The ESP series of Prince tennis racquets still consists of the popular EXO3 technology where the grommets have been replaced with large holes for a more comfortable string bed. ESP is short for extreme string pattern, which is a very open string pattern. The Prince Tour 98 ESP has only 16 mains and 16 crosses. Such an open string pattern creates a lot more spin and testing by Prince shows it is 30% more spin than a frame with a more traditional string pattern. Prince has also incorporated a Double Bridge technology, which is a clear dampener at the top of the throat that helps to reduce vibrations from the frame and strings.
This Tour 98 ESP certainly has the specifications that an ATP or WTA tour player is looking for. The weight is 11.5 ounces and the 7 points head light balance makes this a very maneuverable racquet. At the baseline you are able to create a great amount of spin due to the ESP technology, while at the same time having good control of the ball as a result of the flexible frame that has been measured to have a stiffness rating of 60. Your arm will feel good even after a few hours of grueling baseline rallies. Players at the 4.0 NTRP level and above that are ready to embrace this new era of tennis racquets will benefit the most from what the Prince Tour 98 ESP has to offer.