Just got my new Blades!!

ChaelAZ

Legend
Interesting anyone is hitting with this. I was just told they haven’t seeded any racquets yet, but maybe for official testers they have them (?). I am very excited to get my demo. Told not till the end of July but reps have samples

Glad to see they are keeping the 18x20.

It uses that Feelflex technology. It added 5g to weight and decreased balance 5mm to make slightly heavier and more headlight. Specs say basically they increased vertical and horizontal flex 20% and 11% respectively over the previous Blade, and increased torsion stability like 4%. Think that was already posted somewhere.

Paint is the standard green top with light grey sides and dark black matte bottom.

I expect we will see some brand ambassadors starting to show this and review VERY soon.


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Jster

Professional
Interesting anyone is hitting with this. I was just told they haven’t seeded any racquets yet, but maybe for official testers they have them (?). I am very excited to get my demo. Told not till the end of July but reps have samples

Glad to see they are keeping the 18x20.

It uses that Feelflex technology. It added 5g to weight and decreased balance 5mm to make slightly heavier and more headlight. Specs say basically they increased vertical and horizontal flex 20% and 11% respectively over the previous Blade, and increased torsion stability like 4%. Think that was already posted somewhere.

Paint is the standard green top with light grey sides and dark black matte bottom.

I expect we will see some brand ambassadors starting to show this and review VERY soon.


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It is still 304g. Unless you got a rare misprint sample which can goes up to pro stock prices.

Just like magic cards. People are willing to spend a crazy lot of money on misprint as they are rare.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
It is still 304g. Unless you got a rare misprint sample which can goes up to pro stock prices.

Just like magic cards. People are willing to spend a crazy lot of money on misprint as they are rare.
Just looked at the ad, it says 305g/10.8 unstrung so +1g in weight and the 1pt shift HL in balance difference. Maybe they were talking 5g in swing weight, but I guess we will know when someone actually demos a true production model. Hoping soon.




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red rook

Semi-Pro
If they went up 5 grams that would definitely change the blade dynamic a little bit. The blade has that combination of low weight and high swing weight that’s hard to find. There’s a very minimal amount of racquets that can get to 335 swing weight and keep it at it below 11.7 ounces, and with a good feel. On my 2015 blades I put 2.2 grams at 12 and 3 grams in the tail cap. An overgrip and I’m at ~335 swing weight, 4 pts headlight, and 11.7 ounces. Only racquet that can give me something similar is the project 17 and it’s a little harsh.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
If they went up 5 grams that would definitely change the blade dynamic a little bit. The blade has that combination of low weight and high swing weight that’s hard to find. There’s a very minimal amount of racquets that can get to 335 swing weight and keep it at it below 11.7 ounces, and with a good feel. On my 2015 blades I put 2.2 grams at 12 and 3 grams in the tail cap. An overgrip and I’m at ~335 swing weight, 4 pts headlight, and 11.7 ounces. Only racquet that can give me something similar is the project 17 and it’s a little harsh.
Close to what I did. I did 3 & 9 and balance amount in the butt cap on my 2015 Blades and was somewhere around 327 SW if I remember correctly. I love the plow through and ability to hit through heavy balls, but when I started playing a bunch my arm was getting tired and it was a tad too heavy. I am hoping the weight shifts and changes do give the new Blade a bit more SW with similar balance feel, without getting too heavy.


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ChaelAZ

Legend
It is still 304g. Unless you got a rare misprint sample which can goes up to pro stock prices.

Just like magic cards. People are willing to spend a crazy lot of money on misprint as they are rare.
Also, I just saw the Clash 98 specs and wonder if that is what they were talking about with 5g heavier, since I asked about the Clash 98 too.




I am supposed to demo both I think.


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Jster

Professional
It is still 304g. Unless you got a rare misprint sample which can goes up to pro stock prices.

Just like magic cards. People are willing to spend a crazy lot of money on misprint as they are rare.

Wrong. It is really 305g
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
This thread’s like a big-budget movie that goes nowhere...I’m on page 3 and still have no idea how the new blades play.
Anyone who actually has them pre-release would be under a NDA and can’t comment yet. I didn’t know info hadn’t been released yet and had post just a pic of the PJ and within a few hours had a note from Wilson nicely asking I remove it until the release date mid July.

I know some people who have it, and I can only guess some say they do but really don’t. Those that do can only say so much though.

Call it the movie trailer, just giving glimpses at this point of the whole movie.


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JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Anyone who actually has them pre-release would be under a NDA and can’t comment yet. I didn’t know info hadn’t been released yet and had post just a pic of the PJ and within a few hours had a note from Wilson nicely asking I remove it until the release date mid July.

I know some people who have it, and I can only guess some say they do but really don’t. Those that do can only say so much though.

Call it the movie trailer, just giving glimpses at this point of the whole movie.


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So is the release date July or August? I thought I heard mid August.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
So is the release date July or August? I thought I heard mid August.
My understanding is the official announcement is mid July and they will start releasing info and marketing then, That is when I expect anyone who actually has them and has been reviewing will start posting their stuff. Retail outlets who have orders in will have racquets in shop by the start of August, but maybe some premiere shops will have them early for the announcement.

Just the word in forum back channels, coach talk, and such. Most the time those guys have a pretty good clue.
 
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