Wilson Clash 100 will be here mid- March 2019 – Pre order your Clash now
Wilson Clash 100 or Racquet Revolution as Wilson calls it and for a few good reasons is coming our way. According to Wilson it has taken nearly three years to perfect this brand new racquet. The three factors they endeavoured to have in unmitigated harmony were power, control and feel; and I believe they may have pulled it off.
After I strung Wilson prototype Clash 100 with Luxilon ALU Power at 52 lbs last Friday, I gave it to a few division one players to test at our center at Hornsby. The first two thought the tension needed to be higher for extra control. The next three kept the racquet for over two hours and when I joined them on the court, joyfully announced that they thought it was the best racquet they had ever played with. Big call, especially that Wilson was not the brand of choice for any of them. I had to test the racquet for myself.
What we know about this racquet
Wilson Clash comes in two versions: Clash 100 (295g) and Clash 100 Tour (310) g. Both are 16×19 with 100 squared inches head. The cosmetics are going to be different to these pictures: orange curve on top of the head and gun metal grey tones for the rest. But there is no need to lament as the finished product is as attractive and aggressive as the prototype if not more so: I have the new photos but have been sworn to secrecy. The price for both versions will be $329.95. I will keep you posted as more information will be provided by Wilson.
Wilson Clash is a racquet which will appeal to beginners as well as tour players and everyone in between. I can attest with a degree of certainty that I have never played with such a versatile racquet: A beginner racquet is traditionally more power oriented and a player racquet more control. To have enough power to quench beginners’ thirst for power and enough control to satisfy advanced players has been an impossible dream for the racquet companies to bring forth to reality. Wilson has done it: they have made a racquet which will blur the boundaries between beginner racquet and player racquet with a powerful racquet that delivers the ball where you intended it.
I also agree with my play-testers. ALU Power string needed to be around 54-55 lbs. Other strings which will complement Wilson Clash aesthetically as well as practically are Yonex Poly Tour Spin G (orange in colour) and Babolat RPM Blast both at around 52 lbs.
These racquets are ready to be offered for pre-order.
Tony F. Sayyadi,
Managing Director, simplytennis.com.au