Wilson Ultra 100L V3 Racket Specs
Head Size: 100 in² / 645 cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 295g / 10,4oz
Unstrung Weight: 280g / 9,9oz
Balance: 33,02cm / 4 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
We always find the Ultra rackets do a little bit of everything and provide a nice middle-ground for any tennis player. They’re powerful, but still have reasonable control, you get good access to spin, and now, with the Wilson Ultra 100L V3 you’ve got excellent comfort levels as well.
This light version of the main Ultra 100 comes in at 280g unstrung, perfect for juniors and beginner player, and has good performance to go along with it.
We particularly like this stick for beginners because it gives you everything you need. So many beginner type rackets focus on power, but if you’re going to develop your game in the right way, then you’ve got to have control as well – the Ultra 100L V3 balances this really nicely.
We all use slightly heavier rackets than this one as our standard rackets, but we’ve become pretty adept at switching to the lighter frames to give them a thorough playtest. One of the ones that we’d been particularly looking forward to was this Ultra 100L V3.
It certainly didn’t let us down as we found it had everything we wanted from a light racket, balancing maneuverability, comfort, and performance.
For this playtest we took the Ultra 100L out with Babolat RPM Blast strung at 50lbs, giving us a little extra control to allow us to hit through the ball with confidence.
Groundstrokes – 7.5/10
The thing we liked about this racket is that it’s wonderfully easy to swing. This isn’t just because it’s a light racket though, it’s because it has brilliant balance. It’s one of those rackets that just feels right in your hands when you pick it up, and this continues throughout your strokes.
This makes it an ideal tool for practicing your swings and getting acquainted with the right technique. You can get rackets that are much lighter than this one, but for an adult, you don’t necessarily have to go any lighter because you’ve got everything you need to swing comfortably and generate good racket head speed with the right technique.
Compared to the Blade 98L, or the Pro Staff 97L, this racket has a little bit more pop, so it’s easier to generate power, but the nice part is you don’t have to compromise too much on control. Certainly, with this string set up, we felt we were able to keep the ball in nicely.
For players who are a little bit more advanced but looking for a lighter racket, the Ultra 100L isn’t a bad option either. It’s never going to have quite the stability of a 305+g racket, but it does well none the less and can allow you to play to a pretty good level without putting too much pressure on your body.
This racket will suit any game style though, and for beginner and early intermediate players, it’s got what you need to get the job done. We really enjoyed hitting with the Wilson Ultra 100L V3 from the back of the court and gave it a 7.5 out 10.
Volleys – 7/10
Volleys are always an area that are a little bit more difficult with a light racket when you’re playing against someone who’s hitting with a lot of power. However, for beginner and intermediate players who don’t have to worry about Kyrgios like lasers coming at them at the net, the main thing you want is maneuverabiltiy.
The Ultra 100L has plenty of this, and it makes it nice and easy to get your racket into position ready to carry out the proper technique.
From there, this stick pockets the ball nicely, giving you a comfortable ride and the ability to pop the ball back with plenty of control. In many ways, volleying is very straightforward, but it’s difficult to get things sorted when you’ve got less time to think about it, so you want a racket that keeps things uncomplicated and the Ultra does that well.
For players who play at a slightly higher level and are used to a heavier racket, dropping down to this weight for singles players might work out well, but for doubles, where you hit lots of volleys, you might notice more of a difference.
It’s not something that should put you off from dropping down the weights and playing with this stick, but it is worth remembering that you might lose a little bit of control at the net.
Again, the Wilson Ultra 100L V3 did everything it promised to do and put in a respectable performance at the net. We gave it a 7 out of 10 for the volleys.
Serve – 7.5/10
The serve is possibly the most complex shot in tennis and it pays to have a racket that you feel comfortable with when you’re trying to learn the correct technique. For us, that was definitely the case with the Ultra 100L.
It’s really easy to get moving quickly, but it’s got enough weight to turn your racket head speed into power and control. This meant that we were able to hit some powerful first serves, but also feel confident that we were going to get the second serve in (always a worry!)
Again, we felt we got a nice balance between, power, spin, and control, and it was a very good performance. We always say the same thing about Ultra rackets – they do everything well without blowing you away, but then when you think about everything it gives you you’re very impressed.
For beginner and intermediate players, and even some slightly more advanced players, the Wilson Ultra 100L V3 does more than enough on serve, making it easy to continue to improve your game.
We gave it a strong score of 7.5 out of 10 on the serve.
Return – 7/10
The return was a similar story to the volleys. The Ultra 100L didn’t have quite enough performance to stand up to the biggest serves, but outside of this, it performed very well.
Unless you’re returning against someone who’s hitting 120mph serves then you shouldn’t have any problems returning with this racket, and you get the added bonus of lots of comfort.
It can’t be underestimated how easy and comfortable it is to play with this racket and this shows through on the return. It’s easy to get into position, solid through contact for a 280g racket, and absorbs vibrations well.
While I would probably prefer the Blade 98L on the return just for the extra bit of control, the Ultra wasn’t far behind and a lot of people are going to enjoy how it feels.
The Wilson Ultra 100L V3 has all the basics you need for good returning and we gave it a 7 out of 10.
Overall – 7.5/10
7.5 out of 10 is a great score for a 280g racket, and it just goes to show how much we value the Ultra range.
They’re rackets that everyone can get along with, and for beginners and intermediates, this racket does everything you would want.
It’s well balanced, offering a good blend of power, control, and spin, easy to use, and comfortable. There’s not much more you can ask for from a racket, and it’s for this reason that tons of people are going to enjoy playing with the Wilson Ultra 100L V3.
Well worth a try if you’re looking for a slightly lighter racket that does a little bit of everything – 7.5/10.
Review by: Will