The Prince Phantom Pro 100P is another classic player’s frame from Prince that I’ve heard many good things about. It has the look of classy racket, with a sleek frame and nicely rounded head, so I was excited to see how it played.
The Phantom Pro 100P comes in at 310g, unstrung, so a little lighter than I might have expected. But it does have a pretty good, 329g swing weight, which should encourage some aggressive baseline strokes.
The balance of the Prince Phantom Pro 100P is 6PTS HL so the weight is fairly concentrated in the handle, meaning you’re going to get some good swing speed with this racket. I have to say, the Phantom felt pretty good in my hand. It felt very solid and I loved the thin feel of the frame.
Design-wise, Prince have fulfilled everything we love in a tennis racket. An elegant, sleek racket, and a simple color scheme that speaks of a player who is out there to win tennis matches, not fashion competitions. The black frame with just a hint of green looks great and continues upon what we feel is Prince’s reputation for some pretty tasty looking rackets.
The big name on tour using Prince currently is American, big John Isner, who actually uses the Prince Beast 100. It’s always nice to know that there are top pros using similar technology to you! If the Prince Phantom Pro 100P could help me hit half as many aces as Isner then I would be buying it in a heartbeat, even if all I can hit are serves!
Technologically speaking, the main upgrades for the Phantom Pro 100P is Prince’s Textreme technology; a special material that gives the racket extra flexibility and stability. Also, it has a CTS beam which makes the frame slightly thicker at the head to increase power.
Having had the opportunity to try the Prince Phantom Pro 100P we would have to say that the Phantom’s new technology has worked a treat. The Textreme technology uses a truly unique blend of stability and flexibility to give you a comfort level that is rarely seen in classic rackets like these.
The Phantom Pro 100P majors in precision and spin, so it is certainly not the type of racket for someone who is seeking some easy power, but if you’re someone who loves to rip through the ball, you’re going to have fun with this one.
This racket would be a great stick for someone who is playing high-level tennis and has very developed shots. You’re going to have to provide your own power with the Phantom Pro 100P, so don’t expect any handouts, but the control and feel that you get with it are well worth the power sacrifice.
The setup of this racket is exactly what I look for, minus one thing – the string pattern. I love to play with a closed string pattern like 18 x 20 which leans more towards control than the spin or power, but the Phantom has a very open 16 x 18 pattern.
This gives the racket great spin potential and would greatly help someone who is looking to add a bit more spin to their game. If I’m being super critical though, this was the only thing I didn’t love about this racket. Everyone has their own preferences, so if you’re someone who likes an open string pattern then this is absolutely a must try.
Groundstrokes – 8.5/10
Starting out on the backhand side, I found I gelled with this racket immediately. The balance felt right in my hands, and I was able to get a good flight path on the ball. The solid swing weight of the Prince Phantom Pro 100P encouraged me to keep hitting through the ball. and it rewarded me with wonderful precision. I also tapped into an aggressive, biting topspin that pushed my opponent back and allowed me to take over the court.
As we moved into a crosscourt + down the line drill, it became clear that this racket has brilliant comfort and precision. I always hear people saying that 310g isn’t enough weight if you’re playing at a very high level, but for me, the swing weight is more important. With a racket like the Prince Phantom Pro 100P you get the benefits of a heavy racket but the level of comfort you get, and the ease with which you can play with this racket are so much greater than lugging around a 340g racket all the time.
The balance and feel of this racket were wonderful on the backhand side. I loved hitting through the ball with the fast swing speed; the stable contact helping to turn my backhand into a bit more of a weapon than it usually is.
As I moved over to the forehand side, I was interested to see how the extra spin would play out. Normally I would sacrifice a racket’s spin potential for extra control on the forehand side because I naturally produce a ton of spin on this side. This is the main reason why I always lean towards an 18 x 20 string pattern.
In all honesty, there was not much to complain about with the Prince Phantom Pro 100P on groundstrokes. The extra spin is not something that particularly suits me, but if that’s something that you enjoy, then this racket doesn’t really put a foot wrong.
The Prince Phantom Pro 100P encourages players to step into the court and be the aggressor in points, but it has wonderful feel and allows you to play crafty defensive shots when on the run. It is as comfortable hitting slice as top spin and I was able to hit some vicious slice backhands down the line that turned defense into attack in the blink of an eye.
I gave the Prince Phantom Pro 100P an 8.5 out of 10 on the groundstrokes. The balance is wonderful, it has exquisite feel and comfort, and is an all-round player’s racket.
Prince… Please can we see an 18 x 20 version come out some time?
Volleys – 9/10
The Prince Phantom Pro 100P has a great set up for the volleys and it didn’t disappoint. The stability and comfort on impact is delightful and I was able to place volleys exactly where I wanted to.
No matter how hard the ball came at me, I felt in control with the Prince Phantom Pro 100P, punching through the ball with my contact in front. The frame is very maneuverable, and I was able to quickly get into position to hit the perfect volley.
I felt particularly comfortable picking volleys off my feet with this racket; it just has brilliant precision. I could guide the ball exactly where I wanted it, without popping the ball up.
I was lucky enough to be able to get a few games of doubles in with this racket and I really enjoyed it. At the net it is a brilliant racket and I was getting right in the thick of the action, trying to test the Phantom out on as many different volleys as possible.
This racket would be excellent in the hands of someone who spends serious time at the net. It’s good from the back of the court, but I think it’s even better at the net. Great balance, great feel, and great fun at the net. I gave it a 9 out of 10.
Serve – 8/10
The serve is generally the area where these classic frames tend not to suit my game quite as much. I always like a little bit of easy power on the serve and the Prince doesn’t really give you that.
It’s still an extremely comfortable racket to play with though, and the high levels of spin it produces can be very beneficial. I was able to work on kicking my serve out wide with this racket and open the court for me to unleash my forehand. This proved to be a very good tactic.
The low powered nature of this racket and the easy spin could make it a very good weapon for a serve-volleyer. If you go after precise placement and get some good movement off the court, then you have a good amount of time to get to the net. Additionally, the variety of serves you can hit with this racket will keep your opponent guessing. This, coupled with the brilliant feel that the Phantom Pro 100P has at the net make it ideal for a serve-volleyer. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with that kind of game style.
The serve was definitely this racket’s weakest point in my opinion, but it certainly wasn’t terrible! I gave it an 8 out of 10. If you have a big serve and are able to hit with a variety of spins, then this racket may well suit you.
Conclusion – 8.5/10
Overall, this is a great, classic racket from Prince. It offers a unique balance of spin and precision and I enjoyed the balance of the frame. It has a good swing weight, but is still maneuverable, so you can get good racket head speed with excellent stability on contact.
The 16 x 18 string pattern gives you a good injection of topspin, but you may want to think about how this might affect your game. If you’re someone who naturally produces a lot of topspin, then this aspect of the Prince Phantom Pro 100P might be wasted on you, as I felt it was on my forehand.
If you’re someone that can use a little extra spin on your groundstrokes then the Prince Phantom Pro 100P is an excellent racket that blends precision, spin and comfort to a very high level.
The Phantom is pretty dreamy at the net, and we all agreed that it would do very well in the hands of a serve-volleyer. I know Isner plays with a different Prince racket, but his style of play really did come to mind when I was thinking who would be most suited to this racket.
He’s got that great variation on the serve that this racket encourages and good ability at the net. If you’re the next John Isner then I would highly recommend giving this racket it a try. I loved playing doubles with this racket, and if it was just doubles I was playing, I would be thinking hard about getting one.
Overall, I gave the Prince Phantom Pro 100P a very good 8.5 out of 10. I had a lot of fun on this play test, and certainly wouldn’t mind having another go with it. I would personally love to see this racket with an 18 x 20 string pattern, so perhaps I will have to start petitioning Prince!
Review by: Will