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Lucas Pouille’s racquet

by Tennisnerd

Lucas Pouille is perhaps the shining star of the new generation of French players and are already ranked at 17 in the world. What racquet does Pouille use?

A lot of people wonder about Pouille’s racquet, especially since Prince has lost a few of their sponsored players, Ferrer, Delbonis and a few others to Babolat. Why isn’t a Frenchman like Pouille playing a Babolat?

His current racquet of choice is the retail version of the Prince TeXtreme Tour 100P, a racquet I’ve never tried, but heard many good things about. The Tennis Warehouse review wasn’t bad and I am a big fan of the Prince TeXtreme Tour 95, as some of you might know.

These are Lucas Pouille’s racquet specs according to a guy that sells his personal racquets on Stringforum. The racquets have the name “LucasHollywood” on them. They have also been available on prostocktennis.com

Head size: 100 sq. in
Length: 27 in.
Strung weight: 11.7 oz. / 334 gr. 
Strung balance: 315 mm 
Stiffness: 62 
Grip size: L2 (4 1/4) 
Grip type: Prince Calfskin Leather + Tourna Overgrip 
String pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses 
Paint: Prince Textreme Tour 100P 
Silicone: No 
Lead: No (at least not visible) 
Pro stock code: Prince TC303C-100 7T42M 
Pro stock code printed in throat: Yes 

I have a hard time seeing a player that hits the ball like Lucas Pouille to be playing with those rather light specs. I would guess there would plenty of lead in the hoop somewhere, but with 334 grams strung weight it can’t be much. Possibly the lead was removed before the sale, or Lucas really plays with those rather light racquets.

Pics from Stringforum member “Tom1″…

The retail specs of the Prince TeXtreme Tour 100P are:

Strung Specifications

Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:11.5oz / 326.02g
Balance:12.62in / 32.05cm / 7 pts HL
Swingweight: 321
Stiffness: 62
Beam Width: 22.5mm / 23.5mm / 21mm /
Composition: Graphite & Textreme
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Racquet Colors: Black/Green
Grip Type: Prince Resi Pro
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,10T,8H,10H
Two Pieces
No Shared Holes
String Tension:45-55 pounds

Pouille strings it with Prince Tour XC 16L at 24 kg (depending on surface/conditions).

I’m keen on trying the Prince TeXtreme 100P to see how it plays. If it’s as good as the Tour 95 I might make the switch! Have you played the Textreme 100p and what is your opinion of it? Let me know in the comments.

You can buy the new Prince Textreme racquets from our tennis friends:

Europe
Racquet Depot
Pro Direct Tennis

USA/CANADA
Tennis Express
Do It Tennis
Amazon

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4 comments

Bobby October 29, 2017 - 6:29 pm

I switched to the Textreme 100p about a year ago and it’s awesome. I’m a 5.0 player. Semi western Fh and 1 handed bh. Im an all-court player and probably serve & volley or chip & charge about 1/3 of the time. The biggest differences I see in my game with this racquet are on my second serve and my return. I’ve never had a great kick serve, but the textreme is giving me a lot more spin and movement. Huge change there. Also, for a 100 in head, it’s very maneuverable, which makes a big difference on returns. One downside is that it’s probably not the greatest racquet for 1-handed backhands. It’s a little bit head light, so it’s been hard for me to drive through/come over backhand passing shots. But I feel like I can work that out with lead tape/string adjustments. All in, this is a great racquet for competitive play. Great control. Easy to find the sweet spot. Increased spin & movement on serves. I highly recommend it.

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Tennisnerd October 30, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Great review of a appreciated racquet, Bobby! Both the Textreme Tour 95 and the 100P are really solid racquets! Good luck on the court / J

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Jon B December 13, 2017 - 11:49 am

After a good long break of twenty years I came back to competitive tennis and spent the last year play testing around 20-30 ‘players’ rackets – and now this Tour 100P is my definite new racket of choice.

I have to say i was shocked at how well and comfortably [large sweet spot!] it played and felt [I think textreme is just awesome] – these are the first prince rackets I have used that feel both firm and plush – a great combination of both modern power and old school feel characteristics.

And I too was also really surprised that this 100 inch head could work so well for a one handed backhand [t/spin and slice], and with an 18 x 20 string bed that can still produce great spin as well.

While I did decide to reduce my racket weight by 25gms [now that I’m older] I am thinking of experimenting with adding 10gms to the head – just to see what this does for plough through and stability. The only other small criticism I would have is that I don’t like the shape and feel of the Prince 100P butt-cap – and will probably get a Wilson butt-cap to replace it.

But that’s minor – and overall a really great stick in my opinion.

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Tennisnerd December 13, 2017 - 12:47 pm

Thanks for your great review, Jon! The Textreme line of racquets are really nice.

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