Prince Tour Pro 98 - specs

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  1. Automatix

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    Courtesy of TW:
    Name: Prince Tour Pro 98
    Head Size: 98in² / 632cm²
    Length: 27.00in / 68.58cm
    Weight: 11.40oz / 323g
    Balance Point: 4pts HL
    Swing Weight: 324
    Frame Stiffness: 61
    Beam Width: 21.5mm
    String Pattern: 18x20

    Interesting when compared to the Tour 98 ESP.
    Less head light, higher swingweight.
    While the higher swingweight is usually normal for Pro/Tour versions of certain frames it is traditionally associated with being more headlight, however due to the already headlight balance of the Tour 98 ESP I can understand why it's not the case here.

    Nevertheless I'm intrigued and waiting for TW to review it.
     
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  2. pmata814

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    I wish prince would come out with a racquet exactly like my rebel 98 but with traditional grommets.

    I know this one is supposed to be pretty similiar specwise but its closed pattern. :(
     
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  3. Ramon

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    The specs look good for a Pro/Tour type of racquet. The Tour 98 ESP is the one with the odd specs. I think Prince made it extra headlight to facilitate high topspin. I actually prefer a more traditional spec, which is why I added weight to my Tour 98 ESP.
     
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  4. tmc5005

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    Where have you found the Prince Tour Pro 98 ?
     
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  5. themitchmann

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    It's being released in 2014. The dealer book containing the specs and pic has been posted online in the past, while many dealers have a hard copy.

    I had the chance to hit with it in September (at the Stringer's Symposium). It's a solid stick.
     
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  6. pmata814

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    Can u please share how it felt? How does it compare to the older rebel 98 (non-esp)?
     
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  7. themitchmann

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    I only hit with it for a couple of minutes in September, so I can't really comment at the moment. Based on the specs, I'm definitely going to try it again.
     
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  8. themitchmann

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    Pro Racquets Stiffness and Swing Weight

    Hey guys. Had the chance to measure some demos on a RDC. Here are my results.

    Tour Pro 98 - RA 62, SW 328
    Tour Pro 100 - RA 58, SW 328
    Warrior Pro 100 - RA 64, SW 318
     
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  9. mikeler

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    Hmm, 58 for the Tour versus the old 52. I'm definitely hanging on to my Exos. Thanks for providing the info.
     
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    Having played with the Pro 100, I was surprised to see the RA number on the RDC. It didn't feel that flexy.
     
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    18x20 pattern, Radical IG MP?
     
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  12. loosegroove

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    Specs are up as these rackets are now on pre-sale here. No TW reviews yet though.
     
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  13. Ramon

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    I didn't see this on Prince's website. I guess they ditched it?
     
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    It definitely is more head light in order to create optimal spin. I played last night with the ESP strung with full BHBR7 poly and achieved spin that would have made Nadal proud. You must string this frame with higher tensions then normal. I have one problem with the racket that I guess that myself and many others will just have to live with. That problem is the whistling noise it makes with every stroke due to the large grommets.
     
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  16. Ramon

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    I just saw the new frames on TW's website. Good thing they sell the Tour 98 with a 16x20 pattern. If my strings keep breaking on my Tour 98 ESP, I might have to go with that one.
     
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  17. pmata814

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    Why not get the exo3 rebel 98 instead? It seems to be the same racquet just with different paint job than the tour 98. And it's on sale for $90. amazing price!
     
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  18. Ramon

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    I'm still debating on whether or not I should stick with my Tour 98 ESP. I do string at home, so that helps. By the time I sort it out, the specials on old models will probably be gone.
     
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    Has anybody tried this frame? Specs looks very interesting.
     
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    Prince Tour Pro 98, 2014 version

    I bought a pair of this Prince Tour Pro 98 few months ago. The frame looks very night but the racquet's designs are really weird, in my own opinions. When i hold this frame, i noticed right away that the beams seemed not a straight beam, 21.5mm, like TW's specs. The hoop from 10 to 2, the beam looks smaller than the sides, and the beam gets bigger from the sides to the throat.
    I strung both racquets with Kirschbaum Pro Line 2 16g at 55 lbs, put overgrips on. I didn't used dampener because i never used dampeners. The balance of both frames were... even (no head light and no head heavy), not even a slightly head light but both frames' balance were...even. Weird. I thought TW's specs saying that it has 4 points headlight.
    After a few minutes hitting i could tell this frame is .... i think i would use the word "sensitive" to the string. Maybe Prince has used the new material to make this racquet??? I could feel the vibrations like crazy. I didn't hit for long the 1st string jobs. I re-strung 1 frame only for trying with Tecnifibre black code 16 main at 52 lbs vs. Prince syn gut w. duraflex 16 cross at 54 lbs. I played better with this setup but i still felt a little unstable. IMOP, i think this frame cannot be played with Poly string. I wanted to try the Luxilon Power Rough but i thought i didn't like the way this frame played. Yes, when i played with this frame, i could tell that it's not as good as the Head Utek IG Radical MP with a little lead tape on it, i made quick decision to sale them right away. In short, this frame is weird. Therefore, i strongly suggest that you should demo it before buying it.
     
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