Wilson Blade 98L Tennis Racket
With the Blade 98L (16x19), Wilson adds a light and speedy version to one of their most iconic racquet lines. This very user-friendly stick brings the phenomenal control and feel of the Blade series to a wider cross-section of players
Blade 98 16x19, Wilson doubles down on the outstanding feel that has come to define the Blade series. Like the previous generation, this racket combines a bold and elegant cosmetic with the same velvety paint finish that was originally launched with Federer's Pro Staff RF97 Autograph. Offering a slightly more headlight balance than previous generations, this update is designed to move a tad faster, but it still packs a swingweight north of 325-RDC, giving it plenty of plow-through and mass-based pop. Although this generation loses the Countervail technology, it packs a buttery 62RA stiffness.It also benefits from a technology called FeelFlex which uses Carbon Mapping to add torsional stability while also helping the racket bend in ways that compliment the explosive mechanics of the modern game. Wilson also adds a longer grip taper to the handle, resulting in easier hand positioning for players with two-handed backhands. From the baseline this stick feels solid against pace, and the feedback at ball impact is simply outstanding. Full swings deliver effective power, and the high level of control will help you target the lines. At net, the Blade 98 (16x19) comes around fast for a racket with a 325+ swingweight. Block volleys come off the racket with decent pop and there is enough touch to drop the ball on a dime. Players who can get this stick moving fast will have enough pace and spin on serve to force some weak replies, and you'll have just enough mass on service returns to comfortably redirect higher levels of pace. Ultimately, with some minor spec changes and some impressive updates to the feel, the Blade 98 (16x19) continues its reign as one of the best alternatives to the stiff modern player's racket.
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