Prince Textreme Warrior 100 Specs

 

Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.14oz / 315.81g
Balance: 12.7in / 32.26cm / 6 pts HL
Swingweight: 320
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 18 Crosses

 

Our Review

 

One of Prince’s signature rackets, the Prince Textreme Warrior 100 is a spin friendly, modern racket that’s bound to suit a wide range of players. So far at TheTennisBros.com we’ve been fairly hit or miss with Prince rackets. We adored the Textreme Beast Pro 100 Longbody and got on really well with the Textreme Tour 100 (310) but there have been others that we didn’t enjoy. The Textreme Warrior 100 comes highly recommended though, so we thought we’d take it out for a spin.

The Warrior 100 is perfectly set up to appeal to a big group of players from intermediates through to the more advanced player. At 300g unstrung, this stick is a very manageable weight, and it promises all the things we look for in a modern racket. Manoeuvrability and spin are key in today’s game and there are tons of players out there using the Warrior 100 to achieve them.

In this newest version, Prince has moved to a more solid beam, which gives the racket a little bit more stability than in the past and also introduces Textreme. The special Textreme material adds extra stability to the frame without affecting the speed of the racket, meaning the same speed, but greater levels of feel.

All of this results in a racket that is supremely manoeuvrable but still has a feisty 320 swingweight. Often you get very fast rackets that don’t produce the levels of power they should because they’re not stable enough on contact, but hopefully, that shouldn’t be the case with the Prince Textreme Warrior 100.

On paper, it seems like the Textreme Warrior 100 is Prince’s version of the Babolat Pure Aero or the Head Graphene Touch Instinct MP. They’re all rackets that are great for ripping through the ball with spin and work for players of a wide variety of standards.

On a personal level, these aren’t my favorite type of rackets to playtest because they’re very hectic, high-intensity rackets. I probably prefer something a bit more boring, control oriented, with a dull feel, so it takes a bit of getting used to these rackets.

Generally, these result in quality, in depth reviews though, because I have to put that extra bit of focus in and think about how to get the best out of the racket. Just like the other rackets, my warm up with the Prince Textreme Warrior was a mix of shanks, balls to the fence and balls in the bottom of the net, but with time, I settled down with the Warrior and I began to see why it is so popular.

 

Groundstrokes – 7.5/10

 

If you define a modern racket as one that is easy to play with then the Textreme Warrior 100 hits the nail on the head. The weight is very manageable; it swings like a dream and gives you easy access to spin. The upgrade with the Textreme material seems to have made this racket much crisper, and it comes together nicely on the groundstrokes.

Off the backhand side, which is my weaker side, I found that the ability to get a lot of topspin added something to my game. I have a tendency to hit a bit flat off this side and sometimes drop my racket head speed on the swing. The Prince fixed these issues nicely, encouraging me to keep swinging through the ball and keep a good flight path.

My one problem on the backhand was that I found it did have a bit too much emphasis on spin and I lacked some of the power that was needed to make all that topspin push my opponent back. This led me to believe that the Textreme Warrior 100 might be best suited to a counter puncher who loves to sit back and wait for the perfect opportunity in the point.

Though I managed to make the Warrior work for me on the backhand, I couldn’t say the same about the forehand. There was too much movement on the strings and not enough stability for how I play. I generate a lot of topspin naturally, so the easy spin was overkill and it ended up taking power off my shots. Once again, I found I had much more success when I sat back and waited for my chance to counter-attack.

This racket is so easy to play with that you can conserve a ton of energy playing on the back-foot while your opponent expends all their energy. For this reason, I don’t see it so much in the hands of an aggressive baseliner like Rafael Nadal, but more a player like (the great) David Ferrer.

I did try to channel my inner David Ferrer to get the most out of this racket but unfortunately, I have the patience and self-discipline of Nick Kyrios, so my success was very limited! This is not to say the Textreme Warrior 100 is a bad racket or to paint a negative picture of it, it’s just not a racket that suited my style.

Overall, I think there are a lot of players who will really enjoy the Prince Textreme Warrior 100. I’m not sure if it has the stability for more advanced players, but it does offer a great option for intermediate players. I gave it a very respectable 7.5 out of 10 despite my personal troubles.

 

Volleys – 6.5/10

 

I found this updated Textreme Warrior was a good improvement of older versions. The layout of the beam and the Textreme technology add a bit more stability that makes a real difference at the net. I still wouldn’t say the Textreme Warrior 100 is a great performer at the net, but it’s pretty standard for a racket in its class.

I always find that rackets that are very spin friendly from the back of the court don’t make for good volleying rackets. They’re just a little bit too loose, and that is what I found with the Textreme Warrior 100. Luckily, I don’t spend a whole lot of time at the net, and I certainly didn’t when I was experimenting with my new counter-punching style!

At the end of the day, the majority of us just want a racket that will do the basics at the net. The modern game doesn’t call for us to be at the net a lot, and when we are it’s normally to finish off a point. The Textreme Warrior will do this for you no problem.

When it comes to doubles, I wouldn’t worry about this racket at an intermediate level. When there is not a ton of pace on the ball it performs pretty well on the volleys. But, for more advanced level doubles I would think twice about this stick. When the power levels are ramped up it doesn’t have the kind of stability you need at the net and the result is a loss of control.

The Prince Textreme Warrior 100 continued to convince me that it’s made for a counter puncher. It’s not the best volleying racket in the world and I gave it a 6.5 out of 10.

 

Serve – 7/10

 

The Textreme Warrior 100 continues to be a very speedy option when it comes to the serve. There’s nothing worse than serving with something that’s hard to get moving, so it was nice to be playing with this super-speedy stick.

I was able to generate lots of spin with this racket and my kick second serve and slice serve out wide were looking really good. The one thing I did find, though, was that it lacked a little bit of power compared to what I was expecting. A racket like the Babolat Pure Aero seems to give you quite a power boost, but I didn’t feel that with the Warrior 100.

Power is not the be all and end all though, and it was nice to be able to focus on spin and consistency. More often than not, a well placed serve will do more damage than a powerful serve, so it was good not to have the easy distraction of trying to blast serves.

If you’re someone that likes to get a big power boost from their racket on the serve then I don’t think this is the stick for you, but for everyone else, it does a pretty decent job. It’s very easy to play with, which makes it ideal for intermediate players who are still developing their strokes. Nobody wants to be using a really heavy racket when they’re developing such a complex stroke and I did find the Prince to be perfectly balanced when it came to this shot.

The Prince Textreme Warrior 100 was solid on serve without blowing me away. I enjoyed its manoeuvrability and easy access to spin but did feel it lacked a little bit in the power department. After weighing everything up, I gave it a 7 out of 10.

 

Overall – 7/10

 

Overall, I do think this is a pretty decent racket. Although it didn’t appeal to me, it has broad appeal, and it is nicely set up for intermediate players. It makes strokes easy and means you don’t have to play with Rafa-like intensity on every shot to get good results.

The Textreme Warrior 100’s strengths lie in its manoeuvrability and spin potential, which I found made it a great racket for a counter puncher. It’s not the most powerful racket out there, but what it will do is make rallying easy.

This stick is much better suited to groundstrokes than it is volleys, where I found it was adequate on the easy balls but struggled when the level went up. It’s definitely designed with baseline players in mind, so this is not a great surprise, and shouldn’t be a big problem for most people.

On serve. The racket wasn’t quite what I was expecting, as it felt a little short of power, but it made up for this with good control and spin. In fact, this actually led to me serving quite well throughout this playtest as I focused on placing the serve rather than trying to hit the cover off the ball.

By the end of the playtest, I could see why this is such a popular racket. It has broad appeal and can do well in the hands of many players. Do I think it’s a great racket? Not particularly, but it isn’t a bad one and there are plenty of people who will enjoy it more than me. I gave the Prince Textreme Warrior 100 an overall score of 7 out of ten.

 

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Review by: Will