Ushering in a new generation of Blade racquets, Wilson makes some big updates to the Blade 104 v7. The most striking change is the 16x19 string pattern (versus the 18x19 of past iterations). Another notable spec difference is the drop in stiffness from 66 RA to an extremely comfortable 60 RA. Wilson also took FeelFlex technology from its Clash line of racquets and added it to the frame for a firmer and more reliable response. This evolution of the Clash line's technology produces a more connected feel while adding stability and flexibility. However, Wilson didn't completely scrap the tried-and-true Blade formula. The Blade 104 still features an extended 27.5" length, as well as Wilson's signature Power Holes and Parallel Drilling technologies. Our playtesters are no strangers to the Blade 104 and have hit with the past several versions. They all agreed that this updated racquet is user-friendly, and they enjoyed its easy depth, power and spin. Serves were the highlight of the playtest, and the team loved how the extra length translated to easy power and some extra free points. However, they did admit that it took some time to get used to the 16x19 string pattern. They lost some of the control they enjoyed from the tighter string pattern and found themselves aiming for bigger targets on almost every stroke. All in all, the Wilson Blade 104 v7 gets some exciting refinements and will be a great fit for intermediate singles and doubles players wanting to hit deep into the court with little effort.
Equipped with a larger sweet spot and an extended length, the Blade 104 V7.0 impressively covers the court for its users. FeelFlex technology throughout the frame consists of strategically placed carbon mapping at specific points for added racquet flexibility and stability to better complement the modern, vertical swing path. This racquet blends its unique specs with this new technology for an effective mix of lightweight power and connected-to-the-ball feel that allows players to hit with aggression and confidence.