2019 Wilson Blade

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
Just had a hit with both the 16x19 and 18x20. Definite improvement over the CV but 2015 version still reign supreme. I don’t know what it is, but Wilson has taken the fun out of the Blade ever since they introduced CV and it hasn’t quite recovered since. Still muted and more sluggish than the 2015 version. The blade has now become an overall good and comfortable racquet but doesn’t really stand out at anything. It’s just become kinda meh.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Just had a hit with both the 16x19 and 18x20. Definite improvement over the CV but 2015 version still reign supreme. I don’t know what it is, but Wilson has taken the fun out of the Blade ever since they introduced CV and it hasn’t quite recovered since. Still muted and more sluggish than the 2015 version. The blade has now become an overall good and comfortable racquet but doesn’t really stand out at anything. It’s just become kinda meh.
Based on your review record aligned with what I like, I have a feeling this frame will be perfect for me. Lol. Muted = classic feel. Sluggish = higher Sw. Can’t wait.
 

parasailing

Hall of Fame
Just had a hit with both the 16x19 and 18x20. Definite improvement over the CV but 2015 version still reign supreme. I don’t know what it is, but Wilson has taken the fun out of the Blade ever since they introduced CV and it hasn’t quite recovered since. Still muted and more sluggish than the 2015 version. The blade has now become an overall good and comfortable racquet but doesn’t really stand out at anything. It’s just become kinda meh.
Do you know if the racquets you received are the same spec'd as the 2015?
 

macguyvur

Rookie
Gravity Pro is really good but it’s sluggish. Feels like it’s weighed down by...gravity. Lol

Would love to get my hands on a Gravity Tour to try.
Interesting. Have you hit the gravity MP? I’m hitting it weighted up to 12 ounces, 7pt headlight, A few grams in the hoop, most weight in the handle with a heat shrink sleeve and leather grip.

I’d be very curious to hear a comparison to 16x19 blade v7!
 
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macguyvur

Rookie
I was able to play with the new v.7 18x20 for about 1,5 hours earlier and my impression of the racket is still extremely positive. It was strung with Wilson Sensation at about 55#. It's really a modern Blade. Soft yet crispy, easier to use than the CV, with all the characteristics of the name Blade aka precision, spin, and plow through. Wilson didn't reinvent the wheel here and I couldn't be happier with what they have done with the v.7 Blade.
Wow. This is very encouraging for the v7!
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Interesting. Have you hit the gravity MP? I’m hitting it weighted up to 12 ounces, 7pt headlight, A few grams in the hoop, most weight in the handle with a heat shrink sleeve and leather grip.

I’d be very curious to hear a comparison to 16x19 blade v7!
No, I haven’t hit with the gravity mp.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Mine came in right on spec - 305. Have to love that luck. Swingweight feels nice and beefy, I have it strung at 45#s with RS Lyon. It definitely feels plush off the bounce to me. Compares rather well to my PT280, in fact it is so close that I can’t tell a huge difference, but that will be more apparent when I hit with it later.

Only trick to this thing (its super easy to string besides this) is tying off the last cross. I am not sure where to tie it off because it is right at the intersection of the cross and main and there is no room for a knot unless you go past the main tie around the cross. Interested in how some of you navigate this, I just tied it off a cross lower but the knot pushes the main a little out of line..nothing crazy but I didn’t expect that challenge.

This pattern is really tight, I am looking forward to hitting with it. Feels fantastic so far and looks good. The grey on the sides is not really needed, but if thats the only price to pay for amazing feel in a Blade - no problem.
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
Mine came in right on spec - 305. Have to love that luck. Swingweight feels nice and beefy, I have it strung at 45#s with RS Lyon. It definitely feels plush off the bounce to me. Compares rather well to my PT280, in fact it is so close that I can’t tell a huge difference, but that will be more apparent when I hit with it later.

Only trick to this thing (its super easy to string besides this) is tying off the last cross. I am not sure where to tie it off because it is right at the intersection of the cross and main and there is no room for a knot unless you go past the main tie around the cross. Interested in how some of you navigate this, I just tied it off a cross lower but the knot pushes the main a little out of line..nothing crazy but I didn’t expect that challenge.

This pattern is really tight, I am looking forward to hitting with it. Feels fantastic so far and looks good. The grey on the sides is not really needed, but if thats the only price to pay for amazing feel in a Blade - no problem.
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Looking forward to seeing your results.
 

FedGR

Semi-Pro
QC is on point. Measured 9 rackets, 6 were exactly 316 gr, 2 were 318 gr and 1 was 315 gr. That is with the info sheet and the plastic in the handle that weigh about 10 grams. Good job Wilson!

I wasn't able to measure balance though.
 

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
QC is on point. Measured 9 rackets, 6 were exactly 316 gr, 2 were 318 gr and 1 was 315 gr. That is with the info sheet and the plastic in the handle that weigh about 10 grams. Good job Wilson!

I wasn't able to measure balance though.
Balance is more important than static weight. It has the most impact on sw, especially since the Blade is already head heavy as it is. This is where Wilson's QC suck ass.
 
Stupid question in a hype thread but my wife is going to start tennis lessons (after much pleading from me) but I want her to have a racket that promotes good form without being too intimidating (Prestige/VPro) or harsh (Babalot). Would a Blade be appropriate...

...you know, just in case she hates tennis and I want it?

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Gemini

Hall of Fame
QC is on point. Measured 9 rackets, 6 were exactly 316 gr, 2 were 318 gr and 1 was 315 gr. That is with the info sheet and the plastic in the handle that weigh about 10 grams. Good job Wilson!

I wasn't able to measure balance though.
Are those strung or unstrung specs? Well..either way, that's not great if the target is 323g strung. As mentioned, the balance point matters with all of those static measurements.


Correction: Now that look at the earlier part of my comment, those have to be strung measurements which makes those number not really good at all from a QC standpoint.
 
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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Are those strung or unstrung specs? Well..either way, that's not great if the target is 323g. As mentioned, the balance point matters with all of those static measurements.
He said it was with the plastic on handle and foil. Mine was right at 318 too with all that stuff and it weighed 305 with everything off. Once you add an OG and dampener it will balance around 4-5 pts hl and weight around 330-332 depending. In other words, he is most likely in great shape.
 

Frans Bleker

Professional
The blade is just easier to use with less effort to get the same output compared to the Gravity Pro.

What makes the Blade unique is power balanced with control and comfort.

Head is on the right track with the Pro.
Think they should go next with the Prestige or Radical to an IG Radical Pro idea. That was a pretty great frame which would prolly compete pretty well with a Blade.
 

Jouke

Rookie
Stupid question in a hype thread but my wife is going to start tennis lessons (after much pleading from me) but I want her to have a racket that promotes good form without being too intimidating (Prestige/VPro) or harsh (Babalot). Would a Blade be appropriate...

...you know, just in case she hates tennis and I want it?

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I wouldnt. The blade is a players frame. Its too demanding for someone getting into tennis. The clash would be a very very good start for her imho.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Professional
I wouldnt. The blade is a players frame. Its too demanding for someone getting into tennis. The clash would be a very very good start for her imho.
I think you missed the point... he's really getting the racquet for himself, but pretending it's for the wife ;) ... at least that's what I think he's alluding to.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Professional
Stupid question in a hype thread but my wife is going to start tennis lessons (after much pleading from me) but I want her to have a racket that promotes good form without being too intimidating (Prestige/VPro) or harsh (Babalot). Would a Blade be appropriate...

...you know, just in case she hates tennis and I want it?

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Right... ;) You should probably also get her a Wilson Ultra Tour, a Tecnifibre TFight 305 XTC, and maybe the new Yonex Vcore Pro 97 and Pro 97HD... just to be sure :sneaky::D
 

whorng

Rookie
Stupid question in a hype thread but my wife is going to start tennis lessons (after much pleading from me) but I want her to have a racket that promotes good form without being too intimidating (Prestige/VPro) or harsh (Babalot). Would a Blade be appropriate...

...you know, just in case she hates tennis and I want it?

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Buy a lighter racquet with 100 head size.
Once she has decent form you can upgrade to Blade or something else.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Spill the beans :)
How does it compare to the king 93p
It’s right up there. Easier to generate spin, softer feel, a little more free power although the P93 can crush the ball. Difference is the Blade can too and weighs almost 30 grams less.


Where's the AMA thread?


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I can make one, but I figured so many people will have one soon that I should probably keep it here. the P93 was so underground that I felt it deserved a thread. But let me know.

Power level?
Medium. There is some nice free power there. I did not feel out manned or exhausted and I have been using an Extreme and PA+ the past few months. I actually had more energy due to the plow of the frame. This frame is like 324 or so grams strung (with no overgrip or dampener) and you can crack the ball with it.

Feel flex vibration???
Feel is muted but I still felt very connected to the ball. You need to be a fairly big hitter to get the most out of this frame. Not a pro or anything, but if you can’t hit clean on a regular basis you probably wont make heavy enough contact to enjoy how nice the sweetspot is on it. In that way it definitely reminds me of a prestige classic or a PT280. But it’s easier to use than those racquets. Flex is awesome, lot of comfort but it doesnt play like a noodle. It plays like you would expect a blade to play. In fact it hit pretty much just like my old 2011s in terms of the ball I was generating. There is no vibration. I framed a couple shots and I felt the vibration very faintly but nothing that jolted me or hurt my arm at all.

Let me add that the sound of this frame..oh man. It will bring a smile to your face instantly. Sounds and feels like you want a frame to feel. And it even had that sound when I warmed up playing mini tennis!
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
It’s right up there. Easier to generate spin, softer feel, a little more free power although the P93 can crush the ball. Difference is the Blade can too and weighs almost 30 grams less.




I can make one, but I figured so many people will have one soon that I should probably keep it here. the P93 was so underground that I felt it deserved a thread. But let me know.



Medium. There is some nice free power there. I did not feel out manned or exhausted and I have been using an Extreme and PA+ the past few months. I actually had more energy due to the plow of the frame. This frame is like 324 or so grams strung (with no overgrip or dampener) and you can crack the ball with it.



Feel is muted but I still felt very connected to the ball. You need to be a fairly big hitter to get the most out of this frame. Not a pro or anything, but if you can’t hit clean on a regular basis you probably wont make heavy enough contact to enjoy how nice the sweetspot is on it. In that way it definitely reminds me of a prestige classic or a PT280. But it’s easier to use than those racquets. Flex is awesome, lot of comfort but it doesnt play like a noodle. It plays like you would expect a blade to play. In fact it hit pretty much just like my old 2011s in terms of the ball I was generating. There is no vibration. I framed a couple shots and I felt the vibration very faintly but nothing that jolted me or hurt my arm at all.

Let me add that the sound of this frame..oh man. It will bring a smile to your face instantly. Sounds and feels like you want a frame to feel. And it even had that sound when I warmed up playing mini tennis!
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Do you have a 1 hander? And if so, how did that shot feel with this frame? Did you get the 18x20 or 16x19? I'm too lazy to scroll.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Feel is muted but I still felt very connected to the ball. You need to be a fairly big hitter to get the most out of this frame.

Let me add that the sound of this frame..oh man.
Tx heaps. Yep did kblade, also 2015, maybe another but anyway yes I am deffo only a 98S or 100L

TW podcast at 31:30 talks about Blade, the number one quality was... feel.

Now if that beautiful buttery feel can be just a part in the lighter versions... but the 98S is not in Australia, and the 100L has 69 stiffness.
 
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