Wilson Clash Rackets are increasingly becoming one of the most popular tennis racket ranges amongst adult recreational players as they are forgiving rackets that offer great arm comfort due to their low stiffness rating.
Continue reading to find out which Clash racket is best for your game!
Wilson Clash Rackets (V2)
Wilson has launched a total of six different Clash rackets with some aimed at the beginner level (108 and 100UL), some aimed at the intermediate level (100 and 100L), and some aimed at more advanced players (100 Pro and 98).
Clash 108 V2
The Clash 108 (or “C108”) is definitely aimed at the complete beginner as the oversized head size will help them generate power on their shots and will also be more forgiving than other tennis rackets on this list when it comes to off center hits.
The C108 is our recommended racket for beginners, especially if you have never even hit a ball before.
However, as you increase your tennis skills, it is likely you will want to switch from the C108 to a racket with a smaller head size e.g. the 100L as control is lacking with the C108.
Clash 100UL V2
The Clash 100UL (or “C100UL”) is predominately aimed at beginners but unlike the C108, it has the more standard 100-inch head size.
As its name suggests, The C100UL (Ultra Light) has a low strung and swing weight which makes it very easy for beginners to maneuver and in my opinion is one of the best tennis rackets for female beginners.
You are also more likely to play with the C100UL even when you get to the intermediate level as it is a surprisingly stable racket, given its weight.
Clash 100L V2
The Clash 100L (or “C100L”) is slightly heavier than the C100UL but the main difference is that the C100L has more of a head light balance so it will be slightly easier to swing than the C100UL.
I would also give C100L the edge over the C100UL when it comes to playing at the net as the head light balance of the 100L makes it easier to switch between hitting a forehand and a backhand volley.
Overall, the C100L is a solid racket and is a good choice for intermediate tennis players.
Clash 100 V2
The Clash 100 (or “C100”) is a tweener racket and in our opinion the best tennis racket for intermediate tennis players as it offers a good balance of power, control, and spin without being an overly heavy racket.
This combined with the arm friendly nature of the racket will mean that it will suit a wide range of players and is a good option to go for if you are not sure which of these tennis rackets is right for you.
If you are a more advanced player then you may find the C100 doesn’t offer the level of control you are looking for so you may be better off going for the 100 Pro or the 98 as they both offer more in terms of control.
Clash 100 Pro V2
More advanced tennis players are likely to gravitate to the Clash 100 Pro (Tour) (or “C100P”) over the regular C100 as the specs of the C100P are more suitable for players who generate their own power and have a full swing.
The C100P is also much better at the net as its extra weight and head light balance makes it easy to put volleys away.
The C100P is a good all round racket and its low stiffness rating will be a godsend to many advanced players who have had to suffer playing with stiff rackets over the years.
Clash 98 V2
The Clash 98 (or “C98”) has similar specs to the C100P with the main difference being the smaller 98in head size.
The C98 is my current racket of choice but I have also played with the C100P.
The main difference I found between the two rackets was the level of control I got on my shots with my C98 as I felt I could really go for my one handed backhand down the line.
If you want to find more information on this tennis racket, you can check out my Racket Review.
Racket Specs Comparison
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The C108 has the biggest head size at 108in while the C98 has a 98in head size.
All the remaining rackets in the range have a 100in head size.
The C108 is the only racket in the series that has a slightly longer racket length than the standard 27in at 27.25 inches.
The tennis racket with the lowest strung weight is the C100UL at 281g strung while the heaviest strung weights are the C100P and the C98 at 326g strung.
The tennis racket with the lowest swing weight is the C100UL at 300g while the racket with the heaviest swing weight is the C98.
All the rackets in the range have a low stiffness rating when compared to other rackets on the market, with the C108 and the C100L having the lowest stiffness rating at 55 and the C100UL having the highest stiffness rating at 63.
All the Rackets have a beam width of 24.5mm except for the C98 which has a slightly smaller beam width of 24.0mm.
The balance of these rackets ranges from the even balance of the C108 to the 9pts HL balance of the C100P.
All the rackets in this range except for the C100P and C98 have a string pattern of 16 x 19.
The C100P and C98 have a 16 x 20 string pattern, which helps add more control to these rackets.