18x20 Wilson Shift prototype

Geoff

Hall of Fame
All I know is that Wilson refers to the current graphics as color shifting. I asked my Wilson rep. As you know typically reps are not connected with R&D and prototype testing etc.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
-just saw some online posting on it!
-i saw/peeped that it was a 98" head size and 315g weight (printed on the racquet)
-an 18/20 pattern you say?!, could be interesting
-the clash did need more control, perhaps this is it?!
-although the clash.v2 already has a 16/20 version??!, so who knows until we see it
-i do like the notion of the name Wilson.SHIFT! sounds good.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
-just saw some online posting on it!
-i saw/peeped that it was a 98" head size and 315g weight (printed on the racquet)
-an 18/20 pattern you say?!, could be interesting
-the clash did need more control, perhaps this is it?!
-although the clash.v2 already has a 16/20 version??!, so who knows until we see it
-i do like the notion of the name Wilson.SHIFT! sounds good.

Don't drop a letter or Wilson could have a problem.
 

aus89

Hall of Fame
Don't drop a letter or Wilson could have a problem.
Big flour are notorious a-holes
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1HBHfanatic

Legend
Don't drop a letter or Wilson could have a problem.
-i think this is abit different!!
-this seems like a world wide limited release
-cant control the sharing of picks if you send it world wide
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

-plus,,, its not my account, soooooooooo
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
5 throat grommet set on the 18x20? That's unique. 16x20 looks like 4 grommet set

It’s been an extremely long time since I saw 10 mains in the throat on an 18x20, and that was on only one racquet, but it’s good because it allows stringing 1-piece without having to do it ATW.
There were some 18x20 Wilson Spin racquets - Pro Staff 97S and Blade 98S - with 6 mains in the throat, and that also allows allows stringing 1-piece without having to do it ATW. But I think 18x20 with 10 mains in the throat is better because fewer mains are pulled at a sharp angle.
 
It’s been an extremely long time since I saw 10 mains in the throat on an 18x20, and that was on only one racquet, but it’s good because it allows stringing 1-piece without having to do it ATW.
There were some 18x20 Wilson Spin racquets - Pro Staff 97S and Blade 98S - with 6 mains in the throat, and that also allows allows stringing 1-piece without having to do it ATW. But I think 18x20 with 10 mains in the throat is better because fewer mains are pulled at a sharp angle.

do any pros do 1 piece on their rackets?
 

gino

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-just saw some online posting on it!
-i saw/peeped that it was a 98" head size and 315g weight (printed on the racquet)
-an 18/20 pattern you say?!, could be interesting
-the clash did need more control, perhaps this is it?!
-although the clash.v2 already has a 16/20 version??!, so who knows until we see it
-i do like the notion of the name Wilson.SHIFT! sounds good.

wonder what the mold is inspired by. could be their response to the boom

gravity vs clash
boom vs shift
 

A_Instead

Legend
I want one... can't wait...
Hope it's a line that offers the performance like the Blade... but offers more pop and spin..
Aka pure strike and ezone 98..

The naming convention is unique... A "shift" in direction and offer...

Cool name.. but if rackets are no good..so easy to drop the F and call it that name...
 
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kkm

Hall of Fame
I want one... can't wait...
Hope it's a line that offers the performance like the Blade... but offers more pop and spin..
Aka pure strike and ezone 98..

The naming convention is unique... A "shift" in direction and offer...

Cool name.. but if rackets are no good..so easy to drop the F and call it that name...

Yeah hopefully it’s like the Pure Strike, Speed MP, and EZone 98. IMHO Wilson QC has improved. Yonex is expensive and a bit hyped just ‘cause it’s Made in Japan (even if it’s in a remote part of the country where labor is cheap and a lot of the stuff is automated), but IMHO Yonex handles are the worst of Babolat Yonex and Wilson. Wilson handles used to be bad, but now they’re the best. But the new Wilson buttcap with the huge trapdoor is a mistake.
 

austintennis2005

Professional
It’s been an extremely long time since I saw 10 mains in the throat on an 18x20, and that was on only one racquet, but it’s good because it allows stringing 1-piece without having to do it ATW.
There were some 18x20 Wilson Spin racquets - Pro Staff 97S and Blade 98S - with 6 mains in the throat, and that also allows allows stringing 1-piece without having to do it ATW. But I think 18x20 with 10 mains in the throat is better because fewer mains are pulled at a sharp angle.
ive strung a million racquets one piece from bottom to top and never had any problems.... around the world is probably better but doesnt make much difference for most players.
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
ive strung a million racquets one piece from bottom to top and never had any problems.... around the world is probably better but doesnt make much difference for most players.

It may not, but stringers of a certain level are expected to string ATW instead of bottom-up if they're stringing 1-piece and the mains end at the bottom. Racquets with mains ending at the top get rid of that issue.
The Pure Strike, the Speed MP, and the EZone 98 all have mains ending at the top. It's good that Wilson has designed the Shift 16x20 and the Shift 18x20 with mains ending at the top. 10 mains in the throat is better than 6 mains in the throat for 18x20 because of fewer sharp angle pulls.
 
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Soundbyte

Hall of Fame
I agree that it likely doesn't matter these days like it used to. Some companies even have official instructions for 1 piece stringing with crosses that go throat to head.

I don't personally string that way. Then again, I used to do mostly 1 piece, but now almost 100% of my stringing is 2 piece
 

austintennis2005

Professional
I agree that it likely doesn't matter these days like it used to. Some companies even have official instructions for 1 piece stringing with crosses that go throat to head.

I don't personally string that way. Then again, I used to do mostly 1 piece, but now almost 100% of my stringing is 2 piece
why did you go to mostly 2? i just hate pulling all the string on the long side
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
Chances are someone (Ron Rocchi and/or someone reporting to Ron) from Wilson is reading what is being written here. I wonder what they’re thinking based on what’s being written.
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
I hope it will be clear soon whether they have Direct Connect like on the V8 Blades, carbon fiber handles like on the Clash, or the new buttcap they started putting on the V8 Blades. I hope the answer for all these questions is no.
 

PBODY99

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It’s been an extremely long time since I saw 10 mains in the throat on an 18x20, and that was on only one racquet, but it’s good because it allows stringing 1-piece without having to do it ATW.
There were some 18x20 Wilson Spin racquets - Pro Staff 97S and Blade 98S - with 6 mains in the throat, and that also allows allows stringing 1-piece without having to do it ATW. But I think 18x20 with 10 mains in the throat is better because fewer mains are pulled at a sharp angle.
@kkm
I have only seen Wilson Spin effect rackets that had fewer crosses than mains. I have the FST Burn 99S (18x16) & string a Burn 100s for a teammate.
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
@kkm
I have only seen Wilson Spin effect rackets that had fewer crosses than mains. I have the FST Burn 99S (18x16) & string a Burn 100s for a teammate.

Yes, I meant that those Spin Effect racquets (18x17 and 18x16) allowed top-down stringing without having to do ATW because they had 18 mains and 6 of those mains in the throat so the mains ended at the top.

The 16x20 Shift racquet has 8 mains in the throat, and the 18x20 Shift racquet has 10 mains in the throat, so on both Shift racquets the mains end at the top and allow top-down stringing without having to do ATW.
 

kkm

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Once again.. Wilson innovation leading the industry..

It’s still weird it took them this long. Enough of us amateurs have these ideas that they don’t think of for a long time, or that they take forever to take to market.
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
Is it for children?

They’re showing good juniors (teenagers) testing it. I doubt they’d sell a 25” or 26” version, but if someone wanted one badly enough for children it could be shortened from 27” to 25” or 26”.
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
They’re showing good juniors (teenagers) testing it. I doubt they’d sell a 25” or 26” version, but if someone wanted one badly enough for children it could be shortened from 27” to 25” or 26”.
They have junior versions of their other racquets so what’s one more! I would think the 16x20 would be the potential candidate.
 
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