Hi everyone. CoachV here to talk about the 2013 Steam 99s.
On October 19th 2012, Wilson invited me to come play test some of their new equipment for 2013.
the new Blades are good. the Blade tour will be great for players who are looking to switch from head prestige pro 93. The Blade tour in my opinion will offer better feel than the head prestige pro versions or classic. if you are a Novack Fan and you like his racquet you will love the Blade 98 with the 16m by 19C racquet with the 360 amplifeel handle technology.
there is a new Juice 100 L ( for light ) more power & lighter.
Now to the 2013 Steam 99s: retail is 219.00 BUY
Head size 99
Strung Weight 11.3 oz / 320 grams
Unstrung 10.7oz / 304 grams
Balance 2 pts HL
String Pattern 16M x 15C
The racquet has 360 Amplifeel handle for more power and Dampening.
I cannot do Refunds. Refunds will cost you $50 in total. so please order Wisely.
the Story of the steam 99s
Ok so I'm sitting there listening to marketing materials. Waiting to get on Court to test the racquet. Wilson explains that they test the RPMs of the ball using a Doppler radar that was designed for golf originally and was transformed to tennis. the Doppler radar accurately counts the RPM for the ball when hit with spin.
Now here comes the fun. the Counter play test racquet was a popular racquet with a player who may or may not be injured with knee problems currently. They gave me that racquet "air bolate" ( hehe) & i got about 2900 RPM with the Counter test racquet. my score of 2900 was higher than everyone there even the other players and coaches who used the steam 99s. Then they gave me the steam 99s and I got a 10% increase in Spin 3190 RPMs. my fastest shot was 85 MPH all forehands steam & air o BABYlatte. Now think... with a 10% increase of spin I was able to hit the ball Higher Deeper with more consistency, How will this help you, just imagine that you get 10% better, how much more can you win.
This racquet will be a major game changer for allot of tennis players male female & Juniors in 2013.
Now what sold me on this racquet isn't the marketing from Wilson, & not me being a Wilson guy. What Sold me was a miss hit that i made with the Steam 99s, that I was able to pull back in on the baseline using the steam 99s.
Ex. or what happened with the miss hit.
I had a shot where i didn't get close enough to the ball. I have a whipping trick that helps me add spin and pull the ball down and in sometimes. However this situation felt like one of those times where the ball will be just out and sail little long and it didn't to my surprise. The ball took a heavy curve down to hit the baseline.
I was thinking WOW i need a Tour version heavy like my Prostaff 90's. Wilson guys said no i cant have one and they will not make one, but i can lead tape it. ;'-( (boo hoo).
I feel that if i can get a 10% percent increase of spin on my ball i will make less errors, if i make less errors I will win more ( now all the Wilson marketing makes sense cause that's their marketing this year lol aka win more )
if you would like to order early or have more questions about how to string the racquet or anything related to the 2013 line ups for Wilson let me know. thanks for your time
PS here are some more news related info about the 99s
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you will like the steam 99s.
I haven't tried the Steam or the Juice. Frankly, I'm very happy with my Babolat PD+'s. I have tried several of the BLX's: The Blade 98, the 6.1 95, the 6.1 90 Pro Staff, and a few others. The only Wilson racquets I've tried that I liked the feel of (other than the wood Jack Kramer), were the Pro Open and the K Factor Kobra Tour (ugly but great feeling racquet).
When my PD+'s die on me, I'll give Wilson another look. I do love the Wilson Tour Vision shoes though. Most comfortable tennis shoes I've ever worn. Perfect hybrid soul design for playing on both hard and clay.
Dude, you should lead one up to 12.1 or more and let me know what happens. :)
Heh, elephant trunk!
Lead up what?
he is talking about leading up the Wilson Steam to 12 oz. to see what it would play like. Zedan though it was the Babolate . but when i get my own steam I will most likely keep it regular
C'mon, get two Steams and lead one up! Time to experiment.
ok im gonna lead 1 up to 12 oz but im gonna put it all in the grip. so i can have a whippier head. or really change the balance to 7 pts head light
When I was a kid, almost all juniors (boys and girls from 12-18), used a 4 1/2 "light," wood racquet. Light was about 12 oz. unstrung.
12 oz for me, 'til the day I die. If I ever go below that, I will be playing racquetball or chess instead. lol
My PD+'s are 330g strung with overgrip and dampener. The extra 1/2 inch gives it more swing weight and stability than the regular PD which are supposed to be the same weight.