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Racquet Review: Wilson Juice 100/108 BLX

Thursday, March 01, 2012 /by

Wilsonjuice108blxMSRP: $220
HEAD SIZE: 100 SQ. IN. (100); 108 SQ. IN. (108)
LENGTH: 27 IN. (100); 27.25 IN. (108)
WEIGHT: 11.3 OZ. (100); 10.4 OZ. (108)
BALANCE: 4 PTS. HL (100); EVEN (108)
SWINGWEIGHT: 315 (100); 312 (108)
FLEXIBILITY: VERY STIFF
BEAM WIDTH: 25-26.5-25.2MM (100); 26MM (108)
STRING PATTERN: 16 X 18 (100); 16 X 19 (108)
IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM TO LONG (100); SHORT TO MEDIUM (108)
NTRP: 3.5+ (100); 2.5 TO 4.5 (108)

The Pitch: The Wilson Juice 100 BLX—racquet of choice for WTA touring pro Victoria Azarenka—and Juice 108 BLX are engineered with basalt fibers, proprietary material made from natural volcanic rock that is woven into the frame to resist vibration. On off-center hits, Wilson claims, basalt filters out unwanted, jarring frequencies before they reach the hand, delivering cleaner feedback for better feel. The Juice, like the Pro Staff 100, also includes Amplifeel technology. Amplifeel inserts planks made from basalt and graphite inside the handle for additional comfort and feel. What’s more, Amplifeel handles include a softer butt cap and adjustable foam that molds to the hand for a more customized grip, according to the company.

How It Tested: The Juice 100 is a middleweight: light enough to generate racquet-head speed for dependable spin and pace; heavy enough to withstand the force of your opponent’s own artillery fire. As one 3.5 playtester noted, “There was good pop off the strings, but not so much that I couldn’t control it.” Although some playtesters thought that the Juice’s thicker beam deadened some of the feel necessary to hit deft slices or angled volleys, the beam’s rigidity paid dividends in the ground game. “On occasion, I framed my slice backhand and felt the beam’s wider cross section hurt on that shot,” said one 4.0 baseliner with a semi-Western forehand and two-handed backhand. “But when I was backed up behind the baseline, the Juice responded and enabled me to hit heavier topspin to defend, then flatten out shots when I was in an offensive position.”

Consider the Juice 108 (pictured) if you’re a beginner or an older player looking to add more than a little “juice” to your game. Playtesters with more abbreviated strokes appreciated the 108’s larger, more generous head size, especially while playing doubles, as well as its light weight, which allowed maneuverability and sufficient racquet-head speed.

Bottom Line: A perfect choice for no-nonsense power baseliners.


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Wilson Juice 100/108 BLX
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