Since its release, the Wilson Burn 100 has turned into one of the most popular racquets from the company. Built as a racquet that several different types of players could use at different skill levels, there is no doubt that it provides some of the best value on the market today.
Is this the right fit for a specific style of game? This is a deeper look at the Wilson Burn 100 and all it brings to the table. Wilson knows that many different players could fall in love with this racquet after playing with it for a little, especially when examining their serve.
Before going into the review, here are our overall ratings after 25+ hours of testing on court.
Serves – 8.7/10
When looking at the four main selling points of a racquet, serving is what Wilson Burn 100 does best. It is a racquet built to provide a good amount of pace and spin on the ball, which will always be welcomed in the modern game. Instead of feeling like every shot needs to be hammered as hard as possible, players can have a nice and easy motion while relying on the racquet to do a lot of the work.
The open string pattern on the Wilson Burn 100 definitely helps with the power and spin. Players will notice that with the right string set up, they will see the ball explode off the racquet. The open string pattern also allows for a good amount of string flexibility so that players can put on spin and kick the ball.
If a player already hits with a lot of power, they may find the Wilson Burn 100 not having as much control as they would like. There are other options out there that provide a little more control, but it is all-around a serving delight. It takes a very short time to get used to it, and players will get dialed in sooner rather than later.
Volleys – 8.2/10
The positives of the Wilson Burn 100 at the net is that it has some of the best maneuverability on the market, and it plays like a pretty stiff option overall. Players can punch the ball deep when they are at the net, and it never feels too uncomfortable at all. Whether it is going up against big hitters or taking advantage of balls that are sitting, the Wilson Burn 100 is a solid option overall.
Players who have trouble with head-heavy racquets probably are not going to like volleying with this too much. Maneuverability is a little bit challenging, and that will mess with control.
Keep in mind that the ball will fly off the string bed pretty easily, and that instability could cause some people to second-guess themselves.
There is a lot less margin for error when at the net with the Wilson Burn 100, but players are still finding ways to succeed once they settle in. Try it out in both singles and doubles to really get a great feel on how volleys work with the racquet.
The build of the Wilson Burn 100 is meant to be a great option from the ground. It weighs 11.3 ounces, and has a swingweight 332. Some people might feel like it will be a little heavier than it feels when playing with it, which could be a good or a bad thing, depending on the style of play.
Players just looking at the numbers will think that this is not as stable of a racquet as it ends up being. It is a little challenging to swing, but its stability helps balance things out a bit off the ground. That weight also helps considerably with power, as players can blast away with shots from all angles.
Creating spin is somewhat easy, but players moving from another racquet will probably need to dial back a bit. The spin potential is only adequate, and it will take time to just hit the ball consistently instead of seeing the ball fly out.
A challenge that a lot of players face when giving it a try as part of a demo program is arm fatigue. Make sure to get the arm warmed up and ready to go before taking full cuts.
The balance and weight of the racquet is a little bit different from many others out there, so there could be some getting used to that comes into play. The last thing a person wants to do when trying out a new racquet is to overdo it first and really cloud the results.
Truth be told, the groundstrokes can be a huge positive for some players, and a negative for others. If power is hard to come by naturally, that added power can make a difference in a players game.
Those who already generate a lot of power and want more control might need to look somewhere else than the Burn 100. If possible, mess around with different strings to see what works as well. Since it is a stiffer racquet, using a soft polyester or multifilament will soften everything up a bit.
There is undoubtedly a learning curve when hitting returns with a Burn 100. Some players will find it a pretty positive experience once they get everything settled, but the stiff feel of the racquet could make it a bit of a challenge for others.
One of the most tempting things for new players with a brand new racquet is to go for too much. The Burn 100 will not help out a lot of returners who are trying to crush the ball off a quality serve. Players need to be a little more conservative initially and then start to build things out as time goes on.
Touch with the racquet is also pretty average, which can be a challenge for those trying to pull off block returns against hard servers. Stick with the racquet, and eventually, it will start to be better and better from a returning perspective.
|Wilson Burn 100||Specs|
|Head Size||100 sq. in|
|Weight (strung)||11.3 oz / 320g|
|Balance||1pts Head Light|
Final Word On The Wilson Burn 100
Power is definitely a huge selling point for this racquet from Wilson. That is the one takeaway from anyone who tries it out, and when in the right hands, that could really help a player take over an opponent. Spin will also be right there for people who like to utilize it with their shots, as the open string pattern works exactly as it should.
The biggest complaint is that the stiffness of the Burn 100 is just too much for a lot of players. Anyone who has had problems in the past with stiff racquets, or they have pain in the wrist already, should probably look for a different option. Those wanting something similar can also look at the Babolat Pure Drive, the Head Graphene Instinct, or the Technifibre TFlash.
There are some redeeming qualities of the racquet, but it is highly recommended to try it out first. Not everyone has that possibility, but it is the best way to ensure that it works well for a specific player.
Wilson has a wide range of racquets to fit all types of players, which fits into the family pretty well. Comfort, touch, and feel are all somewhat concerning, but players will not be able to tell just how much that affects them unless they give it a genuine try.
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