Wilson Tennis is using the Holiday season to release some new products. Beside the new Wilson RF Legacy All Court ball, they are soon releasing the new Burn line (took over from the Steams) with Countervail. The Wilson Burn racquets (including the FST update) were a relatively stiff line of racquets but the reviews talked about a relatively comfortable feel for strung RA ratings around 70(!). The Burn 95 (extended length) and especially the Burn FST 95 received some great feedback from customers and play-testers.
Now Wilson is putting the shock-reducing material Countervail into the Burn line and giving them a cleaner look with orange lines on the side, very similar to the green of the Wilson Blades and the red of the Wilson Pro Staffs. The Wilson Burns with Countervail will be on pre-sale from December 22nd and will likely be in your hands around the time of Australian Open.
You can pre-order the Wilson Burns with Countervail at Tennis Express here.
Countervail did dampen the response of the Blade line which will hopefully save some elbows and wrists, but it did also mute the feel which is not to everyone’s taste. Will the same thing happen with the new Burns? I would assume so and we’ll see what players think about it. I think it’s clear that the racquet manufacturers is starting to seriously think about reducing shock and injury and I think that’s a good trend. If you look at the heavier and more flexible racquets of the early 2000s, the number of injuries were much lower. The game is getting faster, more physical and the manufacturers need to take that into account with low-weight (faster to swing) racquets that still doesn’t make your arm fall off.
- Burn CV 100S
- Burn CV 100
- Burn CV 95
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