Discussion in 'TW Questions/Comments' started by Federerkblade, Oct 31, 2012.
when will this be presold pls ? and how much ?
The Wilson Steam 99 S will go on pre-sale in January (1/4/13) for $199.
thank you brittany.
its going on pre sale much later than the blade sad face
Is the Steam 99s a standard length or 27.2 like the Steam 100 or best, would it be 27.5 length ? Thanks!
It's a standard 27" length racquet.
this thing can't go on sale fast enough
so you like it now jack
Guys can you confirm what the 99s will ship with as a factory string ????
Steam spin 105 will be 27.5 inches.
I heard this racket produces so much spin that if you Hybrid with Poly and Multi, String will break within 30 minutes of play. Is this true ? if so, then that would suck. You have to go all Poly then, am I right ?
depends if you are a string breaker or not. Full poly is ideal, but I bet poly with a decent syngut would work pretty good as well. My demo had Black Widow with Not crosses and I thought that would break in hours but it lasted over 1 week. But no I wouldn't recommend a soft multi cross in the 99s.
any idea they will ship? What is the benefit to ordering during the presale?
Also, are any of the playtesters switching to it? Jason maybe?
They should be in stock on 1/17/13. The benefit of ordering during pre-sale is your racquet will be one the first to be strung when we get the racquet in and sent out before everyone that did not buy during the pre-sale.
As far as playtesters switching, Jason says, "I'm close" and Spencer is leaning that way as well.
Great news. Will any matching services be available for presale rackets?
Great news sorta. I'm loaded p with POGs and Borons, but I'm itching to try one of these!
Yes, there will be matching services available for the Steams. You will need to call in to set up the order.
any word on when the review will be coming?
The reviews will be ready when the racquets go for presale on Jan. 4. We are not allowed to post before then.
ok thanks. Will you be reviewing all 3 new Steam models?
We are reviewing the Steam 96, 99, 99 S, and 105 S.
will there be a "tiny url" sneak preview soon
I am pretty much sold on the 99s, but am curious about the 99 as well.
one thing I don't get, is why did they make the 105 with a 330 sw? Doesn't make sense. Its too heavy to be used by the intended target range. I am also a little surprised the 99's are both quite hefty sw's in the 330 range?
TW does the steam 99s grip size run large ?
Chris - once upon a time, for the 2010 BAPDGT, I asked you a similar question about grip size, and you had a good answer (q: should I go down a grip size; a: no, stick with your normal grip size) - does the same apply here, or would you recommend to go down a grip size this time? Thank you.
Personally I wouldn't change grip sizes. The grip felt thin, so I felt the flare on the buttcap more than usual, but I wouldn't change from my usual grip size. Maybe some other playtesters can chime in if they feel differently.
Does He post on these boards too? =)
HA - good one, ALC! I was like 'WTF?' until I re-read it again. And if there's a God racquet, why not a JC Superstar racquet!
thanks, Tiffani! Did you prefer the 99 S or the 99?
I haven't played a lot with the 99, but I prefer the 99S. It's fun to play with because it's so different than anything I've hit before (other than the 105S, which I playtested. I prefer the 99S over the 105S, too). The most interesting thing to do was to start off with the regular 99 then pick up the 99S. The difference is immediately noticeable, and I enjoyed the lively feel of the S and watching the ball dive in when I didn't expect it to.
Yeah I thought I need to get to know this guy, he really has some heavy duty connections. Any idea when that JC racket goes on pre-sale?
3/24/13, then available immediately after 3/31!
Question for the playtesters on the 99s:
How is this racquet with the one handed backhand? I am worried about the stiffness, plus tweener types that are powerful, stiff and require polu usually aren't recommended for players that use a one handed backhand.
So is the grip being true to size pretty unanimous? or has anyone had a different experience? I seem to remember a post in a different thread where someone said they experienced the grip feeling larger than they were expecting closer to the sizes of Babolat.
Question for the TT folks: I was wondering if anyone felt any polarization with this racquet? Did you feel alot of weight was placed at the head? Kinda afraid to play with a stick with a 330 swingweight and high RA stick. Salonpa's has been part of my attire for the past couple of weeks.
Wow, image if the steam 99s comes out with a flexier version. It'll probably increase spin to ludicrous speed with ultra ball-pocket effect. This model is probably coming out in the fall. LOL.
Pls can you give me the unstrung specs of the 99s. i believe teh weight is 304g unstrung but what is the balance ??
in mm or HL pls or both
On the racquet, the unstrung weight is 304 grams or 10.7 ounces. The unstrung balance is 32.5 cm or 6 points head light.
Yes, I typically like a lower swingweight (305-318) and with the 99S, I could feel that it was tougher to swing and a bit more sluggish. But I think you kind of need the weight in the head to help stabilize a frame that only has 16 mains and 15 crosses.
Any idea if Wilson is expanding this stringbed to some of their other frames?
No clue. But I did throw out the idea to try a 16x15 on a Blade 98. I think that frame would take to the open string pattern very well. If you see a Blade 98S in the future, just remember who brought it to you.
I heard from someone pretty reliable at Wilson sports tennis division that they are considering either expanding the line to offer more frames with the Spin effect technology or potentially offering it in existing rackets but it is not in process or development as far as she knew.
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