Prince Tour 100 (290g) Unstrung
Designed for players who prefer an all-round racket that can do a bit of everything, the Prince Tour offers a mix of control, power, and spin. You’ll love how it feels in the hand, especially if you have a long, fast swing. The third generation of the Tour features a more flexible beam that’s easier on the arm, combined with an Anti-Torque System that blends TeXtreme with Twaron on both sides of the upper hoop – 10 and 2 o’ clock – to reduce twisting on impact and retain stability.
Their story though, starts not in rackets, but in tennis ball machines. Founded in 1970 in Princeton, New Jersey – yes, hence the Prince name – the brand’s first product was also a world-first: a ball-throwing machine, which aimed to help players of all levels improve their game by allowing unaided practice at the court or at home.
One such player was Howard Head, founder of the HEAD sporting goods company, who had taken up tennis following his retirement in 1969. Always one to look for improvement, Head bought a Prince ball machine, and, eventually, the entire company.
Having tinkered with his ball machine in hope of boosting his limited skills, he started to do the same with his racket, landing upon a design for a larger frame that would have a significantly larger sweetspot than anything seen before. A multi-million-dollar business acquisition and a few thousands hours in the lab later, he and his engineers produced “The Prince” and began a tennis boom, allowing amateur players around the world to hit more successful shots and have more fun playing the game.
Since then, Prince rackets have been beloved by amateurs and pros alike, with stars such as Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Maria Sharapova, Jennifer Capriati, and Bob and Mike Bryan having wielded the famous “P” over the years, along with too many club players to count.
Their modern range includes the iconic Tour, the Phantom, the Beast, the Legacy, and the Vortex, with a selection of weights and headsizes to choose from, and options boasting the feel-enhancing O3 grommet technology. If you’ve never tried a Prince racket, trust us, you’re missing out.
• Headsize: 645 sq cm / 100 sq in
• String Pattern: 16x18
• Weight (Unstrung): 290g
• Balance: 325mm / 6pts HL
• Swing weight: 285
• Beam: 22-23-20mm
• Length: 27in/68.58cm
• TeXtreme - Spread tow woven laminates are developed with a thinner structure and straighter carbon fibres to create a composite material that is 20% lighter in weight with improved stiffness. Positioning TeXtreme in the shaft and lower hoop with a 45-degree orientation reduces frame twisting by up to 25%. The result is unparalleled stability and plow through on impact providing more power and control on your shots
• Twaron - With added Twaron filaments for extra frame vibration dampening to give the most comfortable version of TeXtreme ever
• ATS System - New Anti-Torque System (ATS), TeXtreme & Twaron, at the 2 & 10 o’clock positions helps reduce upper hoop torsions, resulting in increased power and unparalleled ball pocketing
- Quick Ref: 269827
- Man. Ref: 7T54G291
One often overlooked, but crucial, aspect when selecting a tennis racket is the grip size. The grip size is the measurement around the handle's circumference, and choosing the right one can significantly impact your comfort, control, and potential to prevent injury. This article will guide you through the process of selecting the right tennis racket grip size.
Importance of Choosing the Right Grip Size
A correctly sized tennis grip ensures you have optimal control over your racket and helps prevent injuries. Too small a grip may cause your hand to shift during play, reducing accuracy and increasing the risk of developing tennis elbow due to overuse of the forearm muscles. Conversely, a grip that's too large can make the racket hard to turn and manipulate, and it could also lead to hand, wrist, or shoulder injuries due to overgripping.
Measuring Your Grip Size
There are two common methods to measure your grip size:
- The Ruler Method: Open your dominant hand and extend your fingers. Align a ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm, measuring to the tip of your ring finger. The measurement in inches correlates with your grip size.
- The Finder Test: Hold the racket with a standard Eastern forehand grip, where the base knuckle of your index finger is on bevel #3. You should be able to fit the index finger of your other hand in the space between your ring finger and the palm that's gripping the racket. If there's not enough room for your finger, the grip is too small. If there's too much space, the grip is too large.
Grip Sizes: U.S. vs. European
In the U.S., grip sizes range from 4 inches to 4 ¾ inches, increasing in increments of 1/8 inch. European grip sizes use a different naming system, L0 to L5, each correlating to their U.S. counterparts as follows:
|European Grip Size||US Grip Size|
|L0 or G0||4 Inches|
|L1 or G1||4 1/8 inches|
|L2 or G2||4 1/4 inches|
|L3 or G3||4 3/8 inches|
|L4 or G4||4 1/2 inches|
|L5 or G5||4 5/8 inches|
Choosing the Right Grip Size
When choosing the right grip size, consider the following points:
- Go for the smaller size if you're in between: It's easier to increase the size of a grip than decrease it. You can always add an overgrip (which usually adds about 1/16 inch) to a smaller handle to increase its size, but shaving down a larger handle is not recommended as it can compromise the racket's structural integrity.
- Consider your style of play: Players who rely on spin might prefer a smaller grip size, which allows for more wrist action. In contrast, players seeking control may benefit from a larger grip size.
- Test it out: If possible, try before you buy. Visit a local sports store, hold the racket, and mimic your swing to see how it feels. Remember that comfort is key - if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
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