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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?
The racquet was better than I was expecting. I was able to hit through my shots and the spin allowed me to hit harder and with more control. I did have an issue with the strings that came with the Demo but over all very acceptable. My serve became very pronounced and I found myseff haveing to decrease my power which was a great advantage. I did serve more aces and was able to control the court more. My volleys were crisp and on target.
Ziv from NY wrote (May 16, 2015):
gives more power and spin
5 StarsFantastic Spin
Ben from SC wrote (December 30, 2014):
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.
4 StarsWorks as advertised
gixxer917 from wrote (September 25, 2014):
This racquet has tons of spin but does take a few minutes to get the launch angle right. Once you do the ball lands deeps and heavy at the back of the court. I would strongly encourage anyone interested in the 99s to try the Steam 99 LS as I was amazed how stable and maneuverable the 99 LS performed. In fact, the 99 LS may be my next racquest (currently using a BLX Pro Tour and Pro Staff 6.1si before that).
4 StarsProbably the one I'll buy...
Rob from CA wrote (July 20, 2013):
I am getting back into tennis after an extended break and it's time to upgrade my weaponry from my Hyper Hammer 2.0 (that dates me a little) to something a little more modern. I will eventually work my way back to somewhere between a 4.0 and 4.5 and I as I've grown older I am much more of a baseline player than a charge-and-volley type of player. I demoed the Wilson Steam 99 along with a comparable Vokyl and Head. Here's what I liked about the Steam: looked good... felt light in my hand... seemed to give me good spin (especially on slices) and good snap on my serve. There are some dislikes as well. Control wasn't as pinpoint as I would have hoped and off-center hits carry a heavy penalty. I may demo a few more... maybe not. If I were to buy a new racquet tomorrow, it would probably be this one.
5 StarsGreat racket
Daren from Ohio wrote (February 11, 2013):
A great playing racket. Caught me completely off guard. Yes, the spin I believe is more than more conventional rackets but not a huge difference for me compared to my Babolat Aero Pro Drive. The big reason why I bought this racket was that it played so comfortable in comparison to the APD while still offering all the control and maneuverability. Very solid choice for people who play with control and power and want some more pop on their shots.
Mklkly from CT wrote (January 27, 2013):
Just like my k-factor surge with more power and spin.