Wilson Blade V9 2024

NattyGut

Semi-Pro
I don’t want to like the V9; and I want to be the guy here telling you for 2 years the V8 is better. But I’ll probably buy the V9 because (fill in the blank)
 

Airmate

New User
All the older generation blades I owned had a 330+ swingweight, usually closer to to 340. There is quite a bit QC variance but I own three blade V8s and they all had a 320 swingweight strung. 3-4 grams of lead under the bumper at 12 and I am at a 300 unstrung swingweight.

I agree at 320 swingweight you need to work harder and don't get the Blade goodness of unreal stability and plough in a lighter overall static weight.

From my personal experience once I bumped the swingweight I don't have any complaints and it has been for me personally my favourite blade. Before this one my favourite was the v4.

I have owned the NBlade, KBlade, v4, v5, V6 and v7 Blades.

The v8 is stable, has almost no vibration and isn't too muted or too flexy. It's Goldilocks for me :)
I was a long time V7 user and one of my hitting partners is a big V5 fan. His V5 and V8 plus my V7 have stock SW measured as 330, 328 and 329 strung on the same machine (Yes we all get rackets from the same local shop where you can measure the specs before purchase), weight and balance of all 3 rackets are all spot on, so specs is not an issue in our case. We all agree that V7 in hand just feels softer and has more ball pocketing and comfort than rest 2. V8 feels closer to V5 and both feel stiffer than V7, even though V8 only has a minor change at the grip comparing to v7. However my hitting partner thinks V8 doesnt have the same stability and solid feel as V5. In my opinion, V8 is just a minor changed V7, with slightly lower SW and stiffer feel. I can play both V7 and V8 comfortably, but on V8 I gotta hybrid with a softer poly or multi on the cross in order to feel the same ball pocketing as my V7.
 
I was a long time V7 user and one of my hitting partners is a big V5 fan. His V5 and V8 plus my V7 have stock SW measured as 330, 328 and 329 strung on the same machine (Yes we all get rackets from the same local shop where you can measure the specs before purchase), weight and balance of all 3 rackets are all spot on, so specs is not an issue in our case. We all agree that V7 in hand just feels softer and has more ball pocketing and comfort than rest 2. V8 feels closer to V5 and both feel stiffer than V7, even though V8 only has a minor change at the grip comparing to v7. However my hitting partner thinks V8 doesnt have the same stability and solid feel as V5. In my opinion, V8 is just a minor changed V7, with slightly lower SW and stiffer feel. I can play both V7 and V8 comfortably, but on V8 I gotta hybrid with a softer poly or multi on the cross in order to feel the same ball pocketing as my V7.
Is this about 16/19 or 18/20?
 

nintendoplayer

Semi-Pro
Not a fan of the V8 cosmetics. I've seen it upclose numerous of times, but none of those times I felt eager to get one for myself. The V9 cosmetics I'm seeing these past few days on Instagram by players in Dubai seems like a glossy-dark green variation of the Ultra Pro. I think its too dark, like the new Prestiges and will not pop-out on TV.
But the Roland Garros V8 16x19 Edition looks very nice in my opinion

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ProRadTour

Semi-Pro
I was a long time V7 user and one of my hitting partners is a big V5 fan. His V5 and V8 plus my V7 have stock SW measured as 330, 328 and 329 strung on the same machine (Yes we all get rackets from the same local shop where you can measure the specs before purchase), weight and balance of all 3 rackets are all spot on, so specs is not an issue in our case. We all agree that V7 in hand just feels softer and has more ball pocketing and comfort than rest 2. V8 feels closer to V5 and both feel stiffer than V7, even though V8 only has a minor change at the grip comparing to v7. However my hitting partner thinks V8 doesnt have the same stability and solid feel as V5. In my opinion, V8 is just a minor changed V7, with slightly lower SW and stiffer feel. I can play both V7 and V8 comfortably, but on V8 I gotta hybrid with a softer poly or multi on the cross in order to feel the same ball pocketing as my V7.
I agree the v7 is the softest but I thought it was too muted with no feedback for my personal preferences. I think the weight distribution is different in the v8. I think historically the blades have had wight distributed in the throat area more which is why they felt so stable and so solid along with the high swingweights. I think the combined weight at 12 with weight in the throat. I think the V8s have less weight distributed in the throat and it has been shifted to the handle. The v8 is more headlight than previous generations.

For me personally the v8 is more refined and and slightly softer version of the v4.

I am referring to the 18x20's.
 
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morten

Hall of Fame
I agree the v7 is the softest but I thought it was too muted with no feedback for my personal preferences. I think the weight distribution is different in the v8. I think historically the blades have had wight distributed in the throat area more which is why they felt so stable and so solid along with the high swingweights. I think the combined weight at 12 with weight in the throat. I think the V8s have less weight distributed in the throat and it has been shifted to the handle. The v8 is more headlight than previous generations.

For me personally the v8 is more refined and and slightly softer version of the v4.
Personally i think it just boils down to quality control.. i have measured many V8s and the swingweight went from 316 to 333 strung, i have a swingweight machine at home.. so if you have one around 316 of course you will say V8 is more headlight and vice versa.. personally i like them best around 328 dampener included, and 5grams of weight in the buttcap, or a short leather grip..
 

Airmate

New User
I agree the v7 is the softest but I thought it was too muted with no feedback for my personal preferences. I think the weight distribution is different in the v8. I think historically the blades have had wight distributed in the throat area more which is why they felt so stable and so solid along with the high swingweights. I think the combined weight at 12 with weight in the throat. I think the V8s have less weight distributed in the throat and it has been shifted to the handle. The v8 is more headlight than previous generations.

For me personally the v8 is more refined and and slightly softer version of the v4.

I am referring to the 18x20's.
Yes V7 is more muted, and because of the softness, I can generate more spin with it. I prefer v7 in singles since I have more time take a long full swing, and for my style in singles I don't need a lot of touch since the ball is heavy enough in baseline game. V8 for me is better in doubles, it plays better than v7 when I'm on the net, or late in swing, but that's probably more on me rather than the racket...Personally I just feel like V8 sits in a very awkard positon, it kinda lacks stability and plow through like V5 and previous blades, and does not have the same softness and ball pocketing like V7...I agree with my friend who thinks v8 is a user friendly version of V7.
 
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soulfree914

Rookie
After playing with the v7 16x19 for two years, I have been playing with PS97 v13’s for a year, and as an impulse buy, I had picked up a barely used customworks v8 16x19 that was slightly over the average spec. (308~310g static, SW feels somewhere in the 325-330 range)
I didn’t know I would like the v8 this much. It feels like a magic wand at the net as I play mostly doubles. v7 used to absorb pace too much and require some extra action to punch volleys especially with full poly, while it comes much easier with the v8 as the feel is more direct/responsive and cleaner on contact. The predictability on every shot is insanely good. The only reason I hesitate to pick up another one is because of how the spec can vary and I could end up with a light (both static and swing weight) racquet that just doesn’t feel the same. Plus, I’m not a fan of customizing. I’ve had a long racquet-switching journey, but I keep coming back to the blade.
 

fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
I don’t want to like the V9; and I want to be the guy here telling you for 2 years the V8 is better. But I’ll probably buy the V9 because (fill in the blank)
lol. Honestly I kinda feel the same although I will probably try to buy a matched pair when they come out and see if I like them enough compared to my 2015 reissues. They've been out of stock for a while but you could get two for the price of one with current prices.
 

notthatgood

New User
Can’t speak to the Ezone comparison, but the radical MP isn’t less comfortable than the blade v8. Theirs just less dwell time on the strings.
I've played extensively with the v8 16x19 as well as EZones (98, 100) for the past 3 generations and can confirm that the Radical MP is a wrist killer. I have both arthritis/tendonitis and can play an EZone all day long, but the Radicals (current and previous generation) gave me issues in less than 30 mins.
 

ProRadTour

Semi-Pro
After playing with the v7 16x19 for two years, I have been playing with PS97 v13’s for a year, and as an impulse buy, I had picked up a barely used customworks v8 16x19 that was slightly over the average spec. (308~310g static, SW feels somewhere in the 325-330 range)
I didn’t know I would like the v8 this much. It feels like a magic wand at the net as I play mostly doubles. v7 used to absorb pace too much and require some extra action to punch volleys especially with full poly, while it comes much easier with the v8 as the feel is more direct/responsive and cleaner on contact. The predictability on every shot is insanely good. The only reason I hesitate to pick up another one is because of how the spec can vary and I could end up with a light (both static and swing weight) racquet that just doesn’t feel the same. Plus, I’m not a fan of customizing. I’ve had a long racquet-switching journey, but I keep coming back to the blade.
I agree it is the cleanest feeling, most refined blade so for far for me. It has almost no vibration, such a smooth feeling frame.

Wouldn't surprise me that this version has a cult following in 10 years. It has one of the most unique paint jobs and plays amazing.
 

tx10is

Rookie
sabalenka and badosa are playing world tennis league doubles rn on tennis channel and both have the new v9 paint jobs. it looks dark on tv. Mirra Andreeva has the same pj for her steam. Tsitsipas has it also.
 

tx10is

Rookie
@tx10is came here to say same. good reporting. the racquets look SICK and i immediately thought WHAT IS THIS...??

yeah I'm starting to like the new pj. maybe @innoVAShaun can get us pics from the matches. I have seen it in person, but haven't had the chance to play with it. would imagine YouTube review videos anytime now.
 
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gino

Legend
Who listens to tennisnerd... he known less than the average tennis board guy.. he is just a promoter really, taking up far too much space in social media, almost as bad as Patrick Mor.......

agreed, guy has moved so far from his main demographic. now into all these weird tangential tennis BS, he knows very little about gear relative to an active poster here

LOLd at the PM analogy lol just taking up space ha!
 
Hit with v9 last night next to the v8 on the ball machine. Not a lot of difference that i could detect. V9 did seem to hit a slightly deeper, more penetrating ball. The feel was slightly more lively. The v8 felt a little smoother, more muted. The v8 was 320 SW strung. The v9 was 330 strung. That could have certainly affected what i wsa feeling. Will try it more over the weekend against a human. The paintjob is ok. I thought i would like it more. if the light hits it right, it looks like an ultra. i wish they would do away with the iridescent-ness. too dependent on the lighting in the room.
 

Holic

Rookie
Hit with v9 last night next to the v8 on the ball machine. Not a lot of difference that i could detect. V9 did seem to hit a slightly deeper, more penetrating ball. The feel was slightly more lively. The v8 felt a little smoother, more muted. The v8 was 320 SW strung. The v9 was 330 strung. That could have certainly affected what i wsa feeling. Will try it more over the weekend against a human. The paintjob is ok. I thought i would like it more. if the light hits it right, it looks like an ultra. i wish they would do away with the iridescent-ness. too dependent on the lighting in the room.
Nice, its a pass then!
 

soulfree914

Rookie
After playing with the v7 16x19 for two years, I have been playing with PS97 v13’s for a year, and as an impulse buy, I had picked up a barely used customworks v8 16x19 that was slightly over the average spec. (308~310g static, SW feels somewhere in the 325-330 range)
I didn’t know I would like the v8 this much. It feels like a magic wand at the net as I play mostly doubles. v7 used to absorb pace too much and require some extra action to punch volleys especially with full poly, while it comes much easier with the v8 as the feel is more direct/responsive and cleaner on contact. The predictability on every shot is insanely good. The only reason I hesitate to pick up another one is because of how the spec can vary and I could end up with a light (both static and swing weight) racquet that just doesn’t feel the same. Plus, I’m not a fan of customizing. I’ve had a long racquet-switching journey, but I keep coming back to the blade.
Just measured the actual swingweight with a Briffidi. My v8 in stock form has a swingweight of 340! Strung with 1.20 Hyper-G Soft in mains, 1.15 Hyper-G in crosses. No wonder it always felt super stable. Lol
 

eric42

Rookie
Just measured the actual swingweight with a Briffidi. My v8 in stock form has a swingweight of 340! Strung with 1.20 Hyper-G Soft in mains, 1.15 Hyper-G in crosses. No wonder it always felt super stable. Lol
So basically an RF97 with lead. Methinks that reading is erroneous. :)
 

soulfree914

Rookie
So basically an RF97 with lead. Methinks that reading is erroneous. :)
Static weight is 326g with overgrip and dampener, so it’s nothing like a RF97. It just feels a bit tip heavy. I suspected the reading was off, but it looks to be accurate based on the reading that I get on my other racquets. (Ezone 100: 317, Boom Pro: 319, Blade v6 16x19: 324, PS97 v13: 317, 325, etc.)
 

sargeinaz

Hall of Fame
Just measured the actual swingweight with a Briffidi. My v8 in stock form has a swingweight of 340! Strung with 1.20 Hyper-G Soft in mains, 1.15 Hyper-G in crosses. No wonder it always felt super stable. Lol
So in that case, the V9 is 10 points lower in SW and you said hits a slightly deeper/more penetrating ball which would mean it’s either more stable or stiffer or both no?

The green color is great on the V9. Love it.
 
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bobeeto

Hall of Fame
Seems more green than the korda test pics, I will be going ultra pro route now :cry:

can’t be mad though, both are great looking frames
 
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