Don’t believe anything until the official specs. Everything else is just pure garbage quality control from Wilson....as always! Made in China and Now also owned by Chinese....expect things to become worseWoah softer and more HL than the CV 18x20 version. Wonder how it compares to the previous models.
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.Wouldn't this be like 58ra strung?
I believe the technology they are referring to is “FreeFlex” which is what the Clash has.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?
Just got my new Blade 98s 18x20 and 16x19. They integrated the Clash technology into them and cant wait to hit them today. Reviews coming.
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.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!
most interesting indeedInteresting 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?
You should try to measure the ra again. Best without replacement grip. Different reading if we turn the black knob too hard or too softlyI 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.
I don't have the racket but I have a very reliable source. Measured 10 times.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
RA is low 60. not even close to mid 60. it's not like previous generation blade's RA.You have the racquet.. you posted 61 ra (strung)...did somebody elas claim significantly different RA? I am confused
I guess poor Wilson QC on my racquets then. I had to put enough weight to get them more head light balanced.
The original blade had an RA of 58...If RA is low 60, hard to believe that it will have blade character...
Nope. X-ref with 2nd gen blx and 1st gen cv. No structure change... Visually
So does the new model still have the wonderful Countervail so beloved by the Bianchi faithful?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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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?I have not seen that one yet. Good to know
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.Still waiting for some reviews