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Wilson Clash V2 The Verdict

The Wilson Clash has been a staple in my racket bag for years now. Its soft, responsive feel is a joy to play with especially in varied conditions. I was delighted to get the chance of reviewing the latest generation of the Wilson Clash the V2 100; the best selling Wilson racket since its launch in 2019. At the time I had played with the new Clash for approximately 10 hours before I wrote this review on the first thoughts of the Wilson Clash V2. Almost 6 months later, many restrings and sets under my belt I feel in the best position to talk a little more in depth of the Wilson Clash V2.

Wilson Clash V2 100

There are several rackets in the new Wilson Clash V2 range but I got the chance to review the popular and playable Clash V2 100. As you can probably work out the 100 refers to the head size. The key specs for the Clash V2 100 are; 100 square inch head size with a 309g strung weight. I noted that the Clash 100 V2 was 10 points head light meaning it felt quite lightweight and manoeuvrable. These specs will appeal to many tennis players. The 100sq inch head is ample size for most tennis players and the weight is manageable for all. There are not many players that could not play great tennis with this racket as it covers a lot of bases. It is suited to intermediate players perhaps moving up to their first serious racket for the first time. If you are a player like just described you will benefit from the whole package of the Clash V2.

String Set Up

In the original play test I strung the Clash V2 at 54lbs with Luxilon Alu Power. I am familiar with this string, I love the spin this string gives me but I find it notches on a full bed after 4 or 5 hours. No big issue but in a racket all about feel surely a softer string would give me the best feel? Testing a racket is all about experimentation to find how it performs under different conditions and with different play styles. After all none of us play the same and we have have our own styles and characteristics.

I dropped the tension significantly second time around and used a very nice multifilament at 48lbs. The lesser tension really helped my mph on serve and I enjoyed the pocketing affect of the strings. Sadly I chewed through these strings in 3 hours. Perhaps improving tennis players are less likely to break as quickly? Who knows. Despite the multifilament I still got some decent spin but obviously not in same league as a polyester. The Clash V2 really worked well for me at this tension. 48lbs gave me enough punch on my serve yet still able to feel the racket on my strings. For those that may fancy a nice multifilament but keen to try it at a higher tension I would say go for it.

The Clash V2 100

Finding the best string set up on the Clash will take some trial and error but as it is such a comfortable frame it is hard to go wrong. Some players may want more power and hence need to drop the tension a little to get that pop others may need to go the other way and get some more control. I have dabbled in going for a multifilament/ poly hybrid setup at 58/59lbs, perhaps it is lunacy and my thinking is probably flawed but here goes. A racket like the Clash, that is all about feel, with a higher tension for the best control possible with the sweet spot. Probably one for the ‘to do list’ in the future to satisfy my curiosity.

The All Rounder

More and more tennis players want a racket that can do everything. Its now no longer good enough for a racket to be classified as a power racket or a control racket. Tennis players demand a racket that combines a nice blend of everything, with feel, topspin. The ability to provide modern playability in terms of spin, power and manoeuvrability, along with low flex and a soft feel, is what makes the Wilson Clash line shine and broadens its appeal to so many players. This is why many tennis players will like playing with the Clash V2.

Wilson have updated the Clash 100 v2 with better stabilization in the upper part of the frame to improve the size of the sweet spot. When trading from the baseline I found the V2 to have such a comfortable sweet spot, extremely generous; those off centre hits did not disrupt my rhythm. Wilson used a technology called FreeFlex in the original Clash generation, this has been renamed FortyFive. Wilson say this technology allows the racquet to bend across a wide range of stroke paths, enabling a comfortable feel at impact and this would back up what I feel on groundstrokes. The larger sweet spot is lovely to play with and provides ample power.

For those that like to generate spin and slice on the ball the Clash v2 is friendly. The manoeuvrable head makes it easy to get over the ball for topspin. Similarly slice is easy with the v2 and I found that I could take large cuts and let the racket do the work. The v2 100 has a 16/19 string pattern which is standard for many frames but aids in spin and slice production.

Flexible Frame

Unlike other flexible racquets, the Clash 100 v2 has ample power, making it an easy racquet to use for all skill levels. All tennis players can usually tell if a shot feels in or out. I guess players just know the feeling of hitting a good shot or one that has missed slightly long or wide. At times whilst using this racket I developed an erraticness in my groundstrokes, perhaps missing routine balls that I would make most times. This unpredictability annoyed me for sure as I couldnt feel what was different from a shot that landed in and landed out which frustrated me. I guess there is a slight trade off in every racket and perhaps this is it in exchange for that easy power.

Is the Clash v2 100 a keeper?

As a tennis player and coach I have used the Clash in singles and doubles match play as well as a coaching racket and a hitting racket. I found it performed really well in all situations. I am still trying to find the best match play setup for my game as sometimes I feel a little underpowered during my service games. I have reverted my go to string job Luxilon Alu Power and I am happy with how it performs.

Aesethetically this racket is absolutely beautiful, iconic and instantly recognizable on court. It is a bold statement from Wilson and the Red logo on the throat is gorgeous. The Clash v2 is certainly worth a try. There a very few players who will not enjoy playing with the Clash V2 100. Take it for a test and feel what I’m talking about.

If you would like to look at the full range of Clash V2 take a look at the table below. It has the full range.

The 6 Clash V2 rackets

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