Racquet Review: Prince EXO3 Tour Lite 100
Head Size: 100 square inches
Length: 27 inches
Weight: 9.0 oz. (unstrung), 9.6 oz. (strung)
Balance: 2 points head heavy (unstrung), 5 points head heavy (strung)
Ideal Swing: Medium to long
String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses
Beam Width: 23 mm/24 mm/22 mm
How It Tested: Playing with the Tour Lite 100 is like hitting against a talented junior who might not look imposing, but surprises you by the end. The EXO3 port holes are positioned on the side of the head—not at the top and bottom, as is the case on the EXO3 Tour 100—so the main strings don't float as much on contact. The double bridge at the bottom of the hoop dampens string vibration and diminishes shock. Play-testers reported the racquet had a more classical feel than they anticipated.
Likes: It's a lightweight racquet that doesn't feel flimsy. The slightly head-heavy frame and open 16 x 19 string pattern is adept at imparting spin for a sub-10 oz. stick, but flat-ball hitters can still wind up and wail on the ball. It’s comfortable and won't strain your arm.
Dislikes: Because of its lighter weight, the racquet did not provide substantial help on off-center hits.
Bottom Line: Don’t let the title fool you: while this racquet is Lite in name and weight, it produced substantial spin and surprising pop for its size. It doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles of Prince’s heavier (and more expensive) player frames, but if you’re a junior looking to transition from a game-improvement frame to a lighter performance frame, or an older player who prefers the Prince EXO technology in a lighter, more maneuverable stick, the Tour Lite may be the right prescription.
Additional comments from Bruce Levine:
TENNIS racquet advisor Bruce Levine is a former touring pro who has coached on both the men’s and women’s tours. Bruce is the general manager of Courtside Racquet Club in Lebanon, N.J., has worked as a full-time teaching pro for 30 years and lectures nationally on racquets and equipment.