Wilson new Blade 98

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  1. sam_p

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    @dgoran - You may certainly be right, although any similarity in batches would have to be purely coincidence as the proshop orders them direct from Wilson and got this box of them weeks after TW had them for sale
     
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  2. ehtennis

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    New Blades

    I demoed the new Blades and currently play with the Pro Open.

    The 18x20 was 4 grams heavier on the scale than the 16x19. It was also a little less head light. Overall, I liked the 16x19 better. In my experience the 16x19 is more lively and I got better feedback from the ball with it. I felt like the ball was on the strings for a lot longer. The 18x20 felt great too but I found it hard to keep balls deep when I was on defense.

    I have 2 16x19's coming straight from Wilson. I'll report back regarding their weights. My Pro Opens weighed 319 and 327 strung with the same string and same over grip.
     
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  3. Korso

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    Anyone currently using a gut/poly setup in the 18x20? What tensions are working for you? I like full poly alot in this racket but eager to try it out with gut/poly.
     
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  4. skeeter

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    Just got the 18x20 and have Pacific in the mains and MSV Co-Focus in the crosses at 58/54. I've always liked gut/poly in my other racquets so trying it out in the Blade. The Co-Focus seems a little muted in this racquet, so might try something a little more crisp as a cross next time; have Solinco Outlast in another non-Blade racquet and really like it in that one. Tension-wise: while this tension has good control, feels like it could use some more power so might try a little lower next stringing.

    Interested in others experience as well..
     
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  5. Sundan

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    Yes its extended.

    I too playtested this one the other day,it played alot better than i expected.
    Since i have problems with my arm and even slightly in the shoulder this one could be the way to go,due to its 60 flex rating,it played really soft.

    Yes its a bit light but if leaded up to about 320-325 static and SW it should be more in the zone and easily accomplished. Its also 75 dollars cheaper than the 98 :)
     
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  6. dgoran

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    I have vs black mains RPM cross at 55/57 and I hate it...
    This racquet played 10 times better with typhoon or 4g17 gauge
     
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  7. tennisnut123

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    I use the 16x19 in 4 3/8ths grip size, a little bit smaller tho, maybe closer to a quarter due to wilson qc lol...but im using tec black code 1.28 and i feel like the racket is so much easier to use than the previous blade model...but the 18x20 model feels somewhat similar to the kblade98. Was totally different from the first black/gold blx blade, which I felt was a horrendous racket, but thats just an opinion.
     
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  8. KFwinds

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    I bought a gold Blx Blade and a pink Blx Blade one month apart from different shops (one was from TW) and they are only 2 grams apart in weight. They feel pretty much identical on the court, other than the fact that I have multi/poly in one and full multi in the other. Did I get lucky?
     
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  9. neverstopplaying

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    Gut poly is my usual setup but I'm new to the Blade 18x20. 1st string job was VS team/4G ( 52-48 ) CP. Played well but some elbow problems. Went to 50/45 with VS/Beast. Better, but still surprisingly feels a little harsh. Maybe this is what people don't like about the new VS, but I never felt this with my softer P1, or Dunlop 400T, or BC20.

    I bought a 2nd from TW used grade A, that was pre-strung with RPM Blast. Don't know tension but I estimate 45-50. It plays surprisingly soft, but balls are falling a little shorter.

    I'm thinking that the Blade 18x20 may play better with full poly - a softer and medium power co-poly at fairly low tension. I think I've got some Typhoon in my stash.....
     
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  10. parasailing

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    Finally spent enough time hitting with the Blade 16x19 to get the hang of the racquet. It has plenty of power, comfort, and control and serves with this racquet are much better than the PSTGT.

    I will have to go back to the original strings which came with this racquet when I purchased it a few weeks back. I am currently using VS mains and Ltec 4s and it plays a bit tinny compared to VS mains and Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 crosses which plays softer.
     
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  11. ehtennis

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    I'm still waiting on my Blade 98 16x19 frames. Apparently, they are back ordered at Wilson. They are expecting to ship them mid March. It's so hard to wait.
     
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  12. Ross K

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    Don't understand why the 16x19 seems to have had somewhat so-so reviews/feedback. Played with it for the first time on Friday and I thought it was an outstanding frame in terms of being very solid and plush, reliable and big hitting. I think it's a great option for someone wanting some of the characteristics you get with heftier frames whilst keeping in line with more tweener-types. Really impressed here.
     
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  13. Bartelby

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    They review it against the 18/20 and only see the losses and then review other16/19s without any mention of the loss of a tight string pattern.

    The tests choose the wrong comparators.
     
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  14. JackB1

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    I wish it was a little more headlite. Just 2 pts hl makes more a very heavy feeling head of the racquet.
     
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  15. Power Player

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    That's the point.
     
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  16. JackB1

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    I know they added weight in the head to add plow to the light stock weight. But I would prefer a little higher stock weight with more head lite balance.
     
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  17. Chace

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    Maybe try adding a little weight to the handle.
     
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  18. parasailing

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    This is one of the better 11oz racquets out in the marketplace and I do love the 16x19 string pattern. The one thing I noticed about this racquet is that even though it's only 2pts HL, it doesn't feel as sluggish compared to other racquets that fall in the 2pts category.

    I think if you look at the beam compared to other racquets in it's category, it's not very thick in the hoop thus it doesn't swing as sluggish. I did add a bit of lead tape in the handle to make it more HL and that does help.

    After hitting with this racquet for about a month, I noticed that you have to up the string tension just a tad as balls tend to fly out due to the extra power this racquet provides and probably why TW prefers the tighter 18x20 string pattern.
     
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  19. Ross K

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    How much lead did you tail-weight it with? What balance after that?
     
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  20. parasailing

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    I add about .2oz of lead to bring it closer to 4pts HL. I am wondering if maybe the 18x20 would be better to keep balls from flying out but I really don't like stringing up 18x20 string patterns.
     
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  21. zaskar1

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    blx blade 98 cinvert

    i tried out the blx blade 98s, as a few of my friends have started using
    this racquet, and it is very popular at our club.
    i am an all court player, tend to play mainly doubles, but
    can and do enjoy playing singles

    at the advice of the LTS, he told me the black new ones are the same except for the damping material in the handle, i bought 2 new "pink" blx blade 98s
    as i want more "feel" and less damping. btw, the 2 pink ones cost less
    than one new black one, even factoring the string.

    strung with poly/hybrid of rpm blast/nxt and tour status (rpm eq)/nxt
    at 52/56 and 54/58.

    i found that i need to stroke the ball a little more than i did with my prince
    racquets, but had to get use to the dense string bed and more oblong head
    shape vs the more circular shape of the prince.
    with the tour status string, i get a little more feel on the shots, so i probably
    will cut out the rpm blast string job, and go with the livelier string
    with my stroke i get more than enough power, so the 18x20 stringbed should
    work out great for me.

    i like this racquet so much, that i just bought a gold/black one to give me 3

    so far, i think that this is a great racquet!

    z
     
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  22. zaskar1

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    18x20

    the only thing i noticed about 18x20 is that it takes more string
    than 16x19, and it takes longer to string up
    other than that, what is the problem with stringing up 18x20

    i do hybrid, not full bed, so i use 2 lengths of string
    i would imagine if you do full bed, it takes a long time to pull thru
    the longer end

    z
     
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  23. Shangri La

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    When tensioning the last mains on my dropweight, I needed to extend them as half set of Pacific gut wasn't long enough.
     
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  24. Tahsin1982

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    I just got the blade 98 today and I totally agree with you. My old Blx 98 gold felt a lot of more powerful and stiff and clunky and this new blade is way more flexible and easier to swing. the beam also I noticed is a bit thinner. I mean the two rackets really swngs and plays a lot different than I expected it!
     
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  25. SCRAP IRON

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    Forget the Blade 98 and get the new Blade 98 "Spin Effect." It is considerably better in most aspects.
     
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