The latest version of the blade family. The Blade has kind of always been Wilson's go-to racket that just about anyone can play with, especially the 16x19 pattern. With that said how does it work for a specific player? Let's dive in!
Head Size: 98
String Pattern: 16x19
the open feel of the racket. It led to a pretty nice soft trampoline feel off the stringbed. It was very easy to volley with or rally with. In other words, power was pretty easy to achieve.
the swing weight of this racket.
the feel off the strings. This is more of a personal knock, but it doesn't feel like a solid racket. Most of it was just a lack of weight, especially at 3 & 9.
the slight lack of control off the baseline. I felt as though I would hit a few groundstrokes the same way and there was so much variance of where they would go. I didn't feel locked into this racket during the playtest.
What player should use this?
It is probably Wilson's most player-friendly racket in their lineup. I would give this to a baseline player who likes to hit with spin to get their control.
8.2/10 Overall Rating:
9/10 Plow Through
Babolat Pure Strike (16x19) - These rackets are very similar, the pure strike is a stiffer racket and a little thicker beam, which on paper should give you a little more power. I would say that this statement is accurate in that is what I felt when hitting with the Pure Strike.
The racket has its weight polarized meaning at 12 o'clock and the handle of the racket. It is a great racket and can be proved going to any junior or college tennis match. The knock I have on the racket is it's a little light and that is why you'll see 18-year-olds and college players starting to customize this racket with lead tape. Overall, I am impressed by the combination of control, power, and spin you get.
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