My daughter demoed a few sticks, and finally made the switch with this racquet being her top choice (from Dunlop M4.0) The only knock is that parallel drilling claim is misleading: it is as parallel as any other racquet -- perhaps the Blade 104 is better suited for this terminology.
I've never played with a Wilson racquet before-- but after doing a little research, I decided to take the Blade 98 out for a demo. I am a 4.0 level player who hits mostly topspin styled shots. I was looking to bring a little power to my game and boy did this Blade deliver the goods. I noticed a major improvement of the overall feel of my groundstrokes. Great feel with added pop is always a nice bonus to have. Also, the racquet moves a little quicker than the 11.3 ounce strung weight, so if you are looking to get the balance a little more even, add some lead tape. The 16x19 string pattern is a little easier on the arm compared to the 18x20 and also allows for greater spin potential, which favors my game more.
The New Blade feels like a best of the old Blade and the Pro Staff. It's an incredible racquet as it really does everything well. Exceptional control and just enough power. I need the comfort of NXT, but the durability is low.. Great serves and one handed backhands are easy. I'm a 4.0 level player and have played mostly with the six one 95 but needed to move to a lighter frame.
After swearing that I would never switch from the Babolat Pure Drive, a friend let me test this racquet out and I have already purchased 3 of them. I didn’t notice a transition from a 100 inch head size to a 98 inch, which I was very worried about. I use an extremely western grip on my forehand and sometimes I will frame shots, but I didn’t notice an increase in frequency of that happening with the Blade. I really feel like I can excel when I’m using this racquet because it provides the perfect balance of power and control. If I want to go for a flat ball, the control helps it stay deep and inside the line. With the 16x19 string pattern, I can also add some extra spin if I choose to. I definitely used that to advantage on my serve. The swing weight of this racquet makes for a very easy swing with little effort, but resulting in powerful, controlled shots. I’m a recent college grad who played Division 1 and strung this with NXT Power 16g.
I play 5.0 womenG+笻s interclub about 4 times a week. I love how I can be versatile with my shots using this racquet. The sweet spot is huge. I also tried the 18x20 version and found this one to be more forgiving. I can create lots of power and spin with my serve. It takes extra effort to get an ample amount topspin on my groundstrokes. It has a light feel to it, making it more maneuverable. All around, IG+笻ve been very happy with this racquet.
This racket gives you good feedback when you hit the ball. It is a little bigger headsize then what I used to play with. I can serve much better and harder with this racket. I love playing with this racket.
I like this racquet a lot it has some great great feel when you play volleys with there is only one racquet from wilson line its the six one 95, and feel on it is quite amazing))
This Raquet provides powerful ground strokes but does require a little time to adjust your stroke so your not blowing everything out of court. I would suggest this Raquet to anyone who wants to add more power and spin it their game. The cross string pattern allows you to be versatile in stringing to provide even more spin by using two different strings.
Coming off a Six-One 95 this wasn't too light but gave me the maneuverability and control I was looking for. Spin friendly with the 16x19 stringed. Little bigger sweet spot didn't hurt either. Really enjoyed playing with it.
This is a great solid frame with an open string pattern for good spin. Has all the qualities to make this one a keeper!!
Love this racquet. Gives me the ability to place the ball perfectly while still providing some pop on my shots. A great choice for a baseliner.
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