Updating the iconic Blade line for its seventh iteration, Wilson re-engineered the Blade 98 18x20 v7 for 2019 to offer players ample plow through, control and precision. Wilson removed the Countervail dampening, instead taking advantage of their new FeelFlex technology to help inject more feel and torsional stability at impact. With a dense 18x20 string pattern, a weight of just over 11 ounces strung, and a significant swingweight, this control-oriented racquet had our team eager to put it to the test. From their very first session on the court, our players all noticed the racquet's updated feel and playability. Despite their different playing styles and mechanics, all of the testers agreed that the Blade 98 18x20 v7 performed solidly and consistently from the baseline and offered great precision and plow through. Several playtesters found the net to be their favorite area of the court to hit with this update. Serves and returns proved successful as well, and everyone noted great feel, stability, control and power. All in all, our team found this seventh Blade 98 18x20 v7 to be one of their favorite versions to date, and it would be fair to say that they're excited for other big hitters to get this new racquet in their hands.
Showcasing a brand new tri-colored design with clean lines and an elastic paint finish, the Blade 98 (18x20) V7.0 backs up its sharp design with cutting-edge innovation for next-level performance. FeelFlex technology, an evolution of the revolutionary FreeFlex technology in Clash, features carbon mapping strategically placed throughout the racquet frame to deliver a more connected-to-the-ball feel. Other upgrades include a Top Grip Taper for a more comfortable top-hand grip and reduced spec variance from frame to frame.