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The Wilson Clash 108 v2 caters to beginners and early intermediates looking to take their game to the next level with power, spin, and exceptional comfort.
The racquet comes with a large 108 in² (697 cm²) that increases power and allows plenty of margin for error when hitting, while a larger sweetspot ensures a forgiving response on center shots.
The Wilson Clash 108 v2 is lighter at only 10.5 oz (297 g) strung and has an extended 27.25 in (69.2c cm) length for effortless swinging and added power. It also has an open 16×19 string pattern which helps grip the ball to generate topspin easier.
Core to the frame’s DNA, Wilson uses their FortyFive graphite layup. This proprietary technology helps ensure maximum comfort by enabling the racquet to achieve greater horizontal and vertical flex without sacrificing much power.
To maintain control, StableSmart integrates into the racquet’s throat and helps it retain stability and reduce twisting.
New for 2022, the frame receives an updated construction at the tip of the hoop to help deliver a more consistent response and increase the size of the sweetspot.
Hitting forehands and backhands, the racquet’s power and spin are easy to access, along with added depth of shot. At the net, the racquet offers a large target and allows for agile movement, which many will find an ideal companion for doubles.
The racquet easily swings when serving, offers plenty of power for picking up the pace, and allows for quick positioning on returns.
Overall, the Wilson Clash 108 v2 is a capable option for beginners looking to step into a performance racquet that will help level up their game and keep their arms healthy as they grow.
To help players considering an upgrade, I’ve included the specs of the original racquet alongside the second generation.
Unique to the Wilson Clash 108 v2, you’ll find it comes in an extended length of 27.25 (69.22 cm), which gives players added leverage to swing faster for more power and spin.
Its head size is on the larger end of the spectrum at 108 in² (697 cm²), and it comes with an open 16×19 string pattern for added power spin and a more forgiving feel.
Wilson quotes the racquet at a lightweight 9.9 oz (280 g) for its unstrung weight. The racquet I have on hand weighs [slightly more] at 9.75 oz (276.4 g). Keep in mind that it’s common for some variation in weight from one frame to the next.
You can add roughly 18 grams for its strung weight, a reasonable average for various strings.
Balance refers to a racquet’s distribution of weight, and this racquet measures 3 pts HL at 33.5 cm unstrung, which drops to 0 pts EB at 34.5 cm with strings installed.
As an arm-friendly frame, the Wilson Clash 108 v2 has the lowest stiffness index in this family of racquets at 9.0. Beyond comfort, stiffness also contributes to a racquet’s power, control, and feel.
Finally, you’ll find this racquet has a flat beam that measures 24.5 mm all the way around.
The following features showcase some of Wilson’s unique technology in use for this racquet.
FortyFive is a unique graphite construction that allows for optimal horizontal and vertical flex, contributing to the Wilson Clash 108 v2’s lower stiffness for comfort without sacrificing torsional stability for control.
To further optimize the Wilson Clash 108 v2, the racquet features StableSmart. This unique geometric throat design helps ensure the racquet’s flex doesn’t detract too much from its power while maintaining optimal stability and predictable response.
Wilson drills select grommets for the Clash 108 v2 parallel to the frame vs. following the arch or angle of the racquet’s head, so the strings pull straight through from one end to the other. The result is a larger sweetspot for improved comfort and better response.
Wilson introduces a plant-based bumper guard, grommet system, and butt cap to reduce its environmental footprint further. The new material results from a partnership with Agiplast, an Italian plastic compound manufacturer.
Strings & Tension
Luxilon Smart is a polyester tennis string that adapts to a player’s swing speed. It offers a more forgiving response when swinging slow but stiffens up for control when swinging fast.
An excellent place to start when stringing this racquet for the first time is in the middle of the recommended tension at 55 lbs (24.9 kg). However, it’s worth noting that you may want to drop it a bit to get the most out of Luxilon Smart, which has a recommended tension of 40 – 48 lbs (18.1 – 21.8 kg)
Alternative String Recommendations
Although Luxilon Smart is a decent option, it’s a stiffer polyester that can cause arm discomfort for some players over time. With that in mind, I’d encourage players to explore additional options.
If you’re looking for maximum comfort, here are a few of my favorite multifilaments that would pair well.
Players looking for a bit of added control might opt for a multifilament that tones down the power a bit. Here’s are a few solid options in that bucket.
Of course, another alternative would be to consider a hybrid string setup that combines a polyester and multifilament or natural gut. Doing so allows players to balance out the strengths and weaknesses of two different strings.
If you choose to go down this path, keep in mind that the string you use in the mains will dominate the overall feel.
You may even consider a less expensive synthetic gut that will provide moderate overall performance as another option.
Follow these instructions when stringing the Wilson Clash 108 v2.
- Start the mains at the racquet’s head.
- When stringing the mains, skip grommets 7T, 9T, 7B, 9B.
- Tie off the mains at 6B
- Tie off the crosses at 5H
- If two-piece stringing, tie off the crosses at 5T and 9B
T = Top of the Frame
B = Bottom of the frame
No ATP or WTA players endorse the Wilson Clash 108 v2, mainly due to the racquet’s emphasis on beginners.
What’s your take on the Wilson Clash 108 v2? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the section below.