By on December 07, 2009
The 3Hundred is in the category of racquets that are lighter and more powerful than true advanced sticks, but still have the control that competitive players require. This update has dependable pop, is maneuverable on the baseline or at net, and the open string pattern (16-by-19) helps you generate ample spin. The 4D Braiding, aluminum-covered braided cloth that fortifies the racquet head at four different points, does an adequate job of enhancing stability, though it seems to be more effective in the Tour version. At almost an ounce heavier, the Tour version has a tighter string pattern (18-by-20), a smaller head and thinner beam. Overall it feels sturdier than the standard model, but from a performance standpoint it’s much more challenging to use. Some playtesters found the frame a little stiff and struggled to generate power with the smaller sweet spot.
“Good on groundies and overheads”; “Floaters were easy to crush”; “The Tour didn’t have enough feel at net.”