Posted on March 08 2022
Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Styles: Aggressive baseliners, counterpunchers, all-rounders.
Recommended Strings: Full Polyester.
For those: Looking to try a Wilson for the first time, control, precision, and all court versatility.
Designed for advanced players, the Wilson Blade 98 v8 is a versatile racket with great feel and spin potential. Still characterized by its superior presence in the hands of the best players in the world, this evolution of Blade rewards aggressive, precise ball-strikers with a top-tier blend of connected-to-the-ball feel, torsional stability, and colour-shifting design to wow teammates and opponents alike.
Aggressive baseliners will love this racket because of its great control and precision. Several professional players who play with a similar style endorse the Blade including Simona Halep, Paula Badosa and Alex De Naur. It's a fast racket, making it a great for hitting shots on the run or charging into the front court and finishing points. The Blade effortlessly allows the player to play aggressive tennis without sacrificing control. For serves, the player can rely on the blade for quick whipping ability, spin, and good power.
Counterpunchers will appreciate the rackets stability, even if it buckles against big hitters. Some customizations can easily fix this issue, and the control-oriented frame can help draw out unforced errors. And those who have a fluid balance of aggression and defence, with the ability to transition into a variety of styles during a match will admire the Blade’s versatility. With the new technologies, the modern feel is perfect for an all-rounder. The stability, control, and precision is very easy to play with for improving players looking to find their styles of play.
The 16x19 string pattern is designed to generate more power and spin than the 18x20. While this may disappoint big hitters, polyester strings are more effective on a 16x19 pattern, and they provide the player with more control and access to spin. For the Wilson Blade 98 v8, the versatile Solinco Hyper G 200m Reel strings can offer that extra playability, and control. The best strings for spin and control are available here.