Who thinks the Wilson Clash series ?

TRASH or CLASH

  • TRASH

    Votes: 15 42.9%
  • CLASH

    Votes: 20 57.1%

  • Total voters
    35

Wilsonbro

New User
Should be called the TRASH SERIES. I tried the 98 and its garbage compared to other 98 frames. also let me include the paint job
 
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graycrait

Hall of Fame
Nice racket for an older player who grew up on wood rackets and needs something forgiving to the joints. yet someone who swings through the ball completely. I've hit with a Clash 100 twice. I won't buy one because it is not 28" Long and has no throat brace (like a POG) but I suspect many conventional enthusiasts will like it.
 

TennisHound

Legend
You can get the same technology from the Wilson BLX Bold. It’s gonna be hard to find the RA for the Bold, but it plays very very similar to the Clash.
 

tigonian02

New User
I wasn’t a fan. I tried the 100 regular and tour versions and both just weren’t for me. I have a hitting partner that really gelled with it though
 
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Ron555

New User
Not every racket is for every one. Else there was only one model from 1 vendor. Ik like the 100 tour very much. The 98 since yesterday....so no real opinion yet.
 

gazz1

Semi-Pro
I bought one and gave it a couple of solid months...very comfortable but definitely doesn't suit my game.

I can appreciate its appeal to other players.
 

Centrius

Professional
Even the clash 98 and the tour version are way too light in stock form but on the bright side they are very flexible so you have a nice platform potencial in them.
 

Ron555

New User
I think the 100 tour and the 98 are not to light. What is to light? For 95% of tennis club players it's not to light. For the better/high level players there is also a 97RFA.
The ultra tour is also platform racket. Weighs even less than the Clash Tour.
When something is not for you it does not mean it's trash.....
 

Centrius

Professional
I think the 100 tour and the 98 are not to light. What is to light? For 95% of tennis club players it's not to light. For the better/high level players there is also a 97RFA.
The ultra tour is also platform racket. Weighs even less than the Clash Tour.
When something is not for you it does not mean it's trash.....
RF 97 is nice but is quite stiff.IMO.
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
I sort have had the same thought on Head.. look at my user pic.. not so good over the last few years.. never gave up hope.. this year.. hope was achieved with the extreme 360 line..
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
TBH I'm still convinced these are 3.0-3.5 lady racquets. They are arm friendly Pure Drives. I've seen a fair number of women picking them up and gelling with them immediately. I'm sure good men could play with them as well, but I'm not sure they offer as much to men who may struggle with the launch angle and control.
 

Ttowndave

New User
Actually. I like the 98. Feels pretty good to me. Launch angle is a little higher than I am used to, but no so crazy that I won't be able to adjust. Definitely has a plush feel to me, especially on volleys. Control is about where I expected to be. Not like an 18 x 20, but pretty good for a 16 x 19. I think it helps that the 98 is denser than the 100 right in the center. I will say it definitely feels good on the arm, and I have never really had any tennis elbow problems with stiffer racquets.

For reference I was a pretty good high school player that has always hit with Prestige. Took 15 years off from tennis after high school and picked it back up a year ago at age 33 1/2. I would fit in the low 4.0 level of play.
 
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JoelDali

G.O.A.T.
Moast of the top 4.0 players at my country club have migrated to the Clash. They see what Roger uses and they go with that.

Clasherer.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Tried one, wasn't impressed. It wasn't bad but it didn't deliver anything special, the feel was no softer than any low 60's RA player frames I've used before (Ultra Tour, TC95 63 etc)
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I haven't had an opportunity to try one yet but will be demo'ing it and the new Blades in a few weeks. Excited to try them all. We had a slew of them appear in 3.5, 4.0, and a few 4.5 leagues. Not a huge move like when the RF97 was out.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Be a paint job for sure!
they always are,,
but yet people still think they can play like that pro holding the racquet; which they just picked up of the shelf/store..
the Wilson.ps.RF racquet tought me that lesson, way too heavy for most low level players,, but yet they still try..
ive actually come across one, that said im not playing with it because no pros are using/switching to it...

the reason youll see this at the club level "a lot", is because this racquet appeals/fits many different level players
and now with the 98 and the 108 out, youll see it a lot more; specially after the hype goes down and the price drops to normal levels
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
And nobody beyond 3.0 ladies plays the Pure Drive, right?
No but the PD was and is ubiquitous in the ladies 3.0-3.5 crowd. Like every second racquet.

Good players can play with any stick. Bad players tend to play best with easy mode sticks and the PD and Clash kind of fit that mold.
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
I put mine up for sale but as there doesn’t seem to be any interest I may keep them for social doubles as they are great for serving and volleying and the most arm friendly I have ever played with. However I haven’t found a string set up that would allow me to play competitive singles or higher level doubles with any confidence. They only work for me if I play full out attacking top spin shots and time the shot perfectly, anything else could go anywhere.
Still on the lookout for a controllable racket to give me a bit more pop than my PK Q5 (315) which is comfortable but feels dead.
 

nvr2old

Professional
Had a hit with my buddies Clash again last week. Had hit with it when he demoed one earlier and didn’t like it. Was rusty from not playing at the time. This time liked it more but still was a bit vague in terms of feel and connectedness with shots. Also found too much free power and couldn’t swing out on shots. One thing it was good at was wrist flicking bail outs and rescue type shots. Problem with that though is it rewards and even encourages bad mechanics sometimes. Was playing it opposite my Rf97 and weighted up ps97 and they just feel so much more solid and crisp and controlled. Afraid I’m not a “Clash cow” now although would like to hit the 98 if possible.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Added lead weight at top of grip to mine and helped with stability and plow.

Liking the fact that I can play fb of poly (Cyclone, black code) for the first time in .... decades!
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
I put mine up for sale but as there doesn’t seem to be any interest I may keep them for social doubles as they are great for serving and volleying and the most arm friendly I have ever played with. However I haven’t found a string set up that would allow me to play competitive singles or higher level doubles with any confidence. They only work for me if I play full out attacking top spin shots and time the shot perfectly, anything else could go anywhere.
Still on the lookout for a controllable racket to give me a bit more pop than my PK Q5 (315) which is comfortable but feels dead.
Maybe try deadest poly you can find? Think Michelle and Chris like using dead poly in their racquet.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Saw highlights of Birmingham Classic the other day. Gasparyan is using the Clash. Or is it some pro-stock racquet with Clash PJ? :p

 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
I think the Clash is a good idea and hope more manufacturers build more flexible, comfortable frames as a result.
I think they are.. head.gravity is a new line, thats more flexible and comes in 18/20 and/or 16/20
also wilson is releasing the wilson.blades soon!!, which ive read are more flexible than past models
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Maybe try deadest poly you can find? Think Michelle and Chris like using dead poly in their racquet.
agree with using polys,, thicker or higher tension would work for me
16g Wilson revolve.spin @ 57/55 would be what I would try..
i liked the intial feel of using luxilon.smart in the 40s, at first,, but then I needed more control
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
Maybe try deadest poly you can find? Think Michelle and Chris like using dead poly in their racquet.
I've been using Volkl Cyclone Tour as it is comfortable on the arm but maybe too lively? Any suggestions for a dead but soft poly?
Maybe Yonex Poly tour?
 

kimguroo

Legend
I tried briefly. It’s not a bad racket for some but not for me.
Flexible and decent power is nice but I was having unpredictable shots.
I felt I was having exact same swing but sometimes, balls went long or short. Similar to control too. It can be from my inconsistency but I don’t have those issues with my rackets.
people might think that clash is all about just flexible and powerful but the most unique feature is free flex technology in my opinion. Wilson does not give detail information or explain well. I read and saw Wilson promotional video but not quite understand. what actually benefit for tennis except “bending” Also when racket is bending, how quickly restore....
When racket is bending, level of bending will be exactly same?? If racket does not bend same level, can this action cause unpredictable shots? There are some questions should be answered for free flex technology.......
 

PBODY99

Legend
Into my 2nd week with a CLash Tour in my bag. It does not feel a flexible as my Phantom 100, and while it has more power, it pales compared to my O3 Speedport Golds which have more power with just as much comfort and control.
 

FogniShikori

Semi-Pro
No but the PD was and is ubiquitous in the ladies 3.0-3.5 crowd. Like every second racquet.

Good players can play with any stick. Bad players tend to play best with easy mode sticks and the PD and Clash kind of fit that mold.
Considering bad players like Fognini, Pliskova, Anisimova, Goerges, Kenin, Muguruza and many Top D1 men play with PD, I can't imagine how much better you are since you use a 93" racket.
 

RedBeard

Rookie
After hitting with the clash 100 for 2 months as my primary racquet and now adding the 98 to the mix, I’d offer the following thoughts:

1. I’ve never hit with a racquet series where the power difference is so pronounced between full gut and fully poly.

2. I can see why so many gut and multi users like it so much...you get the power of an OS with the maneuverability of a mid plus.

3. I can get more control by stringing the clashes with polys at higher tensions (55+ lbs). You will still need to add a good amount of spin to keep the ball in and you may only get a few hours before the strings break, but it works well for me (mid level 4.0). I absolutely could not get enough control at the lower tensions Wilson recommends.

4. You get used to the “noodle-y” feel and after a while don’t even notice it.

5. Although many of the early YouTube reviewers have found the 98 unstable at net, I find it more stable and precise at net than the clash 100. But again, I think the higher than most poly tension helps.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Considering bad players like Fognini, Pliskova, Anisimova, Goerges, Kenin, Muguruza and many Top D1 men play with PD, I can't imagine how much better you are since you use a 93" racket.
Clearly not getting my point.

And I use 93”, 100” and 107” frames. I play for fun and feel. Irrelevant to the point that the PD and Clash are easy power sticks.
 

TennisHound

Legend
After hitting with the clash 100 for 2 months as my primary racquet and now adding the 98 to the mix, I’d offer the following thoughts:

1. I’ve never hit with a racquet series where the power difference is so pronounced between full gut and fully poly.

2. I can see why so many gut and multi users like it so much...you get the power of an OS with the maneuverability of a mid plus.

3. I can get more control by stringing the clashes with polys at higher tensions (55+ lbs). You will still need to add a good amount of spin to keep the ball in and you may only get a few hours before the strings break, but it works well for me (mid level 4.0). I absolutely could not get enough control at the lower tensions Wilson recommends.

4. You get used to the “noodle-y” feel and after a while don’t even notice it.

5. Although many of the early YouTube reviewers have found the 98 unstable at net, I find it more stable and precise at net than the clash 100. But again, I think the higher than most poly tension helps.
Good points
 
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