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Prince Textreme Phantom Pro 100P

by TN

I think it would be more phonetically interesting if this racquet was called “Prince Pextreme Phantom Pro 100P”, but pretty much every racquet released today is a mouthful when it comes to the title.

So what is the Prince Textreme Phantom Pro 100P? A slight update of the popular Prince Textreme 100P in cool, black design? Nah, this is actually provide some interesting differences.

First of all, the beam design is different. The Textreme Phantom Pro 100P comes with a CTS Beam, which goes from a thin 16mm in the shaft (for feel) to a thicker 20mm in the head (for power), which is in contrast to the Textreme 100P’s more traditional 22.5mm / 23.5mm / 21mm beam. Also, the RA of the new Phantom Pro 100P is three points lower (RA 59! compared to RA 62) and a lot of racquetholics and tennis fans will be happy to see another new racquet with an RA below 60!

What Prince also has done for the Phantom Pro 100P is to increase the swing weight from the 100P 321 to the Phantom Pro 100P’s 329 which I think is a move in the right direction since for a lot of players it won’t need lead tape to play stable.

Then we have the string pattern which was 18×20 on the previous 100P, but is now a spin-friendly 16×18. Suddenly the Prince Textreme Phantom Pro 100P sounds pretty much like a slightly stiffer (!) version of the legendary Exo Tour 100 with a different beam design.

Sadly, I haven’t play-tested this racquet yet (I got my hands full with new strings and the Angell K7 Red at the moment), but the specs make me want to call up Prince and tell them: “Thanks!”. Thanks for daring to release player- and arm-friendly specs that challenge and inspire tennis players of various levels to produce their own power. How are you supposed to improve your technique when you’re playing with a rocket launcher? To me, it’s much more natural to use your body to achieve more power and depth instead of your arm and swing to limit the power in your racquet. This is where elbow and wrist injuries are born.

So kudos to Prince for releasing this frame. I hope it is as good as it sounds on paper!

Strung Specifications

Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.5oz / 326.02g
Balance: 12.79in / 32.49cm / 6 pts HL
Swingweight: 329
Stiffness: 59
Beam Width: 20mm / 18mm / 16mm /
Composition: Textreme/Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors: Black
Grip Type: Prince ResiPro
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 18 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
Two Pieces
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 45-55 pounds

 

What do you think of the specs of the Prince Textreme Phantom Pro 100P? Please comment below!

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13 comments

Jonas Eriksson December 16, 2017 - 21:37

Testing!

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Dan S December 23, 2017 - 17:55

I can’t wait to test one of these out! As a life long Prince user and Dan, it’s good to see them going in the right direction again!

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Langdon January 4, 2018 - 16:26

Any update on when you will be giving your review and a video for this?

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MJ January 16, 2018 - 18:46

Hey Jonas,

I tested and ordered this racquet as my new stick. I had previously played with the PCG 100 and other Yonexes. This racquet is similar but hits a heavier ball because of the plow through. Rally balls had decent spin and all beyond service line. 16 X 18 gave a good launch angle. Flex is great, very old school. I felt that this racquet rewards playing aggressively. When I stepped on the gas to hit a winner 9 times out of 10…”bang!” This is not a pure drive for sure, but a modern players frame….so I have a new racquet.

Cheers,

MJ

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Tennisnerd January 16, 2018 - 19:42

Hi Matt,
Sounds great and nice to hear your happy with it. I have the racquet at home now and will test it alongside the new Babolat Pure Drive Tour Plus as an interesting contrast! What strings do you use? Cheers / Jonas

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MJ January 16, 2018 - 23:40

Hey Jonas,

TF X-One Biphase Mains @ 55
LUX 4G 16L Crosses @ 52

Also tried the new EZone 100 and was surprised at how super forgiving it was. Great on groundies.

M

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Tennisnerd January 18, 2018 - 15:15

Hey MJ,

My first hit with the racquet was very positive! Cheers / J

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Joe January 23, 2018 - 02:26

How does it compare to those rackets please?
(pin-point control/power/sweetspot/feel/stability)

Yonex Ezone Dr 98 310gr
Yonex Duel 330gr
Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour 18×20
Head Prestige Mid Plus
Pro Staff RF 97

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Joe January 23, 2018 - 02:28

How does it compare to those rackets please?
(pin-point control/power/sweetspot/feel/stability)

Yonex Ezone Dr 98 310gr
Yonex Duel 330gr
Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour 18×20
Head Graphene Touch Prestige Mid
Wilson Pro Staff RF 97
Volkl PB 10 Mid 335gr

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Tennisnerd January 23, 2018 - 09:26

Hi Joe,
Quite a list. I haven’t hit with three of them so the Duel G, the Srixon Revo and the Touch Prestige, I’ll have to skip and focus on the others.

Ezone DR 98 – the Ezone is crisper and more powerful. I like the touch, slice and serve better with the Phantom Pro though. Ground strokes I prefer the DR 98 slightly, but I need to play more with the Phantom to know for sure.

Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 – The RF 97 Pro Staff is a heavy beast and very difficult to hit well with in my opinion. It’s also quite harsh on the arm. It works for Federer, but doesn’t really work for me. Power and stability goes to the Pro Staff (volleys are nice) – I like the Phantom on everything else. Easier to manoeuvre and play with from the back of the court and better on touch shots.

Volkl PB 10 Mid – This is a great stick with a thin beam. The sweet spot is smaller so it’s more difficult to hit with, but they’re quite close when it comes to feel and touch. The PB 10 Mid does feel more flexible in my opinion. Unless you’re really looking for a mid-sized racquet, I’d go with the Phantom Pro.

If I had to choose which one I’d take to a tournament tomorrow between these four racquets, the vote would go to the Phantom Pro.

Hope this helps! Cheers / Jonas

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Joe January 23, 2018 - 17:10

It helps a lot indeed thanks so much.

I’m playing currently with the wonderful Volkl PB 10 Mid and Becker 11 MP SE (both great butter feel comfort and pin-point scalpel precision) but I’d like a slightly lighter racket just a bit more forgiving and with a bit more controlled power. Also just a little lower swingweight around 325. Why? because I’d like being able to defend more easily when needed something that I cannot do with the Volkl but easier wih a Pure Storm, Pure Drive or Yonex.

I’ve tried the Yonex Duel 310 (nice feeling, easy to play, very forgiving but too powerful and so cannot be a precise and offensive). I hit powerful flat heavy shots and don’t have at all the security of lifters.

I’m pretty sure I’ll lik this Phantom Pro 100p a lot from your description but I just read and watched reviews today about a new Yonex DR98+ 310gr, it seems a bit more flexible and just a bit better also for everything than the regular DR98 version…
Have you been lucky enough to test it too?

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Tennisnerd January 23, 2018 - 18:53

Good to hear! Good taste in racquets!

It’s weird that I haven’t played the Yonex Duel G 97 310, since so many people rave about it.

I haven’t played the DR 98+ (it’s very hard to get a hold of in Europe) but I’m sure if I did I would like it, although maybe not more than the K7 or Phantom Pro.

It’s definitely more flexible than the standard DR98, which frankly I ended up finding a bit too crisp, so it might be something you really like.

Not sure what the next test will be, I’m very curious about the Srixon CX 2.0 Tour since it’s right in my wheelhouse.

Cheers / Jonas

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Joe January 23, 2018 - 17:24

I’ve played also for a while with the Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite that had very high scores from test players when it was released. Quite interesting frame and plays ok with the appropriate string model and tension. It was working well for me but not enthousiast in the end because I’ve very specific taste (I like a flexible fiberglass feel) and it’s definitly like a Head / Wilson / Tecnifibre modern sensation kind but without any disconfort.

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