There's certainly one thing all our playtesters agreed on about the Burn FST 99 -- it swings fast! We were able to generate tons of racket speed on all of our shots and easily get the racket around our bodies and in position against hard hitting opponents. There was also a surprising level of comfort given its fairly high stiffness rating (72 RA). The thin beam allowed the racket to flex in the right places and absorb much of the unwanted shock from violent collisions with the ball. However, our playtesters were pretty mixed when it came to the other attributes of the racket. Some testers found it powerful, while others found it low powered. Some testers liked the dampened feel while others struggled to feel connected to the ball. If you're a fast-swinging player with a modern game who wants a racket that's comfortable and forgiving, this is worth a test drive!
There were mixed emotions about the Burn FST 99 when it came to hitting groundstrokes. Some of our playtesters found there to be easy power while others struggled to generate pace. Some testers thought the racket had good control while others found it difficult to locate their shots consistently. We all agreed this racket swung fast! It’s aerodynamic beam shape and head light balance made it very easy to whip around the body quickly and generate lots of racket head speed. The feel was also quite dampened and comfortable -- surprisingly so given its high stiffness rating (72 RA).
There were more mixed feelings about the Burn FST 99 as our testers approached the net with it. A couple of our testers found the racket to be very easy to use, forgiving and manoeuvrable, which allowed them to feel very dialed in on their volleys and overheads. The other testers, however, complained that the racket lacked precision, feel and/or stability.
For the most part our playtesters struggled to generate enough power and spin with the Burn FST 99 when serving. Racket head speed was easy to come by, but it tough to get enough pace on the ball to get it moving effectively through the court with the lack of mass in the hoop of the racket. Most of the team found there to be good control, which allowed them to hit their spots consistently and use placement as a weapon on their service games.
Our playtesters fared a bit better when returning serves with the Burn FST 99. The manoeuvrability and forgiveness that it offered made it easy to get the racket around the body quickly and catch up to harder hit serves from our opponents. When given pace to work we were able to use it and redirect our returns effectively to the corners of the court, but we struggled to generate pace at times when we were combating softer serves.
Chris- "I liked the spin, power, comfort and fast feel. "
Jason- "Very control oriented. Responsive feel. "
Brittany- "The racket had good control, stability and manoeuvrability. "
Andy- "Great manoeuvrability, surprisingly comfortable and solid despite its thin beam and high stiffness. "
Chris- "Not as solid on my backhand slice as my regular racket. "
Jason- "Underpowered and tended to get pushed around. "
Brittany- "It was a little bit too low powered for me. "
Andy- "Not enough control, spin or feel to allow me to get totally dialed in. "
Chris- "The Prince Textreme Warrior 100, Volkl Super G 8 315g, Tecnifibre TFlash 315 Dynacore ATP and the Babolat Pure Drive are all comparable to this racket. While the level of feel and comfort is unique to each, my ability to generate pace, spin and accuracy remains pretty close with all of them. "
Jason- "It plays like the Volkl Super G 9, but the Burn FST 99 has a bit more feel. "
Brittany- "Both the Burn FST 99 and 99S were manoeuvrable with good access to spin. I liked the Burn FST 99 a lot more than the old Burn 100 since I found it more comfortable and controllable. Both rackets were similar in terms of stability. "
Andy- "The two rackets that the Burn FST 99 reminded of were the Prince Tour 100 18x20 and Babolat Pure Strike 16x19. The Tour 100 because of the comfortable, dampened feel and shape of the racket head and the Pure Strike because of the surprising power and modern feel. This is definitely an interesting racket, but I'm not sure where it sits in the Wilson racket line or what type of player it would appeal to. "
Chris: 4.5 all-court player currently using the Baboalt Pure Drive Tour. Chris uses a full-western forehand grip, has a fast swing style and hits a one-handed backhand.
Jason: 4.0 baseliner with a semi-western forehand and two-handed backhand. Currently using a Yonex EZONE Ai 100.
Brittany: Open level player with a semi-western forehand and a two-handed backhand. She currently plays with the Yonex EZONE Ai 100.
Andy: Open level all court player with a semi-western forehand grip and a two handed backhand. Andy currently using a Yonex EZONE DR 98.