Out of all the tennis racquet manufacturers, Wilson Sporting Goods seems to be at the top of the game. They have plenty of competition, but their longevity, ability to sign big names and quality all make them stand out.
Sure, having Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Serena Williams as the main pros endorsing their racquets helps, but their products make them stand out in the first place.
Racquets technology is always evolving, and Wilson is right there with the competition. Below are currently the best Wilson tennis racquets available. Ranging from performance models to beginner/senior racquets, there is something for everyone made by Wilson.
1. Wilson Pro Staff 97
The first racquet that makes this list is the smallest in its size, but probably the biggest in overall hype. Any racquet that is extremely similar to what Roger Federer uses is going to have quite a few fans around the world. His racquet is designed for the advanced player, so beginners and even intermediate players should probably look elsewhere instead of constantly being frustrated with trying to handle this racquet.
At just 97 square inches, the head size limits some players from reaching their full potential. That is because it is a small sweet spot, which leads to a lot of miss hits and shanks if a player does not have refined strokes.
In the right hands, this racquet has great stability, very controllable power and improved feel. The feel is not going to be at the same level as the racquets with FeelFlex technology, but it still works well near the net.
Serving is amazing with a racquet like this, and it might be the best pure serving racquet Wilson has right now. It’s just so easy to take back and generate power. Players consistently feel like they have more power and speed on their service from the very beginning.
Overall, if a player can handle this racquet, it’s worth trying. With the right string and tension, this weapon can hold its own against anyone.
- Virtually the same racquet specs Roger Federer uses
- Excellent control
- Rewarded for great shots
- Small sweet spot
- Must generate own power
2. Wilson Blade 98 18 x 20 v7
The Wilson Blade has been a very popular model for quite a few years now. Their latest model might be the best yet, and a lot of it comes down to the FeelFlex technology that will be talked about a lot throughout this article.
Beginning with the Wilson Clash earlier in 2019, Wilson has been slowly adding FeelFlex technology to almost every single line of racquets they have. The Blade has always had a pretty good feel overall, and this just adds to it.
There are a number of different Wilson Blades to choose from, but the 98 square inch head size is the same model that a lot of pro players use. It comes in a 16 x 19 string pattern, as well as an 18 x 20. Out of the two, the denser string pattern helps out with a bit more control and string durability. It’s fine to go with either choice, but the 18 x 20 racquet head seems to be the better fit for the majority of people.
If there is one knock on the Wilson Blade, it’s that the power and spin is not the best compared to other models out there. Who the average player, it does everything well and helps players reach their full potential.
- Great control
- String pattern makes strings durable
- Flexfeel technology now included
- Lacks a little power
- Spin doesn’t come super easily
3. Wilson Clash 100
The Wilson Clash 100 will go down as one of the most impactful racquets in tennis over the last few years. That might seem like a bit of a hyperbole for some, but that is just how much of a difference the FeelFlex technology makes as far as playability is concerned. This racquet did not even exist a year ago, and now it is one of the best-sellers not only with Wilson, but in tennis.
Wilson realized that they wanted to change the game by offering superb feel, arm friendliness and more to players trying to keep up with the modern game. As racquets become stiffer and strings become tougher on the arm, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stay healthy.
There was a lot of hype surrounding the release of the Wilson Clash, and it lived up to expectations. In fact, despite not having any professional endorse the racquet head currently, it has turned into a huge favorite amongst recreational players.
The 100 square inch model is considered the standard, and plays most like the Ultra that is discussed below.
- First racquet to use FeelFlex technology
- Combines a lot of great qualities from different racquets
- Plays well with any string
- Could be slightly better on serves
- Some will struggle with topspin
4. Wilson Ultra 100
Many people consider the Wilson Ultra 100 to be the generic racquet offering from the company. It isn’t to say that it is a bad racquet by any means, but it is something that can be used by all types of players. They have put a lot of time and dedication into making this racquet perfect, and a lot of players will fall in love with just how good it feels.
Designed to help out with players trying to take their game to another level, the Wilson ultra line is a fast racquet with a lot of firmness and the ability to develop spin. They play a lot like Babolat racquets in many ways, but with a little more control.
A player who likes to hit from the baseline will probably benefit most from the standard ultra 100. It probably does not have the versatility to be used in serve and volley in, but not a lot of players play that way anyway. It’s also a good doubles stick, because it has a big enough sweet spot to redirect shots when needed.
Just about any modern player should at least give the racquet a trial. There are rumors that it will eventually get the FeelFlex technology at some point as well, but for right now, it’s still pretty friendly on the arm anyway.
- Easy to develop spin
- For all levels
- Not the best for volleys
5. Wilson Blade 104 v7
Whenever a person gets above 100 square inches for a racquet head, the playability goes up. This is the second Wilson Blade to make the list, but the 104 plays differently than the 98.
For starters, it should be known by players that this is pretty much the same racquet that Serena Williams uses on tour. She has not switched over to the FeelFlex technology, but other than that, her racquet is pretty similar. She even has her own signature model in the Wilson line.
This Blade has a very open string pattern at 16 x 19, which makes it pretty powerful and also spin-friendly. Players can really take a strong rip at the ball and see just how much of a difference it makes. A lot of players use this from baseline, but it is a good racquet to use for doubles as well. It is very stable, allowing people to redirect pace without having to take any for strings overall.
From a serving perspective, this racquet is a slight upgrade over the Wilson Blade 98. They work pretty much the same way, but the added length with this racquet makes a slight difference.
It might be too big of a head size for some people, but others will be more than satisfied with the set up. Give it a try and see if it works out. Some might instantly label it as oversized, but it doesn’t feel that way when using it.
- An oversized racquet without feeling oversized
- Great power on serves
- Open string pattern helps with spin
- A tweaner racquet for a lot of people
- Control is lacking at times
6. Wilson Clash 108
After seeing how successful the Wilson Clash turned out to be, the company went all-in with several different options. For beginners, intermediate players and seniors, the Wilson Clash 108 is the perfect weapon to use.
Out of just about any other oversized racquet out there from any manufacturer, there is no denying that this is a very arm-friendly racquet. The last thing anybody wants to deal with his tennis elbow, and this prevents that from happening.
The feel is great, and the swingweight is light as well. This makes taking full cuts at the ball easy, without feeling that the ball is always going to go out of play. Singles players can benefit from this, and so can doubles players trying to keep the ball in play to extend the rally.
A racquet with this head size is going to be too big for a lot of players, so for some, it is an instant pass. Others should definitely give it a try just to see how it feels. It certainly doesn’t feel like the head size is 108 square inches, so that’s a good sign for anyone worried about it being too big.
If there is a complaint with this version of the Clash, it is that players are used to a little more feedback. It’s so easy on the arm that some people can’t tell if they hit a bad shot or not.
- Huge head size for various levels
- Provides great feel
- Handles volleys very well
- Feels too soft for some people
- Could use additional length to see a benefit
7. Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Stretch OS
For players looking for an option with a big head size, it doesn’t get more classic than the Wilson hyper hammer 5.3. It has been a crowd favorite for years now, and even though it isn’t designed for any player, it works well for intermediate and senior players.
The head size is bigger than anything in person will see on the professional tour, but it comes in handy for players that don’t move quite as well. Not only is the head size bigger, but the racquet comes in a standard 27.5 inches. That extra length might not seem like much, but it helps out with Rich and serving.
A lot of racquets with the set up don’t have the best control, but consider it to be the exception to the rule. That is great news for a lot of players, because a racquet that is only 9 ounces and playing with a swing weight of 307 is extremely light. It can feel like the ball is controlling where the racquet goes instead of the other way around.
Anyone interested in this racquet should without question try it out first. It is something some people love, and others despise. It is a pretty affordable racquet, but never buy something like this completely blind. It’s pretty common to spot at least one or two of these during doubles night.
- Huge head size/sweet spot
- Low swingweight
- Great for doubles
- Some find it hard to maneuver
- A little too head heavy for some
Trusting the Wilson Brand
At times, Wilson has dealt with a reputation of not being innovative enough. Instead, they rested on what they knew worked, and went from there.
That is what made the FeelFlex technology, and the Clash, so important. It has created a ton of buzz around tennis, and it’s inevitable that they will use it in other racquets down the road.
They also seem focused on having a racquet for any type of player. Even an extremely casual player can find a Wilson racquet at the local supermarket. It won’t last long or perform well, but it is there.
They make a wide range of other accessories to help out with tennis players as well. Their line of overgrips are rated very well, and they have strings for different budgets. It’s not necessary to only buy one specific brand for everything, but just knowing Wilson has these additional options is great news for a lot of people.
Here is the full list of the best Wilson tennis racquets