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Wilson Ultra 100 V4 Review - Playtest & Model Analysis

Wilson Ultra is Wilson’s power-oriented racket tennis family. Historically, this is the racket for those who want unlimited power and spin in their shots.

While the Wilson Ultra 100 V3 was not a success among players, the brand made some adjustments in this V4 model that promised significant improvements regarding the stability, control and overall feel lacking in its previous iteration.

In this review, we evaluated the Wilson Ultra 100 V4 on different types of shots (groundstrokes, volleys, serves, and returns) and parameters/characteristics, such as power, control, comfort and spin. Along with this, we’ve also evaluated the model based on what distinguishes it from its direct competitors and highlighted what type of playstyle better suits its unique characteristics. 

We also indicate below some alternative models for your consideration.

Let’s get to the Wilson Ultra 100 V4 review.

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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

What sets it apart from its competitors / Main features

Wilson’s Ultra 100 V4 is, by far, one of the best Wilson tennis rackets and one of the best power-oriented tennis rackets on the market. It offers terrific, effortless power that comes along with natural spin that helps keep the ball on the court while hitting those big, powerful groundstrokes.

While this racket is not meant for control, the V4 version represents a significant improvement in this area when compared to its V3 version. For a full-on power-oriented tennis racket, its control is much better than what one would expect.

Again, the improvements Wilson has implemented on this version also positively impacted its play comfort, stability and overall feel.

While this model is not meant for really advanced players (as it happens with all power-oriented models due to their lack of stability), the new Wilson Ultra 100 is a highly manoeuvrable, very fun racket to play with that every recreational player would want to have in their arsenal if they are a fast-paced, high-power type of tennis player.

Wilson Ultra 100 V4 Review - Types of Shots

Groundstrokes

Groundstrokes are Wilson Ultra 100 V4’s major strength. They provide easy access to power and shot depth, a forgiving sweet spot and lots of natural spin.

The perfect tennis racket for a playstyle based on big, powerful groundstrokes that push the opponent to the back of the court and crush their ability to return the ball effectively.

The spin that the Wilson Ultra’s frame lends to your shots helps the ball descend on its trajectory, maintaining it in play and accelerating once it hits the court.

It’s one of the best tennis rackets for hard baseline hitters.

Groundstrokes rate: 9.6 / 10

Volleys

The Wilson Ultra 100 V4 is surprisingly good on volleys. We found it to be highly manoeuvrable and easy to move around.

While it is not the most stable racket, as it is a power-oriented model, it is delightful to play up on the net.

The Ultra V4 is good either on traditional net play or on powerful approach shots- keep in mind that this is not a control-oriented frame and might give in a bit when confronted with big, powerful groundstrokes.

Volleys rate: 8.8 / 10

Serves

Pure, raw power. This is what you can expect from serving with the Ultra 100 V4.

The serves typically lands deep on the service box and with some natural spin, giving the opponent little time to react. If you’re a fan of big, powerful serves, this is definitely your racket. 

When it comes to the second serve, things tend to go less smoothly. As the technique typically deteriorates on the second serve, you have to intentionally apply spin to the ball to prevent it from going past the service box.

Serves Rate: 8.9 / 10

Returns

Returning a ball with a tennis racket like the Wilson Ultra 100 V4 is a different kind of feeling. On one hand, if you typically defend a big shot, you will not like how it returns. It just doesn’t have the weight and stability to do so correctly.

However, if you usually attack this kind of fast-paced ball, the Wilson Ultra 100 is a beast. It is relatively light and easily manoeuvrable so that you can get yourself in position fast. Adding this to the raw power it delivers and the natural spin it provides, you can turn the point in your favour quickly. 

And, since it has a large and forgiving sweet spot, a player with not-so-perfect technique will still be able to return it properly.

It really depends on your playstyle – the Wilson Ultra 100 V4 is meant to be played aggressively. If you don’t, it will simply not suit you. If you do, this is a terrific weapon to have in your arsenal.

Returns Rate: 9.1 / 10

Wilson Ultra 100 V4 Review - Features

Power

As power-oriented tennis rackets go, this is about the best you can have. Raw, unlimited-power. If you have the proper technique to spin the ball and force it to descend, you’ll have a beast of a tennis racket.

We have to warn that this is a racket with tremendous amounts of power. This also means that you’re prone to overhit it past the line if you hit flat shots.

If you have the proper technique or struggle to generate enough power on your own, the Wilson Ultra 100 is the tennis racket for you.

Power Rate: 9.7 / 10

Control

The Wilson Ultra 100 V4 isn’t the racket for a controlled, corner-like approach to tennis. This racket is meant to be used to suffocate your opponents with raw power, either hitting them with a winner they can’t return or forcing them to an error.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t control the ball properly with this racket. From the Wilson Ultra 100 V3 to V4, there were lots of improvements in terms of control and overall feel and comfort of the frame. However, it is still a full-on power-oriented tennis racket and should be treated like such. 

If you have a control, Federer-like approach to tennis, we recommend the Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13. A model like the Wilson Blade 98 V8 might suit you best if you need more control without sacrificing too much power. 

Control Rate: 7.8 / 10

Spin

This model delivers an effortless spin on every shot – which is perfect for a racket with such tremendous power.

And, since it has a forgiving sweet spot, even a not-so-experient player can hit big spun shots without the perfect technique.

Overall, it is a fantastic tennis racket for those who like to channel their inner Rafael Nadal and hit big spun balls.

Spin Rate: 9.2 / 10

Comfort

This is not the most comfortable tennis racket there is. While there have been significant improvements from the Wilson Ultra 100 V3 to V4, it is still a stiff frame.

Those with tennis elbow should shy away from this racket. Something like the Wilson Clash 100 V2 should be a better option for these kind of players.

Comfort Rate: 7.9 / 10

Alternative Models to consider

Head ExtremeHead’s power-oriented frame is more comfortable and has a slightly better feel than the Wilson Ultra 100 V4. While this is still a powerful frame, keep in mind that this added comfort comes at the cost of power. 

Babolat Pure DriveIf you feel the Wilson 100 V4 offers too little control for your taste, the Babolat Pure Drive is a more comfortable and controllable alternative. Again, the increment in control comes at the cost of power.

Our Verdict

The Wilson Ultra 100 V4 is the best Wilson tennis racket for those who like power-oriented rackets and one of the best in the market in its category. 

It provides copious amounts of power and spin and is meant to suffocate your opponent with big shots. While there have been major improvements in terms of control and comfort from the previous iteration of this racket, the Wilson Ultra 100 V4 is still a full-on power-oriented tennis racket.

The Wilson Ultra 100 is meant for players from beginner to intermediate players. Advanced tennis players typically tend to control frames since this kind of tennis racket lacks the stability to face big powerhouse hitters.

If you’re a powerhouse hitter or if you typically find yourself lacking the ability to generate power for yourself, the Wilson Ultra 100 V4 will be the perfect tennis racket for you.

Overall rate: 8.8 / 10

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