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Comments: I just started playing with this racquet two months ago and so far I like it a lot (and friends that have
played with it have been almost instant converts). I don't have experience with other racquets since I am fairly new to tennis but I
knew when I purchased it that I wanted a moderately heavy frame (for more control), a flexible frame (to prevent injuries, since my
technique was not there yet), and a racquet somehow forgiving (low powered and big sweet spot). According to the specs and
reviews I thought that this could be a great fit for me. So far it is. However, for someone who hasn't tried many others, it is too
soon to say it is "the one." I strung it with Wilson Champion's Choice with the gut on mains and the poly on the crosses both at 57
lbs. At first it was perfect but a little low powered for my taste. Now I have to watch how strong I hit or I lose the ball (tension
might have dropped too). Volleys and slices are superb though, as well as topspin. For being an inexperienced player, I impart a
pretty dose of natural topspin to the ball according to my coach and other people I play with (some associate this to me being
Spanish), and my volleys and slices are just so precise and controlled. Effortless! So I decided to purchase a second set of Wilson
Champion's Choice from TW and try the ALU Power Rough on mains this time, which will deaden the power a little bit but will add
even more spin (which I want for my game) and control (which I need). The gut in the crosses should soften the poly, giving me a
more plush feel than a full bed of poly would otherwise be and therefore avoiding, hopefully, potential arm problems. I think that
keeping the tension of the poly around 53 or 54 lbs and keeping the gut around 55 or 56 lbs, it should be a good start to
experiment with (suggested tension range is 50-60 on this racquet). Let's see what happens. Finally, I am curious as to
experimenting with lead on this frame since lots of people add it to 9 and 3 o'clock. Being inexperienced I don't know if I will
notice a difference, but I think I know how it can help (reducing vibration and improving stability specially when returning hard
serves and groundstrokes). Overall, I love it and plan to stick with it for a long time. I will try as many strings and tensions and
whatever combinations I see fit until I find the right set up for me. Highly recommend it.
Comments: Have been playing with this frame for just over a year and there is nothing on the market quite like it.
As many posters say there is an adjustment to the muted feel but once you get use to it there is no turning back. This racquet
must be play tested for some time to really see if it will fit your game due to this feel component. The racquet head speed is
amazing allowing you to rip from the baseline with high margin shots off both wings. Volley control and overheads are very
reliable and feel quite smooth off the string bed. I've tried many full bed poly set ups on this stick but just didn't feel right. After
lots of experimenting I'm using NRG 16 multi in main at 56lbs and Alu Power in the crosses at 52lbs. I eat up the multi in about 8
hours of singles but it is worth it. For more durability I have used IsoSpeed Control Classic at 59lbs as a full bed and it was great
with regards to string life but a not nearly as much feel as this string is a polyolefin blend. Have also played with 16x18 for 3
months and much prefer the 18x20 for extra control. Anybody who says there is a big difference in spin production between the
16x18 and 18x20 version of this stick have either not played it enough or lack the stroke profiency as the differences are
negligible in my opinion. Great stick overall.
Comments: Very strange racquet. Played with it for two hours yesterday. Balls tend to land short, but some just fly
away. My partner noticed that my game was really inconsistent. But on the other hand, I hit some winners that felt really special,
with great power and precision. A weapon on serves, which were deep and powerful. Incredible spin on groundstrokes, I hit some
shots that I couldn't believe went in. And on volleys it was perfect, really. The best part was that I drove home with no pain in my
elbow whatsoever. So I decided straight away that this is "the one." I played it with original strings, which felt a little stiff and I will
restring it at a lower tension. Very excited about this crazy racquet, and I agree it feels like an animal that must be tamed. I like
the fast swing and it feels lighter than it is. Very comfortable racquet with great potential.
Comments: Recently switched from the 16x18 to the 18x20 version. This racquet offers ultimate control and
comfort. Very good on the backhand slice, forehand and volley. You can hit the lines with excellent precision but will need to get
used to the feel of the racquet. This racquet will reward you when you have proper form. Glad to have made the switch.
Comments: This is the ultimate #1 racquet for preventing, curing, and ending any tennis elbow. After one hour of
pounding the ball hard against the wall (until the ball finally gave out), my arm felt absolutely fine. The butter feel of this racquet
absorbs so much shock that you can actually hear the shocks go through the frame. Even on miss hits on the frame proved no
problem for the EXO3-T100. You will need to generate your own power (meaning that you'll need to take a long sweeping swing
at the ball), but this also means more control on your strokes. I'll most likely try adding weight for more plow through and keep
the string tension above 55lbs to give it more power. Serves and volleys felt crisp and clean with an intoxicating pop. After
owning three racquets in three months (Babolat APDGT, PD Roddick+, and Wilson BLX PS 6.1 100XL), this racquet will serve as a
remedy for arm pain because even my grandma can swing it with ease!
Comments: While this racquet is not my main frame (I use it as my back up), I took it out for a spin last week and I
must say that the way this thing volleys is sublime. The experience was probably magnified by the use of lead tape at 3 and 9 to
add stability, but the control, comfort and generous sweetspot makes it the sweetest volleying stick. Unlike your traditional player
frames with really solid and stiff response, the ball sinks into the strings, absorbs the pace, then comes off with great control. I
had it strung with Gosen OGSM 17 at mid tension and 6 grams total at 3 and 9.
Comments: I am 34 and I recently descovered tennis. I was expecting a tennis elbow problem on the way to
becoming like Federer in 1 year with intensive training, so I bought a ProKennex Ki15 for the shock absorbing technology. After a
while I started hitting harder and harder but not the right way so my elbow almost took me out of tennis! After days of research I
found that no gizmo will protect your elbow, but there is one important thing: the flexibility of the frame. The EXO3 frame is one
of the most flexible with a rating of 52 from a scale that goes from 50-70 (Ki15 was 69). I am not sure yet but I believe my elbow
is healing and I never stopped playing, as I just changed the racquet! The racquet is probably the most arm friendly racquet and
offers good spin. The down side is that you need time to get used to it and the power is very low. I use Wilson Shock Shield
string and it feels muted but I like it.
Comments: I've been playing with this racquet for about 5 months now and I have to say I'm very pleased with the
racquet for the most part. I switched to this stick because my Head Youtek Prestige Pro gave me awful tennis elbow and the soft
flex on this racquet really helped my elbow. This racquet has a relatively long break-in period. It gave me quite a bit more power
and spin than my Prestige, but it wasn't nearly as accurate. I would say it took me about 3 or 4 months to really get the control I
felt with my Prestige. I did add some lead tape at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock which really helped with the stability of the racquet. I would
highly recommend adding lead tape to this racquet, because in stock form it tends to get pushed around a bit my bigger hitters. I
feel the flex on this racquet is slightly detrimental when serving, but you will get used to it in time. Like I said, this racquet has a
long break in period because it's a very unique racquet in flex, head shape, and feel. If you're willing to put up with the break in
period of this racquet, it's absolutely phenomenal. I feel I get great power and spin on groundies, but this is the best racquet I've
ever used for volleys, and serves are decent once you get used to it. If you're struggling with tennis elbow and are looking to
switch racquets, this is a must demo.
Comments: I've been playing with this stick ever since it came out. While I liked the soft flex, I did not
enjoy the lack of powerful serve, stability and plow through. I tried Babolat lead tape at 3 and 9
but that only helped a little. I was ready to switch to a new racquet but a call to TW
solved the riddle. I put twice the amount of lead at 3 and 9 and then added one at 12.
The racquet is now plain awesome, stable like a rock, serving machine, fast feeling
(still) and light enough for ample maneuverability. At around 11.9 ounces, it is in my
Comments: I used to hit with a Wilson KPro Tour but I developed tennis elbow. After reading reviews I decided to
try this racket since it has a low stiffness. It is a great stick that has eliminated my tennis elbow problems entirely, even though I
use a hybrid setup with stiff polys. Some jarring with off center hits occurs, but if you get the stick moving the plow through and
drive are excellent. The other reviewers are correct that spin potential is very high even with the 18x20 string pattern. For me,
both touch and drive volleys are great if you use the correct form. The racquet has increased the drive on my serves appreciably
as well. I am a flat hitter and I have to work hard to keep my shots under control. I was surprised by the amount of power the
racquet has, as off balance shots and miss hits can sail. I am still experimenting with different string combinations that give me
more control. I would love any advice on that score. The racquet is a good choice for anyone with arm issues who takes full
Comments: I had this for over a year now. Absolutely love it. The only thing I would like is more plow through and
stability which can be fixed with lead tape. Very uniform and response with the tight string pattern yet giving enough spring off
the strings for power. Topspin is very easy to generate and slices stay low and deep. It is like a scalpel at net and very quick.
Serving takes time to adjust before getting the desired result.
Comments: After coming down with golfers elbow I decided after resting the arm out that I would switch to one of
the most flexible rackets on the market. I went ahead and demoed the 16x18 and 18x20 thinking that for sure I would like the
open pattern but I was amazed that the 18x20 tour just felt better. Still with plenty of spin potential this racket was very
comfortable and like many on the TW message board have described as a unique feel. It takes a little time to get use to but is very
much worth it. I actually am enjoying this tour with full poly strung very low...32lbs. Thumbs up for this stick!!
Comments: On the initial hit after purchasing ( no demo) I found the racket to feel a little stiffer or
perhaps crisper than I had anticipated. After adding a Wilson sorbothane grip, adding lead at 3 and 9 and changing the
dampener for a full rubber circle type, this thing just came alive. I thought it may have been a little tightly strung but
funnily enough, the right dampener made all the difference. Medium power and a good foil for all courters looking for a
bit of help with arm issues. Does everything well although the serve may take a little adjustment. Solid 8/10 and I will
be getting a couple more.
Comments: Coming off playing with the 6.1 PSC, I just could not get any plow through with this racquet.
not hit in the sweet spot fell short into the net, especially if hit in the upper part of the head. Lead tape in the hoop
probably be a help, both for plow through and stability. I'll continue looking myself.
Comments: I am pleased Prince makes this racquet. I am a power top-spin player. I love hitting shots
with a lot of
top spin and power. When I hit with that racquet, I am sure that my shots aren't going to go out because of the tight
pattern. I remembered when I demoed this racquet, I had only hit two shots and I knew straight away that this is the
racquet I have
been looking for. I like hitting forehands, but am still getting use to serving with this.
Comments: My first impression of the Prince EXO3 Tour 100 18X20 is awesome! I strung it with Babolat
RPM at 54
lbs with cross string of synthetic gut. I have had tennis elbow for a year and couldn't hit a topspin forehand because of
Hit topspin forehands as soon as I touched this racquet. There is an unusual spin imparted to the ball as well. I'm
between a 3.5
and a 4.0 and was playing with the 27.5 inch Wilson NCode Pro. I still need time to adjust to this racquet. Serves and
groundstrokes are good. Volleys need to be aggressive with this racquet. The main downside for me is throwing the
racquet with the strings I have on it are grabbing the ball and putting it right at the returner's "kill zone" and that is not
will make the adjustment because it is an awesome racquet that will immediately improve a tennis game.
Comments: Its been a month since I upgraded to this from a Babolat Pure Drive Cortex. While the Pure
Drive was a
really good stick and actually helped me improve my game, after three years of swinging the Pure Drive, I needed
better. The specs of the EXO3 Tour (18x20) seemed promising so I got it without testing. Here is my mini review.
Comments: I have been using it for more than 6 months now and I am loving it more than ever.
comfortable racket, hitting groundstrokes with ease, ample sweet spot and topspin. The 16X18 actually has more
there is definitely loads of it for a 18x20. This frame needs you to bring your own power so I strung it full poly at the
lower end of
the scale as I hit more top spin. The buttery feels very good and probably because I had accustomed to it after half a
year. At the
start, volleys and overheads weren't crisp, I will be honest, it takes quite a while to get used to, but once you find the
touch, it still works as any other racquet.
I needed a dampener to help reduce the vibration caused by the flexible frame. No custom job needed for me as I find
unnecessary.I have started using hybrid (poly/synthetic gut), and I find that the best setup for me is still full poly. Great
and comfort, enough power and spin to help me improve my game. The switch to this racquet is my best decision yet.
Give it a try
if you prefer a soft frame, take your time to play around with strings and tension. You will not regret it.
Comments: I tried a demo and was disappointed with the sweet-spot. It had very low power on off
center shots but
very good power on center strikes. I changed the string to the thinnest gauge, added 18 grammes of weight at 3, 6 and
The racquet feels way better, much larger sweet spot and power level has gone off the charts. The thin string has
added spin to
control added power.
Comments: I bought this racquet after seeing the reviews about it being spin and control friendly. I
Babolat AeroPro Drive since it started to hurt my arm. After these few months, I have to accept the fact that I will never
be able to
generate as much spin as I used to when I used Babolat AeroPro Drive. Without the spin, my consistence is not the
same as before:
I am not able to hit with confidence and I am almost always holding back in the swing. This racquet is absolutely not
with full swing who rely on spin for the control. Judging from previous reviews and my own experience, I would say
(like control) is relative. This stick has a lot of power and is not a bad racquet in general. The sweet spot is large.
times I feel that the sweet spot is too large such that the racquet feels hollow when playing against a heavy top spinner.
Comments: I bought a pair of these having seem many good reviews. I used to play with the Prince
Ozone tour so I
knew what to expect. This model is a huge improvement. The 18x20 pattern gives tons of control - it's an absolute
scalpel at the
net. Elsewhere, it does everything very well and is very comfortable. Be warned however, the racquet is very string
found that a poly in the mains (Babolat RPM Blast) and multi in the crosses (Babolat Xcel) makes it sugar sweet.
Comments: Great job Prince. Really improved on the Ozone Pro Tour. Subtle
changes were made to improve the feel, even with the port-hole inserts.
I have mine customized and it is solid! The low flex accepts full
polyester strings and balances the frame out. The mid-range static
weight gives the player the opportunity to customize the weight and
balance. Superb job. I've switched after nearly 4years of using the
Comments: I don't often play with 18x20 sticks and now I remember why. They have a very "boardy" feel
reminded me of the 18x20 T-Flash 310 I hit with some time ago. Beyond that, however, it performs pretty well. Lots
of spin, to
my pleasant surprise, and better power than I expected, great control at net that made hitting deep offensive volleys as
any racquet I've used for some time. The rap against both versions of this stick seems to be serving power, and I too
get a lot of pop on serves, though spin was easy to come by. Comfortable, easy enough to swing, really quite a nice
that board feel might push me to the 16x18 version.
Comments: Hated it first time I hit with it - felt really insubstantial, unstable, muted and buzzy. Then I
on the hoop, 2x0.25mm spanning from 3 all the way to 9 as a final setup - WOW what a day and night difference. I've
better forehands, incredibly consistent and I can do exactly what I want with the ball - drive it hard, go for reverse-
angles, slow play down,
put the ball in the corner - it just makes it happen for me like no other frame I've played with and I did play with most
of them. I
think the combination of flexibility and relatively low static weight lets me get big racket-head speeds while keeping
the ball in
the lines. On serves, volleys and on-the-run blocks this racquet wasn't quite as good due to a bit of muted feel and not
same sharp response as my leaded up AeroPro Drive GT, but the advantages on strokes outweigh these shortcomings.
Comments: I'm switching from a Babalot Pure Drive GT. I like to take a pretty solid swing on strokes and
working hard to improve my game and technique. I demoed almost everything from Head, Prince, Dunblop and Wilson
in the 11.0
to 11.6 oz strung weight range. There were a number of racquets that fit the specs I was looking for: the Prince EX03
EX03 Tour, Head Radical MP and the Head Speed 300. On demo, I loved the plush feel of the Prince EXO3 Tour and
bought it. I was
amazed at the accuracy I was getting with shots and the weight (at 11.6) seemed to slow my game down enough to
for my typical over excitement. But, after a couple of different outings I found myself getting fatigued by the weight
after the first
set and noticed a significant drop off in my ability to get the ball over the net. It was frustrating enough that I've given
up on the
racquet. I think now that 11.0 to 11.3 strung weight is probably my ideal range. I'm a very active 44 old, 6'2" and in
good shape so
I'm surprised that the little extra weight made a difference. I did try two different strings on this racquet - MSV Focus
(1.18) which I
thought played awful on this racquet - everything was rocketing out past the baseline. I switched to Tecnifibre X-One
and it was a completely different racquet - soft with lots of control and spin. Good luck with this one. I think it would
be a great
racquet in the right hands.
Comments: The racquet is fantastic. It's headlight but has just enough mass to defend yourself against
hitters. It gives you a lot of control and precision. It is very consistent on all groundstrokes, has a large sweetspot and
comfortable. The surprise was that even with the 18x20 string pattern you still have plenty of power and spin when you
need it. I
just swing a little faster, hit the ball lower in the stringbed and I can hit very fast heavy balls. It reminds me of the
Wilson Pro Staff
6.0 95 but it is even better. Serving was very easy and precise with plenty of speed. Compared to the Wilson BLX Tour
and BLX 6.1
it is a little bit less powerful but easier to swing. However, it is more powerful than a Dunlop 200 Biometic or a Head
Comments: Not a bad frame but the lack of feel/feedback was a deal breaker. Tried different string
and natural gut gave a slight improvement in feel but still not great. Poly felt and sounded like hitting with a board. I
the ball went for the most part where I wanted, but without hearing or feeling it like some other racquets it diminished
experience for me.
Comments: I play adult age group tournaments, and have used the Prince Rebel, and the old Prince EX03
I love the feel and maneuverability of this frame. The tight string pattern and soft flex allow me to string at high
tension and not
feel it in my elbow. Taking big cuts makes optimal use of polyester strings. My only complaint is Prince quality control.
I play 3
frames, and the weight difference between them is 8 grams. Nothing lead tape won't fix, but why can't they deliver like
Comments: I play DII tennis, hit a semi-western forehand and a two-
handed backhand, and I currently use a Wilson BLX 6.1 95 16x18. I like the Wilson but it just wasn't quite 'fast' enough
for me, so I
demo'd this racquet in the 18x20 and 16x18. Not much difference from the baseline or net between the two Princes,
but on the
serve I definitely preferred the 18x20. Much more control and no noticeable difference in spin from the 16x18. I got
amounts of spin from every shot compared to my Wilson (same strings and tension). Much more maneuverable than
which helps considerably for volleys, but still able to swing away and get great control from the baseline because of the
low power level of the racquet. I'm making this switch to this racquet.
Comments: With a very headlight feel and a beam not much thicker than a badminton racket, my first
with the 18x20 was this is going to be unstable and lack plow. I was only sort of right. The weight in general is pretty
good and its
stability and plow are fine as long as you keep the ball in the sweetspot. Shots outside the sweetspot flopped the racket
causing a weak shot and terrible feel. Speaking of feel and feedback, even though I felt confident to swing away, I
the funny (dampened, muted?) feel and lack of true ball-on-strings feedback players racquets are supposed to have.
It's hard to
explain, but although the racquet feels good in your hands, once you hit the ball you're left with a feeling that
missing. It would take some time to adapt to. Handle shape is more square/boxy than Wilson and Babolat, so that also
adapting. Spin potential was huge, and I far preferred the predictability of the 18x20 to the obnoxiously open pattern
16x18. The 16x18 was too unpredictable and jumpy, and any perceived increase in spin was negligible. Contrary to
myths and popular opinion, you don't need 16 mains and an 18 gauge poly to attain spin. If fewer mains were the
answer to free
spin, we'd be seeing rackets with 12 and 14 mains, and that's not going to happen. 16 mains on a 100 sq in head is
the limits of sense.
Comments: Regarding Jimmy's comment about strings breaking soon. I would double check the string
job. The final
knot is pretty hard to get done and if the stringer is not experienced they could damage the string resulting in a lesser
Comments: I don't know whether or not this is just the string I use but it seems that the string breaks a
on this racket than it did with my old
Comments: The sleeper, I used a Tour 18x16 for a couple of weeks before trying this! Racket is a bit
oriented and strung with Prince's New Poly 17 "Beast" on the mains at 54 and 17 MSV Co-Focus hex at 54 on Xs, is
control. No huge tension loss and almost no flyers playing against hard hitters I could return power easily and hit spin
Much more predictable than the 18x16 on slices and touch shots. Very easy to generate spin on serves and tension is
older arm when hitting flat. I instruct indoor on carpet and this is a huge departure from my Wilson frames. First Prince
graphite I have liked.
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