2019 Wilson Blade

Jouke

Semi-Pro
After the Gravity Pro failed to deliver better results than my trusted 2015 Blade 18x20, I am looking forward to giving the new Blades a shot at replacing my 2015 Blades. I am excited to get my new Blade probably in 3 weeks.
Dying to hear your experience with the new blade. You kept me from buying the Gravity pro
 

1990's Graphite

Hall of Fame
The 2015 18 mains blade had an avg 327 sw and 328 for the 2015 16x19. These now have a higher SW according to their tested frames
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
The 2015 18 mains blade had an avg 327 sw and 328 for the 2015 16x19. These now have a higher SW according to their tested frames
Also, the Beam of the 18x20 is 1mm thinner than the 16x19... which I like. Not sure what the 2015 Blade beam was...22mm?

I like that the RA is also lower. Looking forward to the reviews and what you all have to say about it.
 
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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Those Black/golds were beauties. You must be anxious now haha. If only the paint was a little better, more on the glossy side.. but hey if they play great !
Well I am enjoying my Pure Plusses a lot and the Extreme MP, but they are stiff frames and I have a shoulder I'm trying to heal (not racquet related injury). A softer blade is very appealing to me.

Interesting that the 16x19 has a thicker beam than the 18x20. I am really hoping we get some comparisons on the 2 frames soon.
 

FedGR

Professional
After the Gravity Pro failed to deliver better results than my trusted 2015 Blade 18x20, I am looking forward to giving the new Blades a shot at replacing my 2015 Blades. I am excited to get my new Blade probably in 3 weeks.
Did you ever try the G360 Speed MP or Pro and what did you think performance wise?

The 2015 18 mains blade had an avg 327 sw and 328 for the 2015 16x19. These now have a higher SW according to their tested frames
According to the Wilson technical rep, their goal was to drop the SW a bit compared to the CV version.
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
Also, the Beam of the 18x20 is 1mm thinner than the 16x19... which I like. Not sure what the 2015 Blade beam was...22mm?

I like that the RA is also lower. Looking forward to the reviews and what you all have to say about it.
On the Wilson site it says the beam width is the same for both the 16x19 and the 18x20, not sure what the Tennis Warehouse review was actually saying, but implied that the 18x20 was thinner.
 

1990's Graphite

Hall of Fame
Ok, so not that different. Specs still sound good. Wonder whether that means the Pro Staff racquets will also have a lower RA when they come out? Do you know when the Ultra Range is coming out and whether it will have the Tour version?
I am hearing next year for the ultra range, that's about all I heard. Good to see lower RA frames on the market. I kinda like 64 ish ra strung
 
Did you ever try the G360 Speed MP or Pro and what did you think performance wise?



According to the Wilson technical rep, their goal was to drop the SW a bit compared to the CV version.
Neither G360 Speeds can compare to my 2015 Blade 98. I use to use a Graphene Speed Pro 18x20 prior to switching over to the 2015 Blade 18x20. The Graphene Speed Pro had more power but was stiffer and that caused me some weird hand pain. Once I switched over to the 2015 Blade 98 which is more dampen and forgiving, I didn't have any further pain.

In general, all the Head Graphene line is stiffer but the Gravity models changed that. It feels softer and more comfortable but the Blade offers more power and plow while offering similar comfort so I decided to pass on the Gravity Pro.

The MP series is probably the better one to try since you can customize it to your liking. If you prefer a stiffer racquet, go with the G360 MP. If you want comfort, go with the Gravity MP.
 
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dave t

Rookie
Agree with above on comparisons to the speed. Blade is unique in that it generally feels more powerful than almost all of its competitors/similar spec'd frames.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
Blade is unique in that it generally feels more powerful than almost all of its competitors/similar spec'd frames.
They seem much more HH than stated. When you pick it up it's really noticeable. Anyone else feel this with the current model?
 
They seem much more HH than stated. When you pick it up it's really noticeable. Anyone else feel this with the current model?
They've long been closer to even balance to help them punch above their weight class but the CV generation was bad. The one I reviewed was 10g over spec unstrung and felt like I was swinging a log. Seems like Wilson's QC has been all over the map with several recent models.
 
They seem much more HH than stated. When you pick it up it's really noticeable. Anyone else feel this with the current model?
That has to do with poor Wilson quality control. The variance can be huge. I don't play Blades in stock form so I tend to add weight in the handle which tends to make them more head light. The current CV model just lacks the feel of the 2015 Blade and was a bit sluggish than the 2015 model.
 

Exoticbottle

New User
Not sure if this has been posted yet, but the auto-translate works quite well and it gives lots of detail on what the "free-flex" technology is. It looks like it increases linear flexation in the parallel and vertical axis while decreasing tortional flexation. So it maintains it's planar string-bed better AKA "control" on off-center hits while still being flexy. I'm still curious about the power described by users of the Clash and hopefully to a degree will be exhibited by the Blade v7. I wonder if they try and tune the response of the flex so that it is able to flex considerably upon impact and then return a greater portion of that energy into momentum onto the ball when it returns to center. As in the energy won't get left over as oscillations in the racket while the racket is not longer in contact with the ball. I wonder if anyone with more knowledge on materials science has an opinion on this. You can imagine for example if frequency of the harmonic response is too low then the ball will leave the strings at a greater right angle and energy will be left in the bent "loaded" frame not conferred to the ball, and if the frequency is too high then the ball will leave at a greater left angle, but will have been "pushed" by at least by the oscillation of the racket. Once again, would love some real insight into this.

 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
Neither G360 Speeds can compare to my 2015 Blade 98. I use to use a Graphene Speed Pro 18x20 prior to switching over to the 2015 Blade 18x20. The Graphene Speed Pro had more power but was stiffer and that caused me some weird hand pain. Once I switched over to the 2015 Blade 98 which is more dampen and forgiving, I didn't have any further pain.

In general, all the Head Graphene line is stiffer but the Gravity models changed that. It feels softer and more comfortable but the Blade offers more power and plow while offering similar comfort so I decided to pass on the Gravity Pro.

The MP series is probably the better one to try since you can customize it to your liking. If you prefer a stiffer racquet, go with the G360 MP. If you want comfort, go with the Gravity MP.
Funny how different strokes for different folks works. I would rate 2015 blade as the worst blade of all generations while you like it more that’s why there is a demo program I guess :). I felt like it was worst for my arm than any gen I tried before or after while you liked it. Maybe I had a lemon
 
Funny how different strokes for different folks works. I would rate 2015 blade as the worst blade of all generations while you like it more that’s why there is a demo program I guess :).
Yeah, that is why there are so many different models for us to choose.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Would love to have one of the 18x20’s but at that weight not interested having to experiment with all that weight to get it into my wheel house. Guess it is just easier to play with the 6.1 95 18x20 at 12.3 or RF97 at 12.5 and not have to mess with it.
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
I've just always been turned off by the recent blades because of their low static weight. And yes 11.4oz strung is too low for me. The sweet spot for me is around 11.7 strung. Wish they made a beefier blade in stock form. I'll be leaning towards the new vcore 18x20 or the gravity pro.
 

Jster

Professional
Not sure if this has been posted yet, but the auto-translate works quite well and it gives lots of detail on what the "free-flex" technology is. It looks like it increases linear flexation in the parallel and vertical axis while decreasing tortional flexation. So it maintains it's planar string-bed better AKA "control" on off-center hits while still being flexy. I'm still curious about the power described by users of the Clash and hopefully to a degree will be exhibited by the Blade v7. I wonder if they try and tune the response of the flex so that it is able to flex considerably upon impact and then return a greater portion of that energy into momentum onto the ball when it returns to center. As in the energy won't get left over as oscillations in the racket while the racket is not longer in contact with the ball. I wonder if anyone with more knowledge on materials science has an opinion on this. You can imagine for example if frequency of the harmonic response is too low then the ball will leave the strings at a greater right angle and energy will be left in the bent "loaded" frame not conferred to the ball, and if the frequency is too high then the ball will leave at a greater left angle, but will have been "pushed" by at least by the oscillation of the racket. Once again, would love some real insight into this.

For the "n th" time,there is no 'freeflex' on the blades.
 

Jster

Professional
You mean the old Blades I assume...



Ahhh...I see he said Free Flex. Gotcha.

So many claims about blades having the clash technology. I mean... THEN WHERE IS THE " STABLE SMART" TECHNOLOGY ON BLADE THEN? EATEN BY RAONIC AND HALEP OVER DINNER?
 

FedGR

Professional
Neither G360 Speeds can compare to my 2015 Blade 98. I use to use a Graphene Speed Pro 18x20 prior to switching over to the 2015 Blade 18x20. The Graphene Speed Pro had more power but was stiffer and that caused me some weird hand pain. Once I switched over to the 2015 Blade 98 which is more dampen and forgiving, I didn't have any further pain.

In general, all the Head Graphene line is stiffer but the Gravity models changed that. It feels softer and more comfortable but the Blade offers more power and plow while offering similar comfort so I decided to pass on the Gravity Pro.

The MP series is probably the better one to try since you can customize it to your liking. If you prefer a stiffer racquet, go with the G360 MP. If you want comfort, go with the Gravity MP.
The reason I asked you is because I have the G360 Speed MP and love it. I consider the 2015 Blade 98 18x20 to be the best racket I've ever played with btw. But the G360 MP comes very very close performance wise for me. Maybe the feel is not great and it's a bit stiffer than the Blade but serving with that "thing" can be very fun. That's why I asked, I wanted to see what another 2015 Blade admirer had to say about the Speed MP. :):)

I actually demo'd the Gravity MP and found the feel to be truly amazing. Will definitely need to try one out for a longer time period. Truly impressed by how soft yet crispy it felt, especially after trying the last G360 Radical which I didn't like at all.
 
Well there is obviously a huge difference between Freeflex and Feelflex DUH! I remember listening to an interview with Federer a few years ago where he mentioned he'll only use racquets with one but not the other, I just can't remember which.. ;)

In all seriousness though I'm intrigued by this version of the blades. I'm glad that Wilson is finally releasing lower RA frames like the ultra tour and these.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
So many claims about blades having the clash technology. I mean... THEN WHERE IS THE " STABLE SMART" TECHNOLOGY ON BLADE THEN? EATEN BY RAONIC AND HALEP OVER DINNER?
I’ve said, the carbon mapping technology or lessons of the Clash are used in the Blade, but it is very different and a much more solid feel to me. The Feeflex is done really well in the frame.
 

Jster

Professional
I’ve said, the carbon mapping technology or lessons of the Clash are used in the Blade, but it is very different and a much more solid feel to me. The Feeflex is done really well in the frame.
The new blades are indeed delicious.

But insisting the blades contain the clash technology is like saying..... Gravity has G360 technology(LOL) ..... LIKE the speed G360.

360 +.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I've just always been turned off by the recent blades because of their low static weight. And yes 11.4oz strung is too low for me. The sweet spot for me is around 11.7 strung. Wish they made a beefier blade in stock form. I'll be leaning towards the new vcore 18x20 or the gravity pro.
The irony here is that the vcore will most likely have a lower swing weight and swing faster than the Blade.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I've just always been turned off by the recent blades because of their low static weight. And yes 11.4oz strung is too low for me. The sweet spot for me is around 11.7 strung. Wish they made a beefier blade in stock form. I'll be leaning towards the new vcore 18x20 or the gravity pro.
So easy to get the blade to 11.7oz. Change to a leather grip and add on overgrip and you are there. Or shove some putty under the butt cap and add an overgrip and you are there. :)
 
The reason I asked you is because I have the G360 Speed MP and love it. I consider the 2015 Blade 98 18x20 to be the best racket I've ever played with btw. But the G360 MP comes very very close performance wise for me. Maybe the feel is not great and it's a bit stiffer than the Blade but serving with that "thing" can be very fun. That's why I asked, I wanted to see what another 2015 Blade admirer had to say about the Speed MP. :):)

I actually demo'd the Gravity MP and found the feel to be truly amazing. Will definitely need to try one out for a longer time period. Truly impressed by how soft yet crispy it felt, especially after trying the last G360 Radical which I didn't like at all.
I tried the Graphene Touch MP and that felt pretty good at 46lbs but I think the G360 MP is even better. I opted to try the Gravity MP and thought that it felt even softer and yes, it is a great platform racquet to build from. Serving was not as good due to the lower SW and static weight so it would have to be customized to the same specs as my Blade.

Head has really messed up the Radical line as it has become stiffer over time from the Microgel version and IG Youtek versions.

Keep us updated on how well the Gravity MP and I might give it a shot again. The demo came strung with a multi instead of poly but I wasn't impressed with the string though the sweet spot is nice and racquet felt good.
 

Lozannois

Rookie

First impressions online on tennisnerds !

Now I am hesitating to try the 16x19 I only play with 18x20 but this 16x19 version of the blade seems to play like a 18x20

What will you do ? Do you think the 18x20 version is really that lowered powered than the 2015 or cv version ?
 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame

First impressions online on tennisnerds !

Now I am hesitating to try the 16x19 I only play with 18x20 but this 16x19 version of the blade seems to play like a 18x20

What will you do ? Do you think the 18x20 version is really that lowered powered than the 2015 or cv version ?
I (who made this guest-article) never liked the 16/19 Blade in the past. I really WANTED to like them because in all other frames i always use 16/19 but never got the right groove with 16/19 and the 18/20 felt much better, in all previous Blades. But now, this frame just feels so good in 16/19. No control issues what so ever compared to previous versions. I have not tried the 18/20 though so can´t compare how the new V7 feels with the tighter string-pattern. On a side note: Also feel free to let me know what i can improve in these reviews. I always want to be better on the reviews and all feedback is of great value!
 
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