Review: Wilson Blade v7 – Updated for 2021

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Tennisfansite Intro

Wilson Blade is a very popular racquet on the ATP tour. Top players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov, and Milos Raonic use the Blade.

This is the seventh iteration of this racquet.  This version replaces the Countervail technology with the new FeelFlex technology.  FeelFlex uses Wilson’s proprietary carbon mapping to add torsional stability. The racquet also bends in the path of the swing, allowing players to add spin and power.

Another change Wilson has made to this iteration of Blade is the longer grip taper to the handle.  This will come in handy for players with a two-handed backhand.

The racquet comes in the 16×19 “open string pattern” and the 18×20 “closed string pattern”. The 16×19 open string pattern has widened the spacing between the main and cross strings and gives more power and spin but less control.  The 18×20 closed string pattern has smaller spacing between the main and cross strings, and generates less power and less spin but offers more control.

Blade racquet is arm-friendly and will keep you away from arm and elbow pain even after long hours of play.

Ground Strokes

The Wilson Blade has a much better feel compared to the Countervail. The racquet weighs 305g and is impressive on the groundstrokes. The racquet has good head speed and allows you to take a big swing at the ball without losing control.

At the Net

At the net, the racquet has a good feel and absorbs impact nicely. The racquet has good control and allows you to place the ball in court accurately.

Serves

The racquet’s head speed allows you to hit well targeted flat serves.  The racquet provides enough control that even your big serves will land inside the court.

Overall, this racquet continues the Blade tradition of optimal power and control for intermediate and advanced players.

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