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TheSafin

New User
Hey all my beauteous Tour 100 lovers.

If you're here, it means you are committed to feel. You are committed to pummeling forehands up the line with supreme confidence. You are committed to hitting kick serves that almost bounce out of the court. You are committed to staring down Pure Drives with no fear in your heart. You are committed to outrageous spin that seems to bring even the most errant backhands down into the court. You are committed to progress. You are committed to a racquet that, if used properly, can feel as much a part of you as your arm itself. A racquet that we have all dreamed about but never had......until now.

Welcome to the Prince EXO3 Tour 100 Club. Whether you play the 16/18 or the tighter 18/20, you are welcome here. For all of us lucky enough to have found this racquet, this will be our meeting place. Discuss anything you would like here, as long as it pertains to this beautiful racquet that has served us all together. What are your string set-ups? Grips? Dampeners? Lead? How do YOU take advantage of this beautiful frame?

I will say no more.
Welcome!

Safin
 

tata

Hall of Fame
For some reason it feels the 'exo3 tour advice' thread has become the unofficial owner's club. But nevertheless i am in.
 

PhotoBlue

Professional
Hey all my beauteous Tour 100 lovers.

If you're here, it means you are committed to feel. You are committed to pummeling forehands up the line with supreme confidence. You are committed to hitting kick serves that almost bounce out of the court. You are committed to staring down Pure Drives with no fear in your heart. You are committed to outrageous spin that seems to bring even the most errant backhands down into the court. You are committed to progress. You are committed to a racquet that, if used properly, can feel as much a part of you as your arm itself. A racquet that we have all dreamed about but never had......until now.

Welcome to the Prince EXO3 Tour 100 Club. Whether you play the 16/18 or the tighter 18/20, you are welcome here. For all of us lucky enough to have found this racquet, this will be our meeting place. Discuss anything you would like here, as long as it pertains to this beautiful racquet that has served us all together. What are your string set-ups? Grips? Dampeners? Lead? How do YOU take advantage of this beautiful frame?

I will say no more.
Welcome!

Safin
This is very moving
 

chrisheile

New User
O3

I bought a used O3 tour just two days before back surgery. Hopefully I can hit again after Oct 10th. After reading all of these posts about the EXO3 these past 5 weeks (I've been on the boards a lot considering the limited activity) I've been tempted to buy an EXO3 before I've even had a chance to hit with the 03.
 

corners

Legend
Question for all you club members:

I've never hit the EXO Tour, but I've got a O3 Tour Mid which probably hits the ball as well as anything I've ever played - the power and spin from that 95 is fantastic. But that version of the Tour was extremely muted, to the point that you could say it has no feel.

Has anyone here played with the O3 Tour and now plays with the EXO Tour? How would you compare the ball feel? Has it been that much improved? Or is the EXO just less muted?
 

Orion3

Semi-Pro
I'm in. The best modern sticks I've ever owned.

Have two 16/18's: One stung with luxilon savage at 38lb and the other will be strung (on Monday) with BHBR at 38lb.

One thing of note with such low tensions - the noise, or relative lack of it ...gonna take some getting used to.
 

rlau

Hall of Fame
I'm in, too. I have a pair of 18x20s. Great stick. Currently playing full poly (WC B5E).
 

tata

Hall of Fame
Question for all you club members:

I've never hit the EXO Tour, but I've got a O3 Tour Mid which probably hits the ball as well as anything I've ever played - the power and spin from that 95 is fantastic. But that version of the Tour was extremely muted, to the point that you could say it has no feel.

Has anyone here played with the O3 Tour and now plays with the EXO Tour? How would you compare the ball feel? Has it been that much improved? Or is the EXO just less muted?
the exo3 is definitely has improved feel compared to the original o3 stuff. Maybe it's fair to say its a different feel than none.
 
Count me in! This stick is like the power sword from He-Man. I raise this racquet, then mutter the words "by the power of Grayskull"! Lighting shoots down from the heavens transforming me into He-Man. Women see that perfectly chiseled body and run over just to catch a glimpse of my now super human tennis ability. I really do love this stick.
 

NYCtennis1

Rookie
Sign me up! Just picked up two 16 x 18's and I won't be switching for a while! One has full ALU and the other is going to be strung up with Tour Bite next week! I've got 12 grams of lead in the hoop (6 grams at 3 and 9.) Planning on getting a third one used so I can toy with strings and lead.
 

Orion3

Semi-Pro
curious what you mean by lack of noise?
With low tension poly, the normal 'pop' isn't there on serve and the sound on groundstrokes seems muted. Normally if I hit a sliced backhand vs a drop shot you know the difference - not yesterday.

Spin generation is phenomenal though- if I am messing around with my kids, I sometimes hit with extreme spin; drop shots/sliced backhands/forehands with the rear face of a SW/western griped forehand. Yesterday (my first hit with low tension) I was getting similar results from the rear side of an eastern forehand and the normal slice from a continental gripped backhand was really biting.

Playing a match tomorrow morning so will report more later.
 

stronzzi70

Professional
please anybody know if this exo tour 100 18x20 has almost the same feel or flex with the volkl pb 10 mid?
 

aimr75

Hall of Fame
With low tension poly, the normal 'pop' isn't there on serve and the sound on groundstrokes seems muted. Normally if I hit a sliced backhand vs a drop shot you know the difference - not yesterday.

Spin generation is phenomenal though- if I am messing around with my kids, I sometimes hit with extreme spin; drop shots/sliced backhands/forehands with the rear face of a SW/western griped forehand. Yesterday (my first hit with low tension) I was getting similar results from the rear side of an eastern forehand and the normal slice from a continental gripped backhand was really biting.

Playing a match tomorrow morning so will report more later.
thanks for the reply.. have you used the racquet with higher tensions? Is it less muted?

Has anyone else noticed the frame is muted as Orion suggests, regardless of tension?
 

TheOneHander

Professional
I actually tried full multi myself today and absolutely hated it (it was Prince Lightning XX Spin 16 at 55lbs). I had no freedom to swing out, and spin potential was absolutely nil-not to mention, there was no power. I'm definitely going back to full poly, which is just incredible in this frame.
 

klementine

Hall of Fame
Everyone knows my feelings on this frame... and they can be found in other threads......

But now it's time to add some flava'.... some spice to the club....

 
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klementine

Hall of Fame
Yep. I have three... 2 were 329g and one 330g stock.

Really pleased with the quality control with Prince... but they've always been decent.

On Friday I dropped one of my frames off to get strung-up with champion's choice.. 52/50... so I decided to get a third frame and take advantage of the expiring $159 deal.. it's the one in pic 1 with the plastic still on.. strung with 18g tour bite.... tasty!!
 

klementine

Hall of Fame
niiiice...lead free and stock in pic 2? Mine are at 11.8 with a little lead and some tourna/SampDamp love.
Ok.. so yours were lighter than stock... 11.5oz.. I'm assuming?

I've found the set-up.. for me.. and have taken alot of weight off of my initial set-up.

I have 6g total at 3&9.. 6g of silicone under the cap.. a tourna grip and those four leaf clover vibs.... simply wonderful set-up for me ... whppy enough.. and still haven't lost anything on my serve coming from the PresMid.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Ok.. so yours were lighter than stock... 11.5oz.. I'm assuming?

I've found the set-up.. for me.. and have taken alot of weight off of my initial set-up.

I have 6g total at 3&9.. 6g of silicone under the cap.. a tourna grip and those four leaf clover vibs.... simply wonderful set-up for me ... whppy enough.. and still haven't lost anything on my serve coming from the PresMid.
One is 10.9 stock unstrung and one is 11.0 so they are about perfect

You're just an animal :) .
Haha...I don't know..Multi does not last long for me in the open patterns.
 

Orion3

Semi-Pro
thanks for the reply.. have you used the racquet with higher tensions? Is it less muted?

Has anyone else noticed the frame is muted as Orion suggests, regardless of tension?
Well, I managed a set before my opponent pulled out with an injury. The 'pop' is definitely quieter but I take back what I said earlier...it is still there, just.

At higher tensions (mine were previously strung at 58lb) it sounded 'normal'. I think the sound change is purely a factor of me stringing them at 20lbs less than before.
 
I demoed the BB Melbourne and the Prince 18x20. The Melbourne is a nice playing racquet but The Prince plays better for me. I have two of the 16x18 and I'll be buying two of the 18x20 soon. Looks like with the tour line Prince has come up with very good racquets.
 

Kcraig

Professional
Looks like I am in! Still looking for that perfect string setup. Demo had a mushy PSGM 16g setup and it was actually so buttery smooth with unreal ball pocketing i actually liked it (don't crash me too hard as I know it's not as sexy as full poly):(

Tried out B5E/Max Touch yesterday at 52/56 and did not find it near as plush/comfy as was expecting and had lost some "pop" Think i need to lower tension down or better yet--am going to go full synthetic or multi--especially since the temps are starting to cool down a little. Have been suffering with some GE issues for a while now and just don't think i'm ready for poly. I'm fine on groundies--but on the serve is what bothers the elbow/tricep. Therefore--thinking of going full NXT, Xcel or even Addiction as i have sets of all in my bag. Any suggestions? Tension?
 

Orion3

Semi-Pro
Worth trying full poly at a low <40lb tension. Chris fro TW now has his strung at 35Ib but I had mine strung at 38lb on the basis that I'd lose 10-20% quickly bringing me down to around the 30lb mark that all the low tension devotees rave about.

Can't see myself ever going back to the 58lb mark where I had been living. Low tension is really comfortable and I've noticed better spin and control. I've gone from skeptic to convert
 

eman resu

Professional
Worth trying full poly at a low <40lb tension. Chris fro TW now has his strung at 35Ib but I had mine strung at 38lb on the basis that I'd lose 10-20% quickly bringing me down to around the 30lb mark that all the low tension devotees rave about.

Can't see myself ever going back to the 58lb mark where I had been living. Low tension is really comfortable and I've noticed better spin and control. I've gone from skeptic to convert
How often do you restring or plan to restring? I'm curious about the effect of time on these lower tensions, as I take 3 or 4 months (until it moves around too much) to restring mine. Thinking about getting a cheaper and thicker poly to try it out...
 

Orion3

Semi-Pro
How often do you restring or plan to restring? I'm curious about the effect of time on these lower tensions, as I take 3 or 4 months (until it moves around too much) to restring mine. Thinking about getting a cheaper and thicker poly to try it out...
Only had mine in a week, so feedback is based on immediate experience. I've not got firm plans regarding restring timing, other than as soon as it begins to move and stop snapping back into place.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Proud member since April '11. I do love mine, they are very easy to work with.

Or do I need a separate club? ;)
 

skeeter

Professional
Anyone tried this racquet with a leather grip, more for weight increase purposes, then counterbalanced on the hoop with lead? Enjoying my 18x20 but thought it could use just a bit more overall weight (but not much), expecially at the net.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Anyone tried this racquet with a leather grip, more for weight increase purposes, then counterbalanced on the hoop with lead? Enjoying my 18x20 but thought it could use just a bit more overall weight (but not much), expecially at the net.
I use the TW wide/thin leather grip. When I received my EXO 3's, I weighed them with stock grips, without grips, and with leather. this was all in brand new condition, never used. The TW thin/wide leather increased the static weight 3 grams. I have added no lead to offset and don't notice any difference.
 

skeeter

Professional
I use the TW wide/thin leather grip. When I received my EXO 3's, I weighed them with stock grips, without grips, and with leather. this was all in brand new condition, never used. The TW thin/wide leather increased the static weight 3 grams. I have added no lead to offset and don't notice any difference.
Thanks. Did you apply the leather grip for extra weight in the handle (and then add overgrip) or to actually use the leather grip? If for weight, what differences have you noticed with the increased grams?
 
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