Blade V8 Official Thread.

nov

Semi-Pro
Never used pro because it has the lowest power on the line. I used MP and Tour. Even MP was a little bit demanding to swing. Despite low SW i couldn’t gel with its head size. I ve tried most of the head sticks 2020/2021 and gravity shines in terms of feel and solidness. I truly believe it’s one of the best molds i ve ever used from Head. V Core 98 21 and Gravity Tour play amazingly stable in stock form. So yeah gravity tour has a more launchy angle than Blade v7 16x19 but on the other hand it cannot plow through and push like a Blade. Another stick with great feel is latest pure strike 16x19…. plush and smooth…. but feel is not enough if you don’t have consistency and depth control….. at the end of the day gravity tour was unpredictable most of the times…. despite the 100 inch head which is very forgiving if you missed the sweet spot it didn’t give you power and control. I only enjoyed slicing and serving with this stick. When you have feel and feedback from a stick you can literally do anything and you won’t care if the X,Y,Z stick offers theoretically 20% more spin…. so i believe you should ask yourself which racquet became an extension of your arm by the first hit? On my case it was the blade line of 2015 with Yonex Dr line second. Heads "blade line" is the radical.
Gravity Pro could be that racquet. But its harder to defend with it and you have to be always on great physical shape, not tired, otherwise it will punish you. Im recently thinking about switch to 98 inch faster racquet but not sure how much comfort and stability im willing to sacrifice.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
Gravity Pro could be that racquet. But its harder to defend with it and you have to be always on great physical shape, not tired, otherwise it will punish you. Im recently thinking about switch to 98 inch faster racquet but not sure how much comfort and stability im willing to sacrifice.
Go to a blade 18x20 with a thinner 1.20 string and you won’t sacrifice anything.
 

DAB942

New User
1.20 hyper g. It worked like a charm on V7, it will work the same as good with V8 which has a more dense pattern than modern 16x19 sticks.
I started playing with my son's V7 18x20. I am going to try Hyper-G and see what happens. I'm hitting revolve spin, now -- STIFF string.
 

Tsitsipas77

New User
Paint quality is not better than the v7. Played like 2 hours and paints already chipping on weird spots… will ask Wilson what to do… anyone else with the same experience?
 

XtremeKh

New User
Hit with the (brand new 16 19) demo last night. Surprisingly different than v7 16 19, but solid overall. More forgiving and definitely feels easier to swing through. Also a little bit more spin, softer and less feel. Generally solid! Not sure to switch of keep v7 or just get one v8 to mess around with.
 
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AA7

Hall of Fame
Hit with the (brand new) demo last night. Surprisingly different than v7, but solid overall. More forgiving and definitely feels easier to swing through. Also a little bit more swing. Generally solid! Not sure to switch of keep v7 or just get one v8 to mess around with.
Thanks. few questions... what string pattern? and what do you mean by forgiving exactly?
 

rh310

Hall of Fame
A little report on the v8 16/19 with some lead at 3 and 9. Strung SW with Signum pro plasma pure 1.24 is 326. A totally different experience now compared to the very light 314 strung sw without lead. Now it is my top choice of the blades. The 18/20 is good when just trading baseline strokes but under pressure out in the corners the 16/19 helps me a lot better.
How much lead, roughly? If I put it on, I usually overdo it (e.g. 22").
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Hit with the (brand new 16 19) demo last night. Surprisingly different than v7 16 19, but solid overall. More forgiving and definitely feels easier to swing through. Also a little bit more spin, softer and less feel. Generally solid! Not sure to switch of keep v7 or just get one v8 to mess around with.
less feel than a V7? Is that even possible?
 

TimePlease

Rookie
Curious why you recommend this one over the Blade?
Just because @CameronS said he loved the feel of the Pro Staff 97. My recommendation was purely based on him and I haven't tried the V8 myself yet. I've always found Blades a bit cumbersome in the past so I'm curious to know just how whippy the V8 is compared to, say, the Pro Staff line. I doubt the V8 is as much of an 'all court' racket as the Pro Staffs are. Can anyone confirm? Apart from the balance, the other thing I love about the Six.One 100 v13 is the connected feeling and flex. The V8 sounds too muted for my personal taste.
 

Hit 'em clean

Semi-Pro
The Blade and Pro Staff lines have the same quality of paint. Compared to the other major mfg's I think Wilson's chip/scratch the easiest. The new glossy paint on the blade v8 is better than the velvet paint from the v7 which chips off in chunks. Both the current PS and Blade V8 to me are painted a little on the thin side IMO. Now if you go to a Blade Pro... paint was much better on that.
 

Mircat

New User
I just picked up 2 Blade 98 V8s (16x19). I got the shop to match the specs and they are as follows:

Racket 1:
SW Strung: 312
SW Unstrung: 287
Weight: 321

Racket 2:
SW Strung: 314
SW Unstrung: 289
weight strung: 321

Compared to my blade V7:
Swingweight Strung: 331
Weight: 333


It's definitely easier to move around. I shall try it out and see how it feels. Worst case I will add some lead if I don't like the low SW.
 

Red Bird

New User
It is somewhat limited. Offered only in Europe for a while until a bunch of people on these forums started buying them all and having them sent to the the US so a few US retailers now have them.
Wilson just told me they may may do a full release of this racquet early next year, but no date has been se
It is somewhat limited. Offered only in Europe for a while until a bunch of people on these forums started buying them all and having them sent to the the US so a few US retailers now have them.
From Wilson: “At the moment this is exclusive to Tennis Warehouse. We may be releasing it sometime early next year, but we do not yet have a date set.”
 

tx10is

New User
Wilson just told me they may may do a full release of this racquet early next year, but no date has been se

From Wilson: “At the moment this is exclusive to Tennis Warehouse. We may be releasing it sometime early next year, but we do not yet have a date set.”
lol I help out stringing at one of tw competitors and they have the 6.1 100 also. its on the website. It is very limited though. I can usually demo any racquet, but it is so limited they only had a few demos reserved for online demo people only. FWIW I did grab one to test specs.
it came out to 8pts hl, 306static weight, 285 swing weight unstrung of course. I like the black paint job. Going to have to try again and demo out of curiosity lol. it seems to be very popular. sells out quick.
 
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tx10is

New User
I just picked up 2 Blade 98 V8s (16x19). I got the shop to match the specs and they are as follows:

Racket 1:
SW Strung: 312
SW Unstrung: 287
Weight: 321

Racket 2:
SW Strung: 314
SW Unstrung: 289
weight strung: 321

Compared to my blade V7:
Swingweight Strung: 331
Weight: 333


It's definitely easier to move around. I shall try it out and see how it feels. Worst case I will add some lead if I don't like the low SW.
those strung swingweights seem low for a blade, but I guess I'm use to much higher swingweights. If it plays well then great.
 

TimePlease

Rookie
Does Wilson Pro staff line have same quality paint or its better quality than Blade line?
The paint on the Six.One 100 v13 is different from the Pro Staff 97 v13. The 6.1 is regular matt, not velvet, and seems a bit more durable. If you search for "Eurostaff" on this forum, you can read more about it. It's definitely one of the best frames that Wilson has ever made, in my opinion (and only if you like player's frames), with such a consistent response. Precision with forgiveness.
 

nov

Semi-Pro
The paint on the Six.One 100 v13 is different from the Pro Staff 97 v13. The 6.1 is regular matt, not velvet, and seems a bit more durable. If you search for "Eurostaff" on this forum, you can read more about it. It's definitely one of the best frames that Wilson has ever made, in my opinion (and only if you like player's frames), with such a consistent response. Precision with forgiveness.
You mean Six.One 100 v13 one of the best Wilson frame?
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Wilson QC getting better… maybe? Hopefully? See 9:40 in the following Tennis Spin video for decently close specs of 5 Blade 98 v8 16x19s.
Strung balance looks to be 5-7HL, swingweight around 320; not really typical of a Blade.
Sign of a trend towards more headlight, less polarised racquets in the next couple of years?

 
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alexg

New User
So I have been playing with the v8 16x19 for a month. Added a couple grams at 12 o'clock to bring up specs to my preferred 330g static 328g SW (with 4g dampener + overgrip). Everything is good. I commented on it, and the feel is what I would call "direct" vs the "plush" v7. Spin seems a little easier. Power is very similar to v7, maybe slightly lower. I am comparing v7 and v8 with same specs, same strings, same tensions etc.

My question: I am one month in, and my gut / poly is getting very close to breaking. With my v7 it took a good 2 months. I have two years of v7 behind me with that same string setup for reference. So it seems that v8 is twice harder on the strings. As much as I like to think that I am hitting much harder, shredding strings faster would support my hunch that the v8 hoop is stiffer and compensated with a softer throat. Anyone else who has played v8 noticed anything similar?
 

TimePlease

Rookie
You mean Six.One 100 v13 one of the best Wilson frame?
Yes, that's what I meant but it's only my personal opinion. I'm someone who has played Pro Staffs for years and got used to that particular feel and the way they suit my all-court style. Sometimes I long for some of what the Blades can do but overall I enjoy playing more with the Pro Staffs.
 

Dasol

Rookie
Just finished my 4th outing with the blade 18X20 v8, and I am loving it!

Now I could describe V8 18X20 with two words: 'consistent' and 'predictable.'
V8 does not possess inherent free power or plow-through due to the lack of the weight/mass of the head, but it can produce reliable shots during matches.
I don't think with V8 I can dominate the game by power, but I can do so many things with confidence, such as drop shots, backhand slices, and lobs.
V8 is a versatile frame, and it is slightly firmer than V7 but not at all stiff or harsh.
Full swing is required for better result, and due to the spin potential, I can just swing with confidence.

If you like power, plow-through, and head-heaviness feel, I don't think V8 18X20 is right for you.
But if you are an all around player, and your game is based on consistency rather than on aggressive shots all the time, I think V8 18X20 would work for you.

Btw, I strung it up with Hyper-G 17gauge at 50lb, and I think I can go lower like 46lb next time if I need more power.
I will not customize it with lead. If you need more weight and plow-through, I think you can simply buy V7 instead.
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
Just finished my 4th outing with the blade 18X20 v8, and I am loving it!

Now I could describe V8 18X20 with two words: 'consistent' and 'predictable.'
V8 does not possess inherent free power or plow-through due to the lack of the weight/mass of the head, but it can produce reliable shots during matches.
I don't think with V8 I can dominate the game by power, but I can do so many things with confidence, such as drop shots, backhand slices, and lobs.
V8 is a versatile frame, and it is slightly firmer than V7 but not at all stiff or harsh.
Full swing is required for better result, and due to the spin potential, I can just swing with confidence.

If you like power, plow-through, and head-heaviness feel, I don't think V8 18X20 is right for you.
But if you are an all around player, and your game is based on consistency rather than on aggressive shots all the time, I think V8 18X20 would work for you.

Btw, I strung it up with Hyper-G 17gauge at 50lb, and I think I can go lower like 46lb next time if I need more power.
I will not customize it with lead. If you need more weight and plow-through, I think you can simply buy V7 instead.
Agreed.

That is my initial impression as well. apologies if you posted this before as well but what is the SW of your v8? Mine is 327sw (vs my v7s are about 330-333sw depending on the string). I did not notice a ton of difference even in power and plow (yes small noticeable difference) but I can see that it would be a decent step down in power if you had one of those 335-340 blades. I think Wilson did get a ton of feedback on how v7 18m was so great but so demanding.."if it only had less SW"... so I think they delivered. If you liked the v7 18m but always wished it had less SW, v8 is the one. Otherwise, you can stick with v7. To me, it is a great update from that perspective.

On 16m.... v7 16m had a stability issue for me. again maybe QC played a role but I know a lot of people had similar issues (very low twist weight is possibly a culprit here). I just don't know how v8 got so much "great stability" from TW reviewers in the video review. If you pay attention, every single reviewer makes a point on how stable the racket is (v8 review). As opposed to the last version where one of the reviewers flagged lack of stability as an issue (and scored it 5). I still do not quite understand how the same twistweight and visually identical specs (slightly lower SW!!) the 16m addressed that issue but I guess the more people hit with it, the better idea we will have.

I guess I don't buy it but the court is the only place where you really know how a racket plays...
 
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1HBHfanatic

Legend
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Btw, I strung it up with Hyper-G 17gauge at 50lb, and I think I can go lower like 46lb next time if I need more power.
I will not customize it with lead. If you need more weight and plow-through, I think you can simply buy V7 instead.
-i went with luxilon.savage 16lg 1.27mm at 51lbs and i think i nailed the tension for me
-any tighter and it would have gone a bit too boardie for my game
-good frame(y) (y)

-if i try the 18/20 with lux.4G then i think i would go to 46lbs
 

Mircat

New User
Wilson QC getting better… maybe? Hopefully? See 9:40 in the following Tennis Spin video for decently close specs of 5 Blade 98 v8 16x19s.
Strung balance looks to be 5-7HL, swingweight around 320; not really typical of a Blade.
Sign of a trend towards more headlight, less polarised racquets in the next couple of years?

Sample size is way too small to come to that conclusion.
 

Mircat

New User
So if you want your strung SW to be at 320, you're looking for an unstrung SW of around 295? Depends on strings but I'm still surprised mine came in at 289 unstrung and 314 strung with a full bed of confidential.
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
So if you want your strung SW to be at 320, you're looking for an unstrung SW of around 295? Depends on strings but I'm still surprised mine came in at 289 unstrung and 314 strung with a full bed of confidential.
for 1.20-1.25mm i think 29-32sw pts for 16m is about right... i think if you want 320 sw you are looking for 290 at most... So yes.. 289 should have resulted in easily 320sw... something a miss there.. if you measured unstrung in one machine and strung in another it's probably calibration issues...
 

Mircat

New User
for 1.20-1.25mm i think 29-32sw pts for 16m is about right... i think if you want 320 sw you are looking for 290 at most... So yes.. 289 should have resulted in easily 320sw... something a miss there.. if you measured unstrung in one machine and strung in another it's probably calibration issues...
Both on the same machine. I thought it was really odd too. Confidential 17 gauge. Maybe I pop by another store and see what it comes in at. At least I know they're matched unstrung on same machine..
 

lidoazndiabloboi

Hall of Fame
I really like the changing color scheme paintjob on the racket, BUT, one thing i really do not like, is the feeling when I hold the racket with my left hand at the throat. Am I the only that feels like the paint is too slippery at that location? I had a hard time gripping the racket well with my left hand. The tackiness from the velvet paint is one of the things like like about the RFs and the v7Blades.

On another note, my v13 RF97s has an area in the throat, where it is smooth and slick, not velvety at all, and this is a fairly new racket. The Wilson painting quality is definitely not moving in the right direction.
 
So if you want your strung SW to be at 320, you're looking for an unstrung SW of around 295? Depends on strings but I'm still surprised mine came in at 289 unstrung and 314 strung with a full bed of confidential.
This is my experience, 16G strings have consistently added 25 pts to my measured swingweights.
 

Juggernauts

New User
for 1.20-1.25mm i think 29-32sw pts for 16m is about right... i think if you want 320 sw you are looking for 290 at most... So yes.. 289 should have resulted in easily 320sw... something a miss there.. if you measured unstrung in one machine and strung in another it's probably calibration issues...
Sir, a bit off topic here. Can you share knowledge about the relationship of string thickness (and tyipe : poly, multi,etc) and racket pattern (16m or 18m) and SW number? Thank you.
 

nov

Semi-Pro
Sir, a bit off topic here. Can you share knowledge about the relationship of string thickness (and tyipe : poly, multi,etc) and racket pattern (16m or 18m) and SW number? Thank you.
Depends on strings weight. I doubt that on 98inch racquet strings can add 29-32 SW. My gravity Pro (100 inch, 18 x 20) 17.3gr strings add 30 SW.
 

Red Bird

New User
Yes, that's what I meant but it's only my personal opinion. I'm someone who has played Pro Staffs for years and got used to that particular feel and the way they suit my all-court style. Sometimes I long for some of what the Blades can do but overall I enjoy playing more with the Pro Staffs.
Just curious what aspects of the Blade you’re longing for? What are the things the Blades can do that the Pro Staffs can’t? I’m looking at both the Blade and Pro Staff for my next racquet and would appreciate your insights.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Wilson QC getting better… maybe? Hopefully? See 9:40 in the following Tennis Spin video for decently close specs of 5 Blade 98 v8 16x19s.
Strung balance looks to be 5-7HL, swingweight around 320; not really typical of a Blade.
Sign of a trend towards more headlight, less polarised racquets in the next couple of years?

I would give an arm and a leg for Wilson to move towards a pro-staff style balance and swingweight around 320 for the blade.
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
I would give an arm and a leg for Wilson to move towards a pro-staff style balance and swingweight around 320 for the blade.
5 gram tungsten putty under butt cap and you can find 320sw on v8 plenty.. you literally have a prostaff balance then . I don't understand.. net even a lighter package than PS..
 

FuzzyYellowBalls

Professional
Wilson QC getting better… maybe? Hopefully? See 9:40 in the following Tennis Spin video for decently close specs of 5 Blade 98 v8 16x19s.
Strung balance looks to be 5-7HL, swingweight around 320; not really typical of a Blade.
Sign of a trend towards more headlight, less polarised racquets in the next couple of years?

Seems like very good QC, but i think its just coincidence..
I understand loving a brand or a racket, I used to use head and long ago used the Pro Staff 88. But, once I realized there were qc issues I switched to Yonex. I just did a matching service on the new Vcore Pro 97 D, the group I could choose from had exactly the SAME SW, Balance, and the actual weight was only .11 grams off so all the same "grams" , that's the standard Wilson should be held to, right?
 

TimePlease

Rookie
Just curious what aspects of the Blade you’re longing for? What are the things the Blades can do that the Pro Staffs can’t? I’m looking at both the Blade and Pro Staff for my next racquet and would appreciate your insights.
Blades have that extra plow through that is ideal for passing shots, down the line in particular. There aren't many commercial rackets better than a Blade at hitting straight, arrowing balls...and that's what I sometimes miss. The Pro Staff is better for spin and finding cross court angles, and for serve and volley versatility. All in my own personal opinion of course.
 

TimePlease

Rookie
5 gram tungsten putty under butt cap and you can find 320sw on v8 plenty.. you literally have a prostaff balance then . I don't understand.. net even a lighter package than PS..
I've had this really interesting conversation a few times. No matter how I use lead to try to balance a Blade like a Pro Staff, it always still feels like a Blade! With V5 and V7 that was the case, at least. Maybe V8 will be different.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
I understand loving a brand or a racket, I used to use head and long ago used the Pro Staff 88. But, once I realized there were qc issues I switched to Yonex. I just did a matching service on the new Vcore Pro 97 D, the group I could choose from had exactly the SAME SW, Balance, and the actual weight was only .11 grams off so all the same "grams" , that's the standard Wilson should be held to, right?
You could always pay an extra of 20$ to found 2 proper sticks. I wouldn’t play with a modern yonex stick even if they offered it to me for free. VDM put cortex and countervail in shame…. yeah thats how bad it (doesn’t) feels……

ps-the post above is just my frustration on yonex modern sticks after owned great yonex sticks like DR,xi,si,duelG,tourF,ai etc.
 

FuzzyYellowBalls

Professional
You could always pay an extra of 20$ to found 2 proper sticks. I wouldn’t play with a modern yonex stick even if they offered it to me for free. VDM put cortex and countervail in shame…. yeah thats how bad it (doesn’t) feels……

ps-the post above is just my frustration on yonex modern sticks after owned great yonex sticks like DR,xi,si,duelG,tourF,ai etc.
I understand, you aren't alone with that opinion. Is it just a feel thing though, it doesn't make you lose your tennis abilities does it? For me, I can notice a small difference, but even if I use a dampener or don't, I'm still playing the same way.
 
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