The Prince Phantom 93P is a gift to us from TW - My Review/AMA

SingTennis

New User
I´ve been wanting to write this for a while and spread the gospel on the 93P 18x20.

I am a fairly strong amateur player, not sure but I think around 4.5-5.0 or something like that. I competed until I was 16, and has since played for he last 15 years trying to juggle college, and later work and family (three kids 2,4, and 6 ddoesn´t give many opportunities to play). In the last year I´m in a position to play a lot more, playing 2-3 times per week 2h each time. Having grown up when Babolat became the sh*t I have used the Pure Drive since 2011. I always liked my PD and thought it suited my game, but when I started to play more last year I decided to experiment and try something that was completely opposite of what I was used to. After reading some reviews, and finding the older version of 93P for less than $100 I bought it, but more for fun than anything else.

I was drawn to it because of what it expects from you as a player: Attacking game, precision, touch - and generally being difficult. A great challenge!

I loved to hit with it from the beginning, particularly dictating play with my forehand (which can be quite deadly) from the baseline. The touch at the net was incredible and completely different compared to what I was used to. However, because I struggled with the Prince in match play against strong players, who would pin me down in the backhand corner, I went back to the PD 2 or 3 times for a couple of weeks during the fall last year.

Eventually, after winning a tough game with the Pince, I settled on it and has not looked back since. I absolutely love what it brings to my game (I need to play smarter, and I play much more aggressive - which is/looks cool). I eventually bought a second one (old version), and I have developed a serve-and-volley game thanks to it (is there anything sexier than serve-volley?). I accept that I sometimes struggle with my backhand (it comes up short), but I have also adapted by making sure I´m hitting with a strong base and proper technique - thank you 93P!

With the PD I could just swing at the ball and it would shoot off the strings like a rocket. Now I need to stay much more connected, which isn´t necessarily a bad thing.

For anyone out there thinking about how to improve your game, try the 93P - it forces you to play the game "as it should be played". Give it a couple of weeks and really try to connect with it. Eventually it will be like the wands in Harry Potter; it feels like an extension of yourself and that you alone are meant to swing that particular racket!

I sometimes dream about going back to Babolat, but with the better technique and improved feel and strategy for the game.... But for now I´m sticking with the Prince...

I string it with Hyper G Soft 18 gauge at 44x42 (mains/crosses).
Happy to answer any questions, but please expect biased answers :)
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
I´ve been wanting to write this for a while and spread the gospel on the 93P 18x20.

I am a fairly strong amateur player, not sure but I think around 4.5-5.0 or something like that. I competed until I was 16, and has since played for he last 15 years trying to juggle college, and later work and family (three kids 2,4, and 6 ddoesn´t give many opportunities to play). In the last year I´m in a position to play a lot more, playing 2-3 times per week 2h each time. Having grown up when Babolat became the sh*t I have used the Pure Drive since 2011. I always liked my PD and thought it suited my game, but when I started to play more last year I decided to experiment and try something that was completely opposite of what I was used to. After reading some reviews, and finding the older version of 93P for less than $100 I bought it, but more for fun than anything else.

I was drawn to it because of what it expects from you as a player: Attacking game, precision, touch - and generally being difficult. A great challenge!

I loved to hit with it from the beginning, particularly dictating play with my forehand (which can be quite deadly) from the baseline. The touch at the net was incredible and completely different compared to what I was used to. However, because I struggled with the Prince in match play against strong players, who would pin me down in the backhand corner, I went back to the PD 2 or 3 times for a couple of weeks during the fall last year.

Eventually, after winning a tough game with the Pince, I settled on it and has not looked back since. I absolutely love what it brings to my game (I need to play smarter, and I play much more aggressive - which is/looks cool). I eventually bought a second one (old version), and I have developed a serve-and-volley game thanks to it (is there anything sexier than serve-volley?). I accept that I sometimes struggle with my backhand (it comes up short), but I have also adapted by making sure I´m hitting with a strong base and proper technique - thank you 93P!

With the PD I could just swing at the ball and it would shoot off the strings like a rocket. Now I need to stay much more connected, which isn´t necessarily a bad thing.

For anyone out there thinking about how to improve your game, try the 93P - it forces you to play the game "as it should be played". Give it a couple of weeks and really try to connect with it. Eventually it will be like the wands in Harry Potter; it feels like an extension of yourself and that you alone are meant to swing that particular racket!

I sometimes dream about going back to Babolat, but with the better technique and improved feel and strategy for the game.... But for now I´m sticking with the Prince...

I string it with Hyper G Soft 18 gauge at 44x42 (mains/crosses).
Happy to answer any questions, but please expect biased answers :)
I thinking about this racket but I already have the rebel 95 2009 version 18x20 and have 5x of the them so if its not much different it's a waste of money. But everyone raves about this racket. At probably 50+ rackets I want this but I don't need another racket
 

SingTennis

New User
I thinking about this racket but I already have the rebel 95 2009 version 18x20 and have 5x of the them so if its not much different it's a waste of money. But everyone raves about this racket. At probably 50+ rackets I want this but I don't need another racket
Just sell two of the Rebels and you´re good!
 

shamaho

Professional
thats about 21/22kg, right? i see that the recommended is 20-24... so that is a happy middle
I used lower on my POG mids - in them I used as low as 19Kg/17kg but I usually string them in the 20/18Kg with a thin poly 1.18 ou 1.20 max....
 

Dado111

New User
On the frame it says 23+/-2kg...so i string it at 22/23 with thin 1.18 white Msv Co-focus... Hope it will be good for starters... I could also put few grams at 12, the racquet is customization dream imo with that headlight stock specs
 

superjon027

New User
Where are you guys adding lead to the 2018 18x20 version? I added 2 grams to the throat to keep the balance about the same and add some stability. I like the feel, but wondering if maybe a more polarized setup would be good. Maybe a little at 12 o’clock or 10/2 and some in the buttcap.

‘Would like to keep the balance the same for serves but wouldn’t mind more stability on off center shots.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Where are you guys adding lead to the 2018 18x20 version? I added 2 grams to the throat to keep the balance about the same and add some stability. I like the feel, but wondering if maybe a more polarized setup would be good. Maybe a little at 12 o’clock or 10/2 and some in the buttcap.

‘Would like to keep the balance the same for serves but wouldn’t mind more stability on off center shots.
These things are personal... adding stability on off-centre shots would be weight at 3 & 9 o'clock, but you could also try 2/10... or even 2/10 and 4/8 (which would expand the sweet spot/ zone.

I added a bit of weight at 3&9 (maybe 2g total - from memory) and I then added some weight 7" above the butt cap (similar amount to what I put at 3&9). I tried adding weight at 12 o'clock as well, but didn't work for me - made the head too heavy and made timing more difficult and the ball was flying on me).

Hope that helps.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Where are you guys adding lead to the 2018 18x20 version? I added 2 grams to the throat to keep the balance about the same and add some stability. I like the feel, but wondering if maybe a more polarized setup would be good. Maybe a little at 12 o’clock or 10/2 and some in the buttcap.

‘Would like to keep the balance the same for serves but wouldn’t mind more stability on off center shots.
Never added lead to that frame. Just seemed all round right as far as balance and swing weight. It's already a pretty polarized frame. To add stability I mostly just ran really low tensions on the string bed. That opened up the sweetspot enough for me.
 

max

Legend
I've got one and like it, but for me, it lacks power.

I'm thinking I should string it well below the recommended spec and give it a try. I need to be able to keep the ball deep with it.

Generally I've had 17g syngut in there.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I've got one and like it, but for me, it lacks power.

I'm thinking I should string it well below the recommended spec and give it a try. I need to be able to keep the ball deep with it.

Generally I've had 17g syngut in there.
Try 50#s with syngut. I string full poly at 45#s for example.
 
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