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Wilson Blade 98 (16x19)

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

  • Weight: 305g

I liked...

  • 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.

I disliked...

  • 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: 

  • 8/10 Feel

  • 7.5/10 Control 

  • 8/10 Touch

  • 8/10 Power 

  • 8.5/10 Spin 

  • 8.5/10 Stability 

  • 9/10 Plow Through 

  • 8/10 Maneuverability

Similar Rackets

  • 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.

Last Remarks

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.

Set Up

Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 @52 lbs

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