Wilson Clash 108 Review
The Wilson Clash 108 V7 brings the hottest new racket from the American Tennis Powerhouse to a much wider audience.
Having tested the Clash 100 and Clash 98, we had high expectations for the oversized version of this popular stick.
The Clash’s new technology puts it in a category of its own, aiming to strike a sweet spot between comfort, flexibility and playability.
The Wilson Clash range of rackets is positioned as accessible players rackets in the Wilson line up.
It certainly achieves this with the combination of flexibility and sturdiness throughout, traits that are especially important when it comes to oversized frames.
Wilson are aiming to combine power and control, along with stability and comfort in the Clash rackets.
A difficult task considering these traits tend to be polar opposites.
Wilson has employed Freeflex and StableSmart technologies, allowing the racket to flex vertically whilst keeping it stable under impact.
Despite being the most performance focussed in the range, it was quite underwhelming when hitting groundstrokes and whilst comfort was a major plus point, the hefty 310g weight was not easy on the arm.
However, if you are searching for an oversized racket (generally 105sq in or higher), chances are you are an experienced player with crafty skills that is looking for a bit more pop out of your racket.
Therefore, a racket with lower weight and a larger head size would be ideal, due to the bigger sweet spot and greater flexibility.
Although, having extra power is no good if this is unwieldy and difficult to control.
That’s why having a softer racket, with a lower stiffness rating and a plusher feel is a big asset in this category.
With a stiffness rating of just 56, coupled with a light unstrung weight and even balance, the Wilson Clash certainly delivers a butter smooth contact, whilst retaining that crisp feel offered by the rest of the Clash range.
Therefore what the Clash promises to deliver should be a game change for improving players and those looking for more forgiveness from their racket.
And we are pleased to report that it does not disappoint!
The extended 27.25in length and 108sq in head size gave extremely easy power on groundstrokes and serves, and the racket still felt stable when returning big serves.
This is normally a concern for lighter rackets, as it can almost feel like the ball is pushing you around at times.
But the Clash 108 remains stable and we managed to really hit through returns and take on big baseline balls with ease, something that the large sweet spot really helps out with!
The Clash 108 is an aerodynamic racket too. This allows you to maneuver the racket easily, which makes injecting pace into your game a doddle, especially on low passing shots.
8out of 10
This oversized version of the Wilson Clash was a refreshing combination of control and easy power thanks to its flexible yet stable construction.
It allows you to go after your groundstrokes with confidence, thanks to the amount of spin you are able to generate from the open 16×19 string pattern.
I found that I was able to keep a loose swing through the ball, as the large sweet spot meant I knew I would have a comfortable, clean strike on the ball even if I was slightly off with my timing.
This large sweet spot also helped when I was defending in the points, adding a bit of beef to my slice and helping me add power to flicked low shots.
Again, this was a refreshing change from my usual smaller headed, heavier sticks as the Clash 108 felt light and nimble in the hand.
It was easy to generate power from awkward positions with the Clash 108, meaning that even if I was on the back foot or on the stretch, I could still generate power and be confident that I’d find the court.
This was especially useful on passing shots.
The Clash 108 was powerful and surprisingly accurate for a racket of its size.
It is ideal for a player with shorter, more compact swings that is looking for that extra large sweet spot or wants some relief from a nagging arm injury.
7out of 10
The Clash 108 V7 did a great job of hiding its size, thanks to its light weight and maneuverability.
Usually, a racket of this head size would almost feel like a trampoline compared to a smaller, heavier racket, especially when hitting volleys.
This was not the case with the Clash 108. Whilst it is not as pin point accurate and crisp as a Pro Staff, the Clash felt solid and stable up at net.
It took a bit of time to adjust to the larger head size. Having a sweet spot this big means that the Clash 108 really flatters you, even if you miss-hit a volley.
I found that low volleys were easier to time with the Clash 108. That larger head size and extended length really help guide the ball deep towards the baseline with ease.
Attacking and putting volleys away when on top of the net was made more manageable with the Clash, however drop volleys could float too high and crisp short volleys would sometimes sit up.
However, once I got dialed in with the Clash 108, these aspects of my game improved.
Overall it didn’t actually take too long to adjust to the Clash 108, thanks to the stability and comfort of the racket.
8out of 10
Put simply, the Wilson Clash 108 V7 felt great when serving.
The extended length and generous sweet spot meant I was generating noticeably more pace on both first and second serves.
This took a bit of adjustment and I found myself focussing more on the placement and spin I was trying to put on the ball rather than out and out power.
This was really beneficial in tight moments and especially towards the end of the playtest when I was starting to get tired.
The large sweet spot and lighter weight of the Clash 108 moved my focus away from generating as much power as I could on my own, to placing the ball where I wanted and allowing the racket to do the work.
That being said, as a big server I personally found the thick beam and lower swing weight to be a little wooly feeling to begin with.
The ball didn’t come off the racket quite as crisp as I’d like when hitting a big first serve down the T, although it did add some pop to my slice and kick serves.
Overall, the Clash 108 V7 is a decent racket for serving with.
It may take a bit of getting used to if you are more familiar with a lighter or smaller headed frame, but the extra power is certainly welcomed.
If you are looking to improve your serve and focus on technique rather than generating as much power, or simply want a few extra MPHs, the Clash 108 will fit the bill!
9out of 10
Returning serve is often more a game of timing and anticipation rather than generating power.
So having a stable racket that allows you to redirect a fast incoming ball with ease really makes returning more manageable.
In this sense, the StableSmart technology Wilson has employed really comes into its own here.
For such a light racket at 280g unstrung, the Clash 108 feels remarkably solid when returning big first serves.
I could block the ball back with little to no backswing and still redirect big serves with power, owing to the Clash’s stable architecture.
This is quite rare for such a light racket, so it was a bit of a surprise but certainly a welcome one!
The oversized racket head and lighter weight made getting inside the court and taking second serves early very straightforward.
I could really hit through returns and whip the ball nicely to produce acute angles when I was pulled out wide on both wings.
The extra power from the Clash 108 even encouraged me to step back and take a bigger cut at the ball when returning. It really helps you feel confident to change things up!
8out of 10
Overall the Wilson Clash 108 is a great oversized racket that feels more maneuverable than it looks.
It really helps you generate easy power from the baseline and when serving and returning.
The large generous sweet spot and light weight make it easy to step inside the court and take on aggressive shots, whilst the racket’s stability and solid feel stop it from being overwhelmingly powerful.
Being an oversized racket, it is more suited to players looking to make improvements to their game thanks to its forgiving and comfortable nature.
It is also ideal for players that are seeking a bit more power from their racket, without compromising on feel.
Therefore the playability of the Wilson Clash 108 was a pleasant surprise, making this accessible racket a welcome addition to the Clash line up.
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