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The Wilson Blade 98L is a new addition to Wilson's 2016 Blade series release. The lighter version of the Wilson 98 (16x19) coming in at 10.7 ounces strung. The Blade 98L amps up the stealth look of its forerunner, with a matte black/gloss green finish and laser etched details. The Blade 98L maintains the traditional feel of the Blade line, along with racquet specifications that tailor towards a player that likes a lighter weight frame with control and feel benefits.
With a flat 21mm flat beam and a 98 square inch headsize, the Blade 98L provides optimal control for the intermediate to advanced player with a fast, longer looping swing. The Wilson Blade 98L serves as an all court frame with an open 16x19 string pattern for added spin. Parallel Drilling 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 lightweight solid feel to go with traditional 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 enjoy hitting with the Blade series from Wilson. I've been a big admirer of this line of racquets ever since it debuted. A Little background on my game: I am a 4.5 level player that gets out onto the court 3-4 times per week. I hit a pretty flat shot with a ton of pace. I ended up playtesting the new Blade 98L with the standard 98 16x19 countervail version. I did enjoy the feel of this frame plays a lot like the regular 16x19 version just a lot faster thanks to the lighter weight. The 98L is an impressive option for any player that wants a nice bit of control to go with a responsive feel in a little weight offering. I playtested this frame with NRG 2 SPL 17 at 53 lbs.