Wilson Clash 100L Specs
Head Size: 100 in² / 645.16 cm²
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 10.3oz / 292g
Unstrung Weight: 9.9oz/ 280g
Balance: 12.79in / 32.49cm / 6 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Arm friendly, easy to swing, and with plenty of performance, the Wilson Clash 100L made for a great playtest and we would certainly recommend it to developing intermediate players.
We really love the technology behind Wilson’s Clash series, resulting in a racket that’s both flexible (giving it the comfort), and stable (giving it the performance).
While we found it didn’t work perfectly in every racket, the more advanced we went, the more we found it lacked a little, we have really enjoyed it at the slightly more intermediate and lower advanced levels, and the Wilson Clash 100L was no different.
The thing with modern tennis rackets is that they’ve developed to offer plenty of performance, but in years gone by, it’s like comfort was a bit of an afterthought.
With rackets like the Clash, comfort is at the forefront of what they do, but they’ve still got plenty in the way of performance.
At 280g unstrung, and feeling buttery smooth through the swing, this racket sums up easy playability, and really makes playing tennis simple.
That’s one of the reasons why it’s very popular as an intermediate stick, but we thought we would put it through its paces to find out what else there is to know about this racket.
For this playtest, we strung the Clash 100L with Wilson Revolve at 46lbs, giving us access to plenty of spin and control in order to get the most out of this racket.
Groundstrokes – 8/10
The thing we really enjoyed about this racket from the back of the court is that it does exactly what it promises – it’s extremely comfortable, easy to play with, and still offers good performance.
Does it take a little bit of getting used to?
Yes, the feel is quite different to many other rackets, particularly players who like quite a stiff setup, but when you get used to it you find you can really start to play some good tennis with it.
The reason we like this racket so much for intermediate players is it’s really going to help you practice and improve your swings.
When you’re starting out, you don’t want something very heavy that’s difficult to get into new positions, you want something that’s easy to move, and going to be comfortable even when you get things wrong.
Though I’ve been playing tennis for over 21 years now, you always appreciate a racket that you can easily get into position and feel in complete control with and that’s exactly what I found with the Wilson Clash 100L.
Characteristic wise, it leans slightly more towards free power and spin than control, but again, that’s probably something that will work out for most intermediate players.
Whether your’re attacking or defending, you can find the power you need, and you don’t have to swing like a mad man to achieve it.
We really enjoyed the Wilson Clash 100L from the back of the court and gave it an 8 out of 10.
Volleys – 7/10
Without sounding boring – the Clash just does exactly what you need it to.
For intermediate players, you don’t have to worry about controlling huge amounts of power that’s coming from the other end, you just need something that’s easy to maneuver and pops the ball back where you want it.
Again, even when you don’t get things quite right which happens to everyone from time to time, you’re not going to suffer any horrible vibrations, and it’s just simple to play with.
When you start moving up to a slightly higher level, then you might find you want something a little bit more accomplished at the net, but for its weight, you simply can’t fault the Clash.
We’ve gone with a 7 out of 10 on the volleys which is a great score for a 280g racket.
Serve – 7.5/10
The serve is often the stroke people find most complicated, and so it’s nice to have a racket that takes the complications out of things.
The worst thing on the serve is when you’re trying to swing a horribly heavy racket and you just can’t get it going anywhere.
It’s complicated enough trying to work on getting the right technique, so you want something that takes care of all the other bits for you.
The Clash 100L is a racket that does this job, particularly for intermediate level players.
Not only does it make it easy to get the racket into position, but it delivers on contact as well, turning your racket head speed into a good blend of power, spin, and control.
While more advanced players are probably going to benefit from a racket with a little bit more weight, if you’re still working on your swings, then you need that balance between maneuverability and performance that the Clash 100L has.
We all found this was another excellent performance from the Wilson Clash 100L and gave it a 7.5 out of 10 on the serve.
Return – 7/10
It was a similar story for the return as it was with the volleys.
If you’re playing against someone who is hitting huge, booming serves at you, then you probably want a little bit more control than the Clash can give you, but other than that, it’s got everything you need.
When you’re playing at an intermediate standard, the Clash 100L moves quickly through the air, allowing you to get your contact point out in front and guide the ball into court.
It’s great when you’re under pressure, because you can always find that racket head speed, but it also plays nicely when you’re on the front foot looking to attack.
Whether we were chipping first serve returns back, or looking to attack the second serve with topspin drives, we all found this racket was nice and easy to use and offered plenty of performance.
Another solid score of 7 out of 10 for the Wilson Clash 100L on the return completed a really good playtest.
Overall – 7.5/10
You don’t get much better scores than this for a 280g racket.
The Wilson Clash 100L has all the ingredients to help intermediate players take their game to the next level, combining comfort and performance brilliantly.
It’s strongest from the back of the court, but it can get the job done at the net as well, allowing you to develop an all court game that will serve you well for the future.
As your level goes up you will probably want to look for something with a bit more stability, but while you’re still playing at an intermediate level this racket does everything you need of it.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Wilson Clash 100L playtest and gave it a 7.5 out of 10.
Review by: Will