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.
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!
|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|
|Beam Width: 20mm / 18mm / 16mm /|
|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
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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