2019 Wilson Blade

yes, do that. do as i say dont do as i do
I'm the 3.0/3.5 from a few posts ago who initially had trouble with this racquet (18x20, unstrung 311g, 7pt HL, 307 SW). I practiced a bit tonight and felt better with it. I'm thinking I just need to keep with it and this is a racquet that can stay with me as I improve. I keep buying and trying out different racquets and can't decide, but I'm getting tired of that and want to stick with something for more than a match haha.

I feel like I COULD go back to something that helps me out more at my current level, maybe a 100" racquet that's a little lighter, but I'd eventually have to move away from it as higher-level opponents no longer constantly hit softies the way they do in my current 3.0 league lol. Which sidenote I'm only 32 and just got back into tennis in the spring after not playing for 15-20 years, so feel I've got potential to move up some.

So overall I feel like this 18x20 isn't a noob racquet but also isn't reserved for super advanced players. It seems to hit consistently with good stability, such that I won't be able to blame the racquet if I play poorly or don't hit an alley shot I was aiming for. Whereas my various Clashes (100, Tour, 98) seem to be less predictable in how the ball comes off the strings.

Thoughts? Really I'm just looking for someone to tell me that I should stop my search for "the one" racquet, and instead focus on getting more familiar and better with this racquet and it'll be there to grow with me to the higher levels. And that just because I had trouble serving with it for 60ish practice serves doesn't mean I should give up on it haha.
Sorry. But if you initially thought it was too heavy, it probably is...
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
I'm the 3.0/3.5 from a few posts ago who initially had trouble with this racquet (18x20, unstrung 311g, 7pt HL, 307 SW). I practiced a bit tonight and felt better with it. I'm thinking I just need to keep with it and this is a racquet that can stay with me as I improve. I keep buying and trying out different racquets and can't decide, but I'm getting tired of that and want to stick with something for more than a match haha.

I feel like I COULD go back to something that helps me out more at my current level, maybe a 100" racquet that's a little lighter, but I'd eventually have to move away from it as higher-level opponents no longer constantly hit softies the way they do in my current 3.0 league lol. Which sidenote I'm only 32 and just got back into tennis in the spring after not playing for 15-20 years, so feel I've got potential to move up some.

So overall I feel like this 18x20 isn't a noob racquet but also isn't reserved for super advanced players. It seems to hit consistently with good stability, such that I won't be able to blame the racquet if I play poorly or don't hit an alley shot I was aiming for. Whereas my various Clashes (100, Tour, 98) seem to be less predictable in how the ball comes off the strings.

Thoughts? Really I'm just looking for someone to tell me that I should stop my search for "the one" racquet, and instead focus on getting more familiar and better with this racquet and it'll be there to grow with me to the higher levels. And that just because I had trouble serving with it for 60ish practice serves doesn't mean I should give up on it haha.
It's a great racquet, just stick with it.
Rather than spending tons on different racquets, spend a ton on a ball machine.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Changing racquets a lot wont help you get better. Honestly if you save that money and use it on 1 on one lessons you will benefit far more. Plus the coach will tell you if you need a different frame, which I doubt you do.
I'm the 3.0/3.5 from a few posts ago who initially had trouble with this racquet (18x20, unstrung 311g, 7pt HL, 307 SW). I practiced a bit tonight and felt better with it. I'm thinking I just need to keep with it and this is a racquet that can stay with me as I improve. I keep buying and trying out different racquets and can't decide, but I'm getting tired of that and want to stick with something for more than a match haha.

I feel like I COULD go back to something that helps me out more at my current level, maybe a 100" racquet that's a little lighter, but I'd eventually have to move away from it as higher-level opponents no longer constantly hit softies the way they do in my current 3.0 league lol. Which sidenote I'm only 32 and just got back into tennis in the spring after not playing for 15-20 years, so feel I've got potential to move up some.

So overall I feel like this 18x20 isn't a noob racquet but also isn't reserved for super advanced players. It seems to hit consistently with good stability, such that I won't be able to blame the racquet if I play poorly or don't hit an alley shot I was aiming for. Whereas my various Clashes (100, Tour, 98) seem to be less predictable in how the ball comes off the strings.

Thoughts? Really I'm just looking for someone to tell me that I should stop my search for "the one" racquet, and instead focus on getting more familiar and better with this racquet and it'll be there to grow with me to the higher levels. And that just because I had trouble serving with it for 60ish practice serves doesn't mean I should give up on it haha.
At 3.0-3.5, the racquet won’t matter much as long as it doesn’t hurt your arm. I recommend you choose a racquet that is easy to swing and do like PP recommended and get some lessons. That will do you more good than switching racquets.
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
Thoughts? Really I'm just looking for someone to tell me that I should stop my search for "the one" racquet, and instead focus on getting more familiar and better with this racquet and it'll be there to grow with me to the higher levels. And that just because I had trouble serving with it for 60ish practice serves doesn't mean I should give up on it haha.
Tennis is a weird sport. If something doesnt work for you, and you dont feel good about it, don’t do it. Don’t try to commit to something you don’t feel happy with. If you like your clash, stick to that. And if there comes a day you feel like you have outgrown the clash than grab your blade.
 

parasailing

Hall of Fame
Took my Hyper G 17g strung Blade out to the court today and gotta say I like it more than Black Code 4S. Spin is much better and balls didn't sail as much.

I feel like it is easier to get spin on serves with Hyper G than Black Code 4S. I played two hours and couple of sets and it felt pretty solid.

I had it strung at 44lbs mains and 40lbs cross and found Hyper G 17 to be a tad softer and also less plastic in feel.

Definitely feels like 17G is a bit more comfortable but gonna see how long durable the string is.
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
This is not the former steam 100 mould, is it?
It is not. New blade has a thinner beam and slightly more variation in the hoop if that makes sense. The Steam is basically an enlarged blade if that makes sense. Like somebody hit “zoom” on the blade mold. The 100L is not quite like that. I believe the throat/yoke geometry is a bit different, and it’s not quite as wide. I don’t have a steam 100 anymore to look again...it was a borrow racquet at the club and has now disappeared.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
To weight, or not to weight, and how much?

I have been playing with one weighted (8g in the handle) and one stock Blade. The difference is slight and overall playability for me hasn't been drasctic, but is noticeable. Interested in what others have done weighting wise and their expierences.

Wutchoo got on your V7?
 

gutfeeling

Professional
To weight, or not to weight, and how much?

I have been playing with one weighted (8g in the handle) and one stock Blade. The difference is slight and overall playability for me hasn't been drasctic, but is noticeable. Interested in what others have done weighting wise and their expierences.

Wutchoo got on your V7?
Bone stock, with overgrip, strung with 4G no dampener: 328.5 grams, 4 HL, 335 sw. It’s a monster and makes me realize how out of shape I am. If I am not preparing well and not moving my feet I am in trouble. Otherwise, the blend of comfort, power on demand, predictability of response, and stability is sublime.


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MisterP

Hall of Fame
To weight, or not to weight, and how much?

I have been playing with one weighted (8g in the handle) and one stock Blade. The difference is slight and overall playability for me hasn't been drasctic, but is noticeable. Interested in what others have done weighting wise and their expierences.

Wutchoo got on your V7?
I left it stock 331g static weight. 328 swingweight with a Yonex Supergrap overgrip and no dampener.

If I were going to mod it, I’d add a Babolat natural leather grip and some lead in the hoop. But, it’s already powerful enough (except maybe on serve) and it handles pace really well for its weight.

I’m sure it would play great at about 345g and 335 swingweight (serving bombs) but I wouldn’t want to sacrifice the maneuverability for that little extra stability and power.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I would also add, as much as I have settled on the V7, I still have this play test to line up. Just gotta coordinate with my buddy's shop. Might be Thanksgiving break week to do it.

NameYonex VCORE PRO 97HD (18x20)Wilson Blade 98 (18x20) v7Prince Textreme Tour 100P
Head Size97in² / 626cm²98in² / 632cm²100in² / 645cm²
Length27.00in / 68.58cm27.00in / 68.58cm27.00in / 68.58cm
Weight11.90oz / 337g11.40oz / 323g11.50oz / 326g
Balance Point7pts HL4pts HL7pts HL
Swing Weight326334324
Frame Stiffness596266
Beam Width20.0mm21.0mm23.0mm
Tip / Shaft20.0mm / 20.0mm21.0mm / 21.0mm22.0mm / 20.0mm
CompositionHM Graphite, Black Micro Core, NAMDBraided Graphite & BasaltTextreme/Twaron/Graphite
Power LevelLowLowLow
String Pattern18 Mains / 20 Crosses18 Mains / 20 Crosses18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains Skip8T,10T,8H,10H8T,10T,8H,10H8T,10T,8H,10H
Tension45-6050-6045-55
 

FedGR

Professional
Has anyone experimented with going down one grip size on the V7 compared to what they typically play with? I think I have trouble getting a nice firm grip on the racket.
 

MisterP

Hall of Fame
Change out the stock base grip of the racket for something thinner like babolat skin feel. Thank me later ;)
Skin Feel is good. I also like Wilson Featherthin, which is thinner than Skin Feel. You get a full grip size down with it. Durability is poor, though. You really need an overgrip with Featherthin.
 

Wheelz

Rookie
To weight, or not to weight, and how much?

I have been playing with one weighted (8g in the handle) and one stock Blade. The difference is slight and overall playability for me hasn't been drasctic, but is noticeable. Interested in what others have done weighting wise and their expierences.

Wutchoo got on your V7?
Does it have space in the handle ? The demo I had didn't have much space to put anything. **Interested in the HD VS Blade comparison !
 

gutfeeling

Professional
Skin Feel is good. I also like Wilson Featherthin, which is thinner than Skin Feel. You get a full grip size down with it. Durability is poor, though. You really need an overgrip with Featherthin.
Is featherthin the stock grip on the CV model? That grip is thin too.


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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
To weight, or not to weight, and how much?

I have been playing with one weighted (8g in the handle) and one stock Blade. The difference is slight and overall playability for me hasn't been drasctic, but is noticeable. Interested in what others have done weighting wise and their expierences.

Wutchoo got on your V7?
No weight for me besides an OG. That’s why I like the frame, it plays great in stock form. The more weight on the frame, the less racquet head speed, so thats why I don‘t mess with it. The SW provides a ton of plow as is.
 

tennis347

Professional
This guy is one of my favs. That backhand!
Good review. This guy is a good player and notes that the Blade is a demanding racquet with no easy power. I have been using the Blade 98 16 x 19 v7 for over 2 months and agree with this review. You have to be precise with your strokes and your footwork has to be really dialed in.

I also have been using the Angell K7 Red. I find this frame very user friendly and much more forgiving to play with than the Blade. Easier spin, racquet head speed along with a buttery feel, even more so than the Blade which plays a bit firmer. Excellent feel on touch shots for the slice backhand. I can be a little off center with the K7 Red and still produce a solid shot. This is not the case with the Blade. Don’t get me wrong that the Blade is an excellent racquet but I think the more forgiving Angell K7 Red fits my game better these days.
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
Interesting to hear his thoughts on the blade! This guy clearly likes power :). Its a shame he didnt test the 18x20 blade v7.
but looking at this guy play I am thinking: if he already feels like the racket is too demanding for him, than why am I trying to play this stick? I would die for his slice backhand, wonderful shot!

For me the serve posed the biggest problem with the blade. I can’t seem to get it right, making me lose all my service games and thus my matches. Whereas as soon as I picked up the Clash 98 the served clicked big time. But I somehow dont want to give up on the blade yet.
 
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tennis347

Professional
Interesting to hear his thoughts on the blade! This guy clearly likes power :). Its a shame he didnt test the 18x20 blade v7.
but looking at this guy play I am thinking: if he already feels like the racket is too demanding for him, than why am I trying to play this stick? I would die for his slice backhand, wonderful shot!

For me the serve posed the biggest problem with the blade. I can’t seem to get it right, making me lose all my service games and thus my matches. Whereas as soon as I picked up the Clash 98 the served clicked big time. But I somehow dont want to give up on the blade yet.
I also had problems serving with the the Blade consistently. My serve is my weakest stroke but I have been serving well with the K7 Red. It might have to do with the balance and swing weight. I have the same opinion about the Blade. Part of it for me is an individual issue with serving technique. Off the ground I have no struggles getting power and spin. I will still keep the Blade around.
 
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boualvng

New User
I completely agree. I have been serving amazing with the V7 16x19. Also feel the racket is almost too powerful but very precise. I've recently been able to tame the power by maxing out tension at 60lbs w multifilament and am now loving the racket.

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Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Interesting to hear his thoughts on the blade! This guy clearly likes power :). Its a shame he didnt test the 18x20 blade v7.
but looking at this guy play I am thinking: if he already feels like the racket is too demanding for him, than why am I trying to play this stick? I would die for his slice backhand, wonderful shot!

For me the serve posed the biggest problem with the blade. I can’t seem to get it right, making me lose all my service games and thus my matches. Whereas as soon as I picked up the Clash 98 the served clicked big time. But I somehow dont want to give up on the blade yet.
I could be wrong, but I don't think he said it's too demanding for him... just a racquet for players with good technique... not for beginners, in his view. He obviously likes more power, but that's just personal.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Pretty sure the stock grip on the CV is the Wilson Sublime grip.

I think that is what the V7 is too? I am really liking it though. I have over 25 hours of play on the stock grip and it is still holding up. Getting a little slick for Monday night, but not bad. May overgrip for tonight finally. That is good duration for me. I usually only get bout 15 hours.
 

WillGinRVA

New User
I think that is what the V7 is too? I am really liking it though. I have over 25 hours of play on the stock grip and it is still holding up. Getting a little slick for Monday night, but not bad. May overgrip for tonight finally. That is good duration for me. I usually only get bout 15 hours.
The v7 has a different grip that is more smooth than the Sublime, which is perforated.
 

tennis347

Professional
But thats how you win at tennis, so I’m good with that.
I don’t disagree with you! However, you really don’t get any free power and have to stay on the gas consistently. IMO the Blade loses its forgiveness when you are in defensive mode, probably due to balance being tip heavy IMO. If you are playing with good players you will be on the defensive. With my other stick, the K7 Red it gives you the forgiveness on off center hits and I can really carve the slice on the backhand on the defense with good depth to keep my opponent from teeing off on the next ball. I still really like the Blade but not playing defense with it.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I don’t disagree with you! However, you really don’t get any free power and have to stay on the gas consistently. IMO the Blade loses its forgiveness when you are in defensive mode, probably due to balance being tip heavy IMO. If you are playing with good players you will be on the defensive. With my other stick, the K7 Red it gives you the forgiveness on off center hits and I can really carve the slice on the backhand on the defense with good depth to keep my opponent from teeing off on the next ball. I still really like the Blade but not playing defense with it.
Yeah, I mean any decent level of play you will have to hit defensive shots, but I dont have the same issues doing that. The Blade is so accurate and has so much plow that I can send wide shots back or slice back off either wing. I actually think defense is one of it’s strengths for those reasons.
 

tennis347

Professional
Yeah, I mean any decent level of play you will have to hit defensive shots, but I dont have the same issues doing that. The Blade is so accurate and has so much plow that I can send wide shots back or slice back off either wing. I actually think defense is one of it’s strengths for those reasons.
It also comes down to your playing level. I had added a little lead to my Blades at 10 and 2 as well on the butt of the handle. I think it gave me a drop more power but at the expense of some maneuverability in tight situations. The swing weight is definitely hefty for about 11.5 ounce racquet. I am going to take the lead tape off and see how it plays. At 52, I still play at good enough level 4.0-4.5 as well as good mobility to play with the Blade. It gets to be more of a mental issue when playing matches. Too many racquet changes doesn’t help either IMO.
 

Znak

Professional
Finally got my hands on the 16x19 and 18x20 demos. I found the 16x19 bridged the gap between my DR and the 18x20 but it didn't have the same great feeling that the 18x20 has. The 16x19 felt hollow at times and not as stable as its counterpart — not sure if it was just me looking for differences. I didn't hit as well as I did previously with the 18x20 however, it's too bad these demo times are so short and fall weather is so unpredictable... Still undecided on the purchase, 65/35 right now haha
 

burma_shave

New User
Has anyone here hit with both the Blade v7 18x20 and the Tecnifibre T40 305? Any comparisons, impressions? I plan to play test both when TW Europe has demos available.

Moving from a Babolat ProjectOne7, which shredded my rotator cuff. My racquet before that was a Radical Youtek IG MP. I had no arm issues with that, even with a strung with a stiff poly.
 

Lozannois

Rookie
Has anyone here hit with both the Blade v7 18x20 and the Tecnifibre T40 305? Any comparisons, impressions? I plan to play test both when TW Europe has demos available.

Moving from a Babolat ProjectOne7, which shredded my rotator cuff. My racquet before that was a Radical Youtek IG MP. I had no arm issues with that, even with a strung with a stiff poly.
Yep I did. Similar rackets. Most difference comes from feel. V7 feels very plush and flexible whereas TF40 feels more crisp and solid. For me TF40 has the best feeling ever. A little bit of a mix between a blade 2015 and the v7.

Personally I have both of them on my bag because It's easy to switch between the two.

Enjoy

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AA7

Semi-Pro
I would also add, as much as I have settled on the V7, I still have this play test to line up. Just gotta coordinate with my buddy's shop. Might be Thanksgiving break week to do it.

NameYonex VCORE PRO 97HD (18x20)Wilson Blade 98 (18x20) v7Prince Textreme Tour 100P
Head Size97in² / 626cm²98in² / 632cm²100in² / 645cm²
Length27.00in / 68.58cm27.00in / 68.58cm27.00in / 68.58cm
Weight11.90oz / 337g11.40oz / 323g11.50oz / 326g
Balance Point7pts HL4pts HL7pts HL
Swing Weight326334324
Frame Stiffness596266
Beam Width20.0mm21.0mm23.0mm
Tip / Shaft20.0mm / 20.0mm21.0mm / 21.0mm22.0mm / 20.0mm
CompositionHM Graphite, Black Micro Core, NAMDBraided Graphite & BasaltTextreme/Twaron/Graphite
Power LevelLowLowLow
String Pattern18 Mains / 20 Crosses18 Mains / 20 Crosses18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains Skip8T,10T,8H,10H8T,10T,8H,10H8T,10T,8H,10H
Tension45-6050-6045-55
would be curious to see what you think of these 2... they are really solid offerings... are you testing TT100P 2015 or 2019? I played with it a while.. Very solid stick... respectable. I find tt100 (310) to offer more stability (higher twistweight)... better manuevarability... better spin... more power and believe it or not more or less the same control...
 
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