Introducing the Blade 100L V7.0! As the lightest model in the Blade family, this racket provides rising intermediates with a great entry point into the Blade franchise. In addition to giving you the traditional virtues of control and feel, this 285 gram racket packs some modern speed and spin. Compared to the Blade 98 16×19, the 100L is not only faster, it also has a thicker, stiffer and livelier beam. The upshot is easier access to pace along with a crisper, more solid feeling stringbed. As with the other members of the Blade family, this stick benefits from FeelFlex technology which uses Wilson’s proprietary Carbon Mapping to add torsional stability while also helping the racquet bend in ways that compliment the explosive mechanics of the modern game. This racket also features a longer grip taper at the top of the handle, making it ideal for players with two handed backhands. From the baseline, the Blade 100L V7.0 is a comfortably crisp point and shoot weapon. The near even balance helps keep the racket steady against bigger hitters, and there’s enough pace and spin available to play aggressive tennis. At net, the Blade 100L draws a nice compromise between speed and stability. It comes around with decent speed to deliver an impressively solid feel for its weight class. The mass in the head not only makes it easier to volley against higher levels of pace, it also helps when blocking back a big first serve. Intermediate players who want a user-friendly entry point into the control and feel of the Blade series should give this racket a serious look.