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With this update to the Blade 98 (18x20), Wilson adds another chapter to one of the game's classic player's racquets. Like the previous generation, this racquet combines an elegant and minimalist cosmetic with the same velvety paint finish that was originally launched with Federer's Pro Staff RF97 Autograph. Although Wilson has given this racquet a slightly more head light balance than its predecessor, it packs a higher swingweight, giving it a tad  more plow-through. In addition to its buttery 62RA flex, the Blade 98 (18x20) has FeelFlex technology, which uses Wilson's proprietary Carbon Mapping to add torsional stability while also helping the racquet bend in ways that compliment the modern swing path (think more spin and power). This racquet also features a longer grip taper at the top of the handle, which provides better hand positioning and more leverage for players with two-handed backhands. On groundstrokes, this racquet has the undeniably seductive feel that has attracted generations of Blade players. Although the 334-RDC swingweight is demanding, it pays dividends when redirecting the pace of a big hitting opponent or attempting to drive the ball through the court.  The 98 square inch head and tight 18x20 string pattern deliver a predictable and laser-like trajectory, making it very appealing to the big hitter who wants to keep more balls in play. On volleys, this racquet does not get pushed around, and there is more than enough touch to drop the ball on a dime. Aggressive servers who can get this stick moving fast will be able to hit some well-targeted flat bombs. On service returns, the high 330+ swingweight definitely helps keep the racquet steady on blocks, chips and counterpunches. Ultimately, with some impressive updates to the feel, this version of the Blade 98 (18x20) is a must demo for experienced players who want a traditional players racquet with outstanding control and feel. The high plow-through is a nice bonus.
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