The Wilson Blade 98 16×19 Countervail Racquet is a great example of why Wilson is revered so much in the tennis community. We expected a fantastic racquet due to the Wilson name, and we were still surprised by how this felt on the court.
The first thing that we noticed about this racquet was the muted feel of the racquet. That is something which most newcomers will be surprised by.
The Wilson Blade 98 16×19 Countervail Racquet is not just a normal racquet, it has been specially designed for a professional style of play, one that relies more on placement skills and reactions, instead of just bombastic shots.
It was, honestly, troubling in the beginning. There was a feeling of disconnect with the ball, because it didn’t seem to react the way we expected it to. Swinging it also felt a bit different from most racquets – instead of swishing wildly like most, the Wilson Blade 98 had a smoother, almost gliding quality to it.
Wilson Blade 98 16×19 Countervail Racquet
What this means is that the first time you practice with this racquet, you will not be playing naturally. We had heard rave reviews about this from other tennis reviewers, and we kept playing. After around thirty minutes of playing the racquet began to show its potential.
Once our minds were in sync with the racquet, and our moves became in tune with how the racquet itself was moving, the Wilson Blade 98 showed its true beauty. This is a racquet for confident players who want perfect placement on their shots.
When you shoot at first it seems that the shot didn’t go where it should. Soon you realize that what’s throwing you off is the racquets remarkable consistency. It may play a bit differently from other racquets, but it never plays differently from itself. The power of this racquet is a bit muted, but the things you get in exchange for the power are easily worth it.
You get spin and control which just cannot come from a racquet that flails wildly. We had multiple people try out the racquet and almost all of them mentioned how stable the Wilson Blade 98 16×19 Countervail Racquet was, compared to their own racquets.
The control also allows for some very impressive shots. Something like the backhand slice works like a charm, thanks to the way the racquet glides, and how easy it is to predict where it will fall and how it will affect the ball.
You may not be able to play amazingly with this immediately as you practice, but give it an hour or two and you’ll realize why Wilson is still considered the king when it comes to tennis. The Wilson Blade 98 16×19 Countervail Racquet is also fantastic for graceful ground strokes.