Expert Review: Wilson Clash 100 Racquet · Unstrung
This review is my honest opinion of the racquet which I purchased with my own money in
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the racquet which I purchased with my own money in July of 2021.
The Wilson Clash 100 Racquet is geared for any intermediate or advanced players looking for great control and feel. Not only that, it’s arguably THE best racket for tennis elbow.
About the gear
- Model: 2019 Wilson Clash 100
- Grip Size: 4 ½”
- String and Tension: Luxilon ALU Power strings at 53lbs.
- Head size: 100in.²
- Racquet Length: 27”
- Any Customizations: Wilson Pro Feel Clash Dampener
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 165 lbs
- Previous Racquet Played With: Babolat Pure Aero 2016
- Experience: 20+ years
- NTRP/UTA Rating: 3.5
- When I bought these: July 2021
- Days tested: Purchased in
- Court Surfaces: Hard/clay
- Match Play/Practice Session/Both: Both
- Where I’ve used it: Morningside Recreational complex and the McMullen Tennis Club in Clearwater Florida.
How it performs
What I was looking for
When I started searching for my next racket I was looking for control. I was trying to transition from a defensive style of play toward an offensive style of play. I liked the lightness my Aero gave me but I wanted a bit more control and feel.
Why I chose this gear
The look of the racket, combined with the reviews, really caught my eye. Buzz phrases like “racket that will change tennis” really piqued my curiosity. After years of using Babolats, I really wanted to try out a Wilson. I considered staying with Babolat. The 2021 Pure Drive, 2019 Pure Strike, and the 2020 Pure Aero VS were my other options. Ultimately, I decided to go with the Clash to try out a different brand.
What I love about it
- Control: What makes the control of this racket great is the flexibility. It has one of the lowest flex points (stiffness rating: 55) among high-quality rackets. Wilson says it uses
- Power: To balance out the natural lightness and control this racket brings, I strung it up with Luxilon ALU Power strings at 53lbs. tension. ALU Power strings bring a great feel and power and the tension was strung a bit on the lower end to also boost my power. The racket sometimes lacks plow-through power when serving and net play.
- Feel: At just 11 ounces, and with terrific flexibility, this racket feels like an extension of my arm. The innovative technology can be felt immediately.
- Maneuverability: The thin racket beam and flexibility make it very easy to maneuver around. Great for hitting winners on the run.
- Versatility: This is a fun racket that can adapt to the player's game. My favorite shot to hit with this racket is a slice. The feel of the racket is such that it feels like the ball is being kissed over the net whenever some spin is applied to it.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Stability: Similar to power, the racket could use a bit more stability when encountering big hitters. Returning serve against big servers, especially, can be difficult.
- Features: I absolutely love the paint job on this racket. The colors are stylish and look really sleek. It looks beautiful, BUT it scrapes and gets discolored fairly easily. Never had a Babolat get discolored because of a scratch while not even playing. The Clash must be secured well because, even in the bag, it might lose a bit of its paint job bumping into other rackets.
Favorite moment with this gear
I love hitting running winners and passing shots and this racket is tremendous for both. The easy maneuverability gives access to late reaction shots that some heavier rackets simply wouldn’t allow. I also previously talked about how it feels to hit a spin shot. I never really used to hit a backhand slice, but the feel of hitting one with this racket is making me improve that shot just so I can feel the kiss more often!
Value for the money vs. other options
The Clash 100 is on the pricey side, for sure. But they say “you get what you pay for” and that rings true here. For those who have arm soreness or simply want a lighter racket, without sacrificing too much power, this is a great racket. Those wanting control and spin should also give it a serious look. Some rackets I’ve tried out recently that are in the same ballpark, feel-wise, are the 2021 Babolat Pure Aero Rafa racket, the 2022 Head Boom MP, and the 2019 Wilson Blade 98 v7. The Clash has a better feel than all of them and the control is on par, if not better, than the Blade 98. Power wise, Rafa and Boom had a bit more pop to it.
Overall, the Wilson Clash 100 is a great racket for intermediate and advanced players looking for an arm-friendly upgrade. The maneuverability and feel of this racket are unlike any other in the world right now.