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Comments: Decent racquet. Very hollow feeling. Serves were great with a ton of pace. Groundstrokes were weak. If
you're playing way behind the baseline at times, you'll have a hard time hitting any winners. This to me is more of a defensive
racquet. For those who play a lot of defensive tennis, this stick will help. If you're an aggressive player trying to amp up your
offense, this sticks will do nothing for you. Overall grade a "B." Not bad, but not great.
From: Mark, 8/13
Comments: This one is the greatest raquet that Wilon has ever made. Brings an unmatched blend of power and spin
in all of your strokes. From my forehand to my volley, I just overpowered my opponents. My first Steam 100 was a gift from my
lady and I was so pleased that I ordered the second one right away.
From: George, 5/13
Comments: I demoed this racquet at my local club, and was sold on it. The racquet offers pretty solid strokes and is
pretty speedy. I have a western forehand and at first had trouble keeping the ball low but eventually my forehand had a lot of pace
and stayed at a good height. My backhands had a lot of zip, but enough to control. Loved the reach on the serve as well! But
because of the unique feel, I recommend to demoing it first.
From: Tyler, 3/13
Comments: This is one of those racquets that you will either immediately like or immediately hate. Nothing in
between because it plays really different from usual racquets. Personally for me, the serve is the best part of this racquet. It
provides a lot of pop and good control. It has a ton of spin and a decent sweetspot. The racquet plays pretty soft and you need to
hit quite hard to put away ground shots, or else you will have long rallies. My backhand was particularly good with this racquet. As
far as control is concerned it takes some time to get used to the longer length, but after that it has excellent control. Just like
Kvitova you will miss some shots not by inches but by feet. The margin for error is not that big with it and you do need to have
well developed strokes to get the best out of it. Personally I immediately liked it and bought it. It has really helped my game. My
suggestion for you would be don't go by good or bad reviews. Just demo it and then decide, because what I can promise you is
that it is definitely worth a demo. Did I mention its super comfortable?
From: Sriram, 11/12
String type: polyester
Comments: I've just started demo'ing the Steam and find it to be rather useful when I do buggy whip shots and
slices. I found that my serves are more precise and my kick serves kick higher. This racquet is a great transition from using
beginner's racquets. You have great control, spin, and power in your hands.
From: Matt, 10/12
Comments: Disappointed to see that Kvitova's racket had the Wilson PWS, and the one for sale that I got had no
PWS. It makes it a total different racquet. I would like to know where to get one? As for the racquet without the PWS, it is powerful
light weight, with not bad control. I bet it would be a lot better and more stable with PWS. I know you can add lead tape but you
would have to play around with it.
From: Calvin, 8/12
String tension: 58 lbs
Comments: Good power and spin. However, there's not much control. I believe a lot of
the control issues are due to the low stability and hollow feel. I like to hit a heavy ball and I was not
getting much stability out of this racquet.
From: Anon, 8/12
Comments: This racquet has good power and spin however not much control. I believe a lot of the control issues
are due to the low stability and hollow feel. I like to hit a heavy ball and I was not getting much stability out of this racquet.
From: Anon, 8/12
Comments: Tested it out of curiosity. Not much stability when hitting heavy. Less mobility than suggested by its
weight and balance (maybe the extra half inch makes it less mobile than it should). The colors are "un pro" looking. On the up
side, nice spin production. I am surprised that Gulbis uses this racquet after using a Head Prestige and Wilson Blade Tour and 98
models. Maybe the game is evolving differently and plow is not as important than spin production. I have been using a customized
Babolat Storm Ltd. for over two years and very happy with it.
From: Eric, 6/12
Comments: Great racquet, nice spin and great power! I had great time with it. My backhand is great now
and forehand as well. Recommended. From 1 to 100, I give 95.
From: Royi Lapid, 6/12
Comments: No serious player could use this stick in competition without adding like an ounce of lead
tape to the frame and handle and if you have to do that just buy a racket with more heft in the first place. Probably
good racket for 3.5 and under or juniors. Felt pretty powerful on serves however.
From: Chris, 6/12
Comments: Lightweight, easy to swing, easy to play with. Lots of comfort and spin. Power is muted due
to the light weight and low mass. Due to its lightweight, it is unstable on mishits and shots outside the sweet spot, and
against big hitters. Shots within the sweet spot are solid. Add 5-10 grams of lead to 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock for more
stability and plow. Groundstrokes were a little unpredictable on flatter shots, but excelled on slice and topspin. 1st
serves were good when going heavy and flat, but the racket excels when you hit with pace and spin. Kick serves can
jump up high and force weak returns. Demo was strung with NXT 16, so there was no free spin or bite.
From: Anon, 5/12
Comments: To update my previous review with this racquet, it is ugly. Serve are very powerful and easy
to control. Volleys are not that solid because this racquet is not too easy to maneuver around the net. Groundstrokes
are ok. Overall, just good on the serve for me.
From: Anon, 5/12
Comments: This racquet is ugly looking but works. It is stiffer than the Wilson Blade. There is more
power on serve, less power on groundstroke compared to the Blade. Volley are good, not great, but just as good if not
better than the Blade. Handles are longer so easier for two-handed backhands again compare to the Blade. The reason
I compare to the blade because it is build just like the blade. Did I buy this to replace my Wilson BLX Blade? Yes, I did.
From: Anon, 4/12
Comments: I just got this racquet and I love it. I used to use the Head MicroGEL Radical but it just didn't
suit my playing style. The Babolat Pure Drive was a bit to powerful, but the Wilson Steam was just right. I'm getting a lot
of power and spin. I'm very happy I got this racquet even though it doesn't look the coolest, it's a great racquet.
From: Harry, 4/12
Comments: I love this racket so much! I came to buy this racket just
after demo'ing it only once. I had broken my previous racket, the
Wilson K Tour 95, and this felt very different, but in a better way.
I'm a left-handed big server and I hit with a lot of topspin on the
forehand, but have one of the flattest backhands that one could
possibly think of. This racket was the perfect serving racket for me,
and I tried the Wilson BLX Pro Staff 95, and the Wilson BLX Six. One
95, as well as the BLX Tour, and still felt this racket to be perfect
for precision, power, heavy spin, and superior balance while hitting
shots. I was able to hit flat when I needed to with my forehand, and
volleying felt quite natural as well. The potential spin one could
create with this racket is unthinkable with almost any other racket,
except for the Juice Pro and Juice 100, but I still went with this
racket just because it felt comfortable, and offered me power that I
previously lacked to my forehand. I use Luxilon Adrenaline as my
strings, and feel I can get both power and spin with it using this
racket. A great racket, I would recommend to all players, but feel it
is suited for the 4.5 and above! =)
From: Yat, 3/12
Comments: Very good racquet. Forehand, back hand, volley and serve were great. I just have to adjust
the slice of
my one hand backhand. I played with it 4 times and I found that's remind me the Hornet OS from Prince. I've played
with a Pure
Drive Team Plus since 2006 and this is the first racquet that feels similar in my hand. The only complaint, is the grip
1/8 bigger than normal. Maybe it's the shape, not the size of the grip.
From: Guy. 3/12
String type and tension: Synthetic gut, 62 lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: Easily the best racket I've picked up in some time. (And I demo rackets with
regularity.) This racket is obviously designed to go head to head with the Babolat Pure Storm (just as
the Juice is intended to take on the Pure Drive). Similar weight, beam, and string pattern. As a former Pure Storm
owner, I can say
unequivocally that the Steam outperforms the Storm in virtually every category. With the Steam I've been able to add
speed to my game (note the lighter swingweight between the two sticks) and this has resulted in
loads more spin and control, and thus confidence in my overall game. With the Steam I was
also able to add an easy (i.e., not forced) 10 mph to my serve. Groundies and volleys both
felt very solid with a very nice flex felt from the racket on contact. While the headsize is listed at 100, this is a "small"
100. That is,
it plays more like a 98 sq. inch head and it never felt bulky like so many 100s I've played with. The beam itself is a joy
to hold (strange as that may sound), much like the one found on the current Wilson Blade. As for the paintjob, I don't
quite get the
disses. I really rather like it, and it's certainly different than the bulk of what's out there.
From: D, 3/12
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Horrible paint job, but serves, return of serves and volleys were great. In fact, I was
surprised at the
amount of pace on serves I could generate. I also agree that this is what the BLX Blade could have been, albeit with a
weight and swing weight. I think I might have found either a replacement for my BAPDGT or, at the very least, a good
From: Srvnvly, 3/12
Comments: Surprising racket... The feeling is, let say, unusual. You can feel it "flex" when hitting the
paintjob is also surprising, not any better than on photos. Maybe worse? That being said, it seems that my game
improved a lot
when playing with this racket. My serves, usually not my strongpoint, were spot on, for both flat and kick. On my
was able to generate lots of topsin and slice, the racquet is precise, easy to swing, good for long heavy balls as well as
angled balls. At volley, not bad, even though that's not where this racket was the most efficient. In a nutshell, I don't
racquet (feeling, look, etc), however it happens to suit my game well (did not lost a single game against opponents that
beat me). Will give it a second shot ...
From: Chris, 3/12
Comments: K Blade 2.0 is what this racquet should be called, yes it's light and sometimes flat shots
don't work, but
the free power and spin potential is way more important, the Steam doesn't make you work hard, and with that you can
more time on placement and not at taking huge swings at the ball. Put some full poly on it and stability increases
greatly, Steam is
a must demo and in my opinion the most under-rated racquet of 2012. In short it is what the Blade 98 BLX should have
From: Michael, 2/12
Comments: This was a very unique session with this frame. I was demo'ing this in a rotation against the
98, Juice and BLX 100 pro staff frame. This frame I had to adjust to a bit since it has a bit more swing weight due to
point. After the second rotation
with the frame I really started to understand what it can do. You can really put some solid
contact and weight on your shots with the frame. The swing weight can add a lot of power
and control with your shot, but at the same time is extremely quick for returning serve. It
also felt comfortable on my serve with a nice solid power feel. From the baseline I can really
get good dwell time on the string bed and get good directional control and power on the
strokes. I especially enjoyed the box frame construction on the frame and the boxiness of
the grip, It was very easy to feel the bevels and make grip adjustments on the fly. A very
good all court type of frame. Didn't have too much time to test it on volleys, but will try on
my next session. An enjoyable play test.
From: Curtis, 2/12
Comments: I tried this racket about a month ago from a pro shop that was given several new 2012
me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the Steam 100 incorporates Wilson's "AmpliFeel" technology in the handle. It's
wouldn't include it, as it would benefit the frame's lack of feel and lack of solidity that Wilson frames are typically
known for. The
Steam 100 also doesn't have Wilson's "PWS" at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock of the hoop. PWS would make a huge difference
since the distinct lightness of the hoop creates instabiblity on mishits and against hard hitters. The frame shape of the
reminds me of the BLX Blades with their sharp and edgy feel in the throat area, combined with a more rounded arch
shape of the
From: Anon, 1/12
Comments: Although, Wilson markets this as Nishikori's racket of choice. Nishikori claims he is using
Steam Pro. Some images of his racket online reveals they are not the same. Well... That aside, I did manage to take
out for demo. Mind you, I took out the BLX Juice, and the new BLX ProStaffs at the same time for the ride. Coming from
player oriented rackets like PS 85, BlX90, and KPS88, this racket is too powerful for me. Found it very easy to maneuver
but I was
batting the fuzzy stuff out of the park. Now after checking my swing to about 40%, the balls landed safely in the court.
Like all BLX
2012 models, the feel is great. Although I prefer the sound feedback of the prostaffs as they are closer to the rackets I
accustomed to. Nevertheless, I would place the Steam in the outer spectrum of new BLX's. As the most powerful and the
maneuver, no surprising given the specs. The older players prone to joint pains would definitely appreciate this new
technology. Being a 40 year old, a two hour match with the PS 85, although sweetest racket that she may be, will cause
all sorts of
aches in my joints for the next 2 days, but with the new BLX amipheel: nothing.
From: Anon, 1/12