2019 Wilson Blade

TennisManiac

Professional
I've been playing with the 16x19 lately. It came to me unstrung with a static weight of 305 grams and was 6.5 pts. hl. After I strung it with a full bed of Alu Power and put a 5 gram over grip on it, it weighed 327 grams and was 3.5 pts. hl. I took it out to hit and found it to be as light as a feather and low powered. At least compared to what I'm used to playing with. So I added 4 more grams to the bottom of the handle and 3 grams to the tip. It became 333 grams and 4 pts. hl. I took it out to hit again and still found it to be really light and whippy feeling and still very low powered compared to my normal setup. So I just put 4 more grams in the buttcap and another gram on the tip. It's now 338 grams and 5 pts. hl. I'll be taking it out tomorrow to see what this feels like. So far I've added 8 grams to the end of the handle and 4 grams to the tip. It's definitely a platform frame. That's for sure
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Australia is on my bucket list of places to visit! When my wife and I eventually make it out there to visit the koalas and kangaroos, I’ll be sure to pack a racquet so we can have a TT 2.5 rated hit! :)
Deal!... Likewise, when I visit your neck of the woods in the good old US of A, I will bring my gear as well. (y) :)
 
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Mike Lambresi

New User
I've been playing with the 16x19 lately. It came to me unstrung with a static weight of 305 grams and was 6.5 pts. hl. After I strung it with a full bed of Alu Power and put a 5 gram over grip on it, it weighed 327 grams and was 3.5 pts. hl. I took it out to hit and found it to be as light as a feather and low powered. At least compared to what I'm used to playing with. So I added 4 more grams to the bottom of the handle and 3 grams to the tip. It became 333 grams and 4 pts. hl. I took it out to hit again and still found it to be really light and whippy feeling and still very low powered compared to my normal setup. So I just put 4 more grams in the buttcap and another gram on the tip. It's now 338 grams and 5 pts. hl. I'll be taking it out tomorrow to see what this feels like. So far I've added 8 grams to the end of the handle and 4 grams to the tip. It's definitely a platform frame. That's for sure
Sounds great, dead on specs.
Report back your findings.

Didn't you use to hit with a PS97?

I just switched from a PS97 to a K Blade 98 18*20 full bed of Alu Power Rough as well @ 22kg.

How do you compare the 16*19 pattern of the Blade to the more open and erratic of the PS97?
 

Wheelz

Rookie
I've been playing with the 16x19 lately. It came to me unstrung with a static weight of 305 grams and was 6.5 pts. hl. After I strung it with a full bed of Alu Power and put a 5 gram over grip on it, it weighed 327 grams and was 3.5 pts. hl. I took it out to hit and found it to be as light as a feather and low powered. At least compared to what I'm used to playing with. So I added 4 more grams to the bottom of the handle and 3 grams to the tip. It became 333 grams and 4 pts. hl. I took it out to hit again and still found it to be really light and whippy feeling and still very low powered compared to my normal setup. So I just put 4 more grams in the buttcap and another gram on the tip. It's now 338 grams and 5 pts. hl. I'll be taking it out tomorrow to see what this feels like. So far I've added 8 grams to the end of the handle and 4 grams to the tip. It's definitely a platform frame. That's for sure
What's your normal setup?
 

TennisManiac

Professional
Sounds great, dead on specs.
Report back your findings.

Didn't you use to hit with a PS97?

I just switched from a PS97 to a K Blade 98 18*20 full bed of Alu Power Rough as well @ 22kg.

How do you compare the 16*19 pattern of the Blade to the more open and erratic of the PS97?
Yep, I actually still hit with my trusty 2015 ProStaffs. Customized of course. I haven't been able to find a frame that can compete with them yet. Heck... I just won a tournament the other week with my ProStaffs. I've been trying to find a new frame to transition into this summer because my frames are getting old and I'm sure they've lost a lot of pop because of stress fractures.

As far as comparing the two 16x19 string beds. I'd say that the Blade is a tad bit more accurate. But just a tad. It's very predictable. But to be honest... I have no issues with the ProStaff's accuracy. Maybe it's because I've been playing with them for 4 years, but I really don't think that the string bed is erratic at all. I always know where my shots are going.

So as far as tonight's outing with the Blade after adding some more weight. It was a little better as far as feeling like it had some heft to it. But it was still really low powered and anemic feeling to me. I was getting a sense of the ball sinking into the stringbed and dying there before coming off. I think because the racket is flexing so much it's actually absorbing a ton of energy and sending out a weak ball. And trust me... I hit hard with lots of spin. I've been playing #1 singles on a 4.5 team for 9 years. I'm no hacker.

So at this point I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I've demoed 5 frames this summer and none of them can compete with what I've been using. I found a seller on "Evil Bay" who claims to have new old stock. And he has a couple of 2015 Prostaffs for sale. I'm waiting to hear back from him in regards to pictures of the reflective Wilson logo and what the inside of the buttcap looks like. I'll know if they're counterfeits or not. If they're real... I'm probably just going to buy one or two and call it a day for a few more years with some fresh frames. Now I know why the pros stick to their old frames and just keep getting the latest paint jobs.
 

TennisManiac

Professional
What's your normal setup?
2015 ProStaff 97 "customized"

I added 4 grams of lead to the tip and 1 gram each at 3 and 9. So 6 grams total to the hoop.
I play with a 5 gram overgrip and added an additional 4 grams of lead in the buttcap.

Bringing the static weight to 340 grams.
Making the racket 5 points HL.
Swing weight is somewhere bewteen 335 and 340.

It sit right between a stock ProStaff97 and the RF97. Perfect imo.

And for what it's worth. I string it up with a full bed of Alu Power at 48 lbs. And cut it out and restring every 3 to 4 hours of play.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Yep, I actually still hit with my trusty 2015 ProStaffs. Customized of course. I haven't been able to find a frame that can compete with them yet. Heck... I just won a tournament the other week with my ProStaffs. I've been trying to find a new frame to transition into this summer because my frames are getting old and I'm sure they've lost a lot of pop because of stress fractures.

As far as comparing the two 16x19 string beds. I'd say that the Blade is a tad bit more accurate. But just a tad. It's very predictable. But to be honest... I have no issues with the ProStaff's accuracy. Maybe it's because I've been playing with them for 4 years, but I really don't think that the string bed is erratic at all. I always know where my shots are going.

So as far as tonight's outing with the Blade after adding some more weight. It was a little better as far as feeling like it had some heft to it. But it was still really low powered and anemic feeling to me. I was getting a sense of the ball sinking into the stringbed and dying there before coming off. I think because the racket is flexing so much it's actually absorbing a ton of energy and sending out a weak ball. And trust me... I hit hard with lots of spin. I've been playing #1 singles on a 4.5 team for 9 years. I'm no hacker.

So at this point I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I've demoed 5 frames this summer and none of them can compete with what I've been using. I found a seller on "Evil Bay" who claims to have new old stock. And he has a couple of 2015 Prostaffs for sale. I'm waiting to hear back from him in regards to pictures of the reflective Wilson logo and what the inside of the buttcap looks like. I'll know if they're counterfeits or not. If they're real... I'm probably just going to buy one or two and call it a day for a few more years with some fresh frames. Now I know why the pros stick to their old frames and just keep getting the latest paint jobs.
Use a stiffer string or string your ALU tighter. By increasing stringbed stiffness you will get the firmer feel and response your prefer. Also since you are adding a significant amount of weight to your frame, the added shock from a stiffer stringbed will not be as much of an issue.

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TennisManiac

Professional
Use a stiffer string or string your ALU tighter. By increasing stringbed stiffness you will get the firmer feel and response your prefer. Also since you are adding a significant amount of weight to your frame, the added shock from a stiffer stringbed will not be as much of an issue.

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I was thinking about that today. I have a pack of Hyper G 16L that I was going to throw in it tonight just for sh!ts and giggles to see how it plays with a slightly stiffer string. I'll hit with this setup tomorrow and let you know what I think of it.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Nice, I think you will appreciate the stiffer stringbed. Surprisingly 4G at 44 lbs on my constant pull feels plush even though it is one of the stiffest strings on the market. I will probably increase tension next time.
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
I agree with you but thats only if you know how to swing it for most beginners they will struggle with the 18 by 20. only appropriate for advanced players
Yeah, I’m too much of a beginner and don’t know how to swing in order to use the advanced 18x20, so I’ll continue to use 16x19 if only because it’s faster for me to string. Lol!
 

TennisManiac

Professional
Well... I gave it another try today with Hyper G. It was a little better in regards to feeling a bit more solid at impact. But still lacked plow and stability compared to my Pro Staff 97. My opponent noticed immediately that my balls were falling shorter than normal and with a lot less speed than he's used to seeing. He also said that he could tell a drop in mph's on my serve. At this point I'm not sure if it's even worth trying to add more weight or not to get the plow and drive that I'm used to playing with. I'm starting to think that it just might not be the frame for me. It's just to light and anemic to play big strike tennis imo. I think this frame suits younger players who don't hit hard yet or older players who have arm problems and are looking for an arm friendly racket to play with. I will say this.... if someone was looking for an arm friendly racket that they can play a lot of tennis with without fear of damaging their arm... this is the frame. And it has a really tight string pattern that offers tons of control. But if you're looking to play big boy tennis against lots of heavy hitters this stick just isn't going to cut it. It's too flexible and absorbs way to much energy and offers very little in way of plow and stability. That's my opinion anyway. I'll probably be listing the racket in the classifieds section soon.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Well... I gave it another try today with Hyper G. It was a little better in regards to feeling a bit more solid at impact. But still lacked plow and stability compared to my Pro Staff 97. My opponent noticed immediately that my balls were falling shorter than normal and with a lot less speed than he's used to seeing. He also said that he could tell a drop in mph's on my serve. At this point I'm not sure if it's even worth trying to add more weight or not to get the plow and drive that I'm used to playing with. I'm starting to think that it just might not be the frame for me. It's just to light and anemic to play big strike tennis imo. I think this frame suits younger players who don't hit hard yet or older players who have arm problems and are looking for an arm friendly racket to play with. I will say this.... if someone was looking for an arm friendly racket that they can play a lot of tennis with without fear of damaging their arm... this is the frame. And it has a really tight string pattern that offers tons of control. But if you're looking to play big boy tennis against lots of heavy hitters this stick just isn't going to cut it. It's too flexible and absorbs way to much energy and offers very little in way of plow and stability. That's my opinion anyway. I'll probably be listing the racket in the classifieds section soon.
Dude, people can hit the ball very hard with this frame. It’s known for first strike hitting. I am not sure what big boy tennis means, but I imagine I have faced it down here in SoFL and plenty of guys down here use a stock Blade.

I respect that you don’t like the racquet, but to disparage people who use this frame as soft hitters or old guys is pretty lame and also pretty ignorant.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
Dude, people can hit the ball very hard with this frame. It’s known for first strike hitting. I am not sure what big boy tennis means, but I imagine I have faced it down here in SoFL and plenty of guys down here use a stock Blade.

I respect that you don’t like the racquet, but to disparage people who use this frame as soft hitters or old guys is pretty lame and also pretty ignorant.
Maybe he meant "Big Bubba Boy" tennis? Lol

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mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Well... I gave it another try today with Hyper G. It was a little better in regards to feeling a bit more solid at impact. But still lacked plow and stability compared to my Pro Staff 97. My opponent noticed immediately that my balls were falling shorter than normal and with a lot less speed than he's used to seeing. He also said that he could tell a drop in mph's on my serve. At this point I'm not sure if it's even worth trying to add more weight or not to get the plow and drive that I'm used to playing with. I'm starting to think that it just might not be the frame for me. It's just to light and anemic to play big strike tennis imo. I think this frame suits younger players who don't hit hard yet or older players who have arm problems and are looking for an arm friendly racket to play with. I will say this.... if someone was looking for an arm friendly racket that they can play a lot of tennis with without fear of damaging their arm... this is the frame. And it has a really tight string pattern that offers tons of control. But if you're looking to play big boy tennis against lots of heavy hitters this stick just isn't going to cut it. It's too flexible and absorbs way to much energy and offers very little in way of plow and stability. That's my opinion anyway. I'll probably be listing the racket in the classifieds section soon.
Sounds like you got a v7 16/19 that sucks @$$ like mine. But the v7 18/20 that I tried was a completely different playing stick.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Dude, people can hit the ball very hard with this frame. It’s known for first strike hitting. I am not sure what big boy tennis means, but I imagine I have faced it down here in SoFL and plenty of guys down here use a stock Blade.

I respect that you don’t like the racquet, but to disparage people who use this frame as soft hitters or old guys is pretty lame and also pretty ignorant.
Pretty sure TM has the 16/19 and not the 18/20. My experience with the 16/19 wasn’t too different. It was totally underwhelming to say the least. My brief hit with chaelaz’s v7 18/20 was completely different. If the 18/20 came with a 325-328 strung swingweight, I’d be using it now.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Pretty sure TM has the 16/19 and not the 18/20. My experience with the 16/19 wasn’t too different. It was totally underwhelming to say the least. My brief hit with chaelaz’s v7 18/20 was completely different. If the 18/20 came with a 325-328 strung swingweight, I’d be using it now.
The high SW is what makes it great. I wouldn’t sell yourself short on that and glue yourself to a number there. It’s simply an adjustment over a few weeks and then you have the advantage of plow behind all your shots. Short ball pickups are fine and actually an advantage once you get used to it.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
The high SW is what makes it great. I wouldn’t sell yourself short on that and glue yourself to a number there. It’s simply an adjustment over a few weeks and then you have the advantage of plow behind all your shots. Short ball pickups are fine and actually an advantage once you get used to it.
I liked the feel of ChaelAZ‘a v7 but wasn’t crazy with the balance. I just find that more HL racquets work better for me. I’m actually up to around 327-330SW these days.

I’ve got the tf40 305 incoming. I think it will only need a leather grip and it’ll be golden.
 
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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Well... I gave it another try today with Hyper G. It was a little better in regards to feeling a bit more solid at impact. But still lacked plow and stability compared to my Pro Staff 97. My opponent noticed immediately that my balls were falling shorter than normal and with a lot less speed than he's used to seeing. He also said that he could tell a drop in mph's on my serve. At this point I'm not sure if it's even worth trying to add more weight or not to get the plow and drive that I'm used to playing with. I'm starting to think that it just might not be the frame for me. It's just to light and anemic to play big strike tennis imo. I think this frame suits younger players who don't hit hard yet or older players who have arm problems and are looking for an arm friendly racket to play with. I will say this.... if someone was looking for an arm friendly racket that they can play a lot of tennis with without fear of damaging their arm... this is the frame. And it has a really tight string pattern that offers tons of control. But if you're looking to play big boy tennis against lots of heavy hitters this stick just isn't going to cut it. It's too flexible and absorbs way to much energy and offers very little in way of plow and stability. That's my opinion anyway. I'll probably be listing the racket in the classifieds section soon.
Sounds like you need to ditch the 16x19 and get an 18x20 with 335 swingweight stock.


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That’s actually golfers elbow. I’ve struggled with it in the past - stiff strings, stiff racquets, racquets with a lot of weight in the head, or any combination thereof are all culprits. I like to arm the ball on the serve and forehand too which doesn’t help.

Also, unfortunately string tension is not an apples to apples comparison. So knowing what tension TW used may not be that helpful. 50 lb on a manual lockout will not be the same as 50 lb on a constant pull. Stringer technique is a factor too, for example, I pull my crosses tight because I apply pressure to them while they are tensioning (I use a constant pull). In my opinion tight crosses help with stringbed longevity. Also I don’t have to straighten the crosses much after I take the racquet off the stringer which the OCD in me appreciates.

Best thing you can do is isolate one or two variables and compare results. It’s definitely an iterative process. Good luck!


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Yup, you were so correct, still getting the golfer's elbow using the blade on serve, thought it was solved. I switched strings, think I will just go with a Yonex racket now Vcore pro HD, I didn't have a hint of anything elbow with that stick.
 

Wheelz

Rookie
Took a demo of the blade 18x20. Quickly specs are 33.5 balance, 325g. Is that balance on the high side ? Too much rain today to try. I will compare it to a modded Clash. Motivation comes from me trying my old LM Radical (18x20) that lacked stuff I liked on the clash and vice versa. Curious to see if the Blade could be the sweet spot !
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Took a demo of the blade 18x20. Quickly specs are 33.5 balance, 325g. Is that balance on the high side ? Too much rain today to try. I will compare it to a modded Clash. Motivation comes from me trying my old LM Radical (18x20) that lacked stuff I liked on the clash and vice versa. Curious to see if the Blade could be the sweet spot !
My 18x20s are 3.5-4 points headlight stock except for a wilson pro overgrip (adds 5 grams). If your 33.5 balance is without an overgrip, then a 5 gram overgrip would bring the balance to around 33 which is what mine are at a static weight of 328-329. Swingweight strung with 4G 1.25 is 338. Loving this setup right now.


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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Yup, you were so correct, still getting the golfer's elbow using the blade on serve, thought it was solved. I switched strings, think I will just go with a Yonex racket now Vcore pro HD, I didn't have a hint of anything elbow with that stick.
If I had to guess the VCORE HD has a weight distribution that puts less torque on your elbow. If I arm the serve too much with the blade my elbow can act up. I’ve been focusing on legs and trunk and just getting the frame moving smoothly and it is working well for me, no elbow pain.


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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
The high SW is what makes it great. I wouldn’t sell yourself short on that and glue yourself to a number there. It’s simply an adjustment over a few weeks and then you have the advantage of plow behind all your shots. Short ball pickups are fine and actually an advantage once you get used to it.
Agreed. Swingweight > static weight takes an adjustment period. First few outings felt “off.” Now I’m never looking back!


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So let’s see here...tanking matches, appealing ratings (when it isn’t justified), bending (or breaking) the rules, etc. for a whole season...just to spend a bunch of money to go to a far away place, tool all of your opponents, and go home with a title there’s no way you could lose? Where’s the fun in that?
If I had to guess the VCORE HD has a weight distribution that puts less torque on your elbow. If I arm the serve too much with the blade my elbow can act up. I’ve been focusing on legs and trunk and just getting the frame moving smoothly and it is working well for me, no elbow pain.


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I think it must, I mean Vcore pro 330, Wilson roger autograph, Vcore pro hd, no issue.

Who knows what kind of Blade mine is lol, with the Wilson quality control. Not worth the hassle, easier to go the safer route.
 

Barricade

New User
Recently got the v7 16x19 and loving it! Opinion seems to be aligned with the general opinion here, great comfort and control but a bit lacking in power. It works well for me though since on high balls/on the run the racket's maneuverability has helped out while on the baseline I'm still able to generate the deep shots that I want.

I've been stringing it up with Prince Synthetic Gut Duraflex 16 since I have a reel of that left from before....though I would prefer not to restring it every week though so I bought a set of ALU Power Icy Blue to try.

Any recommendation for starting tension with the ALU? I would like to get explore a more power-friendly string configuration if possible
 

TennisManiac

Professional
Dude, people can hit the ball very hard with this frame. It’s known for first strike hitting. I am not sure what big boy tennis means, but I imagine I have faced it down here in SoFL and plenty of guys down here use a stock Blade.

I respect that you don’t like the racquet, but to disparage people who use this frame as soft hitters or old guys is pretty lame and also pretty ignorant.
Just to be clear, I'm using the 16x19 version. And this thing in stock form is a turd. So I imagine the guys you're referring to are using the 18x20? And in regards to "big boy tennis" I'm talking about 4.5 to 5.0 level players who pound the hell out of the ball. I'm just calling it as I see it. Hopefully this helps.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Just to be clear, I'm using the 16x19 version. And this thing in stock form is a turd. So I imagine the guys you're referring to are using the 18x20? And in regards to "big boy tennis" I'm talking about 4.5 to 5.0 level players who pound the hell out of the ball. I'm just calling it as I see it. Hopefully this helps.
My 16/19 was a complete turd too. I totally understand.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Just to be clear, I'm using the 16x19 version. And this thing in stock form is a turd. So I imagine the guys you're referring to are using the 18x20? And in regards to "big boy tennis" I'm talking about 4.5 to 5.0 level players who pound the hell out of the ball. I'm just calling it as I see it. Hopefully this helps.
Try the 18//20. Very good racquet. Very solid and hits a big ball. I just don’t like the hefty swingweight or I’d probably be using it now.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Just to be clear, I'm using the 16x19 version. And this thing in stock form is a turd. So I imagine the guys you're referring to are using the 18x20? And in regards to "big boy tennis" I'm talking about 4.5 to 5.0 level players who pound the hell out of the ball. I'm just calling it as I see it. Hopefully this helps.

I get it but i play some guys higher than that using the blade. Granted it is the 18x20 but if you have strokes you can play with anything. I play with one guy who has atp points and hits harder than any 5.0 ever could. He can do it with any racquet but he uses a stock blade.

But to really clear it up - 4.5 is not really big boy tennis. Its nice for rec play but we are not hitting a great player off the court at that level.

You may have gotten an underspec blade. If you are ever in miami, let me know and we can hit. I have two and they are great for big hitting or dealing with it.
 
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Well... I gave it another try today with Hyper G. It was a little better in regards to feeling a bit more solid at impact. But still lacked plow and stability compared to my Pro Staff 97. My opponent noticed immediately that my balls were falling shorter than normal and with a lot less speed than he's used to seeing. He also said that he could tell a drop in mph's on my serve. At this point I'm not sure if it's even worth trying to add more weight or not to get the plow and drive that I'm used to playing with. I'm starting to think that it just might not be the frame for me. It's just to light and anemic to play big strike tennis imo. I think this frame suits younger players who don't hit hard yet or older players who have arm problems and are looking for an arm friendly racket to play with. I will say this.... if someone was looking for an arm friendly racket that they can play a lot of tennis with without fear of damaging their arm... this is the frame. And it has a really tight string pattern that offers tons of control. But if you're looking to play big boy tennis against lots of heavy hitters this stick just isn't going to cut it. It's too flexible and absorbs way to much energy and offers very little in way of plow and stability. That's my opinion anyway. I'll probably be listing the racket in the classifieds section soon.
Unless you are me, beware. I used hyper G in the heavy Yonex rackets and the wilson autograph no issues at all, put hyper g 17 at 50 lbs in this V7 and golfer's elbow popped up, worst I've ever had. Also have a friend that put Hyper G in the older blade and had shoulder issues. Maybe it's the tight string pattern, who knows?
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
@Power Player

Maybe there was a batch of 16/19s that were just complete duds because the one I had was honestly one of the worst rackets I have ever hit with. What @TennisManiac described pretty much mirrored my experience.
I believe that for sure, but i could still play with it if i had to. That was more my point of contention. There are top ranked juniors crushing the ball down here with lite apds.
Its not the racquet at 4.5 and up, all im saying there.

I definitely did not like the 16x19 blade as much and never have but if someone cant hit big with it, they probably arent a florida or cali 4.5.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I believe that for sure, but i could still play with it if i had to. That was more my point of contention. There are top ranked juniors crushing the ball down here with lite apds.
Its not the racquet at 4.5 and up, all im saying there.

I definitely did not like the 16x19 blade as much and never have but if someone cant hit big with it, they probably arent a florida or cali 4.5.
The apd regular or lite is a much more solid stick and better ime than the v7 16/19. The reason why the 16/19 was so poor for me was the hoop had too much flutter and made the racquet unstable and stringbed unpredictable It also took away a lot of feedback - so much that the stringbed was incredibly vague. The unpredictable flex and flutter of the frame resulted in a lot of “what the hell” moments for me.

the blade cv was very dampened with little feel, but it was solid and stiff like a piece of lumber so even with less feel all you had to do was line up the strings with the ball and come through with your regular stroke and you’d find you hit a good shot.
 

TennisManiac

Professional
I believe that for sure, but i could still play with it if i had to.
I played a match today with it against another 4.5 player that has never taken a set from me. He won the first set 6-2. I was going to pull out my Prostaff at the end of the first set but decided to stay with the Blade and just grind it out. I ended up winning the second set 6-1. And then the third set tiebreak 10-4. So like you... I can still play with it if I had to. I just prefer not to because it sucks.
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
Hardly believe that I would ever say this but it looks like I am settled. I got myself 2 clash 98 and 2 blade 98 V7 18x20. Both play fantastic! I used matching service to get the specs that i wanted. My clash being at 340 swingweight with 1.25 poly, and my blade at a lighter static weight and 335 swingweight. Clash giving me the better serve and more spin, blades giving me a little more control on the groundstrokes. Both are sooo much fun to play with!

Both can be used perfectly without a dampener (no plingy sounds). I love wilson for bringing these sticks to us. I now sold my whole collection, except for one angell k7 lime.
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
I played a match today with it against another 4.5 player that has never taken a set from me. He won the first set 6-2.
It’s called confidence. You have it with you Pro Staffs, you dont have it with the blade. Either give the blade time and adapt or stick with your pro staffs. :)
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
It’s called confidence. You have it with you Pro Staffs, you dont have it with the blade. Either give the blade time and adapt or stick with your pro staffs. :)
The v7 16/19 I had sucked compared to the 18/20. It was a completely different stick. Really.
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
The 16x19 blade v7 I tried did feel a little subpar..hard to articulate..sometimes you have high hopes based on heritage and others praise..but at times it simply doesn't work for you..no biggy..that is why their are numerous manufacturers with many offers in their line ups..
As well as strings and tension choices..
 
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Wheelz

Rookie
Hardly believe that I would ever say this but it looks like I am settled. I got myself 2 clash 98 and 2 blade 98 V7 18x20. Both play fantastic! I used matching service to get the specs that i wanted. My clash being at 340 swingweight with 1.25 poly, and my blade at a lighter static weight and 335 swingweight. Clash giving me the better serve and more spin, blades giving me a little more control on the groundstrokes. Both are sooo much fun to play with!

Both can be used perfectly without a dampener (no plingy sounds). I love wilson for bringing these sticks to us. I now sold my whole collection, except for one angell k7 lime.
How did you mod the clash to get to 340SW?
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
I can understand why the 16x19 would be underwhelming for some people: flexible, light, and not enough weight in the head is a horrible combo. I had an underspec 18x20 that was meh, so I get it. To settle this debate I picked up two matched 16x19s. They are the same static weight as my 18x20s but 1.5 points more headlight and 10 swingweight points lower. Initial impression is string pattern is very open around the perimeter of the head and I don’t think it will hold up as well as the 18x20 unless I increase the tension. Also just hitting the stringbed with my palm, the frame does not feel or sound as substantial as the 18x20. Adding some weight to the head would probably help, but then I would simply be approaching the swingweight and balance of the 18x20 at a higher overall static weight. Same string, same tension, apples to apples. I will circle back after I log some court time.


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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Blade has basically been the same since its creation. High SW, low static weight. If you pick it up and swing and it comes through too fast, that’s a dud. Got to have that higher SW to really play like a Blade. The static weight being low will keep your tip speed fast, so thats why I don’t personally like to tail weight mine.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I can understand why the 16x19 would be underwhelming for some people: flexible, light, and not enough weight in the head is a horrible combo. I had an underspec 18x20 that was meh, so I get it. To settle this debate I picked up two matched 16x19s. They are the same static weight as my 18x20s but 1.5 points more headlight and 10 swingweight points lower. Initial impression is string pattern is very open around the perimeter of the head and I don’t think it will hold up as well as the 18x20 unless I increase the tension. Also just hitting the stringbed with my palm, the frame does not feel or sound as substantial as the 18x20. Adding some weight to the head would probably help, but then I would simply be approaching the swingweight and balance of the 18x20 at a higher overall static weight. Same string, same tension, apples to apples. I will circle back after I log some court time.


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I’ve got a 2015 Blade 18/20 with an unstrung SW of 291 coming soon. Since this will be way under spec, I’ll get to see if stability suffers in stock form as a result. Ultimately I intend to add lead to bring the SW up to ~325-328.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
I’ve got a 2015 Blade 18/20 with an unstrung SW of 291 coming soon. Since this will be way under spec, I’ll get to see if stability suffers in stock form as a result. Ultimately I intend to add lead to bring the SW up to ~325-328.
The 2015 blade 18x20 is rock solid. It is stiffer than the v7 and it also has higher twist weight than the 16x19 v7.
 
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