Wilson Blade Team 99

Brad1981

Rookie
Any thoughts on the Wilson Blade Team 99 racquet? I'm currently playing with a Blade 98S (2015 version), and like it, but looking for something just a little more forgiving with a same comfortable feel. There's not many review of the Team 99, so wanted to see what people thought, and what it's like compared to the regular Blade.
 

RoarTT

Semi-Pro
As i understand, the blade team 99 is essentially the same racket as the old Steam 99. I haven’t tried it, but it seems to be more of a Pure Drive/tweener type racket. So i think the blade team 99 has fairly little to do with rest of the blade line. Just like the Ultra Tour has little to do with rest of the Ultras.
Anyways here is the review for the Steam 99 :)

 

Blade_98

New User
Any thoughts on the Wilson Blade Team 99 racquet? I'm currently playing with a Blade 98S (2015 version), and like it, but looking for something just a little more forgiving with a same comfortable feel. There's not many review of the Team 99, so wanted to see what people thought, and what it's like compared to the regular Blade.
I bought Blade Team 99 new from Mid-west Sport. Yesterday I restrung my racquet and I asked my stinger to check if he could modify to suit my style. He checked inside the handle and there were some silicone already poured. I emailed Mid-west Sport Reps and they said it's how the Blade Team manufactured by Wilson.
Does anyone has the same experience where you have silicone poured inside the handle by manufacturer? Thanks.
 
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604al

New User
Wilson adds silicone to rackets all along their line to get them close to advertised specs... normal for Wilson.

On a related note, having a ton of fun with this racket... Was looking for a similarly weighted and balanced blade but with more power and spin... this is it. Not sure what the disadvantages are of having the "hairpin?" directly molded to the grip size vs the usual foam handles though... I can't imagine what they could be, but I haven't seen any manufacturer do this with their top end rackets.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Wilson adds silicone to rackets all along their line to get them close to advertised specs... normal for Wilson.

On a related note, having a ton of fun with this racket... Was looking for a similarly weighted and balanced blade but with more power and spin... this is it. Not sure what the disadvantages are of having the "hairpin?" directly molded to the grip size vs the usual foam handles though... I can't imagine what they could be, but I haven't seen any manufacturer do this with their top end rackets.
How are you getting along with this one?
 

604al

New User
it's solid. I've tried a few poly setups and it plays softer than a pure drive for sure. If anyone has previously used the Steam 99, the Steam is even softer than that.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
ah, corpse thread. i was gonna say TW doesnt even carry these anymore. if you threw some lead on it itd be similar to halep’s racquet (steam mold).
 
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