Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

pico

Professional
Hi guys. I just got this yesterday and pretty stoked. I just have to string it up. Anyone else using this? Initial thoughts? My two current racquets of choice are my Vcore 95 (customised) and my RF97.
 

topspn

Legend
Yeah, good racquet with decent feel and precision. I liked it much more then V7 16M which is vague on feel and certainly more flexy. This is firmer, more direct raw feel and plays a bit livelier. In spite of respectable SW it needs some help with stability so added 2g spilt between 2&10 which helped. I would have liked a touch more control or less lively feel but overall could be dealt perhaps with a deader string. I only played it in tour hex. Overall it’s at 340g strung and with leather grip, OG and 2g in the head. I still have the racquet but it doesn’t see any playing time. I have PKs Q+5 pro, BP and a PA and they just all have a little extra for me in different ways. Overall a nice racquet and attractive price just depends on what you compare it to in your bag. I did not try the countervail version so can’t provide a comparison
 

pico

Professional
Yeah, good racquet with decent feel and precision. I liked it much more then V7 16M which is vague on feel and certainly more flexy. This is firmer, more direct raw feel and plays a bit livelier. In spite of respectable SW it needs some help with stability so added 2g spilt between 2&10 which helped. I would have liked a touch more control or less lively feel but overall could be dealt perhaps with a deader string. I only played it in tour hex. Overall it’s at 340g strung and with leather grip, OG and 2g in the head. I still have the racquet but it doesn’t see any playing time. I have PKs Q+5 pro, BP and a PA and they just all have a little extra for me in different ways. Overall a nice racquet and attractive price just depends on what you compare it to in your bag. I did not try the countervail version so can’t provide a comparison
Thanks a lot for this. The stiffer feel is what drew me to this particular version. I am waiting for my leather grip to come in. I will string this with my preferred BHS7T at 57lbs.
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
Can i ask where i tie off the mains and where i tie off the initial cross?
I am guessing it's the same pattern as the old V6 and V7. If so, the main tie-offs are @ Head 7, The first cross ties off is @ Head 6 and the last cross tie off is @ Throat 7. And you start the mains at the Head.
 

pico

Professional
So @pico , how'd it go? Since you haven't checked back in, am guessing you weren't so pleased?
Were you referring to the stringing part? If so, that worked out. I do enjoy the racquet and I still have it but it is not getting much play as I have been playing my Gravity Pro mostly now which just does everything better. I am also flirting with a Prestige MP, CX 200 + and a Yonex Vcore 97 HD.
 

Brando

Rookie
I find it interesting that a racquet that's supposed to be a "re-issue" of the coveted Blade BLX of 2015-- complete with identical specs-- is getting at best an "it's-ok" from good players. It makes me wonder what beyond the specs is going on. Could it be about graphite composition or something?
 
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Brando

Rookie
Into the breech rode the one legend!

Fact-checking the video review that claimed the re-issue's specs to be spot-on the original's, I find one significant difference courtesy of TWU's Power Potential Tool: the flex (RDC) of the new one is 67 vs. the original's 62. (Consequently, vibration increased from 133 to 148 Hz.) Looks like Wilson has fallen into the stiffer-is-better trap once again. So let us know how it goes, @n8dawg6 ...
 
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emaz8724

Rookie
Into the breech, rode the one legend!

Fact-checking the video review that claimed the re-issue's specs to be spot-on the original's, I find one significant difference courtesy of TWU's Power Potential tool: the flex (RDC) of the new one is 67 vs. the original's 62. (Consequently, vibration increased from 133 to 148 Hz.) Looks like Wilson has fallen into the stiffer-is-better trap once again. So let us know how it goes, @n8dawg6 ...
you’re listing the v7 vibration frequency and RA. The 2015 model has a 66 RA.

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/racquet_reviews/B98G16review.html
 

Brando

Rookie
Viewing your link, I see that you're right @emaz8724 . Thanks for the correction. Still, you're not correcting me but TWU: Click the Power Map button on TW's Wilson Blade 98 (16x19) v6 page. On the resulting Racket Power Potential page, choose the racket to compare as the "Wilson Blade 98 (16x19)". You'll see that TWU has the original's flex as 62. So, unless I'm wrong, we just found a data glitch.

Either way, your original page link doubtless holds the correct figure. And if so, the re-issue should feel virtually identical to the 2015 model and we're back to hearing @n8dawg6 's expert opinion as to whether it indeed does...
 
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n8dawg6

Legend
Viewing your link, I see that you're right @emaz8724 . Thanks for the correction. Still, you're not correcting me but TWU: Click the Power Map button on TW's Wilson Blade 98 (16x19) v6 page. On the resulting Racket Power Potential page, choose the racket to compare as the "Wilson Blade 98 (16x19)". You'll see that TWU has the original's flex as 62. So, unless I'm wrong, we just found a data glitch.

Either way, your original page link doubtless holds the correct figure. And if so, the re-issue should feel virtually identical to the 2015 model and we're back to hearing @n8dawg6 's expert opinion as to whether it indeed does...
well, i didnt give the first one a fair shake. i just went out and hit with the full bed of factory sensation and hated it. which is usually what happens when i hit with a full bed of multifilament. gotta get some more grabby strings in there and see what she does.
 

Brando

Rookie
Copy that @n8dawg6 . From your 'back in blade' signature (which is hilarious, BTW), I figured you must be a 2015 Blade connoisseur. Anyway, am still interested in your impressions, and will add that I agree that strings are super essential. Too many of us are stick-obsessed when strings can make all the difference, too.
 
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n8dawg6

Legend
Copy that @n8dawg6 . From your 'back in blade' signature (which is hilarious, BTW), I figured you must be a 2015 Blade connoisseur. Anyway, am still interested in your impressions...
the 2015 was my favorite. i also had countervails. and i had the v7s. i have dabbled in 16x19, 18x20, and 18x16. all sold except for a 2015 98S.

the thing i have liked about the various 16x19s is the predictability of the frame. they dont help a whole lot like a tweener does, but its easy to be consistent with them. i did find the v7 to be less forgiving than any of the others ive tried. just not as much pop.
 

Brando

Rookie
the 2015 was my favorite. i also had countervails. and i had the v7s. i have dabbled in 16x19, 18x20, and 18x16. all sold except for a 2015 98S.

the thing i have liked about the various 16x19s is the predictability of the frame. they dont help a whole lot like a tweener does, but its easy to be consistent with them. i did find the v7 to be less forgiving than any of the others ive tried. just not as much pop.
Ah then, I misunderstood; you are a real fan of the 2015. Cool. And I couldn't agree more about the added pop of a 16x19; when I entered my 50s I made the switch from 18x20 and never looked back.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
@n8dawg6 any additional feedback on the v6 (no CV) Blades and how it compares to the other versions?
sorry i missed this. i sold my v6s. they felt just like the countervail to me with a different grip

if i was to try another blade it would be the v8. im over the v7 too. nothing quite like the v5s to me …
 

Brando

Rookie
Ah, there you are. Glad to have you back. Bummer it didn't work. Some folks were saying the v6 feels much better without the countervail but you felt no diff but grip shape, huh? Interesting. Did your sticks at least play similar to each other or did you experience Wilson's famous QC gap?
 
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n8dawg6

Legend
Ah, there you are. Glad to have you back. Bummer it didn't work. Some folks were saying the v6 feels much better without the countervail but you felt no diff but grip shape, huh? Interesting. Did your sticks at least play similar to each other or did you experience Wilson's famous QC gap?
fairly similar. i gotta be honest, i didnt like the feel right out of the box. i sold the first one pretty quick, then had racquetholism and bought another thinking i had missed something. i didnt. they feel like cheapened versions of the blade to me
 

Brando

Rookie
Thanks for taking a moment to explain that, @n8dawg6 . It's hard to explain what makes some sticks feel cheap. This one, on paper, has the exact specs I dig in almost all respects but I frankly don't trust Wilson quality. I'll wait to give Technifibre's new TF40 305 [16x19] a demo next year...
 

kreative

Professional
fairly similar. i gotta be honest, i didnt like the feel right out of the box. i sold the first one pretty quick, then had racquetholism and bought another thinking i had missed something. i didnt. they feel like cheapened versions of the blade to me
Appreciate the feedback @n8dawg6
 
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