Prince Phantom 100X

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I’ve been demoing the Phantom 100X 305 and 290 and feel these rackets are really impressive. I like both but have been playing better with the 290. Just wondering how many others have tried these rackets?

They definitely have a unique feel and are extremely comfortable. I can definitely feel the flex when hitting which some might not care for, but I get really good spin and excellent control with the Phantom and still plenty of power.

I have been demoing a bunch of rackets the last few months and maybe I’m getting old but lately I prefer rackets right at or just under 11 ounces. I’m using the Vcore 98L which I do like, also have demoed the Blade 100L V7 which plays very well and so it’s between the Phantom and the blade.
 
Yes on the just under 11 oz front, 315ish swingweight. For me blade 104 v7 and cx200 os, though if usps can get their act together I’ll have a 290 100x sometime this week. I’m sticking to mostly low RA frames.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
Yes on the just under 11 oz front, 315ish swingweight. For me blade 104 v7 and cx200 os, though if usps can get their act together I’ll have a 290 100x sometime this week. I’m sticking to mostly low RA frames.
Yep those are the specs I’m liking now. I also really liked the Blade 100L V7 but I am weary of its stiffness of 69, haven’t tried the 104.
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
My current frames 100X 290. Leathered and Leaded.
Older pic, there is some additional lead on the frame.
Still < 330 all included.


Phantom all the way ... The blades had uncontrollable bounce offs for me (only the 98 don't know about 100L)..
 

tonylg

Legend
I used to play with the Phantom Pro 100 18x20, but got rid of them because my serve isn't what it used to be and they gave no help.

Going to demo the 18x20 Phantom X. I little heavier than the other Phantom Xs, but they are indeed interesting frames.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I'm currently using the Phantom 107G. Bit more power than my 100 O3 Phantom but equal spin. Not as precise as my 100 18x20 but more forgiving and better spin and power.

Personally I like all the Phantoms for their comfort but in the end a little more real estate is better for my presbyopia. I'm learning that the reason seniors start gravitating to large frame sizes is clearly as much a vision issue as a power issue.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I'm currently using the Phantom 107G. Bit more power than my 100 O3 Phantom but equal spin. Not as precise as my 100 18x20 but more forgiving and better spin and power.

Personally I like all the Phantoms for their comfort but in the end a little more real estate is better for my presbyopia. I'm learning that the reason seniors start gravitating to large frame sizes is clearly as much a vision issue as a power issue.
My vision is still pretty good so that’s not an issue but I love the comfort that these frames have. I’m going with the 100X 290, just love the way this frame plays. It gives great spin and control with a very unique feel. I haven’t seen many rackets that have such a thin beam with a light weight. I feel I can use about any string even at higher tensions without having arm problems.
 
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aussie

Professional
I'm currently using a Phantom Pro 100 16x18 and it's a beautiful frame to play with. Comfort, spin and sufficient power and although my bespectacled eyes are not what they were, the big sweetspot combined with the ultra thin profile giving superb manoeuverabilty helps me make pretty clean contact.

Even though the 100x 305 can be obtained at very attractive prices now, I can't find a valid reason to leave the Pro 100. Plus there are not many better looking racquets out there than the original Phantom line!
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I'm currently using a Phantom Pro 100 16x18 and it's a beautiful frame to play with. Comfort, spin and sufficient power and although my bespectacled eyes are not what they were, the big sweetspot combined with the ultra thin profile giving superb manoeuverabilty helps me make pretty clean contact.

Even though the 100x 305 can be obtained at very attractive prices now, I can't find a valid reason to leave the Pro 100. Plus there are not many better looking racquets out there than the original Phantom line!
Ya I love the thin beam and the nice feel of the Phantoms.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
My vision is still pretty good so that’s not an issue but I love the comfort that these frames have. I’m going with the 100X 290, just love the way this frame plays. It gives great spin and control with a very unique feel. I haven’t seen many rackets that have such a thin beam with a light weight. I feel I can use about any string even at higher tensions without having arm problems.
Its doubles where the vision thing gets me. volleying takes some good vision and quick hands and the larger real estate makes a difference. If I was going to counter punch all day, a 98 would be more than enough.
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
My vision is still pretty good so that’s not an issue but I love the comfort that these frames have. I’m going with the 100X 290, just love the way this frame plays. It gives great spin and control with a very unique feel. I haven’t seen many rackets that have such a thin beam with a light weight. I feel I can use about any string even at higher tensions without having arm problems.
Good choice.
Just put a little bit of weight at 10/2 (not much, couple of grams is good) and little to counterbalance in the handle and enjoy the BOOM!
Having seen your vids, I think the frame will suit you well. It's a great counterpunching racket IMHO.
You can actually string quite low in this frame too without losing much if any control.
I am hitting with gut/poly in the low 40's and the whatever little control issues I have is not because of the racket.
 
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tlm

G.O.A.T.
Its doubles where the vision thing gets me. volleying takes some good vision and quick hands and the larger real estate makes a difference. If I was going to counter punch all day, a 98 would be more than enough.
Ya a larger racket does help for net play.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
Good choice.
Just put a little bit of weight at 10/2 (not much, couple of grams is good) and little to counterbalance in the handle and enjoy the BOOM!
Having seen your vids, I think the frame will suit you well. It's a great counterpunching racket IMHO.
You can actually string quite low in this frame too without losing much if any control.
I am hitting with gut/poly in the low 40's and the whatever little control issues I have is not because of the racket.
This racket does seem to fit me well, definitely good for spin but most important for me is control and this racket has very good control. I could easily add some weight because in stock for it swings very easy, I’ve demoed a bunch of rackets but like this one the best.
 

rv75

New User
How does the 290 compare to the regular Clash 100? I switched to it after a really bad case of GE. I enjoy the Clash but keep wondering if a stick with an even string bed would be more predictable. I’m a self rated 3.5 that plays and easily hangs with 4.0 players. Any other racquets I should be considering?
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
How does the 290 compare to the regular Clash 100? I switched to it after a really bad case of GE. I enjoy the Clash but keep wondering if a stick with an even string bed would be more predictable. I’m a self rated 3.5 that plays and easily hangs with 4.0 players. Any other racquets I should be considering?
The clash 100 is arm friendly but for me it does not have as good of control as the phantom.
 
Got the 290 out today again but hittin groundies instead of serves. Bought used, the syn guts in there are on their way out so it’s lacking a little pop right now, though serves are still great. I’m gonna throw some Volkl Cyclone Tour 16g in there next, open it up with some pop and give that puppy some spin.

Really liked the arm comfort, easy swinging. On my first 2 shots I thought I felt the flutter that people talk about needing to add weight to fix but then it went away.

The feel/touch overall is A LOT like a blade 104 v7, just in a smaller headsize and 27”. Which might be a good thing if you’re trying to keep SW below the blade’s 320. My sw came in at 310. I thought it felt quite solid considering! The string density between the 100X and blade 104 actually almost exactly overlap if you ignore the bottom, 19th cross on the blade.

Anyways, looking forward to some punchier strings but a good experience even with syn gut at 45 lbs, haha.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
Got the 290 out today again but hittin groundies instead of serves. Bought used, the syn guts in there are on their way out so it’s lacking a little pop right now, though serves are still great. I’m gonna throw some Volkl Cyclone Tour 16g in there next, open it up with some pop and give that puppy some spin.

Really liked the arm comfort, easy swinging. On my first 2 shots I thought I felt the flutter that people talk about needing to add weight to fix but then it went away.

The feel/touch overall is A LOT like a blade 104 v7, just in a smaller headsize and 27”. Which might be a good thing if you’re trying to keep SW below the blade’s 320. My sw came in at 310. I thought it felt quite solid considering! The string density between the 100X and blade 104 actually almost exactly overlap if you ignore the bottom, 19th cross on the blade.

Anyways, looking forward to some punchier strings but a good experience even with syn gut at 45 lbs, haha.
I do feel that flutter once in a while, but not enough to bother me. I haven’t added any weight yet like many have suggested which I will probably do eventually but so far it’s playing well stock.
 

realplayer

Semi-Pro
Got the 290 out today again but hittin groundies instead of serves. Bought used, the syn guts in there are on their way out so it’s lacking a little pop right now, though serves are still great. I’m gonna throw some Volkl Cyclone Tour 16g in there next, open it up with some pop and give that puppy some spin.

Really liked the arm comfort, easy swinging. On my first 2 shots I thought I felt the flutter that people talk about needing to add weight to fix but then it went away.

The feel/touch overall is A LOT like a blade 104 v7, just in a smaller headsize and 27”. Which might be a good thing if you’re trying to keep SW below the blade’s 320. My sw came in at 310. I thought it felt quite solid considering! The string density between the 100X and blade 104 actually almost exactly overlap if you ignore the bottom, 19th cross on the blade.

Anyways, looking forward to some punchier strings but a good experience even with syn gut at 45 lbs, haha.
Curious to see a comparison between your Dunlop 200 cx os and the Phantom 100x in all departments.
 
Curious to see a comparison between your Dunlop 200 cx os and the Phantom 100x in all departments.
Didn’t want to leave you hanging, just waiting on strings to come in the mail! I am playing the best tennis I ever have with the cx200 OS strung with volkl cyclone tour so I am curious how much of that is string and will transfer to the 100x. Slices are wicked good with the cx OS/VCT and maneuverability which helps on return is too easy. Anyways...I will compare once I’m comparing racquets with the same string.
 

gburgh

New User
Can anyone comment on comfort level between 305x and Textreme Tour 310? I'm guessing 305 is more comfortable because of stiffness rating, but not sure if that is really the only factor. Thanks
 
Can anyone comment on comfort level between 305x and Textreme Tour 310?
I demoed the TT100-310 and now own a P100X-290 so hopefully that's close enough. I don't recall the TT100-310 being uncomfortable, but you can definitely feel the flex in the 100X, super plush; enough that I'm looking forward to trying poly again with hopes of less elbow soreness. So, by comparison, there's not as much flex in the 310, but it's also nothing like say an Aero or 360+ Radical in that my wrist cannot take either of those two racquets, but I had no issues with the 310.

I remember feeling like I could not swing out with the 310 for fear of it sailing long as it had some pop that I really had to control with setting up for maximum top spin if I was going to go out; with the TT100P-305 I demoed at the same time I had no such reservations, and still no discomfort, and so I played with the 100P a lot more than the 310 during my demo period. While their string patterns are different, I just preferred how the TT100P played over the TT100 310 (coming from PStrike 18x20 mind you). Looking forward to more time on the 100X.
 

realplayer

Semi-Pro
Didn’t want to leave you hanging, just waiting on strings to come in the mail! I am playing the best tennis I ever have with the cx200 OS strung with volkl cyclone tour so I am curious how much of that is string and will transfer to the 100x. Slices are wicked good with the cx OS/VCT and maneuverability which helps on return is too easy. Anyways...I will compare once I’m comparing racquets with the same string.
Thanks! The cx os seems on paper ideal. I like the specs.
 

GSG

Rookie
I bought a couple 305x's about a month ago and I've been slowly getting used to playing with them. I find I'm able to swing slower and later than I could before while still generating the same depth/pace, so I've definitely had to adjust my timing to keep from hitting long. I have it leaded up on the handle and the top of the hoop to add about 12g of weight, and I'm still experimenting with the optimum weight/stringing. I like the thinner beam and the maneuverability this racquet provides, especially on overheads.

For reference, I had been playing with a Prince TT Bandit for about a decade and my change of pace stick has been a Warrior 107 for about the last four years. After being told my cracked/warped circa 2011 Prince TT had been "strung for the final time" I started looking at other options
 

realplayer

Semi-Pro
Can anyone comment on comfort level between 305x and Textreme Tour 310? I'm guessing 305 is more comfortable because of stiffness rating, but not sure if that is really the only factor. Thanks
No, you're right. There are many factors and stiffness is only measured in one location. You also have dynamic stiffness which says more about comfort.
 

gburgh

New User
No, you're right. There are many factors and stiffness is only measured in one location. You also have dynamic stiffness which says more about comfort.
That's what I was thinking. Beam thickness and added weight of 310 might actually make it more stable/comfortable than the 305X. For me, it is more about wrist pain than elbow.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
The more I use the Phantom 100X 290 the more I like it, definitely a unique frame. I’ve been demoing a lot of rackets for the last 3 months and I have settled on the Phantom.
 

rv75

New User
The more I use the Phantom 100X 290 the more I like it, definitely a unique frame. I’ve been demoing a lot of rackets for the last 3 months and I have settled on the Phantom.
I’m getting a used 100x 305. Hope I’m not biting more than I can chew. I’m currently playing with the Clash 100 and want more predictability and stability
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Can anyone comment on comfort level between 305x and Textreme Tour 310? I'm guessing 305 is more comfortable because of stiffness rating, but not sure if that is really the only factor. Thanks
305X undoubtedly more comfy in my opinion. The Tour 310 is pretty arm friendly though.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I’m getting a used 100x 305. Hope I’m not biting more than I can chew. I’m currently playing with the Clash 100 and want more predictability and stability
Thats a good choice the Phantom will have better control than the Clash, I was using the Clash for the last year and did like it but was not consistent enough for me.
I demoed both the Phantom 100X 305 and the 290 and liked both, but in the last few years I’ve found I play better with a lighter racket. But I could have went with the 305 as well but just figured I can always lead up the 290 if more weight is needed.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Thats a good choice the Phantom will have better control than the Clash, I was using the Clash for the last year and did like it but was not consistent enough for me.
I demoed both the Phantom 100X 305 and the 290 and liked both, but in the last few years I’ve found I play better with a lighter racket. But I could have went with the 305 as well but just figured I can always lead up the 290 if more weight is needed.

All my Phantoms seemed to do a bit better with a little lead at 12 Oclock. Only the 93P seemed to be perfect in stock form.

Right now the 107G is my current love. It's a little less precise than the 100P, 100X models but has more pop, more spin, more forgiveness with all the feel. Really nice frame for a doubles player whose reflexes are starting to fail.
 

rv75

New User
All my Phantoms seemed to do a bit better with a little lead at 12 Oclock. Only the 93P seemed to be perfect in stock form.

Right now the 107G is my current love. It's a little less precise than the 100P, 100X models but has more pop, more spin, more forgiveness with all the feel. Really nice frame for a doubles player whose reflexes are starting to fail.
I tried lead on my Clash 100 and never found the right set up. That’s why I’m going with stock 305
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
All my Phantoms seemed to do a bit better with a little lead at 12 Oclock. Only the 93P seemed to be perfect in stock form.

Right now the 107G is my current love. It's a little less precise than the 100P, 100X models but has more pop, more spin, more forgiveness with all the feel. Really nice frame for a doubles player whose reflexes are starting to fail.
There are a lot of guys that agree with you about adding some lead to the Phantom. I’m sure I will do some experimenting with adding weight. I think that some said to add at 10 and 2 to make the racket more stable.
The phantom 100X 290 I’m using right now with over wrap is 11 ounces so that is not too light for my liking. But I can see how some lead with give it more plow through and stability.

So far I’m loving it in stock form, I like to play from the back court and hit topspin which this racket does very nicely. I just love how easy this stick is to swing and whip up the back of the ball, plus it has such a great feel to it. It must have something to do with the low stiffness and thin beam but whatever it is I love hitting with this frame.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
The newer phantoms already have twaron ATS at 10 and 2 increasing the stability. 12 o’clock lead moves the sweet spot a little closer to that stable zone.
 

Crocodile

Legend
Does anyone know what the future will be for the whole Phantom line? There are so many versions to choose from and they are very comfortable frames. The 100X is a bit light for myself but I am sure many should like it.
 

tonylg

Legend
Does anyone know what the future will be for the whole Phantom line? There are so many versions to choose from and they are very comfortable frames. The 100X is a bit light for myself but I am sure many should like it.
Aren't you an L5 user?


Couple of overgrips on an L4, some lead in the hoop to bring it back down below 10pts head hight and you've got the beef you're looking for.

Certainly sounds like a tempting prospect to me.
 

realplayer

Semi-Pro
Didn’t want to leave you hanging, just waiting on strings to come in the mail! I am playing the best tennis I ever have with the cx200 OS strung with volkl cyclone tour so I am curious how much of that is string and will transfer to the 100x. Slices are wicked good with the cx OS/VCT and maneuverability which helps on return is too easy. Anyways...I will compare once I’m comparing racquets with the same string.
Did the strings for the Dunlop cx 200 os arrivé?
Very interested in the Phantom 100x and Dunlop cx 200 os.
 
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Very interested in the Phantom 100x and Dunlop cx 200 os.
I did get cycline tour for 100x but they’re at about 10 lbs higher than the cx OS so still not a direct comparison. Quick comparison: phantom is softer - no elbow pain even with higher tension. I’m getting a slight burning sensation with the cx os even at 40 lbs with the cyclone tour. 100x less innate pop but again that could be higher tension talking. My next step is to throw some multi something in the cx os and see if what little elbow pain exists goes away.

I’ve played some great tennis with the cx os. No negatives that I have yet to encounter. Volleys, serves, ground strokes. Playing a guy I ised to lose 2-6 0-6 with my PStrike 18x20 with the cx os last outing was 7-6 5-7 within a 3 week time span just that much more user friendly. I’m looking forward to seeing how a multi plays in it.

I played some consistent tennis with the 100x today. Popped a nxt main on my blade so switched to the cx os for a sec but a few ball launches and immediate elbow soreness had me grab the 100x -> Not powerful tennis, but easily consistent.

Shop already got my blade 104 v7 up with cyclone tour today so I look forward to getting that one out tomorrow. It might be between the cx os and 100x; blade 14 v7 = 100x flex/comfort + cx os power, but the 5-10 points higher swingweight is noticeable when reaching for shots, harder to wrist it.

More to come!
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
The newer phantoms already have twaron ATS at 10 and 2 increasing the stability. 12 o’clock lead moves the sweet spot a little closer to that stable zone.
Current Phantom and Tour racquets have high twistweight for head size, so lead at 1200 is ideal. When the twistweight is already >14.5, I find that lead at 10/2 just makes the hoop sluggish.
 

realplayer

Semi-Pro
I did get cycline tour for 100x but they’re at about 10 lbs higher than the cx OS so still not a direct comparison. Quick comparison: phantom is softer - no elbow pain even with higher tension. I’m getting a slight burning sensation with the cx os even at 40 lbs with the cyclone tour. 100x less innate pop but again that could be higher tension talking. My next step is to throw some multi something in the cx os and see if what little elbow pain exists goes away.

I’ve played some great tennis with the cx os. No negatives that I have yet to encounter. Volleys, serves, ground strokes. Playing a guy I ised to lose 2-6 0-6 with my PStrike 18x20 with the cx os last outing was 7-6 5-7 within a 3 week time span just that much more user friendly. I’m looking forward to seeing how a multi plays in it.

I played some consistent tennis with the 100x today. Popped a nxt main on my blade so switched to the cx os for a sec but a few ball launches and immediate elbow soreness had me grab the 100x -> Not powerful tennis, but easily consistent.

Shop already got my blade 104 v7 up with cyclone tour today so I look forward to getting that one out tomorrow. It might be between the cx os and 100x; blade 14 v7 = 100x flex/comfort + cx os power, but the 5-10 points higher swingweight is noticeable when reaching for shots, harder to wrist it.

More to come!
If you cut off the extra half inch off the blade. You will significantly lower the swingweight and fix the arm problems you experience with the cx 200 os. Anyway, I don't have armproblems so it will between the 100x and Dunlop 200 cx os.
 

realplayer

Semi-Pro
If you cut off the extra half inch off the blade. You will significantly lower the swingweight and fix the arm problems you experience with the cx 200 os. Anyway, I don't have armproblems so it will between the 100x and Dunlop 200 cx os.
Did it once with a 003 yonex. I cut it to a standard racket length and liked it much more after that.
 
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