Sporting a slick color-shifting elastic finish, the Blade 98 (18x20) v8 commands attention with eye-catching design alongside elevated performance. While the exterior of the frame morphs between shades of green and copper, the interior of the frame features new FORTYFIVE° technology to increase flexibility and stability, yielding excellent feel for the modern, vertical swing path common in today's game. In addition, the carbon fiber handle extends to the end cap for enhanced feel and torsional stability, producing a frame that exceeds all expectations for the latest evolution of the most popular racket franchise on the pro tour.
FEATURES & BENEFITS:
Braided Graphite + Basalt - Elastic and reactive material combination improves the flex of a racket to increase ball contact with the strings for enhanced feel and greater control.
Parallel Drilling - Grommet construction provides a consistent, more forgiving string bed response while dramatically increasing the sweet spot.
Top Grip Taper - Tapered grip lends better feel for top-handed grip placement on two-handed backhand.
FORTYFIVE° - Patent-protected frame layup produces more connected-to-the-ball feel while better complementing the more modern, vertical swing path. Material increases both flexibility and stability without compromise through the swing.
DirectConnect - Carbon fiber handle extends to directly connect with end cap for improved feel and enhanced torsional stability.
String pattern (18x20) optimizes string durability and generates stiffer response for enhanced touch and precision
FORTYFIVE° increases flexibility and stability to produce a more connected-to-the-ball feel while better complementing the modern, vertical swing path used by most competitive players
DirectConnect extends the carbon fiber handle to connect directly to the end cap for improved feel and enhanced torsional stability
Dynamic, color-shifting elastic finish allows frame to morph between shades of green and copper
Top Grip Taper provides better feel for top-hand grip placement
Ergonomic End Cap yields improved comfort and playability
Braided Graphite + Basalt composition improves the flex of a racket to produce enhanced feel and control
Parallel Drilling provides a consistent, more forgiving string bed response
Head (sq cm) 632
Head (sq in) 98
Length (cm) 68.58
Length (in) 27
String Pattern 18X20
Strung balance (cm) 33
Strung balance (pts) -4
Strung weight (grams) 321
Strung weight (ounces) 11.32
Taper System (mm) 20.6
Unstrung balance (cm) 32
Unstrung balance (pts) -7
Unstrung weight (grams) 305
Unstrung weight (ounces) 10.7