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99%out
02-04-2012, 01:00 AM
I am a sponsored Wilson pro, and love the wilson blx pro open. I have had them since released year or so back, (imho the most overlooked stick in all of racquets). I Called wilson to order a couple of the existing ones, and to my surprise none in stock because of the "new 2012 Pro open. They said it has the larger port holes, I was a little upset to here this because I feel while it may increase the sweetspot it may be too powerful, any one able to get there hands on one yet and could explain the differences if any?

Fed6.1
02-04-2012, 04:29 AM
I am also really interested in this racquet and how it plays compared to a pure drive

BlakeAF
02-04-2012, 04:50 AM
Yeah i am not sure if they are trying to change it because the juice 100 has similar stats and they are pushing juice. I love juice pro, much more than pro tour, but the pro open is better than juice 100.

The new pro open i have seen priced at 159 instead of 189 which makes me feel more like they are phasing it out or something.

Here is a pic http://www.google.com/search?q=2012+blx+pro+open&tbm=isch&pbx=1&aq=f&oq=&aqi=-k0d0t0&fkt=968&fsdt=11122&cqt=&rst=&htf=&his=&maction=&site=images&gl=us&source=mog&csll=&action=&ltoken=ed5a3095&biw=320&bih=416&sei=VSktT6uqCcSftwfD5KH5Dw#i=6

Teski
02-04-2012, 08:17 AM
You can see it right here on TW:

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_BLX_Pro_Open/descpageRCWILSON-WPOB.html

BlakeAF
02-04-2012, 12:02 PM
I went to a Wilson demo today at PGA Tour Superstore and the Wilson rep had one of the 2012 Pro Opens. I spoke to him about it and he said it was exactly the same. I asked more about details like grommits, etc. and he said as far as he knew it was simply an updated paint job. Exact same technology, and maybe this is why it is at $159.99.

I got to hit with it, but the strings were NXT and a little worn, and we were hitting with a machine in a line of about 15 people at the back of the court (about 3 feet off the court) and the machine was going deep. Also there were a lot of pretty girls making me nervous haha. Anyways it felt the same. Felt real nice and smooth. I can imagine with my string setup it would be just like my 2011 Pro Open. It hit better than the Juice 100 to me.

I took a picture of the stats on the racket:

http://i43.tinypic.com/nl1v80.jpg

Chyeaah
02-04-2012, 01:55 PM
YES. lucky i got the old one the new one looks so bad.

Wait the new one is stiffer and lighter on TW? or is that just wilsons QC

Cup8489
02-04-2012, 03:06 PM
God, that is an ugly frame.

canuckfan
02-04-2012, 07:31 PM
BlakeAF, I see that the steam 100 was also at the demo. Did you hit with it, and if so, what did you think?

Seth
02-04-2012, 08:41 PM
God, that is an ugly frame.

It's like they tried to marry the BLX and nCode motifs and ended up with an inbred paintjob.

un6a
02-05-2012, 03:27 AM
God, that is an ugly frame.

90% of Wilson racquets looks ugly so no surprise here

BlakeAF
02-05-2012, 04:31 AM
BlakeAF, I see that the steam 100 was also at the demo. Did you hit with it, and if so, what did you think?

I didn't hit it at the demo, but I did demo it a few days before. The first two rackets I demo'd were the steam and juice 100 looking for a compliment to my pro open. At first I didn't like the steam because of paint and 27.25 length. The juice was more like the pro open. I didn't really like either more than my pro open.

Then I tried the juice pro and it was like magic with a new poly hybrid setup. I couldn't put it down. I found my weight lifting hitting partner could no longer push me around at net or with first serves, and while the pro tour felt uncomfortable this just felt right. IMO this is the most improved racket of 2012 from Wilson although I never hit with pro staffs before these demos.

After going back I could not enjoy the juice 100. It was too much power, and not as controlled as my pro open. Now that I was used to the 27.25 length of the juice pro (really only took 30 mins of hitting) I tried the steam again. This time it wasn't so bad, but I really only enjoyed serving and hitting long casual rallies. It was easy to hit with, great for an older guy I hit with, and more comfortable on 2 hand backhands with the added length. I got pushed around again, but once dialing it in I didn't dislike it as much.

I really enjoyed the pro staff 95, but found the juice pro to be more suited to m as a clear transition from the pro open. The pro staff 100 just baffled me. The 95 was extremely popular at the demo. I saw at least 6 people buy them and the three strongest players there picked them up and hogged them the whole time. They all imitated federer.

I bought the juice pro with alu power full bed @45 lbs. next most popular was juice 100 the. Steam 100.

The juice pro seems to be an under looked racket, but I can't recommend trying it enough especially to pro open players who might get pushed around a little or find a bit too much power. It was comparable to the new roddick, but felt better to me.

JackB1
02-05-2012, 09:11 AM
it doesn't appear to be exactly the same model as the last one. It is several points more stiff, which could add a little power. I really liked the BLX Pro Open and it was a close battle between it and the Becker DC Pro and I only took the Becker because it served better for me. If they upped the lower a little on the Pro Open, that might give me more power on my serves? Might be worth a try for me.

99%out
02-05-2012, 02:36 PM
How would you compare the Pro Open and the Juice?

BlakeAF
02-05-2012, 05:01 PM
How would you compare the Pro Open and the Juice?

Very similar, but the juice felt a bit more powerful and just a bit off in all categories. Very similar, but I liked the pro open better from everywhere on the court. I would say it was strings but I hit the pro open and juice 100 with equally mediocre strings. There was just something that clicked with the pro open and I feel just like the op about it. The juice pro has that same feel for me but with a different style racket. The new pro open has it too, and honestly it felt exactly the same to me as 2011. I felt right at home.

Summary I freaking love pro open 2011 and 2012 they just feel right, and I feel the same about the juice pro (96 in head, heavier) for a diff style. Juice and steam were solid but missed something for me.

99%out
02-06-2012, 07:28 PM
great to hear, I am the op, and a user of the Pro Open. I have always loved it from all aspects of the court. I also can't help but think if it was called the pure drive and the pure drive was called the pro open, the "pure drive" would be all over the courts...if that makes sense. People need to give this frame a chance, because it's better in every aspect of the game vs the pure drive. But people look at babolat and think they are better. (this is coming from a previous babolat sponsored player using the roddick) But am I correct in saying you think the original plays just like the 2012? My wilson rep told me it has the bigger grommets. But who knows. Maybe I should just stock up on the older PO's. Unfortunately have to pay for them. also what is your string experiences? 45lbs sounds kind of crazy low!

BlakeAF
02-07-2012, 06:06 AM
Yeah when I first started demo'ing the first racquets I got to demo were the Aero Pro and Pure Drive because they were so highly hyped and seemed like the cool kids racquets with local players. When I tried the Pro Open though it was love at first hit.

I have played the 2011 Pro Open with a full bed of synthetic gut @ 57 lbs, a hybrid wilson champions duo @ 54/58 lbs, a full bed of poly @ 54 and 45 lbs, and all setups felt great really. Something about this stick... More recently though my local pro has had me using full bed of poly at lower weights (45 lbs). It extends string life, elbow life, and in general plays great. If money or stringing inconvenience weren't issues I would always roll with the nice hybrid setup. Poly at low tensions seems to be getting more and more popular, and you can check out some blog posts @

http://ggtennis.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/the-definitive-guide-to-stringing-polys-and-co-polys/ (http://ggtennis.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/the-definitive-guide-to-stringing-polys-and-co-polys/)


http://ggtennis.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/the-definitive-guide-to-playing-with-low-tension-polys/ (http://ggtennis.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/the-definitive-guide-to-playing-with-low-tension-polys/)

It is a matter of preference really. I find the stick handles so well with whatever setup. When I hit the 2012 Pro Open it was stock nxt 16 that had been worn out already, but luckily the 2011 Pro Open they had the demo had equally worn out strings so I could compare them. They felt identical, and I felt right at home with the 2012.

I had read your post before I went to the demo and I specifically asked the rep about any changes, including grommits, and he said as far as he knew it was simply a new paint job and reduced price (159 vs 189). Honestly though, he may not have known as he was a bit of a salesman. All I know is it felt identical. The store is supposed to get some in early next week and they will string one up with a nice hybrid setup and they are going to call me when they come in so I will give it a try and see if I notice anything. I will try to get pictures of more details.

You can try the Juice 100, but it wasn't the same magical combination for me. The only new racquets I really enjoyed were the 2012 Pro Open and Juice Pro.

equinox
02-08-2012, 12:47 PM
A truly awful paintjob, makes my four npro opens look positively beautiful.

Buy 2011 model. 2012 is an unacceptable paintjob.

bowchikawow
02-08-2012, 01:56 PM
Haha that is the ugliest looking racket I have ever seen. Nice contrast with the crisp new BLX Pro Staff frames..even they are not that nice either.
If feli Lopez has to use this frame, I wonder is Judy will still be able to look at him.

SFrazeur
02-08-2012, 10:42 PM
Looks like the "Open" replaced the "Surge" and the "Juice" is replacing the "Open" in it's high tier status.

-SF

Power Player
02-09-2012, 09:20 PM
Jack, do you mod ur beckers or pro opens when you had them?

I feel like this could be a slept on frame for sure. Not so stiff, wilson grip shape, and more control than a pd.

JackB1
02-10-2012, 10:43 AM
Jack, do you mod ur beckers or pro opens when you had them?

I feel like this could be a slept on frame for sure. Not so stiff, wilson grip shape, and more control than a pd.

I add 4 grams to hoop and 2 to handle for my Becker's. I didn't feel the need to add weight to the Pro Open but it could use a little. Neither frames require lead, its just personal preference.

Limpinhitter
02-10-2012, 11:02 AM
Yeah i am not sure if they are trying to change it because the juice 100 has similar stats and they are pushing juice. I love juice pro, much more than pro tour, but the pro open is better than juice 100.

The new pro open i have seen priced at 159 instead of 189 which makes me feel more like they are phasing it out or something.

Here is a pic http://www.google.com/search?q=2012+blx+pro+open&tbm=isch&pbx=1&aq=f&oq=&aqi=-k0d0t0&fkt=968&fsdt=11122&cqt=&rst=&htf=&his=&maction=&site=images&gl=us&source=mog&csll=&action=&ltoken=ed5a3095&biw=320&bih=416&sei=VSktT6uqCcSftwfD5KH5Dw#i=6

The Pro Tour was a complete dog! Did Wilson discontinue it yet? The Pro Open is a very good frame. Wilson's answer to the PD with a bit less power. I haven't tried the new PO, but, if it's more powerful, then I don't see a distinction from the PD.

Power Player
02-10-2012, 11:05 AM
I add 4 grams to hoop and 2 to handle for my Becker's. I didn't feel the need to add weight to the Pro Open but it could use a little. Neither frames require lead, its just personal preference.

Very cool. I am going to give one a run since they are so inexpensive. Such a slept on stick, but as Limpin just said it is supposed to be like a PD, but much more comfortable.

BlakeAF
02-10-2012, 12:53 PM
The Pro Tour was a complete dog! Did Wilson discontinue it yet? The Pro Open is a very good frame. Wilson's answer to the PD with a bit less power. I haven't tried the new PO, but, if it's more powerful, then I don't see a distinction from the PD.

Yeah I really didn't like it, and yes it is discontinued. The only Pro racquet coming back is the Pro Open. The Juice Pro is sooo much better than the Pro Tour. I mean really the most improved racquet for Wilson imo. I felt like the new PO played the same as the old PO. A great racquet for sure. If you like the old paint better though no reason to switch.

Power Player
02-10-2012, 12:54 PM
Yeah I really didn't like it, and yes it is discontinued. The only Pro racquet coming back is the Pro Open. The Juice Pro is sooo much better than the Pro Tour. I mean really the most improved racquet for Wilson imo. I felt like the new PO played the same as the old PO. A great racquet for sure. If you like the old paint better though no reason to switch.

cool. I bought an old PJ and if I like it Im just going to continue to do that.

BlakeAF
02-10-2012, 12:55 PM
Also I may be the only one, but I love the Juice Pro paint job. Something about it strung up with grey ALU power makes me smile. One of my favorite racquets ever. I don't get the same feeling from the Juice 100 though because of how big the frame is. Weird I know, but I don't like the Pro Open 11 or 12 paint job all that much. Never really liked a black/yellow combo.

JackB1
02-10-2012, 01:08 PM
Very cool. I am going to give one a run since they are so inexpensive. Such a slept on stick, but as Limpin just said it is supposed to be like a PD, but much more comfortable.

The DC Pro is one of the most underrated racquets around here IMO. Everyone that I let try it always wants one.

Power Player
02-10-2012, 01:31 PM
Yeah I bet. It looks like it is nice. I am just so into the Wilsons grip shape..ease of stringing..the feel..etc. I just am pretty much sticking with a 6.1 and a pro open to see what I like more.

jbTennissee
02-11-2012, 09:21 AM
Wilson's marketing is strange as usual. Why did they need to update from the 2011 BLX Pro Open? I have two and luuvvvvv them, just ideal for my 3.5-4.0 all-court game.

I had used K Tour until a year ago, the Pro Open is much more forgiving (not that the K Tour is overly demanding, still a very good racquet), just makes it easier to hit quality shots. I definitely like the moderately head-light balance of the Pro Open, to me it means you can swing with good racquet speed and acceleration without worrying too much about driving it long.

BLX Pro Open with 4 g lead tape under grip, to make it 4.0 pts HL
VS Touch 15L mains 60 Lbs / WC Black5Edge crosses 52 Lbs
Try it you'll like it!

Power Player
02-14-2012, 06:10 AM
Im playing it stock right now. Great racquet..awesome feel. I think this thing feels better than a babolat tweener by far. The control is better, and it is easier to keep the ball in consistently.

While it is very light compared to my 6.1s, I have not modded it yet. I think the beauty of the racquet is that it hits a pretty big ball at such a light weight. Anyway, I will tinker with that over time and figure it out.

This is a very slept on stick. I'd put it in PK 7G territory almost.

TimothyO
02-28-2012, 01:11 PM
Any arm issues with the Pro Open 2012? My wife and 10 y.o. are trying it now and both love it. My wife's family has weird joints incapable of aging or damage...their joints are made from rubber. No worries there.

With a 72 flex I'm worried about my son adopting it. Should I be concerned? I must admit that when I fooled around with it I didn't feel a flex of 72...the demo is strung with NXT 17 and feels good. I noticed the throat is thinner than the hoop so maybe that rating isn't the whole story?

It's not my cup-o-tea but it felt so forgiving it seems perfect for my son who really enjoys it.

TimothyO
02-28-2012, 01:14 PM
Im playing it stock right now. Great racquet.. I think the beauty of the racquet is that it hits a pretty big ball at such a light weight. Anyway, I will tinker with that over time and figure it out.

This is a very slept on stick. I'd put it in PK 7G territory almost.

Very true! I picked it as a demo for my wife purely on the basis of TW's data...very high twistweigt and plow for its relatively low static and swingweights. And it's still HL!

Power Player
02-28-2012, 01:22 PM
Any arm issues with the Pro Open 2012? My wife and 10 y.o. are trying it now and both love it. My wife's family has weird joints incapable of aging or damage...their joints are made from rubber. No worries there.

With a 72 flex I'm worried about my son adopting it. Should I be concerned? I must admit that when I fooled around with it I didn't feel a flex of 72...the demo is strung with NXT 17 and feels good. I noticed the throat is thinner than the hoop so maybe that rating isn't the whole story?

It's not my cup-o-tea but it felt so forgiving it seems perfect for my son who really enjoys it.

It's not a 72 flex, it's listed at 68..its actually the same stick as the prior release, so it's more like 66 in flex.

anyway, it has been very very easy on my arm..no issues there so far at all. I am trying full poly and also full RIP control to see which I prefer. I have gut poly in my 2nd one..awesome power and spin, but I don't need gut in this stick because it is so comfortable and powerful. this stick plays unreal with a more controlled string setup, which is why the RIP is so killer in it.

I ended up putting some lead at 12 and on the handle to get it around 330 grams. Still very light but it now hits even bigger.

athleticstennis
02-28-2012, 02:27 PM
Timothy,

I also think is very comfortable frame. As long as you don't put very stiff polys I don't see any problem in the racquet. The racquet allowed me to play a lot like from 14 to 17-18 years old, and I still love it. The BLX is still much more comfortable than the back ncode that I used.

li0scc0
02-28-2012, 03:05 PM
My $0.02.
I hated it. Demo'd it over the weekend, and didn't like it at all.

Here is what I liked: Looks are better than the previous version. That's all I liked.
Here is what I didn't like: Feel. Horribly boardy and stiff feeling, and no ball feel. Power was less than a Pure Drive. Feel was less than a Pure Drive. Control was less than a Pure Drive.

Perhaps the string and tension played a part in it...it was a basic 16 gauge synthetic strung a tad too high for my tastes, but I have hit with a Pure Drive with the same tension and there is no comparison.

Of racquets in this range, my top choice would be Yonex or Tecnifibre, with Babolat and Gamma close behind. My bottom choice is the Wilson Pro Open.

If you can modify with lead, I would far more recommend the Wilson Pro Staff 100...nice racquet. Or the Juice 100...a FINE racquet. I thought the Steam with some lead was very nice as well.

etd
02-28-2012, 03:16 PM
If you want a racquet with a little more flex and touch, try out the new Wilson BLX 6.1 Team. It is a huge improvement over the previous version.

Power Player
02-28-2012, 09:36 PM
My $0.02.
I hated it. Demo'd it over the weekend, and didn't like it at all.

Here is what I liked: Looks are better than the previous version. That's all I liked.
Here is what I didn't like: Feel. Horribly boardy and stiff feeling, and no ball feel. Power was less than a Pure Drive. Feel was less than a Pure Drive. Control was less than a Pure Drive.

Perhaps the string and tension played a part in it...it was a basic 16 gauge synthetic strung a tad too high for my tastes, but I have hit with a Pure Drive with the same tension and there is no comparison.

Of racquets in this range, my top choice would be Yonex or Tecnifibre, with Babolat and Gamma close behind. My bottom choice is the Wilson Pro Open.

If you can modify with lead, I would far more recommend the Wilson Pro Staff 100...nice racquet. Or the Juice 100...a FINE racquet. I thought the Steam with some lead was very nice as well.

You are the first to say that so maybe the string was just that bad. I don't get it, but that was definitley not my experience.

Its just not a stiff or boardy racquet at all..has tons of ball feel for me. I don't know, but I have so far had a complete opposite experience luckily..lol.


Btw, I saw the 2012 pjs in person and expected to be hating on the paint, but it looks very good in person. Basically if you like the APDCgt paint job, this is the same vibe. Definitley not as hideous as you would think...but that is usually how it is.

Recoveringhobo
02-28-2012, 10:12 PM
I demoed a 2009 BLX Pro Open after hearing your (PP) rave reviews on the racquet. I could not get in a groove with the racquet. Yes, it was softer and less powerful than a Pure Drive but I didn't experience the more feel that everyone talks about. Part of the problem may have been that I demoed it next to a 2012 Pure Drive Roddick which easily blew it out of the park. The PDR did everything a little better for me than the Pro Open. It didn't have any of the hollowness that the Pro Open had.

Take my review with a grain of salt, though. I am probably not the intended user base for the Pro Open as my racquets of choice for the past few years have been Dunlop 200s and Pure Storm Tours.

Power Player
02-28-2012, 10:17 PM
Yes defintley a different feel when you go up an ounce in weight like that too.

The pro open felt solid in stock form for me, but I have leaded mine just a little and it changes the stick a little. It always has felt solid to me and never hollow though.

Coming from ur background You most likely prefer a heavier stick and would probably need the POpen leaded to your specs to really be into it.

Great screen name by the way..lol.

TimothyO
02-29-2012, 04:03 AM
Yes defintley a different feel when you go up an ounce in weight like that too.

The pro open felt solid in stock form for me, but I have leaded mine just a little and it changes the stick a little. It always has felt solid to me and never hollow though.

Coming from ur background You most likely prefer a heavier stick and would probably need the POpen leaded to your specs to really be into it.

Great screen name by the way..lol.

My frame of choice is modded to about 12 ounces which I really enjoy but I agree with PP...in spite of its lower weight the BLX Open feels very solid to me. Very stable too.

Re: the 72 flex... I got that from TW's OTHER frame database...the TWU racquet finder DB. It shows the Juice 108 and 2012 Open as having a flex of 72. Again, it didn't feel like that at all. I've tried a friend's Pure Drive and it felt like a frying pan. The Open felt very comfortable, at least for the brief time I hit with it. It also shows the previous Open with a lower flex so maybe that would work too since it's probably available at a lower cost.

If we buy it for my wife and son it would be strung with gut mains and a soft co-poly cross.

Power Player
02-29-2012, 06:35 AM
I have pacific classic and MSV hex in one and it is SOFT. I'd string the gut higher then you would think..I did it at 60#s and 55#s on the MSV and the thing is still super powered..tons of spin. I had b5e/nvy in the other and the power difference is big time..I can't go back and forth between the 2 sticks without an adjustment.

Just can't agree with the prior review that there is less control and feel than a Pure Drive. I am not sure how that is even possible to be honest. The control on this stick is awesome for being a tweener. The feel is also very very good.

Regardless if I can track down a new Pure Drive at some point I will give it a run next to my Pro Opens. Maybe something changed..who the heck knows. I played the last version of the GT and there is no way it is as solid as the Pro Open.

Power Player
02-29-2012, 11:11 AM
Ok update, I got a demo of the new PD and PD+.

I like to have the best racquet for my game too (and most comfortable) so I will give you folks my honest comparison after a few days of hitting with all 3 sticks.

TimothyO
02-29-2012, 11:13 AM
I'm very curious about your perceptions on the relative power levels and control. When I saw comparisons between the PD and the Pro Open I was a little surprised.

While more powerful than my frame I didn't see the Pro Open nearly as powerful as the PD. The Pro Open also seemed more control oriented. They seem like very different frames.

Power Player
02-29-2012, 11:56 AM
I'm very curious about your perceptions on the relative power levels and control. When I saw comparisons between the PD and the Pro Open I was a little surprised.

While more powerful than my frame I didn't see the Pro Open nearly as powerful as the PD. The Pro Open also seemed more control oriented. They seem like very different frames.

They could be. I have to have them all next to me and hit. The control of the Pro Open is killer though. So nice. I'm not sure how big I need a racquet to hit, so this too will be a test. But honestly, the Pro Open with a little lead packs a serious punch. It will be fun to compare them and hopefully help some people here that can't demo make a decision.

li0scc0
02-29-2012, 05:22 PM
Ok update, I got a demo of the new PD and PD+.

I like to have the best racquet for my game too (and most comfortable) so I will give you folks my honest comparison after a few days of hitting with all 3 sticks.

Make sure they are strung the same. Honestly, that could have been a huge contributor to my dislike of the Wilson BLX Pro Open. May be a string sensitive racquet...many are!

Recoveringhobo
02-29-2012, 06:02 PM
Same. It could have been the strings that TW put on the racquet. They seemed pretty dead and lifeless by the time I got to the racquet. Maybe tweeners are just not for me.

Power Player
02-29-2012, 06:25 PM
Make sure they are strung the same. Honestly, that could have been a huge contributor to my dislike of the Wilson BLX Pro Open. May be a string sensitive racquet...many are!

I hit with the new pure drive tonight.

It has a crisper feel to it than the pro open. I could honestly use either one..they play very similar. The pro open is safer on the arm though..but man they played a lot alike. Pure drive does have a little more power I think..

Such a tough call..I'm going to string up a pd+ with rip control which is what I use in the pro open..same tension..everything. Then I will be able to give more detail.

li0scc0
03-01-2012, 12:56 PM
Power Player, I like that you hit with both at the same time. I am afraid I have never done that, so my comparison is solely based on memory, and memory is a wee bit faulty (at least mine is). Keep us up to date!

TimothyO
03-01-2012, 02:25 PM
I hit with my wife's Pro Open and Pure Drive Roddick demos this afternoon (both 2012 editions). Both were nearly freshly strung with NXT 17 at mid-tension.

On serves it was no contest, I strongly preferred the PDR. Amazing power while the Pro Open felt sort of wispy.

On ground strokes I strongly preferred the Pro Open. For some reason I was able to generate monster topspin with the PO while the PDR was more stingy in the spin department. The PO also felt more precise.

I noticed the PDR has that classic Babolat string pattern...dense in the middle. The PO was closer to my 300 being more evenly spaced.

athleticstennis
03-01-2012, 05:34 PM
Nice Review Timothy.

How did you find the comfort of the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick?

The Baseline
03-03-2012, 11:26 AM
I am also really interested in this racquet and how it plays compared to a pure drive

Its way better. It serves better and feels stiffer thus more control. To me the Wilson BLX Pro Open is the most underrated racquet in recent memory.

TimothyO
03-03-2012, 03:39 PM
Nice Review Timothy.

How did you find the comfort of the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick?

No issues. And my arm is sensitive. However, it was just a couple of sessions. Over long use, no idea.

Power Player
03-03-2012, 03:48 PM
Its way better. It serves better and feels stiffer thus more control. To me the Wilson BLX Pro Open is the most underrated racquet in recent memory.

They need to make an extended one!

TimothyO
03-03-2012, 03:56 PM
Its way better. It serves better and feels stiffer thus more control. To me the Wilson BLX Pro Open is the most underrated racquet in recent memory.

After watching my wife and 10 year old hit with the Pro Open 2012 last night I have a new found respect for Wilson.

My son has VERY limited formal tennis training but loves to hit. He is so freakin consistent with this thing it's scary. He can sustain rallies in casual back and forth hitting as well as, or better than, low level adults. If you put the ball anywhere near him at a reasonable level for his height it's coming back with pace and depth, fore or backhand. But he can even get back shots stretching and on the run. It's very stable in such situations.

My wife used the demo in a doubles playoff match today and won handily (we dried the court this morning...an epic effort to avoid having her play during the week). Very few unforced errors on her part. She's no racketholic and will play with anything. She's also very frugal but even she absolutely wants to buy a Pro Open...immediately. She's very consistent but precision placement has never been a strength for her. She needs a big target. With the Pro Open she's nearly as precise as I am. And she says the feeling is effortless.

Now, against heavy balls, it does get pushed around a bit. For grins I fired off some heavy topspin cannonballs at her and the frame was deflected by the impact. While AMAZINGLY stable against the shots she sees in 3.0/3.5/B-level ladies and mixed doubles I'm not sure the 11.1 oz is enough for something like mens 3.5/4.0 singles. Nothing some lead in the handle and a heavier grip couldn't fix.

We're definitely buying two this week for my wife and son. This is the most impressive frame I've ever seen off the shelf for this level of play.

getsby
04-18-2012, 04:58 PM
TimothyO, you can compare the new (2012) Pro Open with the previous version?
For me, it does not matter a slight difference between these two versions of the weight, but the two extra stiffness points give reason to think

drak
04-18-2012, 05:41 PM
Interesting thread and comments about under appreciated frames. I have been playing sparingly all winter as I have hit the slopes hard 9 (50 days) but in Jan I picked up a used BLX Blade 98 (2011 version I believe), it's got crappy old Poly in it (from before I bot it) and I still love how this racket plays when I do play, simply solid all around, great control and feel on groundies and volleys, solid serve and good return. I'll be interested to see how it plays when I get my stringer fixed and can get a better sting job in there.

Drak

Readers
04-18-2012, 08:27 PM
it doesn't appear to be exactly the same model as the last one. It is several points more stiff, which could add a little power. I really liked the BLX Pro Open and it was a close battle between it and the Becker DC Pro and I only took the Becker because it served better for me. If they upped the lower a little on the Pro Open, that might give me more power on my serves? Might be worth a try for me.

A side question, how many frame as you gone though after the Becker? :twisted:

ptb5021
04-18-2012, 08:37 PM
Just gotta add my comment:
Serving is a dream with the BLX Pro Open

Federerkblade
06-12-2012, 05:47 AM
Tim hi,

how is your son and wife getting on with the blx pro open 2012 version.

did you do any modifications ?

did you receive the racquets similar in weight balance or were they off.

Im looking at this racquet as the pure drive is too harsh on my elbow with a poly


After watching my wife and 10 year old hit with the Pro Open 2012 last night I have a new found respect for Wilson.

My son has VERY limited formal tennis training but loves to hit. He is so freakin consistent with this thing it's scary. He can sustain rallies in casual back and forth hitting as well as, or better than, low level adults. If you put the ball anywhere near him at a reasonable level for his height it's coming back with pace and depth, fore or backhand. But he can even get back shots stretching and on the run. It's very stable in such situations.

My wife used the demo in a doubles playoff match today and won handily (we dried the court this morning...an epic effort to avoid having her play during the week). Very few unforced errors on her part. She's no racketholic and will play with anything. She's also very frugal but even she absolutely wants to buy a Pro Open...immediately. She's very consistent but precision placement has never been a strength for her. She needs a big target. With the Pro Open she's nearly as precise as I am. And she says the feeling is effortless.

Now, against heavy balls, it does get pushed around a bit. For grins I fired off some heavy topspin cannonballs at her and the frame was deflected by the impact. While AMAZINGLY stable against the shots she sees in 3.0/3.5/B-level ladies and mixed doubles I'm not sure the 11.1 oz is enough for something like mens 3.5/4.0 singles. Nothing some lead in the handle and a heavier grip couldn't fix.

We're definitely buying two this week for my wife and son. This is the most impressive frame I've ever seen off the shelf for this level of play.

BC1
06-12-2012, 08:11 AM
The pro open is a great option. It has a more solid feel then the pd and is imo the perfect stifness. Though it is definitely not a flexy racquet it seems arm friendly. I have older poly in mine and I've been hitting with it for a few weeks with no problems at all. Getting it restrung soon though. I switch back and forth between it and the pd2012.

Federerkblade
06-12-2012, 08:14 AM
great as iv just ordered a matched pair grip 2 with tour bite 50lbs and power poly and power synthetic 47/48lbs

BC1
06-12-2012, 08:16 AM
great as iv just ordered a matched pair grip 2 with tour bite 50lbs and power poly and power synthetic 47/48lbs

Nice. Good set-ups. Should be comfy and powerful at those tensions.

JackB1
06-12-2012, 09:07 AM
The pro open is a great option. It has a more solid feel then the pd and is imo the perfect stifness. Though it is definitely not a flexy racquet it seems arm friendly. I have older poly in mine and I've been hitting with it for a few weeks with no problems at all. Getting it restrung soon though. I switch back and forth between it and the pd2012.

Got to disagree a bit here BC. I think the PD12 feels more solid to me than the Pro Open. The Open feels more flimsy to me, where the PD12 feels more stable. I agree with the rest though and it is a great stick. Its a racquet that any 3.5-4.0 could use with no problem.

Federerkblade
06-12-2012, 09:35 AM
hmm im a 4.5 ... im sure some lead could sort out any flimsyness , as long as my arm doesnt hurt im happy

BC1
06-12-2012, 10:00 AM
Got to disagree a bit here BC. I think the PD12 feels more solid to me than the Pro Open. The Open feels more flimsy to me, where the PD12 feels more stable. I agree with the rest though and it is a great stick. Its a racquet that any 3.5-4.0 could use with no problem.

Jack, maybe we're not in total dissagrement. I guess it all depends on how you define "solid". The pd is more stable and feels like it has more mass behind the ball, and it is better on off center hits. So yes that is a form of "solid" and I agree with Jack, the PD wins here. But I was referring to the other aspect of "solid", to me the pro open feels less hollow and has more "feel", not as muted, and has a more solid sound when hitting. To me it doesn't have that hollow feeling or sound that I sometimes get with the pd.

Federerkblade
06-12-2012, 10:02 AM
Hi BC1

where and how much lead tape would you put on the pro open to solve what you have described

Jack, maybe we're not in total dissagrement. I guess it all depends on how you define "solid". The pd is more stable and feels like it has more mass behind the ball, and it is better on off center hits. So yes that is a form of "solid" and I agree with Jack, the PD wins here. But I was referring to the other aspect of "solid", to me the pro open feels less hollow and has more "feel", not as muted, and has a more solid sound when hitting. To me it doesn't have that hollow feeling or sound that I sometimes get with the pd.

BC1
06-12-2012, 10:03 AM
hmm im a 4.5 ... im sure some lead could sort out any flimsyness , as long as my arm doesnt hurt im happy

I don't think you will find it "flimsy", but yes, if you are hitting against 4.5s some lead may be necessary.

JackB1
06-12-2012, 10:10 AM
Jack, maybe we're not in total dissagrement. I guess it all depends on how you define "solid". The pd is more stable and feels like it has more mass behind the ball, and it is better on off center hits. So yes that is a form of "solid" and I agree with Jack, the PD wins here. But I was referring to the other aspect of "solid", to me the pro open feels less hollow and has more "feel", not as muted, and has a more solid sound when hitting. To me it doesn't have that hollow feeling or sound that I sometimes get with the pd.

OK we agree then :-)

I never really get that "hollow" feeling from my PD12.

BC1
06-12-2012, 10:18 AM
OK we agree then :-)

I never really get that "hollow" feeling from my PD12.

p.s. I refuse to go back to your PD12 thread until that clown takes
those comments off his signature. How is it a sincere apology when you have a
sig. That says otherwise???

I will see what I can do.
Maybe he will agree to it if you agree to drop the "clown" reference :). lol.

The "hollow" feeling has a lot to do with the string set-up. Do you use a dampner? just curious.

BC1
06-12-2012, 10:21 AM
Hi BC1

where and how much lead tape would you put on the pro open to solve what you have described

I'm no lead expert, others here are, and I never had the need to lead up the pro open. But, I think a little at 3 and 9 should do the trick, IF you find you need it. They always say start with a little (2 grams) on each side, and go up in small increments as needed.

JackB1
06-12-2012, 10:40 AM
That "hollow" feeling has a lot to do with the string set-up. Do you use a dampner? just curious.

Yes I always use a dampener...usually the Sampras O.
I hate that pingy sound you get without one.

JackB1
06-12-2012, 10:48 AM
I'm no lead expert, others here are, and I never had the need to lead up the pro open. But, I think a little at 3 and 9 should do the trick, IF you find you need it. They always say start with a little (2 grams) on each side, and go up in small increments as needed.

BC you really should try one of the new Donnay sticks with the Xenecore. The frames are literally solid and filled with some kind of material and you don't get a hint of hollow-ness. The Pro One 97 or the Formula 100 both have it. I prefer the Pro One myself.

BC1
06-12-2012, 11:49 AM
BC you really should try one of the new Donnay sticks with the Xenecore. The frames are literally solid and filled with some kind of material and you don't get a hint of hollow-ness. The Pro One 97 or the Formula 100 both have it. I prefer the Pro One myself.

I've been eyeing them. But I got so many racquets I'm still considering it's beyond ridiculous already. Downright silly. For the past month I've been way out of control with the racquet thing, and my game is starting to suffer I've been switching and demoing so much. I'm going to force myself to put a stop to it. Maybe today. I got two matches (for fun) set-up later this afternoon, and got 5 sticks in the bag. Right now I'm still falling back on the pd and pro open and I have a feeling the pd is going to be it. I most likely will just start tweaking it with different string set-ups. However, I've learned to never say never, especially when it comes to racquets. I would love to get my hands on one of the Donnays. The formula one seems a little more what I'm leaning towards spec wise. The pro one might be slightly higher then what I want static weight and in sw.

If I were to pic my perfect specs I think I've narrowed it down to: Static Weight 11.2-11.5 loaded (strung with overgrip and dampner), SW 315-320, 3-4 pts hl, and a beam between 22mm-24mm. Flex of 66-70. Any suggestions?

Actually 4-5 pts hl (with overgrip), and 16x19 string pattern.

JackB1
06-12-2012, 12:13 PM
I've been eyeing them. But I got so many racquets I'm still considering it's beyond ridiculous already. Downright silly. For the past month I've been way out of control with the racquet thing, and my game is starting to suffer I've been switching and demoing so much. I'm going to force myself to put a stop to it. Maybe today. I got two matches (for fun) set-up later this afternoon, and got 5 sticks in the bag. Right now I'm still falling back on the pd and pro open and I have a feeling the pd is going to be it. I most likely will just start tweaking it with different string set-ups. However, I've learned to never say never, especially when it comes to racquets. I would love to get my hands on one of the Donnays. The formula one seems a little more what I'm leaning towards spec wise. The pro one might be slightly higher then what I want static weight and in sw.

If I were to pic my perfect specs I think I've narrowed it down to: Static Weight 11.2-11.5 loaded (strung with overgrip and dampner), SW 315-320, 3-4 pts hl, and a beam between 22mm-24mm. Flex of 66-70. Any suggestions?

Actually 4-5 pts hl (with overgrip), and 16x19 string pattern.
those are almost EXACTLY my preferred specs as well :-)

BC1
06-12-2012, 12:18 PM
those are almost EXACTLY my preferred specs as well :-)

Yes, I think 75% of the population could probably do well with those specs, at least those in 3.5-4.5 level. That is sort of the reason I made an attempt to start that new thread I did today. Which was probably not necessary. Oh well, too late to retract it now.

So, with those being your specs, I have to ask. Is the pd still your choice, or are you shifting to the pro one?

Federerkblade
06-16-2012, 09:22 AM
Quick question i agree with timothy, will lead in the handle sort this or on the throat as i feel its the throat that lacks weight???or at 9 and 3

Now, against heavy balls, it does get pushed around a bit. For grins I fired off some heavy topspin cannonballs at her and the frame was deflected by the impact. While AMAZINGLY stable against the shots she sees in 3.0/3.5/B-level ladies and mixed doubles I'm not sure the 11.1 oz is enough for something like mens 3.5/4.0 singles. Nothing some lead in the handle and a heavier grip couldn't fix.

Federerkblade
06-16-2012, 09:23 AM
it is slightly flimsy againts 4.5 plus and harder hit balls. interestingly stringers world review recommended lead on thr throat but im confused

BC1
06-16-2012, 09:38 AM
it is slightly flimsy againts 4.5 plus and harder hit balls. interestingly stringers world review recommended lead on thr throat but im confused

Lead on the throat should give it more "plow through" and will increase thd mass/weight of the racquet without altering the balance.

Federerkblade
06-16-2012, 09:44 AM
Lead on the throat should give it more "plow through" and will increase thd mass/weight of the racquet without altering the balance.

guessing it should also make it slightly less flimsy against the 4.5 players , anyone 3.5 and below i dont think it needs customizing.

How much lead should i put inside the throat. i was going to start with 2 inches on either side which is 1g or is that not enough.?

the racquet seems to flex on backhands and fast serves and twist slightly.

overall an amazing racquet

JackB1
06-16-2012, 03:13 PM
Yes, I think 75% of the population could probably do well with those specs, at least those in 3.5-4.5 level. That is sort of the reason I made an attempt to start that new thread I did today. Which was probably not necessary. Oh well, too late to retract it now.

So, with those being your specs, I have to ask. Is the pd still your choice, or are you shifting to the pro one?

Probably shifting to the Pro One.

BC1
06-17-2012, 04:21 AM
Very good. Haven't tried it yet. I personally am at the point where I am about to ditch this whole new racquet idea and just go back to the pd. I have tried numerous racquets over the past two months and even though at times one seems to shine over the other, when it comes tight down to it the pd, pro open, and possibly even the apd (your typical power tweeners) seem the best for me. I really wanted to get out of this class, and I know I can play with anything almost as well, but looking at immediate results and gratification I think the pd2012 is going to remain my main stick (for now). I will probably sell a couple of the others buy another pd and just start focusing on my string setups and my game.

The main reason I think I am going with the pd over the others is serve. For me, there is no better serving racquet and I enjoy the free point and easy service games that I get with the pd. It makes a huge difference in the match outcome and in my confidence level. The po and apd are very close though in all other areas and I prefer some of their qualities over the pd. I could probably be just as happy with either. Trying the pd again today in a tough match. I will know more later.

Federerkblade
06-17-2012, 05:18 AM
BC1 . I have both now and i dont know why but it seems the sweetspot is bigger on the pd but it may because i have it strung it tour bite 1.30 full bed at 50lbs.

Do you feel the same or am i being silly

I think the pro open is a great serving stick

any ideas what i can cross the tour bite with to open the sweetspot with and what tension

JackB1
06-17-2012, 10:34 AM
Very good. Haven't tried it yet. I personally am at the point where I am about to ditch this whole new racquet idea and just go back to the pd. I have tried numerous racquets over the past two months and even though at times one seems to shine over the other, when it comes tight down to it the pd, pro open, and possibly even the apd (your typical power tweeners) seem the best for me. I really wanted to get out of this class, and I know I can play with anything almost as well, but looking at immediate results and gratification I think the pd2012 is going to remain my main stick (for now). I will probably sell a couple of the others buy another pd and just start focusing on my string setups and my game.

The main reason I think I am going with the pd over the others is serve. For me, there is no better serving racquet and I enjoy the free point and easy service games that I get with the pd. It makes a huge difference in the match outcome and in my confidence level. The po and apd are very close though in all other areas and I prefer some of their qualities over the pd. I could probably be just as happy with either. Trying the pd again today in a tough match. I will know more later.

Actually I think I may be with you in just staying with the PD12 and experimenting with lead and string setups. I played with it again today and
it really does a good job of keeping me in the point. It does everything pretty well and the rest is on me. I can use the Pro One about equally as well, but there is no point in switching other than to switch. I started to get some stability and consistency with the PD and there is no need to start that whole process over again with the Pro One. So I will be sticking with the PD12 for now and will try adding a little more leadtape to it. I do enjoy the extra plowthru of the Pro One or the Rad Pro, but it does up the difficulty a little.

BobStar
06-17-2012, 11:35 AM
JackB1: just curious, which rackets did u own the last 2 years?

BC1
06-17-2012, 12:28 PM
Actually I think I may be with you in just staying with the PD12 and experimenting with lead and string setups. I played with it again today and
it really does a good job of keeping me in the point. It does everything pretty well and the rest is on me. I can use the Pro One about equally as well, but there is no point in switching other than to switch. I started to get some stability and consistency with the PD and there is no need to start that whole process over again with the Pro One. So I will be sticking with the PD12 for now and will try adding a little more leadtape to it. I do enjoy the extra plowthru of the Pro One or the Rad Pro, but it does up the difficulty a little.

Played with the pd today. Played poorly at first. No control everything was slightly off. Shots going long, was down 2-5. Switched to the apd and ended up winning 7-5. Cant credit the racquet switch for the whole turnaround as my opponent started getting frustrated and making errors that he wasn't doing to start, but the biggest difference was I started being way more consistent with the apd. I think it is more due to the strings. I have older alu power in the apd that is probably at a higher tension then my gut poly hyprid in the pd. I am definitely getting the trampoline feel and results from the pd. A new string job is needed. I may just continue to play with the apd. Not getting the power ii get from the pd, but the control and unforced errors is way better. Once again, probably due to setup.

Dgdavid
06-17-2012, 04:14 PM
Played with the pd today. Played poorly at first. No control everything was slightly off. Shots going long, was down 2-5. Switched to the apd and ended up winning 7-5. Cant credit the racquet switch for the whole turnaround as my opponent started getting frustrated and making errors that he wasn't doing to start, but the biggest difference was I started being way more consistent with the apd. I think it is more due to the strings. I have older alu power in the apd that is probably at a higher tension then my gut poly hyprid in the pd. I am definitely getting the trampoline feel and results from the pd. A new string job is needed. I may just continue to play with the apd. Not getting the power ii get from the pd, but the control and unforced errors is way better. Once again, probably due to setup.

What's keeping you from the Pro Open BC?

YesTennis
06-17-2012, 04:51 PM
While on the topic of Wilson twiners(Pro Open), just wondering if anyone has played with the Wilson Juice? If so, could you compare it to the Pro Open, Pure Drive, or APD?

gamerx52986
06-17-2012, 07:00 PM
I actually bit the bullet and purchased a pair of the 2012 Pro Opens. I had took the old model out for a demo and enjoyed it but at the time I still had it in my mind to stick with a forgiving lighter players frame ( Radical /Rebel 98). Finally came to the realization that I needed easier power as if I was playing well, I did fine with the other frames but if I was off by even a slight bit I couldnt get anything going. Tried quite a few tweeners but the Pro Open won out. Sure the new Pure Drive has more power and probably serves a little better for me but the Open feels more comfortable and has more control in my opinion of course. Still have noticed a benefit on my serve as I was getting alot of free points on my serve. Got my Opens strung with my usual NRG2 so I cannot wait for them to arrive.

BC1
06-18-2012, 06:50 AM
What's keeping you from the Pro Open BC?

Nothing besides the fact that I can't seem to get Babolat out of my system. They have brainwashed me, or maybe they put some chemical in their grips that get into your system whcih causes you to stay with their racquets forever.

Serioulsy, the Pro Open is a great racquet, and pretty much does everything as well as the apd or pd. And as gamerx just stated, you have more control and comfort. I just can't let the babolats go, and have been playing very well with the APD over the last three days. It is crazy, and I shouldn't even be admitting it, but if the Pro Open had one of Babolats great Paint Jobs on it (like the pd or apd), and had Babolat name on it, I probably wouldn't be hesitating. And it would probably be one of the best selling racquets on the market. That said, the APD for some reason is a little more fun to play with and I've been a little more consistent. I also like the additional swing weight (most of the time).


On a side note: The Dunlop Bios are $30 off right now. Which means the Dunlop Bio 500 Tour is only $149. Very tempting.

JackB1
06-18-2012, 08:03 AM
Nothing besides the fact that I can't seem to get Babolat out of my system. They have brainwashed me, or maybe they put some chemical in their grips that get into your system whcih causes you to stay with their racquets forever.

Serioulsy, the Pro Open is a great racquet, and pretty much does everything as well as the apd or pd. And as gamerx just stated, you have more control and comfort. I just can't let the babolats go, and have been playing very well with the APD over the last three days. It is crazy, and I shouldn't even be admitting it, but if the Pro Open had one of Babolats great Paint Jobs on it (like the pd or apd), and had Babolat name on it, I probably wouldn't be hesitating. And it would probably be one of the best selling racquets on the market. That said, the APD for some reason is a little more fun to play with and I've been a little more consistent. I also like the additional swing weight (most of the time).

On a side note: The Dunlop Bios are $30 off right now. Which means the Dunlop Bio 500 Tour is only $149. Very tempting.


Hey BC, can you do a little comparison of the PD12 to the APD for me?
I have never tried the APD because I hate that yellow paintjob, but the French Open model looks real purty :-)

Power Player
06-18-2012, 08:10 AM
Such progress, only 2 years back JackB swore off stiff racquets like the APD because of elbow pain..lol

Dgdavid
06-18-2012, 10:11 AM
Going full circle BC. My main racket for ages was the AeroPro Drive GT. Was happy with it but made my shoulder sore - not anything biomechanical, just aches. Tried a friends IG Extreme back then and although it wasnt the one for me, it started off my curiosity elsewhere. Nice racket though the APD.

Federerkblade
06-18-2012, 04:35 PM
to my pro opens blx 2012. i have added 4g of lead total at 3 and 9

and added 3.5g to the handle 10cm from the bottom.

They are roughly 5 points head light and weigh 333g and 336.5g respectively. This includes one overwrap on a grip2's.

I hope they will play more solid like a pure drive now without the arm issues. the pro open seems like a great racquet until you face the 4.0 plus and better . Im hoping the lead will make it stable against these players

JackB1
06-18-2012, 05:02 PM
Such progress, only 2 years back JackB swore off stiff racquets like the APD because of elbow pain..lol

Why is that funny? I had elbow issues 2 years ago and got rid of them completely. What exactly is your point?. Why are you busting my chops lately?

Xonemains
06-18-2012, 05:18 PM
Why is that funny? I had elbow issues 2 years ago and got rid of them completely. What exactly is your point?. Why are you busting my chops lately?


Jack, he's just trying to get into your head. that is what tennis players do.

tennis is a mental game, i guess it gets pretty mental in here sometimes as well.:)

frinton
08-27-2012, 04:59 PM
A truly awful paintjob, makes my four npro opens look positively beautiful.

Buy 2011 model. 2012 is an unacceptable paintjob.

Which currently available stick could replace the nPro? Did you compare the pro open with your nPro?

TripleB
08-29-2012, 03:53 AM
I am now a proud member of the BLX Pro Open Owners Society...just ordered 3 of these amazing racquets. I've demoed probably 20 racquets over the last 3 months and this is by far the best overall racquet I've tried.

Funny thing is, I wasn't even going to demo this racquet. I just threw it in with the Pure Drive 12, Pure Drive GT, and Bio 500 Tour just so I would have 4.

Looking forward to playing with this solid, spin friendly, perfect power, amazing control, great touch, stable racquet for a long time.

TripleB

JackB1
08-29-2012, 10:16 AM
I am now a proud member of the BLX Pro Open Owners Society...just ordered 3 of these amazing racquets. I've demoed probably 20 racquets over the last 3 months and this is by far the best overall racquet I've tried.

Funny thing is, I wasn't even going to demo this racquet. I just threw it in with the Pure Drive 12, Pure Drive GT, and Bio 500 Tour just so I would have 4.

Looking forward to playing with this solid, spin friendly, perfect power, amazing control, great touch, stable racquet for a long time.

TripleB

Its a very serviceable racquet. I agree with all your descriptions, except "stable". It doesn't feel as "solid" to me as some other similar racquets, but that's me.

TripleB
08-29-2012, 12:28 PM
Its a very serviceable racquet. I agree with all your descriptions, except "stable". It doesn't feel as "solid" to me as some other similar racquets, but that's me.

Maybe it's the racquets I've been trying (500 Tour, 400 Tour, Organix 8, RDiS 200 Lite, Tecnifibre 300, Pure Drive GT), but compared to everything else I've tried in that weight range, it seems extremely stable.

The demo came in at 317 grams and 5 points headlight...so that's the specs I gave for the MRT to make all three of my racquets (strung).

To me it seems I get everything from it that I've been getting out of my Dunlop AG 4D 300 (touch, amazing control, spin) PLUS better maneuverability, bigger serves/grounstrokes, even better control, and the ability to hit with heavy spin or flatten it out with ease.

I've been searching for this racquet for a loooooooooooooooong time!!!

TripleB

veloduffer
08-29-2012, 12:31 PM
I bought the Pro Open on a whim and like it. It was pre-strung (I don't know what with or tension) and has good control, serving power and can impart lots of spin. It does lack some stability on off-center hits against a heavy hitter. I generally use this racquet when playing against 3.0-4.0 players, where the light weight is less of an issue and work on my touch shots.

When I play against harder hitters and lessons with my pro, my usual racquets are the BLX Six One 95 18x20 and 16x18, which are very stable. I have a fast, long swing and hit with lots of topspin on both sides (2BH) and like the stability from the Six One - I don't need high power racquets. I can put a bit more spin with the Pro Open but I am experimenting with strings in my Six Ones (tried RPM Blast and NXT 17, both at 57 lbs). The strings are about to break on the NXT so I will try the Solinco Tour Bite to get a bit more spin.

avince
08-30-2012, 02:43 AM
Maybe it's the racquets I've been trying (500 Tour, 400 Tour, Organix 8, RDiS 200 Lite, Tecnifibre 300, Pure Drive GT), but compared to everything else I've tried in that weight range, it seems extremely stable.

The demo came in at 317 grams and 5 points headlight...so that's the specs I gave for the MRT to make all three of my racquets (strung).

To me it seems I get everything from it that I've been getting out of my Dunlop AG 4D 300 (touch, amazing control, spin) PLUS better maneuverability, bigger serves/grounstrokes, even better control, and the ability to hit with heavy spin or flatten it out with ease.

I've been searching for this racquet for a loooooooooooooooong time!!!

TripleB


According to Wilson site and unlike TW site, the strung balance is 4 HL (without any other accessories like overgrip, dampener, ...). Although, it is exactly the same balance for my frame...
Do you know how/where your frames have been leaded to be head lighter ?
Could other 2012 Pro Open owners give their strung balance ? More head light or more head heavy ? And for what aims ?

TripleB
08-30-2012, 04:43 AM
Do you know how/where your frames have been leaded to be head lighter ?


There wasn't any lead (that I could see or find) added to the BLX Pro Open demo I tried this past week. 317g / 5 pts HL was its base strung weight and balance.

TripleB

Power Player
08-30-2012, 07:04 AM
Triple, I have a pro open basically brand new sitting in my closet still. I was very impressed with this stick and simply like my yonex 200 more because of the weight and the control. If I had to use the pro open, I would not complain.

I personally found it a little light in stock form, but what I would say is that it definitely is a very stable racquet. So if you do decide to lead it up (which I did), I would polarize the racquet with around 2 grams at 12 and 2 in the handle.

TripleB
08-30-2012, 11:34 AM
So if you do decide to lead it up (which I did), I would polarize the racquet with around 2 grams at 12 and 2 in the handle.

Thanks for the advice...it's greatly appreciated!!!

I seldom use lead tape, but have some in the 'tennis closet' just in case.

I ordered my 3 racquets with the exact specs as the demo, so I'm hoping my incredible play with my demo will carry through to my racquets as well!!!

I just find it funny that the racquet I like the best (out of the 20? 32? 48? I've tried) is one that I threw in at the last second just so I would have 4 demos coming.

TripleB

JackB1
08-30-2012, 12:09 PM
Thanks for the advice...it's greatly appreciated!!!

I seldom use lead tape, but have some in the 'tennis closet' just in case.

I ordered my 3 racquets with the exact specs as the demo, so I'm hoping my incredible play with my demo will carry through to my racquets as well!!!

I just find it funny that the racquet I like the best (out of the 20? 32? 48? I've tried) is one that I threw in at the last second just so I would have 4 demos coming.

TripleB

That's how it usually goes. That's why you can't only go by specs alone.

srvnvly
09-01-2012, 10:50 PM
Thanks for the advice...it's greatly appreciated!!!

I seldom use lead tape, but have some in the 'tennis closet' just in case.

I ordered my 3 racquets with the exact specs as the demo, so I'm hoping my incredible play with my demo will carry through to my racquets as well!!!

I just find it funny that the racquet I like the best (out of the 20? 32? 48? I've tried) is one that I threw in at the last second just so I would have 4 demos coming.

TripleB

TripleB: did you try the new Extreme 2.0? Not the Pro but the MP version.