Just got my new Blades!!

parasailing

Hall of Fame
If it's anything like the Blade CV, the specs are gonna be all over the map.

Since these are anticipated to be softer, it's just gonna be a matter of whether they are softer than the 2015 Blade. A balance point of 7 pts HL is different from past Blades that were around 2 pts HL unstrung. For those of us who like it more head light balanced, we had to add substantial weight in the handle.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
That’s not much different than blades of the past. 7pts HL unstrung is 4pts strung so one point different compared to CV(not 98s). Not sure which blades you are referring to @parasailing but 2pts HL unstrung would be HH strung up.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Was thinking of moving to the PS97CV for the apparent relative comfort after having used Prince since the previous millennium; I'm now wondering how the new Blades will match up, especially with regard to real and/or perceived shock absorbency - do they still have CV, and are they headlight enough - quality control notwithstanding - to extend to 28"?
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Wouldn't this be like 58ra strung?
yes...it's clash of blades or something like that... hah. this should be interesting... I am all for arm-comfort... i am just interested to see how they are planning on keeping the characteristics of the racquet that seem to be liked by many so much.
 

Nicholo

Rookie
it raises another question though, if it is true that the new blade will have the so called "clash technology", doesn't it just make it very confusing?

the way i understand the "clash" concept is that it's somewhat similar to the youtek, except to a higher level

if wilson intends to "infuse" this clash technology onto their existing lines, why didn't they just introduce this as a new gen material? ie) adding countervail to all their lines, now they can do clash blades, clash pro staves, clash ultras, etc

they released clash as a racquet line... having a blade with clash technology is like having a pro staff blade or a prestige radical?
I believe the technology they are referring to is “FreeFlex” which is what the Clash has.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Well crap, I just posted in another thread. Good to hear they are out and are in fact using Clash tech. Gotta ping my buddy and get my demos!
I wouldn’t lean on the information in this thread as valid. A lot of unconfirmed hearsay. The only thing we have a good idea about is the pj.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
If RA is low 60, hard to believe that it will have blade character...
if it did that would be the true revolution... but then again.. is it really all that... phantoms have been revolutionizing low RA/control/adequate power combo for a while now...
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
Interesting that Wilson went with more headlight approach on the new blade... that sort of goes against the dna of the blade and may deter people like myself and others who like the blade for it's stock heft in the hoop and swingweight. Did the swingweight of the new blade feel lower?
most interesting indeed
 

kimguroo

Legend
I still can't believe Wilson does not change characteristics of blade line and keep low RA (low 60s).
not sure it's quality control issue or not but 16x19 and 18x20 has somewhat different RA rating.......
Probably Wilson should rename new blade and moving forward to new era.
Prince started to experiment with low RA rackets and now Wilson is heading to the same direction. I don't think Babolat will follow but interesting to see Head will follow this experiment.
technologies are out of ideas nowadays so experiment with low RA might be new trend for a while but glad that Finally, Wilson stopped experiments with paint job. Honestly, I prefer to see racket companies to experiment with new carbon technology.
 

Jster

Professional
I still can't believe Wilson does not change characteristics of blade line and keep low RA (low 60s).
not sure it's quality control issue or not but 16x19 and 18x20 has somewhat different RA rating.......
Probably Wilson should rename new blade and moving forward to new era.
Prince started to experiment with low RA rackets and now Wilson is heading to the same direction. I don't think Babolat will follow but interesting to see Head will follow this experiment.
technologies are out of ideas nowadays so experiment with low RA might be new trend for a while but glad that Finally, Wilson stopped experiments with paint job. Honestly, I prefer to see racket companies to experiment with new carbon technology.
You should try to measure the ra again. Best without replacement grip. Different reading if we turn the black knob too hard or too softly
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
You should try to measure the ra again. Best without replacement grip. Different reading if we turn the black knob too hard or too softly
You have the racquet.. you posted 61 ra (strung)...did somebody elas claim significantly different RA? I am confused
 

kimguroo

Legend
You should try to measure the ra again. Best without replacement grip. Different reading if we turn the black knob too hard or too softly
I don't have the racket but I have a very reliable source. Measured 10 times.
You have the racquet.. you posted 61 ra (strung)...did somebody elas claim significantly different RA? I am confused
RA is low 60. not even close to mid 60. it's not like previous generation blade's RA.
 

parasailing

Hall of Fame
That’s not much different than blades of the past. 7pts HL unstrung is 4pts strung so one point different compared to CV(not 98s). Not sure which blades you are referring to @parasailing but 2pts HL unstrung would be HH strung up.
I guess poor Wilson QC on my racquets then. I had to put enough weight to get them more head light balanced.
 
If RA is low 60, hard to believe that it will have blade character...
The original blade had an RA of 58...
Although it is true that if they try to give it a Clash type of flex then some of that blade flavor could be lost. Regardless, it’s likely an improvement on the countervail version.


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jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Nope. X-ref with 2nd gen blx and 1st gen cv. No structure change... Visually
The original blade had an RA of 58...
Although it is true that if they try to give it a Clash type of flex then some of that blade flavor could be lost. Regardless, it’s likely an improvement on the countervail version.


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So does the new model still have the wonderful Countervail so beloved by the Bianchi faithful?
 
I have not seen that one yet. Good to know
Rumor says SW did not want to have a change made to the racquet, but if that is the case why not continue to provide her with the same racquet with a new paint job, and release a new non-Countervail SW104 to the public so Wilson can completely get out of the royalty payments?
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
Still waiting for some reviews
I am awaiting for the string the rep wants in the other two sets of Blade 98 16/19, Blade 18/20 and Blade 100L demos. Should arrive and get strung this week. I’ll be happy to review each. Have never used Blades as a regular racquet so I won’t be able to provide a comparison to previous versions. I do have some hitting partners that are Blade users in both the 16/19 and 18/20. I’ll try to provide their impressions.
 
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