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Prince Phantom 100X Racquet Review

by Tennisnerd

The 100X is the new Phantom Pro. It comes in two weights and patterns. I deal with both in this Prince Phantom 100X Racquet Review.

The previous Phantom Pro was extremely flexible for a modern frame. This update is a bit stiffer but is still below 60 RA strung which means comfort won’t be an issue. They have also added the Anti-Torque system (Textreme and Twaron at 10 and 2 in the hoop as well as the shaft). The idea with ATS is to stabilize the frame. The 100X series also comes with the CTS beam, which goes from 18 to 22 mm. So if you like thin-beam racquets that play like more modern frames – check out the 100X series. The 305 is perhaps one of the best racquets I have tried in a long time and I will tell you why in this Prince Phantom 100X racquet review.

Specs

I have reviewed both the 305g 16×18 version and the 320g 18×20 in this review. Below are the strung specs of my racquets:

Head size: 100 sq inches
Beamwidth: 18-20.5-22 mm

Strung specs (w overgrip)of the Prince Phantom 100X 16×18 305: 327g, 31.7 cm balance, 322 SW.
Strung specs (w overgrip)  of the Prince Phantom 100X 18×20 320:  345g, 31 cm, 334 SW.

It is clear that the 305 version will be more spin-friendly and easier to use, while the 320 version will be more controlled and demanding.

I tested the racquets with a bunch of different strings: Solinco Confidential, Dunlop Explosive Spin, RS Paris Octagon.

How do they play?

I believe the two different Prince Phantom 100X racquets play exactly as intended. You get more spin with the 305 and more control and stability with the 320. Both racquets are really plush, comfortable and offer a great sense of connection to the ball. Since I am gravitating towards lighter racquets these days, the 305 is my favorite. It is actually such an impressive racquet that I find it difficult to fault. The spin and power are both there, the feel is great, it handles both flat and topspin shots well. It is one of the most complete racquets I have tried in a while. The only issue I really had with is that one some occasions it felt slightly unstable, but that was very slight and overall I found the stability impressive for the weight, swing weight, and flex rating.

The 320 also had a great feel. It offered a bit more directional control, a lower launch angle, a slightly more penetrating slice. But it wasn’t as easy to swing and I like the free spin I was offered by the 305 version. Since the swing weight of my racquet was 334, it was a bit more difficult to generate enough topspin to achieve control, but for advanced players, this might not be a problem. When I switched between the racquets I really noticed the lower launch angle of the 18×20 I was clipping the net a lot more with that frame.

Summary – Pros and Cons

Let’s look at some pros and cons of the Prince Phantom 100X racquets.

305 16×18
Light and easy to swing
Great spin potential but not an annoyingly high launch angle
Impressive stability for its weight and flex
Very plush and comfortable

320 18×20
More control and stability than the 305
More difficult to swing
Lower launch angle

These racquets are both excellent and I really enjoyed this play-test. The Prince Phantom 100X 305 is something so rare as a modern frame that is plush, spin-friendly and still controlled. It reminds me a bit of the Gravity Tour but offers a bit more comfort and spin. This is simply put a brilliant, all-round racquet. Definitely already on the list for the Gear of the Year 2020.

The 320 is also a nice racquet, but I did struggle a bit more with the weight and string pattern of that frame. You just get more things for free with the 305. But if you like a bit more weight on your racquets and like to attack the ball with a flatter game – the 320 would likely be your best bet.

Have you tried the Prince Phantom 100X? What did you think of it? 

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33 comments

Aaron March 2, 2020 - 5:57 pm

Awesome review, I’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on getting the 305 until I saw another article to confirm Tennis Warehouse’s outstanding reviews. I really appreciate your work and dedication to these great reviews!

Side note, I’m an American that is going to be moving to Stockholm fairly soon. Any specific suggestions for tennis clubs/leagues? Around 4.5+ level.

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Tennisnerd March 3, 2020 - 12:38 pm

Thanks. The best idea is to join a club and start asking about their local leagues and tournaments there. I lived in Stockholm for 9 months, but just as I was about to leave I was asked to join the league team as there is usually a waiting list for the bigger clubs. I joined SALK and their facilities and atmosphere is very nice: https://salk.se/english/

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weelie March 2, 2020 - 7:51 pm

How does the 305 compare with Clash tour (Clash pro)?

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Tennisnerd March 3, 2020 - 9:02 am

A more connected feel, the Clash is very muted. It is also a bit faster through the air thanks to the thinner beam design.

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Ken Harris March 2, 2020 - 8:13 pm

I purchased the Phantom 100x 305 when it first came out. It is very user friendly due to the 100 sq inch head, lower SW and open 16 x 18 pattern. I added 2 grams of lead at 12 to add some plow. The 100x 305 has a nice balance of power and control, very spin and arm friendly. I thought it might have been a little string sensitive but I may have strung it at too high of tension at 54/53 with Gosen Micro 16. Due to cooler conditions should have strung it 2 or 3lbs lower which would improve the feel. I am also currently using the Blade v7 98 16 x 19 which is a bit more demanding but prefer the feel of the Blade.

For match play without a doubt would prefer to use the 100x 305 as you get easier power and spin over the Blade. When the weather warms up will strongly considering making a switch to the Prince frame.

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Hayden March 3, 2020 - 12:39 am

I feel exactly the same about the 16×18 version – very connected to the ball and plays like a pillow on my hand yet producing amazing power still!

Out of curiosity, what tension did you use on your 305g? I strung it at 50lbs on prokennex IQ Hexa but it was a bit too powerful so I increased to 53lbs.

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Raf March 3, 2020 - 2:08 am

How would you compare the Wilson Ultra Tour with the 100x 305?

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Tennisnerd March 3, 2020 - 9:01 am

The 100X gives you easier access to spin and power and a bigger sweet spot. The Ultra gives you better control.

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Mick March 3, 2020 - 3:14 pm

How does it compare with Angell TC101 you just reviewed? Seems like both are very comparable except the size of sweet zone

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Tennisnerd March 3, 2020 - 3:20 pm

It feels faster through the air and a bit plusher.

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Saksham Agarwal March 3, 2020 - 4:41 pm

How is the 100X 305 for a player who plays mostly flat?

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Tennisnerd March 4, 2020 - 7:42 am

I would probably go for the 100X 18×20 or the Prince Phantom 97P if you are a flat hitter.

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Gotham March 3, 2020 - 5:39 pm

Thank you for the review! I have been playing with Yonnex Ai100 since past few years and has served me well, though, lately I feel I may have to move to something different. Reason is that two of my tennis buddies/opponents have suddenly moved from average frames to RF97 autograph. Suddenly, playing with them now, feels like the RF is giving them more ease of play, they are able to touch my shots and keep the ball in play more, their slices are better now and if I hit a poor/slow shot, they are able to counter that with a heavy fast shot! We play mostly doubles, so its an advantage for them to not get too bogged down by the RF97A weight during the doubles game.

My options are:
1) move to RF97A as well – I did do a trial of RF97A and felt that RF due to its weight/heft gives you some support to counter fast shots easily but just pointing and touch and using the opponents power. At net also due to its heft, its easy to volley. The issues, I realized is that, I am unable to hit top spin like I did with Ai100. It feels like with this stick its more of playing flat. Should I then consider this option, and give it time and hope that my game will improve and adjust to RF97A?
2) move to something like Head Gravity 360+ pro – Your and TW reviews for this racquet are good and enjoyed them. But not sure if this one is a right one to gravitate to from Ai100 to counter RF97A opponents.
3) move to Prince 100X 305 – Same as gravity pro, reviews for this racquet is great from you and TW. Should I move to this racquet or 1 or 2 option s above?

Other racquets I am thinking about – Tecnifibre TF40 305, Dunlop SX 300 Tour, extended length racquets like Yonnex Ezone 98+/100+

Any pointers or words of wisdom are welcome. Thank you!

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Tennisnerd March 4, 2020 - 7:42 am

I offer a racquet consultation service if you want more detailed advice, but I would generally not recommend the RF97 Autograph unless you are a very advanced player. In my opinion, it is not really fast enough for doubles. I would recommend you to try the Prince 100X. The Gravity Pro is a bit more demanding but also better for a flatter game style.

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Carlos March 3, 2020 - 10:16 pm

For your review seems similar to the Pro Kennex Ki+Q Tour Pro 315 (2019). Another very good frame and underrated.

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Tennisnerd March 4, 2020 - 7:39 am

The ProKennex is under-rated for sure, this one feels a bit more connected to the ball.

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Tennis Lion March 3, 2020 - 10:39 pm

Great review and hitting; like those slice forehands! Regarding the difference in launch angles and control, I think a new metric might be useful: as well as the pattern, a measure of the typical cell size at the sweet-spot could help, since some patterns are open and others more dense. As far as I can tell, sweet-spots are about the size of a ball or two (at most) in the middle of the frame, so measuring the typical gap between strings at that point (and if they are square or rectangular) might tell a lot about the launch/control features. For example, I noted that my 6.1 95S has 0.85×1.3cm rectangular cells in the sweet-spot (good for spin), whereas my 6.1 95L has 1cmx1cm square cells (good for control). It would be interesting to know the difference between the sweet-spot cell sizes between these two Prince rackets, since they are quite different patterns, and if that directly links to launch/control.

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Wevin March 4, 2020 - 3:49 am

When will you be reviewing the new Phantom 100P? I see it and the new 93P in the picture with the other two 100X’s. I am curious if the new 93P, 93P 14×18, and 100P are indeed improvements on the original versions. Thanks!

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Tennisnerd March 4, 2020 - 7:36 am

It should be ready in about two weeks. I can already say that there are definite improvements in feel and stability.

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Manuel March 4, 2020 - 6:12 am

Talking about Prince, Lucas Pouille just switched to Babolat. Seems that Isner is now the only pro on ATP tour with a Prince racquet.

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Tennisnerd March 4, 2020 - 7:36 am

Yeah, I saw that! I mainly think he needs a change because his talent deserves better results. We will see how it goes!

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Ivar March 4, 2020 - 9:03 am

Hi,

I’m currently using the DR98, but am curious to know how you think the 100x 305 compares to the k7 red especially in terms of power and comfort/feel?

Thanks

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Tennisnerd March 6, 2020 - 12:15 pm

Hi,
The 100X feels is a bit more powerful and stable than the K7 Red. Both offer great comfort, but I am more connected to the 100X. Cheers / J

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Gareth March 6, 2020 - 9:22 am

Hi Jonas,
Thanks for doing this site, it led me to demoing rackets from my local hsop and ending up buying the other weekthe wilson clash 100 tour. wonderful.

reading this review, please can you say how this PRINCE PHANTOM 100X compares to the PRINCE TEXTREME TOUR 100 310. I thought it odd that was missing

thanks.

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Tennisnerd March 6, 2020 - 12:15 pm

Hi Gareth,
I appreciate the comment. Yeah, I forgot to add a comparison between the two. The Phantom 100X is faster through the air and more spin-friendly. The feel is also slightly plusher. Cheers / Jonas

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Ian March 8, 2020 - 1:50 pm

Hi, would you say the phantom 100x is noticeably more powerful and comfortable than the tour 100 310?

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doubidoo March 9, 2020 - 7:35 pm

Great review.
How would you compare it to the DR98 ? Clash 98 ? Blade V7 ? Gravity ?
Thanks

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Shiva March 13, 2020 - 3:22 am

Great job running this website and the reviews. How would you compare Phantom 93P and Phantom 100X as a good replacement for Pro Staff 90 BLX. Which one has more control and is more headlight (to aid better swing) ?

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Tennisnerd March 13, 2020 - 9:08 am

Thanks. If you want something similar to the 90 BLX – you should go for the 93P. It is easier to swing and offers better control.

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Agassi March 16, 2020 - 5:20 pm

Hi Jonas !
Great review as always . The DR98 was great but killed my wrist, how would you compare it to this new phantom 100x (305g) ? (And is it more forgiving and spinning ?)

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Tennisnerd March 17, 2020 - 7:47 am

Hi,
Yes, the Phantom 100X is definitely more forgiving. The spin potential is about the same.

Cheers / Jonas

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Agassi March 17, 2020 - 10:00 am

Thanx a lot for your answer Jonas.
Cheers and best for you.

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Ian March 19, 2020 - 11:13 pm

Good stuff, looking forward to your verdict on the 100P

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