Prince EXO3 Tour 100 - 18x20 Tennis Racquet Review

June 2nd, 2011 by Graham Theriault

filed in Tennis Product Reviews, Tennis Racquet Reviews

Prince EXO3 Tour 100

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
- An attractive paint job with nice shiny metallic orange EXO grommets.  Also a thin beam (21mm) and solid weight yet whippy and maneuverable. I couldn't wait to hit with the Tour 100, the headsize, 100 sq inches, and large round sweet spot looked like it would provide a fun demo ahead.  I wasn't disappointed.

GROUNDSTROKES:
- The Prince EXO3 Tour 100 felt consistent and solid on forehands and backhands especially.  It was very spin friendly and had less depth on shots then it sibling the 16x18 providing more margin on my shot, which I appreciated.  It oozed with confidence thanks to the large strike zone on this thing.  And it perfected top spin forehands and hard sliced backhands equally well which really impressed me and flat out made my wife want to switch her regular racquet to a Tour 100 18x20 immediately.  It was stable at 11.6 oz but had a low swing weight (322) making it very maneuverable and fast-feeling.  It is not very stiff (rated at 52), however if you like a livelier racquet with some vibration this racquet will not disappoint.

VOLLEYS:
- Volley were a strength with this racquet.  I could easily see it being popular with doubles players.  The large sweet spot and overall maneuverability really shined in volleys.  Forehands were crisp and backhands were blocked back with ease.  Again, you're gonna feel volleys due to the lack of stiffness but the sweet spot is a great trade-off in my opinion.

SERVES/RETURN OF SERVES:
- Serving was a strength with the Tour 100 18x20.  The swing weight made snapping off serves a breeze.  It felt lighter than the 11.6 oz it sports and the 18x20 string pattern seemed to make the ball explode off my serve more than it's sibling the 16x18.  It also has a slightly less swing-weight rating than the 16x18 and I honestly felt the difference.  
- Returns were exceptional with the 18x20.  The big sweet spot, and light feel to this racquet allowed counter shots galore.  And it seemingly erased off-centered returns.  Returns are a big advantage with the Tour 100 and especially the 18x20 version.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:
- This racquet rocks!  I see why it's the racquet of choice for world-class grinder and counter-shot master David Ferrer.  The weight added stability but the swing weight made this racquet deceptively fast feeling.  It volleyed great, served exceptional, returned incredible and is a consistent choice for base line players.  It's thin beam adds to it's comfort and if you like big, big sweet spots on your weapon, this one needs to demoed, trust me.