I have been a fan of Prince racquets for quite a while now. Here is the Prince Textreme tour 100 310 Racquet Review is no exception.
Prince Textreme Tour 100 310 Racquet Review
I got back into Prince tennis racquets when they released the first edition of Textreme racquets. The Prince Textreme Tour 95 was a racquet of mine for quite a while considering I am a true tennis nerd and racquets switcher extraordinaire and the Textreme Tour 100P became quite a popular choice for many recreational players as well as Lucas Pouille. This is pretty much that racquet, updated with an open string pattern and with Twaron added to the frame for better shock dampening and feel.
When you mention the material Twaron the ears of racquet nerds all over the world perk up. Twaron? You mean the same material that was inside the legendary HEAD Pro Tour 630? Yes, that Twaron. And does make wonders for the feel of the Prince Textreme Tour 100 310. Despite a pretty high stiffness rating, at least for a Prince racquet, the Twaron creates this beautiful connected feel to these racquets. You really feel it in the string bed, especially if you string a good poly a bit lower to get that classic “cupping” feel of the ball.
Specs and tech
Twaron and Textreme work wonderfully together in this frame to create a plush yet stable feel. The string pattern is 16×18, which was never something I personally gravitated towards, but this racquet manages to carve a low skidding slice and offer good control despite the pattern. Spin is also easy to come by with this frame so I think I prefer this from the 18×20 pattern of the Textreme Tour 100P of a few years back, but I have not tested the newer version. My guess is that this tighter 16×18 and that more open 18×20 won’t feel that different.
Head size: 100 sq inches (645 cm2)
Length: 27 inch
Weight: 310 grams / 11 ounces
Balance: 31 cm / 10 pts HL
Beam width: 22/23/20 mm
Swing weight: 285
The swing weight of this racquet ends up around 320 strung, which is a little low for me, so I preferred it with 4 grams of lead tape at 3 and 9 to get a bit more power and stability.
How does it play?
I was impressed with this racquet from the first strike of the ball. Absolutely zero discomfort, nice plush feel, decent pace, and spin – a balanced response on all shots. Some people will crave a bit more power, but you can open up the power level by stringing low. I used two different string setups for this test. One was Yonex Poly Tour Strike at 22 kg and Yonex Poly Tour Pro at 23 kg. I preferred the Poly Tour Strike at a lower tension and it gave me a nice bit and a plush response.
This racquet is versatile and can be suitable for a wide group of players. It does offer room for customization if you are used to a heavier racquet and can be played in stock form if you play with faster swing speeds and more of a top-spin game. The 16×18 is definitely the most controlled 16×18 pattern I have played and I had no issues with the launch angle or not feeling confident about going for my shots. I just felt straight at home with this racquet early on. I did want a bit more stability and swing weight, but that was easily fixed with a little lead tape.
This racquet does not have the round head shape of the Phantoms so for me it felt more natural and faster through the air than that series of racquets. It played more like a 98 to me and would be closer to a Pure Strike 98 in performance than a Pure Aero for example. But the comfort, like with most Prince racquets, is a lot better.
A very good racquet by Prince. I could definitely see myself switching to this one. The only thing I missed a bit at times was some more free power (on serves for example) which could be a sign that:
A) I am getting old
B) it is incredibly hot in Malta and the body screams DON’T MOVE
C) I just need to move my feet more whatever racquet I play
But other than that. Top notch racquet. I can really recommend this one.
Are you curious about this Prince Textreme Tour 100? Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments below!