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Comments: For quite some time I've been following this Prince Tour 100 (16x18) and collecting feedback from
users in my quest for a racquet to replace my current Wilson Six.One that I can't handle anymore, although I love it. I'm a
solid 4.0 (perhaps a little more not sure) and am used to heavy racquets. I decided to have a go with this one strung with
Luxilon 4G (to grant more control) at 40 lbs (since it was a highly flexible stick and had the O-ports that take some power
away). Bullseye! I think I got a very nice combination for this stick. I do have control, plenty of power, loads of spin and
comfort in a same package. I'm glad I took a chance with this one...it's a very forgiving frame and yes, although it's way
different from my Six.One, it has lots of feel. Maybe I can enhance it with a leather grip but I'm afraid to ruin the racquets
balance which I'm enjoying but is something to consider as soon as I buy two more of them. I'm back to Prince again since
my early tennis days and after playing with Wilson for a long time and I am surprised how good these Prince racquets still
are, considering everyone seems to enjoy and praise the hollow Heads and Babolats these days and rarely mention Prince
raqcuets. I tell you one thing: as long as I am able to swing and handle this racquet it won't never leave my bag and if I get
slower I'll switch to another great Prince racquet that is the warrior 107 (not the time for that yet). Congrats Prince and
From: Bernardo, 8/15
Comments: I still can't believe how soft that racquet is! The funny thing is, Talk Tennis talks a lot about what
the pro players use. But, a lot of them play with frames form the early 90s, the frames I grew up with (just sold those) and
these were in the 58-62 stiffness range. So instead of hunting down such frames, why not just buy a soft racquet like this
Prince Tour or Volkl (sure, it is not Murray's Prestige), but it is very much in line with similar frames. Serves, topspin,
volleys, aggressive defensive shots: all checked. Strung with RPM Blast at 48 lbs.
From: Bernard, 8/15
Comments: $129.00 is an excellent price for an excellent racquet. As a 4.0 player, I used to play with the
Rebel 98 and recently the Tour Pro ESP. I prefer the Tour 16x18 with O-ports, as I really like the plush feeling. I strung it at
52 lbs with Alu Power Rough and it is very good. I'm not afraid of hitting out, but when you press harder the ball has
amazing speed and impact. You can really hit deep or short.
From: Vivek, 8/15
Comments: Given the sale price, I decided to buy based on the specs and the TW review. I did try the previous
model though, in the past. I strung it with Yonex Poly Pro at 54 lbs. Other than a loss of pace on serve (my other racquet is
Blade 16x19), this frame is a gem -- groundstrokes and volleys are amazingly smooth. I played 3 single matches (4.5 rating)
and two double matches. The sweet spot is very forgiving, and you can go from defense to offense in a flash due to the
fast feeling beam. I will be ordering two more fearing the Extreme version will do away with the ports (yes, a big fan of
From: Alex, 8/15
Comments: Everything comes together with this frame: soft feel, stability, plow, spin, and speed. Strung with
Volkl Cyclone 16g at 52 lbs, this racquet is awesome! Great for counter punchers and precision hitting. I am a 4.5 player
and play against heavy hitters -- I need a stable racquet. I am not afraid of hitting with this racquet due to its connection to
the ball and controlled power. I tried the Pro version (no ports) and it felt flimsy and unstable with same string and against
same players. All in all, a serious frame for avid tennis players who demand a high level of precision from their frame. It
might take time for folks used to stiffer frames to adapt, but after an hour you will be dialed in.
From: Mark, 8/15
Comments: Love the flex. I have it currently strung with Tour Bite Soft 17g at 50 lbs. Smooth stroke hitting,
great feel for groundies and at the net. Serves have good pace and kick. Slices require very good technique to remain low.
I hope the replacement still has the ports because that provides a super fast feeling racquet, with ample comfort.
From: Jon, 8/15
Comments: Super nice frame -- I have two now. Love the flex and plush feeling, not to mention how speedy
the frame is at reacting to shots. I also serve more consistency than my Pure Drive Tour. Volleys and slices are good too,
with the latter not as low as I would like but polishing my technique here. All in all, it is a really fun stick to use, I could rally
all day with full confidence; I am now selling my Babolat racquet.
From: Stefan, 8/15
Comments: Spin monster. No problems accessing flat balls. Very reliable. Stable around the net as well as on
defensive shots. Medium level power. Very easy to get accustomed to the feel of the prince ports. I find the touch of this
racquets mediocre; this is the only downside for me. Played with this for 4 months now. 5.0 all-court game, 32 year old,
From: Adrian, 6/15
Comments: I had been playing with a stiffer racquet with stiffer strings for the last couple years. The one
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
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
similar head light balance to stock form. Being that it's such a flexible racquet and relatively low-powered, it favors those
to generate their own power and swing out, while still offering great control. In other words, it rewards proper technique
areas of the court. It's a great racquet from the baseline on either side, great at producing topspin or slices. Perhaps it's
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
serve department, but I was able to get that back with the extra weight. And again, proper serve technique will be
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
stable as the Prince Tour 95. Also serves don't have such good pin-point precision. But other features are certainly better
the Tour 95. The Tour 100 16x18 is surely a baseliner's dream. It is difficult to miss groundstrokes because of the low level
power, big sweet spot and good control. The consistency of playing is very solid. This racquet also has some of the best
potential that I have ever experienced. The frame is not very light (310 g) but the head speed is great so it's very
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
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
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
speeds; a factor that responds better the more you exploit it. There is ample power, remarkable control and amazing feel.
allows for ridiculous topspin groundstrokes that hit the mark better the harder you pummel them and deep, penetrating
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
the court, flat serves bomb down wherever you wish and kick serves pounce up and out of your opponents reach. Volleys
easy to punch, cradle, cut and drop. Once you get used to the feel and high racquet head speed and learn to really put
weight behind the ball, there really aren't any other sticks out there to match the ridiculously high amount of control as well
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
the racquet head, however this update fixes everything that was wrong and made everything that was right even more
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
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
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
sore after playing. With the Wilson, pain was pretty much unbearable. Demoed this racquet and bought two. After 2
elbow has completely healed, no issues whatsoever. Spin production is amazing, my opponents have complemented my
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
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
said, this racquet is very low powered but is very spin friendly. I've tried many racquets and this one makes everything
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
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
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
did it's in my top 3 racquets ever although it plays very differently than the others. The sweetspot is huge, good plow
(more than specs indicate), loads of spin yet I could flatten out shots when necessary and easy on the arm. I did notice
the sweetspot the stringbed is dead though and it does seem to be somewhat string sensitive. Balls can fly and directional
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
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
pretty stable for a sub 11 ounce racquet. I almost forgot the great spin. After some more weight and strung with NXT string
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
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
tried full poly at 50 lbs and I could feel some tingling sensation in my arms. There is actually no advantage switching to
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
were the Babolat Storm and Wilson PS (the one with spin technology). The Prince Tour 100, in my opinion, surpasses all of
racquets in pretty much every category. It's a little more powerful that most other players racquets, much more
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
outside of the sweetspot than I used to, and the Tour 100 is much more forgiving than any other racquet I've used. Very
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
very similar to the EXO model. This new model is slightly stiffer, giving it slightly better directional control. Switching from
EXO to the Tour requires no effort what so ever. Some players have commented that the Tour is not very powerful on the
rely on good technique in order to get power. Just look at the top players technique. I am a previous top 10 sectional
coach both international and nationally ranked players and they serve very hard due to the frequency of their practice and
technique. Stiffer racquets will help you on the power side, but good technique is really the key to a good and effective
Tour is really nice when it comes to spin and control. I also love volleying with this stick, there is just so much feel.
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
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
with the Prince Synthetic Gut with Duraflex 16 guage, which is not my regular string. This is my stick of choice now. When
on slow European clay this stick is just so comfortable and easy to hold long rallies with. When attacking you can really
through your shots with confidence. I normally use a multi in this racquet and will soon be replacing the present string with
Technifibre threads (XR-1). This stick works great with a poly or a hybrid, just a great stick. This frame is designed for the
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
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
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
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.
research and recommendations from my coach who plays the 18x20 version the Tour line from Prince came on to my radar.
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
after a small adjustment period I'm so glad I made the switch -- never have I found a racquet to be this flexi and
still the perfect amount of controlled power, spin and with a thin beam classic feel designed for modern strokes. With gut
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
arm feel afterwards like I would with the previous racquets. My level of play also increased not just because of the racquet
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
for this amazing frame -- the matching pair I ordered from TW was perfectly matched to the gram and I plan on stocking
you struggle with any pain at all or just looking for the antidote to the stiff racquets that are so popular these days do
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.
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
hard to gauge your shots. I strung the racquet with a multi at 57 lbs and the sweetspot felt small and unpredictable. You
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
Pro Staff, Prof Staff Classic, Volkl C10 Pro and the Head Classic. The Prince Tour is not in the classic frame category. I will
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
upper hoop was completely dead and the head had a bad fluttering effect when hitting slightly off center. These problems
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
From: Jeff, 3/14
Comments: Coming off a rotator cuff injury (no surgery) -- all I have been doing is hitting grounders with a
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
awesome the weight is perfect but the all poly strings even though it's recommended I may try a different setup. Still a
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
back. This racquet does it all extremely well and will improves your game as well it is deadly accurate.
From: Robert, 2/14