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Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review & Playtest | In-depth Guide

Wilson Clash 108 v2

Review & Playtest

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By Jon Crim
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The Clash 108 v2 is the most forgiving frame in Wilson’s newest series of tennis racquets, which strives to provide players with a healthy balance between flexible comfort and responsive power.

Recognizing the previous model’s success, Wilson delivers a slight refinement on the racquet, which retains the key ingredients that made it popular while aiming to enhance its weaknesses.

If you’re researching the racquet as a first-time buyer, this review will share my take on its distinct new design, ideal string setup, and how it performs on the court. I’ll also share my advice on what’s changed from the original version, so you can decide if it’s worth spending your hard-earned money to upgrade.

Popular Clash Models
Wilson Clash 98 v2
Wilson Clash 100L v2
Wilson Clash 100 v2
Wilson Clash 100 Pro v2
Wilson Clash 108 v2

In this review, I won’t dive heavily into the frame’s specs, technical features, or alternative racquets to consider. However, my Wilson Clash 108 product page covers all those details if you’re curious.

Also, keep in mind that this frame is one of a handful of Clash tennis racquets you might consider. Check out my reviews of the Wilson Clash 98 v2, Clash 100 v2, and Clash 100 Pro v2 if you’d like to learn more about some of the other popular options.

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Design

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design

For 2022, one of the most noteworthy changes to the Wilson Clash 108 v2 is its cosmetic or paint job.

Although the design doesn’t influence the racquet’s performance, it’s frequently a deciding factor as players evaluate racquets with similar specs, so I enjoy detailing the changes and showcasing photos of the racquet to help in your decision-making.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design Comparing Other Models

In the above photo, you can see how the first generation of the racquet adhered to Wilson’s standard “uncontaminated design,” which they used across a wide range of their tennis racquets.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review v1 Design

Despite red not being one of my favorite colors, I didn’t mind the original design, and I thought it looked clean.

However, for the Clash 108 v2, Wilson completely revamped the frame’s design, with a deep red matte finish and black highlights, which is a fresh look that I expect many will find appealing.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design Red Velvet Paint Job

I especially like how the color isn’t completely flat. Instead, the red portions of the racquet have a soft shine, which helps it stand out more and appear brighter in the light.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design Throat of the Racquet

Unique to Wilson, the racquet has a velvety smooth finish that’s soft to the touch with a rubber-like texture. Although it looks and feels great, the paint isn’t known for its durability, but I haven’t had any issues with it so far.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design FortyFive Technology

At the top of the racquet’s head, a.k.a, the tip of the hoop, the racquet features a black highlight, and on one side, a reference to the frame’s FortyFive construction displays in silver.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design Specs on Inside Edge

For the second generation, Wilson prints the racquet’s specs on the inside edge of the frame, including its weight, recommended string tension, balance, string pattern, head size, and stiffness index rating. The last model didn’t showcase these, but I think they’re handy, so I’m happy to see they included them.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design Wilson Logo and Model

On the racquet’s throat, you’ll find the Wilson logo wrapping one side along with the model’s details while the other side features the Clash logo.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design Logo

The other Clash models have the logo debossed or stamped into the frame, which is a unique look, so it’s worth noting that the 108 does not feature this styling.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Design Red Butt Cap

At the bottom of the racquet, Wilson uses a red butt cap with its logo in black, but it doesn’t display the grip size, which I prefer because players frequently ask how to find it. Instead, you’ll have to pop open the butt cap’s trap door to see it printed on the inside.

Strings & Tension

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Strings & Tension

A racquet’s strings greatly influence its performance, so it pays to be thoughtful in your selection and find one that complements the racquet and your personal preferences.

For the Clash 108 v2, Wilson recommends stringing the racquet with Luxilon Smart and suggests a tension range between 50 – 60 lbs (22.68- 27.22 kg).

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Luxilon Smart

Luxilon Smart is a unique polyester tennis string that adapts to a player’s swing, offering a stiffer response for control when swinging fast and a softer, more forgiving feel for slower strokes.

Although it wouldn’t be my first recommendation for this racquet, I thought it was an intriguing pair when combined with the Wilson Clash 108 v2’s lower stiffness rating.

I strung the racquet with 17 gauge or 1.25 mm Luxilon Smart at 55 lbs (24.95 kg) for my playtest, which is the halfway point between the racquet’s recommended tension. As a result, it leaves plenty of room for me to adjust up or down based on my experience.

Having used Luxilon Smart in the past, I wouldn’t recommend it for players coming to the Wilson Clash in search of comfort. Although the string has an element of responsiveness, it’s still a polyester at heart and isn’t terribly forgiving.

Instead, I’d recommend a multifilament, which will provide players with extra comfort. Alternatively, a hybrid string setup combining a poly with a multifilament or natural gut will help balance things out and won’t be too harsh considering the Clash 108’s comfort.

Performance & Ratings

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Performance & Ratings

Every player is different, so I’ve included some notes about my style, preferences, and current racquet setup in the table below, which I hope adds a bit of extra color to my review.

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Main StringsLuxilon ALU Power (1.25 mm)
Cross StringsLuxilon ALU POwer (1.25 mm)
Mains Tension55 lbs / 24.95 kg
Crosses Tension55 lbs / 24.95 kg
Forehand GripSemi-Western
BackhandTwo-handed
Grip Size#3 – 4 3/8
GripWilson Pro Performance
OvergripWilson Pro
Weight165 lbs / 74.84 kg
Height6’0″ / 1.83m

To help keep this review as objective as possible, I reviewed the Wilson Clash 108 v2 across a consistent set of twelve performance criteria, which I use for all my racquet reviews.

Groundstrokes 8.3
Volleys 8.2
Serves 8.1
Returns 7.9
Power 8.8
Control 7.9
Spin 8.7
Slice 8.0
Touch/Feel 7.9
Maneuverability 8.9
Stability 7.9
Comfort 9.0
Average 8.29

I describe why I gave the racquet these ratings in the following sections, where I discuss my experience hitting groundstrokes, volleys, serves, and returns.

Groundstrokes

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Backhand

The Wilson Clash 108 v2’s larger 108 in² (697 cm²) head size, extended 27.5-inch (70 cm) length, and open 16×19 string pattern combine to deliver easy access to power and spin.

Swinging fast, I had to emphasize topspin to keep the ball in the court, especially with its higher launch angle. However, if I toned things down with a slower swing, the racquet helped deliver extra depth, a bonus for beginner and intermediate players.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Forehand

The racquet swings easily with its lower 9.9 ounce (280 g) weight, and the extended length helped me ramp up my racquet head speed to come up with impressive spin.

As an experienced player, I found the racquet’s biggest downfall in hitting groundstrokes to be control. Although topspin goes a long way to help manage the racquet’s power, it’s not the most precise.

With that said, you have to consider your skill level to determine if that will be an issue. The lack of control for many beginner and intermediate players will translate to added power and depth.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Backhand Slice

The Wilson Clash 108 v2 will help you find extra depth on slice, but it can be challenging to take a bigger cut at the ball as it often sails long with a lower margin for error.

Regarding comfort, the racquet has a forgiving feel that’s easy on the arm, even strung with a stiffer polyester like Luxilon Smart.

Volleys

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Forehand Volley

Up at the net, the Wilson Clash 108 v2 provided me with a huge sweetspot and extra margin for error.

The racquet’s power is also on full display, which helps put a well-targeted ball away. Despite the racquet’s extended length, it remains relatively nimble and easy to maneuver.

Once again, the racquet’s higher launch angle comes into play, so I had to adjust my targeting further inside the court to bring the ball down, but the extra depth will be a bonus for some players.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Backhand Volley

Not surprisingly, the racquet isn’t the most stable. There’s not much weight in the racquet, and it’s equal balanced when strung, so it gets pushed around hitting against a heavier ball.

Of course, this only really becomes an issue if you’re playing against an opponent who can turn up the power, so it’s another factor that requires you to consider your level.

It’s not super reliable when it comes to touch volleys, but that’s also not where Wilson intends it to shine.

Serves

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Deuce Serve

On serves, the Wilson Clash 108 v2 provided me with plenty of power, which may not come as a surprise.

However, most notably, the frame delivers excellent spin that enabled me to impart next-level action on the ball, which was addicting combined with the frame’s raw power. As a bonus, I also found a bit of extra depth on my serves.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Ad Serve

As far as precision, the racquet performs reasonably well despite its higher power and lower stability. It’s far from a top performer in this category, but the added spin goes a long way in placing the ball effectively.

If you’re looking to strengthen your serve, this frame will certainly help you get the job done.

Returns

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Forehand Return

On returns, it’s easy to get the Wilson Clash 108 v2 into position quickly, and the larger head size provides an easy target, but if you’re swinging out, it requires plenty of extra focus and spin.

The pace of a well-hit serve, combined with the racquet’s power and higher launch angle, tended to result in a lack of control, with the ball quickly sailing long.

Furthermore, the frame struggled to keep up with a heavier serve, lacking stability, which further amplified the challenge to control the ball confidently.

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Backhand Return

However, with all that said, I find it necessary to reiterate that the Wilson Clash 108 v2 design is best suited for a player who will benefit from the extra power and depth it provides on returns.

Across a broad spectrum of the best racquets on the market, it’s not going to score high on returns. However, it will provide its intended market with precisely what they need.

Summary

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Summary

The Wilson Clash 108 v2 strengths cater to beginner and intermediate players who desire a racquet that can help improve their game by compensating for their weaknesses.

Its lightweight power, added spin potential, and larger head size makes it an accessible racquet that will support a player’s growth while delivering arm-friendly comfort for longevity.

I’d encourage intermediates who are finding their rhythm and steadily improving to seek out a standard 27-inch racquet with a smaller mid-range head size, like the Wilson Clash 100 v2, which will serve as a better platform for continued growth.

Upgrade Advice

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Upgrade Advice

If you’re using the first-generation Wilson Clash 108, there are a few areas I’d encourage you to consider to determine whether an upgrade is worth the money.

Revised Frame Construction

From a performance standpoint, the most significant change to the Wilson Clash 108 v2 is the updated frame construction at the top of the racquet’s head, i.e., the tip of the hoop.

With this change, Wilson aims to help the frame deliver added consistency while improving the size of the sweet spot. On the court, I found the racquet’s response to be mildly better, which does lend itself to a more consistent feel and, in turn, control.

This change alone wouldn’t fully convince me to upgrade, but I would describe it as an improvement over the original. As a result, you’ll need to consider the following two factors along with the condition of your current frame.

Refreshed Paint Job

Wilson revises the Clash 108 with a red velvet paint job, which I think is a marked improvement over the original.

The change doesn’t impact performance, but if you appreciate the new style, there’s nothing wrong with that factoring into your decision to upgrade. If this is a compelling reason for you to upgrade, I’m confident you still appreciate the performance of the new frame, which hasn’t changed drastically.

Environmentally Friendly Materials

Finally, Wilson continues their effort to reduce its environmental footprint with the Clash 108 v2 by introducing an Agiplast plant-based bumper guard, grommets, and butt cap.

Although small changes in the grand scheme of things, these can begin to add up for a company that continues their focus in this area, so I hope they continue down this path.

The importance of environmental causes will vary from one person to the next, so you’ll need to weigh this factor accordingly. Thinking long term, I appreciate Wilson’s effort in this regard, and although it wouldn’t win me over exclusively, it’s a bonus that would weigh into my decision as a whole.

Your Progression

Suppose you own the Wilson Clash 108 v1, enjoyed the racquet, have seen your skills improve over the past few years, and you’re intrigued by the latest generation of the racquet.

In that case, I’d encourage you to consider whether upgrading to the 108 v2 or moving to another model in the Clash family is the right move. Another natural progression would be to upgrade to the Wilson Clash 100 v2, which may better align with your growth.

Recency of Purchase

If you ordered the original Wilson Clash 108 within the past year, I’d encourage you to keep using your current frame. Although the second generation comes with some improvements, I don’t think it’s worth you upgrading purely from a cost standpoint.

It can be frustrating to purchase an item to see a new version roll out shortly after, but the first generation is still an excellent frame that you’ll enjoy. My recommendation would be to enjoy the racquet and then consider upgrading next time around.

Most racquet manufacturers follow a 2-3 year release schedule for new versions of their racquets, so you might as well get more use out of your current frame.

Of course, if you have the extra cash and you like the sound of what’s changed, then there’s certainly nothing wrong with taking the plunge – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Wrapping Up

Wilson Clash 108 v2 Review Wrapping Up

The 2022 Wilson Clash 108 v2 is a welcome update to the first generation, which retains the key ingredients of the original, including an emphasis on performance and comfort.

Although the racquet isn’t for everyone, players who match closely with its ideal player profile will likely enjoy what it has to offer, and it remains one of my top picks for beginners.

If you’re considering this racquet, I hope what I’ve shared helps you in your decision-making process. If you have any follow-up questions, please don’t hesitate to post a comment below.

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