In-depth Review & Playtest + Video
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By Jon Crim
One of the most highly anticipated tennis racquets in recent years, the Wilson Clash, is a refreshing take on racquet design and one of my picks for the best tennis racquets in 2022.
Offering an innovative design that blends power and control to suit a wide range of players while delivering exceptional comfort, the Clash is a unique racquet that’s found a deserved level of success in its first edition.
In this guide, I dive deep to review the Wilson Clash, put it through the paces on-court, and share my experience to help players learn more about the racquet and determine whether it’s a good fit.
|Wilson Clash Models|
|Wilson Clash 100|
|Wilson Clash 100 Pro|
|Wilson Clash 100L|
|Wilson Clash 100UL|
|Wilson Clash 98|
|Wilson Clash 108|
As a quick heads up, Wilson released the second generation of Clash racquets in February of 2022.
While you’re here, you may want to check out my reviews on the latest models, including the Wilson Clash 98 v2, Clash 100 v2, Clash 100 Pro v2, and Clash 108 v2.
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Wilson Clash 100 Video Review & Playtest
If you’re in the market for a new racquet and trying to decide whether the Wilson Clash is a good fit, then this video is for you.
Learn all about the specs and technologies with helpful visuals, gain insight into my experience on how the racquet performs, and see the racquet in action during my on-court playtest.
I cover a lot in this video, so if you’d like to skip around to sections that are most relevant for you, check out the timestamps below.
0:33: Spec Start
0:54: Length, Head Size, String Pattern
1:54: Technologies Start
2:20: Free Flex
2:38: Stable Smart
2:47: Parallel Drilling
3:00: Aesthetics Start
3:18: Recommended Tension Range
3:23: Playtest String Setup
3:50: General String Notes
4:02: Playtest Start
4:21: Playtest Notes
6:04: Summary Start
6:43: Wrapping Up
Of course, this guide serves as an excellent companion to the video and is jam-packed with extra information not found in the video. Enjoy!
About the Wilson Clash
Released in February of 2019, the Clash was a few years in the making, with Wilson digging deep to come up with something radically different.
Wilson’s Global Product Line Manager for Performance Racquets & Bags, Michael Schaeffer, sums it up nicely:
“Traditionally, when players are choosing a racquet, you’ve always had to make a decision. Do I want a flexible racquet that provides control or a stiff racquet that provides power? And that’s really where the idea for the name Clash came, taking two things that people didn’t think were possible and merging it together for this collision.”
It sounds like a lofty goal from the sidelines. However, the resulting specs tell a unique story with the racquet boasting one of the lowest stiffness or RA ratings on the market at 55, while maintaining excellent stability.
According to Bill Severa, Global Director for Advanced Innovation at Wilson Racquet Sports:
“The concept for Clash came from three ideas that didn’t work on their own, but when we merged them together, they created an incredible racquet.”
There’s no doubt, the first generation of the Wilson Clash made for an exciting release, and its subsequent success among tennis players tells an even more compelling story.
Wilson Clash vs. Blade, Pro Staff & Ultra
The Wilson Clash appears to have cemented its place in the Wilson performance racquet lineup, so let’s take a quick look at how it compares to a few of the other popular models.
The Wilson Clash seeks to blend the control of a flexible racquet and the power of a stiffer racquet without the sacrifice that typically occurs when you lean too heavily in either direction.
At the same time, you can argue it doesn’t benefit from the value that players can experience at both ends of the spectrum, but there’s absolutely a segment of players looking for something in-between.
In many ways, its performance characteristics sit between the Blade and the Ultra’s performance while offering a unique feel all its own.
The Wilson Blade is a classic feeling tennis racquet that all about control delivering less power, solid spin, and excellent comfort.
If you recall, the Wilson Clash looked to blend the control of a flexible racquet with the power of a stiff racquet, and the Blade happens to be on the control end of the spectrum.
The Wilson Ultra is a stiffer and high-powered tennis racquet that caters to the modern game of tennis offering lots of topspin, more generous head sizes, and an easy to manage weight class.
In many ways, the Ultra falls on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Blade.
Geared toward intermediate and advanced players, the Wilson Pro Staff is a long-standing line of tennis racquets that emphasizes mid-range power and topspin along with excellent feel.
These racquets are a bit stiffer and heavier than the Blade line with slightly smaller head sizes.
Wilson Clash Specs & Technologies
On the surface, the Wilson Clash looks for the most part, like any other racquet on the market.
However, to realize their vision for the Clash, the team at Wilson flexed their creative muscles to develop a few key technologies that support the racquet’s performance goals.
First up, you have what Wilson dubs Free Flex, which is proprietary carbon mapping that tailors the construction of the frame’s graphite to allow for greater horizontal and vertical flex.
As a racquet swings forward and comes in contact with the ball, it flexes horizontally, some flex more than others. There’s some degree of twisting that occurs too, which contributes to a frame’s stability.
However, Wilson was particularly interested in vertical flex when it came to the Clash to align with modern low to high swings that are common and help players hit with more topspin.
FreeFlex allows for maximum horizontal and vertical flex while maintaining torsional stability for control.
A flexible frame without stability doesn’t instill confidence when hitting, so Wilson introduces their StableSmart technology, which shows up as a unique geometric design of the racquet’s shaft.
As a result, the technology allows the frame to achieve flex without giving up power or becoming erratic.
Last but not least, the Wilson Clash offers parallel drilling for select grommets throughout the frame.
The head of a racquet is oval, and holes are drilled through the edges to allow strings to pass through. Historically, manufacturers drilled these grommet holes at an angle consistent with the arch of a frame.
However, many of Wilson’s racquets, including the Wilson Clash, now drill many of the grommet holes through the racquet’s mid-section parallel from one side of the racquet to the other.
According to Wilson, the result is an increase in the size of the sweetspot, improved comfort, and better response when hitting.
Wilson Clash Specs
When reviewing different racquets, the specs can serve as a useful point of comparison, but nothing is better than demoing a racquet firsthand.
Here’s a look at the specs for the Wilson Clash 100.
|Head Size||100 in² / 645.16 cm²|
|Length||27 in / 68.58c m|
|Strung Weight||11.2 oz / 318 g|
|Unstrung Weight||10.6 oz / 300 g|
|Balance||4 pts HL / 33 cm|
|Unstrung Balance||7 pts HL / 32 cm|
|Beam Width||24.5 mm / 24.5 mm / 24.5 mm|
|String Pattern||16 Mains / 19 Crosses|
|String Tension||50-59 pounds / 23-27 kg|
The Clash comes in your standard length of 27 inches and features a very reasonable 100 square inch head size with a 16×19 string pattern.
Wilson quotes the racquet weighs in at 10.4 ounces or 295g unstrung, but some variance is typical – as you can see, the frame that I purchased for the playtest is just shy of 10.3 ounces or 291 grams.
You can add 18 or so grams for the strung weight.
When it comes to the racquet’s balance, it’s 10 pts head light at 31 cm unstrung, which reduces to 7 pts head light at 32 cm with strings.
It’s swingweight is relatively low at only 312.
As far as flex goes, it’s unique and clocks in a super low stiffness or RA rating of 55 as one of the most flexible racquets on the market.
Last but not least, the Clash has a 24.5 mm beam all the way around.
Wilson Clash Models
Like many families of tennis racquets these days, you have more than one option when it comes to the Wilson Clash.
Within the Clash family of racquets, you have six different racquets to choose from – each with the same underlying tech that makes it a Clash, but with slightly different specs.
If you’re looking to buy the Wilson Clash, it’s good to be aware of the many options available and the differences between them, so in this section, I break down at a high level what to expect from each.
Wilson Clash 100
The Wilson Clash 100 is the flagship model and an ideal starting point for any player interested in this line of racquets, which I’ll use as a basis for comparing the rest of the models.
I purchased this racquet for my playtest.
Wilson Clash 100 Pro (previously Tour)
At 10.4 ounces (295g) unstrung, the standard Wilson Clash 100 above is a tad on the lighter side for many intermediate players. If you fall into that category, then the Pro (previously called the Tour) is a great option.
It’s roughly a half-ounce (15g) heavier than the standard model, so there’s a bit extra mass to help keep the racquet a bit more stable, but it’s also going to require a bit more of the player to swing it.
All in all, the Pro is still a reasonable weight for many players.
Wilson Clash 100L
Moving in the opposite direction, the Wilson Clash 100L is a half-ounce (15g) lighter than the standard model at 9.9 ounces or (280g).
As a result, it’s a great option for players that enjoy the Clash but need or prefer a slightly lower weight. Strong beginners moving toward the intermediate level may appreciate a racquet that’s a bit easier to swing.
Wilson Clash 100UL
If the Wilson Clash 100L isn’t light enough, you can drop down even further with the 100UL or ultralight version, which reduces a full ounce (30g) from the standard model to roughly 9.4 ounces (265g).
This version is easiest to maneuver and an excellent option for strong teenage players who are moving into full-size tennis racquets but need something that’s still easy to handle.
Wilson Clash 98
Intermediate to advanced players might love the feel of the Wilson Clash but have a desire less power, more control, and enhanced stability.
Enter the Clash 98. For this model, Wilson reduces the head size to 98 square inches and increases the weight over the standard model by 0.2 ounces (6g) to help deliver lower power, better control, and extra stability.
Wilson Clash 108
On the other end of the spectrum, the Wilson Clash 108 increases the head size substantially for those looking for the extra margin for error.
It’s the same weight as the standard Wilson Clash 100, but the 16×19 string pattern opens up even further for great topspin.
However, it takes things a step further by increasing the racquet’s length by a quarter-inch (.64cm) to deliver power with a bit more ease.
Color & Aesthetics
The Wilson Clash comes stock in a tri-color setup.
Through the shaft and lower portion of the racquet’s head, you’ll find a sleek velvet black. At three and nine at the sides of the racquet’s head, you’ll find Wilson’s proto grey and then a bright infrared at the top.
The racquet also features an infrared Wilson logo on one side of the racquet’s throat and a silver Clash logo on the opposite side.
Last but not least, the racquet comes with a black bumper guard and grommet setup and a black grip.
If, like me, red isn’t your favorite color, you can solve that if you head over to Wilson’s website to customize the paint job to your heart’s content.
It’s not inexpensive, and it will take 4-6 weeks for delivery, but it’s a fun option that’s worth noting.
Players Endorsing the Clash
In the grand scheme of things, the Wilson Clash is still a newcomer to the market in its first generation, so we haven’t seen much adoption on the ATP or WTA pro tours.
Additionally, not much time has passed where younger players who have grown up with the racquet have emerged playing a high level of tennis. If we do see broader pro-level endorsement, it may be a while.
Despite that, current world #151 Nicole Gibbs on the WTA does endorse the Wilson Clash. Previously, she used the Wilson Blade, but after demoing the Wilson Clash in December of 2018, quickly realized that it was the ideal frame for her and made the switch for 2019.
Nicole suggested she was hitting a more consistent ball with greater depth and better control, so the switch was a natural decision.
Nicole Gibbs uses the standard Wilson Clash 100 with some customization to match her game.
Wilson Clash Strings & Tension
If you’re new to stringing the Wilson Clash, it’s good to know that the recommended tension range is 47 – 57 pounds (21-26kg).
For my playtest, I used a hybrid string setup.
A lot of players with arm issues take a chance on this racquet for comfort, so I wanted to go with a string setup that would make sense for those users without giving up too much on the spin front.
Luxilon ALU Power is a stiffer polyester tennis string that’s durable and well-known for its excellent spin potential. Wilson NXT, on the other hand, is a softer multifilament that offers exceptional comfort and power.
Keep in mind that the mains in a hybrid string setup will dominate the overall feel, so you could flip my setup by stringing Wilson NXT in the mains and Luxiolon ALU Power in the crosses for a bit more comfort.
Of course, if comfort is a top priority, you might go with a full multifilament setup or a full poly setup for better durability and topspin.
Be sure to check out my picks for the best strings in 2020 for a few additional options worth considering for the Wilson Clash.
Wilson Clash Review & Playtest Notes
As I mentioned earlier, the specs and technology behind a racquet are interesting, and it’s helpful to understand the intention behind them.
However, what really matters is how a racquet feels when you hit the court. With this in mind, I put the Wilson Clash to the test over two-weeks to share my experience.
Below you’ll find a few notes that you might find useful when considering my thoughts and opinions.
|Main Strings||Luxilon ALU Power (1.25 mm)|
|Cross Strings||Wilson NXT (1.30 mm)|
|Mains Tension||50 lbs / 22.68 kg|
|Crosses Tension||52 lbs / 23.58 kg|
|Grip Size||#3 – 4 3/8|
|Grip||Wilson Performance Pro|
|Weight||165 lbs / 74.84 kg|
|Height||6’0″ / 1.83m|
Furthermore, I’ve included ratings on various criteria below, which I explain in greater detail on the sections that follow.
On groundstrokes, the Wilson Clash was fantastic, and the racquet delivered on the promise of a solid balance between control and power.
Without a doubt, you can feel the flex of the racquet, but the lively response and energy return on contact make it unique.
The ball really moves to deliver a level of power that’s counterintuitive to its feel, and pairs nicely with the open 16×19 string pattern for plenty of topspin without which would likely cause the power to be overbearing.
Despite its lower weight, I found the Clash to perform excellent hitting slice, and overall the comfort level from this frame is top-notch.
If I had to pick one area where this racquet shines, this would be it.
Up at the net, the Clash is easy to maneuver.
However, while its power is controllable from the baseline with the added benefit of topspin, it felt a bit too lively hitting volleys.
It’s the only area of the court where I felt I could have used a bit of extra tension or a full poly setup to help reign in power slightly.
I also think a bit more weight would go a long way with volleys to aid stability. I’d be inclined to add a few grams of weight at 10 and 2 o’clock on the racquet’s head, a simple customization that could go a long way.
With that said, the more time I spend with the racquet, the better it gets at net, which I think is partly to feeling out the unique response of the racquet, so I’m confident my feel here would continue to improve.
For serves, I thought the Wilson Clash was well-balanced.
It’s no slump when it comes to power, but it’s not entirely on par with racquets like the Wilson Ultra, Babolat Pure Aero, or Drive, and I think that’s perfectly fine.
You can argue it makes up for it by helping deliver more accurate placement, plenty of spin, and way more comfort, which is a tradeoff many players are likely happy to make.
On returns, the racquet’s lower weight and head light balance make it easy to maneuver as expected, and although it can tend to get pushed around a bit on a heavier serve, it’s stable for its weight.
Overall, I was impressed with returns and felt confident in my approach with the frame’s spin-friendly characteristics helping keep the ball in play.
Again, adding a few grams of extra weight to the upper hoop of the racquet’s head might be worth considering to give the frame a bit more mass to handle bigger serves.
Summary & Takeaways
There’s no doubt the Wilson Clash is a uniquely distinct frame, and I applaud Wilson for their innovative approach to this racquet.
Although it does seem to strike a balance between control and power, I felt it skewed more toward power with reduced stiffness to improve comfort, which is where I think the frame finds a sweet spot. To be clear, the Wilson Clash is not a high-powered racquet, but if I had to pick a direction that it leans – power would be it.
Players who want respectable spin and power, but demand comfort should absolutely consider it, and I thought the hybrid string setup I chose was an excellent pair for this group.
All in all, I think the racquet has broad appeal and is a safe recommendation for a wide range of players. However, this frame will be less likely to satisfy upper level intermediate to advanced players who demand more control, stability, and greater feedback.
Why I Love It
- Balanced control and power
- Stability for its weight
- Great sound coming off the racquet
- Lower feel and response
- Mid-range performance characteristics. It’s not going to deliver the most spin, best control, or highest level of power, but it does all pretty darn well.
If you’re looking for a balanced string setup that pairs nicely with the characteristics of the frame, then a hybrid string setup like I used for my playtest is a great all-around option. Again, here’s what I had used:
- Mains: Luxilon ALU Power 1.25 at 50 lbs (22.68 kg)
- Crosses: Wilson NXT 1.30 at 52 lbs (23.59 kg)
I’ll be experimenting further with this setup myself and increasing the tension 1-2 pounds on the multifilament crosses.
However, if you’re coming to the Wilson Clash from a stiffer spin-friendly tennis racquet and previously used a full poly setup, I’d start there. The racquet’s low stiffness or RA rating of 55 is likely all you’ll need to get the comfort that you’re after without giving up too much on the spin front.
If you’re new to tennis and have no idea where to start, check out my guide on how to choose tennis strings to find an excellent starting point.
If you’ve enjoyed higher power spin-friendly tennis racquets but struggled with the stiffness of these frames and discomfort, then the Wilson Clash is a worthy contender for your attention and worth a demo.
The Wilson Clash is also a safe bet for players who are new to tennis and not exactly sure where to start with their first racquet. It’s a well-rounded and user-friendly frame that would be excellent to learn the game.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for maximum performance on any single attribute, i.e., power, spin, control, feel, etc., you’re likely going to want to look elsewhere for a frame skews in one of those directions.
I’ve hit with the Wilson Clash in the past briefly and was excited to finally spend some more quality time with the racquet as part of an official review and playtest, and I hope you enjoy what I had to share.
If possible, I’d encourage you to demo the Wilson Clash to experience the frame and form your own opinions. The racquet won’t be for everyone, but if you’ve been on the fence, I think the racquet is worth checking out – even if only for the novelty factor.
If you have any questions or you’d like to share your experience with the Wilson Clash 100, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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Wilson Clash Strings & Tension
If you're new to stringing the Wilson Clash, it's good to know that the recommended tension range is 47 – 57 pounds (21-26kg).
Overall, Wilson Clash 98 tennis racket is a great option for advanced players who aim to emphasize control and comfort in their game style. I would not recommend this racket to beginners, who would find it quite frustrating to play with. Weight: 11.5 oz strung.What is the best tennis string for Wilson Clash 100? ›
Tennis strings are a personal preference, but to help players get started, Wilson suggests 17 gauge or 1.25 mm Luxilon ALU Power with a recommended tension between 50 – 60 lbs (22.7 – 27.2 kg). Luxilon ALU Power is one of my picks for the best polyester tennis strings that emphasizes control, spin, and feel.Is Wilson Clash 100 good for spin? ›
The Clash 100 Has a Perfect Blend of Comfort and Control
This flexibility, frame design, and string pattern help you generate good spin and control on groundstrokes, volleys, and serves. Beginner, intermediate, and even some advanced players will love this combination of comfort and control.
Generally, higher string tension contains all the opposite qualities to that of low tension. A racquet strung at a high tension will provide the player with more control, while reducing the power, spin, durability and comfort on the racquet.What is the best tension setting? ›
The dial settings run from 0 to 9, so 4.5 is generally the 'default' position for normal straight-stitch sewing. This should be suitable for most fabrics. If you are doing a zig-zag stitch, or another stitch that has width, then you may find that the bobbin thread is pulled through to the top.Do any pros use Wilson Clash 100? ›
Other top pros that play with a Wilson racket include Stefanos Tsitsipas, two-time Slam champion Simona Halep, Gael Monfils and Aryna Sabalenka.Is the clash better than the blade? ›
Wilson Blade Rackets
Slightly less powerful than the Ultra, Burn, or Clash rackets, the Wilson Blades allow for players with full swings to maximize their racket head speed and attack the ball with confidence.
The Clash 100 Pro offers a bit more power than the standard model while still providing the same spin, stability and one of a kind feel. Players who prefer more mass as well as those with topspin heavy mechanics are poised to get the most benefit from this model.What is the difference between Wilson Clash 100 and 100 v2? ›
Jason - "The Clash 100 v2 has a slightly firmer feel than the original Clash, but playability is nearly identical." Tiffani - "If you're familiar with the first version, the Clash 100 v2 isn't going to feel much different. They feel remarkably similar.
Wilson recommends stringing the Clash 100 v2 with 17 gauge or 1.25 mm Luxilon ALU Power, a popular polyester tennis string. Wilson suggests stringing between 50 – 60 lbs (22.7 – 27.2 kg) for optimal performance, an ideal tension they arrived at after thoroughly testing the frame.What is the stiffness rating of the Wilson Clash 100? ›
Discover your perfect racket and string combo! Normally though, to achieve stability a racket needs to either be heavier, or stiffer or some combination of the two. The Wilson Clash 100 Tour, at 310g unstrung, and with a stiffness rating of 55 is neither of those.Who is the Wilson Clash for? ›
This frame is designed for players ages 16 and up who are looking for a racket that will give them the best in power, control, and comfort. Whether you are just learning the game or playing league tennis, Clash 100 will make you feel like you can't miss. Clash 100 Pro is a heavier version of the Clash 100.What is the difference between Clash 100 and Clash 100 Tour? ›
Wilson Clash 100 & Clash 100 Tour: Key Specs.
|Clash 100||Clash 100 Tour|
|Length||27 in.||27 in.|
|Unstrung Weight||10.4 oz / 295 g||10.9 oz / 310 g|
The 98 is faster through the air thanks to the smaller head size and thinner beam profile, while the 100 is more powerful, more forgiving (easier to use) and a bit more spin-friendly. Basically, with a bigger head size of the same racquet model, you pretty much get more of everything.Does higher string tension give more spin? ›
Not necessarily. Because tighter strings produce less velocity, the ball will land shorter in the court. To make up for this, the player might swing harder generating more spin. In this case, it is not tighter strings that produce more spin, but the player's response to tighter strings.Does higher tension mean more power? ›
On the other hand, a higher tension will result in less power because of an increase in stringbed stiffness, which has the opposite impact on the ball's trajectory as it leaves your strings. More specifically, the ball's flight path is lower, so the ball doesn't fly as far and will land shorter in the court.Does higher string tension give more control? ›
The looser the tension, the more power. The theory behind tighter strings resulting in more control derives from several factors. The first element is string movement, which looser strings have more of. If a string moves more on impact, the resulting ball trajectories will be less predictable.What should my thread tension be set at? ›
Most sewing machines have tension dials that run from 0 to 9. So for normal projects and standard stitches, your sewing machine's tension should be 3, 4, or 5. 4.5 is usually ideal, but some machines may not have that option.What is the best thread tension for cotton? ›
Across the 3 major brands I checked, the standard tension you need is 4, and the standard stitch length is 2.5mm. This is a good starting point for medium weight cottons like poplin and shirting. Choose a shorter stitch length between 1.8 – 2.5mm for lightweight cotton (eg. voile).
If the tension is too tight, the fabric can pucker and the bobbin thread may be visible on the top side of the fabric. If the tension is too loose, you may see visible loops on the top side of the fabric and the spool thread might be visible on the underside.What is the swing weight of a clash 100? ›
Introducing the Clash 100, a uniquely flexible racquet with explosive speed, easy spin and great feel. At 11 ounces strung and boasting a low 312-RDC swingweight, this stick is ideal for the intermediate player who wants ultra easy acceleration.Why do so many pros use the Wilson Blade? ›
The Wilson Blade has become incredibly popular amongst recreational and professional players alike in the past decade or so. It is a great all rounder that is designed to offer plenty of control and precision, but is also supple and forgiving enough to be more user friendly than other rackets in its class.What grip is on a Wilson Clash? ›
Wilson Clash 100L Silver Tennis Racquet (4 1/4" Grip)What is the lightest Wilson Clash? ›
The Wilson Clash 100UL is the lightest racket in this range, and it's got all the qualities you could ask for from a beginner racket. It's fast through the air, easy to maneuver, wonderfully comfortable, and strikes a good balance between power, spin, and control.What is the difference between Wilson Clash 100 and 100L? ›
Clash 100L is a slightly lighter version of the Clash 100 and is designed for junior players ages 14 to 16 as they transition up in weight. This racket is also great for new adult players looking for a slightly lighter frame to increase their racket head speed.Who uses Wilson Blade 100? ›
Used by Serena Williams and many other top pros, Wilson makes Blade racquets player friendly with different versions for all skill levels. It is one of the best tennis racquets on the market today. The Blade racquet is known for its excellent combination of comfort and control on the tennis court.Is Wilson better than Babolat? ›
Generally speaking, Babolat rackets tend to be more geared towards baseliners that love ripping heavy ground strokes, whereas Wilson rackets are generally better suited to aggressive players that like to attack the net.Which racquet is better Wilson or head? ›
It is tough to say which racket is better overall, but it can be argued that the Wilson Clash suits a baseline game slightly better, whereas the Head Gravity is better suited to an all court game style.What is the difference between Wilson Clash 100 and 98? ›
The Clash 98 is definitely better suited to my game than the 100 was. It offers more stability and more free power, and it was still quite maneuverable, which made it easy to swing through the ball and hit big on my groundstrokes.
#1 – Wilson Clash 100: Best Overall Intermediate Racquet
Wilson is a leading manufacturer of all things tennis, and their racquets are among the best in the industry. Their new Clash series came out in 2019, and the Clash 100 has quickly become one of the best-selling intermediate-level tennis racquets on the market.
Wilson Clash is the latest model from Wilson. Version 1 was introduced in February 2019, and Version 2 in March 2022. Clash offers a unique combination of power, control, and spin for all intermediate and advanced players. Version 1 prices went significantly lower after the introduction of Version 2.How much does the Wilson Clash 100 Version 1.0 weigh? ›
Weighing in at 9.9 oz (280 g) unstrung, Clash 100L gives players an extra degree of maneuverability and swing speed.What string gauge do pros use? ›
Tennis gauge ranges from 15 to 19; 15 is the thickest while 19 is the thinnest. Thick gauge provides durability and thin gauge helps the player create spin on the tennis ball. Professional players tend to play with a thicker gauge, 15 to 16.
The range or scale for stiffness for racquets will usually fall between 50 and 85, where the lower number indicates a more flexible racquet, and the higher number a stiffer racquet. However, the majority of modern racquets will usually fall somewhere between 60 and 75.What is the balance point of Wilson Clash 100? ›
The balance point is 32 cm, which makes the racquet head light. Therefore the racquet is quite maneuverable, giving you a lot of freedom in the backswing and the follow through. In addition, the Clash 100's flexibility provides a very soft feel when hitting the ball.Is the Wilson Clash 100 good for intermediate players? ›
Arm friendly, easy to swing, and with plenty of performance, the Wilson Clash 100L made for a great playtest and we would certainly recommend it to developing intermediate players.When was Wilson clash released? ›
|Wilson Ultra Tour|
The Wilson Clash 100 Pro v2 excels from the baseline with impressive power and reliable spin that results from the frame's construction, midrange 100 in² (645 cm²) head size, and solid 10.9 oz (310 g) unstrung weight.What is the difference between Clash 98 and Clash Tour? ›
So what is different between the Clash Tour and the Clash 98? Besides the smaller head size, the beam is slightly thinner at 24 mm instead of 24,5. The weight is the same and the balance is pretty much the same too. So the Clash 98 will feel close, but those two inches make a difference.
The Warrior 100L is an incredibly light racket that would suit an absolute beginner or junior player very well thanks to its spin potential and manoeuvrability. We found it to be a very straightforward playing experience. There was no fuss with the racket and it did what was expected of it.Should I get a lighter or heavier racket? ›
Some basic concepts - a heavy racket is more powerful, more stable and transmits less shock than a lighter racket (all other things being equal). A lighter racket is more maneuverable and thus, a player is able to swing it faster.What is the hardest racquet sport? ›
Squash is the toughest – and the healthiest – racket sport in the world and among the toughest of all sports. When you watch it live you realize why, not to mention when you play yourself.What is the most popular racquet grip size? ›
A size 3 or 4 3/8 grip is the most common, and you'll find a lot of crossover between men and women at this size. The vast majority of women will play with a grip size that's a size 1, 2, or 3. Men, on the other hand, will typically have a size 3, 4, or 5.What should the tension be on my racket? ›
- Beginner: 44-45lbs (20-20.5kg)
- Intermediate: 46-47lbs (21-21.5kg)
- Advanced: 48-49lbs (21.75-22kg)
For average players, 22-26 lbs will be good enough. Over-loose string will cause the string bed to be too bouncy, and hence make the control of your shot execution harder. On the other hand, modern rackets are light but they are fragile too.What is the recommended string tension for Yonex Ezone DR 100? ›
|Frame Weight||LG (285g/10.1oz), G (300g/10.6oz)|
|Finished Weight||303g/10.7oz, 318g/11.2oz|
|Pattern||16 x 19|
|Recommended Tension||45-60 lbs (20-27 kg)|
Strings & Tension
For the Clash 108 v2, Wilson recommends stringing the racquet with Luxilon Smart and suggests a tension range between 50 – 60 lbs (22.68- 27.22 kg).
For the average player, the best tension would be 24-27 pounds of tension. This is a nice middle ground where the strings are tight enough to have a good feel but also slack enough to make generating power in smashes and other shots efficient.What does higher tension on a racket do? ›
String tension is also important when it comes to the feel of a racket. Higher tension can make the strings feel stiff, while lower tension can make them feel softer. Players can use this to their advantage, as they can customize their racket to suit their own game.
The best tension for spin is between 48lbs to 54lbs. Lower tension offers more power but stringing tighter will assist with better control. Strings can lose tension over time, and pros, who use a vast range of tensions, get frequent restrings to avoid this. Tennis players all have different tensions for spin.Does higher string tension mean more power? ›
A higher tension will provide more power and control only if you can consistently hit the sweet spot. The downside is that the strings will break more easily if a mis-hit occurs because of how tight the strings are being stretched.What tension is Federer's racket? ›
Federer's tension may change slightly between tournaments, but according to Yu, Federer likes the tension to stay relatively consistent. He generally keeps his tension within a kilogram (2.2lbs) the whole season.How do I know if my tennis racket needs restringing? ›
The appearance of the strings – The easiest way to know when it's time to restring is by noticing how your strings look. If your strings are fraying or look shaggy, the strings are starting to come apart and you're not going to get as much spin or power when you hit the ball.Is Yonex Ezone 100 stiff? ›
I loved playing with both racquets and was happy to see that Yonex had reduced the stiffness of the 100. The lower stiffness gives you both more control and comfort. The power level of the Ezone 100 is still good and more than what most intermediate to advanced players need.What is the difference between Ezone 98 and 100? ›
One of those was the Yonex Ezone 98, which is just slightly heavier than the Yonex Ezone 100 that we tried out today. I found the Ezone 98 was really strong from the back of the court, offering good power without sacrificing too much on control. With the Ezone 100, the racket head is slightly larger at 100 sq.How do you know if string tension is too high? ›
If the string tension is too loose, the strings will buzz and rattle against the frets, making it difficult to play. On the other hand, if the string tension is too tight, the strings will be under too much strain and can eventually snap.Are high tension guitar strings harder to play? ›
High tension strings tend to be made from heavier gauge material, as we have seen above. This makes the strings feel tighter and it requires more strength to play and control the instrument.What string tension do pros use squash? ›
Most players prefer a tension of 11-13 kg which is also the factory tension for most rackets.