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Wilson Ultra Pro Racquet Review

by Tennisnerd

I have been testing the Wilson Ultra Pro for a few days and here are is my review. The racquet replaces the Wilson Ultra Tour.

I was a big fan of the Wilson Ultra Tour when it came out. It was basically a pro stock style racquet in the way that it had no fancy technology, great feel, and control and needed customization. If you play with it in stock form, the racquet will be too anemic. You won’t get any power and stability. This is why I think this racquet should come with some Wilson lead tape or tungsten tape (some players would also prefer a Wilson leather grip).

This racquet plays pretty much identical to the Wilson Ultra Tour and from what I’ve heard it should be the same racquet in a new paint job. I haven’t been able to play them side by side, but I do sense that this is a little stiffer. Sometimes the paint might affect a racquet, so perhaps that is what is going on here. It definitely looks a lot better in my opinion in the shiny dark blue paint with silver on the sides.

Wilson Ultra Pro Unstrung Specs

Head Size: 97 sq. in.
Length: 27 inches
Balance: 31.5 cm / 9 pts HL
Weight: 305g (around 320g with strings)
Flex: 63 strung (around 66 unstrung)
Power: Low
Materials: Graphite
Stringing pattern: Mains skip 9T, 8H, 10H
Swing weight: 290 (320 w strings)

I added 2 grams at 12 o’clock and 4 grams at 3 and 9 (total 6 grams) and counterbalanced underneath the base grip by 5 grams. My final strung specs were: 341g, 32.2 cm balance and 331 SW including overgrip and dampener. I am very happy with this spec and this racquet is now up against the HEAD Pro Tour 2.0 as a possible switch for me.

But if you don’t do any customization, this racquet will not give you the plow through and power to be effective, so I think Wilson and retailers need to be clear that this racquet is made to be customized and not to be played in its stock form. If you want a 305g racquet without need for customization, you should get a Wilson Blade 98 V7.

How does it play?

The Wilson Ultra Pro is a low-powered racquet for advanced players. You need to be up for some tweaking and customization. When you get it up to your specs the racquet will give you plenty of control and feel. It really is a pro stock racquet in the way that it is just a platform for your own specs. If you don’t know what specs you need, it is tough to recommend.

Customized to my liking and strung with Luxilon Alu Power 1.25, I enjoyed this racquet a lot. It is all about control and all the power comes from your own technique and the weight added to the frame. It is supposed to play exactly like its predecessor, but I sense it to be a tad stiffer. This might be my imagination or just a quality control thing, but I don’t mind it. It is still controlled and comfortable.

You won’t get any free power with this frame, you have to bring your own game. But if you do, it gives you exactly what you put into it. It will be on my short-list for switchable racquets in 2020 and is currently head-to-head with the HEAD Pro Tour 2.0. The HEAD PT 2.0 offers slightly better feel (plusher), but the sweet spot of the Ultra Pro feels a bit bigger. Both offer great control, while the HEAD is ready to go straight from the box and the Ultra Pro needs some tweaking.

PS. The video review below will be live on YouTube by 8:30 pm CET. DS.

Summary

The Ultra Pro is a no-nonsense frame for advanced players who like to customize a racquet to their own specs. Without weight added to it, it offers little in terms of plow-through stability and power, but when you have added weight to it, it is an excellent frame – one of the best control-oriented racquets on the market. It is perhaps a tiny bit stiffer than the Ultra Tour, but plays equally well and looks better with the glossy finish.

Great frame, I am actually quite happy that they didn’t do anything to it or add any technology. It is just a pure, raw, control-oriented racquet. It is based on the Wilson H19 pro stock mold and if you can generate your own power, I am sure you’ll like this one.

Have you tried the Wilson Ultra Pro? What are your thoughts?

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14 comments

Tennis Lion July 13, 2020 - 3:44 pm

I have used an un-modified Ultra Tour a few times and very much enjoyed it. Despite being quite head-light and only 97 sqinch, it seemed to have great control, a large sweet-spot and a solid feeling. As you mentioned, the one area I also struggled with was serving and slice backhands, where it didn’t seem to have adequate power. So when it comes to customization, I would do something similar to you, but with not quite as much weight added.

You went for 10g in the hoop and 5g in the handle. I would probably just go for about 6g in the hoop, which would have a similar balance effect, but with a smaller increase in SW. That begs a question, what is most closely linked to plow-through, SW or balance? I would suspect balance is the most important element regarding plowthrough, so I would go for just 3g at 10 and 2 at least to begin with, and keep the SW a bit lower.

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Tennisnerd July 14, 2020 - 7:47 am

It was actually 6g total in the hoop, 2g at 12 and 4g total at 3 and 9 (2g on each side). Cheers / J

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JorgeAndres July 13, 2020 - 8:05 pm

Great video Jonas!! Thanks a lot man! You mentioned this new Ultra Pro being a tad stiffer than the prev Ultra Tour. How does the original Ultra Tour compare vs the PT2.0? Which is plusher and flexier?

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Tennisnerd July 14, 2020 - 7:46 am

The PT2 is still the plushest and most flexible.

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JORGEANDRES July 13, 2020 - 8:06 pm

(Due to the pj probably)

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Bruno July 14, 2020 - 1:47 am

Despite the other hitting partner not being bad at all, this video only makes me appreciate even more how heavy Mike’s ball is.
Also, even with customization you can see it’s a pretty low powered frame. Your shots seem to go a lot slower.

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Yann July 14, 2020 - 4:57 am

Nice review, looks like a solid racquet after customisation! How does it compare to Angell Custom TC97 18X20?

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Tennisnerd July 14, 2020 - 7:45 am

They play really close! It’s difficult for me to find any major differences, the Angell Custom might feel a bit more solid due to the foam-filling, while the Ultra is a bit faster through the air.

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Gerald Veeneman July 25, 2020 - 12:15 pm

The Ultra Tour is foam filled as well.

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Curtis August 8, 2020 - 4:17 pm

In your last video, you said you’ve gone back to the Soft Drive for match play. You talked about the PT2.0 being a little too demanding during match play, but wondering your thoughts on this one. I have similar predicament to you: love the feel of players frames, but might need a little more free power from a racquet.

Currently going between the Prince Tour Pro 98 and the Head Graphene 360 pro (both modded to about 340g and 330s SW). Love the feel of the PTP98 but the sweet spot is small (the hoop is elongated and not very round), like the HG360p on serve and defense, but struggle with it hitting out, or on approach shots. Thinking of grabbing the Wilson.

Any thoughts about match play would be great! Love your content Jonas!

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Tennisnerd August 10, 2020 - 8:09 am

Thanks! How do you feel about them in matches? Which racquets helps you feel the most comfortable playing percentage tennis? It does sound like the Ultra Pro might be a decent middle ground modded to a similar spec. Cheers / J

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Mark September 17, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Hi Jonas. Great review and video. I am coming from the Yonex VCore Pro 97 (310) modded to 330grams. I am shopping for two of the Wilson Ultra Tour/Pro’s. I have modified racquets for several years so this one should be no different.
The weakness, in my opinion, of the Yonex is feel and volleys. How can I mod the Tour to stay below the 12oz/340g threshold? At 323g strung, where should I place the additional 7-17 grams? I’d want to keep the 6pt headlight. Six at 12 O’clock and six in the handle? Your thoughts?

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mark September 17, 2020 - 3:49 pm

Jonas:
Apologies but I had one additional question. Would you string this with natural gut (58lbs) or would you simply string a poly much lower (48lbs) to get the desired “power” from the frame?
I love gut but it can be too powerful. I could consider gut mains with Wilson poly crosses.

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Tennisnerd September 18, 2020 - 4:05 pm

I would string it with a poly at a lower tension. Works well in this frame.

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