2019 Wilson Blade

AA7

Semi-Pro
So i had 3 hours with v7 18x20 +hyperG 17g today. It was unreal.. i dont remember having this much fun playing tennis. I was non stop ripping forehand winners left and right. It was absolutely joy. Last half an hour i think i was exhausted and level dropped quite a bit but what a stick this is... hyperG is very good too.. shoulder is little sore..but it may also have something to do with having played about 9 hours tennis this week.. i will try alpha next.. should have just as good directional control, less spin.. more power but most importantly more comfort..
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
So i had 3 hours with v7 18x20 +hyperG 17g today. It was unreal.. i dont remember having this much fun playing tennis. I was non stop ripping forehand winners left and right. It was absolutely joy. Last half an hour i think i was exhausted and level dropped quite a bit but what a stick this is... hyperG is very good too.. shoulder is little sore..but it may also have something to do with having played about 9 hours tennis this week.. i will try alpha next.. should have just as good directional control, less spin.. more power but most importantly more comfort..
I had a similar experience with Hyper G - tons of spin/bite, controlled, muted, deceptively stiff. I played 1.20, 1.25, and 1.30 extensively. I have not tried the 1.15 but supposedly it is softer for what it's worth.
 
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parasailing

Hall of Fame
Spent another two hours on the court and Hyper-G 16L definitely has good spin and control but does feel a bit stiffer than Hawk Touch 17G. I have Technifibre Black Code 4S coming tomorrow so going to put this in the racquet to see how it hits. Hopefully this will be the last string I need to test out.

I really don't like restringing racquets.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Spent another two hours on the court and Hyper-G 16L definitely has good spin and control but does feel a bit stiffer than Hawk Touch 17G. I have Technifibre Black Code 4S coming tomorrow so going to put this in the racquet to see how it hits. Hopefully this will be the last string I need to test out.

I really don't like restringing racquets.
Isn't black code 4s on the stiff end of polys?
 

Lozannois

Rookie
Hi anyone,

For people who use lead tapes, tennis warehouse Europe propose only one lead tape which is the Wilson one. Is it a good one ? Does it stick to the racket for a long time ?

I am planning to add 2.5 gr at 5 and 7 on my v7 16x19 to get 334 SW and 14.3 twistweight.

Thank you

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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Hi anyone,

For people who use lead tapes, tennis warehouse Europe propose only one lead tape which is the Wilson one. Is it a good one ? Does it stick to the racket for a long time ?

I am planning to add 2.5 gr at 5 and 7 on my v7 16x19 to get 334 SW and 14.3 twistweight.

Thank you

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I have never used Wilson lead but it’s probably fine, doesn’t really matter what you use in terms of materials or brand. Weight is weight.

Just curious though, why 5 and 7? You will have the largest increase in twist weight at 3 and 9. Roughly 5 grams total at 3 and 9 should increase the twist roughly 10%.


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Lozannois

Rookie
I have never used Wilson lead but it’s probably fine, doesn’t really matter what you use in terms of materials or brand. Weight is weight.

Just curious though, why 5 and 7? You will have the largest increase in twist weight at 3 and 9. Roughly 5 grams total at 3 and 9 should increase the twist roughly 10%.


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Alright thank you

Yes I know but I don't want to increase the SW too much...

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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Alright thank you

Yes I know but I don't want to increase the SW too much...

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Just keep in mind that you most likely hit the ball in the upper half of the hoop, so lead will be more effective at 3 and 9 and/or higher in the hoop. If 5 and 7 don’t work well for you, you should try 3 and 9. At most that will increase swing weight by 2 points for every gram. Enjoy!


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Lozannois

Rookie
Just keep in mind that you most likely hit the ball in the upper half of the hoop, so lead will be more effective at 3 and 9 and/or higher in the hoop. If 5 and 7 don’t work well for you, you should try 3 and 9. At most that will increase swing weight by 2 points for every gram. Enjoy!


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Yes you are right.. I might change my mind or try Both ;) thank you

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mscream

Semi-Pro
I have used BC4S a few times (1.25). It’s one of the best squared strings. Crisp, great bite and plays indeed softer than its stiffness would suggest. Could be a great fit in the blade. Average durability but it remains very predictable throughout its lifetime.
Personally I prefer square-x due to what feels to me like a longer dwell time, slightly better touch (very subjective) and cheaper price.
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
So first league match after more than a year off and it was a blade and Strike tour vs my opponent lol.

Long story short made me realize I really need head lighter balance for my strokes to work. Also made me realize that was the only reason I liked Gravity Pro and Strike Tour over blade.
For some reason blade at stock balance was not working for my one hander for whatever reason and Strike while nice was definitely not working for me on server and feel department.
I even contemplated going back to Prince93p but as soon as I put more weight in the handle (initially be using another overgrip.) everything clicked with the blade. So there it is. I have to add weight and as soon as I got home I swapped stock grip for wilson leather grip and BAM like magic BH stroke started working.
I should have won is straight sets instead ended up in tiebreaks after splitting sets...Still won but I made it way harder that it should have been. I am more happy about my findings

I cannot explain except that my backhand is probably use to playing with certain bal over the years and nothing can change that...

My blade is now 339gr and bal that works lol (I dont even want to measure it to sike myself out lol but it feels like 32cm to 32.5cm)
 

matchpoint9

Rookie
So first league match after more than a year off and it was a blade and Strike tour vs my opponent lol.

Long story short made me realize I really need head lighter balance for my strokes to work. Also made me realize that was the only reason I liked Gravity Pro and Strike Tour over blade.
For some reason blade at stock balance was not working for my one hander for whatever reason and Strike while nice was definitely not working for me on server and feel department.
I even contemplated going back to Prince93p but as soon as I put more weight in the handle (initially be using another overgrip.) everything clicked with the blade. So there it is. I have to add weight and as soon as I got home I swapped stock grip for wilson leather grip and BAM like magic BH stroke started working.
I should have won is straight sets instead ended up in tiebreaks after splitting sets...Still won but I made it way harder that it should have been. I am more happy about my findings

I cannot explain except that my backhand is probably use to playing with certain bal over the years and nothing can change that...

My blade is now 339gr and bal that works lol (I dont even want to measure it to sike myself out lol but it feels like 32cm to 32.5cm)
I can somewhat relate to this, I think. I used to play with 7pts HL frame. Now I play exclusively with Blade, all in stock form except for overgrip & dampener. I love volleying with the Blade. But I have missed a few volleys that I just went - what just happened? It's almost like I framed the ball, but not really. The ball just died when it came in contact with the stringbed. I know that doesn't make sense and that's why I was/am at loss when it happened. My guess is that I don't angle the hoop / stringbed properly? I know when I missed a volley because it's poor technique, I was overreaching for the ball etc. This felt different. So I agree that there's further adjustment period needed coming from HL frame. I tried adding leather grip and even 5g in buttcap and didn't like it.

So far I have no issue adjusting with my one handed backhand, serve, or forehand.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
So first league match after more than a year off and it was a blade and Strike tour vs my opponent lol.

Long story short made me realize I really need head lighter balance for my strokes to work. Also made me realize that was the only reason I liked Gravity Pro and Strike Tour over blade.
For some reason blade at stock balance was not working for my one hander for whatever reason and Strike while nice was definitely not working for me on server and feel department.
I even contemplated going back to Prince93p but as soon as I put more weight in the handle (initially be using another overgrip.) everything clicked with the blade. So there it is. I have to add weight and as soon as I got home I swapped stock grip for wilson leather grip and BAM like magic BH stroke started working.
I should have won is straight sets instead ended up in tiebreaks after splitting sets...Still won but I made it way harder that it should have been. I am more happy about my findings

I cannot explain except that my backhand is probably use to playing with certain bal over the years and nothing can change that...

My blade is now 339gr and bal that works lol (I dont even want to measure it to sike myself out lol but it feels like 32cm to 32.5cm)
Makes total sense. Balance is so important and real personal to each player. I bet you will notice a difference in more feel with the leather now.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Here's some FH's I hit at the end of a 90 minute session. Wanted to see how I swung when I was tired. I'll get some fresh ones up too and probably have before and after of some backhands. Just takes a while to get these videos chopped down from 4K, so ill stick to 1080p 60FPS I think.

 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Returned my demo after hitting with the 18x20 v7.. I'm going to finally make the switch over after demoing the Gravity Pro, Yonex 97HD, and PS.. Going to retire my PT280 since it does require me to play with more effort..
My favorite Blade so far..
join the club
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Returned my demo after hitting with the 18x20 v7.. I'm going to finally make the switch over after demoing the Gravity Pro, Yonex 97HD, and PS.. Going to retire my PT280 since it does require me to play with more effort..
My favorite Blade so far..
Just curious, what made you pick the v7 over the others which are also solid offerings.


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mscream

Semi-Pro
Here's some FH's I hit at the end of a 90 minute session. Wanted to see how I swung when I was tired. I'll get some fresh ones up too and probably have before and after of some backhands. Just takes a while to get these videos chopped down from 4K, so ill stick to 1080p 60FPS I think.

Is that on celebrity island? :D
 

grhcan99

Semi-Pro
I got a chance to try a friend's Blade 16x19 with CV when we met at the club just to get acquainted with the Blade racquet. I thought it was an ok racquet. The transition was seamless but after a few minutes of hitting my friend commented that the ball came over with much less plow compared to my C10 Pro. Well that was not what I wanted to hear. So right there and then I gave up on the Blade :) Could the 18x20 have been much different?
 

chinny562

New User
Just curious, what made you pick the v7 over the others which are also solid offerings.


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For some reason, the Blade felt lighter. I didn't have to do a full swing compare to the Yonex 97HD and the Gravity Pro. The Pure Strike was good but it didn't click to me like the Blade did. I was full on hyped about the Yonex 97HD because I'm coming from the PT280 and the specs were match similar but it broke my heart.
With the blade for me, there was more control, power, and definitely felt amazing on the feel.

Granted it took me forever to get all the demos since it came at separate time.
Just my opinion! :)
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
Returned my demo after hitting with the 18x20 v7.. I'm going to finally make the switch over after demoing the Gravity Pro, Yonex 97HD, and PS.. Going to retire my PT280 since it does require me to play with more effort..
My favorite Blade so far..
Looks like I will join you but I do have one more demo coming in (tf40) and if that doesn’t blow me away I’m sticking with the blade v7. I went through the same exact list of racquets as you...
 

chinny562

New User
Looks like I will join you but I do have one more demo coming in (tf40) and if that doesn’t blow me away I’m sticking with the blade v7. I went through the same exact list of racquets as you...
You know what I forgot to mention..? I also demo'd the TF40 305 and 315. I prefer the 305 over the 315.
Just my opinion and everyone has their own different style but I still love the blade more.

Hopefully you'll find something you fall in love with (racket wise :laughing:).. Until the next generations of rackets come out!:-D:-D:-D
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
You know what I forgot to mention..? I also demo'd the TF40 305 and 315. I prefer the 305 over the 315.
Just my opinion and everyone has their own different style but I still love the blade more.

Hopefully you'll find something you fall in love with (racket wise :laughing:).. Until the next generations of rackets come out!:-D:-D:-D
There is still a chance I might revert to 93p that thing is still special even next to blade
 

jbdbackfan

Rookie
Tonight was my first hit with my v7 18x20. Strung with ice code 17g in mains at 52lbs and HDX 17g in cross at 52lbs.

I’m coming off playing with Prince Graphite 100 for last 4 years or so. Weighted them up
At 10 and 2 to get swing weight near 326 and 12.2 oz overall weight. Balance about 6pts HL.

My first impressions are the following.

At times I had to remember this is a 18x20 and not a 16x18 anymore. But for some reason I felt tentative at times because i had such a bad experience with the gravity pro I was almost afraid of fully hitting my shots.

Loved it on two hand backhand as the control and feel is amazing. Struggled at times to find forehand as id go from one amazing shot to another that would sail a bit long on me. My swing on the forehand side has always been big so being sure I get some topspin is a priority. I adjusted rather quickly to serving and feel this shouldn’t be a problem at all over time.

My forehand has never been my primary weapon. Always my serve. Once dialed in i think I can really love this frame for serving. I am just a tad worried on ground strokes but feel I will hopefully settle there.

Anyone here feel the grip sizing on Wilson frames comes a little small? Perhaps I am used to my leather grips with overgrip but at times I felt my hand was slowly moving down over edge of handle at times.

Anyways the feel is amazing on this frame and once I get more reps on forehand I’ll report back. My frame was matched to posted online specs so I got exactly what is posted on TW Website.
 

Murray_fan1

Professional
Looks like I will join you but I do have one more demo coming in (tf40) and if that doesn’t blow me away I’m sticking with the blade v7. I went through the same exact list of racquets as you...
Blade is a sweet racquet but I actually prefer the TF40. Both are great but the TF40 in a 18*20 has a little better access to spin and I honestly prefer the feel. It is kind of like a cross between the Blade and the Strike. You really can’t go wrong with either.
 

Murray_fan1

Professional
Grip shape on the TF40 might be a deal breaker for some as it is definitely more on the rectangular side of things similar to Head TK82.
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
Blade is a sweet racquet but I actually prefer the TF40. Both are great but the TF40 in a 18*20 has a little better access to spin and I honestly prefer the feel. It is kind of like a cross between the Blade and the Strike. You really can’t go wrong with either.
Damn that sounds great as I just finished demoing strike tour which was great and plush when hitting pure sweet spot but anything outside was harsh or if one god forbid frames.
I still like them both but blade had better feel imho
 

parasailing

Hall of Fame
The more racquets I play test, the more I love my new Blade v7. I still use my 2015 Blade but nothing compares to this Blade v7 for plush and comfort while delivering feel, control, and stability. It is so addictive hitting balls with the Blade v7. I still need to find the string that will match this racquet. Head Hawk Touch 17g is pretty good but Hyper-G has more spin which leads me to believe that there might be a better string for this racquet after all.

Hyper-G finally broke in after 5 hours of hitting and now feels nice but not sure I want to wait this long for a string to become dialed in. I guess when it breaks, I will give Signum X-perience and Black Code 4S a spin.

This thread has more postings than the other Blade thread that has been around for years so Wilson did a great job of marketing for the Clash and Blade lineup.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
The more racquets I play test, the more I love my new Blade v7. I still use my 2015 Blade but nothing compares to this Blade v7 for plush and comfort while delivering feel, control, and stability. It is so addictive hitting balls with the Blade v7. I still need to find the string that will match this racquet. Head Hawk Touch 17g is pretty good but Hyper-G has more spin which leads me to believe that there might be a better string for this racquet after all.

Hyper-G finally broke in after 5 hours of hitting and now feels nice but not sure I want to wait this long for a string to become dialed in. I guess when it breaks, I will give Signum X-perience and Black Code 4S a spin.

This thread has more postings than the other Blade thread that has been around for years so Wilson did a great job of marketing for the Clash and Blade lineup.
out of curiosity, what's keeping you from switching from the 2015?
i bought some 2015s because i loved the feel off the stringbed and prefer wilsons that are closer to 65-66 RA, so i figured i wouldn't like the v7 as much.
 

RFfan88

New User
Wanted to add in my two cents for the new Blade v7. I played with the RF97 for the past 3 years and I loved using the racket, but it was just such a difficult racket to maneuver on the defensive. For me it was almost impossible to whip the RF97 on the run so I wanted to look for a racket that would help me be more consistent offensively and defensively. I started playing with the pure strike the last 3 months and it was a racket that I began to love playing with as well. Tons of pop, spin, and control that allowed me to dictate rallies. However, I also found that because of the open pattern, the balls would spray long a lot. I tried experimenting with a friend's 2015 18x20 Blade and I really enjoyed hitting with it as well. So I thought, why not try experimenting with the new blade as well.

I read from many posters in this thread talking about how this new blade gave them the confidence to hit big shots and not having to worry about balls going long. Man... this new blade is one of the best rackets I feel like I've ever used for my playstyle. It rewards players who take big cuts at the ball and because of the heavier swingweight, the ball shoots out like a rocket launcher. In addition, there's also clean precision, ample amounts of topspin, a plush comfortable feel, and a huge sweetspot. On the defensive end, if I'm pulled out wide or if I'm having to run for a shot, I feel confident that I can hit a better angle or I can just smack the ball back in without fear of it going out. Many posters have also said that this racket is the most fun they've ever had in hitting rallies and groundstrokes and I can definitely agree on that. Backhand slices are amazing with this racket. There's so much bite to it and it stays really low. Volleys are stable as well. You can get easy depth and block shots back with ease and place it where you want it to go. Serves are super solid. If you can generate a lot of RHS, you are rewarded with heavy pace with good control.

However, as amazing as this racket sounds, I would definitely not recommend this racket to anyone below 4.0. If you don't have sound technique or can't generate your own pace effectively, this racket may not be for you. It is a demanding racket and it requires the user to have good footwork and good preparation in order to strike the ball with good pace and direction. When I first played with the racket, I found it really difficult to gel with this racket. Maybe its because I was so used to the free pop on the 16x19 patterns but I could not hit the usual hard groundstrokes that I normally produced. It felt like no matter how hard I tried to hit it, I would produce a weak shot. But as I started getting used to the racket more and more, I found out the adjustment I needed to make. Compared to 16x19 rackets, the ball pockets a lot longer on the blade and it almost feels like you have a lot more time to hit through the ball. Once my technique was dialed in, the racket started producing shots that just blew me away. The feedback that you get when you hit the sweetspot with this racket is so addicting. The ball launches and lands precisely where you want it to land. I really recommend giving this racket a try for baseliners who want to hit heavy shots with added control, comfort, and spin. This new v7 Blade is worth all the hype!
 

Goldie

Rookie
18x20 blade V7 is a big winner for Wilson. Little stiffer than the Clash, but less stiff than the blade countervail. It is a great racket, been using blades for 8 years, and this one is definitely worth the hype. Good power, easy on the joints, and provides a lot of pop! I no longer need the Clash, as the new blade is easy on the wrist and arm. Perfect weight 11.7 ounces strung, no issues with plow through or volleying. Demoed Head gravity and the 16x19 blade, I found the gravity erratic and the 16x19 blade light and less stable. So I am done for a few years with rackets, this one provides everything I need, just up to technique from here.
 

WillGinRVA

New User
Anyone know when the limited edition colors of the CV version came out relative to the Cv launch date? The CV had an all black 16x19 and a reverse paint job 18x20. Wondering if we might see something like that in a year or two for the V7.
 

vanworth

Rookie
18x20 blade V7 is a big winner for Wilson. Little stiffer than the Clash, but less stiff than the blade countervail. It is a great racket, been using blades for 8 years, and this one is definitely worth the hype. Good power, easy on the joints, and provides a lot of pop! I no longer need the Clash, as the new blade is easy on the wrist and arm. Perfect weight 11.7 ounces strung, no issues with plow through or volleying. Demoed Head gravity and the 16x19 blade, I found the gravity erratic and the 16x19 blade light and less stable. So I am done for a few years with rackets, this one provides everything I need, just up to technique from here.
How is it for serve, slice and return?
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Blade is a sweet racquet but I actually prefer the TF40. Both are great but the TF40 in a 18*20 has a little better access to spin and I honestly prefer the feel. It is kind of like a cross between the Blade and the Strike. You really can’t go wrong with either.
Tf40 305?
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
Here's some FH's I hit at the end of a 90 minute session. Wanted to see how I swung when I was tired. I'll get some fresh ones up too and probably have before and after of some backhands. Just takes a while to get these videos chopped down from 4K, so ill stick to 1080p 60FPS I think.

So nice to see others actually hitting with this racquet. I wish more people would post hitting sessions, different styles work better with different racquets, it's nice to see and compare.
 

matchpoint9

Rookie
It’s still a hit or miss for me with the 18x20. I’ve now played 3 usta doubles matches with the Blade. It’s a very good stick in stock form but when the pace increases particularly fast exchanges at the net, I miss a HL racquet. I’m going to tailweight this to 6-7pts HL and see how it plays.

In the mean time I think I want to sell/trade one of my Blade for the VCORE HD and do “extended demo” with both sticks.


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