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The new Blade 98 18x20 updates the Wilson Blade with the fatigue minimizing benefits of Countervail. Countervail is a material concept designed to maximize energy transfer, reducing muscle fatigue and recovery time. The Blade 98 CV takes the stealth look of its predecessor up a notch, with a matte black/gloss green finish and laser etched details. Maintains the traditional feel of the previous Blade 18x20, along with nearly identical specs.
A 21mm flat beam and 98 square inch headsize provide solid feel and control for intermediate to advanced players with a faster swing, seeking a stiffer stringbed response. A versatile performer from all points on the court and ideal for a player seeking the added control of a denser pattern. Parallel Drilled grommets for a more consistent response from the stringbed, as well as Braided Graphite + Basalt frame construction. Amplifeel handle technology features basalt inserts, customized foam and a softer buttcap that provides a clean, enhanced feel. This frame is designed for today's big hitters, who feature a very aggressive attacking game, looking for a solid feel to go with classic control.
For Optimal String Performance Wilson Recommends:
Power:Wilson NXT Power
Control:Wilson NXT Control
Please Note: Wilson does not include a cover with this racquet.
I am a big believer in the Blade racquets. This racquet marks the third time I've purchased a Blade racquet. I am a 5.0 player that played in college, and I'm still actively playing today. I strung this racquet up with Wilson's Champion Choice hybrid at 52 pounds. This racquet is no slouch, very control oriented frame with a comfortable dampened feel. I'd like to attribute the feel to the new Countervail technology; the older models aren't as comfortable as this one. This frame still has a similar power level compared to the previous versions where you had to manufacture a lot of the power on your own. I added a little more weight to help with the power aspect. 18x20 dense string pattern will attract the more advanced players. Wilson did a fabulous job with this update. 2 thumbs up!
4 StarsA more Comfortable Blade
Jack from VA wrote (November 17, 2016):
This is very similar to previous Blades, where you must hit the sweet spot with proper technique to get good results. It is slightly lighter than the RF 97 but still has very good control. The new CV tech seems to dampen the shock a bit more (no arm issues). This is a control frame, so you must provide your own power. A slightly better Blade, but I preferred the old colors a little more personally.