Prince tour 100 16x16 versus Prince Classic Graphite 100 16x18

beepee1972

Rookie
I currently own the Tour, which I like very much. But I am very tempted to by the Classic Graphite 100, simply because I like the looks of it.

But of cource, playabillity is way more important. So I was wondering: any opinions on why I should or should not switch. Cons/pros of both rackets? Anyone? Thanks.
 

The_Racketeer

Professional
I can't directly compare the PCG100 to the current Tour, but I have an EXO Tour 100. The Classic has much better feel and precision. Despite the same string pattern, I feel like the Tour is more about spin and less about precision, while the Classic is the opposite. Having said that, the Classic is quite string sensitive so put a spin friendly string in there and you'll get good results. I prefer the balance and weight and feel of the Classic. Much better feel on volleys, I get my serve around better, and there's more precision when attacking the lines.
 

robbo1970

Hall of Fame
The Classic Graphite 100 will have a crisper, possibly more solid feel to it that the Tour 100. It's slightly stiffer and obviously doesn't have the ports, but still a very comfortable racquet to use.

The Tour 100 has the ports, so it will feel a bit more muted by comparison.

With regards to strings, I just use POSG and it plays very nicely.

The Classic Graphite is a very low powered racquet, so despite having a 100 head, it is a control oriented racquet.

Both racquets are very good, but personally I prefer the Classic Graphite because it feels very solid, has the perfect specs for me in stock form and of course, it looks great.
 

Roland G

Hall of Fame
Two very different feeling sticks IMO.
The Tour will feel more muted and more powerful, spin-friendly and modern while the classic is crisper feeling but much lower powered. Probably the lowest powered racket I have ever used. For example I enjoy it for a social mixed doubles hit but wouldn't dream of using it for singles. Despite its power level it is still a lovely stick to use. Great control, really solid and a very classic feel.
 

beepee1972

Rookie
Thanks guys, I think we are all in agreement here.

For now, I will continue using my Tour 100, but will keep an eye on the Classic Graphite. I am very tempted though, certainly since they are only 79€ now with TW Europe!
 

beepee1972

Rookie
I will probably be lucky enought shortly to test the new textreme 95 and 100 racquets, very curious about those too. But for now, my Tour 100's haven't let me down this year, I am playing my best tennis in years! Stick keeps amazing me
 

langdon0555

Semi-Pro
So can you give an overview of the tour 100 since you've been playing with it?

I will probably be lucky enought shortly to test the new textreme 95 and 100 racquets, very curious about those too. But for now, my Tour 100's haven't let me down this year, I am playing my best tennis in years! Stick keeps amazing me
 

beepee1972

Rookie
Sure.... been playing with them since july 2014 and absolutely love them.

Experience with Prince tour 100 16x18 (2014 version, same as 2015):

Current setup: Babolat Synthetic Gut 1.30, strung at 27 x 27,5k and Kirschbaum Pro Line II at 25 x 26k. I do like both setups very much, the synthetic gut for power and comfort, the poly for spin and control. So it depends on the mood I am in (or the kind of game I am playing) which racket I choose. Do not be fooled by the high number of kilo's used..... you loose some because of the O-ports! After stringing the syngut results in a DT34, the poly in a DT32. I am not much of a string breaker. The syngut setup lasts me roughly 8-10 times of 1-2 hours each. I did try hybriding as well, but didn't see/feel any advantages in doing so.
I also tried Babolad Addiction 1.30/ Babolat Syngut 1.30 combi, and I liked that even better. But that was gone after 5-6 times of playing unfortunately.

Anyway, back to the racket. Very forgiving, very comfortable, easy to swing.... great sound when doing so ;-) You hate it or you love it. Does not feel heavy at all, very manouvarable, and despite it's relatively low weight I haven't noticed any instabillity. I never feel like I am being pushed around. I was used to playing 18x20 (or 18x19) pattern rackets, but I really like this 16x18 pattern. Great spin, the harder you whip, the more spin, and sometimes it seems you cannot hit a ball long that way! This also means you hit the balls with more confidence and which allows you to focus more on the game than on the technique. Lastly, this racket helped me greatly to switch from a mostly slice backhand to a full swing backhand, both flattened out and with spin. Even to the point that I feel more confident playing backhands than forehands and that has been the biggest plus!

Summary:
forehand: same as used to, so good
Backhand: great, especially full swing. Slice a bit less than previous 18x20 rackets
drop shots: a bit harder than previous 18x20 rackets (BLX SixOne, BLX Blade team), sometimes they are off and land too deep
serve: less power, but great kick and slice. I am not a big server anyway, so not an issue for me. My 1st and second serves are almost the same in speed. Racket does help to increase head spead and serve with more accuracy... less double faults. If you are looking for a killer flat serve, I wouldn't go with this one. Then I still think of the Rebel 95 (1st model), that was a great racket to serve with.
volleys: the same as what I am used to previously, so ok. I mostly play singles, do come to the net whenever opportunity comes. The racket is very manouvarable and therefore I am seldom late at the net. Feel is ok!

All in all, for me a great racket, a killer from the baseline, got my number of errors down, gives me more confidence, comfortable (even with a poly if you wish). So yes, I like it ;-) If you have any additional questions, let me know!
 

langdon0555

Semi-Pro
How would you rate the power on a 1-10 scale? Some people say it's really low powered, others say it gives them pretty good power. Nothing like a pure drive by any means, but power non the less.
 

sma1001

Hall of Fame
Beepee's review is excellent. I'd rate the power around 7. What i would say is that it's really controllable because of the spin on offer.
 

aussie

Professional
Yes Beepee pretty spot on with review. I've added total of 2g of lead at 3 & 9 but stock other than that. I too feel the 16x18 Tour really fits my ohbh- flat, top and slice are so easily produced. I and many other reviewers have found slice backhands to be outstanding with the Tour - wicked low bouncing sliders producing all sorts of problems when hit to opponents western grip forehands. Mine strung at 46lbs with Isospeed Control 16 multi. Soooooo comfortable.
 
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