Prince Textreme Tour 100 (310) Specs
Head Size: 100 in² / 645.16 cm²
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Unstrung Weight: 10.9oz/ 310g
Strung Weight:11.5oz / 326g
Balance: 12.59in / 31.98cm / 7 pts HL
String Pattern:16 Mains / 18 Crosses
The Prince Textreme Tour 100 promises the unreal blend of modern player’s racket manoeuvrability and classic pro-style control that gets us excited for a racket playtest! I’ve always enjoyed Prince’s heavier rackets and find they are an excellent option when it comes to pro-style frames. Yet, so far, I’ve yet to find a Prince stick that I really like in the 305g to 320g range.
At 310g, the Textreme Tour 100 is right in my ideal weight range, I tend to find I get the most out of rackets around the 310-318g mark, so I was excited to see what this stick could do for me. I’m a lover of control from a tennis racket above all else, so the 322 swingweight of the Textreme Tour should hopefully give it some extra control and feel that we’ve loved in some of the heavier Prince rackets.
This racket sees an update to Prince’s signature Textreme Technology, with the introduction of Textreme X adding a substance called Twaron to the frame to increase dampening and improve the feel. This allows Prince to give this racket a lot of stiffness, without having to compromise on comfort. With a swingweight of 322 and a 65-stiffness rating, the Textreme should feel extremely solid for a racket of 310g, allowing players to attack the ball with good precision.
I have been a little bit critical of Prince’s lighter rackets in the past. One thing I value in tennis rackets is consistency throughout a range. Obviously, different rackets within a range are going to vary a lot based on the weight, but you want there to be defining characteristics throughout the range. Many times, I haven’t found that with Prince, but the Textreme Tour 100 gives me hope.
Warming up with this racket, you notice it has very good balance, and great manoeuvrability. The 7 PT head light balance makes the racket easy to swing and encourages aggressive strokes. This is complemented nicely by the 16 x 18 string pattern, which gives you enough pop and spin to bring the ball nicely back into court.
From first impressions, this racket has all the makings of a great racket for an aggressive baseline player. It has the manoeuvrability that is required in modern tennis but draws on the control of a more traditional racket.
It might not be the best idea for beginners or lower level intermediate players, but more advanced players will find this racket gives them a lot of options. Moving to the back of the court, I was struck by just how fast this racket was. It really flies through the air, and anyone looking to increase their racket head speed will surely love this stick.
However, you can’t tell much about a racket from the warm up, so we set about putting this racket through a vigorous playtest. Over a couple of sessions, we put the Prince Textreme Tour 11 through sets, drills and challenges to find out exactly what you can expect from this racket!
Groundstrokes – 8/10
One aspect that I really enjoyed about this racket was its balance. I like a racket that feels equally good on all shots without any particular “stand-out” shot, and that is what I found with the Textreme Tour 100. Whether it was the serve, return, groundstrokes or volleys, this racket did everything very well and there wasn’t any area I was disappointed in.
What the Textreme Tour does very well is blend the characteristics of a modern, speedy player’s racket with the stability and control of a classic frame. For my own preferences, it probably leans a little bit too much towards the modern player’s racket, but I think this is something that will suit most people.
I found the 7PTS headlight balance to be a little bit too much for me. I’m somebody who naturally has very fast groundstrokes, so the manoeuvrability of this racket was a slight overkill. I did have trouble timing a few balls, but once I got my eye in it didn’t result in too many problems.
Because you get so much racket head speed, I found that the 16 x 18 string pattern gave me a ton of spin, which again, was a little bit too much. I’m somebody who naturally hits with a lot of topspin, so I lean towards a racket that helps me flatten the ball out. So, I think that I would probably be more suited to the Prince Textreme Tour 100P, but I won’t let that detract from what a good stick this is.
For players who are looking to add a little bit of racket head speed and spin to their game this is a great option for adding all those things without losing control and feel. It makes playing aggressive baseline tennis effortless, but you still get an excellent blend of power, spin and control. I enjoyed using the extra little bit of spin I got with this racket to work in some really tight angles and use the full width of the court to punish my opponent without having to sacrifice margin for error.
Off the backhand side, I felt that the 16 x 18 string pattern gave a nice little bit of pop and I was able to attack well off this side. Depth came easily and this allowed me to step into the court and take control of the point; something that I find a little bit harder to do off the backhand side.
The forehand side was where I had most problems with the Textreme Tour, and I did feel like it took a little bit away from me on this stroke. I was able to generate a huge amount of topspin on this side, but I felt like some of it was unnecessary, and I spent much of my time trying to hit flatter, with little success.
How you feel about this racket depends largely on where you fall between modern player’s racket and classic pro style racket. I’d say I lean a bit more towards the pro style, which is why I think I would be better suited to the Tour 100P. I think there will be more people who prefer this Textreme Tour 100 (310) though and there are tons of players who should take a look at this racket.
Although it wasn’t perfect for me, I gave the Prince Textreme Tour 100 (310) an 8 out of 10 from the back of the court. It has a lot of strong qualities and can add a great deal to an aggressive baseliners game.
Volleys – 8/10
As we suggested, the Textreme Tour 100 is a great all-round racket, and this is backed up by its strong performance at the net. The blend of manoeuvrability works a treat at the net and gives it volleying powers beyond the average 310g racket.
At the net, you can appreciate the head light balance that makes this racket move into position so quickly. You won’t find yourself struggling to adjust with the Textreme Tour 100 at the net as it is simply so fast and easy to move.
Once you come to hitting the ball you won’t be disappointed either as the Tour 100 provides a great platform to guide the ball back exactly where you want it. This stick is extremely stable and absorbs power to allow you to cushion the ball into the right spots.
I found this racket to be particularly strong on difficult pickup volleys, where I had to get into position quickly and take pace off the ball. The frame stayed very strong throughout the shot and allowed me to comfortably get the ball back into play. The 16 x 18 string pattern also plays nicely when you’re looking to inject a little bit of power into the ball on overheads and put away volleys.
Would I say this racket is as good at the net as something like the mighty Textreme Beast Pro 100 Longbody? Well, no, but it was never likely to be. What the Textreme Tour 100 does is take some of those good qualities of the Beast Pro and makes them more accessible to the average person. This results in a very good performance at the net and a well-deserved 8 out of 10.
Serve 8.5 – 10
The serve was where the Textreme Tour 100 really got the most out of my game. I value the racket head speed just a little bit more on serve than on the other strokes and I found that the Textreme gave me the perfect blend of speed and power.
When you find a racket with the perfect setup, serving just becomes one of those things you can’t help but enjoy. Everything I tried on serve with this stick went well, whether I was hitting flat first serves, top spin second serves, or my slice slider out wide, I found I had the control and power I needed.
The headlight balance helps to get the racket moving quickly from the beginning of the motion, and from there, there is no backing out. If you keep the racket head speed up and attack the ball, you’re going to be rewarded with this racket and you will see the free points coming your way.
I played a couple of sets with this racket where I only lost serve once. Most of those games I breezed through as well, so I would certainly say this was a good playtest from the Textreme on serve.
I gave the Prince Textreme Tour 100 (310) an 8.5 out of 10 on serve and got on really well with it. It’s one of the best serving playtests I’ve done in a long time and it made a big difference to my game.
Overall – 8/10
The Textreme Tour 100 is an excellent allrounder’s racket for someone who values a racket with manoeuvrability and control. It is ideally suited to an aggressive player who loves to attack from the baseline but is also comfortable at the net. For those players who love a little extra spin from their racket, I would certainly suggest they check out this racket, but for those of us who like to flatten the ball out a bit more, I would be more inclined to suggest the Textreme Tour 100P.
Whichever version of this racket you go for, you are going to be in for a treat because they are all excellent rackets. The feel and control from this stick is just what you want, but you get even more manoeuvrability than I initially expected. For me, this was a little bit too much, but that’s just a personal preference.
The Textreme Tour is one of those rackets that has no real strength or weakness; it does everything very well and that is something I look for in a racket. If I had to choose a part of the playtest that I enjoyed the most it would be the serve, where everything seemed to click for me. The 7 PT HL balance gets everything moving on the serve, and the Textreme gives you such stability on contact that all your energy translates into power.
I said at the beginning, I have loved some of Prince’s heavier rackets, but haven’t yet found a lighter one that I really like, but that has changed now. This racket provides a very good option for players looking for something in the 305 to 320g range, and I would certainly include it as one of my top picks in this range.
Overall, I gave the Prince Textreme Tour 100 (310) an 8 out of 10. It is very strong on all strokes, with no obvious weaknesses. One you should look at if you’re an intermediate/advanced player who loves to play attacking tennis.
Review by: Will