Prince Textreme Beast O3 104 Racket Review
It’s not unusual for me to complain about the boring, generic names that racket companies give their rackets, but Beast is not one of them.
Today, we took out the Prince Textreme Beast O3 104 to see if this model lived up to the big beast, the Prince Textreme Beast Pro 100 Longbody used by John Isner.
I’m not normally a big fan of the 104 sq inch head as I prefer a slightly smaller head for some extra control and feel, but I was interested to put this stick through its paces.
Based on some of the other Beast rackets we’ve used, we knew it should offer a comfortable feel that gives some easy power and spin.
As we took this stick out for its playtest we were pleasantly interrupted by a fellow player who is 87-years-old and shared his thoughts on our racket and tennis itself.
While he noted he was a fan of the Prince rackets, he also offered some priceless advice on how to fight the inevitable advance of time.
My new-found friend, Ken, told us that still, at the age of 87, he plays tennis 3 times a week, and that tennis is great for slowing aging because it is tai chi in fast-motion.
With this in mind, I continued my playtest with the Textreme Beast O3 104, ensuring to strike my best tai chi poses and working on getting the most out of this racket.
We took this playtest with Luxilon Element strung at 48lbs, giving us a nice blend of power, spin, and control to give us a good feel for how the Beast 104 plays.
7out of 10
I had one big hope for this racket, and that was that it would be comfortable and easy to play with.
It was never going to have the feel I enjoy, as I like quite a dampened feeling from a dense string pattern.
The Textreme Beast O3 104 has a massively open 16 x 19 string pattern that’s spread out over as fairly big frame, but as long as it gave high levels of comfort then I could see great benefit in this racket.
The answer to my question was a resounding yes, as the large head cushioned the blow on contact, and the O3 Technology helped to limit the vibrations.
The downside of this for me was that the strings moved far more than I would like, losing a lot of control.
So, I was forced to simplify my strokes and try and hit much flatter than I normally would.
Once I got the hang of the Textreme Beast O3 104 it was reasonably predictable and although it was very pingy, you knew what you were going to get.
With a half-paced swing, you can get easy depth with this racket, and it would give a beginner or intermediate player a nice little boost in the power and spin departments.
As you develop your game though, you are going to outgrow this kind of racket.
Although it has an excellent swingweight for this type of racket, and above-average stability for something so light, it simply doesn’t have the ability to deal with full, fast strokes.
So much power is lost on contact when you hit through the ball with aggressive spins that you end up toning down your strokes.
As your technique progresses you will want to move onto something a little more substantial.
If you’re at the other end of your tennis career, however, and you’re tired of having to put everything into absolutely every ball, then this could well be a good option.
With the Textreme Beast O3 104 you simply stand and deliver.
You’ve got a great chance of hitting the sweet spot and you get a nice ping back to the other side that requires minimal stress.
Comparing this racket to the Head Graphene Touch Speed PWR, I would lean towards the Prince, just because it more closely resembles a normal, sensible tennis racket.
The 115 sq. inch head on the Touch Speed PWR is very gimmicky if you ask me, whereas the Textreme Beast O3 104 is a much more sensible racket.
You can’t find too many faults in what the Textreme Beast O3 104 aims to do.
It’s comfortable and easy to play with, and as long as your strokes aren’t complicated, it does the job well.
It has limited use, in that you’re not likely to play high-level tennis with it, but if that doesn’t concern you, then it’s nothing to worry about.
I would suggest this racket to adult beginners to start with, as they can get some encouragement from the extra help this racket can give you.
As you get better though, you will want to move on to something a little more advanced.
Overall, I gave the Textreme Beast O3 104 a 7 out of 10 groundstrokes.
It’s uncomplicated, easy and comfortable.
You won’t get a ton of control from this racket, but you will be able to pop the ball back and forth without putting too much strain on your body.
7out of 10
Again, the Textreme Beast O3 104 is good for popping the ball back and forth across the net.
It’s easy to swing and absorbs the impact very well, meaning you get a decent shot without having to put too much effort in.
Unfortunately, I had Lawrence at the other end for this playtest and he was booming balls at me over 100mph.
The result was I hardly hit a ball back in the court.
There is almost no control or stability with a racket like this when your opponent is hitting a big ball, and your volley will almost certainly spray everywhere and anywhere.
If you don’t have to face this, then the Textreme Beast O3 104 is decent at doing what it says at the net.
If you’re slightly older and looking for a racket to play doubles with without straining your arm, then this is a very good racket.
I certainly wouldn’t describe the Prince Textreme Beast O3 104 as a good volleying racket, but I wouldn’t say it was a bad one for the kind of racket it is.
I gave it another 7 out of 10.
It does what it’s supposed to do with no drama.
7out of 10
Keeping things simple was the name of the game with the Textreme Beast O3 104 on the serve.
If I tried to hit with spin, then I found the strings moved way too much and you ended up with no power and no control.
Hardly surprising that the result was a serve straight into the bottom of the net.
Without being able to produce topspin you must be careful how hard you swing through the ball as the pingy nature of this stick tends to send the ball long.
This was a particular problem for me on the second serve, where I had little to no confidence in the Textreme Beast O3 104.
I wasn’t able to get any spin that I could control, and, in the end, I missed a lot of second serves long.
Eventually, I decided to slow things down completely and started to hit the serve at 70% of my max, keeping things nice and simple in the process.
This did have the desired effect, and I started to make a lot more serves, although there was not much quality to them.
This racket is not designed for complicated serves, but if you are still learning the ropes of tennis it has a lot of qualities that you can use.
The large racket head gives you an excellent chance of hitting the sweet spot, and when you do you get a huge burst of easy power.
With such a light weight, the Textreme Beast O3 104 is also extremely manoeuvrable, and players of all ages will be able to get good racket head speed with it.
I figured I’d complete the set and give the Prince Textreme Beast O3 104 a 7 for the serve.
If you keep things simple it will do the job for you, and you can’t fault its comfort.
7out of 10
Thanks to the “Beast”, I made a new tennis friend and now know the secret to longevity, so a pretty good playtest I’d say.
The racket itself wasn’t to my tastes, but I can see it being a very useful tennis racket for someone who is a little bit older and wants to take the strain off their body.
It could also work out for a beginner who is looking to learn the game whilst getting a little bit of extra help from their racket.
Eventually, you are going to want to move on to a more advanced racket, but the Prince Textreme Beast O3 104 can do a decent job in the meantime.
Overall, the Textreme Beast O3 104 is a solid 7.
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