Wilson Clash v2

Where product evolution is concerned, version 2.0 is generally a safer bet. Especially when the equipment and its accompanying technology are rather ambitious. A company enhances what worked well from the premiere edition, smooths out the rougher edges and comes up with a superior model for its sophomore effort. Given the reception and success of its predecessor, the new Wilson Clash v2 will have to be pretty special to keep this tradition alive.

When Wilson rolled out its innovative Clash franchise, it wanted to start a racquet revolution. Like going from wood to graphite, the company believed it had the potential to redefine the tennis racquet. All hyperbole aside, one hit with the Clash and it was obviously unlike any of its competitors. And judging from its popularity, the playing public agreed.

The uniqueness of the frame—and its name—comes from its bringing together racquet traits that are generally seen as diametrically opposed. If a racquet is highly flexible, its stability suffers; if it’s powerful, then control can be compromised. The Clash flipped the script on both assumptions. It blended an unusually comfortable feel of a soft frame with the power and solidity of a much stiffer racquet. Its successor looks to double-down on those traits without disturbing its foundation.

Wilson Clash v2 Lineup

Wilson Clash v2 Lineup

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There are three main tweaks to the makeup. The first is the carbon mapping of its patented Fortyfive technology has been updated to bolster the extreme flexibility and stability for an improved hitting experience. Additionally, the construction around the tip of the frame has been enhanced to create a 16% larger sweet spot for more precise shot making and a better feel. Lastly, the anodized infrared finish and embossed Clash logo refine the frame’s appearance.

The specs of the models will largely remain intact. The most notable change is to the Clash 98 and the Clash 100 Pro. Both frames now have an additional cross string—going from 16x19 to 16x20. As the frames in the line most appropriate for advanced players, this was done to reduce some of the power, while heightening control.

Here’s a rundown of the six Wilson Clash v2 adult racquets:

Wilson Clash v2 Franchise
Model
Unstrung Weight
Unstrung Balance
Length (in.)
Head Size (sq. in.)
String Pattern
Clash 100
295g / 10.4 oz.
10 pts. HL
27
100
16x19
Clash 100 Pro
310g / 10.9 oz.
11 pts. HL
27
100
16x20
Clash 98
310g / 10.9 oz.
12 pts. HL
27
98
16x20
Clash 100L
280g / 9.9 oz.
9 pts. HL
27
100
16x19
Clash 100UL
265g / 9.35 oz.
4 pts. HL
27
100
16x19
Clash 108
280g / 9.9 oz.
3 pts. HL
27.3
108
16x19

All six frames retail for $269. They are available now to Wilson Insiders—go to wilson.com for more details—and globally on March 4. Check back in the coming weeks for more in-depth reviews of specific models.