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Comments: I had been playing with a stiffer racquet with stiffer strings for the last couple years. The one saving
grace is that I had leaded it up to 12.3 ounces, which helped to absorb some of the shock. But still have been suffering from
tennis elbow. Decided to demo some racquets, including the Prince Tour 16x18. Wow, talk about being an arm saver, as well as a
solid, stable well-performing racquet! I have added weight to also be in that 12.3-12.5 ounce range, but balanced it so it still has
similar head light balance to stock form. Being that it's such a flexible racquet and relatively low-powered, it favors those who like
to generate their own power and swing out, while still offering great control. In other words, it rewards proper technique from all
areas of the court. It's a great racquet from the baseline on either side, great at producing topspin or slices. Perhaps it's not an
ESP, but nevertheless a spin monster in its own right! Very effective at the net, though I've probably lost a little of the
maneuverability on touch shots due to the extra weight added. It seems as though the flexibility reduces some velocity in the
serve department, but I was able to get that back with the extra weight. And again, proper serve technique will be rewarded. Great
choice for a racquet, give it a demo!
From: Anon, 4/15
Comments: I switched my Prince Tour 95 for this Prince Tour 100 16x18. I needed more spin and forgiveness,
especially if I must play faster in some tough matches. This racquet has probably a little less control (but still a lot) and it is not as
stable as the Prince Tour 95. Also serves don't have such good pin-point precision. But other features are certainly better then in
the Tour 95. The Tour 100 16x18 is surely a baseliner's dream. It is difficult to miss groundstrokes because of the low level of
power, big sweet spot and good control. The consistency of playing is very solid. This racquet also has some of the best spin
potential that I have ever experienced. The frame is not very light (310 g) but the head speed is great so it's very maneuverable at
the net. Serving with the Tour 16x18 is very easy. It has great access to spin so oppenents have a lot of trouble hitting a clean
return. I've put Signum Pro at 23.5/22.5 kgs (52/50 lbs) and it works pretty well. Three weeks ago I also tested the 18x20 version
but for me it doesn't have the same playability or spin. Best suited for 4.0+ players who like soft-feeling racquets.
From: Przemyslaw, 2/15
Comments: The combination of the thin beam, low stiffness and large head makes this racquet truly a one of a
kind. This uniqueness is also reflected in its performance. The thin beam and EXO3 ports allow for unbelievably high racquet head
speeds; a factor that responds better the more you exploit it. There is ample power, remarkable control and amazing feel. This
allows for ridiculous topspin groundstrokes that hit the mark better the harder you pummel them and deep, penetrating truly
nasty slice that stay low and slide off greatly. On serve, slice serves seem to take a life of their own and escape out to the sides of
the court, flat serves bomb down wherever you wish and kick serves pounce up and out of your opponents reach. Volleys are so
easy to punch, cradle, cut and drop. Once you get used to the feel and high racquet head speed and learn to really put your
weight behind the ball, there really aren't any other sticks out there to match the ridiculously high amount of control as well as the
forgiveness of the Tour 100. There is such a remarkably uniform response throughout the stringed and it seems almost
impossible to hit outside the sweetspot. I was a user of the previous EXO3 Tour 100 that switched due to some instability high in
the racquet head, however this update fixes everything that was wrong and made everything that was right even more captivating.
Everything one could ask for in a racquet.
From: Anon, 1/15
Comments: Compared to the Exo3 Tour 100 this racquet is slightly top heavier and slightly stiffer. This results in a
bit more power and a bit more stability that the Exo3 Tour 100 was missing. Great improvement. Great stick!
From: Jack, 12/14
Comments: After a 18 year hiatus, I restarted playing tennis 1.5 years ago. I restarted with the Wilson nTour2 95
and that gave me terrible tendinitis. So I switched to the C10 pro from Volkl, great racquet, helped me with my TE but felt a little
sore after playing. With the Wilson, pain was pretty much unbearable. Demoed this racquet and bought two. After 2 months, TE
elbow has completely healed, no issues whatsoever. Spin production is amazing, my opponents have complemented my new
found heavy ball and also they seem to need to play further back because of the high kick. Slice is wicked as well. I use 49 lbs
mains, Tourna Big Hitter Blue 17g and 51 lbs crosses Gamma Challenger (soft multi). My NTRP rating is 5.5.
Must demo if you have arm issues.
From: Anon, 12/14
Comments: I would recommend this racquet to someone that wants control and comfort. As lots of people have
said, this racquet is very low powered but is very spin friendly. I've tried many racquets and this one makes everything much
easier. I liked this racquet so much that I bought 6 of them -- this gives you a clue of how many racquets I tried and string
combinations also, that when I came up with this one I fell in love. My combo is this racquet with full Yonex Poly Tour Spin 60 lbs.
This combo makes my balls heavy as a rock for my opponents.
From: Sergio, 11/14
Comments: This is probably the most unique feeling racquet I've tried and I've demoed at least 20 different frames.
It's really hard to compare it to anything else due to the flex and feel. It took me a couple times out to get used to it but after I
did it's in my top 3 racquets ever although it plays very differently than the others. The sweetspot is huge, good plow through
(more than specs indicate), loads of spin yet I could flatten out shots when necessary and easy on the arm. I did notice outside
the sweetspot the stringbed is dead though and it does seem to be somewhat string sensitive. Balls can fly and directional control
can get shaky with power strings or lower tensions.
From: Chris, 10/14
Comments: After developing arm issues with Babolat frames, I switched to this racquet and couldn't be happier. I
have a full bed of Volkl Cyclone (a poly) strung at 45 lbs and not only have my arm issues gone away, but my game has risen. I get
spin and depth. My serve has more power and more kick. If you have had any type of arm issues you have to try this stick!
From: David, 10/14
Comments: Amazing. This is a potencial gem. Ultra comfortable because of its flex, balance and O-ports. It is also
pretty stable for a sub 11 ounce racquet. I almost forgot the great spin. After some more weight and strung with NXT string it
plays like a monster. 4.5 NTRP.
From: Anon, 10/14
Comments: Agree on the fact that this racquet is for anyone with elbow issues. Set it up with a thin multi like NXT,
it plays like a dream, with enough pop and never lack of spin. Have not tried hybrid combo. I suspect it will play well. But I have
tried full poly at 50 lbs and I could feel some tingling sensation in my arms. There is actually no advantage switching to poly with
this racquet except that it is more durable. Nothing like a good old graphite with lots of modern crisp feel.
From: Anon, 9/14
Comments: The Prince Tour 100 is nothing short of spectacular. I'm a 4.5 player, and I've played with several
racquets over the past 20 years, usually "players racquets" (like the Wilson 6.1, Dunlop 300g, etc.). My two most recent racquets
were the Babolat Storm and Wilson PS (the one with spin technology). The Prince Tour 100, in my opinion, surpasses all of these
racquets in pretty much every category. It's a little more powerful that most other players racquets, much more comfortable, and
just as stable. Where it really shines, however, is in its generous sweetspot. Maybe it's my age, but I feel like I hit more ball just
outside of the sweetspot than I used to, and the Tour 100 is much more forgiving than any other racquet I've used. Very highly
From: David, 8/14
Comments: I have now had a chance to thoroughly test the new Prince Tour 100 16x18. As I said earlier, the feel is
very similar to the EXO model. This new model is slightly stiffer, giving it slightly better directional control. Switching from the
EXO to the Tour requires no effort what so ever. Some players have commented that the Tour is not very powerful on the serve. I
rely on good technique in order to get power. Just look at the top players technique. I am a previous top 10 sectional player and
coach both international and nationally ranked players and they serve very hard due to the frequency of their practice and their
technique. Stiffer racquets will help you on the power side, but good technique is really the key to a good and effective serve. The
Tour is really nice when it comes to spin and control. I also love volleying with this stick, there is just so much feel. Sometimes I
make a lot of drop shots just because making them with the Tour just feels so good. For me this is the perfect all-court stick.
Smashes snd slices are also good with this stick, you just need the right strings to get the most out of it. I have been testing it
with the Prince Synthetic Gut with Duraflex 16 guage, which is not my regular string. This is my stick of choice now. When playing
on slow European clay this stick is just so comfortable and easy to hold long rallies with. When attacking you can really swing
through your shots with confidence. I normally use a multi in this racquet and will soon be replacing the present string with some
Technifibre threads (XR-1). This stick works great with a poly or a hybrid, just a great stick. This frame is designed for the player
who uses the entire court. This is also the best stick for players with arm issues. If the feel seems a little too mute then just give it
a couple of weeks and I think you will be pleasantly surprised how sweet this piece of art will perform.
From: Hayward, 8/14
Comments: Great racquet. I just started testing it but after having previously played with the EXO3 100, I feel that
the feel is very similar. This model is slightly stiffer than the EXO model but stll very flexible and comfortable. I will do a full
update on the results of my test later.
From: Hayward, 7/14
Comments: Absolutely love this racquet -- it's great from the baseline and so comfortable. I would recommend this
if you supply your own power. It has really helped my game, now I just need another one for backup.
From: JC, 5/14
Comments: Having come from long time success with both the Wilson Blade 98 and AeroPro Drive racquets I
started to unfortunately develop some shoulder tendinitis either from the stiff frames and polys or the combination that I'm
approaching my mid-30s. If I wanted to keep playing with the frequency and level I play I had to makes some changes. After some
research and recommendations from my coach who plays the 18x20 version the Tour line from Prince came on to my radar. I
decided to try the 16x18 for the additional spin and power which suits my style of play. I took the plunge and ordered a pair and
after a small adjustment period I'm so glad I made the switch -- never have I found a racquet to be this flexi and comfortable with
still the perfect amount of controlled power, spin and with a thin beam classic feel designed for modern strokes. With gut mains
and Lux 4G crosses I'm happy to report I can play for hours, multiple days in a row and not have a single shoulder pain or dead
arm feel afterwards like I would with the previous racquets. My level of play also increased not just because of the racquet but for
the fact I can swing out without fear of the pain later and the consistency of having a fresh arm each time out. Thank you Prince
for this amazing frame -- the matching pair I ordered from TW was perfectly matched to the gram and I plan on stocking up! If
you struggle with any pain at all or just looking for the antidote to the stiff racquets that are so popular these days do yourself a
favor and order one with gut mains and poly cross and spend some time with it -- you won't look back!
From: Alex, 5/14
Comments: I just purchased the Prince Tour 100 16x18 and played with the frame for a few hitting sessions. The
racquet is very low powered and the balls near the top of the frame feel dead and boardy. The ball feel is horrible and it's very
hard to gauge your shots. I strung the racquet with a multi at 57 lbs and the sweetspot felt small and unpredictable. You have to
swing very hard to generate any depth on your shots. I am a 4.5 baseline that has tried many player's frames such as the Prestige,
Pro Staff, Prof Staff Classic, Volkl C10 Pro and the Head Classic. The Prince Tour is not in the classic frame category. I will stay with
the Boris Becker Delta Core London whicht is much more user friendly. Overall, I am quite disappointed with this frame.
From: Ken, 5/14
Comments: This racquet is quite an improvement over the original EXO3 16x18. The original was so flexy that the
upper hoop was completely dead and the head had a bad fluttering effect when hitting slightly off center. These problems are
and what remains is pure ball striking perfection. Still very soft and low-powered, but now the lead tape fixes are no longer
To Robert who commented first, you should lose the poly string with your shoulder issues. Try a multi or natural gut in the mid
From: Jeff, 3/14
Comments: Coming off a rotator cuff injury (no surgery) -- all I have been doing is hitting grounders with a friend
the past few months once a week. No serving at all until another friend told me about this one with its flex rating. The flex is
awesome the weight is perfect but the all poly strings even though it's recommended I may try a different setup. Still a little
tightness in the shoulder but I have been using it now for a month and I can serve again. Not back at 100% but this one will get
back. This racquet does it all extremely well and will improves your game as well it is deadly accurate.
From: Robert, 2/14