Blade V8 Official Thread.

Mike T

New User
Thanks KD. The demo was strung with a full bed of Sensation 1.25 @ 56 lbs and I felt the control was very good. It was also well balanced for comfort and power. Hopefully the VS will perform as well especially on the comfort side, if not I will try your combination.
 

jdx2112

Professional
Hi Mike,
I got the 98 V8 16x19 as well... Tried several string set-ups, including full bed of VS Gut. It felt great (I'm super careful about my elbow), but I just couldn't control it. Strung it at 50lbs on an electric machine (so about 54lbs on a manual pull). I am now hitting with the VS gut in the mains and I put Element (a soft poly) in the crosses, and that seems to help... more control, still a great feel with the gut in the mains. Hope this helps.
For what it’s worth, I also have arm issues and have had success using Diadem Solstice Power Black 1.20 and Volkl Cyclone Tour 1.20. Tension maintenance is a bit better with the diadem, but both very soft.
 

Mircat

New User
Hi Mike,
I got the 98 V8 16x19 as well... Tried several string set-ups, including full bed of VS Gut. It felt great (I'm super careful about my elbow), but I just couldn't control it. Strung it at 50lbs on an electric machine (so about 54lbs on a manual pull). I am now hitting with the VS gut in the mains and I put Element (a soft poly) in the crosses, and that seems to help... more control, still a great feel with the gut in the mains. Hope this helps.
Nice. Alu Rough is awesome as a cross to. Or 4G. I do understand your elbow concerns.

-I've had the following in my V8 16x19 (all full bed): Confidential, 4G, Element, and Lynx Tour. 4G was awesome but too stuff for club play. I have to say that Head's Lynx Tour is just awesome. What a surprise. I will be sticking with it for awhile. Would like to go with hyper g but the colours don't work cuz I'm dat guy.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
Nice. Alu Rough is awesome as a cross to. Or 4G. I do understand your elbow concerns.

-I've had the following in my V8 16x19 (all full bed): Confidential, 4G, Element, and Lynx Tour. 4G was awesome but too stuff for club play. I have to say that Head's Lynx Tour is just awesome. What a surprise. I will be sticking with it for awhile. Would like to go with hyper g but the colours don't work cuz I'm dat guy.
Didn't you try hyper g ?
 

BomBomBecker

New User
Nice. Alu Rough is awesome as a cross to. Or 4G. I do understand your elbow concerns.

-I've had the following in my V8 16x19 (all full bed): Confidential, 4G, Element, and Lynx Tour. 4G was awesome but too stuff for club play. I have to say that Head's Lynx Tour is just awesome. What a surprise. I will be sticking with it for awhile. Would like to go with hyper g but the colours don't work cuz I'm dat guy.
I have combo with 4G and its play so good I don't have a word. Just put 4G around 21 or 20 kg
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
I play tested 16x19, 18x20 and 98s. My main racquet is V5 98s. I prefer V8 98s to V7 cause of the more direct feel which gives quicker response so in a way you got more power. V7 still gives you a more solid feel on contact but it was way too underpowered….. ball lagged on the strings.

So my conclusion is:
Best V7: 18x20 version
Best V8: 16x19 version
Best V6: 16x19 version
Besr V5: 18x20 version or 18x16
Best V3: 18x20 version (didn’t like 98s)

On V7s, 16x19 pattern was so dense that if you could found an over-specked one it played close to 18x20. But still 18x20 (if you could handle it) was way more solid on impact.

This time around V8 16x19 is different to 18x20 by far. More pop, spin and far more power…. but you must found one around 320SW. I get so much spin (imagine i tried it with 1.30 4G) that 98s feels non essential. 18x20 had even lower power than V7…… it’s un-Blade to offer a 18x20 with such low SW….even if you put lead you won’t take the solid heavy impact you get from V7 18x20.

V8 is a platform racquet and more pro staff like in terms of feel. I suggest any strike/PAVS/extreme tour user to test 16x19 version only. If you are interested on 18x20 go crab a V7 if you can found it or get a pro staff 315 V13. Unfortunately TW Europe has 16x19 out of stock. I want to buy one with matching service and start testing strings on that baby…. yeap it’s so good and overall well balanced. Tons of feel and byte on clean shot….
 

tkdojo

New User
I got the v8 16x19 strung with Solinco Confidential at 52/50. So far I had few hours of hitting and one thing I noticed is that the launch angle on ground strokes is quite low compared to my current stick, Prince Textreme Tour 95 with the same string setup. Has anyone noticed similar? Would the different tension make any difference? Or would the gut/poly hybrid help increase the launch angle?
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
Imagine the frustration of a friend of mine. Demoed a 16x19 strung at 304gr/321SW….. loved it. Ordered one and it came at 301gr/310SW….. he told me that it was unstable af unlike the one he demoed. Wilson what have you done ?….. even 98S of the past didn’t have such low SW. QC at its worst. To my experience even putting lead doesn’t solve the hollow feel 100% at such an underspecked frame. 310SW and blade in the same sentence should never exist.
 

jdx2112

Professional
Imagine the frustration of a friend of mine. Demoed a 16x19 strung at 304gr/321SW….. loved it. Ordered one and it came at 301gr/310SW….. he told me that it was unstable af unlike the one he demoed. Wilson what have you done ?….. even 98S of the past didn’t have such low SW. QC at its worst. To my experience even putting lead doesn’t solve the hollow feel 100% at such an underspecked frame. 310SW and blade in the same sentence should never exist.
301 for static weight is fine. The SW being much lower is not good but getting the SW up 10 points is about 3 grams maybe at 12…easily offset with an OG…distribution of weight around the hoop is probably the issue…
 

jdx2112

Professional
Exactly. Lead is not always the answer. If the weight distribution is not ideal lead cannot "cure" the hollow feel.
My v8s with some lead came to 315/316 SW…don’t feel hollow at all to me but this has also been the revelation for me…that the layup/45 flex application has provided enough firmness for me to hit through the court while giving me a fast racquet.
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
A friend bought one and I just strung it up.



Kirschbaum Evolution 1.25 at 50 pounds. With a Wilson Pro overgrip, it was 307 grams and 31.5 cm balance point unstrung, 324 grams and 32.7 cm balance point strung.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
My 16/19 was at 313-315 SW strung. I added 2g each at 10 and 2 and 1g at 12. That brought the SW closer to 325. It helped but to me it still doesnt feel like it has the plow through I get from most of my frames.
 

muttu34

Rookie
Hi
Just ordered 16 x 19. Will come unstrung. On my V7 I’m loving the Solinco Confidential @52 lbs 16L
Would this be a good choice for this racket? If not, what would you recommend?
thanks
 

vectorthurm

Rookie
I’m currently playing with Head Microgel Radical MP, I’ve recently hit with my friends Blade 16x19 V7 and BLX & I absolutely love the precise feel of them. They seem to swing faster, and encourages me to swing faster! Thinking of jumping on The Blade Train!! Wondering what people’s experiences and had similar impressions when they first tried the blade.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
@vectorthurm
-the head.radical line = wilson.blade line
-comfort is usually a bit better in the blades
-spin is a bit better on the blades (slightly more open string pattern)
-string durability/longevity is a bit better on the radicals (due to slightly tighter string pattern)
-control is debatable between the two, due to the string pattern
-the new models of both of these lines are good, IME (y) (y)
 

vectorthurm

Rookie
@vectorthurm
-the head.radical line = wilson.blade line
-comfort is usually a bit better in the blades
-spin is a bit better on the blades (slightly more open string pattern)
-string durability/longevity is a bit better on the radicals (due to slightly tighter string pattern)
-control is debatable between the two, due to the string pattern
-the new models of both of these lines are good, IME (y) (y)
Thank you, I’m going for the Blade! It may be my imagination but the blade swings much faster..
 

DAB942

Rookie
I have hyper-g 18g and 17g Revolve Spin my two new V8 18m. I demo'd with the revolves, which is what I usually play with. I've played with the Hyper-G and really like them, so far. I'm going to go back to the Wilsons and compare. The energy return is drastically different.
 

Pp3355

Rookie
Folks, to those of you who have been waiting for the RA rating for the blade 98 v8 I managed to get an official response from Wilson (US). ** drum roll please **

Thank you for contacting Wilson Sporting Goods.

Here is the RA of the new blade 98 v8


  • Weight (unstrung): 305 g
  • Balance (unstrung): 32 cm
  • Stiffness: 69 Ra
  • Swing weight (unstrung): 315
If you require further assistance, please be sure to contact us.

Best Regards,
XXXXXXX

Wilson Consumer Service
800-401-7967
Wilson.com
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So after stringing I would guess the RA would come down to 65;n needless to say I've just gone and ordered the v7

The TW review says 61 RA? :confused:
 

Pp3355

Rookie
I demoed a blade v8 and loved it

alu power at 52



I got 2 handed backhand and got the impression the racket handle is longer than say Head rackets, is that right?

Next trying babolat Vs touch at 54
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
I demoed a blade v8 and loved it

alu power at 52



I got 2 handed backhand and got the impression the racket handle is longer than say Head rackets, is that right?

Next trying babolat Vs touch at 54
-that seems to be the case in some racquets
-1 of the @TW Staff reviewer (australian guy, i think/believe) touched on the issue of the racquet handle length
-said how it seemed like its better for 2hbh "NOW"!!
-ive come across some blades (not sure which model) that seemed to have short handles, ideal for me 1hbh/er but an issue for 2hbh/ers
 

antony

Professional
I’m currently playing with Head Microgel Radical MP, I’ve recently hit with my friends Blade 16x19 V7 and BLX & I absolutely love the precise feel of them. They seem to swing faster, and encourages me to swing faster! Thinking of jumping on The Blade Train!! Wondering what people’s experiences and had similar impressions when they first tried the blade.
I had a similar impression. My RHS increased for sure. Volleys were nice too because I had better feel it seemed.
 

Pp3355

Rookie
I’m currently playing with Head Microgel Radical MP, I’ve recently hit with my friends Blade 16x19 V7 and BLX & I absolutely love the precise feel of them. They seem to swing faster, and encourages me to swing faster! Thinking of jumping on The Blade Train!! Wondering what people’s experiences and had similar impressions when they first tried the blade.
Ah yes, you can definitely tell the difference with lighter racket for me gives better RPM

Not saying is the racket, simply I'm not stron enough to get that same RPM with a heavier racket. (I used too ..)

-that seems to be the case in some racquets
-1 of the @TW Staff reviewer (australian guy, i think/believe) touched on the issue of the racquet handle length
-said how it seemed like its better for 2hbh "NOW"!!
-ive come across some blades (not sure which model) that seemed to have short handles, ideal for me 1hbh/er but an issue for 2hbh/ers
Ah I need to check the review properly, but yeah I can definitely say it's too the case, esp with overgrip

Tried the Vs touch and what a fantastic combo
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
I’ve put RPM Blast on it 52lbs. I’ve got to hit it so hard to get it deep!
-softer polys should help a bit !!??
-due to the flex and the thin beam, these sticks are not power oriented, more like medium power
-full swings tend to do best
-if you need more power, try w.ps or w.ultra sticks
 

jdx2112

Professional
-feels like 61 RA to me!!
-reason i went with blades!, comfortable and flexible
-69??? thats even higher than w.ps racquets
I wonder if the 69 number is the strange flex rating that only Wilson provides…

that said, the racquet is as soft as my gravity’s…though maybe a tad firmer in the upper hoop.
 

jdx2112

Professional
-softer polys should help a bit !!??
-due to the flex and the thin beam, these sticks are not power oriented, more like medium power
-full swings tend to do best
-if you need more power, try w.ps or w.ultra sticks
Thinner gauge and softer poly…I like VCT Diadem Solstice Black 1.20

you can also go on TWU and compare strings…energy return is the metric you want to watch…

mid also consider technifibre multifeel black
 

Hit 'em clean

Semi-Pro
I’ve put RPM Blast on it 52lbs. I’ve got to hit it so hard to get it deep!
You need to string even lower and try a more powerful string and thinner gauge. Try a 17ga at like 46lbs... Diadem Solstice Power is pretty lively for a poly and soft. Makes a great combo with the Blade and still offers tons of spin being a shaped string.
 

Hit 'em clean

Semi-Pro
I had a similar impression. My RHS increased for sure. Volleys were nice too because I had better feel it seemed.
I agree the lower swing weight with the v8 really makes it easy to quickly prepare and it flies through the air. You do need to keep up the swing speed to get serious pace, but you get enough pace and spin for just rallying. I'm enjoying the Blade more during singles because it swings so easy... and I feel I can swing out and still have pretty pinpoint control without the ball launching. Just easy on the arm, easy to swing. I'm using the 16x19 v8 from time to time even in doubles on days where I'm feeling a bit slower or need more control and it really helps me get my confidence back since it's hard to hit the ball out. I can create with this racquet and to me it's like an arm friendly Pro Staff or Radical... just a bit more muted, but not to the point where I don't know what's going on.

It's a pretty honest frame and gives just a little help with power/spin, etc. so it's not unforgiving. In capable hands this racquet can do anything you need it to. My biggest gripe has been volleys since it seems to lack a little pop there, but I'm starting to get more comfortable with timing... really have to take the ball out front and step in to get the pop I get with other frames like the Speed Pro, Gravity Pro, etc. I know I can add weight and it does help, but I like the stock setup since it's so fast to swing.

Really fun racquet to play with and very easy players racquet to switch to. Doesn't take a whole lot of adjustment time at all. I'm keeping mine for backups when I need more precision/control in a forgiving setup. I enjoy them more in singles and if I was playing a lot more singles these might be my stick of choice... these or the Elevate FS 98.
 

antony

Professional
I agree the lower swing weight with the v8 really makes it easy to quickly prepare and it flies through the air. You do need to keep up the swing speed to get serious pace, but you get enough pace and spin for just rallying. I'm enjoying the Blade more during singles because it swings so easy... and I feel I can swing out and still have pretty pinpoint control without the ball launching. Just easy on the arm, easy to swing. I'm using the 16x19 v8 from time to time even in doubles on days where I'm feeling a bit slower or need more control and it really helps me get my confidence back since it's hard to hit the ball out. I can create with this racquet and to me it's like an arm friendly Pro Staff or Radical... just a bit more muted, but not to the point where I don't know what's going on.

It's a pretty honest frame and gives just a little help with power/spin, etc. so it's not unforgiving. In capable hands this racquet can do anything you need it to. My biggest gripe has been volleys since it seems to lack a little pop there, but I'm starting to get more comfortable with timing... really have to take the ball out front and step in to get the pop I get with other frames like the Speed Pro, Gravity Pro, etc. I know I can add weight and it does help, but I like the stock setup since it's so fast to swing.

Really fun racquet to play with and very easy players racquet to switch to. Doesn't take a whole lot of adjustment time at all. I'm keeping mine for backups when I need more precision/control in a forgiving setup. I enjoy them more in singles and if I was playing a lot more singles these might be my stick of choice... these or the Elevate FS 98.
Soft touch shots with volleys it seems to do well

Not the racquet for me, I don’t think. Maybe I’ll get one because it’s a fun racquet though
 
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Hulger

Rookie
So my conclusion is:
Best V7: 18x20 version
Best V8: 16x19 version
Best V6: 16x19 version
Besr V5: 18x20 version or 18x16
Best V3: 18x20 version (didn’t like 98s)
What kind of setup would you recommend for V5 18x20?
I strung it with RPM Blast around 21 kg and didn’t feel I was capable of defencing against powerful rising spins because there was too little spin capacity to brush against the bounce. Shots just flew flat in straight line, which I haven’t really experienced with any other racquet. Even the super tight six one has been easier in that regard, maybe because 6.1 has more stiffness and twistweight to force the spin.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
What kind of setup would you recommend for V5 18x20?
I strung it with RPM Blast around 21 kg and didn’t feel I was capable of defencing against powerful rising spins because there was too little spin capacity to brush against the bounce. Shots just flew flat in straight line, which I haven’t really experienced with any other racquet. Even the super tight six one has been easier in that regard, maybe because 6.1 has more stiffness and twistweight to force the spin.
HyperG 1.20 or Lynx Tour 1.25 both at 21kg…. you can go even lower with hyper g if you want.
 

Muffinhat

New User
Any user here who switched to V8 from V5?
I used the V5 16x19 with tourbite and hyper-g with a leather grip for about 4 years I'd say. Switched to the 2018 VCore 98 for a bit. Picked up the V5 again this last year until the V8 16x19 came out.

Like most comparisons mention, the V5 is more 'crisp' and definitely has the extension of the player's arm feel. For me, it felt like a racquet that needed consistent 3+ hitting a week to stay dialed in. I'm a 4.5 weekend warrior at this point in my life. The V8 is more muted in a sense for sure, but still keeps the Blade DNA. It's a racquet that I can pick up once a week and still feel great about hitting.

In reality, I'm sure I could use the V5 in the same way if I committed to using it again. But the V8 is just comfortable and easy to pick up. Also looks fantastic compared to beat up V5's.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
I used the V5 16x19 with tourbite and hyper-g with a leather grip for about 4 years I'd say. Switched to the 2018 VCore 98 for a bit. Picked up the V5 again this last year until the V8 16x19 came out.

Like most comparisons mention, the V5 is more 'crisp' and definitely has the extension of the player's arm feel. For me, it felt like a racquet that needed consistent 3+ hitting a week to stay dialed in. I'm a 4.5 weekend warrior at this point in my life. The V8 is more muted in a sense for sure, but still keeps the Blade DNA. It's a racquet that I can pick up once a week and still feel great about hitting.

In reality, I'm sure I could use the V5 in the same way if I committed to using it again. But the V8 is just comfortable and easy to pick up. Also looks fantastic compared to beat up V5's.
Sorry but v core 98 to me was awful. I don’t know which one is worse. VC98 2018 or VC98 2020 model. Disconnected muted bricks. :)

As for Blades…. to me V5 still has the superior feel,punch and ball connection. V8 pushes in a light way…..and it’s not because the lack of SW. It’s just how the new mold behaves.
 

Hulger

Rookie
As for Blades…. to me V5 still has the superior feel,punch and ball connection. V8 pushes in a light way…..and it’s not because the lack of SW. It’s just how the new mold behaves.
I have to disagree here and state that V5 18x20 is really the one that is disconnected. I have forcefully tried to like it, but the center of the sweetspot is very soft and hot causing unpredictable depth control and all this misery comes with cold edges. Pretty much impossible to tear the ball consistently with decent spin. Simply put there are more delicately balanced racquets out there. Even V7 has more accurate feel and better spin potential probably because of the flex.
 

Roquestil

Rookie
I have to disagree here and state that V5 18x20 is really the one that is disconnected. I have forcefully tried to like it, but the center of the sweetspot is very soft and hot causing unpredictable depth control and all this misery comes with cold edges. Pretty much impossible to tear the ball consistently with decent spin. Simply put there are more delicately balanced racquets out there. Even V7 has more accurate feel and better spin potential probably because of the flex.
For me v5 has been the most connected racquet I have played with, probably my favorite racquet.
 
Blade v8 16x19 is such a beast wtf. Feels like the most ultra aggressive attacking racquet I've ever tried very piercing/penetrating high paced deep shots. Never tried blade before except demo'd one once in 2019 I guess that was a v6 I don't think it looked like the v7 at all. That was nowhere near as good or as impressive as the v8. Blade v8 feels super solid and very consistent string bed response too. I can absolutely blast balls with this racquet like no other.
 
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