Day 1 with the Wilson steam ( note the jury is still in deliberation as I'm in the honeymoon period....these are not final results) I have been through quite an interesting racquet journey. Basically I've been playing with the same racquet and just kept changing the string pattern. My journey started with the Donnay pro one 18x20 and then on to the 16x19 version ....and now I have switched to the Vortex tour 100 at 14x17 & vortex tour 95 at 14x17 depending on the day. I thought I was set with Vortex when along cane the Wilson 99s with a string pattern of 14x 16. I'm really confused now but I must say I'm leaning to switching to the Wilson steam 99S. I've been through enough sticks to know this is only the honeymoon period ....therefore the jury is still out . Introduction: Upon feeling the sticks the Wilson feels far more flimsy and cheap. The Vortex seem much more solid . I felt like the steam could break in half at any moment.. I'm a 4.0-4.5 depending on the day and I used Vortex multi in the mains and Vortex poly on the crosses at 56 pounds. Specs: Vortex tour 95 & 100 Length: 27 Weight: 11 ounces unstrung Balance: 3 pts HL (strung) Swing weight : 328 Pattern: 14m x 17c Flex: 70#RA Beam: 21.5mm straight beam Wilson steam 99s Length: 27in / 68.58cm UnStrung Weight: 10.7 Balance: 3 pts HL Swingweight: 328 Stiffness: 70 Beam Width: 22.5mm / 24mm / 23.5mm / Composition: Basalt Power Level: Low-Medium Stroke Style: Medium-Full Swing Speed: Medium-Fast 1st serves Steam : 9/10 Vortex tour 95 (14x17).... 7/10 Vortex tour 100 (14 x 17).... 9/10 Second serves Steam : 8/10 Vortex 95 : 9/10 Vortex 100 : 7/10 Topspin Steam 10/10 Vortex 95...... 9/10 Vortex 100....10/10 slice Steam 9/10 Vortex 95.... 7/10 Vortex 100 .....6/10 Flat shots Steam. .....7/10 Vortex 95....7/10 Vortex 100 ...7/10 lobs Steam .....10/10 Vortex 95....8/10 Vortex 100....9/10 Drop shots Steam : 9/10 Vortex 95.....8/10 Vortex 100...8/10 Return of serve Steam .....9/10 Vortex 95......6/10 Vortex 100..... 8/10 Volleys Steam : ....8/10 Vortex 95.....8/10 Vortex 100...8/10 [/b]Overhead[/b] Steam .....6/10 Vortex 95.....7/10 Vortex 100.....9/10 Conclusion The jury is still definitely still in deliberation as I have only had an hour and a half play against a colleg pro ..... But the steam did everything I wanted to . I was consistent; however my balls did not seem as heavy or effective as with the Vortex. The steam seem like a flimsy cheap stick compared to the vortex tours .....however results are more important than feel. But it's a pretty good day one for the steam . I am in love with my vortex' and the steam had a tough job to beat them and so far it definitely has done that. I still need some real match play to make a final determination . I am however blown away by the steam . It just seems the more open pattern I try the more I love it ! It's been some journey..... I hope they don't come out with a 14x 13 because it will drive me crazy. I was talking to my pro and I said "I don't think a pro would ever use this stick ".....he said "wrong !!! Mark woodforde use a very similar open string pattern ".