin, power or comfort.
B. TeXtreme Warrior 100T – $159.00
The Warrior franchise is the ultimate baseline weapon providing easy access to power and spin ideal for the modern game. Every racquet in the Warrior franchise is armed with TeXtreme to give the wielder even more power and control due to the enhanced stability. The TeXtreme Warrior 100T sits between the lighter Warrior 100L and the heavier Warrior 100. At 10.3 ounces, this stick will give strong beginners and intermediate players a speedy, lively and spin-friendly weapon. Like the majority of Prince racquets that contain TeXtreme, the 100T not only has amazing feel, but it plays with above average stability for its weight class. From the baseline the 100T cuts through the air with remarkable ease. The grippy 16×18 string pattern and ‘whippy’ feel will give bourgeoning topspin players the ingredients to swing big and bring the ball down on target. Power is decent but never overwhelming – a fact that should embolden those looking to crank up their stroke speed and play more aggressive tennis. At net the Warrior 100T is perfect on reaction volleys, and it comes around with lightning speed on service returns. The light weight is also an asset on serves where this racquet whips powerfully through contact to deliver a nice combination pop, spin and accuracy. With the 100T, Prince has delivered an easy swinging racquet to strong beginners and intermediate level players. The combination of speed, spin and controllable power make this a very complete racquet for its weight class.