Wilson Blade 98 Countervail 16x19 (304g) January 2017

The Blade 98 16x19 lives on! The new model is called the Blade 98 CV (16x19). Although this racket has the same target specs as the previous generation, Wilson has given it the ultra sleek and silky paint finish found in the Pro Staff series. With its grippy 16x19 string pattern, this racket will give you bigger power and spin than you'll find with the 18x20 version, but thankfully it still manages to deliver the precision and feel for which the Blade series is known.

New to this model is Countervail Technology, which uses a special carbon layer to enhance the already impressive dampening provided by the Braided Basalt/Graphite layup. The overall result, according to Wilson, is increased arm-protection and less muscle fatigue. Thanks to its Parallel Drilling Technology, this racket’s string bed is better able to absorb vibration and transfer extra energy to the ball. On groundstrokes the Blade 98 16x19 delivers a smooth feel and controllable power.

Big swings are rewarded with penetrating depth, and the high spin-potential delivers phenomenal command over the ball’s trajectory and depth. Although this stick boasts a speedy 11.3 ounce weight, there’s enough mass in the head to keep the racket steady when trading heavy balls or redirecting the pace of a big serve. The solid feel continues at net where the Blade packs enough punch to finish points with a bang. Aggressive servers will find enough precision to target the corners of the box with pace and spin. 

With incremental updates to the feel and an amazingly sleek black cosmetic, Wilson continues the legacy of this light but solid player’s racket. A worthy demo for anyone who wants controllable power, great feel and easy access to spin.


Head Size: 98in²/632cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Weight: 11.3oz / 320g
Unstrung Weight: 10.7oz / 304g
Balance: 33.27cm / 3 pts HL
Unstrung Balance:  32,5cm/ 6 pts HL
Swingweight:  326
Stiffness: 66
Beam Width: 21mm / 21mm / 21mm   
Composition: Braided Graphite & Basalt
Racket Colours: Black/Green
Grip Type: Wilson Sublime
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
String Tension: 50-60 pounds / 23-27kg

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