2019 Wilson Blade

Lozannois

Rookie
the ultra tour is very prestige-like, it gives you back exactly what you put into it. nothing more. the blade has a little more forgiveness and a little more pop.

the blade also has different balance, which is the first thing youll notice. its made to be playable stock, with a SW around 330. my ultra tour had a SW that was more like 315 before i put lead on it.

the feel of the blade is different. sort of like a modern frame that is made to feel traditional ... almost a rubbery-feeling flex, although i dont mean that in a negative way. the ultra tour has a no-nonsense feel, very traditional.

finally ... i think on average the blade v7 has more consistent specs from frame to frame. the ultra tours are all over the place.
Thank you ! So you would say the sweetspot is bigger on the blade ?

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n8dawg6

Legend
Thank you ! So you would say the sweetspot is bigger on the blade ?

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yeah, absolutely. none of this is to diss the ultra tour, i really like that racquet. and you can help the ultra tour out by modding it and stringing it more loosely.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
a friend lent me his 18x20 countervail. I'll prob hit with it later this week or next week.

How does this compare to the v7?

Currently putting a half sized heat shrink and a leather grip as requested by my friend. I'll prob give it a go with synthetic gut to start and then maybe a poly or a hybrid. Not sure...
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
16x19 is lighter and more maneuverable so, generally speaking, yes.
Actually the 16x19 and 18x20 are both the same weight and balance according to their listed specs. Their weight distribution is different though. The 18x20 is more polarized so it has higher swingweight.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
a friend lent me his 18x20 countervail. I'll prob hit with it later this week or next week.

How does this compare to the v7?

Currently putting a half sized heat shrink and a leather grip as requested by my friend. I'll prob give it a go with synthetic gut to start and then maybe a poly or a hybrid. Not sure...
the countervail feels like a 2015 with all the vibration dampened out. perhaps a touch stiffer (TWSS). v7 has some noticeable built-in flex and still heavily dampened. IMO.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
the countervail feels like a 2015 with all the vibration dampened out. perhaps a touch stiffer (TWSS). v7 has some noticeable built-in flex and still heavily dampened. IMO.
Thanks. The only experience I have with the blade is the 2013 mid
 

tennis347

Semi-Pro
in my opinion, yes
I would also agree that the 16 × 19 version will be more user friendly over the 18 x 20. The 16 x19 has a little less swing weight for easier racquet head speed and spin. The 18 x 20 is going to be really good for flatter hitting and slicing of course. I personally like the 16 x 19. When you swing hard, you can really feel the frame flex and pocket the ball. Wilson has really designed a great Blade line this year. I know that there are other manufacturers trying to produce more flexible frames, however Wilson has the competition beat IMO!!
 
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Wilsonbro

New User
Can someone tell me how is the control for the 16 by 19 v7. I really like the 16 by 19 CV blade. With its plowthorugh and stability. I demoed the new 16 by 19 v7 but balls were flying on me. Did anyone else notice this in the new blade
 
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Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
I would also agree that the 16 × 19 version will be more user friendly over the 18 x 20. The 16 x19 has a little less swing weight for easier racquet head speed and spin. The 18 x 20 is going to be really good for flatter hitting and slicing of course. I personally like the 16 x 19. When you swing hard, you can really feel the frame flex and pocket the ball. Wilson has really designed a great Blade line this year. I know that there are other manufacturers trying to produce more flexible frames, however Wilson has the competition beat IMO!!
Although I have three of the 16x19, I am going to try a demo of the 18x20. I have always hit hard and flat over the years (especially when on my college team). I have a fast, offensive slice that skids. Although I am dialed in pretty much with the 16x19, I want to try the 18x20 so I can move on from wondering if I missed something. Lol. With that said, I have tried adding more topspin to my game over the years but prefer deep, heavy shots with directional control vs loopy topspin shots. Sharp-angled and down the line spin with pace and a lower launch angle, in other words.

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FedGR

Semi-Pro
Actually the 16x19 and 18x20 are both the same weight and balance according to their listed specs. Their weight distribution is different though. The 18x20 is more polarized so it has higher swingweight.
That's funny cause I had both and never checked the specs on the rackets. I was under the impression the 16x19 was 5-8 gr lighter due to it being easier to swing. Like you said, it's the different weight distribution.
 

Evobacsi

New User
so I had 4 hrs with the stick. I also changed my eastern forehand to a semi western forehand.

i have read on this forum that this racket it suppose to have a beautiful sound but to me it sound like ‘pock’ instead of the beautiful ‘ping’ on my ps97s. Is it because of the poly? I’m thinking of going hybrid to a poly main multi cross, max power or 4g and Babolat origin/tec x1/nxt control. I found that it gave me some elbow problems (tendon not tennis elbow according to my coach) but I’m not sure if it’s the racket, might be because I haven’t played for a couple of weeks and I play another sport involving my arms.

performance wise, I quite like the stability, good touch at net, good power and control on my groundstrokes, the launch angle is lower than I’m use to but I’m sure il adapt. I feel it’s more powerful on serve compared to my ps97s but I struggle to get it over the net sometimes (always had this problem when I play with a full bed poly, don’t know why).

i also borrowed my friend‘s cv blade 18 20 strung with head intelitour and surprisingly liked It. It felt quite comfortable, higher launch angle, good connected feel, lighter swingweight, can swing full power without being scared of missing. I might buy one to test which one I prefer.

any advice would be appreciated.
Restrung my v7 with max power 1.20 48lbs and nxt control 1.30 50lbs. Feels like a completely different racket. The fantastic ping sound is back, good feel on contact, very comfortable, easy to swing, unbelievably stable and solid for a low static weight racket, decent amount of power on serve, good control . I would say that it’s a not as powerful as my ps97s and its not a spin machine but it’s good enough. Lower launch angle is still there but I’m getting use to it, no big deal. Overall, I can’t really fault it, I will keep trying different poly multi string combos on this.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Restrung my v7 with max power 1.20 48lbs and nxt control 1.30 50lbs. Feels like a completely different racket. The fantastic ping sound is back, good feel on contact, very comfortable, easy to swing, unbelievably stable and solid for a low static weight racket, decent amount of power on serve, good control . I would say that it’s a not as powerful as my ps97s and its not a spin machine but it’s good enough. Lower launch angle is still there but I’m getting use to it, no big deal. Overall, I can’t really fault it, I will keep trying different poly multi string combos on this.
Max power 1.20 is one of the most underrated polys on the market. Works great in this stick.
 

tennis347

Semi-Pro
Although I have three of the 16x19, I am going to try a demo of the 18x20. I have always hit hard and flat over the years (especially when on my college team). I have a fast, offensive slice that skids. Although I am dialed in pretty much with the 16x19, I want to try the 18x20 so I can move on from wondering if I missed something. Lol. With that said, I have tried adding more topspin to my game over the years but prefer deep, heavy shots with directional control vs loopy topspin shots. Sharp-angled and down the line spin with pace and a lower launch angle, in other words.

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You will get extra plow through with the 18 x 20 due to the extra swing weight along with a little more control. Otherwise, I would say your not missing anything else. Years ago I would have bought the 18 × 20 but the swing weight is a but too much for these days at 52. I added a little weight to my 16 x 19 and have them at 330 grams strung with a dampener. I would estimate a swing weight around 328 which is right in my wheelhouse.
 

tennis347

Semi-Pro
Can someone tell me how is the control for the 16 by 19 v7. I really like the 16 by 19 CV blade. With its plowthorugh and stability. I demoed the new 16 by 19 v7 but balls were flying on me. Did anyone else notice this in the new blade
The control is really good on the 16 x 19 v7 IMO and the feel is much better than the CV. I added a drop of weight on my 16 x 19 at 2 and 10 as well as the butt of the handle. Its solid as a rock. Only 1.5 at 2 and 10 along 1.5 grams on the butt of the handle. If you hit super flat go with the 18 x 20. The new Blade line is the racquets of the year!!
 

Evobacsi

New User
Restrung my v7 with max power 1.20 48lbs and nxt control 1.30 50lbs. Feels like a completely different racket. The fantastic ping sound is back, good feel on contact, very comfortable, easy to swing, unbelievably stable and solid for a low static weight racket, decent amount of power on serve, good control . I would say that it’s a not as powerful as my ps97s and its not a spin machine but it’s good enough. Lower launch angle is still there but I’m getting use to it, no big deal. Overall, I can’t really fault it, I will keep trying different poly multi string combos on this.
Apologies. I realised it was max power 1.25. Oops
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
You will get extra plow through with the 18 x 20 due to the extra swing weight along with a little more control. Otherwise, I would say your not missing anything else. Years ago I would have bought the 18 × 20 but the swing weight is a but too much for these days at 52. I added a little weight to my 16 x 19 and have them at 330 grams strung with a dampener. I would estimate a swing weight around 328 which is right in my wheelhouse.
I am just a little older than you. I added a little weight to 3 & 9 and behind the buttcap on each frame to make them feel more stable without being sluggish. I am able to confidently get the racquet head around for my 1HB. While I probably would like the plow through of the 18 x 20, I don't want to sacrifice maneuverability. Plus, I used various iterations of the heavy, but headlight, Pro Staffs over the years. I'll just check out the 18 x 20 and move along. I almost hope I don't like it due to my current stick investment. Haha

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JOSHL

Hall of Fame
I am just a little older than you. I added a little weight to 3 & 9 and behind the buttcap on each frame to make them feel more stable without being sluggish. I am able to confidently get the racquet head around for my 1HB. While I probably would like the plow through of the 18 x 20, I don't want to sacrifice maneuverability. Plus, I used various iterations of the heavy, but headlight, Pro Staffs over the years. I'll just check out the 18 x 20 and move along. I almost hope I don't like it due to my current stick investment. Haha

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You’re playing with fire my friend. Lol
 

McGradey

New User
Got the 18x20 for demo this week, looking forward to putting it through its paces
It's almost exactly 30g lighter than my 6.1 but feels like a club by comparison—it feels like ALL the weight is at the tip in the Blade.

It does feel super whippy and quick once I start swinging it though. Roll on tennis time...
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This thing is pretty impressive. I've played 4 hours so far, mostly singles, should get a few more hours in before I make my decision.

I've found with the Blade I'm hitting a bigger ball than with my 6.1, with more confidence. I'm dictating with my forehand more easily than I have in ages. Finding more angles and better touch on drop shots too. The softness is nice.
I haven't grooved with it on serve, but hit a few bombs that got me free points.
It's a clever design, relatively easy to swing but all that swingweight really punishes the ball.

Also got the Yonex 97 HD to try, but just from shadow swinging it, I get the feeling it's not going to provide the power I'm looking for on my forehand.
The Blade is looking likely.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Any other 104 V7 users out there? Curious if anyone has skipped the last cross string, it’s soooo far down I can barely get a dampener in there.
 

sshin12

Rookie
Anyone notice the weird grommets at 1T to 5T?

They are slightly elevated. Is Wilson doing something different with the grommets to change the feel of the racket?

I wonder if the v7 will need grommet changes more frequently?
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
Just bought 3 16x19s on auction. I play the 18x20 right now. I dont even know what i am looking for in the 16x19. Maybe a little bit more action on the serve and spin on the topspin backhand. Will report back on how I like them.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Just bought 3 16x19s on auction. I play the 18x20 right now. I dont even know what i am looking for in the 16x19. Maybe a little bit more action on the serve and spin on the topspin backhand. Will report back on how I like them.
The 16x19 will make everything a little easier and has a noticeably higher launch angle. It does not hit the heavy knockout ball that the 18x20 generates though. My buddy who previously played the kblade tour (93 head with 18x20) switched within minutes after trying the 16x19. He didn’t like the 18x20 though. Go figure!
 

sshin12

Rookie
Which leather grip do you prefer? Brown or Black? I love seeing the brown leather peeking on top of the white overgrip, but think black makes more sense with the Blade color scheme.



 

Znak

Professional
I just pulled the trigger on three 18x20s, with that sale...couldn’t pass them up. Stringing one Champions Choice, one fb NXT and one Lynx M and HDX Tour X. Can’t wait to play tomorrow.
Nice! I just treated myself to champions choice as well, my first gut experience. Gonna do the second biphase in the mains, ice code in the crosses.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
The Blade 18x20 feels more solid/stable just bouncing the ball around compared to my 16x19 (even with lead at 3&9). I have a demo and it is raining here. So that's my demo so far. Lol. I bet the 18x20 would work well with Tourna Big Hitter Silver Tour 17 in a full bed in the low 40s.

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PhxRacket

Professional
The Blade 18x20 feels more solid/stable just bouncing the ball around compared to my 16x19 (even with lead at 3&9). I have a demo and it is raining here. So that's my demo so far. Lol. I bet the 18x20 would work well with Tourna Big Hitter Silver Tour 17 in a full bed in the low 40s.

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I will keep that in my log for the future
 

PhxRacket

Professional
Played three sets with the Blade strung with a Champion’s Choice, wow! Smooth, A LOT OF POWER. Good action from the ALU Power. BIG serves...ridiculous touch, I was finessing drop shot returns on second serves. Will play with the Lynx/HDX Tour hybrid tomorrow.
 

Znak

Professional
Played three sets with the Blade strung with a Champion’s Choice, wow! Smooth, A LOT OF POWER. Good action from the ALU Power. BIG serves...ridiculous touch, I was finessing drop shot returns on second serves. Will play with the Lynx/HDX Tour hybrid tomorrow.
What's your tension at for Champions Choice?
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
No need to. That post will go down as post of the year due to the invaluable info. Lol

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Heheh. Did you end up playing with 18x20 yet?

I gave v7 16x19 a shot today... easier power but not as much plow/power when going all out... i actually do not find massive difference in feel at all.. feels like the same racquet with little bit easier power and slightly less control but i like swinging away with v7 18x20 better.. i have a bit higher confidence swinging with it..both great...
 
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