With a cosmetic inspired by Roland Garros, this limited edition version of the Blade 98 (16×19) has the same specs and playability of the standard cosmetic.
- With this racket, 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. Offering a slightly more headlight balance than previous generations, this update is designed to move a tad faster, but it still packs a swing weight 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 Feel Flex 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 (16×19) comes around fast for a racket with a 325+ swing weight.
- 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 (16×19) continues its reign as one of the best alternatives to the stiff modern player’s racket.