A new Prince EXO3 Tour 100 (18x20) racquet at Thailand Open 2010 (pics included)

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by suppawat, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. suppawat

    suppawat Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Messages:
    575
    Location:
    Bangkok
    Check this out. I just saw a new Prince EXO3 Tour 100 (18x20) in Dunlop/Prince booth at Thailand Open 2010. The cosmetic reminds me of EXO3 and Ozone. Besides cool cosmetic, this new Prince frame also have boxier beam and thinner EXO3 ports. Even though the frame is not as boxy as Head frames, but it's a good move for Prince to bring back box beam to modern O3 frames. It should hit US market very soon.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    #1
  2. suppawat

    suppawat Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Messages:
    575
    Location:
    Bangkok
    #2
  3. Icedorb217

    Icedorb217 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    Messages:
    587
    Location:
    SoCal
    Cool looks nice! And at first I thought this was fake but saying how you posted it made me change my mind immediately.
     
    #3
  4. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2004
    Messages:
    6,139
    It's a Prince, so that means "gives you 26 percent more control, 21 percent more power, yet still manages to increase court coverage by 14 percent." Power level 819.
     
    #4
  5. TheBoom

    TheBoom Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2010
    Messages:
    2,341
    Location:
    Kingwood texas
    Dude i don't know if i'll try it or not but that frame is H-O-T :)
     
    #5
  6. airdupont

    airdupont Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Messages:
    424
    Sweet, Finally!!!!! Can't wait to try this one !!!!!
     
    #6
  7. airdupont

    airdupont Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Messages:
    424
    How about Specs?
     
    #7
  8. themitchmann

    themitchmann Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,622
    Sick pics.
     
    #8
  9. philxor

    philxor New User

    Joined:
    May 23, 2008
    Messages:
    47
    What are the specs? I wonder if it's something similar to the Ozone Pro Tour...
     
    #9
  10. Don't Let It Bounce

    Don't Let It Bounce Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,623
    Nice paint; better use of the colors than the Ozone Tour, IMO.

    I wonder if there will be room in the EXO3 lineup for both the Graphite and the Tour? I can't imagine a great deal of difference between them, spec-wise. EDIT: Unless of course the Tour will have only the 18x20 pattern, leaving the 16x19 to the Graphite.
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2010
    #10
  11. un6a

    un6a Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2010
    Messages:
    526
    Will there be 16x18 version too ? and what are the specs of the racquet ?

    I think PJ is just average for today standarts. Concurrent new dunlop frames (200 and 300) or older princes like Exo3 Black looks way better.
     
    #11
  12. suppawat

    suppawat Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Messages:
    575
    Location:
    Bangkok
    Sorry guys, I went to the event and that racquet was gone already.
     
    #12
  13. FuriousYellow

    FuriousYellow Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2004
    Messages:
    1,485
    Hmmm...was this supposed to be Davydenko's new frame before he jumped to Dunlop?

    It looks like Dunlop developed a 200 series, 100 sq in, 18x20 frame for him with their new Biomemetic line.
     
    #13
  14. klementine

    klementine Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    4,123
    Location:
    DcMdVa
    Wow Suppawat !!! Posting Pics like you're getting paid to do it...!!!!

    Thank you very much !!!!

    Now, TT? .... This new EXO3 Tour 100 looks to me as if the grommets can be replaced with either string or port holes... Hmmm?

    I loved the Prince Ozone Pro Tour (still have 1 somewhere in the bag).... I just really hated that damp-dead feel. The only interchangeable piece on the racquet was the throat grommet... rubber or plastic.

    If the new EXO3 Tour 100 has interchangeable port/string grommets at 3,9 and 12... I will take a nice long look at this racquet when it comes out.
     
    #14
  15. SirGounder

    SirGounder Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Messages:
    1,757
    that is a really sweet looking stick.
     
    #15
  16. philxor

    philxor New User

    Joined:
    May 23, 2008
    Messages:
    47

    Yeah I still use the OPT, it's my racquet of choice, but I'm starting to demo some other racquets right now because I'm looking for something with a bit more feel to it. I was disappointed in the newer line of EXO racquets that they didn't have anything with comparable specs to the OPT, so I just bought another OPT a few months ago. It looks to me like this frame could support hole inserts.
     
    #16
  17. klementine

    klementine Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    4,123
    Location:
    DcMdVa
    ^ What makes the OPT a great racquet to me was the flex in the throat... a large sweet-spot in a tight 18x20 pattern.

    It's like a 'shot-gun'... fore-hands are really addictive and flat serves.

    That lack-of feedback or dampening of the racquet really hurt my 2nd serve, slices and volleys.

    If this new EXO3 Tour 100 really does have interchangeable grommets... I might have found the racquet to replace my MGPresMids....???

    That's how much I loved the original Ozone Pro Tour... can't wait to demo it!!!!
     
    #17
  18. safinator

    safinator Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2010
    Messages:
    284
    Looks pretty good to me. I know for sure that it is not a racquet for me, but I am sure this will be a good stick for who liked the Ozone Tour.
     
    #18
  19. okdude1992

    okdude1992 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2005
    Messages:
    3,337
    looks really nice. don't think it would suit me personally, but who knows
     
    #19
  20. whomad15

    whomad15 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    557
    isnt the exo3 graphite a 16x18? I know the non-exo3 graphite OS is a 16x19, mid is a 14x18
     
    #20
  21. ManuGinobili

    ManuGinobili Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2009
    Messages:
    1,591
    you are TORNADOING UP this board :)
     
    #21
  22. crism54

    crism54 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    Messages:
    507
    310gr , 31c balance for 1 version (data confirmed by prince), the other still do not know instead.
     
    #22
  23. jace112

    jace112 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    700
    Location:
    Paris, FRANCE
    66 RA on the RDC

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
    #23
  24. kimguroo

    kimguroo Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,888
    do you know beam width?
     
    #24
  25. Fed Kennedy

    Fed Kennedy Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,797
    Location:
    With Roger
    string pattern?
     
    #25
  26. kimguroo

    kimguroo Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,888
    18x20 you can see it from the pics ^_^
     
    #26
  27. Fed Kennedy

    Fed Kennedy Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,797
    Location:
    With Roger
    Thanks, i cant see ****e on this blackberry
     
    #27
  28. crism54

    crism54 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    Messages:
    507
    where you have find this pics?
    It's a pro room version, but for retail ther will be also other head size (ms o smaller than 100 inch)?
    thanks
     
    #28
  29. klementine

    klementine Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    4,123
    Location:
    DcMdVa
    Yes!!!!

    Clearly visible from the pics that string-port inserts are available for this new version!!!!

    Thank you all for posting the pics!!!
     
    #29
  30. jace112

    jace112 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    700
    Location:
    Paris, FRANCE
    Don't know about the other head sizes, sorry. A friend of mine runs a pro shop in Paris. He customizes frames for some pros too, here in France. He showed me the new Prince yesterday.
     
    #30
  31. jchl97

    jchl97 Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Messages:
    341
    From Tennis Warehouse Italia's Facebook page:

    [​IMG]
     
    #31
  32. Fed Kennedy

    Fed Kennedy Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,797
    Location:
    With Roger
    ports/holes or just ports?
     
    #32
  33. ajtennisace

    ajtennisace New User

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    23
    These are definitely not fake. One of my friends is fully sponsored by Prince and just received 6 of these. BTW they play incredibly
     
    #33
  34. klementine

    klementine Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    4,123
    Location:
    DcMdVa
    Can anyone confirm this?....

    There will be string and port grommets available for the EXO3 Tour 100.

    In the pics Suppawat supplied, port grommets are installed.... In the pics Jace112 posted, string-hole grommets are clearly visible...

    If the original Ozone Pro Tour had string-hole grommets available I would have never switched away from that racquet...

    and ajtennisace's comment makes me eager for a demo of this stick.

    Jan.2011 is the expected release date????
     
    #34
  35. crism54

    crism54 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    Messages:
    507
    same specs of the older model. 310gr , 31cm balance, 16*18...plus lite version of 280gr. now we wait (maybe) the pro tour team version (310gr 18*20), light version of the pro tour from 328gr, but the bad notice is that there isn't ms 95 version
     
    #35
  36. Kyle7286

    Kyle7286 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    142
    Location:
    Atl, Ga
    wow!!! This stick looks very nice and comfy!! I want to demo one so bad..... 16 x 18 pattern please!!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2010
    #36
  37. philxor

    philxor New User

    Joined:
    May 23, 2008
    Messages:
    47
    So the marketing pictures are a 16x18 racquet and the specs are very close to the old Ozone Tour. I have not seen any other pictures of the 18x20 version, presumably the Pro version, except or the original poster's pictures. Anyone have more details or specs on that one? I'm still using the Ozone Pro Tour and have considered switching racquets lately but if a similar spec'd EXO3 Pro Tour makes it out I may have to wait.
     
    #37
  38. DukeLit

    DukeLit Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    107
    Location:
    New England
    Thanks for the info, from a former Prince player who can't wait to try this one. I too know Didier, as he is my stringer when I am living in France. Great guy, and I'm glad he gave you a sneak peak at the racquet!
     
    #38
  39. 86golf

    86golf Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2009
    Messages:
    607
    Location:
    Carolinas
    playtesters love this stick

    The buzz around my club re this stick is crazy. I can't even playtest them bc they are checked out all the time. If you have hit with this racquet, plz chime in. We have the 16 and 18 main racquets but like I said they are getting a lot of attention, more so than any other racquet, ever at our club. I'd like to know what the attraction is all about...
     
    #39
  40. Topspin770

    Topspin770 New User

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    Messages:
    12
    I'm holding one of these frames right now. Played with it on Saturday. The stick I have is a 16X18, but there is an 18X20 version. Weight was right on at 310grs, which is the spec. Swing weight is low, which can be a drawback, but offers great customization potential. I think the swing weight was about 310 strung, maybe a little less. I added a lot of lead tape to take the sw up to 336 which makes this stick SWEET!

    This frame came with string ports, not grommets. While the frame felt a bit different than my BLX 90, it didn't feel mushy. It was solid. The Prince rep confirmed that grommets will be available once the frame is released.

    This stick is stable, forgiving, maneuverable, and comfortable. It offers nice access to power, but is very controllable. Ground strokes are great, volleys are commanding. The jury is still out on the serve, however. I'm hitting with the frame again tomorrow and will update with a brief serve review.
     
    #40
  41. 1hbhBUX

    1hbhBUX Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    401
    The 66 flex rating was on an unstrung frame, correct? Does that translate to a 63/64 flex when strung? Not sure how that works.
     
    #41
  42. klementine

    klementine Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    4,123
    Location:
    DcMdVa
    ^ Not sure either.... Nice question.

    This stick would be ideal at 66-67 RA strung. I'm tired of the middle of the road flex that most racquets have... 63-65. I can appreciate either a stiff or a flexy racquet... but that in between stuff is starting to irritate me.

    Also depends on where the racquet flexes. I loved the Original Ozone Pro Tour because of the flex in the throat and stable head.. We'll see this time around with the EXO3 Tour 100 what changes were made.
     
    #42
  43. rlau

    rlau Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,235
    Location:
    NL
    Any news about this frame? Is it coming out in January? Will TW do a playtest?
     
    #43
  44. themitchmann

    themitchmann Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,622
    ^^^TW is testing a bunch if Prince frames. The EXO3 Tour will be available in January in a 16x18 and 18x20.
     
    #44
  45. Noltae

    Noltae Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Messages:
    203
    I wish they would make the tour a 98 inch head size
     
    #45
  46. 1hbhBUX

    1hbhBUX Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    401
    The original Ozone Pro Tour had the tapered beam that was 18mm in the throat, which would explain the flex. If there's really a new mold for this one, it will be interesting to see if this is still the case.
     
    #46
  47. rlau

    rlau Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,235
    Location:
    NL
    According to the specs for the EXO3 Tour, it will have a 18-20-18 mm tapered beam. So I guess it will be the same as for the Ozone Pro Tour.
     
    #47
  48. jace112

    jace112 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    700
    Location:
    Paris, FRANCE
    Unstrung specs measured Prince Exo3 Tour
    314 g
    65 Ra
    31 cm
    298 kg.cm2
    [​IMG]
     
    #48
  49. gino

    gino Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2009
    Messages:
    2,075
    Has anybody hit with this bad boy?

    Likes?

    Dislikes?
     
    #49
  50. themitchmann

    themitchmann Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,622
    Nice sig Jace...a little Mitch Hedberg...I like.
     
    #50

Share This Page