CAN CONFIRM CLASH 98 RELEASE IN JUNE

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time_fly

Hall of Fame
I've been testing the Clash 98 for a bit, and just hit with the Clash 108 today. They're very solid racquets and feel like the 100's.

The Clash 98 feels a lot like the Blade 98 that is soon to be released, but with just a bit less weight and stiffness.
Interesting. I associate the Clash with high launch angles and spin, and the Blade with more control and plow through due to the nearly even balance.
 
Interesting. I associate the Clash with high launch angles and spin, and the Blade with more control and plow through due to the nearly even balance.
The new Blade 98 shares the same high launch angle though it is heavier both static and swing weight, and feels more solid on contact though an exact back to back comparison is hard due to different strings in each racquet.
 
Wasn't able to get a hold of any of the new Clash models to examine more closely, but I think this new Wilson product is also being discussed now openly so here's the first look at their new ball, "Triniti".



Low pressure/pressureless design. Great felt. Lasts several hitting sessions while retaining a consistent bounce. The ball shown here has five hours of hard hitting on it and is still playable. It has a unique, high frequency "thwack" sound, and when you swing really hard at it, it doesn't come off the strings with quite the speed of a pressurized ball. You do notice that it is different, but it's not that different. Because it lasts so long and is consistent throughout several hours of hitting, it is a fantastic practice ball. Really not all that different in speed from a US Open ball, but the sound when hit makes it seem a lot different.

I think the plans are for it to come in a black, hexagonal cardboard container, three to a "box" and not pressurized. There's a logo that says "Play the future" on the bottom, and the "Triniti" name has an embossed triangle through it, in the shape of the Clash triangle.
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
Tennis Nerd was rather unimpressed by the 98: less power, small sweetspot, insufficient stabiliy and muted feel leading it to feel lost among a host of alternatives, whereas the Tour stood out as different.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Tennis Nerd was rather unimpressed by the 98: less power, small sweetspot, insufficient stabiliy and muted feel leading it to feel lost among a host of alternatives, whereas the Tour stood out as different.
Lest you wonder if he is being influenced by Wilson in these reviews, notice he didn't name any of the alternatives except for two other Wilson sticks: the Ultra Tour and Blade 98.
 

DJTaurus

Professional
Lest you wonder if he is being influenced by Wilson in these reviews, notice he didn't name any of the alternatives except for two other Wilson sticks: the Ultra Tour and Blade 98.
He often mentions his best modern 98inch racquets: beast 98, xtc tfight, vcore 98 and pacific x tour pro which is 97.....
 

Shangri La

Hall of Fame
Lest you wonder if he is being influenced by Wilson in these reviews, notice he didn't name any of the alternatives except for two other Wilson sticks: the Ultra Tour and Blade 98.
If he's influenced by Wilson yet still not impressed by the 98, what does that tell you about the 98?
 

vanworth

Rookie
I think he is talking about Wilson as it is a Wilson racket, so makes sense to compare the range they have. Clear he doesn't like the racket which is a shame as he is a good reviewer. Guess the DR98's will be staying top dog for me for now.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I think he is talking about Wilson as it is a Wilson racket, so makes sense to compare the range they have. Clear he doesn't like the racket which is a shame as he is a good reviewer. Guess the DR98's will be staying top dog for me for now.
I don’t think he doesn’t like it. He just makes the point that there are really no softer 100” frames with power so the Clash 100 is more unique. There are a wider range of specifications and designs in 98” frames so the Clash 98 doesn’t stand out.
 
Question : Given Wilson recommends stringing Clash 100 no more than 48lbs in order to experience the unique flex of the hoop (re: TW review), then what's their tension recommendation for Clash 98?
 

naturallight

Semi-Pro
They've gotta make these Clash racquets with more control. Maybe a 18x19 version for the 100? The current stringbed is beyond erratic. My buddy switched to one and he's definitely taken a step back--a lot more wild groundies, can't place the serve like he used to. Love the concept, just make it better.
 

According to the video, looks like 27.25inch length, 108sq inch face, 280g weight, 33.5cm balance. Beam 24-24-24, 16x19 pattern.
I don't speak Japanese and I'm only going by visual evidence but it looks to me like the 98 has reduced "Stable Smart" reinforcing in the throat which should make it even more flexi.
Given Tennisnerd's string setup between the 100 and the 98 and the reduced Stable Smart is perhaps the major reason behind his relatively deflated review of the 98.
 
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It seems so similar to the 100 tour. And, it's not like it's even a 95, so that there would be a real noticeable difference in the size (crazy how us tennis players can really feel/see the difference of 5 sq inches). Yet, I bet it feels somewhat different, as the testers in the video stated. Beyond the entire Clash line mainstreaming low flex again, the 98 and 100 Tour, specifically, are some of the most head light frames I've seen in a long time.
 
WOW Tennisnerd really crushed my hopes since i like Stability since i play with the rf97. But lets see what the Tennis Warehouse team says about it
They wouldn't make a Clash similar to a rf97, it has a special place in the lineup, the Clash is aimed at an entirely different customer.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
It seems so similar to the 100 tour. And, it's not like it's even a 95, so that there would be a real noticeable difference in the size (crazy how us tennis players can really feel/see the difference of 5 sq inches). Yet, I bet it feels somewhat different, as the testers in the video stated. Beyond the entire Clash line mainstreaming low flex again, the 98 and 100 Tour, specifically, are some of the most head light frames I've seen in a long time.
It looks like they changed the string spacing a bit too to make it more dense in the center on the 98. Can someone who has used both confirm this?
 

robin1982

Rookie
It looks like they changed the string spacing a bit too to make it more dense in the center on the 98. Can someone who has used both confirm this?
Yes thats right. And just look at the grommets in the heart, 4 instead of 3 in the middle.
The 98 has more control and feel.
 

Ttowndave

New User
It is exactly the same for the 98, and I do not see any weird with tie-off points, same as many Babolat 16x19 racquets, some of the easiest racquets to string.
I imagine it is pretty much the same. Only difference is the mains tie off at the top rather than the bottom like on the 100s since there are 4 sets in the throat on the 98.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
Tennis Nerd was rather unimpressed by the 98: less power, small sweetspot, insufficient stabiliy and muted feel leading it to feel lost among a host of alternatives, whereas the Tour stood out as different.
Well, iirc he answers a post on his site or youtube where a poster asks for a out-of-10-rating, and he gives is a 8 out of 10.
I think you have to factor in that in the video he compares it to the Clash 100 Tour, which is his current racket of choice.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I just ordered a Clash 98. I can’t resist a good 98, or at least a unique one. It wouldn’t be so bad except I picked up a Pure Aero Plus last month. I really need to cut back my stash again.
 

Wilsonbro

New User
I hit with the Clash 98 today and i thought it was just ok. Opponent feel no pressure or plow from my forehand shots making me swing harder causing more errors than my ultra 95 tour . I will give it more time. It is a very fun racket to hit with though. its kinda feel like a wilson prostaff 97ls
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I just ordered a Clash 98. I can’t resist a good 98, or at least a unique one. It wouldn’t be so bad except I picked up a Pure Aero Plus last month. I really need to cut back my stash again.
I've hit with the Clash 98 a few times now. Mine is strung with Luxilon Adrenaline 17 at 48 lbs. So far, I haven't meshed with it nearly as well as the Pure Aero Plus. The big difference between the Clash 98 and the 100 Tour is really the string spacing as much as the head size. With the slightly smaller head and denser strings in the middle, the Clash 98 seems to be "the Clash for flat hitters." It drives the ball pretty well but doesn't pocket and spin nearly as much as the 100 Tour. I could probably drop the tension quite a bit more. Like the 100, it stiffens up and has a lot of power on full swings, but feels flexible and muted on slower swings and blocks, and the power level drops quickly.

I will continue to test it, but my first impression is that if you are an eastern forehand / one-handed backhand player or you generally like to block, chip, and flatten out the ball then this would probably suit you much better than either Clash 100. If you have more modern topspin mechanics, I think one of the 100 models would work better.
 
I've hit with the Clash 98 a few times now. Mine is strung with Luxilon Adrenaline 17 at 48 lbs. So far, I haven't meshed with it nearly as well as the Pure Aero Plus. The big difference between the Clash 98 and the 100 Tour is really the string spacing as much as the head size. With the slightly smaller head and denser strings in the middle, the Clash 98 seems to be "the Clash for flat hitters." It drives the ball pretty well but doesn't pocket and spin nearly as much as the 100 Tour. I could probably drop the tension quite a bit more. Like the 100, it stiffens up and has a lot of power on full swings, but feels flexible and muted on slower swings and blocks, and the power level drops quickly.

I will continue to test it, but my first impression is that if you are an eastern forehand / one-handed backhand player or you generally like to block, chip, and flatten out the ball then this would probably suit you much better than either Clash 100. If you have more modern topspin mechanics, I think one of the 100 models would work better.
Does the 98 offer better control and maneuverability than the 100? Those are my two issues with the 100: not quite the control I'm used to coming from a 98 Head Radical MP (old model) and doesn't feel as manoeuvrable. But I do like the power and spin I get with the Clash.

Don't know whether to wait for the new Blades or get a Clash 98 or even wait for the new Pure Strikes. Decisions, decisions...I do kinda feel though that I would prefer a 98 as that's what I'm used to.
 
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