2019 Wilson Blade

Znak

Professional
Having hit with the V7 now for a while, and having been a die hard 2015 player, my recommendation is to have comparable power of the 2015 but the benefit of the feel and plow through/stability of the V7, string low...(sweet chariot - song joke ). I was finding the V7 controlled and with good power equal to (or maybe a bit more than) the 2015, but never felt like I was getting the full benefit of the racquet everyone else’s seemed to talk about. Went from my standard 52-54lbs on the 2015 to 46-48lbs for the V7 and it has been the difference.

Individual results may vary, but seems across the board that has been most V7 players comment.




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46 poly mains, 48 multi crosses? I strung my two at 55/50 multi/poly, but finding it a little too control orientated, I might try lower next sj.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
46 poly mains, 48 multi crosses? I strung my two at 55/50 multi/poly, but finding it a little too control orientated, I might try lower next sj.
I am 48/48 full poly. Will be testing 46/46 again though. I am not noticing any loss of control, but much better pocketing.


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djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Leather grip added 10g. It was a recycled grip that came a tad short. Might add putty as well. Hope to get a good feel for this so I can decide if I should pick up a 2nd one.
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
What are your favorite strings on the blade 16x19 (and/ or 18x20). I played the 18x20 with lyon, lynx green, ice code, 4g and silver 7 tour. I am now thinking about going gut/lynx green on the 16x19. But to get objective comparisons to the 18x20 I might start with silver 7 tour.

dis anyone try isopeed baseline in the v7?
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
4G 1.25 worked really well for me in both patterns. Since it’s a firm string, it complements the soft layup of the v7 nicely. I’m currently hitting with the kBlade 98 which is stiffer and 4G doesn’t feel as good unfortunately unless I add a dampener. Tour bite 1.20 worked well in the 18x20 and I assume 1.25 would work well in the 16x19.
 

mscream

Semi-Pro
I have a couple of new 18/20 98 sticks I'm going to try out with Tourna Big Hitter Silver 7 Tour 1.25mm at 44/42 lbs. Can someone stop the rain? Lol

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Vey curious about this - I have two blades coming and have S7T in a DR98 at the moment. I think it should work very well at lower tensions. Tension stability is great but the sharp edges wear out quickly.
 

sshin12

Rookie
Loving the 18x20. Going to try to pick up a few more frames that are under spec. If it was Wilson’s long game/plans to discount soon after launch to entice platform switchers, I’ve bitten hook, line, and sinker.

Agree with other posters about adding weight to the head. Currently have some at 10/2. Feel like the twistweight is high enough so may move it to noon and test again. Anyone tried comparing weight at noon vs the 9/3 areas?

Strung with technifibre pro red code and KB proline 2 in 17g at 40/37.

Every shot was dipping just inside. I feel like this frame can handle even lower tension. Would like to try 30.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
The rain let up enough yesterday afternoon for me meet up with @snoflewis to do some good hitting with the Blade v7 18/20. I requested the lowest swing weight Blade they had when I ordered mine and this one is definitely very maneuverable. Typically a lower SW stick will lack power and penetration. Yesterday I was hitting into a head wind and this Blade v7 was surprisingly able to hit through the wind. While others have mentioned the 2015 Blade 18/20 having a tad more power than the v7, i find the power levels to be pretty similar. The feel is definitely different. The 2015 offers more direct feedback while the v7 has a muted and plush feel. The v7 definitely has a Clashified feel to it. I say this not as a negative. It's just different. The feedback is not as direct as the 2015 blade or direct and clean like my modded Ultra Tour, but the string bed was certainly very communicative in what the ball was doing. Both of my 2015 and v7 18/20 are super stable on volleys. In fact they are both an absolute joy to volley with. I can see myself easily choosing the v7 18/20, the 2015 18/20 or the modded UT as my main stick. Since all 3 rackets are so much fun to play with and all perform great, they have earned permanent spot in my bag. Just love all 3 of these sticks. :)
 
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Lozannois

Rookie
The rain let up enough yesterday afternoon for me meet up with @snoflewis to do some good hitting with the Blade v7 18/20. I requested the lowest swing weight Blade they had when I ordered mine and this one is definitely very maneuverable. Typically a lower SW stick will lack power and penetration. Yesterday I was hitting into a head wind and this Blade v7 was surprisingly able to hit through the wind. While others have mentioned the 2015 Blade 18/20 having a tad more power than the v7, i find the power levels to be pretty similar. The feel is definitely different. The 2015 offers more direct feedback while the v7 has a muted and plush feel. The v7 definitely has a Clashified feel to it. I say this not as negative. It's just different. The feedback is not as direct as the 2015 blade or direct and clean like my modded Ultra Tour, but the string bed was certainly very communicative in what the ball was doing. Both of my 2015 and v7 18/20 are super stable on volleys. In fact they are both an absolute joy to volley with. I can see myself easily choosing the v7 18/20, the 2015 18/20 or the modded UT as my main stick. Since all 3 rackets are so much fun to play with and all perform great, they have earned permanent spot in my bag. Just love all 3 of these sticks. :)
Thanks for your feedback ! Did you try Tecnifibre TF40? If yes, why would you say It's not in your bag ?

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Lozannois

Rookie
I did try the Tf40 305. It just wasn’t as good as these 3 frames. For me, these 3 frames are really special. :)
Yep same for me... I did try it as well and found out it was a good stick but I did not win points with it... Don't know why... Blade once, Blade for life...

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mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Make sure to swap out the base grip to improve the feedback.
Yup. I just put it through the paces and concluded this is a keeper. Only an OG and no tail weighting of any sort and I liked the frame to know this wasn’t going anywhere. Next step is swapping out the base grip for leather.

Wilson has been knocking it out of the park with their recent releases. I now have 6x Ultra Tours, 2x 2015 blade 18/20s and this v7 18/20 in my bag. The vcp97 HD is in there for now as well but will probably end up being the red-headed stepchild.
 
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gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
@mad dog1 what kind of swingweight are you rocking with the v7 18x20? I had a low 320s frame and it was anemic due to the low 60s flex. Current pair is 333-335 depending on the string and it is a completely different experience.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
@mad dog1 what kind of swingweight are you rocking with the v7 18x20? I had a low 320s frame and it was anemic due to the low 60s flex. Current pair is 333-335 depending on the string and it is a completely different experience.
Need to bring it to the shop and have it measured but it feels a tad bit easier to swing than even the 2015 18/20 that is 291 unstrung. Doesn’t feel anemic at all to me. The flex and lower SW are all preferred specs in my wheelhouse though.
 

WillGinRVA

New User
@mad dog1 what kind of swingweight are you rocking with the v7 18x20? I had a low 320s frame and it was anemic due to the low 60s flex. Current pair is 333-335 depending on the string and it is a completely different experience.
How much SW do strings add to 18x20 Blade? I’ve got one that is 300 unstrung and one that is 307 unstrung and not sure how to figure out the strung SW with various types of string.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
can definitely see why the folks here like the v7 18x20. Just like the CV, i could play with it if i had to, but i still prefer the crisper 2015. The feel is pretty "Clashy" which isnt a bad thing, but not my preferred type of feel. Still a good stick though.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
How much SW do strings add to 18x20 Blade? I’ve got one that is 300 unstrung and one that is 307 unstrung and not sure how to figure out the strung SW with various types of string.
My rule of thumb is just under 2x the static weight of the strings. 1.25 gauge poly in an 18x20 pattern typically adds 17-18 grams, so that's usually a 30-34 sw point increase.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
can definitely see why the folks here like the v7 18x20. Just like the CV, i could play with it if i had to, but i still prefer the crisper 2015. The feel is pretty "Clashy" which isnt a bad thing, but not my preferred type of feel. Still a good stick though.
I know what you mean. I am doing an extended demo of the kblade 98 right now and it is super crisp. I have hit with the 2015 in the past and the kblade has even more direct feedback. Shades of grey though, I think they are all great in their own way. Even the countervail isn't that bad, just very, very muted.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
How much SW do strings add to 18x20 Blade? I’ve got one that is 300 unstrung and one that is 307 unstrung and not sure how to figure out the strung SW with various types of string.
Usually around 25-35 points of SW depending on material and gauge. Gut and poly being heavier than multi and syn gut. Thicker gauge being heavier than thinner gauge.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
can definitely see why the folks here like the v7 18x20. Just like the CV, i could play with it if i had to, but i still prefer the crisper 2015. The feel is pretty "Clashy" which isnt a bad thing, but not my preferred type of feel. Still a good stick though.
Yup. Both 2015 and v7 18/20s are awesome sticks. Could play with either.
 

Addxyz

Semi-Pro
I know what you mean. I am doing an extended demo of the kblade 98 right now and it is super crisp. I have hit with the 2015 in the past and the kblade has even more direct feedback. Shades of grey though, I think they are all great in their own way. Even the countervail isn't that bad, just very, very muted.
Which is the kblade? The 2013? I wonder how it compares to the 2015 vs v7?
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
Which is the kblade? The 2013? I wonder how it compares to the 2015 vs v7?
The kblade is the second blade, after the nblade. It is before the BLX blade and the 2013 blade, which supposedly Tsitsi uses under the paint. I guess that makes it the 2009 blade? Message me if you are interested, I have a few in my bag and I would let go of one.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
while they are generally viewed as blasé on these here TW internet boards, the countervail blades were well-received back in the day. especially the 18x20s. anyhoo, good time to get em for $126 apiece
 

WillGinRVA

New User
while they are generally viewed as blasé on these here TW internet boards, the countervail blades were well-received back in the day. especially the 18x20s. anyhoo, good time to get em for $126 apiece
I believe the current 25% off excludes the CV Blades since they are below the $179 threshold :(.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Tried out the v7 18 with synthetic gut. Great feel and control. Then put poly. Still not bad in terms of feel. Love how this racquet has nice stability/plow in a 340g - ish string weight.

Had a good day with my first serves. Easy power. Groundies have a nice low trajectory but doesn’t lack in the spin department




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ChaelAZ

Legend
Tried out the v7 18 with synthetic gut. Great feel and control. Then put poly. Still not bad in terms of feel. Love how this racquet has nice stability/plow in a 340g - ish string weight.

Had a good day with my first serves. Easy power. Groundies have a nice low trajectory but doesn’t lack in the spin department




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Whats the padding on the bottom loops?
 

Znak

Professional
Tried out the v7 18 with synthetic gut. Great feel and control. Then put poly. Still not bad in terms of feel. Love how this racquet has nice stability/plow in a 340g - ish string weight.

Had a good day with my first serves. Easy power. Groundies have a nice low trajectory but doesn’t lack in the spin department




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Nice! My setup is a little less colorful just in the shoes!



Would love to hear more of everyone's favorite string setup in the v7
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Would love to hear more of everyone's favorite string setup in the v7
Hyper-G 17g at 47/44. When it's fresh hyper-g is something else. Little lack of power and little too muted maybe but it really brings the ball down pretty damn good.. you can swing away all you want.

Tour Sniper will be a good fit (rs lyon like...) only if i can get my stringer to get the tension right.. it needs to be strung low b/c it doesn't particularly have a high launch angle, therefore needs to be strung on the quite low-end and then it'll be perfect. I like the crispness of tour sniper and insane control. Good spin too... i keep asking for 45/42 and keep getting back 49... why??? i am pretty sure my tennis tension app is fine.. it measures other stuff pretty damn accurately...
 

PhxRacket

Professional
V7 18x20-Really like Champions Choice. NXT at mid tension is comfortable and playable. HDX Tour and Lynx is not my favorite. Still looking but need to keep it plush, fb of poly is out of the picture due to history of TE.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Okay, I have no idea what a power pad is or does either.
I swing lots of racquets, but know little about customizing and such.
Back in the day, power pads were used to protect natural gut on the sharp bends of the racquet. With the advancement of racquets/grommets, the need isn't there any more. How I understand the use of power pads in modern tennis are two fold.

1) adds some level of dampening
2) elongates the main strings just a tad which opens up the sweet spot and adds power with the longer strings.
bonus) Federer does it
 

FedGR

Semi-Pro
Back in the day, power pads were used to protect natural gut on the sharp bends of the racquet. With the advancement of racquets/grommets, the need isn't there any more. How I understand the use of power pads in modern tennis are two fold.

1) adds some level of dampening
2) elongates the main strings just a tad which opens up the sweet spot and adds power with the longer strings.
bonus) Federer does it
I have also heard from a couple different people that they feel they get slightly longer good performance out of the stringbed.
 
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