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Wilson Blade 98 v8 review

Endorsed by elite tennis players like Gael Monfils, Emma Raducanu, and Milos Raonic, the iconic Blade line is Wilson’s all-rounder that tends to the control side. 

This model offers tremendous spin and control while allowing you to hit those powerful shots.

We’ve analyzed how it performs on different shots and how it fares in control, power, spin, and comfort so you can decide if this is the tennis racket for you, along with alternative models for your consideration.

Let’s get to the Wilson Blade 98 V8 review.

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Specs:

Head size: 98 sq. in / 632 sq. cm; Length: 27 in / 68.6 cm; String Pattern: 16×19; Weight (unstrung): 10.76 oz / 305 g; Swingweight: 320 kg / cm2

Pros

  • Amazing all-round model
  • Great control, spin, and power
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • None

What sets it apart from its competitors / Main features

The Wilson Blade 98 V8 is one of the most well-balanced tennis rackets on the market.

Being an all-around model that tends to the control side, it is a comfortable model that appeals to a broad set of players. 

While it is not underpowered at all, it tends to the control side, which means it is not one of those rackets for those players that rely exclusively on big, powerful groundstrokes. But, to compensate, it offers lots of effortless spin that will make your shots harder for the opponent to return.

One of the best Wilson tennis rackets and one of the best tennis rackets overall.

Wilson Blade 98 V8 review - Types of Shots

Groundstrokes

Wilson’s Blade 98 V8 performs really, really well on groundstrokes. We found it highly comfortable and maneuverable – you can swing it quickly and effortlessly, offering you a lot of feel and control.

Being an all-round model tending more to the control side, we feared it would be underpowered. This was not the case. While it is no Wilson Ultra, it is definitely well-balanced, and our expert testers unanimously agreed that the power stats of the Wilson Blade 98 V8 were on-point.

Groundstrokes rate: 8.7 / 10

Volleys

Overall, the Wilson Blade 98 V8 performed well up on the net. It is easy to swing and fast to get into hitting position, stable enough, has a reasonably decent sweet spot, and you can control where you want to deliver the ball fairly well. 

While a bit more weight would not hurt, this is a consistent option for those players who like to go up to the net often.

Volleys rate: 8.8 / 10

Serves

The Blade 98 V8 felt great when serving, adding plenty of effortless spin to your serve game. 

While this is not the racket to hit big serves with, our expert testers felt its high maneuverability and control abilities were on point.

Since it naturally adds spin to your shots, it is an excellent choice for players who like to serve to the outside of the court and finish the point on the net.

Serves rate: 9.1 / 10

Returns

We received mixed opinions when evaluating the Wilson Blade 98 V8 return shots. Whether or not it appeals to your taste depends largely on your playstyle.

On one hand, if you tend to block fast serves, it lacks some stability and power. On the other hand, if you try to attack, or at least return the ball, you will find that the lack of power is a positive aspect when returning – we found that it lands comfortably on the end of the court and, combining that with the natural spin that the racket offers, you can quickly turn a big powerful serve into your favor.

Returns rate: 8.4 / 10

Wilson Blade 98 V8 review - Features

Power

While the Blade 98 V8 is not the most powerful of tennis rackets, remember that it is an all-around model tending to the control side. All control-oriented rackets keep you hitting the line at the cost of raw power.

With this said, the Blade 98 V8 is not for the power fanatics. However, it is not underpowered by any means – if you have the proper hitting technique, you can definitely hit those big, powerful shots.

This is your model if you want an all-round model with sufficient power, precision, and spin. A Wilson Ultra (the brand’s power line) might suit you best if you base your game on powerful groundstrokes.

Power Rate: 8.1 / 10

Control

The Wilson Blade 98 is a model that excels in control without disregarding other aspects of the game. While it is no Wilson Pro Staff 97, you can confidently hit those lines and corners with the Blade 98 V8.

However, keep in mind that this racket is not as forgiving as an Ultra, for example. You have to have proper hitting technique to make the most of it.

But if you do have, this is an excellent polyvalent model.

Control Rate: 9.2 / 10

Spin

Spin is one of Wilson’s Blade 98 V8 strengths. It comes effortlessly on every shot, from groundstrokes to serves, due to its open 16×19 string pattern.

It is a welcoming feature, especially on a control-oriented tennis racket that doesn’t deliver that much power on its own.

Spin Rate: 9.5 / 10

Comfort

The Wilson Blade 98 V8 is very comfortable and smooth to play with. It is highly maneuverable, does not produce excessive vibrations, and is considerably arm-friendly.

Comfort Rate: 8.8 / 10

Alternative Models to consider

Head Extreme TourHead’s direct competition to this model. They are very similar specs-wise, with Head’s model being slightly stifler. 

Yonex Ezone 98 – Slightly heavier and stifler than the Wilson Blade 98 V8.

Our Verdict

The Wilson Blade 98 is one of the best all-around tennis rackets and, quite frankly, one of the best tennis rackets on the market (our testers rated it in second place in our Wilson’s best tennis rackets article). It has virtually no construction flaws, appeals to a broad set of players, and allows you to efficiently play many types of shots. 

It tends to the control side, meaning you’ll have more precision with it than your typical tennis racket at the cost of some power. But you’ll have tons of natural spin to compensate for it.

Overall, it is a well-balanced tennis racket and a force to be reckoned with on any tennis court.

Overall Rate: 8.8  / 10

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