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TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I tried a tour strung in Lux smart string, whatever it is called.

I had no idea what the ball was doing and the experience just put me off for life

Seriously rubbish


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On of my first experiences with The Clash Tour was stringing it with Luxilon Smart at 48lbs. I absolutely hated the setup. The racquet was literally like a slingshot, it almost made me return my racquet. I had it restrung Alu Power and really enjoyed playing with it. Now I have it set up with gut/poly.
 

liriel

New User
Hey all, TagUrIt I'll PM you again because you all seem passionate. While reading some of the pages I've come to the conclusion that some of the critiques are perfect for me - I don't play well, like easy power (I found a lot of power and nice control), don't have health issues but I'm fragile enough to like "frame for old people". I couldn't demo L - 280g version but I had lots of fun and no pain with the regular Clash so I'd stick to it.
I was back on forth on Babolat PD and Clash sometimes felt I had more power with Clash but controlled and easier on the arm and easier to swing even though Clash was 10g heavier (if it's possible).
I'm posting this because I'll string it with Babolat VS touch, no hybrid for my first strings. (Would I see the difference between multi like NXT and Natural Gut)?
Caveat is - I probably played with dead poly. Power and control were perfect though. Less powerful racquets were a bit too underpowered while PD Aero the ball was sailing long. So I need to tell them how to string, in kgs, what's the happy medium for natural gut? Before I thought I was all "power" so wanted very low and now I need happy medium :) I don't want to lose control which I had with the demoed version. Nor the power! Special feel is a nice bonus. I promise it'd be my (almost) last question!
 

vanworth

Rookie
Bought two 98 Clashes, had a hit with my friends light version and even liked hitting with that so figure the weightier rackets will be even better.
 

liriel

New User
I never chose myself it's my first time.. Would you go for 22 or 23 personally? (remembering I'm way less powerful than you).
 

SPMoney

New User
I’ve settled in on Luxilon ALU rough strung at 42 lbs in my Clash 100 Tour. I love this setup. But I’m still toying with the idea of trying Kevlar mains and zyex monogut crosses. Has anyone tried this in their Clash? I once loved that setup in my old ProStaff LS.


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TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I actually have one of those large bags.:p I also carry 4 racquets, clothes, shoes, etc. It’s one of those situations where you don’t think you’ll need it, but really appreciate it when you have the space. If you’re only carrying two racquets and shoes, maybe look into a backpack. They’re a nice option if you don’t want to lug around a big tennis bag.
 

Erhard

New User
22 or 23 kg with natural gut strings? anyone? (as short as possible :)
See #1,186

String Job Wilson Clash 100
Stringing Machine: Tecnifibre Ergo Pro ATP

Mains: Babolat VS Team Gauge 17 / 1.25mm 23.5 kp
Crosses: Babolat VS Team Gauge 17 / 1.25mm 22.5 kp
DT: 37 kp/cm² / RDC: 64
 

bwongman

Rookie
The Wilson Clash Tour has been renamed the Wilson Clash Pro. At least according to the Wilson website. Maybe they have an actual tour version that they’re working on.
I was wondering why my racquet didn't say tour when it arrived. I thought I got the regular version because it seemed a little off spec.
 

netlets

Semi-Pro
Thank you! :) Btw which bag did you choose? From the Clash line or another? :) (I don't need the huge ones with spaces for 6 racquets!)
I bought the Wilson Super Tour 2 Clash Black/Red 9-Pack when it first came out and my son bought me the Clash Duffel bag for Christmas! Woot!! Woot!! It's smaller than my Babolat 12 pack by a nice margin. I never needed all that room. If I need extra room for stuff I will bring my duffel to a tournament and put extra shirts, etc. in it.
 

netlets

Semi-Pro
On of my first experiences with The Clash Tour was stringing it with Luxilon Smart at 48lbs. I absolutely hated the setup. The racquet was literally like a slingshot, it almost made me return my racquet. I had it restrung Alu Power and really enjoyed playing with it. Now I have it set up with gut/poly.
I liked my Clash Tour at 44 lbs with Luxilon Smart, but after the first few hours I started to dislike it. I tried Luxilon Alu Power Soft at 45 and like it, but will most likely settle in with Hyper G soft if it ever comes out. Much less money and no big difference in playability IMO.
 

netlets

Semi-Pro
Please let me know how it works out for you. I just cut out hyper G 17 at 48/46 on my clash 98. Felt too boardy. Hyper g 17 48/46 is magical on my dr98.

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Yep - too tight. Full bed at 45 would work - I tried it on my Clash Tour and liked it.
 

netlets

Semi-Pro
The Wilson Clash Tour has been renamed the Wilson Clash Pro. At least according to the Wilson website. Maybe they have an actual tour version that they’re working on.
Not sure that this is true. The specs certainly don't match up with the Clash Tour. They were more in line with the Clash 100.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Not sure that this is true. The specs certainly don't match up with the Clash Tour. They were more in line with the Clash 100.
I wanted to be sure, so I contacted a representative from Wilson and they confirmed it. The Clash Tour is now the Clash Pro.
 

WNB93

New User
Thank you! :) Btw which bag did you choose? From the Clash line or another? :) (I don't need the huge ones with spaces for 6 racquets!)
I made the mistake of first buying a small bag just for the racket but the hassle of also always carrying a backpack everywhere and then also a shoe bag was just too much. I regretted not going for a bigger bag straight away.
I would suggest to get one with a shoe compartment and an isolated compartment for drinks.
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
I made the mistake of first buying a small bag just for the racket but the hassle of also always carrying a backpack everywhere and then also a shoe bag was just too much. I regretted not going for a bigger bag straight away.
I would suggest to get one with a shoe compartment and an isolated compartment for drinks.
I think they are bringing the six racket version out this year.
 

liriel

New User
I'm loving my Clash 100 with natural gut!
Thank you all!The bought I bought is for 6 racquets.. I have an issue though..
I want to buy the second one. My friend wanted to help me get a discount (to my despair). Basically they told him at the shop that natural gut is the least durable, isn't worth the money and they recommend Wilson NXT. Not to mention they also told they don't string natural gut since it's expensive and can't do it properly as it often breaks when they string it.
I'll have to change a shop. Out of curiosity, could you compare NXT to natural gut?
 

grip

Rookie
Talking about Wilson's quality control try googling "Wilson quality control tennis time". A guy weighed 10 new clash frames and they all were within 3g of each other(static weight). They obviously were all from the same production batch. I'm sure it would be a different story if you didn't buy them all at once.
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
I'm loving my Clash 100 with natural gut!
Thank you all!The bought I bought is for 6 racquets.. I have an issue though..
I want to buy the second one. My friend wanted to help me get a discount (to my despair). Basically they told him at the shop that natural gut is the least durable, isn't worth the money and they recommend Wilson NXT. Not to mention they also told they don't string natural gut since it's expensive and can't do it properly as it often breaks when they string it.
I'll have to change a shop. Out of curiosity, could you compare NXT to natural gut?
Gut is perfectly easy to string and is more durable than NXT by far, it is also more powerful and personally I have never been able to play with it. I’ve tried multis and gut with my Clash but have found they lack control, the racket needs poly in my book and fortunately this is the first racket that I’ve been able to use with poly with zero arm issues (YPTP 44lbs)
 

skeeter

Professional
Gut is perfectly easy to string and is more durable than NXT by far, it is also more powerful and personally I have never been able to play with it. I’ve tried multis and gut with my Clash but have found they lack control, the racket needs poly in my book and fortunately this is the first racket that I’ve been able to use with poly with zero arm issues (YPTP 44lbs)
Gut/poly to help keep some level of power but with manageable control?
 

5th_league

New User
Hi all, I'm playing recreational tennis and I'm 44 years old....now I have Yonex Ezone DR98 (1 yellow and 1 blue) and I was mostly satisfied with the power and control since I have problems with the tennis elbow - so I really need to have the racquet with the low flex rating.
The only problems with Yonex are :
1) I cannot play defensive style with these 2 Yonex racquets against any aggresive players - each time, Yonex is "asking" to play aggresively back too, what I cannot do against better recreational players than me
2) I think these 2 Yonex have smaller sweet spot so I really need to hit the ball every time at the center - what I can't do so I need larger sweet spots, I guess also 98-inch is a problem with Yonex too

Do you think Wilson Clash would solve my 2 problems above?
I would appreciate honest & experiences feedback, thanks...
 

Flying_Axe

New User
Hi all, I'm playing recreational tennis and I'm 44 years old....now I have Yonex Ezone DR98 (1 yellow and 1 blue) and I was mostly satisfied with the power and control since I have problems with the tennis elbow - so I really need to have the racquet with the low flex rating.
The only problems with Yonex are :
1) I cannot play defensive style with these 2 Yonex racquets against any aggresive players - each time, Yonex is "asking" to play aggresively back too, what I cannot do against better recreational players than me
2) I think these 2 Yonex have smaller sweet spot so I really need to hit the ball every time at the center - what I can't do so I need larger sweet spots, I guess also 98-inch is a problem with Yonex too

Do you think Wilson Clash would solve my 2 problems above?
I would appreciate honest & experiences feedback, thanks...
I have played with ezone 98, clash 100 and 98 only.
For question one, it depands on what kind of defense you are seeking for. Clash 100 lacks some plow through to block with pace, but twist weight is pretty high, so it doesn't twist in my hand. That is saying by swinging low to high I can creat a high trajectory to buy me time, though hard to block back linearly.
For question 2, Clash 100 has very generous sweet spot, larger than ezone 98 in my opinion. Clash 98 has a little smaller sweet spot than 100, cannot compare it with ezone.
Overall, I suggest to demo Clash tour and 98. The 295g one is a little bit too light, but if you do customization, it is a great platform
 

sleepyeg

New User
Hi all, I'm playing recreational tennis and I'm 44 years old....now I have Yonex Ezone DR98 (1 yellow and 1 blue) and I was mostly satisfied with the power and control since I have problems with the tennis elbow - so I really need to have the racquet with the low flex rating.
The only problems with Yonex are :
1) I cannot play defensive style with these 2 Yonex racquets against any aggresive players - each time, Yonex is "asking" to play aggresively back too, what I cannot do against better recreational players than me
2) I think these 2 Yonex have smaller sweet spot so I really need to hit the ball every time at the center - what I can't do so I need larger sweet spots, I guess also 98-inch is a problem with Yonex too

Do you think Wilson Clash would solve my 2 problems above?
I would appreciate honest & experiences feedback, thanks...
To be honest, I don't think change of rackets will help you. I would spend that money on lessons/fitness coach to help with your footwork instead.

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5th_league

New User
Thanks...my current Yonex racquets have unstrung weight 305g-310g so Clash has to be similar unstrung weight, so I see only Wilson Clash 100 Tour is 310g unstrung weight.

Regular Wilson Clash 100 with unstrung weight 295g looks too light then compared to current Yonex racquets and I would prefer to avoid any customizations there...

And I agree, my footwork has to be improved too:)

+ I plan to use Black 1.25/17 Volkl Cyclone on Wilson Clash 100 Tour for great spin...any experiences with that combination perhaps? Maybe thinner Volkl Cyclone would be better?!
 
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tonylg

Hall of Fame
Thanks...my current Yonex racquets have unstrung weight 305g-310g so Clash has to be similar unstrung weight, so I see only Wilson Clash 100 Tour is 310g unstrung weight.

Regular Wilson Clash 100 with unstrung weight 295g looks too light then compared to current Yonex racquets and I would prefer to avoid any customizations there...

And I agree, my footwork has to be improved too:)

+ I plan to use Black 1.25/17 Volkl Cyclone on Wilson Clash 100 Tour for great spin...any experiences with that combination perhaps? Maybe thinner Volkl Cyclone would be better?!
The Clash 98 is in your spec range too. I have both the Tour and 98 and have used the Tour once in the last month.
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
Do you mean Clash 98 is better for you ?

How do they compare (control, power, spin, feel, tolerance) ?
Yes, I definitely prefer the 98.

Control - 98>>>>Tour
Power - Tour>98
Spin - Tour>98
Tolerance would be equal. The Tour has the bigger sweet spot, but I can't give it when the edge when the 98 is much more predictable.
 

vanworth

Rookie
Tried Cyclone 17 not loving it. I don’t think shaped poly suits outdoor British conditions at this time of year though. Going to try a Sensation and Gut Power hybrid today. Also added some weight to the 98 to get it to 350g and 9pts HL. Let’s see if that helps.
 

AlexCross

New User
I‘m struggling between regular and tour. Used 300g Babolat before so regular Clash would be the natural choice I guess (with some lead in the head, which I did with the Babolat as well). However the Tour plays very well, no issues with my arm but I am afraid what happens in longer matches (only played with the tour 30 minutes).
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
I‘m struggling between regular and tour. Used 300g Babolat before so regular Clash would be the natural choice I guess (with some lead in the head, which I did with the Babolat as well). However the Tour plays very well, no issues with my arm but I am afraid what happens in longer matches (only played with the tour 30 minutes).
At least there’s always the option of adding weight to the reg, which is what I did and it played great. You can’t really take weight off the tour.
 

weelie

Semi-Pro
Please let me know how it works out for you. I just cut out hyper G 17 at 48/46 on my clash 98. Felt too boardy. Hyper g 17 48/46 is magical on my dr98.

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Finally got to try it, we played a doubles league match that we lost. Worked well enough, but the jury is still out, need to have more time hitting from the baseline. Never won against these guys anyways, it was a good match for us. Serves worked well, net play OK although I felt I was framing more often than usual.

Anyway, Kevlar Zyex 27kg/19kg on it now (we assumed 24kg poly would work... converted to Kev/ZX split tension, where as my previous racket (specs below) is 26kg for poly and for Kev/ZX 29kg/20kg). Thinking of adding a little lead to the hoop. Stock it is specwise close to my previous racket in some ways... same frame width, similar SW, ... but 100 instead of 102, 20g lighter (~335g vs 353g) and more muted. I now have two overgrips (instead of one in the match) on the Clash tour, as 3/8 with single overgrip (and my usual widened grip end) it felt too small in my hand, ...that added maybe 5g.
 

vanworth

Rookie
Tried Cyclone 17 not loving it. I don’t think shaped poly suits outdoor British conditions at this time of year though. Going to try a Sensation and Gut Power hybrid today. Also added some weight to the 98 to get it to 350g and 9pts HL. Let’s see if that helps.
Much much better with rounded strings for me. Feels like a Pure Aero 98 with more comfort. Was getting some pain on serve but am sure I can iron that out with some work on technique, I have found this is a more physically demanding racket than the DR98 in terms of strength so have dropped the weight a few pounds to around 340 total. I'm not talking comfort here but more arm strength.

I feel the Clash 98 is a great racket for pulling out a winner or getting back on top of a point when you are scrambling and on the defence. It takes a little more work to hit consistent winners when on the front foot though but once that is dialed in I feel you can hit bigger winners. I'm going to try RS Lyon at 22kg next as that is my favourite string in the DR98 and I think it will work very well for the Clash 98.
 

billfoc

New User
Thanks...my current Yonex racquets have unstrung weight 305g-310g so Clash has to be similar unstrung weight, so I see only Wilson Clash 100 Tour is 310g unstrung weight.

Regular Wilson Clash 100 with unstrung weight 295g looks too light then compared to current Yonex racquets and I would prefer to avoid any customizations there...

And I agree, my footwork has to be improved too:)

+ I plan to use Black 1.25/17 Volkl Cyclone on Wilson Clash 100 Tour for great spin...any experiences with that combination perhaps? Maybe thinner Volkl Cyclone would be better?!
I used to play with dr98 in autumn until i had an arm injury.Now i mainly play with clash 100.More manoevrability ,more power ,more comfort,less control .When i play against heavy players i allways come back to yonex.In yoonex you just aim and the ball goes in the target.You can easily change angles.But in clash i found new shots to play with more spin.Additionaly in clash volkl cyclone doesnt fit, it seems like it looses all its flexibility.
 
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tlm

G.O.A.T.
I’m using the clash 100 light because I found that this one has the best control of the clash line. Although I have added weight so it close to the regular clash 100, I’ve went through a bunch of different string set ups and the best for me we’re nxt power at 58 lbs. or Signum Pro Micronite at the same tension. Both of those play well in the clash, also full ALU plays good But my best set up is Pro Supex blue gear 16 gauge with ALU 17 gauge cross.

This set up is great very good spin with excellent control, I can take big swings and still keep the ball in with this set up. Having good control is my first priority and a lot of people say the clash lacks control which can be true until you dial in the correct string set up. I just love the feel of this racket very comfy with a unique feel.
 

weelie

Semi-Pro
Finally got to try it, we played a doubles league match that we lost. Worked well enough, but the jury is still out, need to have more time hitting from the baseline. Never won against these guys anyways, it was a good match for us. Serves worked well, net play OK although I felt I was framing more often than usual.

Anyway, Kevlar Zyex 27kg/19kg on it now (we assumed 24kg poly would work... converted to Kev/ZX split tension, where as my previous racket (specs below) is 26kg for poly and for Kev/ZX 29kg/20kg). Thinking of adding a little lead to the hoop. Stock it is specwise close to my previous racket in some ways... same frame width, similar SW, ... but 100 instead of 102, 20g lighter (~335g vs 353g) and more muted. I now have two overgrips (instead of one in the match) on the Clash tour, as 3/8 with single overgrip (and my usual widened grip end) it felt too small in my hand, ...that added maybe 5g.
Had a 1h match yesterday... started with the Clash tour (two overgrips and added flare, but otherwise stock). Balls were sailing on me. So switched back to my old Head Graph S 102 and got the control back. I guess I need to go to (Crossfire ZX 17) 29kg/20kg (regular 20% stretch on the zyex), which is the same as on the Head 102, or some cheap soft poly at 26kg. Also realized that the 16x19 around the center of the racket is tighter on the Head than on the Clash Tour, don't know if that makes any difference. Tempted to go for the Clash 98 now, actually.
 

skeeter

Professional
I've been using a gut/poly in the Clash 98; feels great but the gut may be a bit too powerful, even as a hybrid. Anyone try other poly hybrids (full poly for me is not kind to my arm) that have worked? I can always up the tension a bit (currently 52/48), and working on my topspin probably wouldn't hurt either, but curious what others my be using.
 

weelie

Semi-Pro
I've been using a gut/poly in the Clash 98; feels great but the gut may be a bit too powerful, even as a hybrid. Anyone try other poly hybrids (full poly for me is not kind to my arm) that have worked? I can always up the tension a bit (currently 52/48), and working on my topspin probably wouldn't hurt either, but curious what others my be using.
This may have been beaten to death already, but I would suggest you check Crossfire ZX (Kevlar + Zyex) hybrid (with large differential), there is a looong thread already about it. I used to play soft poly, elbow issues, moved to Crossfire zx 17 a couple of years ago... to me it has the poly spin and control, with comfort and feel of more traditional strings. Not available in reels, though.
 

billfoc

New User
I just strung my 100 with oehms black pearl rough 1.21 in 22 kilos.More spin more comfortable more power than YPTP 1.20 but same string movenent.We ll see how it holds all this characteristics.
 

Wheelz

Rookie
Got to hit with my Clash (after a while) but for the first time strung with Babolat Pro Hurricane (@55). I seemed to remember a high launch angle (but at least spin was easy to come by) and sometimes tougher to control, but with that setup didn't feel that as much. Control was pretty good, but I'd like to continue to test it with different hitters. I have tried before Alu soft, Hyper G (that was good, great when fresh) and tour bite soft on that frame. Is the Hurricane considered lower power ? more round shaped than the other strings ?
 
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