Prince EXO3 Silver 115 Racquet Review
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The Prince EXO3 Silver 115 is a racquet designed for beginners. Its large headsize, light and mobile weight, massive sweetspot and easy access to power allow even the most novice of players to quickly find success.
But there is more to the EXO3 Silver 115 than first meets the eye. As you will see in our video review, this racquet has much broader appeal. Possessing a feel and stability that belies its weight and build specifications, the EXO3 Silver 115 crosses player level boundaries with nary a mis-hit.
For this review, we gave the racquet to two advanced level players to see just what they could do with the EXO3 Silver 115.
Groundstrokes - Score: 79
"The biggest thing I found was how easy it was to hit with depth and power," said Brittany. "The amount of feel I received from this racquet was definitely not what I was expecting, and I could place the ball very accurately to all areas of the court."
Chris was in agreement. "There was obviously lots of power to be had with this racquet, but the best thing was it was a very controllable level of power," he said. "I got a tremendous level of spin on both slice and topspin shots, allowing me to swing as aggressively as I would with a player's racquet. I was able to move the ball around well and find my targets with very little effort. Every time I hit the courts with this racquet I was amazed at how well I could play with it."
Volleys - Score: 80
Both testers continued to enjoy the racquet at net. Brittany said, "This racquet was extremely maneuverable up at net. I was able to get extra depth off the volley like I did off the groundstrokes. The large sweetspot was helpful when reaching for volleys and I could still maintain control and placement. There was significant stability when hitting volleys off harder or flatter passing shots. Overheads were easy to swing through and get a lot of pace and power."
Chris also enjoyed the power and maneuverability, saying, "For such a light and fast-feeling racquet, I was surprised at the stability I found -- even when Britt really got hold of the ball and hit with pace and weight. I loved the level of power when I had to reach wide or when I had to pick up a low volley off my shoe laces. I was able to direct the ball to my target with good pace and pretty much no effort. This racquet offered a ton of feel, and that was what surprised me the most. To get that kind of feel, I would usually have to be swinging a much heavier, player's spec racquet."
Serves - Score: 78
Our testers continued their glowing praise of the racquet when serving. Brittany said, "On first serves, it felt really easy to generate power with this racquet. I could hit powerful flat first serves on both sides of the court with little effort. When hitting second serves, I didn't have to hold anything back and could really reach up and hit spin serves that would kick up against my opponents."
Chris said, "Like Brittany, I found excellent access to spin. At first I felt like I was running out of power on the top end. I usually find I can hit my most powerful serves with heavy racquets, as they seem to push the ball through the court much better for me. However, by getting super loose and relaxed on serve, I was able find the missing pace and utilize the power potential of the racquet more. By the end of the test I was mixing up heavy spin serves with fast flat serves and finding it to be very successful."
Serve Returns - Score: 79
When it came to hitting returns, the light and fast feel of the EXO3 Silver 115 proved to be effective. Brittany said, "After a couple of adjustments I was really able to dial in my returns. Since the racquet is on the lighter side I took short compact swings when returning serves. On first serves, I was able to step in and use the pace of the serve to hit deep returns. On second serves, the racquet had enough power that I could create my own pace and hit aggressive returns."
Chris was returning better than ever. He said, "I must have added about 15 mph to my forehand return with this racquet. I could take an absolutely massive swing at the ball, as the racquet was so light and fast I didn't have to worry about being late. Whenever I had the chance, I was crushing forehand returns. When the serve was strong I was able to use the pace and direct the ball back with decent depth and pace. On my backhand, I was again using the server's pace, but this time mostly knifing slice returns either cross court or deep to the middle of the court to neutralize the point."
Overall - Score: 80
All in all, this racquet surprised our testers. While there is definitely enough power to help beginners hit deep with a short, compact swing, the racquet also offers ample feel and spin potential to please players of all levels. Thanks to the oversize head and the forgiving feel of the EXO3 technology, a premium level of comfort is offered on every shot. Overall, this is a great option for beginners, has plenty to offer to intermediates, and if advanced players are willing to think outside of the box, they will also find the EXO3 Silver a surprisingly good fit.
(Scores are determined by averaging individual play test scores)
Brittany: Open level player with a semi-western forehand and a two handed backhand. She currently plays with the Yonex V-Core 100S.
Chris: 5.0 all court player currently using the Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid. Chris uses a full-western forehand grip, has a fast swing style and hits a one-handed backhand.
Review date: June 2011. If you found this review interesting or have further questions or comments please contact us.
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