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LubbockAg
05-30-2011, 08:20 AM
Been playing with an NPro Open for several years now. Thinking about trying the Blade. Biggest difference seems to be the string pattern. Thoughts? Which do you prefer? Other rackets I might consider?

10ACE
05-30-2011, 08:26 AM
Been playing with an NPro Open for several years now. Thinking about trying the Blade. Biggest difference seems to be the string pattern. Thoughts? Which do you prefer? Other rackets I might consider?

Personally I think going from 16X19 to a 18X20 is easier yhen the opposite. Adjustment for spin easier then control. That said- might try the radical- or something like the Donnay Xred or Dual Gold. I mention Donnay for I recently switched after many years and practically lifetime using 18X20 and now use 16X20-

TimothyO
05-30-2011, 09:12 AM
For a while I only played with 16s due to the conventional wisdom that spin is so much easier to generate. Then I tried 18x20 and found I can generate spin just fine but also get far more precision. Generating spin with 16 mains is easier but the question is at what cost in control and that's purely subjective. I still love my PB10 Mid (16 mains) but really enjoy the confident precision from my PSLGT (18 mains).

LeeD
05-30-2011, 09:56 AM
Agree with TimO....
Since the racket is going to be balanced and weighted, sized and framed differently, it's not purely string total that affects the transition.
Just remember to subtract tension and use smaller gauge strings when going to more strings, and the opposite when going to less strings.

alen_david
05-30-2011, 09:58 AM
Try a Radical. It won't disappoint. Don't be scared of not getting enough spin in an 18x20. After all spin is like 85% from your own form, probably 10% from string pattern, and 5% from textured/spin/thin gauge strings.

dadozen
05-30-2011, 10:02 AM
16x19 racquets give overall better access to spin, while 18x20 racquets give better directional control and more consistent responsiveness from the stringbed.

I used 16x18 and 16x19 racquets all my life, tried a 4D300Tour( 18x20 ) last year, went to a 4D100( 16x19 ) and now I'm coming back to a 18x20 racquet( Bio200 ).

Although I really like the 4D100, I feel like the 18x20 stringbed suits me better. Plus, I'll welcome a more forgiving racquet such as the BM200, compared to the 4D100.

rp42195
05-30-2011, 10:04 AM
I am playing with both string patterns but I favor the 18x20. The access to spin is little more technique demanding but when you get there is just fine. The added control pays off. Also, the string seems to retains its proprieties longer giving you extra autonomy.

galain
05-30-2011, 10:04 AM
Always preferred an 18x20 myself over the 16x19 pattern. I don't tend to rely on spin for control so the tighter pattern benefits me a lot more than the more open one. I will say, however, that 16x20 is a fantastic compromise between the two.

klementine79
05-30-2011, 01:46 PM
18x20... a wall.

16x19...a net.

best analogies i could come up with.

neverstopplaying
05-30-2011, 03:43 PM
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=371157&highlight=18x20

You'll find a lot a good info in this thread; seems like a fairly even split. IMO not all 18x20s offer same access to spin. Likewise, not all 16x18,19,20 offer same access to control.

I switched to the Donnay Platinum 99 18x20 - works for me.

LubbockAg
05-30-2011, 04:06 PM
Thanks for the feedback! I am going to give the Blade a try. Might try the Radical too as someone mentioned. I like that general weight range. Tried the Babolat Pure Drive several times. Don't like how it feels. Too stiff. By the way, I am a 4.0 level player that plays primarily doubles. Any other suggestions? Thanks again!

Spin-A-Lot
05-30-2011, 05:00 PM
I've used both string patterns and found the 18X20 provided more control for my game..generating spin wasn't a problem at all..I love my Dunlop AG16x18 but my Head i.Prestiges (both mid & midplus) gave me laser-like precision :)

Why don't you give any of the Prestige midpluses a try?