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Article: Wilson Clash 98 V2 Review

Wilson Clash 98 v2 Review

Wilson Clash 98 V2 Review


For 2022, Wilson retains the signature technology of the 2019 version while improving stability and feel. Players who prefer more head-light feel will love the extra weight in the handle for additional control over the racket head, while the substantial weight of the racket delivers excellent plow-through and depth from all over the court.



Weight unstrung (+/-5g)

310 grams

Head size

98 sq in

Beam width

24 mm

Balance (+/- 5mm)


String pattern

16 x 20


27 in 




New grommet construction provides a consistent, more forgiving string bed response while dramatically increasing the sweet spot. Players with modern and traditional swings will appreciate the horizontal and vertical bending, which increases ball dwell time on the string bed. Torsional bending features proprietary carbon mapping to stabilize frame flexibility on off-center hits, and FORTYFIVE provides the ultimate feel, increasing flexibility and stability. The smaller head size compared to the Clash 100, caters to players who desire more precision.



The v2 delivers a well rounded performance from the baseline. It provides adequate power and the 16x20 string pattern gives plenty of opportunity for flatter shots and more depth. The comfort is excellent, and the weight feels just right for a racket in this category (not too heavy, not too light) Advanced players will be able to make changes to the v2 if they wish, but the racket feels solid from the baseline. Slice and topspin are the highlights here, because of the head size, swing weight, and fast pace of the racket.



The v2 is solid up at the net. The smaller head size adds some extra precision compared to 100 square inch rackets, and the racket will remain stable for a simple volleying game. The unique feel doesn't shine here, with some touch volleys and delicate shots feeling a bit off, but some experimentation with the grip can help with additional feedback. The maneuverability shines here, which is great for reflex volleys or quick situations. 


Serves and Returns

For serves, The Wilson Clash 98 V2 prioritizes control and precision over free power. It's also spin friendly, with nice access to slice and kick serves. The racket rewards good technique offering a nice balance of control, feel, and precision. 

The weight and balance is good for returns. Similarly to the Clash 100, the improved sweet spot is good for off center hits, and the racket does perform well on returns. Stability against big hitters is the main issue here , but players should feel confident stepping into the ball and swinging through with its smaller 98 square inch head size. It also offers more precision than the Clash 100, and the precision is on par with other rackets in its category.


For those

Like the 100, The Wilson Clash 98 V2 is definitely a baseliners racket. All court players may struggle if they are used to free power or control orientated frames. Aggressive baseliners will appreciate the feel, swing weight, and control. Doubles players will like the volleying capabilities and good control. It is well suited for intermediate to advanced players who prefer a 16x20 pattern, more control, comfort, and precision compared to the other rackets in this range!





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