Wilson Hammer 6.2 Oversize
The 6.2 has a not-bad-loooking black and white matte finish with
gold trim and lettering. It sports a slightly more oval head shape than
its Hammer predecessors, the oval head and wider shaft looking more like
a Spalding Orbi-Tech frame than the egg-shaped designs on previous Hammer
models. A Cushion-Aire Sponge grip adorns this frame, with very large air
holes, topped off with a solid bumper guard (See Fine Points).
The 6.2 has the ubiquitous Wilson Dual Taper Beam design, measuring
23mm at top head, 26mm at center head (just below the PWS), expanding to
28mm at the shoulders, and down to 25mm at the handle. Beam thickness is
12mm, with a moderate flex of 38. Our test model had unstrung weight of
290 grams (9.6 oz), with Hammer weighting providing a balance point of
383mm from the handle (15 1/8 in.), or an astonishing 13 points head
heavy. This extreme balance point should make for interesting swinging
once we get it out on the court.
Hammer 6.2si in Play
The extreme balance point was evident from the first hit, as the 6.2
had ample power from the baseline, combined with good depth. The softer
flex actually gave us some feel, believe it or not - something we're not
used to having with Dual Taper Beam frames.
The head weight also meant that we couldn't take a big swing at the
ball without mis-hitting almost everything. Snapping the head up for
topspin shots was also a chore, although the easier motion on slice shots
was not anywhere near as much work.
Serving was really the 6.2's bugaboo with us, as the Hammer
weighting made it extremely difficult to do much of anything with any
type of serve, with kick serves being the most trouble. If we could get
it moving fast enough, power production on flat serves was more than
adequate, but a couple of hours of play made the arm tired. Shot
production on overheads suffered a similar fate.
Volleying was adequate at best, the head weighting giving good
stability and power, but hampering maneuverability of the frame during
fast exchanges. the feel we found at the baseline gave us some sense that
we were actually involved in the shot, but we'd still like more flex at
The new Cushion-Aire Spopnge grip makes us think of the movie
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". remember the octopus? That's what we felt
like we had our hands on with this grip. The perforations are just huge,
allowing lots of sweat to drip through to the lower layers, but giving
that "suction cup" feeling to the hand. Disconcerting at first, we
started to get used to it as time wore on, but felt hindered on grip
changes. Maybe it's just our imaginations, but you know what they say: if
you think it is, it is!
The solid bumper guard performed adequately, just like on the other
Hammer series frames, with good resistance to the court on low volleys
and the like. We didn't make much of a dent in the paint job, as the
black coloring on top didn't scrape down much.
Wilson's Hammer 6.2si would work best in the hands of the baseline
singles player. Too head heavy for net play, it's a poor choice for
doubles, and the serving difficulties render it a poor choice for
"active" players. If your style of play is to stand back and hang the
racquet out to dry, you can take advantage of its power and stability,
working very little for the amount of power you get. If you like to
swing, look into the more standard weight and balance of the Pro Staff
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