The Wilson Clash prototype
The Wilson Clash is definitely one of the most hyped up frames of 2019!
At the moment Wilson hasn’t released any official specification about the Clash. We know that it will be produced in two versions, one heavier and one lighter, under 300 grams.
The version we’re testing has a generous head size with an open string pattern, a three bridge with rather wide links. Weight below 300 grams and slightly backward balance complete the “partial” overview of our surveys.
The final paint job is still to be revealed, even if something starts to leak both from the players (something we saw during the Australian Open) and from Wilson herself. If I were in Wilson I’d still think about the graphics applied to the prototype … in general it was very liked!
For the field test we have mounted Luxilon Alu Power 125 pulled at 19 kg strung at 2 knots without pre-stretch.
On court – The pros
The first aspect that you notice from the first shots is the softness and flexibility of the frame that generates a “full and mellow” impact on the ball. The Clash is very comfortable throughout the rallies and, in combination with low tension strings (even tough strings like the Rpm Blast), does not tire or “bother” the arm and joints.
The open string pattern and profile of the Clash facilitate spin generation. To be clear, it’s not a spin machine like the Pure Aero, but the top forehands are penetrating and are very easy to get. The back is very good and is played naturally and effectively in both offensive and defensive situations, for example in recoveries.
In both spin and flat shots, the Clash behaves naturally and allows the tennis player who holds it to vary the dynamics of the rally without effort while maintaining the right control. The stringbed is also generous in terms of sweetspot. This translates into ease of play and tolerance even in decentralized shots.
Despite the low weight, at the net it’s presented with character and with adequate stability. The volee are played with simplicity and the right wickedness. The impact is “mellow” and returns to the tennis player a pleasant feeling of control and sensitivity in touch. The good handling of the frame allows a responsive and lively game that facilitates the management of the net and makes the Clash as an excellent solution for doubles players.
I liked the service more for the precision than for the power. The first flat is not very “heavy” but you play it exactly where you want. The second, both slice and kick, is not “extreme” but allows you to easily find lines and angles with enough spin to move the ball away from the receiver and make the shot tricky.
On court – The cons
From the very first shots I realized that something was missing from the point of view of the heaviness of the ball. A little extra mass would make the shots heavier and more incisive. This lack is felt more in the closing shots that are a bit ‘too soft and in some cases not decisive.
Even in the service, especially on the first, you feel this lack of mass that makes you prefer “precision” solutions over those of strength.
As already reported in other reviews of low flex frames, you need a certain period of adaptation to get the most out of the Clash. Once the “wow” effect of the first shots is finished, in fact, you realize that playing with this type of frames is very satisfying but it takes time and adaptation to obtain incisive and resolutive shots.
Who it is indicated for
The Clash is a frame that adapts to different ages and types of tennis players.
Due to the low flex it is particularly suitable for those who have or have had problems with the arm. The frame does not strain the joints and, if strung at low tension, allows you to play for long periods without discomfort.
The versatility of the frame, combined with the high comfort and tolerance of the stringbed, make the Clash very attractive even to senior players (in my opinion excellent for doublers) and under.
In general, it is recommended for all players who base their game on the rallies prolonged than the immediate closure of the point.
The Wilson Clash is a soft and versatile frame that adapts to different styles of play. Good control and access to spin.
I’m very curious to be able to test it with the Luxilon Smart, new outgoing strings shortly designed specifically for this frame!