2019 Wilson Blade

ChaelAZ

Legend
For me the v7 16/19 had less power than either the 2015 18/20 or the CV 18/20.
I get more pop with the V7 easier and across more of the face than my 2015, both strung the same. So maybe not more power I guess, but easier to generate.

Fair enough.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I get more pop with the V7 easier and across more of the face than my 2015, both strung the same. So maybe not more power I guess, but easier to generate.

Fair enough.
I haven’t tried the v7 18/20 yet. It’s entirely possible that the versions of the 18/20 had more power in stock form than the v7 16/19 I had due to higher swingweights. Not sure because I’ve gotten rid of all of these Blades now.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Im going blade versus yonex hd in a mano y mano shootout for the ages. Winner gets bought again and im set for the season. And i also desperately need another 18x20 frame anyway.

Regardless im not selling this blade. Its a classic to me and ill be surprised if its not my frame after this little test.
 
Would the racket play different if I removed the foam and added some poster putty. I like how it plays but it’s just a tad head heavy and too stiff w/ hyper g @53. Any thoughts?
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Would the racket play different if I removed the foam and added some poster putty. I like how it plays but it’s just a tad head heavy and too stiff w/ hyper g @53. Any thoughts?
You have two options: 1. lower tension or 2. add weight to butt. Both options will increase spin and comfort and obviously only option 2 will change balance.
 
Did anyone else find the balance a bit too head heavy as well? I can’t add weight unless I remove the foam, would that change how the racket plays at all?
 

Dansan

Rookie
Im going blade versus yonex hd in a mano y mano shootout for the ages. Winner gets bought again and im set for the season. And i also desperately need another 18x20 frame anyway.

Regardless im not selling this blade. Its a classic to me and ill be surprised if its not my frame after this little test.
I've got both the V7 and Yonex hd coming in a couple days, also have been gaming a K7 Lime. Looks like we are down the same path. Should be interesting to see how they stack up
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I've got both the V7 and Yonex hd coming in a couple days, also have been gaming a K7 Lime. Looks like we are down the same path. Should be interesting to see how they stack up
Excellent choices! Yeah i cant believe how we finally have flexible frames that offer modern power. This is a golden era. I feel obligated to support it with my wallet.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Would the racket play different if I removed the foam and added some poster putty. I like how it plays but it’s just a tad head heavy and too stiff w/ hyper g @53. Any thoughts?
I tried that on the old blade 2011 and its not really a huge difference maker. Probably better to add a lighter leather grip like the one tw sells, which is excellent.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Did anyone else find the balance a bit too head heavy as well? I can’t add weight unless I remove the foam, would that change how the racket plays at all?
How much do you want to add? I managed to jam 10gr of putty in there and foam makes sure that putty will not fall thru the handle.. kind of like it.. i did it for the same reason... to make it little bit more whippy...
 

tennis347

Professional
After hitting with the new Blade 98 16 x 19 for a couple of weeks now, I can say Wilson really hit their mark making a real winner of a racquet. The lower flex and comfort goes a long way for a modern racquet that does not beat up your wrist, elbow or shoulder and can be strung at low tension for better playability. I don’t think there are many other players’ frames made today that can make that statement. Prince has the Phantom line but I found there was too much vibration due to the beam being too thin which sacrificed arm comfort. There’s a reason why the Blade is one of the most popular racquets on the tour!!!
 
No. I used the TW tungsten putty.. jammed it in there.. maybe 8gr.. cant remember.. but at least 8gr.. tight fit but managed it.
Ok that makes sense. The poster putty I had was way too thick so wouldn’t come close to fitting. I got some tungsten putty on the way so will try that. Might try a thinner string gauge to lower the head weight. Thinking hyper g 17 @ 52
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Further two week observations for the 18x20 V7 Blade.

Loving it for singles where I have time to develop my stroke. Groundies are good.

For me the new Blade shines for the serve with a good bit of grab and comfort with pop.

Playing dubs though, still struggling with volley work and I am a bit late on shots or over-compensating. Missed several easy put-aways and still trying to get the feel for drop shot volleys. Noticing the muted feel with flex and comfort really is taking time to develop there.

So started getting rolled the first two sets, but started doing MUCH better the 3 then 4 sets. Overall I am still very happy with the sticks and they will be my staple. Need a good month of play to really get a final opinion though, so more court time coming.

Cheers all.
 

Addxyz

Semi-Pro
Ok that makes sense. The poster putty I had was way too thick so wouldn’t come close to fitting. I got some tungsten putty on the way so will try that. Might try a thinner string gauge to lower the head weight. Thinking hyper g 17 @ 52
Around 7-8g of tungsten putty fits in the area right inside the butt cap. Adding about 3g more required me to push the foam down maybe 1cm in.


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topspn

Hall of Fame
Did anyone else find the balance a bit too head heavy as well? I can’t add weight unless I remove the foam, would that change how the racket plays at all?
Your tension is too high. I have tour bite in mine @48lbs and I will go lower. Add a bit of weight 7” from the butt cap so top of handle approx. It will help smooth out your swing and I personally would not dig out foam and truly don’t like weight concentrated right under he butt cap. If this doesn’t work for you then distribute weight under the grip or go to a heavier grip
 

BBender716

Semi-Pro
After another hitting session with it, I'm beginning to come around. My flatter serves absolutely boom with this racquet. Like, both in terms of massive sound and ridiculous pace compared to my usual suspects of stiffer, super head light frames.

I have to work harder to carve on serves but the pace more than adequately makes up for it.

On groundies, switching to tour bite at 50 from a gut/poly hybrid has significantly helped with being "connected" to the ball. When I say that, I mean that after playing with a stiff frame where I felt how I was brushing against the ball, I can now get enough of that feel back with this setup that I can better judge how much brushing vs driving to do with this frame.

Haven't gotten a chance to volley a ton but historically, I haven't done as good of a job "driving"/punching my volleys and the Blade has helped me get deeper court penetration on my volleys.

Overall I feel like I'm not holding a toy but a weapon that will be extremely hard to push around. Stable as a rock but still maneuverable (albeit less than my other HL frames).

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AA7

Semi-Pro
some update here finally... had 2 sessions with the blade v7 this week.. so some interesting/weird developments... When I first bought the blade (3 weeks or so ago), I asked it to be strung 50/48 with Alpha... I brought it to a place i never used before for string job.. wanted to get it strung fairly quick... I played a clinic with it and it was good but following 3 to 4 outings after that was tough (match play and hitting sessions)... didn't have that mind blowing control... it was weird... i suspected string bed was very loose and measured it to be 40lbs! that's a total of 9 hours... alpha does not loose tension like that.. I am pretty sure it was just strung much looser to begin with...weird... So, cut it out and restrung it with tour sniper 51/48...at my usual stringer.. similar to alpha but more control oriented, lower power, decent spin (not a spin monster) comfortable string.... alu power, tour bite, rs lyon like with excellent tension maintenance (pre-streched) and more comfort IMO. anyways.. that's not the point..

the point is that the racquet came alive now... 40lbs was way too lose... this 49lbs.. (probably soon settling to 45s) is so far soooooo much better. Starting to get very much used to high swingweight as well.. Hit with D3 college player today... I hung in there. Very heavy hitter... and ton of topspin.. I myself hit relatively flat/penetrating shots.. He was impressed with my performance as well. I did not have massive issues getting the racquet around either which was my biggest fear with blade's SW.. but i think I am getting a little bit used to it. There were couple of points where Blade excelled with precision where I moved the guy around corner to corner.. Also super solid on returns... You just have to wield this beast... It won't do the work for you.. You have to do the work and get the racquet with correct timing then it will pummel it for you :)

My stringer out of town so I won't get back my VCP97 HD back till next weekend (I am not f'ing around with other stringers after that experience)... which I am happy about so I can give blade a full on 2 weeks of uninterrupted play w/out my OCD getting in the way and changing racquets every 15 minute to test it out... I will update as I get more time...
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
some update here finally... had 2 sessions with the blade v7 this week.. so some interesting/weird developments... When I first bought the blade (3 weeks or so ago), I asked it to be strung 50/48 with Alpha... I brought it to a place i never used before for string job.. wanted to get it strung fairly quick... I played a clinic with it and it was good but following 3 to 4 outings after that was tough (match play and hitting sessions)... didn't have that mind blowing control... it was weird... i suspected string bed was very loose and measured it to be 40lbs! that's a total of 9 hours... alpha does not loose tension like that.. I am pretty sure it was just strung much looser to begin with...weird... So, cut it out and restrung it with tour sniper 51/48...at my usual stringer.. similar to alpha but more control oriented, lower power, decent spin (not a spin monster) comfortable string.... alu power, tour bite, rs lyon like with excellent tension maintenance (pre-streched) and more comfort IMO. anyways.. that's not the point..

the point is that the racquet came alive now... 40lbs was way too lose... this 49lbs.. (probably soon settling to 45s) is so far soooooo much better. Starting to get very much used to high swingweight as well.. Hit with D3 college player today... I hung in there. Very heavy hitter... and ton of topspin.. I myself hit relatively flat/penetrating shots.. He was impressed with my performance as well. I did not have massive issues getting the racquet around either which was my biggest fear with blade's SW.. but i think I am getting a little bit used to it. There were couple of points where Blade excelled with precision where I moved the guy around corner to corner.. Also super solid on returns... You just have to wield this beast... It won't do the work for you.. You have to do the work and get the racquet with correct timing then it will pummel it for you :)

My stringer out of town so I won't get back my VCP97 HD back till next weekend (I am not f'ing around with other stringers after that experience)... which I am happy about so I can give blade a full on 2 weeks of uninterrupted play w/out my OCD getting in the way and changing racquets every 15 minute to test it out... I will update as I get more time...

I am still playing with tension myself. My 2015 I strung YTex Square X 52-56 depending on weather, but with the V7 I started at the lower end of 52lbs and will drop to 48lbs next stringing. At 52 I can get similar spin to the 2015, but think I can get a little more with lower tesnions and a little better pocketing. Thinking the bit of flex is effecting that overall.

After I get a good feel for tensions, I MIGHT play with different strings. Good to read other folks experience.
 

Lozannois

Rookie
Hi Guys,

after a few hits with both 18x20 and 16x19 new Blades V7, I can tell you that I get a clear winner. Honestly at first I just wanted to order the 18x20 version because I tend to play better with 18x20 frames. But I heard that the 16x19 frame of the new Blade was quite close pattern so I decided to give it a try. I am so happy I changed my mind. The 16x19 version is clearly a winner for me. It has such an amazing control for a 16x19 pattern and IMO everything is better than the 18x20 pattern.

Compared to the 18x20 version, the control of the 16x19 is frankly the same, the power is a little bit higher (but very controllable), the feel is slight better for me but the most important is the swingweight which is easier to handle IMO.

The 18x20 pattern is a very good racket, and I will keep it in my bag to have fun with it sometimes, but the 16x19 V7 is just like a better version of the 18x20 pattern. IMO it is just perfect. Not to mention the very generous sweetspot. I was amazed when I compared it to the Angell TC97 because off-centers hits are so much easier to handle...

If you are still hesitating, please give a try to the 16x19 v7 Blade with Kirschbaum Max power (cross) at 48 lbs and Hyper G (main) at 50lbs --> what an amazing combo!

And honestly, the only reason I see to choose the 18x20 over the 16x19 is only if you prefer very high swingweight. But swingweight of 16x19 frame is high enough IMO and control is amazing!

Cheers!
 

IA-SteveB

Hall of Fame
Is it pretty much the consensus that poly string is the way to go? I have been using Wilson NXT 16 ga multifilament simply because it worked well in the RF97A and Head Radical Microgel MP I had been using before switching to the 18x20 Blade v7. I just chose NXT on the Blade because it was free. :) I am a very flat hitter and don't like stringing more than twice a year, playing 1-2 times a week at most. I know I had it strung too tight @ 57 and am planning on dropping to 52 next time with whatever string I decide on. I just don't know that my amateur 4.0 hands would be able to tell a difference in string.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Is it pretty much the consensus that poly string is the way to go? I have been using Wilson NXT 16 ga multifilament simply because it worked well in the RF97A and Head Radical Microgel MP I had been using before switching to the 18x20 Blade v7. I just chose NXT on the Blade because it was free. :) I am a very flat hitter and don't like stringing more than twice a year, playing 1-2 times a week at most. I know I had it strung too tight @ 57 and am planning on dropping to 52 next time with whatever string I decide on. I just don't know that my amateur 4.0 hands would be able to tell a difference in string.
Dont use poly. It needs to be restrung way more often than that. Multi or full gut makes way more sense in your case. Id probably go full gut since you barely restring.
 

DJ-

Hall of Fame
Is it pretty much the consensus that poly string is the way to go? I have been using Wilson NXT 16 ga multifilament simply because it worked well in the RF97A and Head Radical Microgel MP I had been using before switching to the 18x20 Blade v7. I just chose NXT on the Blade because it was free. :) I am a very flat hitter and don't like stringing more than twice a year, playing 1-2 times a week at most. I know I had it strung too tight @ 57 and am planning on dropping to 52 next time with whatever string I decide on. I just don't know that my amateur 4.0 hands would be able to tell a difference in string.
Try full bed babolat origin at 55. Or string at least 4-6 times a year.
 

TypeRx

Semi-Pro
Received a Blade 98 v7 16x19 last night -- 305-306g unstrung with handle wrapper removed, etc. So, weight was on point. Strung it up with my usual Kevlar/ZXP hybrid and tossed on a Wilson Pro overgrip. Ready to play it was 326g. Hit with it for 2 hours this morning and was expecting NOT to like it as much as I did relative to my leaded up (345g) Clash 100 Tours. Well, it played great. There was a touch less power but I was surprised that I was generating as much topspin if not more on both groundstrokes and serves. The entire string bed felt alive (aka, no harshness off center). Volleys were crisp. Comfort was great as expected. No complaints on stability. Control appeared better, but perhaps this was due to slightly less power and more spin? In any case, my first experience with this racket was VERY positive. No noticeable downsides to me. I'll continue playing with it for the next week or so and continue to evaluate.
Played a couple sets this morning and everything I stated previously is confirmed EXCEPT I definitely felt this racket is noticeably lower powered than my leaded Clash Tour. While I like the free power, the better control is more important. In addition, I still *feel* like I am able to generate more spin with the Blade 16x19 despite its pretty closed pattern (a TON more closed than the Clash). Stability remains great, comfort remains great. Its good, I'll keep hitting with it but will hold on buying a second until I have at least ~15-20 hours of experience with it.
 

Seraph88

New User
Hey Guys,
I am a 4.0-4.5 level player, and I have been using an nBlade 98 18x20 for about 12 years. Can someone compare V7 18x20 or 16x19 to the nBlade in terms of spin, speed, manuverability and control.
I am curious if I should make the change, unfortunately couldn't test V7 and not sure if I will have the opportunity.
Thanks!
 

Injured Again

Professional
I've continued to hit a bit more with the 16X19 v7 Blade 98, and really continue to enjoy it thoroughly. The string tension on the Tourna Silver 7 Tour has dropped slightly and it now feels just about perfect. Such a solid, stable, and consistent hit. The one thing that has surprised me is that I notice I've been playing all this time without a stringbed dampener. I **always** use a dampener that removes as much stringbed vibration as I can, yet I haven't needed one with this Blade. It has great impact feel.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Hey Guys,
I am a 4.0-4.5 level player, and I have been using an nBlade 98 18x20 for about 12 years. Can someone compare V7 18x20 or 16x19 to the nBlade in terms of spin, speed, manuverability and control.
I am curious if I should make the change, unfortunately couldn't test V7 and not sure if I will have the opportunity.
Thanks!
My guess is the Nblade is a bit softer but it will play similarly. I wish i could give you more but my first blade i tried was the 2011.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
So many threads! Don’t know where to post!!! Hit again with the YY HD and V7 18x20. The HD wins the collision with the ball more so than the blade but I am still leaning toward the Blade because of the maneuverability/lower weight. My HD is 12.35oz strung with damp and built up butt. Also the HD has a more connected feel whereas the Blade is more muted, but I like muted. It’s not overly muted though.
 

djpj

New User
Decided to go with the 18x20 over the 16x19. Could have been the variance in these demo specs, but the stability and confidence in my depth from the denser pattern made up for the extra work on 2nd serve. Incidentally, the 18x20 was strung with Wilson Sensation 16 the the 16x19 with YPTP 17 but still preferred the 18x20 (I never play with multi).


Looking for a string pairing now, and feel like a crisp poly with some zip would match this frame nicely. The Wilson Sensation was surprisingly alright — I liked the power — but could have had a bit more bite. Seen some chatter on Silver Tour 7 but that seems a bit low powered. Might BHB7 do better? Not looking to increase the launch angle, just balls speed off the strings.

Otherwise I’m going to head down my usual checklist and see what sticks: alu, cyclone, tour bite, yptp, yptps. Anything out there more powerful but still crisp?
 
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krikamons

New User
So many threads! Don’t know where to post!!! Hit again with the YY HD and V7 18x20. The HD wins the collision with the ball more so than the blade but I am still leaning toward the Blade because of the maneuverability/lower weight. My HD is 12.35oz strung with damp and built up butt. Also the HD has a more connected feel whereas the Blade is more muted, but I like muted. It’s not overly muted though.
There should be some regulation put in place to ban more than one good racquet in any given two year period with appropriate quotas allocated to the various manufacturers. I thought i was settled on going with v7 because of the "collision with the ball". And now it starts all over again
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
I've continued to hit a bit more with the 16X19 v7 Blade 98, and really continue to enjoy it thoroughly. The string tension on the Tourna Silver 7 Tour has dropped slightly and it now feels just about perfect. Such a solid, stable, and consistent hit. The one thing that has surprised me is that I notice I've been playing all this time without a stringbed dampener. I **always** use a dampener that removes as much stringbed vibration as I can, yet I haven't needed one with this Blade. It has great impact feel.
I currently have tour bite strung up but I’m trying silver 7 tour 1.25 next. What tension did you go with? I tried @49lbs with tour bite but think I can go 48lbs
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
I currently have tour bite strung up but I’m trying silver 7 tour 1.25 next. What tension did you go with? I tried @49lbs with tour bite but think I can go 48lbs
Which gauge of TB? Interested to hear your feedback. TB is one of my fav strings and I’ve played 1.20 through 1.30 extensively.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
Which gauge of TB? Interested to hear your feedback. TB is one of my fav strings and I’ve played 1.20 through 1.30 extensively.
I have it strung wit Tour Bite @48lbs currently and can take down a bit. I am probably around hour 7 now and no complaints really. I moded my frame to 12oz/7HL with leather grip and weight. The combe frame/string is still playing quite comfy with good feedback. Really nice to have this level of control yet power is there and serving is pretty good.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
I have it strung wit Tour Bite @48lbs currently and can take down a bit. I am probably around hour 7 now and no complaints really. I moded my frame to 12oz/7HL with leather grip and weight. The combe frame/string is still playing quite comfy with good feedback. Really nice to have this level of control yet power is there and serving is pretty good.
Sorry to pester but do you know which gauge of Tour Bite? 1.25? They all play noticeably different in my opinion.
 

tribesmen

Professional
Just talking to friends which racket is more hyped - last year project one or this year blade ? It is probably more hyped in the US because here in Europe there is a more lukewarm reaction.

What is your opinion ?
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
Just talking to friends which racket is more hyped - last year project one or this year blade ? It is probably more hyped in the US because here in Europe there is a more lukewarm reaction.

What is your opinion ?
Well if you look at the TW global review the 2 French guys gave it very low points and comments for me made no sense at all. So don’t know why they were different
 

drak

Hall of Fame
would be nice if someone reviewed the new Blade 7 98s spin version. I know its not currently sold in the
states but was hoping for some feedback from eslewhere
 

tennisBIEST

Semi-Pro
Had a nice hit with the 16x19 V7 today. Strung up with TB 50/48. This is the best feeling feeling racquet I’ve ever hit with. Zero bad vibrations! The stated RA of 62 seems high to me. It feels like mid 50’s. I have the Phantom Pro and have had the exo3 tour 100 so it’s flex feels similar. Regardless it’s just an fantastic update over the CV. The feel is something you just need to try for yourself. No dampener needed even with full bed of poly. It’s a pick up and play frame for me. No time needed to dial in my strokes. I’ll ultimately add some weight or go to a thicker gauge string due to my preferred spec being a bit heftier. I’m just a 16x19 guy although I own a number of prestige MPs. The big areas where I want and look for improvements between frames are volleys, serves and returns. Big pluses in those categories! This is big winner in my book for Wilson. I’d of course prefer a gloss paint job but for those folks that have been wanting the the classic Head feel or the retail availability of pro stocks should definitely demo this frame!
 
Hi everybody, I’m a 33 years old former tennis coach from Germany. After not touching a racquet for almost 9 years this summer I have fallen in love with the wonderful game of tennis again up to the point where find myself sleeping with my racquets next to my bed. I playtested several racquets in the last few months (even though I still have my Völkl Quantum 10 Tours and might give them a try at some point later on) and I’m now torn between the Pure Strike 98 18x20 (Gen. 2) and the Blade 98 v7 18x20.

Some random observations:

When playing against hard and flat hitting opponents I found the PS to be the better choice. I had an easier time redirecting power and going for counterpunches when in defense. It probably has to do with the PS being a bit stiffer and more maneuverable due to its lower swingweight. It’s harder to create spin though and hits outside the sweetspot or late contact feel slightly uncomfortable. It’s really hard to overhit though. With the Blade on the other hand balls will fly when hitting late but it feels more comfortable at least haha. I guess I need a little bit more time getting used to the high SW of the Blade against offensive opponents or maybe I’ll add some weight to its handle. It sounds obvious but the Blade definitely rewards good contact/footwork. My slices were a little bit flatter/grittier with the PS and I had a tad more feel due to the racquet being more headlight.

I preferred the Blade when playing against people generating less speed who gave me more time for action and good positioning. Here is where the higher SW of the Blade has its advantages. Creating spin was not issue and hitting deep balls felt more effortlessly compared to the PS.

Serving flat bombs was a pleasure with the Blade, the “oooomph factor” was extremely high. I liked the PS more when kick serving.

I’ll try to improve my preparation with the blade when playing against hard hitters, maybe my swing tempo is too low since I was used to playing the Quantum 10 Tour with a SW of 306 or maybe it’s just that I’m still a bit rusty. Anyway, I hope this is helpful.

Both racquets were strung with 24kg (53lbs) Wilson Revolve 1,25mm.
 
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