How It Tested: Intermediate playtesters with aggressive baseline and grinding styles of play felt more than confident with the Warrior 100 in tow. “I play most of the time on the baseline,” one 3.5 playtester with a Western forehand and two-handed backhand reported, “and I felt my strengths there—spin and placement—were enhanced. There was an optimum amount of power but I never lost control of the ball.” A 4.0 playtester with a semi-Western forehand and two-handed backhand had similar comments. “I enjoyed it from the baseline,” he said. “It was conducive to all spins, and when hitting flat shots has good pop. It’s also surprisingly comfortable.”
The Warrior 100 was no slouch at the net, either, delivering a stable response on hard-hit balls. Playtesters also noted that the stick added smoke to their first serves. (“It helped me out on my serve tremendously; I felt very confident serving,” remarked a 3.5 playtester.) However, due to its relatively thick beam, some all-court players criticized the Warrior 100’s response on angle and touch shots. Said one 4.0 playtester, the racquet “wasn’t above average on finesse volleys.”
Bottom Line: Raw, baseline punisher.