After hitting my new baby Wilson SW104

NRMM

Rookie
hi guys, just wanted to share this with you since some of you have been helping me with the transition from the Wilson Blade 104 (2015) with Revolve 17 to the Wilson SW104 with Babolat Pro Hurricane 17. Always at 55lbs.

I'm 40, I play double handed forehand and backhand, I like to go for my shots early, mostly baseliner albeit I like some nice swing volleys and smashes. I get pumped up with winners down the line and crosscourt, I tend to go for the 4-5 shots rally and then try to finish off. I'm a good club player, that's all.

Anyway.. so I played with my new baby today (ROTFL) and what a racquet, what a racquet! It really forces you to become a better player.. when your timing, placement and focus is there then the shots just came effortlessly. These are the my key takeways, after playing only for 1 hour, 1 set which I won :))

Pros

- the reach: I was getting so much more back, that extra shot that sometimes makes all the difference and gets the other player to miss
- effortless: I feel that I don't need to put as much into the shot as I had with Blade, that cross court spiny
- serves: could adapt well, was getting some unusual spin, I wasn't expecting it to be as consistent
- easier on the body: I've been having some mild shoulder/wrist pain (nothing major) and today I just didn't feel it, way more gentle on the body I felt

Cons

- returns: I was missing quite a few, to the net. Timing, movement, swing, ? not sure. My natural instinct is to attack all 2nd serves, sometime even a weak-er 1st
- when I felt I lacked preparation for the shot I would miss it, grandly.
- sometimes I felt the strings were a bit lively, or was rather the combination of racquet+strings. The feel wasn't as muted as before. More unpredictable.

Hope you enjoyed it and come along with any comments/thought :)
 

sma1001

Hall of Fame
For me, having owned an SW 104 for a number of months, i'd say it is one of the most interesting racquets i've hit over the last couple of years. It challenges so many assumptions about what a racquet should be. But you are right: as ever there are pros and cons, and the question always is: is the mix right for you? I've just sold mine to a friend, but he's given me a right of first refusal should it not be for him and he chooses to move it on. Indeed, my son saw me wrapping it up and said: why are you selling that, you hit so well with it? He has a point.

Good luck - and do let us know how this goes.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I am pretty sure I know the answer, but does anyone who use the SW 104 have OHBH? Always looking to hit bigger shots and the extended rackets help in that cause, but my OHBH (*which topspin backhand is my best stroke) suffers on most extended rackets. Only one that didn't was the Aeropro Drive Plus 2013 version, but I really didn't like the feel.
 

NRMM

Rookie
For me, having owned an SW 104 for a number of months, i'd say it is one of the most interesting racquets i've hit over the last couple of years. It challenges so many assumptions about what a racquet should be. But you are right: as ever there are pros and cons, and the question always is: is the mix right for you? I've just sold mine to a friend, but he's given me a right of first refusal should it not be for him and he chooses to move it on. Indeed, my son saw me wrapping it up and said: why are you selling that, you hit so well with it? He has a point.

Good luck - and do let us know how this goes.
ha! so why did you sell it ? right from the start I could feel there was something very special about sw104 ? also, what strings do you have on it?
 

4-string

Professional
I have only played mine a couple of times, but I agree that it is an interesting racquet.

I have a OHBH, and despite some timing issues it actually works pretty well. No more of an adjustement than with the 2015 PD+ I had. Slice bh is wonderful with the sw104!

Early days still. [emoji3]
 

NRMM

Rookie
I have only played mine a couple of times, but I agree that it is an interesting racquet.

I have a OHBH, and despite some timing issues it actually works pretty well. No more of an adjustement than with the 2015 PD+ I had. Slice bh is wonderful with the sw104!

Early days still. [emoji3]
definitely, I'd dare to say that sw104 forces you to become a better player haha
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I think it’s the perfect racket for a two handed from both wings. Stick with it. I really like RoS with the SW 104. Just get the timing down and you are golden. The swingweight holds up to heavy serves very nicely.

Unfortunately it was a bit too hard on my elbow so I switched to the Phantom. But look forward to using it again when my arm improves.
 

sma1001

Hall of Fame
so why did you sell it ? right from the start I could feel there was something very special about sw104 ? also, what strings do you have on it?
Good question! Well, a friend wanted it, so i let him have it (subject to the promise to offer it back to me). I was playing YY PTP 1.25 in it: very nice.
 

skeeter

Professional
I think it’s the perfect racket for a two handed from both wings. Stick with it. I really like RoS with the SW 104. Just get the timing down and you are golden. The swingweight holds up to heavy serves very nicely.

Unfortunately it was a bit too hard on my elbow so I switched to the Phantom. But look forward to using it again when my arm improves.
Currently play with the 2015 version of the 104. In my 50's, strong 4.0, all-courter, OHBH, and I absolutely love the racquet; have been playing some of my best tennis ever since I started using it about 4 months ago. As a previous poster stated, it challenges many assumptions (at least at least that I've always had) regarding larger headsize racquets and extended length racquets; plays more like a 100 or 98 to me (the sized I'm most familiar with) and very maneuverable at net. Also has great pop, good spin (even though a tighter string bed), monster groundstrokes (hitting some of my best backhands; took very little time to dial it in with this racquet), serves great, and the 58 stiffness is very arm forgiving and very plush feeling. I think if the SW104 had a lower RA, it would be a more popular stick for a wider variety of folks.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
My wife became an overnight sensation when she switched from a PD 107 to the SW 104. The plowthrough gave her more penetration on her groundies, the 18x19 stringbed gave her precision on her flat groundstrokes and the 28 inch length gave her more reach. All of a sudden none of her cronies in ladies doubles could handle her shots.

I think it definitely fits certain games and as i've said before about this racket, if you have a 2HBH you owe it to yourself to try it. It's transformative for that stroke alone. I'm currently using a Phantom for arm health reasons and can't get nearly the BH power out of that stick compared to the SW 104. Night and Day difference.
 

NRMM

Rookie
My wife became an overnight sensation when she switched from a PD 107 to the SW 104. The plowthrough gave her more penetration on her groundies, the 18x19 stringbed gave her precision on her flat groundstrokes and the 28 inch length gave her more reach. All of a sudden none of her cronies in ladies doubles could handle her shots.

I think it definitely fits certain games and as i've said before about this racket, if you have a 2HBH you owe it to yourself to try it. It's transformative for that stroke alone. I'm currently using a Phantom for arm health reasons and can't get nearly the BH power out of that stick compared to the SW 104. Night and Day difference.
That's great...Today I played for nearly 3 hours, a mix of singles and doubles. I'm still impressed, the racquet is a beast, the extra reach is fantastic (I'm 5'57 guy) and serve gets certainly improved. I'm more and more certain that the key thing is getting your timing right. If you're a bit late or early and you don't prepare well enough then your shots do get compromised. Also what I've noticed today is that the full body poly of Babolat Pro Hurricane at 55lbs feels, sometimes, a bit lively.. I'll probably go back to Revolve 17 in white which has a more muted feel (I'm a little fuss with the aesthetics, ROTFL).
 
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