Wilson Blade 98s 18x16

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  1. pepka

    pepka Semi-Pro

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    How much string do i need for mains and crosses? (2 piece job). TIA
     
  2. c_wright4

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    If I break strings very often as it is, do you think this would be a bad racquet choice?
     
  3. PhotoBlue

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    Yes. When I first got this racquet I used a hybrid of 4G mains and sensation crosses. I would break a string every time I played with it. Now I'm using full rip spin 17G, it lasts 10 hours or so.
     
  4. PhotoBlue

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    If you are doing hybrid and DO NOT have reels, measure out 10 racquet lengths for mains, and half a set for crosses. You won't be able to use the other half of the main strings, because it will be too short.
     
  5. pepka

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    Well, i cut the set in half (for the mains) and my guy strung it today just fine :).
     
  6. PhotoBlue

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    Huh. Really? I used to use the pro staff 95 and I cut sets in half with that and it worked fine. But I tried to cut a set in half for the mains and it was too short with my 98 S.
     
  7. PhotoBlue

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    I was using Lux 4G at the time btw. But I'm pretty sure all lengths are the same no matter the brand.
     
  8. cocarrot

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    Can anyone compare Blade 98s to V1 Pro? Are these similar sticks in terms of power, control and stability? What about sweetspot size and comfort overall? I am currently playtesting V1 Pro and suppose that Blade 98s might have similar qualities in more user-friendly package. I would appreciate some feedback.
     
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  9. shogun90

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    I tried a 98S with TW leather grip and OG this past weekend and really enjoyed the additional spin this provided. Got some good dippers when I was expecting the groundstrokes to go long. I was able to generate decent power on serves. The only issue I really had was some wrist pain I felt during and after playing 1.5 hours of 3.5 level singles. I didn't feel this type of pain when using a 2012 Pure Drive, Pro Staff 95S, or the yellow Prince Rebel 95. I strung the racquet with Pro's Pro Lethal 5 mains (53#) and Pro's Pro Nano Vendetta crosses (55#). Anyone else experience wrist or arm pain?
     
  10. JackB1

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    Tried the new Blade 98s today. You definitely need to play a certain way to benefit from these SPIN racquets. The TW review was right on, where they said that flat shots can sail on you. I experienced this many times. The ball just trampolines off the stringbed and flies. On the other hand, when brushing up the ball, it works great. You have to watch that you don't drive through your shots too much or you will have a hard time controlling your depth. On a positive note, it was very easy hit deep groundies with very minimal effort required. The racquet also felt very weighty in the head and when I balanced it on the edge of my hand right in the middle, it tipped slightly towards the head.

    The racquet felt very comfortable and these open patterns really add a lot of comfort to a full poly stringbed. The swingweight felt prett substantial even though the static weight is light. I would like to try it with some weight on the handle to bring down that head heavy feeling some.

    Anyway, nice racquet if it fits your style, but it doesn't fit mine.
     
  11. shogun90

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    Anyone have a string recommendation for better volleying? I am currently using Pro's Pro Intense Heat 1.30 at 55#, but I find my volleys still floating a bit long. I mainly play doubles and love the racquet for everything except volleys.
     
  12. PeterFig

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    I would probably go with some lower powered but control oriented (spin friendly poly's)... two to try (and both under $10/set) are:

    • Wilson Revolve (new string ... of course I'm a bit biased here but this one works great in the Spin Effect racquets)
    • Volkl Cyclone (a favorite of many)
     
  13. courtking

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    Anyone has played with the PS97LS and the new Blade 98S?? My 8 year old son is playing really well with PS97LS that customized with 5g lead @12 and 5g silicon in the butt.. but looking at the specs of the new blade 98s it has more power, spin as well as softer on the arm with the round butt cap 295g unstrung that would be awesome specs..
     
  14. Rambo90

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    i play flat and no problem with it, need to find correct string e and tension

    revole 1.30/1.35 and 55lbs or luxilon 4g soft 50lbs, you can hit flat without problem

    very nice racket
     
  15. Rambo90

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    i own both

    i prefer blade98s, but it is a personal preference
     
  16. atatu

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    I've had my new 98S about three weeks now and have played several sets with it. I like this frame a lot from the baseline and I do notice a bit more spin off both wings. It also serves pretty well, I get a bit more pop than I do with my 95S and kick serves are effective. At this point I can't say that I volley really well with this racket and I do notice a bit of instability from time to time. I put a leather grip on and I may add some lead at 3 and 9 as well. Right now the plan is to order the Blade 16x19 and then decide between the two of them.
     

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