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The 5 Best Wilson Tennis Rackets

Wilson is one of the most renowned tennis brands in the world. After more than one century of existence, this historical brand’s continual technological development makes them a staple on some of the finest tennis equipment on the market, like the mytical Wilson Baiardo stringing machine and the Wilson US Open tennis balls.

To attest to their ability to produce outstanding tennis rackets are some of the best tennis players that use and endorse their equipment, like Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Simona Halep, to name a few.

But with so many different models and product lines, how do you know which Wilson tennis racket is best for you? 

Do not worry, we have you covered.

Below you’ll find our selection of the 5 best Wilson tennis rackets, their pros and cons, and how they differentiate from their competitors, along with an exhaustive comparison of Wilson’s racket families and recommendations on how to choose a Wilson tennis racket based on your personal playstyle and skill level.

Let’s get to it.

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The Best Wilson Tennis rackets

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Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13

The best of the test

4.9/5
Wilson Pro Staff 97

The Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13 is one of the industry’s most reputable and known tennis rackets for all the right reasons.

Our expert testers unanimously rated it as the best Wilson tennis racket.

While it is not for every player, it does possess some excellent features that make it unparalleled for control-oriented players.

As the name implies, it features a 97 sq. in (625.81 sq. cm) head and weighs 11.7 oz (332g) when strung – clearly a control-oriented model. Its small frame and relatively high weight make it more suitable for advanced players who already have their hitting technique on point.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

Its controllability is unparalleled in the market and provides an excellent comfortable feeling when hitting. Control-oriented tennis rackets are typically not very comfortable due to their stiffness and added weight – except for the Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13. Our testers found it highly comfortable and maneuverable, even rivaling power-oriented tennis rackets on this point.

It played perfectly on all-court, delivered spin effortlessly, and excelled in baseline strokes and volleys.

The only downside of this model is that you must intentionally apply speed to deliver those fast groundstrokes, but this is expected from a control-oriented tennis racket. If it weren’t like this, you would see everyone playing with the Pro Staff 97 V13.

An absolute delight of a tennis racket and one that is meant to satisfy even the more demanding and experienced players.

Check our full Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13 review.

Key Performance Indicators / Specs:

  • Head size: 97 sq. in / 626 sq. cm
  • Length: 27 in / 68.6 cm
  • String Pattern: 16×19
  • Weight (unstrung): 11.11 oz / 315 g
  • Swingweight: 321 kg / cm2

Pros

  • Incredible control
  • Comfortable feel 
  • Easy maneuverability 
  • Easy to apply spin

Cons

  • Difficult to achieve massive power hits

Wilson Blade 98 V8

Best all-round model

4.7/5
wilson blade 98

The Wilson Blade 98 V8 is Wilson’s all-around racket model by excellence. 

While Blade models focus more on control, the Blade 98 V8 adds more power and stability to your shots than the standard Blade tennis racket – and they’ve done an excellent job at it.

Our expert testers classified the Blade 98 V8 as the racket with the perfect combination of control, spin, and power, thanks to its FORTYFIVE technology, adding the stability and power lacking in previous iterations of this model. If you’re an intermediate or advanced player looking for an all-around tennis racket, look no further – you’ll undoubtedly enjoy Blade 98 V8’s versatility.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

While players typically have to find the balance between control and power in their tennis racket’s setup, which usually means sacrificing one for the other, the Blade 98 V8 balances this out perfectly. 

While purists might argue that it lacks power or control, we disagree. Tennis is a complex game, and a racket should allow you to hit all types of shots with sufficient power and control – and this all-around model has it all. 

One of the best tennis rackets on the market. 

Check our complete Wilson Blade 98 V8 review.

Key Performance Indicators / Specs:

  • Head size: 98 sq. in / 632 sq. cm
  • Length: 27 in / 68.6 cm
  • String Pattern: 16×19
  • Weight (unstrung): 10.76 oz / 305 g
  • Swingweight: 320 kg / cm2

Pros

  • Amazing all-round model
  • Great control, spin, and power
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • None

Wilson ultra 100 V4

Best tennis racket for power and spin

4.7/5
wilson ultra 100

The Wilson Ultra racket family is Wilson’s power-oriented tennis racket. If you are a fan of powerful groundstrokes and serves, this is the tennis racket for you. 

While the frame feels slightly stiff, it feels substantially softer and more comfortable than its predecessor, Wilson Ultra 100 V3 – mainly due to the introduction of the FORTYFIVE technology. Still, those with sensitive elbows should be careful with their setup to ease some of the pressure it holds on your arms.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

The Wilson Ultra 100 V4’s power and spin abilities are off the charts.

If you are a baseline player that likes to hit powerful strikes that drop your opponent on their knees, look no further. This is one of the best tennis rackets for power available today. Please be advised that if you have elbow problems, this might not be the ideal racket for you.

Check our complete Wilson Ultra 100 V4 review.

Key Performance Indicators / Specs:

  • Head size: 100 sq. in / 645 sq. cm
  • Length: 27 in / 68.58 cm
  • String Pattern: 16×19
  • Weight (unstrung): 10.58 oz / 300 g
  • Swingweight: 317 kg / cm2

Pros

  • Effortless power
  • Amazing speed
  • Good control for a power-oriented model

Cons

  • None

Wilson Clash 100 V2

Unique model for a broad set of players

4.4/5
wilson clash 100

The Wilson Clash 100 V2 is a unique model. It was developed to be an all-around model and to appeal to a broad audience.

It is a strange tennis racket compared to other models in the market: it’s comfortable to play with, easy to generate power (even though it’s light), and doesn’t disappoint in controlling the ball. However, it lacks stability, especially in volleys.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

The Wilson Clash 100 V2 is different from anything else on the market. Some hate it, some love it (this was the case with our team of testers). This is one of those rackets you have to try for yourself to see if it fits you.

It provides a nice mix of everything: an excellent ability to control the ball, easiness to generate power without it being overpowered, and comfortable to play with. It excels on serves (it seems that the racket moves and hits how it’s supposed to, organically).

The downside is that it lacks a bit of stability – this can be felt more intensely if you play against powerful baseline players.

Check our complete Wilson Clash 100 V2 review.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Head size: 100 sq. in / 645 sq. cm
  • Length: 27 in / 68.58 cm
  • String Pattern: 16×19
  • Weight (unstrung): 10.41 oz / 295 g
  • Swingweight: 313 kg / cm2

Pros

  • Amazing serves
  • Good control
  • Easy to generate power
  • Comfortable to play with

Cons

  • Lacks stability

Wilson Burn 100LS V4

Best tennis racket for spin

4.3/5
wilson burn 100

The Wilson Burn 100 LS V4 is all about speed and spin. This very lightweight model is competent in all aspects of the game.

Due to its weight, we do not recommend it to advanced players. Still, it is the perfect racket for those transitioning from beginner to intermediate and wanting a tennis racket that offers more polyvalence and power.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

The Wilson Burn 100LS V4 has a different string pattern than the other rackets in this article have to offer – its 18×16 string pattern is specially designed to favor spin, which is an exciting feature.

This racket is very comfortable and fairly competent at all aspects of the game – perfect for those who are perfecting their form and want a maneuverable tennis racket, easy to play with, and offers lots of power and spin.



Key Performance Indicators:

  • Head size: 100 sq. in / 645 sq. cm
  • Length: 27 in / 68.58 cm
  • String Pattern: 18×16
  • Weight (unstrung): 9.9 oz / 280 g
  • Swingweight: 314 kg / cm2

Pros

  • Excellent spin
  • Great all-rounder
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Requires you to be careful with spin when serving

wilson Racket Lines Explained

Blade

The Wilson Blade is one of the most famous tennis rackets in the world. Endorsed by some elite tennis players, like Serena Williams, it is a balanced tennis racket that tends to the control side.

It provides a fantastic feel and feedback, and it is relatively easy to generate topspin due to the weight distribution on the head of the racket.

Another highlight of this racket is that it is very comfortable to play with, and it is even recommended to players that suffer from tennis elbow.

As with all tennis rackets focused on control and precision, we do not recommend it to beginners since the sweet spot is small and is not the easiest racket to generate power with. 

However, if you’re looking for an all-around, well-balanced tennis racket and your technique is good, the Wilson Blade is one of the best in the market.

Clash

The Wilson Clash is Wilson’s most balanced tennis racket line, with the perfect combination of power and control. Launched in 2019, this tennis racket is meant to provide an option for those who want a stable and comfortable all-rounder. 

The Wilson Clash is forgiving and has a very flexible frame, making it highly comfortable and easy to play. 

We recommend this racket to intermediate players. While beginners might struggle with power, advanced players might struggle with stability. But, for the 90% of tennis players in between, the Clash is an excellent balanced and comfortable tennis racket.

Pro Staff

The Wilson Pro Staff is Wilson’s control-oriented tennis racket family by excellence. 

The Pro Staff tennis rackets are legendary in the tennis world and for good reasons. The list of professional tennis players that endorsed Pro Staff tennis rackets over the years is extraordinary – Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, to name a few. Wilson states that 117 Grand Slam titles have been won with Pro Staff tennis rackets over the years.

We recommend Pro Staff tennis rackets to intermediate to advanced tennis players. Since they are made with control and precision in mind, you have to employ a good hitting technique to generate power. 

To achieve the extraordinary control and precision they do, Pro Staff frames are made with Kevlar and braided graphite, resulting in excellent feedback and stability, but they have small heads and sweet spots – due to this, they are not forgiving tennis rackets.

If control and precision are what you’re after, the legendary Pro Staff tennis rackets will do the job better than any other model in the market.

Ultra

The Ultra is Wilson’s tennis racket family, primarily focused on powerful groundstrokes. They are engineered to achieve the maximum power and spin in your shots – ideal if you like to play on the baseline and force your opponent to an error with fast-paced shots.

The Wilson Ultra’s tennis rackets are known for their mid to large heads and low total racket weight to achieve high maneuverability rates and large sweet spots. Due to these factors, they are known to be forgiving if your hitting technique is imperfect.

We advise the Wilson Ultra’s tennis rackets for beginner to intermediate tennis players. While they are extremely fun to play with, they lack the stability to play at the speeds that professional players do, especially on fast-paced returns and volleys. However, if you do not play at a semi-professional level and like to hit big, powerful groundstrokes, the Wilson Ultra should be highly satisfying to play with.

Burn

The Wilson’s Burn racket family is similar to the Ultra but even more aggressive. Think of it as a power-oriented racket on steroids – thicker frames, more stiffness, even more power, and spin.

However, Ultra’s downsides are even more exacerbated on this racket line – lack of stability and control are its main flaws. 

Since the Ultra family has taken the position as Wilson’s power-oriented tennis rackets and the brand hasn’t developed the Burn family in the last few years, it is rumored in the tennis world that this line will be discontinued or revamped. But it is still around. Consider it only for a particular type of playstyle – a very dominating one from the baseline.

How to choose a Wilson tennis racket by Playstyle and Skill Level

Beginner or Kid

Since a beginner or a kid is just starting, he needs a forgiving racket in the hitting technique to learn how to position himself and the range and timings of the motion. 

This category requires a very light racket, so he can maneuver it easily, reduce the strain on the elbows and shoulder and learn the right timing to hit the ball without lifting a heavy racket. When these timings are properly learned, the student might progress to something heavier for its added stability.

Another consideration is the head size. Since these players are still learning where to hit the ball, one should look for a large head size, meaning that the sweet spot will be larger and, therefore, more forgiving to positioning and timing errors. Another added benefit of larger frames is that they generate more power, making it easier for beginners to hit deep shots that would be impossible for them to shoot with smaller frames and incorrect technique. This will ensure they can still hit the ball semi-properly (and have fun with their tennis – ultimately the most important thing) while learning the proper technique.

Intermediate

This segment has already learned the fundamentals of the hitting technique and is likely struggling with shot precision, overall stability, and generating power. It is time to increase the racket’s weight. This will also help to keep up with faster-paced opponents since it will help you generate additional power in your shots.

If the player is more control-oriented, a smaller frame will help with shot precision and accuracy at the sacrifice of power. If the player likes to hit those power shots with lots of spin, we advise maintaining the large frame size in your racket choice.

Advanced

Advanced and experienced tennis players typically play with heavier rackets because of the movement stability they provide and to withstand powerful shots from fast-paced opponents. A heavier racket can also generate more power when their hitting technique is on-point.

Regarding frame size, it’s really a matter of preference and a trade-off between power and control. While oversized frames are rarely used at a professional level due to the lack of control, they provide, a small frame can make it hard to generate a lot of power. 

Our recommendation would be to try different frame sizes and check for yourself which ones you prefer. If you’re a control-oriented player, you might enjoy a small frame. A large frame might suit you best if you’re a hard hitter.

Baseliner

A heavy baseline hitter player needs to generate a lot of power. The fastest forehand ever recorded reached 124 mph (199 kph), so these are the kind of speeds we are talking about. 

A proper baseliner will need a racket that’s on the heavier side so that the racket itself helps generate power. A large frame is a must for this kind of player.

Control-Oriented

Control-oriented players, like Roger Federer, are a special kind of player. Their technique must be near-perfect to hit the ball. 

A precision-oriented player needs a small frame to control their shots – meaning that the sweet spot is really small – so it means that either the ball gets delivered to the line or the next court, there is no in-between.

However, a control-oriented player with proper technique is a real menace – I’ll take on a heavy baseliner over a good, controlled player every day.

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