2019 Wilson Blade

Blitzball

Professional
Yup. What a huge difference a leather grip makes. Not only feels more whippy but also more stable. Fairway leather in the Blade feels amazing. I also added some lead to 10&2 o’clock and it absolutely bludgeons the ball. Blade 18x20 that is. Never a fan of the Blade 16x19.
Yeah I'm a Blade 18x20 loyalist too. The 16x19 never felt as solid. Do you have an estimate of how much your racquet weighs with the grip and lead tape?
 

skeeter

Professional
I'm going to be demoing both v7 versions (16x19 and 18x20) but was concerned that the lower headlight balance on these, plus the swingweight, will make them a bit clunky (esp with the 18x20). I'm a strong 4.0 all courter with eastern FH and OHBH (hit relatively flat but can topspin if needed), but not a spring chicken any more (61) and have previously had more success with more HL racquets. But liking all the positive comments (esp the arm-friendliness and plush feel comments) on these sticks and am intrigued about what seems to be a definite preference for the 18x20. A leather grip seems like the way to go for more headlight feel, but hopefully not at the expense of being too unwieldy. But I look forward to trying them out; demoing is your friend!
 

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
I'm going to be demoing both v7 versions (16x19 and 18x20) but was concerned that the lower headlight balance on these, plus the swingweight, will make them a bit clunky (esp with the 18x20). I'm a strong 4.0 all courter with eastern FH and OHBH (hit relatively flat but can topspin if needed), but not a spring chicken any more (61) and have previously had more success with more HL racquets. But liking all the positive comments (esp the arm-friendliness and plush feel comments) on these sticks and am intrigued about what seems to be a definite preference for the 18x20. A leather grip seems like the way to go for more headlight feel, but hopefully not at the expense of being too unwieldy. But I look forward to trying them out; demoing is your friend!
Don't be put off by its listed hefty sw. It moves thru the air quicker than you think (especially if you tail weight) due to its thin beam. Knowing Wilson's QC, you could always call TW and have them find you one with the lowest sw.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I'm going to be demoing both v7 versions (16x19 and 18x20) but was concerned that the lower headlight balance on these, plus the swingweight, will make them a bit clunky (esp with the 18x20). I'm a strong 4.0 all courter with eastern FH and OHBH (hit relatively flat but can topspin if needed), but not a spring chicken any more (61) and have previously had more success with more HL racquets. But liking all the positive comments (esp the arm-friendliness and plush feel comments) on these sticks and am intrigued about what seems to be a definite preference for the 18x20. A leather grip seems like the way to go for more headlight feel, but hopefully not at the expense of being too unwieldy. But I look forward to trying them out; demoing is your friend!

Yeah, it might not swing well for you. Older version of the Blade would probably fit better, or a variety of other new racquets. As @avocadoz mentioned though, it swings lighter feeling than specs say, but over time it does start to get heavier feeling.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I'm going to be demoing both v7 versions (16x19 and 18x20) but was concerned that the lower headlight balance on these, plus the swingweight, will make them a bit clunky (esp with the 18x20). I'm a strong 4.0 all courter with eastern FH and OHBH (hit relatively flat but can topspin if needed), but not a spring chicken any more (61) and have previously had more success with more HL racquets. But liking all the positive comments (esp the arm-friendliness and plush feel comments) on these sticks and am intrigued about what seems to be a definite preference for the 18x20. A leather grip seems like the way to go for more headlight feel, but hopefully not at the expense of being too unwieldy. But I look forward to trying them out; demoing is your friend!
Ask for the lowest SW 18/20. Stability in the 16/19 isn’t good. If you get the 18/20 with a SW around 325 and weight it more traditionally by adding lead at the handle or switching to a leather grip, it’s an awesome racquet.
 

skeeter

Professional
Ask for the lowest SW 18/20. Stability in the 16/19 isn’t good. If you get the 18/20 with a SW around 325 and weight it more traditionally by adding lead at the handle or switching to a leather grip, it’s an awesome racquet.
Good idea; thanks.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I wouldn’t weight it at all until using it for a while. The racquet swings faster the lighter the static weight is. Tailweighting it changes the balance but it wont actually swing faster.

Its an awesome racquet with the stock sw and stock weight and balance. It very likely will not need many mods. The whole point of the frame is to have that big time plow paired with the light static weight. Thats what makes it unique and special. Id suggest spending time with it in stock form and not modding it.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Id suggest spending time with it in stock form and not modding it.
Second that

for me...I string up first with a basic synthetic gut. I feel I get an honest opinion on the racquet. About half way through the life of the synthetic, I’ll put a leather grip and that’s about it in terms of modification. Should I get a second racquet I’ll add lead/putty to match the two. I do this in hopes to get a feel for what string to put in next and at what tension.
 

Mitch_1979

New User
I wouldn’t weight it at all until using it for a while.
While I agree, after 30 hrs I've now arrived at 7g lead at the top of the handle and it has helped me relax and release through contact without added swingweight. Probably similar to leather grip. 2hbh and serve got heavier.
With og and some head tape I'm at 339g and 32.4 cm balance.
I tried blutac under the butt cap but that wasn't quite right.

I am so glad I switched to this frame. Power Player - next time you switch to a better frame again let me know so I can do the same :)
 

Znak

Professional
Side note on strings, in a hybrid setup multi/poly, I'm finding 51/48 to be waaay better off the stringer than my initial 55/50.

I am so glad I switched to this frame. Power Player - next time you switch to a better frame again let me know so I can do the same :)
haha +1!
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
While I agree, after 30 hrs I've now arrived at 7g lead at the top of the handle and it has helped me relax and release through contact without added swingweight. Probably similar to leather grip. 2hbh and serve got heavier.
With og and some head tape I'm at 339g and 32.4 cm balance.
I tried blutac under the butt cap but that wasn't quite right.

I am so glad I switched to this frame. Power Player - next time you switch to a better frame again let me know so I can do the same :)
Thats awesome man. You did it right. Spent time with the frame and then dialed it in. Best way to go.
 

Mlenk

Rookie
So after about 2 months of going back and forth between the Babolat Pure Strike Tour 3rd Gen and the new V7 Blade 98 18x20, I finally sold my Strike Tour last week and three 18x20 Blade's from TW matched to the strung specs they have online should be arriving on Tuesday bringing my total to 4 18x20's all matched to the strung specs they have online. The reduced stiffness and increased flex coupled with the bump in swingweight to the mid 330's turned out to be the perfect combo for me. It's been a long time since I've played with a racquet that had such a perfect combo of power, plow, control, feel and stability. This racquet really checks all the boxes for me. Another big plus is that I've always felt Blade's were racquets that you could just show up to court and play good with, without having to play 5x a week to groove with it and this v7 blade is no exception. This was especially important for me because I went back to school for a graduate degree this last fall so I'm not gonna be able to play 5x a week anymore for the next couple years. Anyways, really loving this new 18x20 blade. I don't see myself switching away from this for quite sometime.
 

phl92

Rookie
I read most of pages here in this thread, and I wrote my own thread seeking for help, but I get only few response :-D (https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/overwhelmed-intermediate-needs-help-with-racket-search.660499/#post-14019235)

I am testing atm 4 rackets:
Wilson Clash 98 (strung: Adrenalin Century 20 @ 23kg)
Yonex VCore 98 (305) (strung: Adrenalin Century 20 @ 23,5kg)
Wilson blade v7 16x19 (strung: Wilson Revolve 1.25 @ 25kg)
Wilson blade v7 18x20 (strung: Wilson Revolve 1.25 @ 25kg)
(have no info about strung date, Yonex strings were definitely not new when arrived)

Today I played the third day, and I clearly prioritize the Yonex Vcore 98 and the Blade 18x20 v7.

The control of the Blade 18x20 is tremendous and I like the feel at the hit a lot. This racket plays amazingly when I am fresh and in power, only after some while when I get kinda lazy (footwork/swing technique) and tired I feel it is indeed a demanding racket, in order to provide enough depth/power on the balls.
The Yonex on the other hand is foremost a very forgiving racket for me. Especially my weakest shot (my backhand) turns out to be really easy to access. I also get more spin on my balls as well as more free power than on the blade 18x20.
The control and feel however on this racket is "just average". Nothing bad, I can control it and the feel is close to my current racket, but nothing special or outstanding I would say.

I played in my youth and then stopped playing tennis for almost 10years. I picked up a racket again in October 19, and since then play every week 3-5 hours. I take lessons, and watch a lot of Online Learning materials to improve my technique. My goal is definitely to reach a 4,5+ level in the next years, however atm I would say I am a 3.5-4.0 player (lack a bit of consistency atm).

If I had to play tomorrow an "important" match, I probably would take the Yonex to the match. It's just a very forgiving and easy accessible racket in my eyes. However, the Blade 18x20 is fun and very different to what I've played so far. Since I take my training seriously and want to progress, I think I am going for the blade, which will force me to play with good technique, footwork etc. I feel, the blade has so much space for improving, and I am not someone who is buying new rackets every 1-2 years. I would like something to build on.
 

Lozannois

Rookie
Hi,

I need your help. Does anybody know what is the name of the original grip of the blade v7 18x20 please ? Thank you

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Rhys Cole

New User
Just ordered two Wilson Blades 18/20 after demoing both. I’m 23 and from the UK, I’ve been playing tennis about 6 years and have been looking for something that offers absolute control. The difference with 16/19 and 18/20 was significant to me, I consistently hit more deep penetrating shots with the latter string pattern. My backhand was also firing a lot better.

The balance is 32.3 and 32.6 for the matched pair I ordered. I’m looking to give the racket a head light whippy feel. What mods/grip replacements can you guys recommend? I appreciate there’s a lot of people in this forum who seem very knowledgeable so any help would be very great. Would a leather grip do me well? If so, can you recommend a particular grip? Ideally I don’t want to beef up the swing weight too much. Ungripped swingweight specs are 301 & 302.

What modifications do you guys make to your blades? Or do you prefer stock form?

Cheers


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JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Just ordered two Wilson Blades 18/20 after demoing both. I’m 23 and from the UK, I’ve been playing tennis about 6 years and have been looking for something that offers absolute control. The difference with 16/19 and 18/20 was significant to me, I consistently hit more deep penetrating shots with the latter string pattern. My backhand was also firing a lot better.

The balance is 32.3 and 32.6 for the matched pair I ordered. I’m looking to give the racket a head light whippy feel. What mods/grip replacements can you guys recommend? I appreciate there’s a lot of people in this forum who seem very knowledgeable so any help would be very great. Would a leather grip do me well? If so, can you recommend a particular grip? Ideally I don’t want to beef up the swing weight too much. Ungripped swingweight specs are 301 & 302.

What modifications do you guys make to your blades? Or do you prefer stock form?

Cheers


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Adding weight to the butt/handle will not increase swingweight by any significant amount. Do some experimenting to see what you like.
 

BBender716

Semi-Pro
Damnit. I think I want to switch back to the 18x20. I liked the extra swingweight a bit more. If anyone wants to swap, I'd def be interested FYI.

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Jouke

Semi-Pro
18x20 V7: best racquet of tennisTaste to date. An amazing review as always from the Italian stallion!


Sorry but I dont think anyone wants register at some weird website to read a review on what we all know already. Blade is great! I started with the 18x20 but I strung my 16x19 up with gut/cream and I love it!!
 

Mateo

Rookie
Well, after few tests and, in last 5 years maybe 12 different racquets owned (not including junior days) I have pulled the trigger and bought two Blades 16/19. Only 2 grams difference in static weight. (328/326)
I have tried them this weekend and first impressions are great. I have played all my tennis career (now 37 years old) with 18/20 (including blade 2013 18/20, Radicals, prestige’s...etc) and made a decision to go with 16/19 purely because I’m not fast and in shape as I have just to be (and not playing that often), that is why I have chosen 16/19 to give me some free power when late, little bit more head speed and spin.
From this first impression racquet is great. I will need some adjustment period, but nothing major. The control aspect is not that different from 18/20, yes more pop, little bit less control, also spin is similar.

I have also tried Clash 98 but find out that it has too much power for me, ball would just fly out.

I think that I will be with this Blades for a longer period of time.





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Mateo

Rookie
@Mateo
-congrats, its a good version of the blades!!
-these rakets are not string sensitive!, imo, so it can play well with many string setups
Thanks!
I have MSV focus Hex at 23 kg. Next time I will try it at 24kg.
I have tried previous 2013/2015 and this is really as all of members said the best Blade. Feel is right on, as someone mentioned, similar to Pro Tour 630 (that was my racquet in junior days) it terms of stiffness. It is nice soft feeling. Swingweight is perfect.
I’m happy


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skeeter

Professional
Sorry but I dont think anyone wants register at some weird website to read a review on what we all know already. Blade is great! I started with the 18x20 but I strung my 16x19 up with gut/cream and I love it!!
What prompted you to go from the 18x20 to the 16x19? Interesting how some folks really like the 18x20 and others really prefer the 16x19, even on just this page! Guess it supports the overall conclusion that this new Blade, regardless of pattern, is that good. For those who have been playing a while now with one or the other version (or both), is there any general consensus as to what kind of playing style/playing level/fitness level either version is better suited to, or is it really just personal preference?
 
What prompted you to go from the 18x20 to the 16x19? Interesting how some folks really like the 18x20 and others really prefer the 16x19, even on just this page! Guess it supports the overall conclusion that this new Blade, regardless of pattern, is that good. For those who have been playing a while now with one or the other version (or both), is there any general consensus as to what kind of playing style/playing level/fitness level either version is better suited to, or is it really just personal preference?
I have been playing with the Blade for 3 years now..starting with the 18x20 and transitioned to the 16x19 for the last 1.5 years or so. While I have customized mine, for me, the 16x19 gives me a little more spin, power and forgiveness. Both in my opinion are great frames.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
Well, after few tests and, in last 5 years maybe 12 different racquets owned (not including junior days) I have pulled the trigger and bought two Blades 16/19. Only 2 grams difference in static weight. (328/326)
I have tried them this weekend and first impressions are great. I have played all my tennis career (now 37 years old) with 18/20 (including blade 2013 18/20, Radicals, prestige’s...etc) and made a decision to go with 16/19 purely because I’m not fast and in shape as I have just to be (and not playing that often), that is why I have chosen 16/19 to give me some free power when late, little bit more head speed and spin.
From this first impression racquet is great. I will need some adjustment period, but nothing major. The control aspect is not that different from 18/20, yes more pop, little bit less control, also spin is similar.

I have also tried Clash 98 but find out that it has too much power for me, ball would just fly out.

I think that I will be with this Blades for a longer period of time.





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the 16x19s are underrated
 

Mateo

Rookie
What prompted you to go from the 18x20 to the 16x19? Interesting how some folks really like the 18x20 and others really prefer the 16x19, even on just this page! Guess it supports the overall conclusion that this new Blade, regardless of pattern, is that good. For those who have been playing a while now with one or the other version (or both), is there any general consensus as to what kind of playing style/playing level/fitness level either version is better suited to, or is it really just personal preference?
In my humble opinion, Blade (any version) is not a racquet that will give you something for free. What you put in with your technique, good timing, fast legs, you will get out of it....18/20 patterns in general are control oriented, low powered and it requires from the player to be in shape, to stay on the throttle, and than it rewards you with nice power and control. If you just exchanging balls from baseline with your tennis partner, yep, it’s perfect, but playing with some competitive player in summer at noon it requires good shape, and strong legs more than string pattern.


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avocadoz

Semi-Pro
I love the feel of the new blade cuz it's super comfortable. But I gotta say, I think the added flex technology of the Clash made the Blade lose control at times. I'd get the random miss by a mile shot that I wouldn't get with the 2015 version. The flex somehow made it into an unpredictable rocket launcher at times. It was the reason why I didn't like the Clash line in the first place. I don't know how I feel about this. I may just stick to the TF40 full time for a more consistent response.
 

n80aoag

New User
I love the feel of the new blade cuz it's super comfortable. But I gotta say, I think the added flex technology of the Clash made the Blade lose control at times. I'd get the random miss by a mile shot that I wouldn't get with the 2015 version. The flex somehow made it into an unpredictable rocket launcher at times. It was the reason why I didn't like the Clash line in the first place. I don't know how I feel about this. I may just stick to the TF40 full time for a more consistent response.
I agree the Tf40 305 I demo'd was more consistent than the Blade V7. TF was not as plush or comfy but the responsiveness/crispness was more pronounced than the blade
 

tennis347

Professional
I agree the Tf40 305 I demo'd was more consistent than the Blade V7. TF was not as plush or comfy but the responsiveness/crispness was more pronounced than the blade
I am playing with the Blade v7 98 16 x 19 and also played with the TF 40 305. The TF 40 305 definitely has better control and a more consistent response off the string bed. However, it really comes down to the feel where the Blade is very plush and forgiving on the arm. I personally prefer the Blade for easier pop and the feel. Don't get me wrong that the T40 305 is a great racquet. It just played a little too firm for my arm.
 

McGradey

Rookie
About 3 months into Blade 18x20 ownership and had my best hits to date this week. Some ongoing back pain I’ve been dealing with is now clearing up so I’m moving a lot better which obviously helps.

Really felt like I couldn’t miss any of my shots, and finally grooved with it on serve. I was clobbering forehands down the line for fun. It’s a gem of a frame.
 

gutfeeling

Semi-Pro
I agree the Tf40 305 I demo'd was more consistent than the Blade V7. TF was not as plush or comfy but the responsiveness/crispness was more pronounced than the blade
I haven’t hit the tf40 305 but seems like a reincarnation of the kBlade 98 which imo is the goat blade. Love the v7 18x20 though.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
I haven’t hit the tf40 305 but seems like a reincarnation of the kBlade 98 which imo is the goat blade. Love the v7 18x20 though.
Hope the tf40 comes out in 16x19/20. Great all around frame but boy that string pattern is hard to elevate and not real spin friendly.

Also the handle shape is kind of love it or hate it.
 

AJvR

Rookie
I am wondering which string pattern offers more / less control, the 98S 18 x 16 or a 98 16 x 19? Common wisdom here seems that the mains have the most impact on the characteristics as far as strings are concerned. So two more mains vs three less crosses, does it balance out? Did anyone here compare a Blade 98S vs a 98 16 x 19?
 
I’m considering adding a leather grip to make the racket more HL. Feels a very cumbersome. Would the additional static weight from the overgrip not be worth the balance change?
 

McGradey

Rookie
I’m considering adding a leather grip to make the racket more HL. Feels a very cumbersome. Would the additional static weight from the overgrip not be worth the balance change?
Im also considering a leather grip; I find the stock grip on the blade a little mushy and I prefer the clear definition on the bevels you get from leather.

re. the cumbersome feel—I experienced that too. I came from a very headlight racquet so it took a good while to adjust to the Blade’s less whippy feel. It feels perfect now though and I haven’t modded it at all. How long have you had your Blade for?
 

Znak

Professional
Uh oh my one Blade is doing the rattling thing people were mentioning near the buttcap. Was there a solution to this? I can't tell if it's the buttcap or somewhere in the lower third of the handle
 

Mitch_1979

New User
I’m considering adding a leather grip to make the racket more HL. Feels a very cumbersome. Would the additional static weight from the *overgrip not be worth the balance change?
[*Assuming you meant "leather" instead of "overgrip".] It'll depend on the leather you install. For reference I removed the stock Wilson Pro Performance grip and measured 16g. A Fairway leather grip could add about 10g [edit: additional, 26g total] which should move balance a couple pts.
 
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