Comments: Absolutely amazing stick that has really helped elevate my game. I just got bumped to 4.0 and struggled earlier in the year with my previous frame, the Wilson Hyper Hammer Oversize (110 Headsize). This frame has allowed me to really take control of the court when I play, in both singles and doubles. My game is built off a heavy dose of topspin shots and consistent placement, and it felt like this stick was literally engineered for me. I also love coming in to the net and get great weight on my volleys/smashes, though I find myself wanting to rally because of just how fun this frame has made hitting the ball. I get great depth consistently, my serve speed and spin has increased dramatically, and because of the bite on even the most defensive of shots, my defensive abilities are accentuated even more than before. A must have for the consistent player that likes a light stick.
Gerry, Clinton, MS, USA, 7/11
String type and tension: Babolat Hurricane Pro Tour 18 gauge
Comments: It is a great racket with good control but I feel as though I must generate much of my own power.
Comments: Concur with all of the above comments. Got to demo this stick yesterday at my club (our pro carries Wilson as his exclusive line). I play with a Six One Lite, and I found this racquet to be more stable on off-center hits. The control factor was amazing, particularly on service returns against a couple of heavy-hitters. I was able to get into hitting position just that fraction of a second quicker and was able to put something back at the feet of the server. While it doesn't necessarily produce crushing winners, the placement more than made up for it. The demo racquet was strung with Wilson's new black "bite" string, and that really added to the control. Overall, if you are into doubles (as I am) and want to be a surgeon on the court, this is the scalpel for you.
Bruce, Granbury, TX, USA, 03/11
NTRP Rating: 3.5 senior
Comments: - Groundstrokes
Easy to produce spin with little effort. Racket head speed was a must when using this frame. I was producing shots- flat drives, heavy topspin and slice off of both sides with control and pace. It was almost too easy to use this frame and I was going for low percentage shots and making quite a few. Control was outstanding as was pace. The frame was quite stable to my surprise and would have been more stable if I was not using a 4 3/8 grip size (I use a 4 5/8). Hitting targets was better with this frame than my racket of choice. While this frame does not produce a heavy ball, I was able to control points with spin depth and placement. Using this frame in doubles is a match made in heaven for my game. The frame was easy to get into position and with a flick of the wrist you could respond in a fast paced match.
Control, placement and spin was the key to good serving with this frame. While I only produced a few aces, I was able to force some return errors and weak returns. I did not double fault in any of my sets. I felt no adverse effects to my elbow, shoulder or wrist after playing 4 sets or during the serving to targets. Creating racket head speed was accomplished with very little effort and I am sure with more exposure to this frame, a harder flat serve could be developed. It was a pleasure to serve with this frame.
Again, very happy with how stable this frame was in relation to its weight. No problem getting this frame into position to volley. Volleys were crisp and solid. Touch and drop volleys were easy to execute and so much fun I lost a few points trying for ridiculous shots. Coming in behind kick and slice serves provided a wonderful S & V test for this frame. I was able to bleed off the power on well struck returns and knock off sitters with this surprising 9.4 oz frame. Half volleys were also a strong suit for this frame and again, more stable than the 9.4 oz would have indicated. Overheads as with the serve, a pleasure to strike with control, pace and spin when needed.
- Serve Returns
The frame provided a full set of options on returns. Redirecting power or spin from opponents was accomplished on command. I was very comfortable being able to rip returns with good depth, pace, spin and placement when needed. It felt like I could not miss with this black beauty. So easy to get this frame around and in front, it was hard to miss a return. With a very low static and SW, this frame also had great defensive attributes, allowing the returner to chip and flick back serves that otherwise would've been winners.
SteveI, Talk Tennis, 02/11
Comments: I was part of the blind Wilson playtest with Tennis Warehouse and here is my review of the frame. I'm actually getting the production frame in my arsenal in a few days.
Groundstokes - This is not a heavy power frame. It's geared towards a spin and control type of frame. With this frame's lightness, plow through isn't going to be high, but if you can generate your own power and want to impart heavy spin and high clearance over the net, this frame is for you. I have a tendency for a more flat type of ball that tends to sail, but with this frame, my topspin increased 100% from both sides. I was able to whip through my stroke effortlessly and get excellent accuracy and placement. In situations where I was pulled really wide, again with the depth and spin it bought me from whipping through the ball it gave me time to get back into the court and back into the play. Took no time to adapt my strokes to the frame. Inside out strokes with heavy spin were amazing.
Volleys - Again, this is a really great serve and volley type of frame. I felt no really serious string bed feedback on volleys. They stringbed impacts were quiet, solid and I could place and put touch on them if needed. With the even balance, the frame felt like a natural extension of my arm.
Serve returns - Again, deflecting power or spin from my opponent I was comfortable being able to hit full out on returns with good depth and placement.
Serve - Most effortless serving frame I've ever hit with. It felt like I was swinging with nothing except an extension of my arm. You are not going to get a heavy anvil like swing with this frame, but if you want great spin control and placement, this frame is for you. I could get it through my swing motion easily and could pinpoint serving box locations with it. Felt no adverse impact to my elbow or shoulder after playing those 2 sets.
I really don't want to return this frame, since I was impressed by it's performance. TW if this is a new prototype, please tell me what the frame name is when it's released since I want to pick it up to add to my arsenal immediately. Very stable, not jarring at all in terms of stiffness (felt around 61-64 in terms of feel). Super light and stable. TW, thank you for the opportunity to hit with this frame. I have a few more days with the frame and will be hitting the courts as soon as I can.
Curtis, San Bruno, CA, USA, 02/11
Headsize: 102 in.
NTRP Rating: 3.0