everything about the same (comfort/feel/sweetspot size)I like the clash 100 tour..... but it has a lot of power, at least for me. So i end up stringing low power poly on high tension ( black shark 26kg)
Does the clash 98 have more/less/same power as the clash 100 tour?
Depth control sucks with Clash too. I will play around with strings and leather grip but so far, it's been a regretful purchase.My same issues with the racquet. I get more feel out of my Phantom 100 and I thought that was about as muted as a racquet could get.
My wife is currently using the Clash and I'm thinking of sending her back to the Blade 104. I think she has more control with the Blade.
I now use Kirschbaum Black Shark 1.3 at 26kg/57Pounds. Any advise about gauge and tension? (For the 100 tour as wel as for a 98)everything about the same (comfort/feel/sweetspot size)
but due to the smaller head size, the control is a bit "tighter/better"
much easier to swing with a 1hbh
the power can be controlled a bit more with the gauge and the tension of the string
This is the French reviewer who did the 2015 TT100P review too. Dude hits hard and he picks the Clash 100 over the Tour.
I would start there. with your 1.30mm poly stringI now use Kirschbaum Black Shark 1.3 at 26kg/57Pounds. Any advise about gauge and tension? (For the 100 tour as wel as for a 98)
This guy could be hitting with a frying pan and make it look good.. nothing against the racquet it's just that he hits the hell out of the ball...good find
I really like this guy’s reviews - concise & informative.
Plus his skill level lends validity to his words for me - he swings like a beast.
I’m more interested in this frame now after his comparisons.
Yes I haven’t been comfortable rallying from the baseline, not enough control. I do like the racket for doubles though as I can serve big and it’s great for volleying. Not keen on having different rackets for singles and doubles though so put up for sale.Depth control sucks with Clash too. I will play around with strings and leather grip but so far, it's been a regretful purchase.
His NTRP ranking would be 5+ I'm guessing?On the surface it appears somewhat enigmatic that a player of that standard would get enough stability and plough from a racquet of that weight and balance, especially if one assumes he plays outdoors on clay regularly; I guess he's a relatively little guy with fast, whippy strokes, but still. (BTW, if his serve is a self-proclaimed weakness, he must be playing at an extremely high level indeed.)
Fleabay in Australia, over here they retail for $329AU in the shops, the store had 15% off plus an extra 10% Fleabay discount, $9 postage so it came to $261.44AU in total.Where did you find that deal?
Nice deal. I picked up a clash tour on **** for $167(new) shipped.Fleabay in Australia, over here they retail for $329AU in the shops, the store had 15% off plus an extra 10% Fleabay discount, $9 postage so it came to $261.44AU in total.
I've gone with the standard version(295g) and will add some lead if I feel its necessary. PS. I still havn't told the good wife yet... , it can be an early birthday present!
That is what I ended up doing. I played with the tour for a couple weeks, but my one handed backhand was terrible. I didn't think I could handle adding more weight to the tour as it is already pretty heavy for me. I also had the standard clash so I added about 4 oz of weight around the hoop(highly recommend the TW tungsten weight) to get the racquet closer to 4-5 pts headlight instead of the 7 or so that it is out of the box. For some reason that seems to help my one-handed backhand. My modified standard clash now weighs in at 11.6oz with the tungsten weight and overgrip. I looked at all the racquets I demo'd and the ones that were less headlight worked better with my backhand. Now my forehand seems to go long, but I am thinking I can adjust to that eventually. We shall see....I am in doubt which clash to buy. A friend gave me his Clash Tour. Measured 335 swingweight with dampener, 340 static weight with OG und 31,5cm balance. I love that racket though. Never got this much spin out of any racket i tried. But the specs are pretty beefy. I am thinking of buying the normal clash and customise myself. But i read that the clash tour and the normal clash have different layups..
What would you guys do?
I like Laserfibre Supreme 2. Ashaway Dynamite 17 might be worth a try too.Wife has a Clash Tour with Lux Smart in it from the original purchase. I think it’s time to get the poly out of there. Any non-poly suggestions for a modest power, flat hitting woman?
I have velocity, Origin, tier one triumph and multi feel on hand but if there is a better multi choice out there I’m all ears.
I took two of the TW tungsten strips (8" long, 1 oz each, 1/4" wide) centered at 12 o'clock on each side of the strings. I played with that and didn't think it did much for me. Then I took two more 8" strips, cut them in half, and centered them at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock with half a strip on either side of the strings. I didn't offset at the buttcap as the overgrip had already changed the balance to be even more headlight, so I was trying to offset that plus make it less headlight.To you people that lead it up, how did you do it?
Fyi, in a comment below one of his vids or posts, he gives it an 8 out of 10 rating (Clash 98 i.e.).Not so positive comments like tennisNerd who didn’t enjoy 98 too. So it’s a pass. Waiting for the new Blades.
Wow 35lbs !! ... Perhaps I should have gone even lower on my setup. Sadly though, and I'm not sure if you've had the same experience, but I was getting some heavy string bed vibrations as my setup lost tension which became extremely annoying. What's been your experience? Do you have a practical solution to the vibration issue?I totally agree. I was almost ready to give up on my Clash Tour but made several changes that resulted in some incredible results with both control, spin and power. Like you I used RPM Blast 17g but strung it at #35 mains/#34 crosses. I normally like to play with at least 12 ounce racquets such as Wilson RFA and have been a big fan of the Pro Staff line. As I age my arm appreciates a more comfortable set up, however I don't want to give up the performance of a traditional players racquet. So I added a leather grip which increased the weight in the handle by about 6 grams, added 2 grams of lead at 3 and 9 (4 total, using 4" strips), and 2 grams running from 1 o'clock to 2 and 10 to 11 in the hoop (also total of 4 grams). So total weight added was 8 grams to the hoop and 6 in the handle. With dampener and Kimony OG the total static weight is 348 grams or 12.26 ounces which is just about perfect weight for me along with 31.75 h/l. I normally hit a very heavy ball but have had difficulties hitting outright winners from a few feet in back of the baseline. With this new set up I was able to hit with more power along with more spin which yielded quite a bit more winners. I certainly would not endorse the Clash Tour as a direct sub for the Wilson RFA but if you are having problems with the weight and stiffness of the Pro Staff types of racquets the Clash Tour can be customized to fit your needs. The other huge advantage of the Clash Tour is even the arm sensitive players like myself can use a full bed of poly, but I've found you have to string in very low. An old school player who prefers hitting flat won't do well with this racquet. I still need to test this set up against a heavy incoming serve. Last couple of times I returned serves with the Clash Tour I found it unstable.
I use my own electronic stringing machine which is a Gamma Progression II ELS. I've noticed since stringing my racquet on this machine that the string bed is a little firmer so I usually drop the tension by at least 2 lbs. Normally, RPM Blast 17 ga lasts me no more than five hours till I cut the strings for some fresh ones but so far this set up is lasting me considerably longer.......about eight hours and no soreness or dead strings. Today, I played 4.5 to 5.0 dubs and every player commented how well I played today. During back court rallies, no one out hit me, not even close. What I love about the Clash Tour is that I'm able to use a full bed of poly without any soreness. However, the Clash plays much better at low tensions. I can only recall two unforced errors: one forehand and backhand where I did not brush up on the ball and the ball launched long. I realize that ultra low tensions are not for everyone, especially those who don't brush up strongly on the ball.Wow 35lbs !! ... Perhaps I should have gone even lower on my setup. Sadly though, and I'm not sure if you've had the same experience, but I was getting some heavy string bed vibrations as my setup lost tension which became extremely annoying. What's been your experience? Do you have a practical solution to the vibration issue?
I took a leather grip off my Wilson RFA and put it on my Clash Tour and it feels fine. However, it can feel very slippery if you don't put an over grip on it. I use Kimony over grips which are one of the thinnest if not the thinnest over grips in the industry.Ordered a TW leather grip to put on the Clash. Any other leather grip-per out there?
How many hours are you getting out of your current set up before the strings start moving around too much ?I took a leather grip off my Wilson RFA and put it on my Clash Tour and it feels fine. However, it can feel very slippery if you don't put an over grip on it. I use Kimony over grips which are one of the thinnest if not the thinnest over grips in the industry.
I’m on about 8 hours and the strings are still sliding back into place on their own. RPM Blast is a very stiff string so perhaps that helps.How many hours are you getting out of your current set up before the strings start moving around too much ?
The 1.40 mains are definitely lasting longer than any other string I’ve used before. I needed to let the racquet sit for a few weeks before the stringbed settled in and started feeling good.You should get more than three hours out of that set up. I’m using 1.35 mains on a warrior 14x16 and get almost 10 hours out of that. What’s your playing level?
I couldn't find a pattern for the 98 but it was pretty obvious once I got started. I think I tried to tie off the mains in the adjacent home next to the last main but it was a struggle to feed it through there so I skipped to the next hole and it was easy. Crosses were similar. I can post a pic of my string bed if that will help.Are there allready string instructions available for the clash 98?
Just received mine today, unstrung. Want to string 2pcs.
Which mains to skip and preferred Tie of's?