Wilson Blade 104 V7 Specs
Head Size: 104 in² / 671 cm²
Length: 27,5in / 69,9cm
Strung Weight: 306g / 10,8oz
Unstrung Weight: 290g/10,2oz
Balance: 32,99cm / 6 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
With the latest updates to the Blade range, Wilson has really hit the nail on the head for combining performance with comfort. With the Wilson Blade 104 V7 you’ve got the added luxury of a 104sq inch head, and a very manageable 290g unstrung weight.
This should make the Blade 104 extremely easy to play with, whilst still maintaining some of that high performance the Blades are known for. The Blade rackets are extremely popular, and for good reason, they’re great rackets that suit a variety of players. With the V7 versions, we do feel they have taken another jump forward, and we were eager to see how that affected the Blade 104.
The 104 square inch head makes this racket very accessible to beginner and intermediate players who want something that’s comfortable to play with but still gives them plenty of power and spin. While more advanced players might be better off looking at the Wilson Blade 98 V7, there’s still plenty this stick can do for a variety of players.
For this playtest, we strung the Blade 104 V7 with Wilson NXT at 50lbs, to add yet more comfort, to this stick.
At the tennisbros.com we’re already big fans of the Blade rackets, but would the Wilson Blade 104 V7 give us even more reason to love this racket range?
Groundstrokes – 8/10
This racket combines extended length with a slightly larger head which results in plenty of power and access to spin. The V7 updates have made this racket even more comfortable to play with, and as with all the Blades, it doesn’t do badly for control. This leaves you with a very good racket and one that works extremely well from the back of the court.
The word that comes to mind with this racket is effortless. Everything feels effortless, especially for an extended length racket, and if that’s what you like then this is a great stick to look at. I prefer something that’s geared a lot more towards control, so it took a bit of an adjustment period with the Blade 104, but with time I got the hang of things.
For me, the control isn’t quite there to play at more advanced levels, but for everyone else, this stick has pretty much everything you need. The ability to create controllable power on the stretch is one of the most impressive things about this racket, which means you can easily turn defence into attack and turn points around.
The V7 updates add extra comfort from the Countervail technology. We were very impressed with the Countervail racket, but with the V7’s Wilson has upped their game again. You get a really nice, plush contact with the ball, which is very easy on the joints, and allows you to play at 100% throughout long matches.
All in all, there’s not much to dislike about the Wilson Blade 104 V7 from the back of the court and plenty to help you play some good tennis. We gave it a great score of 8 out of 10 on the groundstrokes.
Volleys – 7/10
This was the area where I did miss some of the control of the Blade 98. While the 104 gives you a big target to hit, and good stability on contact, I felt I was missing that extra of control. For a 290g racket, this is to be expected though, and players who are used to this weight of racket should find they have what they need at the net.
Again, this racket offers great comfort, even when the ball is coming at you with lots of power on it. The strings absorb the power really well, meaning you don’t have any nasty shocks shooting through your joints.
The one area where I was particularly happy with the Blade 104 was when the ball was floated to me and I had to attack the ball and put it away. I was able to get great power and give my opponent no chance of getting to the ball – always a good thing!
The Wilson Blade 104 V7 does a pretty good job from the net, and that earned it a 7 out of 10.
Serve – 8/10
It’s always fun serving with an extended length racket. It might be a tiny difference, but for some reason, you feel like you’ve got more power, and you can hit closer to the net. Whether it’s psychological or not, we all found we were hitting some big serves with the Blade 104, and our consistency wasn’t bad either.
This meant we not only had good power and control on the first serve, but we were also able to back that up with consistent second serves. When you know you’ve got confidence on the second serve, it allows you to attack the first serve that little bit more and that was something we enjoyed with this stick.
The large spacing in between the strings helped us to generate good spin, which allowed us to hit with plenty of margin on the second serve, whilst still making it difficult for our opponents to attack.
Once again, we really enjoyed the performance of the Wilson Blade 104 V7 and gave it a strong score of 8 out of 10 for the serve.
Return – 7/10
Ah, the shot that often gets forgotten but is a hugely important part of your game, as our singles tactics guide shows.
The good thing with the Blade 104 here was that it’s pretty maneuverable for an extended length racket with a bigish head. This meant we could get the racket into position quickly and swing through without being too late on the strokes.
Again, we would perhaps have liked a little bit more control, but you do give up a little bit in this area to achieve the power, spin, and great comfort offered by this racket. Ultimately, this resulted in a pretty good returning experience, where we were able to harness our topspin to give ourselves plenty of margin for error.
When you’re playing with an uncomfortable racket, this is a shot where we find it really shows, but with the Blade 104 V7, you get nothing but comfort, and we really enjoyed our setup.
As this style of rackets goes, we thought the Blade did pretty well on the return and gave it a 7 out of 10.
Overall – 8/10
If I was looking for an extended length racket with a 104 sq inch head that has a little bit of everything, then I would certainly consider the Wilson Blade 104 V7. It combines easy playability, power, and access to spin nicely, whilst still giving you reasonable levels of control.
We particularly enjoyed groundstrokes and serves with this stick, where we were really able to make the most of the power and spin. The 104 V7 isn’t quite as good at the net, where we would have liked a little bit more control, but for beginner and intermediate levels, it does a reasonable job.
For players that want a little easier power and spin, without having to sacrifice on playability, we would say the Wilson Blade 104 V7 is a good option, and we gave it an 8 out of 10.
Review by: Will