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Racket Review: Wilson Blade 98 BLX


Originally published on: 25/03/13 00:00

Used by Milos Raonic, the new Blade is perfect for players that like to dictate from all areas of the court. The racket incorporates Wilson’s new Amplifeel technology, which enhances feel, and it plays crisp and clean off the ground, particularly if you’re inclined to hit a little flatter. It’s difficult to rival the control you get with the Blade and it’s so sweet off the slice that the racket basically does the work for you.

Best for feel:

Put simply, the Wilson Blade 98 BLX was one of the best frames we tested. From the cosmetics to the playability it just oozes quality. Wilson hit the nail on the head by adding its AmpliFeel technology to the handle of this version of the Blade, giving the updated model more feel and control than its predecessors. The dense 18×20 string pattern offers precision to your play and the ball, more often than not, will land where you intend it. The comfort you’ll feel from the back of the court with this racket will give you the confidence to swing freely and allow you to easily generate plenty of spin. What more can you ask for?

Specs – Wilson Blade 98 BLX
RRP: £169.95
Head size: 98
Unstrung weight: 304g
Length: 27 inches
String pattern: 18×20
Balance: 32.5cm
Beam: 20.6mm

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