Thanks to one of the wonderful Tennisnerd patrons, I found out that Tennis Warehouse stocks a Wilson Clash 100S.
Do we need a Wilson Clash 100S? Isn't the Clash 100 racquets (including the Clash Pro) spin-friendly enough? After all, the Wilson S racquets – come with a very open pattern for extra lift and topspin on your shots.
The Wilson Clash 100S specifications are as follows:
Specs of the Clash 100S
The specifications below are from Tennis Warehouse. They look very similar to the Clash 100 except for the more open string pattern (18×16), which should create a massive spin potential on your shots, but might also make the racquet more erratic and prone to launch the ball than usual. For me, this racquet doesn't seem a hundred percent useful, as I find the regular Clash 100 very spin-friendly. I would have preferred a Clash 100 with a thinner beam and an 18×20 or 16×20 string pattern to improve the directional control. But maybe players who like the Wilson Burn 100S, are keen to switch to something more arm-friendly and then the Clash 100S is likely a good option.
|100 in / 645.16 cm|
|Length:27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight:10.9oz / 309g|
|Balance:12.59in / 31.98cm / 7 pts HL|
|Beam Width:24.5mm / 24.5mm / 24.5mm|
|Grip Type:Wilson Pro Performance|
|String Tension:48-58 pounds|
I am not sure if I will be able to review this racquet, but would be keen to see how much the spin effect pattern influences the flight of the ball and the level of control you can achieve from the racquet. My issue with the Clash line of racquets is that they can sometimes elicit an unpredictable response from the string bed. I don't see how an even more open pattern can help that issue, but without trying it I can't comment on how it actually plays.
If you try the Wilson Clash 100S – let me know how it plays in the comments below!
I agree that a more controlled clash 100 would be an awesome addition to the clash line up. I also think an “ntour” type clash would be interesting or add extended length options to add more swing weight. It is a line that could become more interesting with more options. The additional options could also complicate the line and defeat the mainstream intent of the frame line.
Is the pattern really more open? With 2 more mains and 3 less crosses, hard to predict how it plays. Maybe it feels even more controlled?
Good point, will need to test it. But I assume S should stand for more spin. I would love a Clash 100C for control!
I think the 100S a great options for older players. Your typical arm friendly racquet has too much power and typically too light as well. This racquet (albeit with a tick frame) feels more like a player racquet and you don’t have to kill your arm to generate spin. Have not experienced loss of control. Lots of feel.