Wilson Hits Homerun with Wilson Steam 99S (mini review)

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  1. Ross K

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    As I'm in the UK, I'd be interested to know where you might be considering making this purchase from (especially if you're planning on getting the 99s nice and early.) Any insider info, pm me. :wink:
     
  2. TennisTodd

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    Totally agree.

    I am not that concerned about string durability where other players are, I prefer open string patterns while other like tight, etc...

    That's why there are so many racquet stlyes and choices available. Each one of us has different styles and what works great for me may not for you.
     
  3. Federerkblade

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    yes Ross

    where are you from mate ? Im from west midlands I know a shop which has one of those fancy machines that can test the swingweight and flex . SO I will get a matched pair .

    In regard to demos the big sellers *** etc wont be getting the racquets until jan 15
     
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    sarcasm awesomeness: it does a (mind and) body good
     
  5. mad dog1

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    double post...
     
  6. doctor dennis

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    I'm also from the UK.
    Ive got my name to try it out first at my local tennis shop. They said they aren't due to get until February however unfortunately.
    On Monday they had just received a few boxes of the new aero pro drive. That is one awesome looking racket which I will definitely purchase should I not like the steam.
    The Steam does have me very intrigued listening to all the comments.

    Regards
     
  7. Federerkblade

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    doctor where are you from ??? just noticed you are from the midlands ? where do you play ??
     
  8. racertempo

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    I said this earlier as well and completely agree with you. In spring leagues here in NC I expect to see as many of these as I see of the Juice around here. By far, I see more Juice frames then any other 1 specific frame and I am the kind of person who looks first at what a player is holding :)
     
  9. racertempo

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    Great great point. I am not a spin player at all and shy away from it due to my lack of ability to hit spin shots with confidence.....and a confident swing is paramount when hitting with topspin. I don't know what really did it from this racquet, but it does give me confidence that I can add topspin regularly without much fear or hesitation.

    It is just like the majority of golf technology, if the "technology" can help the 6" between the ears then it will help your game because the game is based largely on confidence.......I 100% believe the same can be said for a tennis frame, or string technology.
     
  10. thecrusher956

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    This really was intended for the club player, durability is going to be a huge factor string wise.
     
  11. dmcb101

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    I want to let it be known that I feel that this racquet gives more spin with less effort and not that the racquet will all of the sudden make you a great player. It is just my own experience that showed I gained more spin from this racquet. Hope my review helped!
     
  12. Ross K

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    doctor d and Fedkb,

    Cheers ^. I'm N. London based. I'll probably just have to wait until it arrives at the usual major outlets. Just wondered if anywhere was getting it quicker than mid-Jan.

    For sure though, the new APD is definitely another major contender. I've played the Original black pj version on and off for a few years until very recently.
     
  13. Power Player

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    Guys gave it another run last night and I definitely have no desire to buy this stick. But that is just because I am really happy with what I am using.

    The Steam definitely is going to benefit a player with a slower swing than me. I slowed down my swing and was fine with it. Its just a slower swing than I feel comfortable with and I could not change that up in a match. I could weight it up, as it plays lighter than my blade, but I'd have to really pay attention to the power level, as it already is pretty powerful due to the pattern.

    So my conclusion is that this racquet is geared towards a player with moderate swing speed who normally does not hit with a lot of spin.

    With that being said, any player who really likes this racquet will be able to use it. A good tennis player can use anything, it just boils down to what you prefer.

    I am now toweling off and exiting the Steam room. Interested in what other folks think.
     
  14. Mongolmike

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    I dunno, tough to comment without pictures.....
     
  15. Nostradamus

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    When is this DEMOS coming out in TW ? Waiting is killing me
     
  16. realplayer

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    I'm a relatively flat hitter who mix it up with medium topspin and i like to come into the net.
    I was switching between a vantage 100 16 x 19(quite open pattern) and a more dense 16 x 19 vantage 95.
    In the end the 95 gave me a lot more precision and control(I had to slow my swing down to keep the ball in with the 100 version) The 95 gave me much more options to play at the net and I felt more comfortable to hit out without being afraid the ball would sail.
    My question is if you think that considering my style of play I could benefit from the wilson steam 99s?
     
  17. Power Player

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    If you prefer dense patterns, you may not have the confidence with the 99S and may want to demo the Blade 18x20.

    If you can demo those 2 sticks it may answer a lot of questions.
     
  18. racertempo

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    You just perfectly described my game.....and I concur with your conclusion 100%
     
  19. racertempo

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    I am a very very similar player, rarely ever take a big cut at the ball and come to the net very aggressively, singles and doubles. The string patter really worried me for volley control, but it was just as solid in volley feel as my 2 current favorite sticks (1 is 16x18 and 1 is a 16x19). I played a match with the frame and also hit about 120 volleys from my ball machine and the control was very very surprising to me. Based on your style of play I would recommend giving a demo, highly recommend.
     
  20. El Diablo

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    Had a chance to hit with Steam 99s for a short time this morning, as the Wilson sponsored pros at the indoor club had one on hand. Nice racquet but I'm not sure the spin was noticeably more than with my own racquet, a 105 ProKennex that has a very open 16x19 pattern. Felt like I had more precise control with my own stick.
     
  21. JackB1

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    Anyone who has seen Power Players video know he has tremendous swing speed and hits with tons of spin. It doesn't surprise me at all that the 99s doesn't work for him, as most tweeners wouldn't.. That said, it works great for my game. It is VERY similar to other tweeners I have recently used (Warrior, PD12, Juice, Donnay F100, X315) but give me a little more spin and has a very solid feel. I feel like the power can be controlled with the proper string and tension.
     
  22. 2ManyAces

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    wheres the vid?
     
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  24. doctor dennis

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    Tipton sports academy.

    What about you?
     
  25. Federerkblade

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    Ahh cool Newbridge Wolverhampton
     
  26. doctor dennis

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    Couldn't tell you anywhere that's getting it earlier unfortunately. Its a bit of a pain finding good places to demo in the UK.
    pics don't do the new APD justice, it looks sweet as.
    I'm not a Wilson fan at all but I really need to try the steam before I purchase the new APD.
     
  27. doctor dennis

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    Yeah I know new bridge. I've played there a few times and so has my daughter.

    I know nick m as he runs the tournaments there.
     
  28. Federerkblade

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    Yeah i know nick m very well.

    Im really looking forward to the stick 99s.
     
  29. drakulie

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    Just received a 99s from the Wilson Rep in order to playtest, and report on durability and playability with different set ups. Thanks JIM!!! :)

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    Specs of frame are as follows:

    Unstrung: (completed on Prince Tuning Center at Work)
    weight: 304
    balance: 32
    swing weight: 300

    Strung: (completed on RDC at Home)
    weight: 320
    balance: 33
    swingweight: 328
    flex: 68

    Strung with Wilson Natural Gut 17g, Luxilon 4G 16g at 45 lbs. ERT came in at 29.

    Drilled for 2 hours with my wife (former top 10 junior). First impressions from her:

    Much more spin and heavier shots on both sides and shots were landing deeper more consistently than usual. Pace was about the same, but depth and height was extremely noticable. Serves had much more spin, and first serve was much faster/heavier. second serves, although more spin, kicker was sitting up a bit (possibly due to leaving in middle of box as I dial in) and not as much pace. Flat shots although had more spin than usual didn't get on top of her as quickly. Still, these shots were forceful enough to keep her on her heels. Shot that impressed her most was cross court forehand which she stated was huge, and kicking away from her. Volleys not as penetrating as they usually are, but still had good depth and direction.

    She also stated many shots she gave up on because they appeared to be going long landed in (which I noticed a few times. hehehehe)

    Balls were fluffing up more than usual (approx 30 minutes)

    More detailed review will follow in a few days, including durability of strings. Will be hitting tomorrow with a girl who just won the silver in 30s nationals doubles and gold in mixed.
     
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  30. LeeD

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    Is something amiss here?
    New strings at 45 lbs. will enhance spin on any and every racket. What tension do you normally play with? Doesn't 45 lbs start to trampoline on balls that are blocked and short hops?
     
  31. drakulie

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    You seriously need to stay out of threads that are way over your head.
     
  32. LeeD

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    You're prolly correct, but I"ve lived long enough to recognize marketting hype when I see it. I've seen it in surfing, motocross, tennis, windsurfing, kiteboarding, waterskiing, snowboarding, skiing, and several other sports. And I've been in the industry for most of those sports.
    Hype. Sounds like it to me.
    You may embrace it wide eyed like a 14 year old if you want, I'll wait a year, then decide.
     
  33. drakulie

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    No, I am correct, and as usual, you are INCORRECT.

    I'll explain it to you like a 4 year old, so it doesn't go over your air-filled head.


    1. I always string my racquets at 45 lbs (gut mains/poly crosses).
    2. With this racquet, also strung at 45 lbs, my wife is stating I am hitting with much more spin.
    Now go to the corner like a good little boy and be quiet.
     
  34. bertrevert

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    Same power?!?!?

    I haven't significantly hit with a Juice, but it's been said to be same as a PD (which I have played with), so therefore the 99s is in the territory of a PD - ??? -then that is a lot of power.

    ATM, I use the BLX Pro Open. Besides a weird-o hotspot up top of the stringbed which launches balls every now and then - it's a good tweener, but with syngut - it's too powerful.

    It's reasonable Wilson recommends taming the power of the 99s with 4G string.

    Or isn't the 4G really about taming the power?
     
  35. El Zed

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    Is that really necessary? Maybe there is a history between you two, but the question appeared rather innocuous and your response rather out of line and suspiciously defensive.
     
  36. Virtua Tennis

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    I tried this frame out strung it with 4G at 52 pounds. It's ok nice racquet for a medium swinging player, who hits with some spin and wants a little more.

    Gave it to a hard topspin hitting pro the strings didn't even last 15 min. :-|
     
  37. Federerkblade

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    Excellent feedback drak. Any hope of showing a video of you playing eight the 99s
     
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    Wait till Prince comes out with their new 14/16 Rackets in 2013!
     
  39. Federerkblade

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    what does drak mean by ERT came in at 29.???Great pic of the steam 99s Drak. I noticed how belluci was using a steam paintjob againt fed last night in Brazil
     
  40. Roforot

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    Are you thinking of switching over to the steam? It's a big difference from the Prestige frame. I'm curious to see how you do w/ the racquet in a competitive match where old habits and tendencies creep into your game.

    If you stay w/ your old racquet, why?
     
  41. mikeler

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    So have you been hitting with the Steam only since you made this thread?
     
  42. bad_call

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    another skeptic here...for now opting for a home brew vs kool-aid. :)
     
  43. YesTennis

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    Hi Drakulie-Quick question- My usual string set-up is also gut/poly. Just wondering if you had any thought about this set-up versus full poly in the Steam 99S? It sounds like the gut/poly played fine while playing with your wife.

    Secondly, I saw the new Blade in the picture next to the Steam. Just wondering if you were going to play test the Blade? If you do, would really appreciate your thoughts!

    Thanks in advance
     
  44. racertempo

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    I am very very glad to hear that you had success at the lower tension. The recommended tension range on the 99s is 54-64, so I was worried about doing 50 or 48......thanks for the review!
     
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    I think Fed strings at 48 lbs
     
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    I would not be concerned about the low side of the tension range. The upper end is where I think you have to be more concerned about racket integrity.
     
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    Some folks mentioned that with the 3-4 fewer stings in the crosses that it might need the higher tension, the 105s recommended tension is 57-67!!!! Sounds though I will be fins around my 48-50 range with a full poly bed.
     
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    TT Mods, if this isn't a flame I don't know what is...
     
  49. Federerkblade

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    Come on kk winds lee d was saying silly things in this thread for a week
     
  50. Ross K

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    Anyone else played both the 99s and the Juice 100 care to say how they contrast. A million miles apart, or, as JackB1 said I think, a few similarities?
     

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