Wilson Clash Vibration Problems

mcnjr

New User
Almost a year ago, I ordered a couple Wilson clash 100 rackets, almost as soon as they came out. Within the last couple of months, they have started vibrating a ton. One of the racket’s sweet spot has been reduced to only the perfect center of the strings, and makes a loud tinging noise. Not cracks or racket abuse. Any similar experiences or has anyone heard of this problem?


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Username_

Hall of Fame
Based on your unlucky experience, they should've called it the Wilson Trash instead. Would've sounded more original as well
 

esgee48

Legend
Here are some guesses. Check the grommet tubes. Are they still uniform or are some longer than others. You could have a cave-in under the grommet strip. Tap the frame gently on a hard surface. Is the sound the same or different? If different, could be a crack. Next time you restring, shake the frame and determine if there are loose particles inside. The Clash is not foam filled, so if you hear particles, something broke off. HTH.

edit: What tension are the strings on the frame? What string? Vibration could also be caused by string tension when it vibrates at a multiple of the frame's natural harmonic. You could try a different tension, different string or a different class of string like SG.
 
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mcnjr

New User
Another thing: it starts out feeling fine when i string it, but within an hour the vibrations are back


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jim e

Legend
How long are your tail end of your knots. If you leave the tail too long and it rests against the frame that can cause a vibration noise.
 

esgee48

Legend
Have you done any of the items asked? Aside from all the physical problems of stringing, if it comes off the stringer without vibration issues and it becomes noticeable after an hour of hitting, then it could be string tension. If you have perused the ELT thread, then you know that certain strings-low tensions-frame combinations vibrate a lot due to harmonics. So answer the questions I posed in post #3. Get RT and check your tensions. Did this occur with any other strings/tensions? We're guessing in the DARK. [/signing off]
 

mcnjr

New User
Have you done any of the items asked? Aside from all the physical problems of stringing, if it comes off the stringer without vibration issues and it becomes noticeable after an hour of hitting, then it could be string tension. If you have perused the ELT thread, then you know that certain strings-low tensions-frame combinations vibrate a lot due to harmonics. So answer the questions I posed in post #3. Get RT and check your tensions. Did this occur with any other strings/tensions? We're guessing in the DARK. [/signing off]
Sorry my response must not have posted:

Revolution at 52 in mains
Tour bite at 54 in crosses

Tie offs are barely touching the frame, but don’t think that’s the problem.

I’ve taken the butcap off all the staples are still perfectly straight, no bending.


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esgee48

Legend
Let's try an experiment. Add 1-4 grams of head guard tape to the tip of the frame IN INCREMENTS. Hit with the frame. Is the vibration less?
What is the gauge of your string? If you are using 18 Ga, go to 17 Ga, etc. Does this happen with other strings or just this hybrid?
Worse case is you install a gel replacement grip or sell the frames.
 

Muppet

Legend
An easy thing to try that just might fix it is to add a half gram of lead tape to the bottom of the throat. Worth a try.
 

dr. godmode

Professional
This started happening to my friends 2013 APDs right before they cracked.

Since the Clash is so soft I wonder if the graphite it sufficiently weaker that cracks form much earlier than most frames.
 

mcnjr

New User
How old are your strings? Poly can get brittle and loose when old, shrinking the sweet spot and creating nasty vibrations.
Just strung it today, only played for an hour and started to feel vibration again


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dr. godmode

Professional
Just strung it today, only played for an hour and started to feel vibration again


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Sorry I missed the post about you restringing and so I edited my previous post to try to respond more accurately.
 

mcnjr

New User
An easy thing to try that just might fix it is to add a half gram of lead tape to the bottom of the throat. Worth a try.
Do you mean like where the grommets are in the throat of where if forms a V


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SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Might be a string-frame mismatch. Some setups just don’t pair well. Have you tried the frame with a full bed of a different Poly? Does the problem persist then?
 

WNB93

New User
Did this start happening to all the frames at the same time?
You must've changed something at that time.
I can hardly imagine that all of the frames are about to crack at the same time.
My clash also vibrates differently to other rackets I played with. I guess it takes the vibration instead of my arm taking it. But I can hardly say it bothers me. The racket is still stable and plays like a dream.
 
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