The Wilson Steam 99S is an all new specification for 2013, offering a versatile, very spin friendly 16x15 open string pattern that appeals to a wide array of players. Spin Effect Technology permits additional string movement, increasing the RPM of every shot! 24/22mm tapered beam design, spin oriented 16x15 string pattern, 11.3 oz. strung weight, and 99 square inch head for forgiveness. Continued use of Basalt fiber (BLX) technology for improved frame feedback, continuing to feature classic feel in the same tradition as the previous-generation BLX models. Ideal for the intermediate to advanced player who prefers a nice blend of pop but with the added spin and control from this new string pattern.
For Optimal String Performance Wilson Recommends:
Spin:Wilson Luxilon 4G
Durability:Wilson Luxilon 4G S
Headsize: 99 sq. in.
Length: 27.00 in.
Weight (strung): 11.30 oz.
Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 68
Balance: 13.20 in. Head Light
Cross Section: 24/22mm Tapered Beam
Swingweight: 331 kg*sq. cm
String Pattern: 16x15
Grip: Wilson Sublime
Wilson Steam 99S (16x15) Play Tester: Chico WPositives:Spin in outstanding, if you already have a spin style of gameNegatives:
Not much advantage for people with one handed backhand
Not great for people with a flat swing style
Overall racquet performance?
Great spin for all players, but better for those with heavy rotation in their shots
Is this a good update to previous model?
Any major things that stand out on this frame?
New amplifeel handle gives you real feedback
What player level would you suggest for this frame?
Younger players who were trained with heavy topspin will fall in love with this racquet.
Would you purchase this racquet?
No, I have mostly flat strokes which doesn’t work that great with this racquet.
What other racquets on the market that might play similar?
This racket provides increased spin with proper strokes and is an awesome racket! It caused me elbow problems at first, but after I changed my strings and lowered the tension, the pain went away. The open string pattern wares down the strings way faster than normal in my hybrid (popping the polys on the main within two to three weeks). Awesome racket with tons of spin potential!
4 Starswilson 99s
DAVID MASKELL from MD wrote (October 18, 2014):
Nice spin exspecially when strung with a poly.Strings tend to move alot so you must constantly move them back into position.Serves are nice down the middle,its has helped my kick serve to add side.Volleys can be trickey so youll need to slice more for depth.Over all a for me its a game changer.
Mklkly from CT wrote (January 27, 2013):
Just like my k-factor surge with more power and spin.