Blade V7 and V8 handle difference

Serve&Bash

Semi-Pro
Hey I was wondering if anyone else feels that the handle of the V8 is significantly different than that of the V7. I used the blade V7 for years and i always used a 4 1/4 grip with 1 wilson pro overgrip. I had 2 blades and the grip felt the same on both. I bought the V8 this summer and 4 1/4 with 1 wilson pro overgrip over it feels thicker and less maneuverable. I'm thinking this could be related to Wilson using a thicker replacement grip on new rackets. Anyone else feel this as well? I know its something so minor but I really dislike the feel the racket gives compared to my previous blades. I've never switched to the upgraded version of my racket and felt this big of a change before.
 

Serve&Bash

Semi-Pro
I have been using this racket for 5 months now. I also shadow swing during some cardio workouts at my place. The grip is objectively thicker and I measured it with the v8+1 wilson pro overgrip coming out at almost 4 1/2 whereas the v7s were 4 3/8th with overgrip on them. The issue is that this really impacts my forehand which is hit with a fast swing and plenty of wrist movement. To work around this I used as little of the overgrip as possible when wrapping the handle and cutting of the excess at the top. This made the handle's equivalent in width but the v8 has pronounced bevels that lead to a harsh feel and more shanking.
 

Mischko

Professional
Don't remember how exactly the end cap of Blade v7 was wrapped, but this newest gen of Wilsons has a rounder end cap and base grip wrapping, some overwrap before continuing etc so it's probably just the slightly different shape overall, without being thinner or thicker above. Same base grip I think as well

It's noticeable on Blade v8, but it's the same thing with Shift and Pro Staffs v14. I love it personally, when I rewrapped my base grip I carefully put it back as it was, to keep the rounded shape, to have that "just right" spot for my pinky finger on serve, on both sides haha
 
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