I demoed the Wilson Blade 98 (18x20), and then took advantage of the "dig the demo deal". Pretty cool, you get the racquet for a discounted price if you demo and decided to purchase. Anyhow, as I've continued to develop my game, I've started using more advanced 18x20 string patterns, which does allow for more control, but at a cost of having a smaller sweet spot, creating less wiggle room on off-centered hits. When you do contact the sweet spot this Blade has added more power and spin to my game. I had it strung up with Babolat's RPM blast at 55 lbs and really enjoyed it. If you are a more advanced player who likes to hit from the baseline and mix in an aggressive attacking style, try it out.
Not a lot of 18x20's out there anymore. Nice that Wilson still makes this. Liked my old PS and tried the new one. Lacked the touch of my old stick. I am a 5.0 player and this racquet needs a string player. I use Champions Choice and the control is amazing. Pinpoint control and stability. Skip the PS and try the Blade.
As a previous user of the Juice 100, I was unsure of switching to a smaller head size. I must say the Blade made the switch next to effortless, with the size of the head going unnoticed. Although I felt like the Juice featured a little more power, the Blade did allow for more control and spin to be added to my game. One thing that I noticed was the maneuverability of the frame and how I was able to obtain great accuracy. I read a couple other reviews on the racquet that said they were not able to produce much spin, but I find that not to be true. If you just lower the tension and add a spin friendly string you will see that you can add a great amount of spin to this frame. This racquet was extremely comfortable to play with, and the blend of control and power cannot be beaten. I will say that this racquet really seems to work better for a hard, flat hitter. The shots that I hit in this way were deeper and more effective. The shock absorption on this frame is excellent as well. The Blade ranks right up there with the Juice and Pure Drive that I have used in the past. I’m a 4.5 player and strung this racquet with NXT Control at 55lbs.
I first demoed the Wilson Blade 98 18x20 in August and soon afterwards purchased the racquet. After a solid 6 months of using the racquet, I can say this is one of the best purchases I have made. This is a solid racquet and offers great control. My volleys are probably the most improved part of my game with this racquet.
My racquet of choice. The blades have always provided excellent control and power from the baseline but this racquet just continues to prefect the feel from every aspect on the court. crisp volleys, crisp serves, and crisp groundies. what else could you ask for...
Excellent choise for an attacker.very good feeling
Decided to replace my Blade 93. Hard decision, as I love my racquet but wanted something lighter for my shoulder. Opponents say my serve has more pop. I feel more control on the serve and much less stress on the shoulder. Groundstrokes and volleys feel a little different, but that is to be expected - I don' t like change, but the results are there so a new racquet I will get.
I bought the Wilson pro staff rf97 before the Wilson blade 98 18x20 came out. I like the rf97 but it is stiff and weighty. I bought the Wilson bade 98 18x20 also after using a demo racquet, and love it more than the rf97. The Wilson blade 98 is an excellent racquet that performs well on ground stokes, volley, and serves. It's a little light in the head, but I can make adjustments. I am very pleased with this racquet and well purchase a second one soon!!
Feels great.... great feel but only negative is can't get too much power..it feels kinda dead like the rf97...but great selection for tournament player
This racquet is just amazing. The first time I try during my demo I was ok, but once I adjusted my game I was making some great ground strokes and slices that I have been unable to do with my previous two racquets I owned (Dunlop lite 6.0 and Babolat Pure Drive). I love Te Babolat but it is too stiff and I started to develop tennis elbow so I have been demoing fee racquets per recommendation of one of the pros where I played and I was very impressed with the new version of the wilson Blade 98 18x20. Have good control and it's super accurate when hitting angles. My serves were not as powerful as with the PD but I was able to place it anywhere I wanted! I'm a 3.5 playing with a bunch of 4.0's and 4.5'a and they noticed the drastic change on my strokes. So I'm definitely buying this stick!
I am typically a fan of the for midsize frames, so the 98 square inch head size got me thinking it would be too powerful for my game, and I was wrong. The head size and the string pattern somehow balance out a good amount of control and spin as a bonus. I played with more consistency; without sacrificing pace and hop. Great on serves, magical at the net. It was however a demo but if I were to invest in it, being a players-frame-kind-of-guy I would put some lead in the throat and string it tight.
Great feel, smooth hitting, adds perfect mix of power and spin. Also the awesome design makes it even better!!!
I've used a ton of racquets in the past and keep coming back to this one- the perfect amount of control and power plus they really dialed in the feel on this 2013 version- put a nice thin gauge poly to bring out the spin and you have yourself a real weapon! Wouldn't change a thing- the cosemetics are great as well! Highly Recommended
This is one of the best racquets so far that I have tried. It has a good control and the stiffness is a lot less than my current Babolat ones. Also thanks to Midwest Sports for allowing me to try 2 extra days with no charge. Great customer service and courteous.
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