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Wilson Blade 98 (18x20)

Updated: Apr 24, 2021

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. With that said how does it work for a specific player? Let's dive in!


  • Head Size: 98

  • String Pattern: 18x20

  • Weight: 305g

I liked...

  • the control I got. I tend to hit with a lower trajectory and gravitate to 18x20 patterns. I liked the control I got over the spin I didn't get with this racket. There are 2 forms of control, directional and control from spin. This one has directional.

  • that this racket for being on the lighter side of players frames has good stability and plow through. I also like heavier rackets and even though the weight is lighter, the swing weight is higher on the range of retail rackets.

I disliked...

  • This is more of a personal knock, but it doesn't feel like a solid racket. Most rackets have this feeling though as most are hollow inside the graphite. Most college players that use this tend to put lead tape under the grommet strip or at 3 and 9 on the frame to make it feel more substantial.

What player should use this?

As I said it is the most non-specific racket in their line-up and makes this for about every game style. It works for more game styles than it doesn't and the one I would say it works least for is the serve and volleyer. Due to its head-heavy balance, it may be a little hard to volley with as typically volleyers like the weight being in the hand. That's not to say it will not work for them, just a little harder.

8.1/10 Overall Rating: 

  • 8/10 Feel

  • 9/10 Control 

  • 8/10 Touch

  • 7/10 Power 

  • 7/10 Spin 

  • 8.5/10 Stability 

  • 9/10 Plow Through 

  • 8/10 Maneuverability 

Similar Rackets

  • Head Speed Pro - The Speed is a little more handle heavy while being 5 grams heavier. The speed is a little easier to start swinging, but once you get the Blade going it helps through the ball more, thanks to more weight at 12 o'clock.

  • Babolat Pure Strike (18x20) - 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. Overall, I am impressed by the combination of control you get and the power available in a lighter racket.

Set Up

Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 @50 lbs

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