Prince EXO3 Warrior 100 Review

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  1. Power Player

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    I promise this will happen. I can't resist the gooey goodness of gut.
     
  2. Dgdavid

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    I served a great couple of hundred serves with my Alu Powered Pure Drive today (just practising of course). I like it a lot. Only fly in the ointment is the incoming Volkl Organix V1 (delivery 14th April) and the small matter of me trading my two 500 Tours for 2 Vcore 98Ds. Didn't like it first time round but they are strung better and I have recently learned that strings make a huge difference. Sadly, I think the Warriors are finally being retired for good. PD increasingly looking like the one for me but V1 is the last one to try really then I have tried them all.
     
  3. YesTennis

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    I've been using the PD 2012 for about a month. Like others, I was scared about the stiffness, especially as I'm almost 50. Had some forearm discomfort after the first session of about an hour. None since. I did soften up the racquet a bit using VS mains and RPM in the crosses. Agree with the other posters- this is really a great racquet. Great combination of power and control. Excellent ability to generate topspin, and easy power/spin on serves. Very pleased. Jack, I think you'll really like this one!
     
  4. Fed Kennedy

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    Venus, serena, clisters, na and henin are all gutting in their racs, might be onto something.
     
  5. Dgdavid

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    But if we all finally settle with one after all this, we are still only at the start of the summer :)
     
  6. Power Player

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    Jack hopefully you have worked on your strokes in terms of arming the ball. That is what I noticed when you posted vid, but that was a long time ago.

    You can't arm the ball with this stick and not get arm pain if you have TE history. If you are using the offhand and your core, plus hitting out in front, you are going to be smiling a lot when you play with this stick..(I'd add some lead at the tip to match it to the Warrior as well).

    Dgdavid you have the Brown Bear coming? You beast.
     
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    Brown bear with grey strings! Gonna be getting free points whilst my opponents avert their eyes from the ugliness (of the racket...).

    Remember to wait until we all have purchased and settled on the PD Standard and then hit us with the Plus version is far better :)
     
  8. Power Player

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    haha..I love the + racquets in general. If you think you may, it is worth a demo...there is an adjustment period as well, but in my case it is well worth it.
     
  9. ArliHawk

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    All this talk makes me think I might be ordering a Pure Drive soon.

    Tough, because I already have 2 AeroPro Drive GTs. Oh, well.
     
  10. Dgdavid

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    Well, if you want to be in this thread, you need to sell them at a loss, change your mind 20 times losing a bit of money each time and then you can try the PD :shock:

    ps. if possible, try to get your wife to say "but you can only play with one...."
     
  11. ArliHawk

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    Think I'd definitely sell one of the APD, but not the 2011 French Open paint job. That is too pretty to part with.

    Rebel that I am, if I liked the Pure Drive, I'd probably keep one of each. I know that flies in the face of sentiment around here.
     
  12. Power Player

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    You could match the 2 in terms of weight and be fine.

    those are 2 sticks you could interchange now and then..they are very similar. the Pure Drive is just more versatile in my experience.
     
  13. JackB1

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    My technique is so much better since that last video. I am also more that one Usta level better. I was a 3.0 then and am close to 4.0 now. I win a good % of my matches at 3.5.
     
  14. BC1

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    Jack, did you order a demo, or new pd? And if new, what string set-up? Even though i like the fxp tour, I'm still wanting to try RIP. So many have commented that its very good in the pd (of course power play, but many others as well). I tried your hybrid beast/attack in my previous one, but never got a true feeling of how it was. Alu power is very good as dgdavid will attest to, but I dont think you want to go the poly route.
     
  15. goherd27

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    I recieved a V1 MP as a demo today. Strung up with my usual VS Gut and NXT hybrid. It actually looks better than I imagined. Looks better in natural light. Hope to get out and try it tomorrow night.

    Not really looking to switch from the Rebel and it is out of my normal spec range but it looked interesting enough to give it a try.
     
  16. ArliHawk

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    Anxious to hear what you think of the V1 MP.
     
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    a little off topic no guys?

    :)
     
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    interested in picking up another Rebel 98? I have a 4 1/2" for ya if you want it?
     
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    Thanks but I am at capacity.
     
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    is it true that the Bab gripsize runs 1 size big? Could you possible measure your 3/8 around about 2" from the butt end? Measure with an overgrip on if possible. My Warrior 4 1/2 is 4 5/8" around with overgrip.
     
  21. Dgdavid

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    I play with a 4 1/2 on the Warrior with overgrip and with the Pure Drive, a 4 3/8 with overgrip. I always thought Princes gripped smaller as I am 4 3/8 on Head also.

    edit: with a thin Head XtremeSoft grip, the Prince is 1/16 larger but nothing in it. PD is bang on 4.5, the Warrior is exactly half way between 4 1/2 and 4 5/8.
     
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    Nervous now. Mine is on my way with Alu Power at 53 but I can't return it if I don't like it. TWE don't do a demo programme to UK. Fingers crossed.
     
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    Yes, Babs one run size big. I use a 1/4 instead of a 3/8ths.
     
  24. Dgdavid

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    PP, what sort of adjustment did you have to make for a Plus?
     
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    Just spacing a little further from the ball. Thats about it.
     
  26. keithfival

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    Hey Jack, I'll trade you a Warrior, 4 3/8 for the Reb.

    (Don't ask me why, I don't even know myself!)
     
  27. JackB1

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    thanks but I need a 4 1/2
     
  28. Dgdavid

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    another very nice evening with the PD. Everything played well, really pleased. Too late to cancel V1 Midplus but it has a tough job to displace the PD now. Just amazed that I can be so accurate with a "tweener".
     
  29. ArliHawk

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    Seems to be a pretty uniform response around here.

    Did you buy the V1 or are you just demoing?
     
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    Won't clutter this thread but I hit some with the V1 MP tonight. I will put my thoughts on a new thread.
     
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    And for those of us who have turned into "Pure Drivers" maybe we should start another pd2012 thread/club? Most of the others are more targeted to the roddick or the extended length.
     
  32. vinnieSE

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    Thanks for comments Dgdavid. Guess it will be down to the Warrior, PD2012 or playing the lottery on a Mantis 300 (starting to think that the limited access to Mantis is really what is feeding my interest). Between the three, the result should most likely be the same just a different feel I guess.

    //C
     
  33. Dgdavid

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    Bought it but you never know, might even ace the PD.
     
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    BC1- good idea to start a standard PD thread- I play with the racquet and would be glad to join in the conversation
     
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    Same here, still thinking a good setup for me. Synth gut mains and poly cross isn't it yet. Espacially in bad weather it's hard on my arm.
     
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    Ok, let's do it! I will try to start one later today.
     
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    Ok. I started a "club" thread for the PURE DRIVE 2012.

    For those that want to join in, go to it!! http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=420358

    However, I don't want this to take anything away from this great Warrior Review thread. Let's keep the Warrior thread going. The Warrior is an amazing racquet and well deserved of continued praise, success and discussion!!
     
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    Is there much demand for the Warrior in the US? I tried selling mine on a 7 day listing but zero interest in them. Will cost me £30 to ship to US but thought it might still be worth it.
     
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    Come on, too stiff - you need stiffness my friend.:confused:
     
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    did everyone abandon their Warriors for Pure Drives???

    Damn you BC1 !!
     
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    Your next.....
     
  42. Dgdavid

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    "Cross over, children. All are welcome. All welcome, go into the light...there is peace and serenity in the light."
     
  43. DILLPICKLE TENNIS

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    Still swinging away with the Warrior, matter of fact have another one on the way.
     
  44. ramos77

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    what strings are you using? demoed one tonight and really liked it.

    no more arm pain. was using a dead set of syn gut.

    what you recommend for TE? I'm thinking natural gut...

    I really liked serving with it.
     
  45. ramos77

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    I also noticed they are selling for $110 on evilbay, are these legit?
     
  46. JackB1

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    I haven't abandoned it yet. Its got no flaws really. I am testing the new Pure Drive, but the Warrior is definitely less stiff feeling and more arm friendly. If the Pure Drive doesn't offer me any significant improvements I will most likely stick with the Warrior as my main stick. It just does everything so well and it's like you really have to try and mishit a ball with it.
     
  47. DILLPICKLE TENNIS

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    My nephew lives in Lawrenceville, and I hit with his pd, I immediately could tell the stiffness of the pd compared to the warrior. I really don't have anything bad to say about the pd. My long term thoughts is the fact that I am nearing 60, and I still swing away, knowing I have mishits, the warrior is definitely more forgiving to me. Jack do you ever get down to Rome? Out of curiosity, do you string your crosses of attack 2 pounds more to take some of the spring out of them? I am still loving the Hexy fiber @ 54/56
     
  48. DILLPICKLE TENNIS

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    I bought a warrior demo and it was strung with beast mains at 62 and lightening spin crosses at 58. It hit okay, but I really had to work hard to get the power I wanted. I normally prefer tension around 54, so I restrung it with my favorite multi...Dunlop Hexy fiber. 54 mains. 56 crosses. It has the power on tap now!!!! There are others that like different string choices, and that's kinda the bottom line, it really depends on how the string feels to you. One other good point of the Dunlop, it is only $6.95 a set. I am not a frequent string breaker, so I usually restring once a month. Hope this helps a little.
     
  49. DILLPICKLE TENNIS

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    Sorry Jack, I meant to say.....up to Rome. And I am of the same opinion as you, the warrior (for me) does everything well. This also goes back to a personal preference as you mentioned in one of your earlier posts. I agree that the tw review was not the most favorable, but I am not experiencing any of the drawbacks that they were having. So it always comes down to how it feels in your hands....I enjoy reading the posts on this warrior thread. Keep em coming!!
     
  50. RollTrackTake

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    New entries to the tweener fray!

    I see TW is now selling Mantis racquets........the 300 is right in the
    Warrior/PD class of racquets. who will take a bite on it???:twisted:
     

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