Prince EX03 Tour 100 (20x18) - What's the feel and power like?

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  1. Trojan1994

    Trojan1994 New User

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    Never owned a "port" racquet but the reported "arm friendliness" aspect of this frame intrigues me.

    Can you try and explain/describe the feel or lack there of with this frame?

    Also, what is the power and control like?

    Can you recommend a string set up and tension?

    I am used to/own/play with the following frames:

    Wilson Steam 99S
    Wilson Steam 105S
    Wilson Blade 98S
    Wilson Blade 93
    Wilson Juice 100 and 108
    Wilson Pro Staff: 90, 95 and 100
    Babolat: Pure Drive Light, Pure Drive, Pure Drive Roddick and Roddick Plus, Pure Storm Team, Pure Storm Limited, Aero Pro Drive 2013 and Aero Pro Drive Light GT
    Volkl: C10Pro, PB10 Mid, Organix 10(295)
    Prince OG Oversize

    If you can compare it with reference to any of the above frames that would be great.

    Regards,

    Tony
     
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  2. tata

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    In the feel department, there will definitely be a transition period. Unlike your stiffer player frames where it feels 'raw' and 'rock solid' or 'crisp', the exo feels more cushioned. You will feel less (hardly any) shock and vibration from the frame. However, in saying that, the frame can still be solid and crisp if you add lead to it and use the right strings. The lead will give it plow and still feel solid in terms of stability at impact/contact. Using the right strings, such as a full bed of multi like nxt tour 17, will definitely give you feel a crisp feel at contact. Poly will feel blunt, mute and boardy. Personally, I find it much easier to hit drop volleys or drop shots with this frame than any other racquet i've used. The low flex and dense pattern allows good pace absorption and low deflection of pace, keeping the ball short and low. Stiffer frames i've used tend to deflect too much energy and the ball sits up.

    Powerwise - low. Just swing out is all I can say.

    In the control department, it's all there.
     
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  3. Trojan1994

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    Thanks!

    I appreciate the feedback, I'm likely going to order this frame today as I've been giving a lot more play time the past 3 weeks with my Pure Drive Roddick and Roddick plus and my elbow has been mildly, but continuously, sore. As such its making me concerned that its at least in part, the equipment, not so much as it being an over training/playing issue.

    Last time I had Tennis Elbow was over a year ago when I exclusively played using a Pure Drive Light. At the time, it was speculated that I over trained/played AND that I was using slice serves too much...

    That said, after several months of icing my elbow, stretching, less tennis and switching to a Volkl Organix 10(295), haven't had a hint of TE until now, despite the same amount of tennis, up to 5 days a week, several hours of play per day and almost the same use of slice serves(less than before as I finally learned to reliably serve a topspin/kick serve).

    On non Wilson Spin Racquets, I tend to run hybrid set ups using either Volkl Cyclone 16 or 17 or RPM Dual 17 in the Mains at 50-52 and either and either NXT 16 or 17 OR Technifibre NRG2 17 in the Crosses at 48-50.

    Do you think those string combos and tension would be good on the Tour and still provide access to the touch shots you mentioned? Thanks again!

    Regards,

    Tony
     
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  4. Kasmatsu

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    I haven't used the strings you list. I have Technifibre Pro Red Code in mine at 54# and the touch and feel is great. I also added a technifibre leather grip to make it more headlight. It is the best serving racquet I have ever used with my slice serve.
     
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  5. pmata814

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    I own the exo 3 tour 18x20 and also the 16x18. I stopped using them because I switched to the Rebel 98.

    The feel of the tour can be compared somewhat to the PB10 mid. The tour is significantly lighter and easier to swing, has a much larger sweetspot, and it's even flexier than the volkl. I really enjoy the ball pocketing (plush) feel in a racquet so that's why I liked it. I've also had tennis elbow in the past and the tour is the most arm friendly racquet I've ever hit with. I don't consider the power level to be low as the previous post. It's not as powerful as a Roddick ofcourse but it's not as low-powered as the PB10 either. It's a little above average for me. Maybe it's the strings I used. Because of the low flex I really felt the frame played better with synthetic gut in the higher tension range. I strung it with Forten sweet 17 @ 62-64 lbs.

    I did experiment with poly in the mains and forten in the crosses and this is the only frame that my elbow has not complained even with the poly. I did drop tension to 54/58 lbs though.

    Kinda in a hurry right now but if you have any specific questions just ask and I'll try my best to answer them.

    P.S.
    I didn't feel much difference between the 18x20 and the 16x18. The 18x20 has a crisper feel to it and a tad less spinny but that could just be my head telling me that it is 'less spinny because it's dense pattern.'
     
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  6. Trojan1994

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    Thanks!

    I appreciate the info.!

    Regards,

    Tony
     
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    Thanks!

    Good to hear that its even more arm friendly and powerful than PB10 Mid!

    I appreciate the help!

    Regards,

    Tony
     
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  8. mikeler

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    My tennis elbow finally cleared after switching to the 16x18 version of the Exo3 Tour.
     
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  9. nickarnold2000

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    Are you going to demo the 16x16 version when it comes out?
     
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    I plan to but I'm a little concerned about the increased stiffness. Perhaps this will be offset by the even more open pattern. The other thing that concerns me is the trajectory of the ball coming off the 16x18 is already high. I'm hoping the 16x16 is not much higher.
     
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    Bullseye! <ten>
     
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  12. Trojan1994

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    Good to hear that!

    I ordered the 18 x 20 version today, should be playing with it Tuesday night!

    Regards,

    Tony
     
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  13. ChicagoJack

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    Is Prince making a 20 x 18 Exo Tour, or is that a typo in the thread title?
     
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  14. huba01

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    is the 16x16 tour going to be stiffer than the current 16x18 version ?
     
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  15. Trojan1994

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    typo...

    Regards,

    Tony
     
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  16. mikeler

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    From the info I've seen, yes.
     
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