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Totoro 07-10-2013 12:43 PM

Wilson Blade 98s 18x16
There's a demo/play day from 12-2pm at Edgewater Park (Saturday, July 13th)
If you'd like to try it out!

Totoro 07-10-2013 12:46 PM


Yaz 07-10-2013 01:33 PM

The Edgewater Park in Foster City?

Totoro 07-10-2013 02:27 PM

Yes it is. Foster City, CA. Is that you Yazu? This is Regan

JackB1 07-10-2013 03:00 PM

I don't understand an 18x16 pattern???
Is that more open than 16x19? Its 3 less crosses,
but 2 MORE mains. I dont get it :)

Yaz 07-10-2013 03:36 PM


Originally Posted by Totoro (Post 7582912)
Yes it is. Foster City, CA. Is that you Yazu? This is Regan

Nope not Yasu, but I know him

esgee48 07-10-2013 04:07 PM

Fewer crosses may be to let the mains move and snap back more (if you believe TWU.)

Blades had 18 mains before the advent of the 2nd model with 16 mains. :twisted:

zapvor 07-10-2013 04:33 PM

yea its wilsons own research results

Doctor of Tennis 07-10-2013 04:56 PM

is this the successor to the Steam 99S/105S?

When and where can we actually get one?

zapvor 07-10-2013 04:58 PM

no its the newest to the blade collection. i believe someone said 4Q 2013

Blitzball 07-10-2013 05:14 PM

My god. Give me that racquet.

Bartelby 07-10-2013 05:23 PM

It's ten grams lighter than a normal Blade.

Devilito 07-10-2013 05:28 PM

waiting on the Prince. Was hyped about 16x15 or 16x16... 18x16, not so much

ChicagoJack 07-10-2013 05:32 PM

Kewl ....

This is the racquet I was day dreaming about a year and a half ago, way back in Jan of 2012. Many months before the 16x15 99s was released. It seemed like a crazy out of the box idea at the time and, and I had to explain the concept at length:


Originally Posted by ChicagoJack (Post 6249371)
pvaudio -

Yeah, I'm pondering a new type of frame drilling pattern. Wondering why in most typical drilling patterns (14x18, 16x18, 16x19, 18x20) there are more crosses than mains. I'm wondering about that, in the way a five year old wonders why the sky is blue. Like, how come? Is there some inherent advantage to having more crosses than mains? Or is this convention just sailing out in that direction because the boat has always been pointed that way.

If you reduced the number of crosses significantly, you'd have the main strings sliding more freely. We've all seen and discussed at length the relationship between spin and inter-string friction.

In that same hypothetical string bed, if you increased the number of mains, my minds eye envisions a more even, consistent response on impact from the entire string bed. Many equate a consistent, predictable string bed response with control.

Perhaps increasing the number of mains might also multiply the incremental amount of spin generated when the mains snap back.

I dunno, just thinking out loud here.


Bartelby 07-10-2013 05:34 PM

If it's the fewer crosses that are the benefit, then 18x16 seems a good way to go.

Doctor of Tennis 07-10-2013 05:37 PM

If this racquet has the crazy amount of spin like the current 99S/105S it would awesome!

Can't wait to get my hands on it!

ChicagoJack 07-10-2013 05:44 PM

I see the mass and balance specs in the throat, anybody has swingweight and flex?

zapvor 07-10-2013 07:27 PM

so you work for wilson;)

hersito 07-10-2013 07:31 PM

and wilson ripspin is a new string?

ChicagoJack 07-10-2013 07:57 PM


Originally Posted by zapvor (Post 7583403)
so you work for wilson;)

Nah, but being that Chicago is the corporate HQ, I know lots of guys who do. But I do wish I had put a patent on that idea... ha ha

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