Prince Textreme Warrior 100T Racket Review
The Prince Textreme Warrior 100T is an approachable, powerful racket that is ideal for improving beginner to intermediate players. The light weight and open string pattern make it incredibly easy to swing, helping players to generate loads of racket head speed, spin and power. The Warrior line up has quite a lot of variety in it, but is generally centred around easy power and manoeuvrability.
7.5out of 10
Prince has used their now tired and tested Textreme technology in the Warrior 100T. This unique carbon fibre blend gives the racket stability and a reasonably well damped feel despite its stiffness. This racket is definitely aimed at beginner players that are looking to improve their technique and need a solid, stable and easy to swing racket to hone their skills.
With this in mind, Prince has given the Warrior 100T a thick beam and generous sweet spot which enhance the easy power that the racket can generate. This means you can focus on perfecting your technique rather than having to worry about how hard you’re hitting the ball.
The Warrior 100T sits between the Warrior 100L and standard Warrior 100 in terms of specs. The Warrior 100L is an incredibly light racket that would suit an absolute beginner or junior player very well thanks to its spin potential and manoeuvrability.
We found it to be a very straightforward playing experience. There was no fuss with the racket and it did what was expected of it. It was surprisingly stable for such a light racket but of course did lack that bit of plow through you would get from the Warrior 100.
Again, with the Warrior 100 the stability was pretty strong but the level of plow through was limited by the great deal of spin the racket generates. However, the racket falls in line with the Warrior brief by being easy to swing, spin friendly and forgiving.
In this sense, the Prince Textreme Warrior 100T fits the bill and offers plenty of spin potential, easy power and it is very whippy through the air. Whilst it is pretty stable for this type of lightweight racket, it does have its limitations when it comes to redirecting fast incoming balls.
You can almost feel the ball winning the battle for stability with the racket at times. Therefore, if you play at a higher level of intensity such as intermediate to advanced level tennis, you would be better going for the heavier version of the Warrior 100, or at least adding some lead tape to this racket.
The open string pattern will be perfect for players that are starting to develop topspin on their shots, as they will be able to see quick progress with their strokes. The larger spaces between each string increases string movement and friction on the ball, thereby enhancing the amount of spin that can be imparted onto the ball.
If you are starting to add more racket head speed to your groundstrokes, this is definitely a racket that would suit your game. The Warrior 100T definitely performs more closely to the standard version of the Warrior 100 than the 100L, but is also easier to swing overall. This makes it ideal for players that need a slightly lighter racket but still want a decent amount of performance.
This is a bit below what I would tend to go for in terms of weight and swing weight, but it definitely has its place and would suit a wide audience of recreational players!
7out of 10
Lighter rackets tend to struggle a bit up at the net as far as I’m concerned. Whilst they are very easy to swing and that makes them great for reaction volleys, they tend to lack a bit of stability and crispness. This is needed to give a solid feeling on contact, which helps players to feel confident in their volley technique.
I personally like to feel like I’ve really hit through my volleys rather than cut across them on the most part. This helps me reinforce the fact I’ve made solid contact with the ball and punched the shot down the other end of the court with authority.
The Prince Textreme Warrior 100T is pretty stable as lightweight rackets go. The large sweet spot and thick beam help it to add power to volleys, even when you are just sticking the racket in the way of the ball to block it back.
However, the open string pattern doesn’t do the racket any favours, as there is a lack of feel due to the strings moving a bit too much for my liking. The ball would sit up for my opponent too often and this left me feeling like a sitting duck!
For a player that is not particularly confident at the net and needs a racket that will help them get in and put the ball away, this racket could definitely fit the bill.
It is easy to manoeuvre thanks to the low swing weight and even with average volley technique you could put the ball past your opponent if you are on top of the net. It is just on the more delicate stuff that requires a bit more feel and precision that the Prince Textreme Warrior 100T is a little too numb.
7.5out of 10
The power and spin from the Textreme Warrior 100T is a great asset when it comes to serving. The open string pattern, large sweet spot and low swing weight definitely helps with consistent power generation over time.
You can hit heavy serves and know that the spin that the racket can generate will land them well inside the court with plenty of margin for error.
Any lack of stability with the racket only really shows itself when going for much faster serves, but in general it is not a huge issue. This again makes it ideal for players that are starting to develop their kick serves and need a bit of help getting that topspin on the ball.
The thicker beam also makes the racket very forgiving, so you can still generate a solid serve even on off centre strikes. The power also helps you focus on your placement as the racket will do a fair amount of the heavy lifting for you when it comes to adding pace to the ball.
If you are the type of player that likes to focus on spinny, angled serves that bring your opponent out of the court to set up the net shot, the Prince Textreme Warrior 100T will definitely be a good fit.
7.5out of 10
Returning with the Textreme Warrior 100T was great when attacking second serves, but average when blocking back fast first serves. I tend to prefer a weightier racket that feels solid on contact and that I can reassuringly stick in the path of my opponent’s shot, trusting that my return will land deep.
This was something that the Prince Textreme Warrior 100T could do to a certain extent, but the lack of weight held it back slightly.
It definitely feels pretty solid for such a light weight racket, and the large sweet spot makes it very forgiving on off centre hits.
But, it just wasn’t my favourite racket to chip fast serves back with, which is something I do like to do a lot. That being said, the manoeuvrability, whippiness and easy power from the racket made it very confidence inspiring when going after second serve returns.
The amount of racket head speed that can be generated means you can rip balls with a lot of spin, and using angles rather than power to open up the court is definitely a viable play with this racket. The open string pattern helps the ball dip down violently into the court, and the faster you swing the racket, the better it gets!
7.5out of 10
Overall, the Prince Textreme Warrior 100T is a solid all rounder for beginner players looking to improve their technique.
The open string pattern, low weight and thick beam give the racket lots of spin potential and easy power.
The low swing weight also encourages you to swing with a lot of racket head speed, further increasing the spin and power on your shots.
The racket can feel a little unstable at times when returning fast first serves or redirecting heavy ground strokes, and it does lack a bit of feel on volleys. However, for the beginner player looking for a racket to emphasise their improvements in hitting topspin and improving their overall technique, the Prince Textreme Warrior 100T would be well worth a try.
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