Wilson Ultra 105S CV Specs
Head Size: 105in²/677cm²
Length: 27.25in / 69,2cm
Weight: 10.7oz / 303g
Unstrung Weight:10.1oz / 285g
Balance:33,5cm /4 pts HL
Unstrung Balance:32,5cm/ 7 pts HL
16 Mains / 15 Crosses
It might seem like one of my favorite things to do is moan about rackets with large heads. There are plenty of rackets that have felt my wrath for having a stupidly large racket head that doesn’t offer you any advantages. I can understand what it’s like to be a beginner though and having a slightly bigger target to hit can be helpful. The problem is, some rackets take this too far.
Thankfully, there are still some sensible options out there for beginners though. One of them is the Wilson UItra 105S CV. This 285g racket has a 105 sq. inch head, which gives beginners a little extra string to aim for without being too big. At the end of the day, being a beginner is just a stepping stone to the next level, so why not play with a racket that prepares you for a higher standard of tennis? On paper, the Ultra 105S is that racket.
I must admit, I have loved all the Wilson Ultras I have playtested so far. They are such all-round rackets that do everything well and the Countervail technology is something that all of us at The Tennis Bros have been really impressed with. Wilson carries the wonderful CV technology into the Ultra 105S, and I was fully expecting it to be equally impressive in this racket.
This racket is certainly set up for a beginner to lower-level intermediate player, with a 16 x 15 string pattern that certainly won’t suit the more advanced players. What this means though is there is plenty of spacing between the strings. This allows for more movement of the strings and will result in more spin. Even if you’re doing the very basics of the swing, you will be more likely to see spin with this string pattern, and that can be great for encouraging players at the beginning of their tennis journey.
The Ultra 105S CV might be designed for a beginner, but that doesn’t stop Wilson from using the same technology they use in all their other rackets. This stick benefits from Countervail, which uses a special material to make playing smoother on your joints and muscles, as well as, Power Rib, Crush Zone, and Parallel Drilling. All these technologies are designed to give you a pain-free experience whilst getting the most out of your racket, and we’ve found they do an excellent job when we’ve tried them before.
The 105S CV keeps the blue color scheme of the Ultra range, which I actually quite like. I always like to bring up the color with the Ultra because I’ve seen a bunch of people saying they’re the ugliest rackets on the market! I certainly don’t agree, but perhaps you can comment with your thoughts!
Whether it’s got a great color scheme or a terrible one, I took the Wilson Ultra 105S CV out nonetheless and put it through its paces.
Groundstrokes – 7/10
This is a completely different set up to what I’m used to. One of the reasons I really liked the Wilson Ultra Tour was the 18 x 20 string pattern and the control that gives you. Obviously, the Ultra 105S CV is geared more towards a beginner, so it’s going to be much looser. The very responsive feel of the racket took a bit of getting used to, but that is something that is useful for a beginner.
When you’re just starting out, you want to be able to feel what’s going on when you hit the ball, and the Wilson gives you the opportunity to do that. On both the forehand and backhand, you can get a lot of string movement which does aid spin and gives you a bit of power, so all in all, it’s quite a nice racket for a beginner.
One of the main things about picking out a tennis racket is knowing that it’s not going to give you pain. This is especially true when you’re just beginning tennis. When you start out, your body is not used to the movements, so you must make sure you’re playing with something that you’re comfortable with. The great thing about this racket is that the Countervail technology makes it exceptionally comfortable to play with.
I’ve been impressed with the Countervail technology in a number of different Wilson rackets, and the Ultra 105S CV is no different. This stick is easy to manoeuvre and feels effortless when you contact the ball. The setup of the racket isn’t right for a player like myself, but despite that, the Ultra felt comfortable throughout my playtest.
I always find these rackets difficult to score. The Wilson Ultra 105S CV is a great beginner’s racket, but, as a tennis racket, it is pretty limited. I’m going to sort my scoring system by writing a beginner’s tennis racket guide shortly, and this racket will certainly feature highly on that list.
Overall though, this racket is good up to a certain level, at which point you will need to move on to something more advanced. Overall, I’ve given it a 7 out of 10 on the groundstrokes.
Volleys – 7/10
I usually find that the more beginner rackets are pretty difficult to volley with. You’re mainly looking for stability and control when you’re at the net, but these rackets are designed for easy spin and power. This mixture doesn’t really work when you have someone smashing balls at you, and the Wilson Ultra 105S CV is no different.
When you’re learning tennis though, this is not an issue. The Ultra has a good-sized head to aim for and makes getting into position really easy. One thing I like about the 105S is the weight is light enough to make it easy to handle for a beginner, but it is not so light that you feel like you’re swinging fresh air.
Just like the other Wilson rackets, the 105S CV does everything in moderation. It is a lightweight racket, with a bigger head size, but it is not too light, and its head is not too big. I found the other Ultra rackets to be good all-rounders, being strong at the net and from the back of the court, and the 105S CV is similar in that it does a job at both.
You’re never going to be able to volley with great confidence against advanced players with this racket, but for doing the basics, it is ideal. It is important as a beginner that you feel comfortable manoeuvring your racket, and the Ultra is well balanced and easy to get into position.
I gave the Ultra another 7 out of 10 at the net, which is a very good score for a beginner’s racket. Despite its light weight, it has decent stability which gives it an edge over some of its competitors. As you would expect from a lightweight racket, it has good manoeuvrability, and this allows players to easily find the right positions to hit their volleys – a good quality for a beginner’s racket.
Serve – 7/10
The serve is a particularly difficult shot to master and one where I think it pays to have a sensible racket. If you’re playing with one of these super light rackets with a huge head you might have a big target to aim for but getting the ball in the court might be difficult!
The Wilson once again proved to be very adept at doing what it needed to do. The balance felt right in my hand, and it swung effortlessly, giving me good racket head speed to attack the ball with. Everything was still a little bit loose to generate the kind of power I would normally expect, but that’s not a big issue.
As a beginner, you would prefer something that gives you a little bit of ping and some added power. The last thing you would want is the kind of super tight, board that I like to play with.
The Ultra 105S CV is good because it gives you the little bit of extra help you need as a beginner, but not too much. You don’t want the racket to do all the work for you, because you need to learn to develop power and spin for yourself, and the Ultra allows you to do that.
I’m going to be boring and give the Wilson Ultra 105S CV another 7 out of 10 for the serve. It’s fairly typical of this range of rackets in that it’s very consistent. They generally do everything you want them to do pretty well, with minimal fuss and maximum comfort. As you can probably tell, I’m quite a fan of the Wilson Ultra range and I would certainly give this racket a try if I was just starting tennis.
Overall – 7/10
You may have guessed where this was going with all the 7s and so I’ve given the Wilson Ultra 105S CV a 7 out of 10! I feel this accurately reflects its all-round quality as a beginner racket. It will give beginner players a good platform from which to learn and proved to be solid on all shots during the course of the playtest.
As an advanced player, it’s not a racket I would use myself, but I saw many of the good characteristics I enjoyed in the Wilson Ultra 100 CV and Wilson Ultra Tour in this racket. It is manoeuvrable yet solid for its weight, with excellent balance and I think this provides beginners with an excellent platform.
From the back of the court it gives players access to lots of spin potential and plenty of easy power that a beginner really needs. It does not do this at the expense of control though. With many beginner rackets, control is none existent, but that is not the case with the Ultra 105S. Of course, it’s not the most control-oriented racket in the world, but it wasn’t too bad in this area.
I think overall, the Wilson Ultra 105S CV is a very solid racket for beginner tennis players, and I’ve tried to reflect that in my overall score of 7 out of 10. Hopefully, I’ll be putting together a list of my favorite beginner’s rackets very soon, and I expect this racket will feature on it.
Review by: Will