Wilson Blade 98S ?

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  1. fuzzyball

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    Is Wilson supposed to introduce a S version of the Blade 98?
     
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  2. monomer

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    My sources tell me that the Blade will get Spin Effect technology in 2014.
     
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  3. mlocke1322

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    Looks like this is coming in a couple months from what I hear.
     
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  4. Devilito

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  5. mlocke1322

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    Haha. Also a new "low friction" poly to go with it. Gauges from 15 to 17 and white or black.
     
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  6. Bartelby

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    Spin effect trend can't last.
     
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  7. YesTennis

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    I have also heard from a sponsored Wilson teaching pro that this racquet will be out soon. He is also part of Wilson/Luxilon's string team and has been reliable in the past.
     
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  8. Devilito

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    it's a natural evolution in response to full poly setups. I'm only surprised it wasn't done sooner.
     
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  9. Ross K

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    Haha... can take my money as well. :)
     
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  10. RetroSpin

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    Just what Wilson needs, five or six new models that largely duplicate existing models.
     
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  11. Devilito

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    what racquet would a 16x15 Blade duplicate exactly?
     
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  12. mlocke1322

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    String pattern is 18x16
     
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  13. Devilito

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    wtf 18 mains.. lame. I'd settle for 16x16
     
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  14. mlocke1322

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    More info:

    Starts shipping in Sept.

    New string is called "Ripspin". Marketed as low friction monofilament that increases spin and extends string life.
     
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  15. Blitzball

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    Yes please. 16x16 pattern in a Blade frame....sounds really interesting.
     
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  16. Chotobaka

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    16x16 would very un-Blade like (sort of the tennis equivalent of very un-Dude). 18x16 would be a very interesting twist while still maintaining the essence of its Bladeness. :)
     
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  17. Devilito

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    why, they already have a 16x19. How is 16x16 that bad for a spin effect series racquet? Maybe they can do 16x15 in their 93sq" frame
     
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  18. Lukhas

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    That would be more interesting in a PS or 93 than in the 98 really. Given how the Steam S series racquets eat strings, it wouldn't make much of a difference in a Blade 98. And that would be un-Blade-like. :)
     
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  19. Ramon

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    I'm definitely going to wait till this racquet comes out before I start doing demos again. This is one that I'm putting on my list. The specs are right where I want them, and I want to see what more spin will do for my game. The 18x16 pattern actually sounds good to me. The reviews on the Steam 99S 16x15 indicate that it's a bit unpredictable, and I heard a lot of comments about it eating up strings.
     
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  20. mpournaras

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    teh steam and the blade have disturbingly similar specs and having a blade 98s and a steam 99s is just diluting their product line. more rackets to go on clearance in a year or so i guess :)

    blade 98 16x19

    98 sqin, 333 sw, 11.2 oz

    Steam 99s

    99 sqin, 331 sw, 11.4 oz
     
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  21. Bartelby

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    An 18x16 pattern may prove interesting, but a 16x15 would not.

    They did an 18x18 a while back but that did not feel unusual.



     
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  22. Bartelby

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    But, in any event, stringing lower may get you the spin you need more cheaply.
     
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  23. Devilito

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    how is stringing lower going to save me the headache of stringing poly crosses? :p
     
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  24. Bartelby

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    I was making a more general comment. I've liked the blade 18/20 so yet another version doesn't appeal to me.
     
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  25. JackB1

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    Are u sure? That makes zero sense to me. We already have a
    16x19 and 18x20 Blade. 18x16?????? WIlson is now just throwing
    darts.
     
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  26. mlocke1322

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    100%. Seen the spec in writing
     
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  27. Chotobaka

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    Hardly -- their current big-spin theory revolves around fewer crosses than mains. Get your shoes and socks off and count.
     
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  28. Tennisspieler

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    Well, supposedly it is the snap-back effect of the main strings that produces the spin. Hence, according to Wilson, reducing the numbers of crosses allows the mains to move more freely and therefore to produce more spin. However, many who tried the 16x15 Steam 99S report having control issues with such an open pattern. Going back to 18 mains and reducing only the number of the crosses appears to be the next logical step. Maybe that's why Wilson has decided to promote the new Wilson Blade 98S choosing the slogan "Spin and Control". We'll see how it works.
     
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  29. D-A-C

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  30. JackB1

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    While the 99s and the Blade98 have similar specs, they play very differently on the court.
     
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