2019 Wilson Blade

skeeter

Professional
I did an extended demo of both the 16X19 and 18X20 v7 Blade 98's some months ago and I strung them both up with Tourna Silver 7 Tour. I used 46 pounds in the 16X19 and 44 pounds in the 18X20. I and the others who tried it, felt that string complemented the racquet well.

I tested Revolve Spin about a year ago and felt it to be a very average spin in every category. Many poly strings are going to provide more power, and there's a big selection of very good strings like S7T, any of the Solinco or Volkl offerings because they come in a wide variety of thicknesses, to some Luxilon offerings like Alu Power Soft which also seems to work well in the Blade.
Sorry, but remind us again which pattern you ended up going with, and why? Thanks.
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
Someone may have done this comparison before, but it would be difficult to find in 66 pages...
Has anyone A/B'ed the 2015 Blade 98 18x20 with the 2019 Blade 18x20?
I'd be curious to hear about the differences.

loved the 2015 for multiple reasons—crisp enough, honest response, a little more forgiving than both BLX models—and find just a different feel out of the new ones. Still a blade but with a different response on impact. Just depends if it’s your cup of tea. I tend to like it, that softer feel and more perceptible flex at impact. But I have to string significantly tighter, like 5 to 7 pounds, to get a similar feel and level of control to my KBlades and KBlade pro stocks I’ve been playing lately. I’d assume I’d have to increase with a 2015 blade too, but I went and got rid of them awhile back, so I’m not entirely sure. I could probably ditch the increase in tension by using a firmer, deader string.

Tldr: it’s a blade with a different feel from the 2015 and 2017 models. Demo and play with string and string tension before determining your final opinion on the feel.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Someone may have done this comparison before, but it would be difficult to find in 66 pages...
Has anyone A/B'ed the 2015 Blade 98 18x20 with the 2019 Blade 18x20?
I'd be curious to hear about the differences.
Got both. Both are great sticks. Very stable. Good control. Hit a big ball. Difference is in feel. 2015 offers more direct ball feedback. V7 is softer and more muted.
 

Lozannois

Rookie
Hi!!
What strings do you recommend for the Blade 98 16x19 v7? because I started with the Wilson Revolve Spin 17, they are good, it gives me a lot of control, but they lack a bit of power. Thank you
Yonex poly tour strike at 51 lbs is amazing with this frame! Just the right amount of power and control. Feel and touch are wow!

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Booger

Hall of Fame
Still playing around with lead placement. I like the stock balance, but I feel like I'm getting pushed around too much. Where are you putting tape?
 

fpereiraw

New User
Yonex poly tour strike at 51 lbs is amazing with this frame! Just the right amount of power and control. Feel and touch are wow!

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I will try those strings, thanks!!
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Still playing around with lead placement. I like the stock balance, but I feel like I'm getting pushed around too much. Where are you putting tape?

I took my sticks into the shop today to use their Babolat RDC.

Racquet 1: L3 18x20, fairway leather grip + tournagrip, 2 tourna power strips (3.62 grams ea) at 9 and 3 (7.24 grams total) - swing weight 334
Racquet 2: L3 18x20, fairway leather grip + tourna grip, 4 tourna power strips (3.62 grams ea) at 9-10 and 2-3 (14.48 grams total) - swing weight 349
 

esm

Hall of Fame
I took my sticks into the shop today to use their Babolat RDC.

Racquet 1: L3 18x20, fairway leather grip + tournagrip, 2 tourna power strips (3.62 grams ea) at 9 and 3 (7.24 grams total) - swing weight 334
Racquet 2: L3 18x20, fairway leather grip + tourna grip, 4 tourna power strips (3.62 grams ea) at 9-10 and 2-3 (14.48 grams total) - swing weight 349
That is a massive difference on the SW. wondering what were the unstrung spec when you first got it....
What is the strung weight and balance on both?
 
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Booger

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That is a massive difference on the SW. wondering what were the unstrung spec when you first got it....
What is the strung weight and balance on both?
Can't remember what the exact original specs were, but they were within 1-2 grams in static weight and equally balanced (to my surprise).

Current:
Racquet 1: 345 grams static weight, ~5 points headlight
Racquet 2: 352 grams static weight, ~3 points headlight
 
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esm

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Well yea he has more lead on the second one so that would increase SW.
yes, that is true.... unless he was trying at a very different setup, especially the weight and balance are also different.
wondering which setup he is likely to stay with or maybe more tinkering with the lead/placement etc.
 

phl92

Professional
Played today first time my new v7 18x20 strung with NXT in mains (24kg) and Solinco TB in crosses (23kg). Have to say the whole experienced felt a bit different to the racket I demoed. Of course the stringing on Wilson Revolve 25kg is way different but I had a bit problems because of my arms. I had a lot of mishits, hitting the balls even with my frame.
The demo rackets I tested in January also gave me quite some finger pain (blisters) due to the too small grip size. At least that's what I thought. Today with my L4 grip and 1 overgrip I also got again problems with my blisters. I think it's less the grip (because this one is more or less exact the same to my old racket) but the new weight/balance.
Someone had experience on that? My previous racket was a bit more headlight.

Do you think in general that the Wilson Blade v7 18x20 needs to be done more HL? (leather grip, etc.?)
 

TennisHound

Legend
Played today first time my new v7 18x20 strung with NXT in mains (24kg) and Solinco TB in crosses (23kg). Have to say the whole experienced felt a bit different to the racket I demoed. Of course the stringing on Wilson Revolve 25kg is way different but I had a bit problems because of my arms. I had a lot of mishits, hitting the balls even with my frame.
The demo rackets I tested in January also gave me quite some finger pain (blisters) due to the too small grip size. At least that's what I thought. Today with my L4 grip and 1 overgrip I also got again problems with my blisters. I think it's less the grip (because this one is more or less exact the same to my old racket) but the new weight/balance.
Someone had experience on that? My previous racket was a bit more headlight.

Do you think in general that the Wilson Blade v7 18x20 needs to be done more HL? (leather grip, etc.?)
The Blades, especially the 18x20 are heavy in the head. They've been that way since their inception, but gained a little more head weight with the CV series. I"ve only tried the 16x19, but it felt around 2-3 pts HL, which is normal for Blades. The '13 Black Silver version seemed less HL than the others.
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
The Blades, especially the 18x20 are heavy in the head. They've been that way since their inception, but gained a little more head weight with the CV series. I"ve only tried the 16x19, but it felt around 2-3 pts HL, which is normal for Blades. The '13 Black Silver version seemed less HL than the others.
Sorry but I'm not understanding you. It seems like you are contradicting yourself. You say the Blades have always been head heavy. Then you say you tried a 16x19 and it was head light.

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esm

Hall of Fame
Sorry but I'm not understanding you. It seems like you are contradicting yourself. You say the Blades have always been head heavy. Then you say you tried a 16x19 and it was head light.

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I think he is trying to say that 16x19 is slightly more HL than the 18x20.....
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

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Sorry but I'm not understanding you. It seems like you are contradicting yourself. You say the Blades have always been head heavy. Then you say you tried a 16x19 and it was head light.

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What he means is that the Blades are usually 2-4 pts HL rather than 6+ pts HL due to the weight added to the general top of the head area. Therefore, if you like or usually play with racquets that are more HL or have most of the weight in the handle and lower part of the racquet, you may find the Blade to feel almost HH.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Sorry but I'm not understanding you. It seems like you are contradicting yourself. You say the Blades have always been head heavy. Then you say you tried a 16x19 and it was head light.

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You’re right, I didn’t word that very well. 2-3 pts HL is normal for the Blades. The ‘13 version felt about 5-6 pts HL while the CV Blades I tried were around 1-2 pts HL.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
You’re right, I didn’t word that very well. 2-3 pts HL is normal for the Blades. The ‘13 version felt about 5-6 pts HL while the CV Blades I tried were around 1-2 pts HL.
It’d be worse if you taken into the account of the shocking Wilson QC. Had 4 2013 Blade 18x20, the factory/unstrung specs were all over the place.....8-B
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
It’d be worse if you taken into the account of the shocking Wilson QC. Had 4 2013 Blade 18x20, the factory/unstrung specs were all over the place.....8-B
Not sure if I just got lucky, but my 2 non-matched blades came in very close, like Yonex close. My RF97's were all over the place and needed lead, though.
 
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esm

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Not sure if I just got lucky, but my 2 non-matched blades came in very close, like Yonex close. My RF97's were all over the place and needed lead, though.
Yeah it can be a pot luck really..... Even with two that is only a couple of hundred serial numbers apart......
 
I haven't seen this mentioned in this thread - Wilson.com lists the following under features for the V7 Blades...
  • Reduced spec variance (+/- 5.5 g) for added consistency from frame to frame
Both my 18x20s are pretty close (in weight at least), and within this thread I recall folks w 2+ decent match.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Saw a ton of Blade 18x20's at a national junior tournament today. Not sure if that's good, but it's getting used.
 

Rhys Cole

New User
I got two blades 18/20 with balance 32.3 and 32.6. I’ve added a Wilson leather grip to both and a Wilson pro over grip, would anyone know how much more head light this would make them? Ideally I want it to be around 10 points head light.


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I got two blades 18/20 with balance 32.3 and 32.6. I’ve added a Wilson leather grip to both and a Wilson pro over grip, would anyone know how much more head light this would make them? Ideally I want it to be around 10 points head light.


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For 10 PTS HL you should have a balance at 31.1cm. You will probably need to put some extra weight on/in the handle.






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phl92

Professional
I got two blades 18/20 with balance 32.3 and 32.6. I’ve added a Wilson leather grip to both and a Wilson pro over grip, would anyone know how much more head light this would make them? Ideally I want it to be around 10 points head light.


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I am also interested how much a leather grip will change the balance. But isn't your ideal goal (to make it 10 pt HL) making it to a total different racket?
 
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McGradey

Professional
If you want a 10pts headlight racquet, don’t use a Blade.

You have to radically change the balance point and playing characteristics of the frame to make it very headlight—seems like it would be better just to get an Ultra Tour
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Agree with the above posts. If you want a much more HL balance of 31.xcm, then Blade isn’t for you.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Anyhow, does someone know how much a leathergrip (wilson or fairway) would change the balance?
I think this is a good read. It seems on average it’d be 2 points HL with the difference of the replacement grip vs leather grip (depends on brand/thickness).

best to check in a balance board if you do change the grip. A basic flat table with hard edge and tape measure can easily tell you the difference.
 

phl92

Professional
I think this is a good read. It seems on average it’d be 2 points HL with the difference of the replacement grip vs leather grip (depends on brand/thickness).

best to check in a balance board if you do change the grip. A basic flat table with hard edge and tape measure can easily tell you the difference.
Thank you, this is helpful through all the different measurement jungle.
I think I will over time also try an leather grip with 1 OG on my Blade. Just to feel the difference.. atm it feels indeed a bit HH but I am coming from a much HL racket
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Thank you, this is helpful through all the different measurement jungle.
I think I will over time also try an leather grip with 1 OG on my Blade. Just to feel the difference.. atm it feels indeed a bit HH but I am coming from a much HL racket
Have not opened the trap door on my Blades, so don’t know for sure - are you able to put some bluetac or weights to see what would suit you better. Cos Blade is supposed to be much more HH. (I came from much HL racquets too so I can understand it when I switched to Blade)
 

Wheelz

Professional
If you want a 10pts headlight racquet, don’t use a Blade.

You have to radically change the balance point and playing characteristics of the frame to make it very headlight—seems like it would be better just to get an Ultra Tour
Agree with the above posts. If you want a much more HL balance of 31.xcm, then Blade isn’t for you.
....what Will happen if the Blade becomes more head light? I doubt it creates any issues if his preference is that.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
....what Will happen if the Blade becomes more head light? I doubt it creates any issues if his preference is that.
Suppose nothing will happen. It just means loads of weight needs to go to the butt end to make it more HL on a Blade. There are other “better” platform racquets to achieve that more easily....
 

Wheelz

Professional
Suppose nothing will happen. It just means loads of weight needs to go to the butt end to make it more HL on a Blade. There are other “better” platform racquets to achieve that more easily....
Ok , I understand that logic. I also prefer a more HL racquet so I was curious if your opinion was on playability (outside of weight).
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
And are these “better” platform racquets providing the same feel/flex of the Blade ?
Thats not necessarily the point. Depending on qc this is a 325-345 sw stick.. what makes manageable is low static weight.. i tried as well initially.. it works in other racquets but this stick does not become more whippy/manuevarable as you would expect the more you load up the butt (insert thats what she said here). Higher sw and higher static weight makes it more sluggish in the end for me.. i gotten used to it and its amazing in stock form.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Ok , I understand that logic. I also prefer a more HL racquet so I was curious if your opinion was on playability (outside of weight).
I moved from higher static weight/lower SW (TC95/TC100) to lower static weight/higher SW (Blade 98) and I think it suits me better in terms of playability. It lets me to better put more pace behind the ball and play longer rallies if I have to.
 

Addxyz

Professional
I got two blades 18/20 with balance 32.3 and 32.6. I’ve added a Wilson leather grip to both and a Wilson pro over grip, would anyone know how much more head light this would make them? Ideally I want it to be around 10 points head light.


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About 12-13g in the buttcap.
 

irad98

New User
I’ve recently bought a 16x19 v7. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to measure specs when choosing my frame and expected they where close to the official ones.
When I received the racquet I decided to measure the balance and the result was 33.9cm (strung/no overgrip). Using the swingtool app and weighting 323g I’ve measured a 342SW. I know that it may not be the most precise method but it isn’t the worst.
Fact is I am not having the best time with it. Cant confirm the measured SW but can confirm a 340SW is high for me and right now I am having a hard time while playing especially as time passes and I became more tired.
So in your opinion, Is it possible that I got a 340SW frame due to Wilson’s poor QC? Do you consider that balance way off spec?
 

phl92

Professional
I’ve recently bought a 16x19 v7. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to measure specs when choosing my frame and expected they where close to the official ones.
When I received the racquet I decided to measure the balance and the result was 33.9cm (strung/no overgrip). Using the swingtool app and weighting 323g I’ve measured a 342SW. I know that it may not be the most precise method but it isn’t the worst.
Fact is I am not having the best time with it. Cant confirm the measured SW but can confirm a 340SW is high for me and right now I am having a hard time while playing especially as time passes and I became more tired.
So in your opinion, Is it possible that I got a 340SW frame due to Wilson’s poor QC? Do you consider that balance way off spec?
To answer your last question: yes thats way off specs, that would be off specs even for the 18x20 version. Check my post 1-2 weeks ago, I posted the result of the matching of TW for 6 rackets. Most had a lower SW than they 'should'
 

McGradey

Professional
Finally got the swingweight measured on my 18x20:

333 SW
337g strung w leather grip, over grip and dampener

Pretty happy with this spec. Ball crusher and whippy enough

342 SW on a 16x19 sounds crazy!
I had a 380g 6.1 95 that had that same swingweight and it was way too much racquet for me to handle
 

irad98

New User
Can’t confirm the 340SW since I am not using a RDC machine, but swingtool app usually does a good job. I recon it could be a bit lower but yet seems like SW is off the specs.
What I can confirm, since I did measure more then 10x, is that the strung balance is 33,9cm which also corroborate to the idea of a QC trouble.
 

McGradey

Professional
Can’t confirm the 340SW since I am not using a RDC machine, but swingtool app usually does a good job. I recon it could be a bit lower but yet seems like SW is off the specs.
What I can confirm, since I did measure more then 10x, is that the strung balance is 33,9cm which also corroborate to the idea of a QC trouble.
Ouch. See if you can send it back through your retailer. If it’s that far out of spec, worth a shot.
 

irad98

New User
I made couple more measurements considering the chance of parallax error on measuring balance but lowest value measured was 337SW.
Also tested a head radical I own with same procedure to check if there was something wrong and measured a 325SW which I call a decent result. So as sad as this sound I think I got a bad one.
 
I made couple more measurements considering the chance of parallax error on measuring balance but lowest value measured was 337SW.
Also tested a head radical I own with same procedure to check if there was something wrong and measured a 325SW which I call a decent result. So as sad as this sound I think I got a bad one.
The blade I tried had a balance of 32.9 which is the factory value. But the swingweight was about 335. Factory came with 308g. In the end, my Gravity Pro was much more comfortable and easier to play with static weight od 338g and 340SW with overgrip and damnpener.

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phl92

Professional
I hit yesterday the second time with my v7 18x20. I added another overgrip because of my blisters I got last time.
I still really struggle with my new racket. It feels somehow much heavier and harder to swing than the v7 I demoed. Does someone know if demo rackets from TW Europe are usually matched rackets, viz. on spec rackets?
The thing is that yesterday I had one of my first hitting sessions since I picked up a racket again last year.
I never hit so many balls into the net, and most other shots flew or were short. I had no control over it. I mainly struggle with the low launch angle. I think I will let it strung with something different. My hybrid NXT / Solinco TB seems not to work at all for me. Also it gives me less feel/touch than on the demo racket, which was strung with Wilson Revolve @25kg.
 
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