Wait... THAT's what OP was arguing about? (I had a hard time going through his nonsense)One final post from me here as you seem to have some erroneous assumptions based on some equally erroneous facts.
Wilson has two types of buttcaps. One squared and one rounded. The squared buttcap goes on the more 'traditional' Pro Staff line as it's what most of those type of customers prefer. The rounded buttcap goes on the other more 'modern' frames like the Blade and Burn. This was true for the last generation of racquets. And this is also true for the new ones. There are still two types of buttcaps. The Blade still has the same buttcap as the last model. The rounded one. They are still made of the same material. The only differences are the colour and the design of the trapdoor. I really don't understand your point of them being different, different 'performance' or 'amalgamation'. And in terms of 'cost savings' here too your assumptions are totally incorrect. It would have been cheaper for Wilson to stay with last year's design but instead there were additional costs in tooling, testing and different processes to create the red buttcaps..... not to mention administrative changes in new part numbers, distribution, etc.
- still two styles as before - no change
- same variation
- MORE cost
- same shape and material for the actual buttcap
- no difference in 'performance'
- only difference: new color, new trapdoor design to help standardize and enhance Wilson branding
Here is a little photo montage to show my points above:
drops mic (thanks @JohnBPittsburgh)
Thank you @PeterFig for clearing that up. Also, OP, Wilson have setup their buttcaps this way for decades (Squared for Pro Staffs, Rounded for everything else).
I don't know why all of the sudden you have this issue. The RF97A has the same buttcap as all of the 85 and 90's I have owned, just that it's red now.