Best Wilson Tennis Rackets

Wilson has a long history in tennis having first started producing rackets in the early 1900s and since then the brand has become synonymous with Tennis. Wilson Tennis Rackets have been used by some of the greatest players of all time including Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, and Serena Williams.

Wilson has split their range of rackets into distinct families that each offer a player something different with the most popular being the Blade (for feel), Clash (for control), Pro Staff (for precision), and Ultra (for power).

Pros endorsing Blade Rackets: Serena Williams (Blade SW102), Stefanos Tsitspas (Blade 98), Simona Halep (Blade 98) and Milos Raonic (Blade 98).

Pros endorsing Clash Rackets: The only pro I could find that is using a clash racket is Nicole Gibbs who is now playing with a Clash 100. I also found this interesting tweet about Federer practising with the clash.

Pros endorsing Pro Staff Rackets: Roger Federer (Pro Staff RF97 Autograph), Grigor Dimitrov (Pro Staff 97), Petra Kvitova (Pro Staff 97), and Carla Suarez Navarro (Pro Staff 97).

Pros endorsing Ultra Rackets: Kei Nishikori (Ultra), Gael Monfils (Ultra Pro), Madison Keys (Ultra Pro), and Maria Sakkari (Ultra 100 Reverse)

Wilson rackets are very popular with recreational tennis players and we have listed some of the best Wilson tennis rackets below.

8 Best Wilson Tennis Rackets in 2021

Wilson Clash 100

Wilson Clash 100

Wilson Clash 100 Review

There was a lot of hype around the launch of the Wilson clash due to the introduction of Wilson’s new FeelFlex technology back in 2019. The consensus is that the Clash has mostly lived up to the hype with the Clash 100 becoming the most popular version for recreational players.

The Clash 100 offers players a very unique feel due to its high flexibility and is probably one of the most arm friendly rackets on the market today. This has been a major selling point for the clash series as many recreational players (myself included) have suffered from arm and wrist issues while playing tennis.

The racket is great for groundstrokes and gives a good balance between control and power. For the serve, I found the racket leaned a little towards control over power so if you need a little bit of help from your racket with your serve then the clash 100 might not be the racket for you. However, if you rely more on placement for your serve, the clash 100 delivers in this department. At the net, it took a little time for me to get used to the different feel (I usually play with a Pro Staff RF97 Autograph) but I felt the longer I played the better my volleys got with this racket.

Pros:
– Very arm friendly racket
– Great racket from the baseline (I got great depth on my groundstrokes)
– Good precision on my first and second serve

Cons:
– More advanced players may want to add some weight so that the racket is more stable at the net.
– Racket doesn’t provide a ton of power on the serve

Key Specs

Head Size:100 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:295 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 55

Where can you buy the Wilson Clash 100

Wilson Blade 98

Wilson Blade 98

Wilson Blade 98 Review

The Wilson Blade 98 is part of Wilson’s Blade family of rackets that focuses on control. The Blade 98 is available in a 16 x 19 or an 18 x 20 string pattern. The 18 x 20 string pattern gives you more control and better string durability, with the 16 x 19 string pattern giving you extra spin, power, and feel on your shots. For this review, we tested the 16 x 19 racket.

The Blade 98 racket is quite popular with tennis pros like Stefanos Tsitspas, Simona Halep, and Milos Raonic all using it. The racket is also becoming increasingly popular with recreational players too, with it being especially popular with all-court players,

The racket is more focused on control than the Clash 100 but it still gives a good balance between power and control on my groundstrokes. Version 7 of the Blade also includes the FeelFlex technology that was developed for the Clash series of rackets. I had played with the previous version of this racket that included the countervail technology, and I was not a big fan of the feel on that racket. I definitely feel like the FeelFlex technology is a big improvement on countervail.

For the serve, I found the racket didn’t give me any extra pop on my serve and you had to have good technique to get decent power but this is the case for most control orientated rackets. I found the racket reasonably stable at the net but not as good as my RF 97.

Pros:
– Arm friendly racket (I have had issues with tennis elbow in the past and had no issues using this racket)
– It’s a nice racket to hit slice with
– Racket gives you good control
– For those of you who have a double handed backhand, this version of the blade comes with a slightly longer handle to make holding your backhand grip feel more comfortable

Cons:
– Racket doesn’t give you much free power
– Racket is more suited to advanced players

Key Specs

Head Size:98 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:305 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 62

Where can you buy the Wilson Blade 98

Wilson Pro Staff 97

Wilson Pro Staff 97

Wilson Pro Staff 97 Review

The Wilson Pro Staff 97 is a lighter version of the Pro Staff RF97 Autograph. The Pro Staff 97 will appeal to those players looking for a similar feel and level of control that you get with the RF97 but with a lighter frame. There are also Light (290g unstrung) and Ultra Light (270g unstrung) versions of the Pro Staff 97 so you can find the right weight of racket to suit your game.

Wilson designed the Pro Staff 97 to be a more user friendly version of Federer’s RF97, that is better suited for recreational players. The lower swing weight definitely helps and I found my arm was less tired after playing for 2 hours with the Pro Staff 97 versus playing 2 hours with my regular racket the Pro Staff RF97 Autograph.

For my groundstrokes, similar to my RF97 I found it was important to have good technique with this racket and you definitely need to hit the sweet spot to get good power. For my serve, I felt the racket worked well and I was able to hit my targets with relative ease. At the net, I felt it was a decent performing racket but I am used to using the RF97, which is the king at the net.

Pros:
– Is a good control oriented racket
– Racket looks great. I particularly like the nod to the classic pro staff with the red/yellow pinstripes along the throat.
– Good precision on my serve

Cons:
– If you are more of an advanced player, you may want to add some weight to the racket, so you get more stability at the net.
– Racket doesn’t provide a lot of free power on your shots

Key Specs

Head Size:97 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:315 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 66

Where can you buy the Wilson Pro Staff 97

Wilson Clash 108

Wilson Clash 108

Wilson Clash 108 Review

I have included the Wilson Clash 108 in the list of the best Wilson tennis rackets as I think it is a great tennis racket for beginners or someone who is looking for a slightly more forgiving racket. Like other rackets in Wilson’s Clash family of rackets, The Clash 108 is arm friendly and includes Wilson’s FeelFlex Technology.

As you would expect from an oversized racket, the Clash 108 provides plenty of power on your shots but compared with other oversized rackets I have tried, this wasn’t at the cost of control. The control isn’t as good as more advanced rackets like the Pro Staff 97 or Clash 100 but I still felt like I got some good control on my shots.

From the baseline, I found you were able to get good power and depth with this racket. The racket was also a lot more forgiving on off center hits. On my serve, the racket provided lots of power but at the expense of precision. However, it was easy enough to compensate for this and I don’t think it would be an issue for beginners to who this racket is targeted at. At the net, I found the racket was good for volleys above the net height but the racket did not excel at those more delicate touch shots from below the net.

Pros:
– Is an arm friendly racket
– Great racket for beginners
– Big sweet spot

Cons:
– Not suited for intermediate to advanced players who can generate their own power

Key Specs

Head Size:108 in²
Racket Length:27.25 in
Unstrung Weight:280 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 56

Where can you buy the Wilson Clash 108

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Review

The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph is Roger Federer’s racket of choice and was developed specifically to match his playing style. The RF97 is a heavy racket coming in at 340g unstrung so it is definitely not a racket for beginners or even intermediate players but that hasn’t stopped a ton of Fed Fans (including myself) from buying this racket so they can emulate their hero at their local tennis club.

The RF97 racket has been my main racket for the past 4 years and I absolutely love playing singles and doubles with it. I am an all-court player and I find that the RF97 really helps with transitioning to the net. You can hit clean slices that stay very low and force your opponent to hit the ball up so you often get an easy putaway volley. The racket has great stability and feel at the net which makes volleys and touch shots a breeze. At the baseline, the weight of the racket helps to get good power on my shots and I especially like the power I can get on my one handed backhand.

The main downside to the racket is the weight. I often find in my matches that I will start matches hitting all my shots with good power and spin but after an hour or so my arm will naturally get tired and I will lose some of the pop on my shots and I will resort to hitting more slices on both my forehand and backhand. This is more of a problem for me in singles rather than in doubles.

Pros:
– Great racket for volleys
– Fantastic racket from the baseline
– Good precision on my first and second serve. I feel I can pick my spots and just go for it.

Cons:
– Weight of the racket
– Racket doesn’t provide a ton of free power on the serve. Instead you need to rely on good technique.

Key Specs

Head Size:97 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:340 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 68

Where can you buy the Wilson RF 97 Autograph

Wilson Clash 98

Wilson Clash 98

Wilson Clash 98 Review

The Clash 98 is a more control oriented racket than other rackets in Wilson’s Clash range such as the Clash 100 but with a stiffness rating of 55, it is still a comfortable and arm friendly racket. The Clash 98 is ideal for intermediate to more advanced players as it gives a good balance of power and control.

The Clash 98 is great from the baseline and I found I was able to hit my one handed backhand easier than when I was demoing the Clash 100. However, at the net, I found the racket lacked some stability and could do with some more weight being added. I felt the racket worked well on my serve and I felt a bit of extra power in my serves when compared to my RF97 racket.

Pros:
– Very arm friendly racket
– Great racket from the baseline
– Good power and precision on my first and second serve

Cons:
– More advanced players may want to add some weight to the racket so that it is more stable at the net.

Key Specs

Head Size:98 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:310 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 55

Where can you buy the Wilson Clash 98

Wilson Blade SW102 Autograph

Wilson Blade SW102 Autograph

Wilson Blade SW102 Autograph Review

The Wilson Blade SW102 Autograph is Serena William’s current racket of choice and she has been playing with it since mid-2020. Before this, she played with a Wilson Blade SW104 Autograph racket and she worked with Wilson to develop her new SW102 version with the aim of giving her more control on her shots.

The SW102 is a relatively heavy racket, coming in at 306g unstrung but due to the oversized head gives tons of power. Serene is one of the few WTA pro players who use an oversized racket with most players opting for a racket with a head size in the 98-100 range.

The will find yourself most at home with this racket when you are at the baseline and when you are serving. This is where the racket excels. However at the net when precision and touch were required, I found this racket wasn’t as reliable. I think the main reason for this is that I am more drawn to control oriented rackets whereas the SW102 is all about overpowering your opponents.

Pros:
– Fantastic racket from the baseline (It was easy to hit with good power and depth)
– Great power on my first and good spin on my second serve

Cons:
– Swingweight is heavy and is less manoeuvrable than other rackets
– Not suited for net players

Key Specs

Head Size:102 in²
Racket Length:28 in
Unstrung Weight:306 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 69

Where can you buy the Wilson Blade SW102 Autograph

Wilson Ultra 100

Wilson Ultra 100

Wilson Ultra 100 Review

The Wilson Ultra 100 is a tweener racket that gives you good power from the baseline and on your serve. With a relatively low unstrung weight of approximately 300g, the Ultra 100 is easy to swing while giving you lots of easy power. The Ultra 100 also comes in a Light Version (280g unstrung) and an Ultra Light Version (260g unstrung).

This has nothing to do with how it plays but I really do like the design and colours of this racket. You also have the option of getting the racket with the colours reversed which also looks nice.

I found my groundstrokes were good and that I got good depth and power on my shots. However, I found I had to add more topspin to my shots to keep them going long. I think is mainly because I use a conservative eastern forehand grip and tend to hit flatter shots that require a more control oriented racket to be successful. At the net and on touch shots, I didn’t think the racket had great feel but I think the addition of some weight to the racket, would help with this. I didn’t have any issues on my serve and I felt like I could get good power on my first and second serves.

Pros:
– Aesthetics of the racket looks great
– Good easy power from the baseline
– Low swing weight that makes it easy to swing

Cons:
– If you like playing at the net then you may want to add some weight so that the racket is more stable
– With a stiffness rating of 73, the racket is likely not to be very arm friendly if you play with it over the long term

Key Specs:

Head Size:100 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:300 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 73

Where can you buy the Wilson Ultra 100

I hope you enjoyed our review of the Best Wilson Tennis Rackets. If you have any comments or if you think we missed out on a racket, please leave a comment below.

Best Wilson Tennis Rackets

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