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Comments: Demoed the Blade 98S about while playing doubles. Everyone I was playing with convinced me to switch
to the 98S, I have been playing with Babolat PS Ltd., which is a very traditional racquet for the pass three years. So I bought one.
Usually when I switch sticks, I a get a few. Strung the 98S with Wilson Rip Spin strung at 57 lbs. Then I tried a friend's 98S strung
with Luxilon 4g strug at the same tension and it felt like the holly grail of racquets. Got two more strung with the Luxilon 4g and
wow! People who used to beat me are lucky to get 2 games off me a set. I play 4 to 5 times a week and play at the 4.0 level.
Comments: I purchased this racquet just to test the new spin technology. This racquet is not better than my BLX
ProStaff 90, but I like the spin, especially on the backhand. I think the racquet is too light, but I only tested it for two days, and I
want to continue experimenting with other strings and tensions. The flat black paint looks amazing. I think I am going to stick
with this racquet for some time.
Comments: I got this and the Aero Pro Drive and this racquet blows the APD away in my opinion. The racquet looks
great, plays great, and the spin is amazing. Go with a lighter tension when stringing, I recommend 52-54 lbs because the strings
always move back to the position they were in before you hit the ball. I never was a fan of Wilson but now I will only get Wilson
racquets. In short, get this racquet and you won't regret it!
Comments: I'm a 4.5 player who switched from Yonex. This racquet was good with Gamma 17 gauge Professional
at 57 pounds. But the string moved all over the place requiring constant adjustment. I bought some Wilson Rip Spin which is
recommended and dropped tension to 54 pounds. This made all the difference in the world. More spin with strings moving back
into position after the shot.
Comments: I am a 4.5 all-court player and demoed several frames before settling on the Steam 99S and Blade 98S
as my two favorites. The Steam offered a bit more spin potential, but the 98S was much more control oriented and got the nod as
I already generate a fair amount of spin. My slice on both sides has improved dramatically, though the serve took a bit more time
to dial in (perhaps due to shorter 27" length over my previous KTour frame). I find the sweet spot larger than my KTour and balls
which used to fall short at the net now find clearance. The thinner beam feels much more maneuverable and I have gained more
confidence at the net due to the slice imparted on the ball. I played around with the weight and ended up adding 8g of lead to the
head and 12g of silicon in the handle. I am using Solinco Tour Bite in the mains with Babolat N.Vy in the crosses and am finding a
good blend of power, control, and spin. I love this racquet.
Comments: This is an interesting racquet for sure. I was fascinated when Wilson announced this 18x16 pattern
stick and I patiently waited to try it out. I just finished my 2nd two hour hitting session with the Blade 98S and I currently have
mixed feelings about it. On one hand, the 18x16 pattern seemed to add pace to my flat shots (probably due to the 16 crosses
combined with a dense main pattern) as well as more depth on all my shots in general. Also, touch shots, deep/low slices, put-
away volleys and overheads were a breeze to hit. On the other hand now, I couldn't seem to experience all that spin this racquet
was said to be able to generate (mainly when applying topspin to my shots). Things felt a little erratic when I tried to rev the ball
deep with topspin on groundstrokes as well as kick hard and deep on serves. In conclusion, I don't plan to make the Blade 98S my
stick of choice, but I definitely am happy that I got to try this stick out. The 18x16 pattern in this racquet is yet another innovation
from Wilson that continues to evolve the game of tennis.
Comments: Having demoed over a dozen racquets in the past 2 months, I finally settled with the Blade 98 S as my
new stick of choice. I'm a 4.0 all-court player and this racquet with its 11 oz strung weight and 320 swingweight is perfect for me.
The regular Blades, which I also tried, have a little more mass than the S but didn't provide as much spin or maneuverability as this
one. It also gave me more control and better feel than its likely opponent the Steam 99s. With the 98 S, I got more topspin without
having to alter my game in any way as I had to for the Steam 99s. The weight, I thought, was perfect -- right in the middle of the
road at 11oz.
Comments: I just took this racquet out for a demo and was very satisfied with the performance. The stock weight is
fine but it can be customized with just a leather grip to make it a little more headlight. The racquet feels very good upon impact
and the spin is definitely better than most frames. However, the amount of spin does not detract from control. A seasoned 4.5
player does not need to use poly strings in order to tame the power, because it is a relatively low powered frame. Hitting outside
the sweet spot is not favorable, but most frames of this kind don't score well in this area. The beauty of this racquet, other than
the comfortable feel and spin production, is in the maneuverability. I think a 4.0 or 4.5 player can benefit from this frame as long
as they have longer, faster strokes. If you want to add more spin to your game, but do not want the stiff Babolat frames that can
ultimately hurt your arm, then this is a must try.
Comments: I am a 4.0 club player all courter. The string pattern 18x16 is a genius idea. I don't care for the super
16x15. Dwell time is a standout, as well as spin. And there is enough string coverage unlike the 16x15 versions to hit flat, and
touch shots. From the baseline it's very comfortable. You can let it rip withit too much fear of over hitting. It's not an overly
stick, which gives it that players stick feel. I love this racquet. Dont be fooled by the 11oz weight. It feels like a 11.5 oz stick. No
need to use lead. Must demo -- enjoy!
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