2019 Wilson Blade

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
I have been hooked by the new Blade 100L! I bought one grip size smaller, added a heat shrink sleeve to build up the grip-size (this add weight and remove vibrations) and injected some silicone. Strung with Topspin cyberflash 16 at 45 lbs, it plays very solid and feels amazingly good! SW 326 and static weight with strings, overgrip, heat shrink sleeve, silicone and one pacific dampener is 336 grams.

A really good platform racquet. I was first a bit sceptical just looking at the specs with such a high RA, but it feels much softer and comfortable live. Anyone else tried the 100L?
 

10nisne1

New User
Got a chance to hit with the 18x20 and compare with the 16x19 I've been using for the past few months. 18x20 felt plush and stable, but a little "boardy" compared to the 16x19. As expected, the 18x20 has a lower trajectory ball flight than the 16x19. After playing a few sets with the 18x20, it reminded me why I switched from 18x20 to a 16x19 few years ago. First set felt really good with the 18x20, but entering 2nd set and into the 3rd set, where I started to tire, the lower trajectory caused the ball to start landing short. More control on the 18x20 for sure, but less free power than 16x19.

If I was a little younger, the 18x20 would have been a solid choice for me. :)
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Curious to see how the blade 100l compares to the blade 98l..I have a 98l which I like ..but could use a tad more head space as 100 suites my game more.
 

FedGR

Semi-Pro
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
I tried the ALU initially on my 18x20 at 50# and it was good. But I didn't love it. If I would string it in the 16x19, I would go low, maybe 45#. I like RPM Blast and Yonex PTP on it though.

Yeah, I know. I had one before but not one that was under spec. This one will allow me to customize it to my preferred headlight spec and still get to a 327ish SW.
My main 2015 Blade is 5 gr under spec and it as sweet as sugar! Enjoy!

You’re just gonna have to trust me and @TennisManiac on this. The ones we tried just suck. I have plenty of experience with different versions of 18/20 blades (cv, 2015, black gold blx and NONE play like the stinker I had which had most of the same characteristics that TM described.

This is how horrible mine was. I normally see some redeeming qualities in most every racquet and as a result have trouble parting with it. That’s how I ended up with nearly a hundred racquets in my collection. This one was so bad that I let it go after a week. There was not one redeeming quality. And I’m a fan of Wilson sticks currently playing modded Ultra Tours, modded Clash 100, and stock Clash 98.
I know we have discussed this topic before and I don't necessarily disagree with the fact that you guys might have gotten duds. I know Wilson's QC and it is not great. Once I played with an Ultra Tour that played nothing like the demo. The racket seemed structurally sound but played like it was broken.

However, I couldn't be more against calling a 321gr strung racket light and feather. 321 gr are 321 gr no matter whether it's a racket, a frying pan or a banana. And we need to be realistic here. We see professional players and college kids that are beasts playing with rackets strung between 320-330gr. And these are guys that would probably ridicule any of us in any standardized or non standardized athletic task. (And by ridicule I mean take "little" Goffin and Simon and train them against the strongest Blade users in this thread. It would be hilarious. )

Now these guys swing a 320gr racket against Del Potro or Nadal but we think the same racket won't do over NTRP 4.5? ;);)

I know I am beating a dead horse here but even though I have appreciated @TennisManiac 's input on many other topics, I think his take on this is kinda shaky.

Finally, 2 days ago I played against a 6.4 guy, buddy of mine that has played USTA Sectionals 5.0 . Yesterday I played against a beast of a guy that is 6.1 230 pounds of muscle and less than 10% fat. He went to the final of Texas state in High School and hits a gigantic ball. I lost very closely to the first guy and beat the 2nd guy, all with my light as feather 316 gr strung racket! ;)



glad im not a one-man 16x19 party over here
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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Is it just my eyes or does the 18x20 look wider?
It’s an optical illusion. I initially thought the same so I switched the position of each racquet and took another picture and the 16x19 looked wider. There could be some frame squashing actually going on but not as extreme as the pictures would suggest.


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grhcan99

Semi-Pro
It’s an optical illusion. I initially thought the same so I switched the position of each racquet and took another picture and the 16x19 looked wider. There could be some frame squashing actually going on but not as extreme as the pictures would suggest.


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Cool. Talking about optical illusion when I am stringing a racquet I notice that I see lines differently when I view the strings from different positions/angles. Especially with crosses in place when I eye them from the left I would see the strings bowed upwards (towards the head). So I would pull them down to straighten. When I spin the racquet and view from the left they would be bowed down. Drives me a bit crazy :)
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Cool. Talking about optical illusion when I am stringing a racquet I notice that I see lines differently when I view the strings from different positions/angles. Especially with crosses in place when I eye them from the left I would see the strings bowed upwards (towards the head). So I would pull them down to straighten. When I spin the racquet and view from the left they would be bowed down. Drives me a bit crazy :)
I feel your pain!


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parasailing

Hall of Fame
Finally got Black Code 4S strung up on my Blade. I am gonna give this a shot this weekend and let you know how it compares against Hyper G.
 

FedGR

Semi-Pro
Babes, I decided to find a seriously under spec Blade 18x20 so mine is up for grabs. Racket weighs 330gr strung with Babolat leather grip and Wilson OG and balance is 32.6 cm. Has been strung twice, has maybe 15 hours on it (at most) and it is in pristine condition.

Btw, the beast of a player that I mentioned in my previous post used to play with an old Wilson. After demoing about 10 rackets through TW, he chose the 16x19 V7. And he is one of the flattest hitters I've ever seen.
 

SumYungGai

Semi-Pro
Finally got to try the 18x20 v7 and I'm really impressed. Felt soft and the string bed was very consistent all-around. Touch came very easy as well as serves. It's a race between the Strike Tour and the Blade v7 now. I only have the 2020 Prestige left to try, but if that doesn't impress the way these two racquets have I think I'll be going with the Blade.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Finally got to try the 18x20 v7 and I'm really impressed. Felt soft and the string bed was very consistent all-around. Touch came very easy as well as serves. It's a race between the Strike Tour and the Blade v7 now. I only have the 2020 Prestige left to try, but if that doesn't impress the way these two racquets have I think I'll be going with the Blade.
this thing is da boooommmbb....
 

TennisManiac

Professional
Well I just ordered the V7 18x20 to demo along side the blue, orange and black VCORE Pro 97 330. I'll try to see what everyone is raving about with the 18x20.
 

Evobacsi

New User
First post on the forum. Followed this post for a while and decided to grab a v7 18x20. 46lb alu power, 1/2 grip size heat shrink sleeve and wilson pro og, weigh 332g. Cant really feel the bevels so I'm gonna grab me a babolat skin feel.

Have used ps97s gut poly 335g for the past year and a half. First impression is that the blade swings tiny bit easier, wont play this week so cant tell you guys more atm
 

EP1998

Semi-Pro
I have been hooked by the new Blade 100L! I bought one grip size smaller, added a heat shrink sleeve to build up the grip-size (this add weight and remove vibrations) and injected some silicone. Strung with Topspin cyberflash 16 at 45 lbs, it plays very solid and feels amazingly good! SW 326 and static weight with strings, overgrip, heat shrink sleeve, silicone and one pacific dampener is 336 grams.

A really good platform racquet. I was first a bit sceptical just looking at the specs with such a high RA, but it feels much softer and comfortable live. Anyone else tried the 100L?
I've hit with it a few times and really liked it. have only hit with it on hard court in thin air so need to try it on clay and in heavy conditions. Trying 98 v7 in 18x20 and 16x19 now.
 

EP1998

Semi-Pro
Got a chance to hit with the 18x20 and compare with the 16x19 I've been using for the past few months. 18x20 felt plush and stable, but a little "boardy" compared to the 16x19. As expected, the 18x20 has a lower trajectory ball flight than the 16x19. After playing a few sets with the 18x20, it reminded me why I switched from 18x20 to a 16x19 few years ago. First set felt really good with the 18x20, but entering 2nd set and into the 3rd set, where I started to tire, the lower trajectory caused the ball to start landing short. More control on the 18x20 for sure, but less free power than 16x19.

If I was a little younger, the 18x20 would have been a solid choice for me. :)
Thx for sharing. Similar thoughts here. I am loving the 18x20 on flat forehands but I have to be able to set up to get that ball...which feels easier with the 16x19.
 

voodoo

New User
I think the 18x20 Blade V7 is perfect for my game right now. It has great feel, light enough so I can get the racquet head through and up with good pace and spin, and excellent control. Topspin drives and serve feel awesome- still adjusting to backhand slice ( my best shot , I knife it but hitting long too often for my liking) and controlling volleys on hard hit low shots. Only been a couple of weeks.

FWIW , I’m 52 and play around 4.5 mostly now doubles . Played for over 45 years , most recently with Blade Cv, prestige Ig MP, and over 10 years with PC600 which is my all time favorite. Own 2 PT 57 A ( ex Joe Siriani sticks) but could never get enough pace of the ground ( my limitation)
otherwise it’s a brilliant racquet. Like others may have inferred, to ME it feels like a PT 57A with easier access to pace.
 

voodoo

New User
Is that 4.5 tennis? I’m in Australia so only going on written description. If so I’m more a 5 ( A reserve over here) .
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
The ratings will differ by area so a 4.5 in NY, Chicago or Southern Cal will be a pretty good player vs same rating from say Missouri
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
I ball in MD. A lot of 4.5s here that are low key 5.0+ that self-rate as 4.5 to get more playing opportunities. Video footage can be deceiving in terms of actual results, but I don’t think these guys would do that well against “4.5” players here.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Is that 4.5 tennis? I’m in Australia so only going on written description. If so I’m more a 5 ( A reserve over here) .
Here we go again. :rolleyes: I say 3.5. Those slow, loopy balls would get hammered for a winner every time by any 4.0 in my area! :-D

Just to get back on topic: I demoed the v7 16x19 with a fairly tight multi setup. It showed enough promise that I've ordered one to play around with (I always order 2 if I'm serious about a frame, lol).
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Here we go again. :rolleyes: I say 3.5. Those slow, loopy balls would get hammered for a winner every time by any 4.0 in my area! :-D

Just to get back on topic: I demoed the v7 16x19 with a fairly tight multi setup. It showed enough promise that I've ordered one to play around with (I always order 2 if I'm serious about a frame, lol).
The only relevance to level and the subject of this frame is its more suitable to the 4.5-5.5 players after tweaking the frame with weight. The 2015 Blade is more commonly used. The reason it is one of the most popular frames in D1 and D2 collegiate tennis.
The majority of Blades that you see on tour are not new Blades. The shiny paint is the first give away. H19’s and H22’s with a significant number of the frames just being older Wilson frames painted like Blades. 6.1 95 18x20’s and the older Blades are fairly common. Most of the collegiate players I know that use the 2015 Blades could have the new frames sent to them at any point and choose not.
It is sort of ridiculous how these frames are hyped through tour players. Serena is still playing with one of the old Wilson frames with power slots. Tsisipas is not using the new Blade either. 2013 Blade.
The hype is all about selling frames and it’s sort of amazing how the tennis consumer buys in. Fairly smart marketing. The reality is players don’t switch frames every time a new one comes out.
 
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Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
The only relevance to level and the subject of this frame is its more suitable to the 4.5-5.5 players after tweaking the frame with weight. The 2015 Blade is more commonly used. The reason it is one of the most popular frames in D1 and D2 collegiate tennis.
The majority of Blades that you see on tour are not new Blades. The shiny paint is the first give away. H19’s and H22’s with a significant number of the frames just being older Wilson frames painted like Blades. 6.1 95 18x20’s and the older Blades are fairly common. Most of the collegiate players I know that use the 2015 Blades could have the new frames sent to them at any point and choose not.
It is sort of ridiculous how these frames are hyped through tour players. Serena is still playing with one of the old Wilson frames with power slots. Tsisipas is not using the new Blade either. 2013 Blade.
The hype is all about selling frames and it’s sort of amazing how the tennis consumer buys in. Fairly smart marketing. The reality is players don’t switch frames every time a new one comes out.
Everything in this above quote is absolutely accurate. But the newest Blade V7 is a nice, different feeling racquet than its predecessors. Some my like it, some may not, but like referenced in the above quote, buying a racquet because it is supposed to be what an ATP pro uses is not the right mindset.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Everything in this above quote is absolutely accurate. But the newest Blade V7 is a nice, different feeling racquet than its predecessors. Some my like it, some may not, but like referenced in the above quote, buying a racquet because it is supposed to be what an ATP pro uses is not the right mindset.
Both of these frames, the V7 16x19 and the 18x20 hit well and the most significant thing I see for recreational players is they have made is easier on the arm. If you hold the racquet at the end of the grip and bounce a ball at the very top of the frame, mis-hitting some, you feel nothing in the arm. Interesting.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Both of these frames, the V7 16x19 and the 18x20 hit well and the most significant thing I see for recreational players is they have made is easier on the arm. If you hold the racquet at the end of the grip and bounce a ball at the very top of the frame, mis-hitting some, you feel nothing in the arm. Interesting.
top of the v7 18x20 is particularly good. It really has a nice pocketing.. doesn't lose much power and re-directs fairly well.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Both of these frames, the V7 16x19 and the 18x20 hit well and the most significant thing I see for recreational players is they have made is easier on the arm. If you hold the racquet at the end of the grip and bounce a ball at the very top of the frame, mis-hitting some, you feel nothing in the arm. Interesting.
Agreed, comfort is phenomenal even with a full bed of stiff poly. Never thought I would contemplate increasing tension with a full bed of 4G. I eventually have to decide which pattern I prefer, both play great stock, with the 16x19 being slightly easier to use and the 18x20 being absolutely rock solid. I have both strung with 4G at 44 lb on a constant pull machine.


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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Agree on the pros/satellite and collegiate players using the Blade. But the Blade v7 (on spec) is a tour weighted frame. Meaning, you have a swingweight and balance that can be used at the highest levels of play in stock form. Add to the fact that it is very good on the arm and has fantastic feel, and there is really no need to hunt down Pro Stock Blades unless you are really hardcore.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Agree on the pros/satellite and collegiate players using the Blade. But the Blade v7 (on spec) is a tour weighted frame. Meaning, you have a swingweight and balance that can be used at the highest levels of play in stock form. Add to the fact that it is very good on the arm and has fantastic feel, and there is really no need to hunt down Pro Stock Blades unless you are really hardcore.
Especially on the WTA. They can use it as is and it’s interesting that you don’t see them playing with the frame more often. Halep and several of the women are using the paint only.
Goffen who plays with the stock Blade looks to have moved to the new frame.
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
Especially on the WTA. They can use it as is and it’s interesting that you don’t see them playing with the frame more often. Halep and several of the women are using the paint only.
Goffen who plays with the stock Blade looks to have moved to the new frame.
Where did you get the info Goffin is using the V7? That would be very interesting
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Played V7 today, liked it a lot initially, but in the end if the day it's not even close to the Blade 2015. Too mushy, not much power, sometimes hard to control the ball. Something s just off with it. Serve and top spin were better than Blade 2015 though.
 
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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Played V7 today, like it a lot initially, but in the end if the day it's not even close to the Blade 2015. Too mushy, not much power, sometimes hard to control the ball. Something s just off with it. Serve and top spin were better than Blade 2015 though.
The v7 is very soft and muted. What was it strung with? I think it needs stiff string or high tension so it’s not too nebulous on contact.


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USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Where did you get the info Goffin is using the V7? That would be very interesting

Saw him playing the other day with the V7 cosmetics and it looks exactly like the V7. Same soft feel paint etc. Could be one of the older Blades. He uses the stock specs and if anyone is using the actual V7 it would be him.
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
The v7 is very soft and muted. What was it strung with? I think it needs stiff string or high tension so it’s not too nebulous on contact.


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I had Solinco Hyper G at 22 kg in it. Usually I string my Blade 2015 Alu Power Rough in mains/ Hyperion in crosses at 25/24 kg. So probably is really was the tension and the string.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Played V7 today, like it a lot initially, but in the end if the day it's not even close to the Blade 2015. Too mushy, not much power, sometimes hard to control the ball. Something s just off with it. Serve and top spin were better than Blade 2015 though.
My only issue with the 2015 is the SW is lower than the Blades I like (v7 and 2011). Of course, you can get lucky and get higher SWs, but once I got used to the v7, I can’t go lower anymore.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
My only issue with the 2015 is the SW is lower than the Blades I like (v7 and 2011). Of course, you can get lucky and get higher SWs, but once I got used to the v7, I can’t go lower anymore.
I picked up a 2015 with unstrung swingweight of 300 that is slightly under spec in static weight. So I’ll add weight to the handle/throat to get it as close as possible to my v7s. Should be a fun comparison.


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AM75

Hall of Fame
I picked up a 2015 with unstrung swingweight of 304 that is slightly under spec in static weight. So I’ll add weight to the handle/throat to get it as close as possible to my v7s. Should be a fun comparison.


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I have lead in the handle at 9 12 and 3 :) in both versions. A little bit less lead on v7 though.
 
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tennis347

Semi-Pro
My only issue with the 2015 is the SW is lower than the Blades I like (v7 and 2011). Of course, you can get lucky and get higher SWs, but once I got used to the v7, I can’t go lower anymore.
I also played with 2015 version Blade and thought it played a bit stiffer and had a little more power than the v7 Blade. The V7 has better feel, comfort and the balance IMO. I think the 2015 was too tip heavy on the 16 x 19 version.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I have to give Wilson props. We love to bash their QC here, but my new Blade 98 v7 16x19 came in at 306g unstrung and just 1 or 2mm past 7pts HL. So pretty much right on spec.
 
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parasailing

Hall of Fame
I got a chance to play 3 sets using Black Code 4S strung on my Blade v7 18x20 and wasn't impressed compared to Hyper-G. It does feel softer than Hyper-G and less plastic feeling but spin and bite was less. Balls tended to sail long and I couldn't hit with as much power on it.

Maybe I need to let it bring in a bit but for now, looks like Hyper-G might be my go to string but will try the 1.20mm instead of 1.25mm to see if it improves on that plastic feel.
 

Lozannois

Rookie
Hi everyone,

Anybody here who tried both Blade v7 and Angell custom V3 TC97 18x20 and could compare them in terms of stability/solidity and sweetspot ? And which one between the two you prefer and why ?

Thank you

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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Saw him playing the other day with the V7 cosmetics and it looks exactly like the V7. Same soft feel paint etc. Could be one of the older Blades. He uses the stock specs and if anyone is using the actual V7 it would be him.
Goffin is still glossin. Humbert appears to be using the matte CV paint still. Wonder if his is stock 16x19.


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AA7

Semi-Pro
I got a chance to play 3 sets using Black Code 4S strung on my Blade v7 18x20 and wasn't impressed compared to Hyper-G. It does feel softer than Hyper-G and less plastic feeling but spin and bite was less. Balls tended to sail long and I couldn't hit with as much power on it.

Maybe I need to let it bring in a bit but for now, looks like Hyper-G might be my go to string but will try the 1.20mm instead of 1.25mm to see if it improves on that plastic feel.
I havent tried 1.25... tried both 1.20 and 1.15 hyper g.. 1.20 was much better.. i think it is a candidate to be to go string... few more to try but 1.20 is solid.
 
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