+ perfect control of the ball
+ easy to swing
+ lightweight but still full of power
– frame color not very appealing
Wilson Clash was the most expected racket in 2019. 15th February, was the day of the big premiere. Wilson uses the word “revolution” as the synonym for the Clash in its marketing. And that, of course, raised high expectations between tennis players.
There are five different versions for adult players (Clash 100, Clash 100 Pro, Clash 98, Clash 100L, and Clash 108) and two versions for junior players. See full specifications in the table below:
WILSON CLASH SPECIFICATIONS
|WILSON||Clash 100||Clash 100 Pro||Clash 98||Clash 100L||Clash 108|
|Head Size||100 sq in/645 sq cm||100 sq in/645 sq cm||98 sq in/632 sq cm||100 sq in/645 sq cm||108 sq in/697 sq cm|
|Length||27 in/68.58 cm||27 in/68.58 cm||27 in/68.58 cm||27 in/68.58 cm||27.25 in/69.22 cm|
|Weight [unstrung]||10.4 oz/295 g||10.9 oz/310 g||10.9 oz/310 g||9.9 oz/280 g||9.9 oz/280 g|
|Balance||10 pts HL/31 cm||12 pts HL/30.6 cm||12 pts HL/30.6 cm||9 pts HL/31.5 cm||3 pts HL/33.5 cm|
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Wilson changes the name of Tour rackets to Pro rackets (Pro as professionals) as of February 2020. The new name should give a clear signal who is the target player of Pro racket.
WILSON CLASH FOR JUNIOR PLAYERS
|WILSON||Clash 26||Clash 25|
|Head Size||100 sq in/645 sq cm||100 sq in/645 sq cm|
|Length||26 in/66 cm||25 in/63.50 cm|
|Weight [unstrung]||8.64 oz/245 g||8.46 oz/240 g|
|Balance||4 pts HL||4 pts HL|
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I would say that the specifications point to the exact group of the players. Clash 98 and 100 Pro are aimed at professionals or more advanced players. The Clash 100 is the model most suited for an intermediate or advanced player. The Clash 100L and Clash 108 are mostly for juniors and recreational players. Clash 25 and 26 are shorter and lighter rackets for junior players.
I decided to test the Clash 100, the model for advanced or upper intermediate players. It took three months to get the brand new Wilson Clash 100 in my hands. And now you can read below my notes from playtesting of this revolutionary model.
What exactly did I test?
Let’s start with the technical specifications of the racket I played with.
Racket: Wilson Clash 100
Weight: 295 grams/10.4 ounces (without strings) 312 grams/11 ounces (with strings)
Length: 27 inches/685 millimeters
Head Size: 100 square inches/645 square centimeters
String pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses
Recommended String tension: 47 to 57 lbs/21 to 26 kgs
Unstrung balance: 310 mm/10 pts HL
Free Flex technology for maximum control.
Stable Smart frame geometry for maximum stability and power.
Wilson keeps a unified design for all its tennis rackets models. Looking at the color on the middle part of the frame gives you a clear hint of what type the racket is. The green frame is Blade, orange is Burn, black is ProStaff, blue is Ultra and grey is Clash.
The brand new Wilson Clash got the black handle, grey middle of the frame, and orange top. The change comparing to the other models is clearly visible. The color of the handle and color of the top is different. It is probably the message that Clash is the mix of the best features of ProStaff (black) and Burn (orange) tennis rackets.
The color combination and matte design look very decently. However, I would prefer more courage from Wilson designers, as I do not think grey is the most appealing color. But I understand the point that the mass market does not like the crazy color combination as much as me. (Wilson now provides the possibility to choose custom frame colors when ordering Clash racket)
The frame looks massive and I expected Clash will be a heavy racket. The first touch proves my first impression was wrong.
Playing with Wilson Clash 100 Tennis Racket
I am calling myself an upper intermediate player. That makes me target audience for Wilson Clash – the racket revolution. And I will make it clear right at the start. I was impressed! (And I am still impressed.)
Comfort – Feel
I never got used to a new racket so quickly. No need to play weeks with the Clash to get accustomed to its features and tweaks. Immediately after I start hitting I was connected. It sounds incredible, but that is true. This racket really worked right at the start.
The 295 grams weight of the frame seems too light but is absolutely enough for me. The swings went so easy with the Wilson Clash. I did not need any extra effort to give the power to the ball. Everything you need is to focus on your swing. It has to be easy to learn the perfect swing with this racket.
And there is no need to be afraid of arm injuries or muscle fatigue. The racket is 295 grams light, so very arm friendly. Another positive point earned by Wilson Clash.
Control – Accuracy
I am not afraid about the control with rackets under 300 grams. And that is the case of Wilson Clash. But I was surprised how easy it was to put the ball exactly where I want.
I appreciate the way how you can play the balls immediately after the bounce. You can hide the hit from your opponent, you will surprise him and you can pick the side and length of the shot.
Volleys were another point I try to find something negative, but I gave up. Wilson Clash simply worked for me on the net too.
Power – Strength
The power of the hits was the main question before the practice. Would I be able to hit powerful flat strikes with such a light tennis racket? The answer is pretty simple. Yes, I was.
Wilson Clash is doing a lot of things instead of you. For example, you do not need to put an extra effort into the shots. I was able to pressure the opponent with fast swings, no need to do anything except the perfect swing. It was really easy to come from defense to attack mode. It is really hard to describe how easy the shots went.
I am not using the spin often, or better said I could use spin more often than I do. Wilson Clash has a big spin potential which I did not use almost at all. The reason was simple. I enjoyed how easy was to shoot powerful forehands anytime I wanted from every possible position or angle.
I am always struggling with the strength of my backhand. This time I had a great time on the backhand side. I was never shooting so powerful backhand flat shots on the line like with Wilson Clash. The technologies embedded in the frame do their job well.
I was really impressed with Wilson Clash 100. It really has the potential to be a revolutionary model. I recommend it to anyone looking for a new racket to try Wilson Clash. It has all you need. It is light and saves your arms, it provides excellent control and does not take you back on power. An ideal combination for all intermediate and advanced players. This time the marketing did not lie.
Wilson Clash has the potential to be a really big hit. It made to the number one spot in my ranking of best tennis rackets immediately.