With their all-new Clash series of racquets, Wilson set out to redefine tennis racquets and in doing so create a "racquet revolution." Only time will tell if they have achieved either of these goals. However, what they have accomplished with the Clash 100 Tour is to produce an extremely comfortable modern players’ frame that seamlessly blends extreme levels of flexibility with stability and control.
The Clash 100 Tour straddles the line between a modern and traditional players’ racquet. Its 100 square inch head size and ample sized sweet spot fit in the modern players’ racquet category. Its unstrung static weight of 10.9 ounces puts it on the upper end of the category in terms of heft, but its 11-point head-light balance means that it has a more traditional players racquet feel in the hand. These specs make for a racquet that is maneuverable at the net and quick through the air on groundstrokes and serves. The 16x19 string pattern provides plenty of bite and string snapback; therefore, spin production should not be an issue with this racquet. A beam width of 24.5 millimetres, though not a true wide body per se, puts it in the modern players’ racquet camp.
Where the Clash 100 Tour separates itself from its competition in either the modern players or traditional players racquet categories is in its unique ability to be extremely flexible as well as being solid and stable at the same time. Though Wilson does not publish a traditional RA flex rating for this frame - opting instead to use their own Stiffness Index - we were getting readings in the low 50s for the prototypes that we tried. They claim the Clash 100 Tour is 215 times more flexible than the Babolat Pure Drive. Normally these levels of flex would lead to a racquet that could tend to feel unstable, especially on off-centre strikes and when returning balls struck with lots of pace, but this is not the case with the Clash 100 Tour. How has Wilson been able to successfully combine flexibility and stability? They say it is through the use of two new technologies; FreeFlex and StableSmart. FreeFlex is a Carbon-mapping construction that allows the racquet to flex with any swing style both horizontally and vertically. This not only makes the racquet extremely comfortable and easy on the arm on each and every shot, it also adds to the level of control on offer thanks to the enhanced ball pocketing and dwell time that will instill confidence in your ability to place the ball where you want it. StableSmart is a unique frame geometry to provide stability in key areas of the racquet as well as boost power without sacrificing control and feel.
If you are looking for a modern players’ racquet that offers extreme levels of flexibility and comfort as well as one that is fast and manoeuvrable, look no further than the Clash 100 Tour. Wilson claims that they took twice the typical development period to design the Clash racquets and produced 45 prototypes; proving that sometimes you can't rush a revolution!
- Head Size: 100 sq. inches / 645 sq. cm
- Length: 27 inches / 68.58 cm
- Weight: 10.9 oz / 310g unstrung
- Balance: 12 pts head light / 306 mm unstrung
- Swing Weight: 322 strung
- Beam width: 24.5mm / 24.5mm / 24.5mm
- Flex: 55 RA
- Tension Range: 48-58 lbs / 22-26 kg
- String Pattern: 16/19
- Year Introduced: 2019
- Super head-light balance reduces swing weight and amplifies control of the head through the swing
- Powered by proprietary carbon mapping, FreeFlex allows the frame to bend in all-new dimensions for maximum ball pocketing and ultimate control. FreeFlex is a revolutionary technology that makes Clash the world's first racquet intentionally engineered to bend with any swing style. Traditional horizontal strokes and modern vertical ones are enhanced through proprietary carbon mapping, allowing players to swing freely and confidently with maximum ball pocketing and control.
StableSmart is a unique frame geometry, designed through digital simulation that provides best-in-class stability and power for the most flexible frame in tennis.
- Parallel Drilling provides a consistent, more forgiving string bed response
- Uncontaminated design features clean lines, bold color accents and elastic finish of current Wilson performance racket design DNA
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