We recently featured the Wilson Clash 100UL on our list of best beginner rackets, so we thought it was time to give you the full write-up on this great stick.
Wilson brought out the Clash series with the aim of progressing racket technology to make it more comfortable without compromising on performance.
These rackets aren’t for everyone, but in general, we’ve found they’ve done what they set out to do.
The Wilson Clash 100UL is the lightest racket in this range, and it’s got all the qualities you could ask for from a beginner racket.
It’s fast through the air, easy to maneuver, wonderfully comfortable, and strikes a good balance between power, spin, and control.
At 265g unstrung, the weight of this racket is very manageable, which is great for beginner players and young juniors.
However, there are going to be plenty of people who will be able to handle the slightly heavier Clash 100L, so if you’re a strong adult, then it’s worth looking at this racket as well.
If you do gel with this weight though, you’ve got a racket that can help you take good steps forward with your tennis, encouraging you to progress your strokes and take things to the next level.
So, you can tell we enjoyed this racket, but read on for a more in-depth review of the Wilson Clash 100UL!
The thing we really love about Clash rackets is how they combine performance with comfort.
Tennis is a game that puts a lot of strain on your body but often our rackets focus on performance at the risk of exacerbating that strain.
The Clash takes a slightly different approach, allowing the racket to flex at the right times to dampen vibrations, but stay solid enough through contact to turn your strokes into powerful shots.
This is ideal for beginners who are still perfecting their strokes and don’t want to risk injury when they get things slightly wrong.
Combine this with the fact this racket is wonderfully easy to get into position, and you’ve got a great option from the back of the court.
The Clash 100UL is a racket that gives you some help in injecting power and spin into the ball, but not too much.
After all, you want to develop your strokes to do this for you and you need a level of control to achieve this, which the Clash gives you.
With such a low weight, this racket is always going to be a bit limited to what it can do.
When you get to an advanced level and the power levels go up a lot, then it’s probably not got the weight you need, but at a beginner and intermediate level, it’s got everything you need.
Easy to use, with good access to spin and power, and a good focus on comfort, the Clash 100UL does a great job on the groundstrokes and gets a 7.5 out of 10.
You’ll notice the Clash 100L got an 8, and that’s just because the extra weight does give you a bit more performance.
However, it’s about finding the right weight for your game, and for a lot of beginners, the UL is going to be the right option.
Volleys – 7/10
Volleys are quite a difficult shot when you’re learning tennis, so the main thing you want is a racket that makes it easy to get into position.
From here, you can pop the ball back into court and take time away from your opponent.
From this perspective, the Wilson Clash 100UL is a great fit and works very nicely for beginners and early intermediate players.
As you start to improve and the power levels get much higher, then you do really miss the extra stability you get with something like the Clash 100, but of course, it’s all relative to your standard.
This is a very good racket to learn the basics of the volley with, offering you speed, lots of comfort, and enough control to get the ball going back in the direction you want it to.
If you’re looking to improve your game quickly, then this is a good racket to be using on the volleys.
We gave the Wilson Clash 100UL a 7 out of 10 on the volleys, a very good score for such a light racket.
Serve – 7.5/10
The Clash 100UL put in another strong performance on the serve earning it a great score of 7.5 out of 10.
The serve is a pretty complicated shot, but this Clash 100UL made it feel fairly effortless to get the racket moving in the right direction.
For those players with beginner strokes, it also gives you a nice little power boost, helping you to win a few more free points with the serve.
Just as important as serving well today though is making sure you’re building your strokes for the future, and we found the Clash to be a nice platform to do this.
It’s pretty light, but this means you can focus on getting the technique right without having to worry about a heavy racket in your hands.
Return – 7/10
In many ways, you’re looking for similar qualities on the return to the volleys.
The ball is coming at you quite quickly so you want to keep your swing compact and guide the ball back into court.
For its weight, the Wilson Clash 100UL does this very well, giving you speed and reasonable stability.
As we’ve mentioned throughout the playtest, it’s going to struggle when the power levels really go up, but at the beginner and intermediate level, it does a great job.
The return is another area where comfort can’t be underestimated, and there are very few rackets that can compete with the Clash when it comes to this.
All in all, you’ve got what you need as a beginner or intermediate with this racket and that’s as true for the return as it is all the other strokes.
We gave the Wilson Clash 100UL a 7 out of 10 on the return – a strong score to finish off the playtest with.
Overall – 7.5/10
Overall, we gave the Clash 100UL a 7.5 out of 10 which was the same score as the 100L.
Performance-wise you do get a bit more with the 100L, but they’re both excellent rackets for their weights.
The UL is certainly a great option for beginner players who are looking for a racket that gives them easy-playability and plenty of comfort, but it also does a good job performance-wise.
With plenty of power and access to spin, it would be easy for this racket to neglect control but it doesn’t and what you get is a nice all-round racket.
Having this all-round balance is important if you’re going to improve your game quickly, and with this racket, you’ve certainly got what you need to take your tennis to the next level.
At the end of the day, the Wilson Clash 100UL ticks a lot of boxes, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to budding beginners.
Review by: Will