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Prince ATS Tour Racquet Review (98 and 100)

by TN

The Tour family of racquets became a hit when Prince introduced them in 2015. Here is my Prince ATS Tour racquet review the 98 and the 100.

Most important for this review is the entry of the Tour 98, an entirely new model in the Prince Tour series. And an important one as the 98 sq inch head size is very popular among advanced players.

The other models in the line-up, like the 95 and the 100P, will be reviewed shortly as I’m expecting a shipment.

Tech

Like with most racquet line updates, there is not a huge change in performance from the 2019 Textreme Tours to the 2022 ATS Tours. Textreme and Twaron are still a part of the layup, with the ATS meaning “Anti-Torque system”, featuring the materials in the shaft and at 10 and 2 in the upper hoop. The idea is to increase stability but another result of it is also an increase in swing weight.

Specs

There are no large shifts in the racquet specifications, but the stiffness is quite a bit lower (measured in RA units). A low 60 RA strung usually means that the frame flexes a bit more on impact than most modern racquets (high 60 RA).

Prince ATS Tour 100 (310g) Specifications

Head Size: 100 in / 645 cm
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 326g / 11,5oz
Unstrung Weight: 310g/10,9oz
Balance: 31,98cm / 7 pts HL
Unstrung Balance: 31cm/10 pts HL
Swingweight: 323
Stiffness: 62
Beam Width: 22mm / 23mm / 20mm
Composition: Textreme/Twaron/Graphite
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 18 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H

Prince ATS Tour 98 Specifications

Head Size: 98 in / 632 cm
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 323g / 11,4oz
Unstrung Weight: 305g/10,8oz
Balance: 32,49cm / 6 pts HL
Unstrung Balance: 31,5cm/9 pts HL
Swingweight: 325
Stiffness: 62
Beam Width: 23mm / 23mm / 20mm
Composition: Textreme/Twaron/Graphite
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H

As you can see the head size is the main difference in the specs. Most other factors are quite similar in between the 98 and the 100.

How do they play?

Both the Prince Tour 98 and the 100 are power-oriented without going all the way to stiffer racquets like Pure Drives, HEAD Instincts, or Wilson Ultras.

You get a fair share of spin, but they’re not exceptionally aerodynamic like spin-focused racquets (Aero, SX, Extreme etc). Think of them more like modern, middle-ground racquets that are versatile and perform well for a wide range of player types. Since they have relatively high swing weights, you need to be an advanced player to benefit fully from them.

But if you like a stable racquet with good comfort, feel and a nice balance of power/spin/control, the new Prince ATS Tour racquets should go on your demo list.

Comparing the 98 and the 100

It sounds logical that the 98 is faster through the air thanks to the smaller head size. It also offers better control, but less power than the 100. If you’re an attacking player relying on precision, the 98 is the way to go. Spin-oriented baseline players will likely prefer the Tour 100.

Compared the Prince ATS Tours to other brands

The Prince 98 is somewhere in between an Ezone 98 and a Blade 98 in power level. The Ezone is slightly more powerful, while the Blade is a more control-oriented racquet than the Prince. I think a lot of players will enjoy the blend. I think it’s also somewhere in between a Pure Strike 98 16×19 and a TF40 16×19.

The Prince 100 is more in line with a HEAD Speed MP/Pro. A bit more spin-friendly than the Pro, but similar in weight and power level.

Compared to previous version (2019)

The Prince ATS Tour 100 is a crisp yet arm-friendly feel. It’s more comfortable and stable than the predecessor at the cost of being tougher to manoeuvre.

Where to buy or demo?

Check out my affiliates Tennis Warehouse, Tennis Warehouse Europe, and Tennis Only to find these Prince Tour ATS racquets. If you use my links here or in my YouTube description, to buy anything from these online stores, I will get a small commission. This helps Tennisnerd stay alive and is much appreciated. Thanks.

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5 comments

Kevin June 10, 2022 - 03:53

Pretty excited about these racquets! What did you string them with?

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TN June 10, 2022 - 10:23

98: Luxilon Element (Forest Green), Solinco Hyper-G Soft
100: Six-sided black poly (not sure what it was, but played well).

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andre June 15, 2022 - 07:03

Hey Jonas, I am still playing the 2019 310 rackets. I am really happy with them but also excited about the successors. The weight is still the same, but the swingweight is even lower. Are they really more clunky in the hand? Thanks for your honest reviews, best wishes from Germany …. and one of the last Prince players here πŸ˜‰

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Rafael June 29, 2022 - 07:08

How does the Prince Tour ATS 98 compare to the Beast 98? That’s my current racquet (and has been for a few years). You named the Beast 98 one of the best racquets for 2018. Thanks in advance for your response and keep up the great work!

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ken July 10, 2022 - 00:14

are you selling your 98 by chance? would love to buy! thanks for making the tennis world more beautiful!

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