Official Wilson Clash thread

#51
If people are looking for flexible Wilson players frames current lineups are unlikely to yield much (unless the ultra tour comes out in a flexy 16x19). Some of the ones I’ve played with include the pro staff 7.5 95 (it and its slightly lighter cousin the 7.0 are both fiberglass composites with respective stiffness ratings of 55 and 59 that were made in the 6.1 mold), the tapered bean series ultras (the fpk is most well-known, and was a composite with Kevlar and ceramic while the graphite was 50 % fiberglass and the Kevlar was a touch stiffer) and the Wilson odyssey comp (sweet 85” in the matrix mold with a 55 RA). I think that the Kobras and some of the 27.25” tour 95s were quite flexible too. For 18x20, the nblade is one of my favorites. RA of 58, and very precise. Just needs some tailweighting to get to the balance I like.


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#52
IMO the specs alone tell you that The Clash was designed to make the game easier and more fun for beginner and intermediate level players. It's an easy on the arm wide-body (thick) frame with a big head (100). Yikes. Next up will be a frame that hits the ball for you and also keeps score.
From looking at a lot of the online reviews, it sounds like its a Pure Drive, powerful and easy to use, but instead of being stiff and jarring on your arm like the Pure Drive, its actually quite soft and flexible.

Its a new combination and something unique.
 
#53
From looking at a lot of the online reviews, it sounds like its a Pure Drive, powerful and easy to use, but instead of being stiff and jarring on your arm like the Pure Drive, its actually quite soft and flexible.

Its a new combination and something unique.
I hadn't thought about the comparison to the Pure Drive, and you're right, headsize and beam thickness are similar. Perhaps some higher level players will enjoy it!
 
#54
If people are looking for flexible Wilson players frames current lineups are unlikely to yield much (unless the ultra tour comes out in a flexy 16x19). Some of the ones I’ve played with include the pro staff 7.5 95 (it and its slightly lighter cousin the 7.0 are both fiberglass composites with respective stiffness ratings of 55 and 59 that were made in the 6.1 mold), the tapered bean series ultras (the fpk is most well-known, and was a composite with Kevlar and ceramic while the graphite was 50 % fiberglass and the Kevlar was a touch stiffer) and the Wilson odyssey comp (sweet 85” in the matrix mold with a 55 RA). I think that the Kobras and some of the 27.25” tour 95s were quite flexible too. For 18x20, the nblade is one of my favorites. RA of 58, and very precise. Just needs some tailweighting to get to the balance I like.


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#61
The throat of the Clash is so unique that I can't imagine Wilson being able to mask a pro's racquet with just a paintjob. Also, no pro would actually switch to this beginner's racquet. The Clash reminds me of the Volkl V1 MP not in the way it looks, but the way it plays. Both are arm friendly, low sw, lots of power, mediocre spin, and easy to use. I see lots of seniors using the volkl in doubles so I'd say this is another great option for them.
 
#63
got mine in saturday. the pj looks much better than the pictures which have been posted. cant wait to swing it. now, what to string this with.....wilson still recommending 48 to 50 lbs with polys? i have been using wilson spin on my blade strung around 53, wonder how the spin would feel on this one.
 

sureshs

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#64
Yeah . Cause only 7 people would have bought it at 12 oz . That’s what’s the best part of this . Like pros hair pins it comes to you as a platform low weight .. You can weight it as you deem fit :)
I applaud Wilson for flexible and light . I’ve been screaming for this for years . No more buying 26 juniors with high flex and low weight . And extending it to 27. Which is what I had to do ..
now while we are talking about why Wilson won’t do ? This or that ?
I would love a clash 95 or 90
With a 18x20 pattern ! Love !! Me and 7 other people !:)
True. The lower static weight is for the casual buyer while advanced players will lead it up and prefer it to be light to start with.
 
#65
I honestly think Wilson accidentally designed a racquet for seniors. Easy to swing and powerful like a granny frame but much softer and more comfortable. I cant really see high level players adopting this right away due to the weird response. Maybe the nextnexgen will be all about it, but for now I see this frame being purchased by old people.
 
#70
Interesting it scored an 87 on TW reviews and yet there seemed to be a lot of polarizing opinions from the reviewers. I don't think I've seen a racket get that many critical "dislikes" and get such a high score. I mean terms like "erratic" are never anything you want to see in a review and yet they are everywhere for both the Clash and Clash Tour.

For instance the Phantom 93P got a score of 85 and only dislikes were, "a little too unforgiving" and "I like a stiffer frame."

Definitely going to hit one if possible down at the Indian Wells tournament. But I'm wondering if they shouldn't have done an 18x19 stringbed for this baby.
 
#71
I haven’t read any reviews from lower level players such as myself. I’ve been playing less than a year and it could be perfect for my level. Picked up a regular and we’ll see how it is.
 

TagUrIt

Professional
#72
got mine in saturday. the pj looks much better than the pictures which have been posted. cant wait to swing it. now, what to string this with.....wilson still recommending 48 to 50 lbs with polys? i have been using wilson spin on my blade strung around 53, wonder how the spin would feel on this one.

I ordered mine the first day TW made it available for purchase. Doesn’t ship until February 15th. How did you get one so fast? I’m going to string mine with at 50lbs with Alu Power 16L btw.
 
#77
I posted a quick review of my first impressions. Geoff said it best in another thread. You need to try these racquets with no preconceived notions. They are simply different. As I play with a weighted up Pure Strike and sometimes an Ultra Tour If I'm playing a lot of serve and volley doubles, I'd likely get the regular Clash and add a little bit of lead to get it up to 11.5 ounces with a 320 sw and a balance more like 4-5pts head light. I'm not sure it even needs it but it's what I'm used to. Very different racquets and from my initial hit, they are far more stable and powerful than similar traditional sticks.
 
#78
Has anyone played with the 98 Clash that can comment on how it compares to the 100 & 100 tour? I wish Wilson would release the 98 at the same time so the more advanced players have an option to pick one up. Cuz as it stands, the 100 is just too much of a beginner's frame.
 
#80
Has anyone played with the 98 Clash that can comment on how it compares to the 100 & 100 tour? I wish Wilson would release the 98 at the same time so the more advanced players have an option to pick one up. Cuz as it stands, the 100 is just too much of a beginner's frame.
I like the 98 Tour more then the 100(Tour)
In a nutshell: More control and feel! But it is not way more. All the frames are easy to customize and they react good with it! And because they're more stable then other rackets, you dont have to make them the same weight as your usual specs.


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#81
ok, picked up the racket from the stringer and hit for about 30 min. as the courts were already previously reserved. this is no hype...the racket really hits great, great... great flex and yes i grew up playing with Jack Kramers and Maxply's of the 70's. sweetspot was generous, the 100 sq. in. head size did not seem overly awkward as i have been swinging my blade 98 lately. i am not a pro player but have been playing for decades and i think i found my gamer for 2019. for some of you advanced players that are a little hesitant...demo one and give it a shot. think you will be very pleased.
 
#82
ok, picked up the racket from the stringer and hit for about 30 min. as the courts were already previously reserved. this is no hype...the racket really hits great, great... great flex and yes i grew up playing with Jack Kramers and Maxply's of the 70's. sweetspot was generous, the 100 sq. in. head size did not seem overly awkward as i have been swinging my blade 98 lately. i am not a pro player but have been playing for decades and i think i found my gamer for 2019. for some of you advanced players that are a little hesitant...demo one and give it a shot. think you will be very pleased.
Did you get the tour or regular version ?
 
#83
Btw, if anybody is looking for the regular version in the dazzle prototype PJ, feel free to dm me, I might be selling mine.

edit: sold
 
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#85
I am coming from the Pure Strike over to the Clash because of elbow issues I am still not fully recovered from. I am trying to decide if I should go Clash 100 or Clash 100 Tour. In studying up on arm friendly racquets I learned that heavier racquets (when comparing two) are typically more comfortable racquets. However, when looking at the TW review scorecard they give the 100 model a 90 for comfort and the Tour model an 89. I understand that is almost the same score, but I was actually anticipating the Tour model being scored as more comfortable.

My elbow is still healing but have already pretty much mentally committed towards moving to the Clash. Just need to make the final decision...Clash 100 or Clash 100 Tour. Any suggestions for me?
I just started having elbow issues for the first time in my life and had recently switched to the pure strike. I too have been looking at the clash but think I will wait for the 98 to come out. I took the winter off (5 months) and my elbow is still sore.
 

JOSHL

Professional
#86
I’ll demo for sure just for curiousity. I do like how Wilson tries new things like this. A few years ago they did the exact opposite with the Burn FST line-thin beams high stiffness-we all know how that turned out. Time will tell how the clash will fare.
 
#87
Man. After not hitting much for the past 3 years due to injuries, I moved from my RF 97's (12.2 - 12.4 oz strung) to the latest Pure Strike 98 16x19 (added weight, so they are 11.8 oz, strung -have 3 of them and Babolat are not consistent with the weighting of their frames as they all have weight and balance discrepancies). I'm using very soft poly at 46/44 lbs to make the sticks more arm friendly. Now, I'm really curious about the Clash. I'd prefer a 98 tour than a 100 Tour if it were available. I'd add a little weight at 3 and 9, regardless. I'm more old school (hard & flat hitter). Former open-level but am old, out of shape, don't hit and have been injured = 4.5. Very tempted to try the Clash because the season will be winding down by the time the 98 comes out! My racquets over the years that I can remember (from 13-years-old): Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph (wood), Donnay Borg Pro (wood/composite), Prince Pro (great for throwing at the fence, distorting the frame into different shapes...), Kneissl White Star (thought I was Lendl), Yonex R22 (broke one hitting a serve, one hitting a forehand, and one with my foot), Wilson Pro Staff 85" (still have 3 of them), Wilson Profile (tried it because Wilson gave them to me and that was a bad decision), (short-lived trials with Dunlop, Head), then back & forth between Wilson Pro Staff variants and Babolat frames later on (heavy to light, back & forth). Just itching to compete again without injuries. The Clash sounds intriguing. It doesn't sound like some new variant of the Profile (yuck) but more like a Pure Drive with more control and flex (arm friendly).
 
#91
I just started having elbow issues for the first time in my life and had recently switched to the pure strike. I too have been looking at the clash but think I will wait for the 98 to come out. I took the winter off (5 months) and my elbow is still sore.
I really don't get this whole tennis elbow injury. I have not hit a tennis elbow since the end of November and I am still not nowhere near ready to play. Originally the doctor told me I needed to take 6 weeks off. I am currently at 11 weeks.

I am seeing some improvement and normal tasks (pulling up my socks, tying my shoes, squeezing out shampoo) no longer cause sharp pain. But when I do something that puts stress on my elbow I get that reminder from my elbow that it is still injured. Just a quick burning pain.

I think I could go out and hit a bunch of forehands without much pain, but hitting a one-handed backhand volley would send me to tears. Oh well...11 weeks ago I couldn't even grip a racquet.
 

time_fly

Professional
#92
I played the Clash Tour at a 1.5 hour doubles clinic this morning. Our pro shop has them in stock and is pushing them hard -- they handed me one on the way in the door without my even signing up for their demo program. I have to say that I was generally impressed. It was really easy to pick up and rally with. The demo was strung with a hybrid, poly in the mains all at 52. I think full poly at lower tension as Wilson recommends would be a better fit. I experienced the sensations that others have reported: the racquet has nice flex and feel, especially on more touch-oriented shots, but feels like it stiffens up when trading heavier shots. It was easy to access to spin, but I wouldn't call the frame a spin monster. In general I found the handling to be a bit less maneuverable than what I am used to. I'm not sure if the racquet was less head light than I expected or if it is because of the thicker beam and larger head. At the same time, however, it doesn't really have the plow-though of a truly heavy racquet. The power level is relatively high; it does feel comparable to a stiffer, thicker 100 like the Ultra but with much better feel. I could definitely play this racquet if I had to, but I think the regular Clash 100 with some weight customization or perhaps the upcoming Clash 98 might suit my game a bit better.

Overall, I think this series could be a winner for Wilson. I think the biggest difficulty for them will be that "player's frame" snobs will still turn up their nose at the thick beam, large head, and low weight, whereas players of Pure Drives, Ultras, and Burns think it feels "weird" because they are used to stiff, muted sticks (I did hear this comment from some Babolat players that tried it).
 
#93
I played the Clash Tour at a 1.5 hour doubles clinic this morning. Our pro shop has them in stock and is pushing them hard -- they handed me one on the way in the door without my even signing up for their demo program. I have to say that I was generally impressed. It was really easy to pick up and rally with. The demo was strung with a hybrid, poly in the mains all at 52. I think full poly at lower tension as Wilson recommends would be a better fit. I experienced the sensations that others have reported: the racquet has nice flex and feel, especially on more touch-oriented shots, but feels like it stiffens up when trading heavier shots. It was easy to access to spin, but I wouldn't call the frame a spin monster. In general I found the handling to be a bit less maneuverable than what I am used to. I'm not sure if the racquet was less head light than I expected or if it is because of the thicker beam and larger head. At the same time, however, it doesn't really have the plow-though of a truly heavy racquet. The power level is relatively high; it does feel comparable to a stiffer, thicker 100 like the Ultra but with much better feel. I could definitely play this racquet if I had to, but I think the regular Clash 100 with some weight customization or perhaps the upcoming Clash 98 might suit my game a bit better.

Overall, I think this series could be a winner for Wilson. I think the biggest difficulty for them will be that "player's frame" snobs will still turn up their nose at the thick beam, large head, and low weight, whereas players of Pure Drives, Ultras, and Burns think it feels "weird" because they are used to stiff, muted sticks (I did hear this comment from some Babolat players that tried it).
I had the same issue with maneuverability with the tour version. I think it's not because of the extra weight or sw, it's because the frame is so thick plus the 100 sq in headsize.
 
#94
I had the same issue with maneuverability with the tour version. I think it's not because of the extra weight or sw, it's because the frame is so thick plus the 100 sq in headsize.
If you played the regular version how did that compare in terme of maneuverability and stability.

Thanks
 
#95
If you played the regular version how did that compare in terme of maneuverability and stability.

Thanks
It's more maneuverable but stability difference seems negligible to me. The tour definitely has more power and less control. I think this tour version of the 100 just doesn't make sense and it's created to generate more sales. A heavier 98 with a thinner beam would make much more sense as a Clash Tour.
 
#96
Overall, I think this series could be a winner for Wilson. I think the biggest difficulty for them will be that "player's frame" snobs will still turn up their nose at the thick beam, large head, and low weight, whereas players of Pure Drives, Ultras, and Burns think it feels "weird" because they are used to stiff, muted sticks (I did hear this comment from some Babolat players that tried it).
I think the Player's Frames Snobs (PFS for short) will be more offended by the erratic behavior. I have no problems with wide beams and 100 sq in hoop sizes. I hate having poor control of my shots. And the reviews are all over the place on this stick about control and launch angles. Its hard enough for me to go from my Phantom 93P to my Phantom 100 because I miss the great control and feel.

i'd like to try this stick and see if t offers the best of both worlds but I suspect as a great engineer once said, "Ye canna change the laws of Physics." If you put a 16x19 string bed in a 100 sq in frame and make it flexible to boot, control is going to be a potential issue.
 

time_fly

Professional
#97
I think the Player's Frames Snobs (PFS for short) will be more offended by the erratic behavior.
I didn't have much problem with erratic response from the string bed. The power level is towards the higher end so you if you swing big and mis-time it or have stone hands at the net, the ball will fly. Maneuverability was a bigger issue for me. My serve was a bit erratic with it, but I think I just didn't get the timing quite yet. Not the racquet's fault.
 
#98
I didn't have much problem with erratic response from the string bed. The power level is towards the higher end so you if you swing big and mis-time it or have stone hands at the net, the ball will fly. Maneuverability was a bigger issue for me. My serve was a bit erratic with it, but I think I just didn't get the timing quite yet. Not the racquet's fault.
Good to hear but reviews have been kind of all over the place in that regard, so its definitely a racket that clearly needs a demo. Its not like a Phantom 93P where everyone universally says the control and feel are wonderful.

And I'm wondering why a 9 point HL racket with 322 SW would be poorly maneuverable? If anything it should be comparable or better than any tweener out there.
 
And I'm wondering why a 9 point HL racket with 322 SW would be poorly maneuverable? If anything it should be comparable or better than any tweener out there.
You would think. Two possible answers come to my mind: (a) Wilson's typical QC. Obviously I didn't have a chance to take measurements. Or (b) a lot of the extra weight over the regular Clash is at 3 and 9, raising the twist weight through the roof.
 
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