The Wilson Blade 98 16x19 updates the Blade 98 BLX with the improved feel of Amplifeel handle technology and a new, more open string pattern. Continues the traditional feel in the same vein as the Six One 95 BLX, but in a lighter, more maneuverable package. A 21mm flat beam and 98 square inch headsize provide solid feel and control for intermediate to advanced players with a faster swing. A versatile performer from all points on the court and ideal for a player seeking a more open 16x19 string pattern for added spin potential. Continues to provide excellent frame feedback offered by basalt fiber (BLX) technology. Also available in a 18x20 string pattern. Please note that Wilson does not include a cover with this racquet.
What is BLX?
Basalt is a natural volcanic rock used in manufacturing and made into fine and ultra fine gold fibers. Basalt fibers are environmentally friendly and superior to other fibers in terms of thermal stability, sound insulation, vibration assistance and durability. With the new BLX line, Basalt fibers are woven longitudinally with the innovating [K]arophite Black to create the most advanced composite ever in the industry. Players will find the ultimate in frequency reduction while retaining the performance of carbon fiber in terms of lightness, responsiveness, stability and rigidity.
Basalt added into racquets filters out unwanted frequencies (i.e vibrations) that reach the hand to deliver a clean feedback and sensation for the perfect feel players demand.
2013 Wilson Blade 98 16x19Play Tester: Chico WPositives:
Has a great overall balance for any playing styleNegatives:
May not be heavy enough for advance playersOverall racquet performance?
Outstanding feel, great for volleys and second serves. The 16x19 spin pattern gives good added spin and power.Is this a good update to previous model?
Better overall performance and playability. The new updated design and cosmetic are much more attractive.Any major things that stand out on this frame?
Was incredible agile at the net.What player level would you suggest for this frame?
Racquet would be suited best for players who are rated 4.0 or higher.Would you purchase this racquet?
Yes, I would buy this racquet due to the phenomenal net play and great spin ability.
What other racquets on the market that might play similar?
- Dunlop Biomimetic 300 Tour
- Prince Rebel 98
- Head YouTek IG Radical MP