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srvnvly
03-17-2012, 06:38 PM
I know it's WAY too early to be discussing this, but just in case someone is 'in the know,' is there a version planned for next year? I think I read somewhere (maybe on the TW boards when all of the new Fed racquet) that the Blade line may be discontinued.

li0scc0
03-17-2012, 07:04 PM
I hope not. I was hoping they would go back to a thinner (20mm) beam with a higher stiffness (66-68) like the K.Blade. Frankly, the specs on the KBLADE were about perfect. 11.1-11.2, 325-327 SW, 67 flex. I adjusted with lead and leather and voila, perfection.
The BLX Blade felt dead, had too high of a swingweight, and too thick of a beam to be called a 'blade'. Plus, it was ugly (although the pink was kind of fun). The KBLADE was a sharp looking stick.

Arthuro
03-17-2012, 07:21 PM
^^^Agreed. They messed up with the BLx Blade. I still have some K Blades, but I guess no one wants them anymore.

UCSF2012
03-17-2012, 07:55 PM
I actually like the BLX Blade. A lot. Very powerful with awesome placement. Low spin though.

fed27
03-17-2012, 11:25 PM
just bought 2 BLX BLADE.. lot of power yet easy to control.. have no idea about the KBLADE though..

li0scc0
03-18-2012, 03:08 AM
^^^Agreed. They messed up with the BLx Blade. I still have some K Blades, but I guess no one wants them anymore.

Crazy isn't it? this was the top selling racquet at one time. The most usable 18x20, in my opinion.

chaddles
03-19-2012, 12:09 AM
I used both K Blades & BLX Blade 98's and I found both to be great racquets, & no preference really. The K had a more direct feel while the BLX was definitely more muted. Great combo of power & control & when strung with a nice thin gauge string to generate a little extra spin & pop.

MomentumGT
03-19-2012, 01:03 AM
I personally loved both the kblade & blxblade. I enjoyed the extra swing weight of the blx on the 2hb especially. I feel both are very similar to each other but I felt more confident with volleys with the kblade and felt I served better as well. Hope they don't discontinue this line.

-Jon

chaddles
04-19-2012, 02:16 PM
Definitely new Blade line for next season. No real details except the graphic style will follow the other BLX2 sticks

srvnvly
04-19-2012, 06:21 PM
Definitely new Blade line for next season. No real details except the graphic style will follow the other BLX2 sticks

just curious how you heard this - I stupidly asked Wilson about the Blade line for next year and they gave me some stupid BS, non-surprising answer

ASH1485
04-19-2012, 08:49 PM
Currently using blx blade and used to have the K blade ... loved them both but the Blx got more power though and is a major improvement from the blade in every department.
Just curious how Wilson can make a better one. I think a thinner beam and a lower swing weight would make it a perfect stick.

Currently switching to PS BLX 95 for a more HL racket , but still need to know how to customize it to make it play like the blade.

UCSF2012
04-19-2012, 09:34 PM
For you guys who are in love with thin beams, do you understand that wide beams contribute to increased power? Upon ball impact, the thickness of the beam counters racket bend, giving the frame more power. That's mostly why those tweeners are 24-27 inches wide.

ASH1485
04-20-2012, 12:21 AM
For you guys who are in love with thin beams, do you understand that wide beams contribute to increased power? Upon ball impact, the thickness of the beam counters racket bend, giving the frame more power. That's mostly why those tweeners are 24-27 inches wide.

I dont think the blx blade is a tweener racket. Juice yes but not the blade.
It could have a slightly thinner beam not like the one on the PS for sure.

aceroberts13
04-20-2012, 06:10 AM
For you guys who are in love with thin beams, do you understand that wide beams contribute to increased power? Upon ball impact, the thickness of the beam counters racket bend, giving the frame more power. That's mostly why those tweeners are 24-27 inches wide.

Yes, but it isn't quite that simple. There are other factors to be considered as well. Weight, stiffness, layup of frame, head size, player's ball striking ability, etc.

srvnvly
04-20-2012, 08:43 AM
I think a thinner beam and a lower swing weight would make it a perfect stick.

Currently switching to PS BLX 95 for a more HL racket , but still need to know how to customize it to make it play like the blade.

I actually like the thickness of the BLX Blade 98 - if the swingweight was around 325 - 328, it would be close to the perfect racquet, and I'm more of more open string patterns!

UCSF2012
04-20-2012, 10:40 AM
Yes, but it isn't quite that simple. There are other factors to be considered as well. Weight, stiffness, layup of frame, head size, player's ball striking ability, etc.

You don't say? Well crap, why didn't I think of that?

Taking the Blade 2013 to K Factor thickness would likely remove serious power. I'd rather they keep the BLX Blade Tour thickness the way it is.

MomentumGT
04-20-2012, 11:16 AM
Taking the Blade 2013 to K Factor thickness would likely remove serious power. I'd rather they keep the BLX Blade Tour thickness the way it is.

Agreed. It's a good stick already. I don't know where they can improve it...other than Wilson's quality control LOL.

-Jon

aceroberts13
04-21-2012, 06:03 AM
You don't say? Well crap, why didn't I think of that?

Taking the Blade 2013 to K Factor thickness would likely remove serious power. I'd rather they keep the BLX Blade Tour thickness the way it is.

My point was: I think everyone commenting prior to you fully realizes the effects a thinner or thicker beam can have. You just kind of unnecessarily stated the obvious and it really wasn't even completely true. You could have a racquet with a thicker beam and it be more flexible or less stable upon ball impact than a similar frame with a thinner beam and vice versa.

MattPrevidi
04-21-2012, 08:16 AM
I had heard from multiple sources that the blade line is going to be discontinued as well. Furthermore I feel the similar beam style of the steam supports this. It is basically a similar frame in shape that is slightly thicker. I think wilson understands it messed with a good thing and now has just decided to forget about it and move on.

UCSF2012
04-21-2012, 10:50 AM
My point was: I think everyone commenting prior to you fully realizes the effects a thinner or thicker beam can have. You just kind of unnecessarily stated the obvious and it really wasn't even completely true. You could have a racquet with a thicker beam and it be more flexible or less stable upon ball impact than a similar frame with a thinner beam and vice versa.


Geez Sherlock, what an epiphany! Hit the ball harder, and you get a more powerful shot. Perhaps you could teach us about how stepping in with your weight creates more power, or using more powerful strings to generate more pace, or using a racket with a bigger head to generate pace, or any multitude of things to increase power. I don't think any of us know that at all. No need to consult Dr. Watson on this one.

My point was...no they don't. This is an engineering design matter, and they don't have the slightest clue what beam width does. They just rant on about how they love the 16mm beam of the PS85, how they love the box beam design, why don't they come out with a thin beam Blade, etc, etc etc. They don't have the slightest clue that these beam designs HINDER a racket's performance. Thus the blind suggestion returning to the KFActor thin beam design.

aceroberts13
04-21-2012, 02:24 PM
Geez Sherlock, what an epiphany! Hit the ball harder, and you get a more powerful shot. Perhaps you could teach us about how stepping in with your weight creates more power, or using more powerful strings to generate more pace, or using a racket with a bigger head to generate pace, or any multitude of things to increase power. I don't think any of us know that at all. No need to consult Dr. Watson on this one.

My point was...no they don't. This is an engineering design matter, and they don't have the slightest clue what beam width does. They just rant on about how they love the 16mm beam of the PS85, how they love the box beam design, why don't they come out with a thin beam Blade, etc, etc etc. They don't have the slightest clue that these beam designs HINDER a racket's performance. Thus the blind suggestion returning to the KFActor thin beam design.

I've only seen one person posting in this thread who doesn't understand racquet specs.

UCSF2012
04-21-2012, 06:13 PM
I've only seen one person posting in this thread who doesn't understand racquet specs.

Oooh, big man with a comeback....

gplracer
06-16-2012, 03:31 PM
I have seen a lot of BLX Blades break right above the grip.

Blitzball
06-16-2012, 04:55 PM
Oooh, big man with a comeback....

I know this is like 2 months old but....dude, settle down. You acted like that was a fight or something.

borgpro
06-18-2012, 12:29 PM
Wilson should come with a 93 with a 16x19 pattern, imo!

ntinos1972
06-18-2012, 01:05 PM
blade 93 16-19;i have three kblades 93 and love them.the only racket that would make me leave those babes is a blade 93 with 16-19 pattern.but i think this will never happened.

Fuji
06-18-2012, 01:44 PM
Wilson should come with a 93 with a 16x19 pattern, imo!

It's out there if you have enough money to spend! ;)

-Fuji

borgpro
06-18-2012, 01:47 PM
It's out there if you have enough money to spend! ;)

-Fuji

Where? What??

(enough money..)

borgpro
06-24-2012, 09:13 AM
It's out there if you have enough money to spend! ;)

-Fuji

Hi Fuji, or others, wich frame do you mean? Very interested!

Fuji
06-24-2012, 10:22 AM
Where? What??

(enough money..)

Hey sorry, missed your last post.

There are a few Wilson pro stocks out there that supposedly came from Dmitriov that are 93 inch heads with 16x19 string pattern if I remember correctly. Federer was demoing them and didn't care for them so mini Fed picked them up and took them.

A few board members have them but from the ones I've seen for sale, they were quite expensive. :)

-Fuji

davedomart
06-24-2012, 10:23 AM
He means prostock.

borgpro
06-24-2012, 12:29 PM
Hey sorry, missed your last post.

There are a few Wilson pro stocks out there that supposedly came from Dmitriov that are 93 inch heads with 16x19 string pattern if I remember correctly. Federer was demoing them and didn't care for them so mini Fed picked them up and took them.

A few board members have them but from the ones I've seen for sale, they were quite expensive. :)

-Fuji

Thanks! Wow, I would like to try / have one..

bert96
07-13-2012, 01:35 AM
so if the blade line wil be discontinued there has to be a following line like the steam and juice did this year, that replaces the blades, does anyone know something about that?

Automatix
07-14-2012, 05:22 AM
AFAIK the Blades are indeed discontinued. Some new models will replace them though.

bert96
08-20-2012, 11:03 AM
any infos at this time??

Fuji
08-20-2012, 11:25 AM
Thanks! Wow, I would like to try / have one..

For sure bud! :)

-Fuji

D-money
08-20-2012, 12:31 PM
More info on the Blades anyone? I've noticed the current BLX's are on sale which is promising for someone who is hoping for an update.

Gtech
08-28-2012, 09:05 PM
Why on earth would you think Wilson will just discontinue the Blade 98 rackets? It is used by plenty of tour pros and it is the most popular Wilson frame with junior players all over the US.

Release a new model in the line? Sure. Discontinue or kill the line, highly doubt it.

D-money
09-04-2012, 05:22 PM
Hopefully they stick with this cosmetic for both the tour and the 98 http://yfrog.com/z/kkusgzanj

drakulie
09-04-2012, 05:53 PM
yes, there will be a new blade 98 and tour next year with some awesome cosmetics. all black with a hint of dark grey if I remember correctly.

UCSF2012
09-04-2012, 06:49 PM
Why on earth would you think Wilson will just discontinue the Blade 98 rackets? It is used by plenty of tour pros and it is the most popular Wilson frame with junior players all over the US.

Release a new model in the line? Sure. Discontinue or kill the line, highly doubt it.

Yea, and all they have to do is take the current Blade, put amplifeel strips on it, paint the racket a new color, and sell it as the 2012 version. Too easy a way to make lots of money. I'd be all over it if I were Wilson.

tennisnut09
09-19-2012, 06:13 AM
monfils uses the new blade 18x20???

Bartelby
09-19-2012, 06:20 AM
He's using the 18 mains in the photo.

gavna
09-19-2012, 06:34 AM
Saw them at the Open a few weeks back....black with what I call silver trim - has Ampifeel in the handle. Wilson had customs sticks made for the stringers as gifts with each stringers name on them.......very cool

Federerkblade
10-17-2012, 02:31 AM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/563875_381713645230524_1337788316_n.jpg

just saw this 101 inch

srvnvly
10-17-2012, 03:43 AM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/563875_381713645230524_1337788316_n.jpg

just saw this 101 inch


Racquet pron - giggity

Thanks for the pic, FKB!

Federerkblade
10-17-2012, 04:57 AM
definitely racquet porn blades looks stunning

i wonder if the 16*19 will be a better option than my pro opens

dgdawg
10-23-2012, 11:50 AM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/563875_381713645230524_1337788316_n.jpg

just saw this 101 inch

This frame looks sick!! 8-)

hersito
10-23-2012, 03:56 PM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/563875_381713645230524_1337788316_n.jpg

just saw this 101 inch

you can see the 98 underneath it, paintjob is the same, I'll have to see it in person because I don't like it that much from the pictures, it looks to simple and lacking some color.

parasailing
10-23-2012, 09:12 PM
I think that's the best looking Blade Wilson has ever made. I wonder if they will lower the SW on the racquet though. It has a really high SW for a sub 12oz racquet. Also offer a 16x19 string pattern option as well.

Federerkblade
10-23-2012, 11:29 PM
they are definitely offering 16 by 19 which is what makes the release interesting. yes lowering the swingweight slightly would be nice. just would make it more wieldy

hersito
10-24-2012, 05:14 PM
If you want a blade 98 lighter and with a lower swingweight try the Head MG MP or LM MP.

parasailing
10-24-2012, 07:32 PM
If you want a blade 98 lighter and with a lower swingweight try the Head MG MP or LM MP.

I actually have the Head MG MP but like any racketholic, gotta try new racquets just for the heck of it :). Plus this BLX Blade has a really cool paint job and hoping they just lower the SW enough to wield.

Power Player
10-24-2012, 08:07 PM
Nooo..the sw is perfect. It is weighted like an apd but has solidity, feel and much more control. The sw should stay the same since it gives you such a heavy ball...i want that nice sledehammer feel out of the lighter stick.

couch
10-24-2012, 08:25 PM
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/563875_381713645230524_1337788316_n.jpg

just saw this 101 inch

Sure it's not a Blade 104? That's what they are supposed to be coming out with.

JGads
10-24-2012, 09:52 PM
Man that paintjob is sick.

star 5 15
10-25-2012, 07:14 PM
Anyone who has seen the racquet remember the shape of the beam. Past blades have all had the box inside with the rounded off outer part. I thought I heard somewhere this next gen Blade will have a box beam like 21 or 22 mm... like a prestige sort of mold? Those of you have seen it in person?

gplracer
10-28-2012, 09:01 AM
Why on earth would you think Wilson will just discontinue the Blade 98 rackets? It is used by plenty of tour pros and it is the most popular Wilson frame with junior players all over the US.

Release a new model in the line? Sure. Discontinue or kill the line, highly doubt it.

Tour pros do not use this racket. They use something like the H22 painted like the blade.

Power Player
10-28-2012, 09:09 AM
Dont tell david goffin that.

rlau
10-28-2012, 10:03 AM
Or Filip Peliwo.

chaddles
10-28-2012, 10:21 AM
Sure it's not a Blade 104? That's what they are supposed to be coming out with.

There's a blade 101 & 104 - don't know what the specs are of each, will see them in next couple of wks.

Power Player
10-28-2012, 10:27 AM
I love to feel the h19 pro stock blade just beause the standard retail issue is such a nice hit, you could easily hand it to someone who doesnt know any better, tell them its a pro stock stick and theyd believe you. There arent many 305 gram sticks that hit this solid. One that comes close and is worth a demo is the tfight 305, but its too stiff for me.

BHiC
11-02-2012, 07:02 AM
Anyone who has seen the racquet remember the shape of the beam. Past blades have all had the box inside with the rounded off outer part. I thought I heard somewhere this next gen Blade will have a box beam like 21 or 22 mm... like a prestige sort of mold? Those of you have seen it in person?

I have hit with it, and it definitely has a box beam, and if I had to guess about the beam width I would say around the 21 mm mark, although it could easily be 22. Holding the new Blade beside my Dunlop Bio 200 (20.5 mm beam), the Blade looked like it had a very similar, to just slightly larger beam.

Power Player
11-02-2012, 07:17 AM
Nice..how is the stiffness and SW compared to the BLx 98?

BHiC
11-02-2012, 08:36 AM
Nice..how is the stiffness and SW compared to the BLx 98?

I haven't ever hit with the BLX 98, but to give you a reference point, the new 18x20 Blade felt very similar to the Dunlop Bio 300 Tour. The 16x19 had a similar feel, but with less control/more pop.

Ghost
11-02-2012, 05:24 PM
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/230415IMG1501.jpg
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/234828IMG1502.jpg
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/207324IMG1503.jpg
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/640694IMG1504.jpg

klementine79
11-02-2012, 05:54 PM
^Having a hard time seeing those pics, can you make them a little bigger? :smile:

Looks good and boxier. How does it hit?

parasailing
11-02-2012, 06:06 PM
What a nice looking racquet, now the question is how well will it play. I guess we will find out in December when they go on sale.

Power Player
11-03-2012, 07:21 AM
I haven't ever hit with the BLX 98, but to give you a reference point, the new 18x20 Blade felt very similar to the Dunlop Bio 300 Tour. The 16x19 had a similar feel, but with less control/more pop.

This pleases me greatly..thanks!

stronzzi70
11-03-2012, 03:23 PM
Nice job Ghost,,doesn´t matter pictures size,,,,nice paint job Wilson.

Fed Kennedy
11-03-2012, 04:28 PM
Is the 104 27.5?

darklore009
11-03-2012, 06:08 PM
really sick racket. black and silver goes together really well

couch
11-03-2012, 06:12 PM
Is the 104 27.5?

Yes..........it is.

Fed Kennedy
11-03-2012, 06:19 PM
Yes..........it is.

Thanks couch...and there's a 101? Whats that about...

rafazx10
11-03-2012, 06:24 PM
They had a few today at the club for the Wilson Demo we were having tonight.
Forgot to take pics though, they look mean all black.

couch
11-03-2012, 06:45 PM
Thanks couch...and there's a 101? Whats that about...

I'm looking at my catalog right now and I do not see a 101. Not sure what that is about. I see Blade 93 (18x20), Blade 98 (16x19, 18x20), and Blade 104 (18x19).

klementine79
11-03-2012, 07:37 PM
^Sweet mother of tod.

104, 27.5in? Hey couch same stick weight and beam width? What a about those goofy powerholes in the blx? Still there?

Automatix
11-04-2012, 01:47 AM
104, 27.5in? Hey couch same stick weight and beam width? What a about those goofy powerholes in the blx? Still there? I'm a bit surprised it's 27,5.

I was told the 104 is just a renaming of the current BLX Blade Team.

But I got a confirmation that it is supposed to be 27,5 inches long.

couch
11-04-2012, 05:42 AM
^Sweet mother of tod.

104, 27.5in? Hey couch same stick weight and beam width? What a about those goofy powerholes in the blx? Still there?


Here ya go-
10.8 oz strung, 104", 27.5" long, 4 pts HL strung balance, 18x19, 22 mm flat beam

klementine79
11-04-2012, 05:57 AM
^Thanks couch.

Any indication from the photos that they've brought back the power-holes at 3&9? or whatever wilson calls them.

Automatix
11-04-2012, 06:29 AM
Here ya go-
10.8 oz strung, 104", 27.5" long, 4 pts HL strung balance, 18x19, 22 mm flat beam

I wonder if that's a typo in the catalogue or... I don't know.

Look at the specs of the current BLX Blade Team:
http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/rackets/blade-team/

They're the same... and yet the specs on TW:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_BLX_Blade_Team/descpageRCWILSON-WBXBTE.html

couch
11-04-2012, 06:36 AM
^Thanks couch.

Any indication from the photos that they've brought back the power-holes at 3&9? or whatever wilson calls them.

I believe so. In the catalog it states Power Holes and Double Holes. We saw the racquet line a couple weeks ago and I believe the Blade 104 had the power holes at 3 and 9.

couch
11-04-2012, 06:38 AM
I wonder if that's a typo in the catalogue or... I don't know.

Look at the specs of the current BLX Blade Team:
http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/rackets/blade-team/

They're the same... and yet the specs on TW:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_BLX_Blade_Team/descpageRCWILSON-WBXBTE.html

Might be, not sure. I would think 27.25 would make more sense though since that's what it's been in the past.

Automatix
11-04-2012, 06:44 AM
I'm wondering because I've been told it's more of a renaming (minus the handle construction). BLX Blade Team -> BLX Blade 104...

But unfortunately, as couch wrote above, the model does feature Power Holes which is a bummer. :(

P.S.: I am still wondering what is the Blade 101 then. Since it's not in the catalogue.

BC1
11-04-2012, 07:48 AM
))^Thanks couch.

Any indication from the photos that they've brought back the power-holes at 3&9? or whatever wilson calls them.

The photos do NOT show the Wilson PWS (perimeter weighting system) bulges at 3 and 9. At least as far as I can tell. I'm assuming this is what you mean by power holes st 3 and 9.

BC1
11-04-2012, 07:56 AM
I might have missed it, but has there been any reports on the SW of the 2013 blade 98, 16x19?

klementine79
11-04-2012, 08:41 AM
))

The photos do NOT show the Wilson PWS (perimeter weighting system) bulges at 3 and 9. At least as far as I can tell. I'm assuming this is what you mean by power holes st 3 and 9.

I was wondering about the power-holes, double holes that the 1st gen BLX Blade104 has, not PWS, as in the tour90 and 95's, etc.

Already been confirmed, they do have them. :(

Thanks anyway.

Fed Kennedy
11-04-2012, 09:08 AM
))

The photos do NOT show the Wilson PWS (perimeter weighting system) bulges at 3 and 9. At least as far as I can tell. I'm assuming this is what you mean by power holes st 3 and 9.

Its a recessed grommet at 3 and 9 for more power.

Fed Kennedy
11-04-2012, 09:14 AM
I wonder if that's a typo in the catalogue or... I don't know.

Look at the specs of the current BLX Blade Team:
http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/rackets/blade-team/

They're the same... and yet the specs on TW:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_BLX_Blade_Team/descpageRCWILSON-WBXBTE.html

Ahhh wilson shenanigans....my bet is its the same stick 27.25 but we will see

Gemini
11-04-2012, 10:23 AM
Anyone have the swingweight and balance of the 2013 98 sq. inch head size?

Gaz77
11-04-2012, 11:11 AM
Personally the best racket out there is the K Blade Tour, the matt black finish in places with that deep gold colour and subtle grey lines makes it such a classy stick. I just wish it was available in a 16-19 string pattern. Maybe the 2012 version might have that !!

PBODY99
11-04-2012, 01:35 PM
Power Holes in the 104 are easier on the stringer as the grommet make it easier to thread the cross strings, the earlier version required you to fish the tip through the inside of the frame to the outside grommet strip. I hope they return the RA layup to around 70 as it was in the K_Blade Team

klementine79
11-04-2012, 01:54 PM
Power Holes in the 104 are easier on the stringer as the grommet make it easier to thread the cross strings, the earlier version required you to fish the tip through the inside of the frame to the outside grommet strip. I hope they return the RA layup to around 70 as it was in the K_Blade Team

RA layup?

You mean the stiffness? The kblade Team had a 59ra, I believe T-dub actually had it at 57ra.

Could be wrong.

tennisnut09
11-04-2012, 04:07 PM
Does anyone hit with these new blade 18X20 and 16X19? Please post the swingweight please.

Thepowerofchoice
11-04-2012, 05:21 PM
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/230415IMG1501.jpg
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/234828IMG1502.jpg
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/207324IMG1503.jpg
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/640694IMG1504.jpg

I saw this same racquet model today at my local tennis shop...sick looking paint job (in the good way)

Hankenstein
11-04-2012, 10:23 PM
Played the 18/20 yesterday. Strung in around 55 lbs with Luxilon 4G. Amazing solid frame!!! No need for damper. The balance feels better then the 2011 BLX Blade no doubt.

This frame has serious control! It felt that it was impossible to hit long with this frame. I will get the 16/19 later this week. I was switching back and forth with the Blade and Steam 99S and both racquets are really really REALLY good!

Only minor issue with the Blade is the string pattern. I like more open patterns so the 16/19 might be a real winner for me =)

parasailing
11-04-2012, 10:31 PM
Played the 18/20 yesterday. Strung in around 55 lbs with Luxilon 4G. Amazing solid frame!!! No need for damper. The balance feels better then the 2011 BLX Blade no doubt.

This frame has serious control! It felt that it was impossible to hit long with this frame. I will get the 16/19 later this week. I was switching back and forth with the Blade and Steam 99S and both racquets are really really REALLY good!

Only minor issue with the Blade is the string pattern. I like more open patterns so the 16/19 might be a real winner for me =)

Let us know which one you like better, the Blade 16x19 or the Steam 99S. I think I might also be getting both racquets when they come out and glad the Blade will be out before end of year.

srvnvly
11-05-2012, 03:15 AM
Played the 18/20 yesterday. Strung in around 55 lbs with Luxilon 4G. Amazing solid frame!!! No need for damper. The balance feels better then the 2011 BLX Blade no doubt.

This frame has serious control! It felt that it was impossible to hit long with this frame. I will get the 16/19 later this week. I was switching back and forth with the Blade and Steam 99S and both racquets are really really REALLY good!

Only minor issue with the Blade is the string pattern. I like more open patterns so the 16/19 might be a real winner for me =)

How was the swing weight and stiffness compared to the 2011 model?

Yveskim89
11-05-2012, 04:06 AM
will this be out by December ^^?

PED
11-05-2012, 05:41 AM
I was switching back and forth with the Blade and Steam 99S and both racquets are really really REALLY good!

Does the Steam 99s feel one dimensional at all?

I always use open patterns but when I've used frames with an ultra wide drill pattern, I felt that I had to play with excessive spin for control and couldn't really drive the ball the way I'd like.

Looking forward to your feedback on the open Blade.

Power Player
11-05-2012, 05:43 AM
Played the 18/20 yesterday. Strung in around 55 lbs with Luxilon 4G. Amazing solid frame!!! No need for damper. The balance feels better then the 2011 BLX Blade no doubt.

This frame has serious control! It felt that it was impossible to hit long with this frame. I will get the 16/19 later this week. I was switching back and forth with the Blade and Steam 99S and both racquets are really really REALLY good!

Only minor issue with the Blade is the string pattern. I like more open patterns so the 16/19 might be a real winner for me =)

Sounds awesome. What do you mean that the balance feels better? I thought they were specced the same as the 2011..is the SW lighter?

Hankenstein
11-05-2012, 06:03 AM
Sounds awesome. What do you mean that the balance feels better? I thought they were specced the same as the 2011..is the SW lighter?

2011 Blade felt more head heavy so to say. The 2013 feels faster, more head light. That was the feel of it. I know the specs are the same, but the feel was that the 2013 is more headlight and not so "sluggish"

Power Player
11-05-2012, 06:06 AM
It sounds like they lowered the SW. :(

But you are saying that it plays great, so thats a good sign.

Torres
11-05-2012, 06:15 AM
2011 Blade felt more head heavy so to say. The 2013 feels faster, more head light. That was the feel of it. I know the specs are the same, but the feel was that the 2013 is more headlight and not so "sluggish"

That should be better then. The 2011 BLX Blade was always a bit too tip heavy for my liking. This way you can adjust to your heart's content with a bit of lead in the head/throat/handle.

Federerkblade
11-05-2012, 06:22 AM
it was too sluggish but a great raquet the blx blade sw is 335

JackB1
11-05-2012, 07:32 AM
Played the 18/20 yesterday. Strung in around 55 lbs with Luxilon 4G. Amazing solid frame!!! No need for damper. The balance feels better then the 2011 BLX Blade no doubt.

This frame has serious control! It felt that it was impossible to hit long with this frame. I will get the 16/19 later this week. I was switching back and forth with the Blade and Steam 99S and both racquets are really really REALLY good!

Only minor issue with the Blade is the string pattern. I like more open patterns so the 16/19 might be a real winner for me =)

how did you get these way before the general public?

Federerkblade
11-05-2012, 07:35 AM
how did you get these way before the general public?

hanks seriously impressive man

Hankenstein
11-05-2012, 08:40 AM
how did you get these way before the general public?

Connections! ;)

I write for the Swedish Tennismagazine and i try all new frames from most companies as soon as the companies get them. It´s for articles that we publish as soon as the frames are out on the market.
Its just black painted frames with the sticker on them telling what frame it is, and i just use them for about 2 weeks before sending them back

Power Player
11-05-2012, 09:12 AM
We will all know the specs in 10 days :)

redsub
11-05-2012, 02:37 PM
Will there be a lighter version of Wilson Juice 100?

JackB1
11-05-2012, 07:25 PM
Connections! ;)

I write for the Swedish Tennismagazine and i try all new frames from most companies as soon as the companies get them. It´s for articles that we publish as soon as the frames are out on the market.
Its just black painted frames with the sticker on them telling what frame it is, and i just use them for about 2 weeks before sending them back

so have you tried the 16 x 19 Blade yet and do you know the swingweight?

Xonemains
11-05-2012, 08:23 PM
Anybody knows weather the blade tours will lose some weight and get back to the k factor specs?

Hankenstein
11-05-2012, 10:08 PM
so have you tried the 16 x 19 Blade yet and do you know the swingweight?

Will get it today or tomorrow but will not be able to try it until the weekend

B A Y
11-05-2012, 10:18 PM
^^^Agreed. They messed up with the BLx Blade. I still have some K Blades, but I guess no one wants them anymore.

I want some K Blades! I have two left but they are on there last legs ...

The new BLX blade was not very nice to my arm. It was better looking though..

I really hope the new ones are more like the K

Federerkblade
11-06-2012, 01:15 AM
http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/archives/

steams99s and blade comments from TW team

Which racquets are you playtesting?

Wilson BLX Blade 16×19 and 18×20, Wilson Steam 99 S and 105 S

I’m currently hitting the new Wilson Blade 98 racquets, both the 16×19 and 18×20 as well as the Wilson Steam 99 S and 105 S. I like these new Blades over the previous versions because they seem to have better ball pocketing and feel better; the feedback is more comfortable. It is a bit tough to judge these Blades because for the two sets we received, the swingweight difference was over 20 points.

I think the real stars are the S racquets (although the S doesn’t stand for “star”). The amount of spin I am able to get is ridiculous. Dare I say, almost illegal? I dare. Dare I say nasty? I dare. I thought with the 16×15 pattern, I would lose control and the stringbed would be trampoline-like, but that was not the case at all. The control was there, and I could just take huge cuts at the ball. I was able to hit shots higher over the net for higher percentage shots and they would still land in because of the spin.

We first hit these with the Wilson team and they brought along a NLG (neat little gadget) that could track the spin on our shots. I am happy to announce that I maxed out at 3,200 RPMs on my forehand with the Steam 99 S. Take that, Rafa! They are strung up at a bit higher tension and use a thicker gauge string made specifically for these racquets, the Luxilon 4G S. I just wish there was just a bit more weight to the Steams, but other than that, these racquets could be my next racquet of choice. They’re really that good!

anhuynh16
11-06-2012, 12:32 PM
Can anyone compare this to the 2012 BLX 6.1 95 16/18? Thanks

I love the new PJ

Automatix
11-09-2012, 12:05 AM
TW specs...
Blade 93
Headsize: 93 inch² (600 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±341g
Balance:±6 HL
Swingweight: ≈333kg•cm²
Beam: 21mm
Flex: ≈67RA
String pattern:18x20


Blade 98 18x20
Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±324g
Balance:±2 HL
Swingweight: ≈330kg•cm²
Beam: 21,5mm
Flex: ≈65RA
String pattern:18x20


Blade 98 16x19
Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±318g
Balance:±1 HL
Swingweight: ≈331kg•cm²
Beam: 21,5mm
Flex: ≈66RA
String pattern:16x19

Blade 104
Headsize: 104 inch² (671 cm²)
Length: 27,5 inches (698,5mm)
Weight:±303g
Balance:±5 HL
Swingweight: ≈308kg•cm²
Beam: 22,5mm
Flex: ≈60RA
String pattern:18x19

Bartelby
11-09-2012, 12:15 AM
... and they describe the 16/19 as medium power and the 18/20 as low. so I wonder what the switchers' crowd think of that???

srvnvly
11-09-2012, 03:18 AM
... and they describe the 16/19 as medium power and the 18/20 as low. so I wonder what the switchers' crowd think of that???

I have the SAME question. I like the power of the current Blade, but wish it had a slightly lower swing weight. I'm looking forward to a demo.

Power Player
11-09-2012, 05:06 AM
... and they describe the 16/19 as medium power and the 18/20 as low. so I wonder what the switchers' crowd think of that???

It means nothing. I think the Blades are the same as before except now there is a 16x19. The SW on my 98 Blades is 331. I measured that on an RDC. If you look at the specs listed they are obviously Wilson QC being flakey.

The 16x19 will have a little more power and less control simply due to the nature of the stringbed, so now they can differentiate the 2 by saying that the open pattern has more power than the closed.

Federerkblade
11-09-2012, 05:54 AM
Where are these from?


TW specs...
Blade 93
Headsize: 93 inch² (600 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±341g
Balance:±6 HL
Swingweight: ≈333kg•cm²
Beam: 21mm
Flex: ≈67RA
String pattern:18x20


Blade 98 18x20
Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±324g
Balance:±2 HL
Swingweight: ≈330kg•cm²
Beam: 21,5mm
Flex: ≈65RA
String pattern:18x20


Blade 98 16x19
Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±318g
Balance:±1 HL
Swingweight: ≈331kg•cm²
Beam: 21,5mm
Flex: ≈66RA
String pattern:16x19

Blade 104
Headsize: 104 inch² (671 cm²)
Length: 27,5 inches (698,5mm)
Weight:±303g
Balance:±5 HL
Swingweight: ≈308kg•cm²
Beam: 22,5mm
Flex: ≈60RA
String pattern:18x19

JackB1
11-09-2012, 06:38 AM
TW specs...
Blade 93
Headsize: 93 inch² (600 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±341g
Balance:±6 HL
Swingweight: ≈333kg•cm²
Beam: 21mm
Flex: ≈67RA
String pattern:18x20


Blade 98 18x20
Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±324g
Balance:±2 HL
Swingweight: ≈330kg•cm²
Beam: 21,5mm
Flex: ≈65RA
String pattern:18x20


Blade 98 16x19
Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±318g
Balance:±1 HL
Swingweight: ≈331kg•cm²
Beam: 21,5mm
Flex: ≈66RA
String pattern:16x19

Blade 104
Headsize: 104 inch² (671 cm²)
Length: 27,5 inches (698,5mm)
Weight:±303g
Balance:±5 HL
Swingweight: ≈308kg•cm²
Beam: 22,5mm
Flex: ≈60RA
String pattern:18x19

I don't see these anywhere on TW??? Where did you get this info?

Bartelby
11-09-2012, 06:52 AM
Look up the current model and switch on the compare button and if you keep punching in models you'll find all the new ones listed and then you can click through but no photos are up.

srvnvly
11-09-2012, 10:09 AM
Racquet Finder is your friend.

JackB1
11-09-2012, 01:00 PM
sounds like the new Blades are about the same swingweights as the prior ones.

Xonemains
11-09-2012, 03:00 PM
Swingweight looks good to me, I'm more worried about the flex and comfort on these blades

Torres
11-09-2012, 03:08 PM
TW specs...


If I bought either of the 98s, I'd want to be adding weight in the throat and handle. The stock specs don't sound that appealing at all - too light, too tip heavy, too tweenerish for my liking.

Anyone with Amplifeel know if the handle is foam filled and easily replaceable with silicone?

Xonemains
11-09-2012, 03:17 PM
If I bought either of the 98s, I'd want to be adding weight in the throat and handle. Too tip heavy in stock form for my liking.

Agree, probably doesn't need lead it he hoop, just handle and throat like you said.

But know know 100% yet till you hit with it:)

tennisnut09
11-09-2012, 05:21 PM
Looks like it doesn't change much over the current model. Love this racket but can not handle the SW.:cry:

sargeinaz
11-09-2012, 08:43 PM
If I bought either of the 98s, I'd want to be adding weight in the throat and handle. The stock specs don't sound that appealing at all - too light, too tip heavy, too tweenerish for my liking.

Anyone with Amplifeel know if the handle is foam filled and easily replaceable with silicone?

Yup, it's not headlight enough for me. Id automatically add wilson leather and an overgrip and it should make it more headlight

gavna
11-10-2012, 04:08 PM
Looks like it doesn't change much over the current model. Love this racket but can not handle the SW.:cry:

It didn't. The only difference is the amplifeel - plays exactly the same - the 98 are solid sticks and selling very well why would they change anything - they just updated it with the new tech.
I have had the new ones for over 6 weeks now and other than the new PJ it plays just like the older version.

srvnvly
11-10-2012, 04:45 PM
It didn't. The only difference is the amplifeel - plays exactly the same - the 98 are solid sticks and selling very well why would they change anything - they just updated it with the new tech.
I have had the new ones for over 6 weeks now and other than the new PJ it plays just like the older version.

Have you tried the 16x19 version?

Shellovic
11-11-2012, 02:41 AM
http://www.yves-tennis.fr/product.php?id_product=1243

Enjoy!

Federerkblade
11-11-2012, 03:59 AM
Wow expensive

rlau
11-11-2012, 04:58 AM
Wow expensive

Just as expensive as the previous version when it came out.

Power Player
11-11-2012, 05:00 AM
It didn't. The only difference is the amplifeel - plays exactly the same - the 98 are solid sticks and selling very well why would they change anything - they just updated it with the new tech.
I have had the new ones for over 6 weeks now and other than the new PJ it plays just like the older version.

I agree with you totally. It plays great stock. Im glad they didnt change anything. That higher sw and balance is what makes it work so well.

season25
11-11-2012, 05:23 AM
Why oh why can't the blade 93 not get a thinner beam...:(
19mm or smth close to that...
It's a mid frame! Needs a nice thin beam:(

gavna
11-11-2012, 07:05 AM
Have you tried the 16x19 version?

No I use the tighter pattern with thinner strings (Gut plus 4G @ 17g)...my son is on the free list and did try the 16 x 19 in Aug but decided to stay with his 95 pro staffs - he didn't like the even balance.

JackB1
11-11-2012, 07:56 AM
It didn't. The only difference is the amplifeel - plays exactly the same - the 98 are solid sticks and selling very well why would they change anything - they just updated it with the new tech.
I have had the new ones for over 6 weeks now and other than the new PJ it plays just like the older version.

I am disappointed that they didn't lower the swingweight to 325. 330+ sw with 2 pts hl balance makes for a pretty sluggish stick.

Federerkblade
11-11-2012, 09:32 AM
Maybe with Wilson qc You can pick one in the low 320s

Automatix
11-11-2012, 10:04 AM
Maybe with Wilson qc You can pick one in the low 320s Yep...

For those who haven't read the blog entry by Jason from TW (http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/playtester-spotlight/britts-playtester-spotlight-jason-huang/):
"It is a bit tough to judge these Blades because for the two sets we received, the swingweight difference was over 20 points."

Power Player
11-11-2012, 10:24 AM
I am disappointed that they didn't lower the swingweight to 325. 330+ sw with 2 pts hl balance makes for a pretty sluggish stick.

Its honestly not sluggish. The main thing to do is just get make sure what the sw is of the one you demo/ buy because there are sluggish ones that spec out in the 340s. The ones i have are both 331 and you wont have any issues since they are under 330 grams of weight as well.

parasailing
11-11-2012, 04:43 PM
I personally didn't like the current BlX Blade mainly due to the sluggishness. I can hit with a PSTGT which has a SW of 330 but for some reason, the balance of the BLX Blade didn't feel as headlight. Then again, it could be the poor Wilson quality control at play as I only tried one and at the time, didn't really understand all the difference variables at play.

I guess when I get one from TW, I am going to tell them to find me one that is the lightest and highest HL pts to start off.

Xonemains
11-11-2012, 04:50 PM
Any decent tennis player needs to have a sw of around 330 or higher.

Otherwise most times, you will be overpowered by the opponent. Unless you have really really fast RHS consistently.

Yes, blade is suited to the more advance level players, but thruth is, anybody can get use to it. Even the beginners.

mrmo1115
11-11-2012, 04:51 PM
I personally didn't like the current BlX Blade mainly due to the sluggishness. I can hit with a PSTGT which has a SW of 330 but for some reason, the balance of the BLX Blade didn't feel as headlight. Then again, it could be the poor Wilson quality control at play as I only tried one and at the time, didn't really understand all the difference variables at play.

I guess when I get one from TW, I am going to tell them to find me one that is the lightest and highest HL pts to start off.

I agree para...for some reason the blade felt so sluggish but I am okay with the PSTGT. Are you planning on maybe switching to the blade? Have you ever tried the head speed? If yes..thoughts on comparison to PSTGT?

Power Player
11-11-2012, 04:59 PM
Wow, you guys must have gotten some heavy sw blades or you just hate the even balanced sticks beause the pstgt to me is definitley a slower racquet than the blade.

parasailing
11-11-2012, 05:49 PM
I agree para...for some reason the blade felt so sluggish but I am okay with the PSTGT. Are you planning on maybe switching to the blade? Have you ever tried the head speed? If yes..thoughts on comparison to PSTGT?

I will give the blade another shot especially given the 16x19 string pattern. I tried the Speed and it's not as good as the PSTGT. It's just not as solid especially when returning serve bombs but will try the new Speed when it comes out next year :).

Wow, you guys must have gotten some heavy sw blades or you just hate the even balanced sticks beause the pstgt to me is definitley a slower racquet than the blade.

Maybe hence the reason I will give the Blade another shot but I prefer higher HL points since I can swing those type of racquets a lot quicker than racquets with lower than 4 pts HL.

parasailing
11-11-2012, 05:59 PM
I had both an Aero Storm Tour GT with SW of 330 and a Pure Storm Tour GT with SW of 333. Both were similar in HL balance and the Aero was slightly lighter so that would suggest the Aero being easier to swing but for me, the Pure Storm had better balance throughout the racquet. The Aero felt unevenly balance if that is possible with more of the weight being in the throat of the racquet whereas the Pure Storm were evenly distributed across the entire racquet.

The Pure Storm Tour as easier to swing than the Aero Storm Tour so sometimes there are other factors invovled.

Hankenstein
11-11-2012, 10:22 PM
Got the Blade 98 16/19 2 days ago. Will try it tonight. Its strung with Wilson Sensation from the factory

Torres
11-12-2012, 01:53 AM
http://www.yves-tennis.fr/product.php?id_product=1243

Enjoy!

That's a brilliant background photo on that website - Djoko, Nadal, Murray, Fed - crossing Abbey Road a la The Beetles.

roundiesee
11-12-2012, 03:59 AM
That's a brilliant background photo on that website - Djoko, Nadal, Murray, Fed - crossing Abbey Road a la The Beetles.

Dammit, how do you get rid of the main webpage, LOL!? The background photo is way more interesting! :)

Automatix
11-12-2012, 04:35 AM
Dammit, how do you get rid of the main webpage, LOL!? The background photo is way more interesting! :)


Here you go.
http://www.yves-tennis.fr/themes/menstore/img/fond.jpg

Xonemains
11-12-2012, 01:45 PM
Here you go.
http://www.yves-tennis.fr/themes/menstore/img/fond.jpg


You d man automatix, what a great historic funny pic.

Notice how all is holding the racquet at the top of the handle except for the lefty.

God. Hate playing leftys. Lol, sorry back on topic. :)

JackB1
11-12-2012, 04:08 PM
Got the Blade 98 16/19 2 days ago. Will try it tonight. Its strung with Wilson Sensation from the factory

looking forward to your thoughts on the 16x19, particularly the swingweight.

mrmo1115
11-12-2012, 08:06 PM
looking forward to your thoughts on the 16x19, particularly the swingweight.

Agreed..........

Torres
11-13-2012, 04:36 AM
Apart from the head shape, the 2013 Blade looks just like the Donnay Pro One:

http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_big/DPRO1-1.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hXSnz.jpg?1

Specs aren't too disimilar either.....

Pro One
Length 27 inches69 centimeters
Head Size 97 square inches626 square centimeters
Weight 11.5 ounces 326 grams
Balance Point 13 inches33 centimeters 4pts Head Light
Construction 21.5mm Straight Beam
CompositionXenecore
String Pattern16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Flex Rating 64 Range: 0-100
Swing Weight 327 Range: 200-400

Blade 98 16x19
Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
Length: 27 inches (686mm)
Weight:±318g
Balance:±1 HL
Swingweight: ≈331kg•cm²
Beam: 21,5mm
Flex: ≈66RA
String pattern:16x19

JDMasFCK
11-13-2012, 09:09 AM
Debating if I should get the 2013 Blade 98 in 18x20...Have a chance to get a brand new one for $160 with my choice of string.....hmm...

Hankenstein
11-13-2012, 10:35 AM
Agreed..........

(and JackB)
Its strung with Wilson Sensation so it will not be 100 % accurat compared to the 18/20 strung with 4G. I have to take photos of it first though before its used (for an article) and then i will use it hopefully on friday.

The design of this frame is really nice "live" and it feels exclusive so to say.

Hope to give you guys good news in the weekend that it lives up to your expectations =)

jcollura4
11-13-2012, 12:26 PM
http://imgur.com/hXSnz

jcollura4
11-13-2012, 12:27 PM
http://imgur.com/hXSnz

Federerkblade
11-13-2012, 12:40 PM
sexy siobhan gives her opionion

What racquets are you playtesting?

Wilson Blade 104, Babolat AeroPro Drive and AeroPro Drive +, Wilson Steam 99 and 99 S

I just finished the Wilson BLX Blade 104 playtest, which holds a special place in my heart because I played through college with the Team (the previous model, that doesn’t have the new name, paint job and Amplifeel that the new 104 does). It’s a great racquet and although I feel like I have moved on as a player and it’s not my #1 racquet of choice anymore, I still really love playing with it. With my fast swings, it’s maneuverable and it whips through the air really quickly. It allows me to access great power and spin and as I’ve always previously been drawn to the bigger head size, the sweet spot is large and comfortable. May I also mention, the new paint job is sick. Sick, as in: This. Is. Boss. It’s black and silver and is so cool it doesn’t even need another color. The entire line is actually really slick. Trust me on this one.

I’m also playtesting both the new Babolat AeroPro Drive and AeroPro Drive+ which I am really enjoying. Both of these racquets have new technology called Active Cortex which adds a cleaner, less interfered response to your shots. I’ve played a bit with the older AeroPro Drive GT a little, and this is more comfortable too. I definitely prefer the new model over the old, as the improved feel, response, and comfort are top notch (skating over the original reason I love this racquet, such as the power, control and spin potential).

I’ve also had a little play around with the Wilson S racquets (I’m on the playtest for the 99, and the 99 S). I need to put a lot more court time in with these but the response from these racquets is really cool. The 15×16 string pattern really gives you that extra spin – I was able to really rip my baseline balls, and where some shots would normally fly out, this time they drop in. They really respond to my faster swing-speed and heavier spin style of play and I can’t wait to get out on the court more with them.

Editor’s note: Siobhan just gave you another sneak peek at the new Blades that will be available on our site for pre-sale Nov. 15. The Babolat AeroPro Drive and AeroPro Drive+ go on pre-sale November 23. The new Steams will pre-sale Jan. 1, 2013.

Federerkblade
11-14-2012, 10:49 AM
http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/racquets/sneak-peek-new-wilson-blades-for-2013/

more sneak preview for tomorrow

royfrombigd
11-14-2012, 10:57 AM
http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/racquets/sneak-peek-new-wilson-blades-for-2013/

more sneak preview for tomorrow

Stop teasing....I want these BAD!!!

Federerkblade
11-14-2012, 11:00 AM
Stop teasing....I want these BAD!!!

lol thats what i say to my women

Federerkblade
11-14-2012, 01:47 PM
TW have taken that link down ???

Irrelevant
11-14-2012, 07:18 PM
Not sure if this was posted yet but specs are up:

18x20 - http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-B9818.html

16x19 - http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-BLD9816.html

klementine79
11-14-2012, 07:25 PM
^What's up with the new grip `wilson sublime'?

I guess the hybrid grip is being phased out?

Hankenstein
11-14-2012, 10:46 PM
^What's up with the new grip `wilson sublime'?

I guess the hybrid grip is being phased out?

That is the without doubt most slippery grip i have ever tried! 5 minutes, then I had to add a tourna grip because it was unplayable! Shocking slippery and strange feel.

Gemini
11-17-2012, 06:39 AM
Ah...the 16x19 has great potential for me. I'm may snag a couple of these just for the heck of it. The paintjobs are pretty sick and I'm loving the specs. Just enough room to customize.

MAXXply
11-17-2012, 08:07 AM
I know they won't, but I wish Wilson would use the same simple black-out PJs as seen on these new Blades, and put them on their girly-white-candy-***** BLX Pro Staff range. White cosmetics on so-called players rackets just look wrong. The black cosmetics on the new BLXs tick all the right boxes for sleek, subtle and menacing.

srvnvly
11-17-2012, 08:12 AM
I know they won't, but I wish Wilson would use the same simple black-out PJs as seen on these new Blades, and put them on their girly-white-candy-***** BLX Pro Staff range. White cosmetics on so-called players rackets just look wrong. The black cosmetics on the new BLXs tick all the right boxes for sleek, subtle and menacing.

I agree: the black is very classy AND bad@ss at the same time

UCSF2012
11-17-2012, 08:22 AM
I thought I'd try the Blade 98, so I bought a couple of the cheapest ones available. Problem is...the cheapest ones were black and pink. Hey, it's all about how a racket plays, right? Not how it looks.

Torres
11-17-2012, 09:04 AM
Not sure if this was posted yet but specs are up:

18x20 - http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-B9818.html

16x19 - http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-BLD9816.html

Hmmm....both waaay too tip heavy for my liking.

Why do Wilson have to balance a racquet like that?

Why couldn't they produce the Tour specs in a 98? Or a 98 with the balance of the Tour? And I would have LOVED to have seen the 93 in an open pattern.

Power Player
11-17-2012, 10:57 AM
The balance is what you want. Its only a 305 gram racquet. When you have a light stick with weight in the head it plays a lot bigger than it weighs. If it was too headlight, it would swing like a flywatter and not hit nearly as big.

You can counterweight the blade and make it like the tour with a leather grip and some lead.

Torres
11-17-2012, 12:07 PM
You can counterweight the blade and make it like the tour with a leather grip and some lead.

Can't say that I want to spend the next 3 months constantly sticking on lead tape, playtesting, adjusting, play testing, adjusting, playtesting, adjusting.....

The Prestige MP was bad enough to correct and that was just in the upper hoop.

Weight adjustments in the handle and throat are just the worst in terms of time demands, high frustration quotient, and wasted grips (wasted by constantly peeling, lead taping, resticking, lead taping, peeling, resticking...). Leather's not the answer anyway for someone who doesn't like leather grips.

Power Player
11-17-2012, 04:03 PM
The blade is not for your game most likely. It's a baseliners control stick. I love the specs personally and would hate it balanced more head light.

mrmo1115
11-17-2012, 06:22 PM
Is it okay to assume that people who didn't enjoy the previous BLX version won't find much of a different opinion when they take out these out to the courts to test? I had a brief stint with the K version and found that to be a nice racquet to play with.. hated the BLX felt like I was swinging a heavy log and had no feel for the ball whatsoever, way too stiff.

parasailing
11-18-2012, 12:30 AM
Is it okay to assume that people who didn't enjoy the previous BLX version won't find much of a different opinion when they take out these out to the courts to test? I had a brief stint with the K version and found that to be a nice racquet to play with.. hated the BLX felt like I was swinging a heavy log and had no feel for the ball whatsoever, way too stiff.

That's because the new one didn't offer a 16x19 string pattern which I think will make a significant difference in how it feels. I guess time will tell once this racquet comes out and people start to demo it.

MAXXply
11-19-2012, 02:02 AM
I found this on UK tennis retailer pro[xxx][tennxx] website. It is a part of the product description/marketing hype that is listed for the Blade 93. It is a whole paragraph devoted to the Blade's black-out PJ and how and why they decided to go with it.

"The Blade has been the recipient of one of the most stunning paint jobs to ever grace a tennis racket, and the story behind it is even better. Word has it that during the testing and tweaking period, Wilson's pro players are handed matt black, undercoated 'blank canvas' frames to play with before they receive their finished articles.
Every year Wilson is asked by many of its pros if they can keep the test versions as they prefer the understated matt black finish. So, this year, Wilson has finally relented and given the Blade a stunning makeover with a matt black finish complete with classy silver detailing or a glossy black finish with white detailing inspired by their test rackets."

I'm not surprised that Wilson included this as part of their hype. We are now at a time where garish, multicoloured monstrosities are the norm for tennis rackets, so the idea of something so mindblowing and subversive as a plain black cosmetic would surely have novelty marketing appeal.

I just hope the rest of the industry takes note of the Blade's understated cosmetics and decide that they too, should return to plain, subtle and dark paintjobs for their future players rackets, and leave the white-swirly-gold-King-Tut-lollipop-pastel blue-and-bumblebee-yellow paintjobs to chick rackets and grannysticks.

Shangri La
11-19-2012, 10:01 AM
Was looking forward to the 16/19 but from the reviews the 18/20 really looks tempting.

abcman
11-19-2012, 06:24 PM
I found this on UK tennis retailer pro[xxx][tennxx] website. It is a part of the product description/marketing hype that is listed for the Blade 93. It is a whole paragraph devoted to the Blade's black-out PJ and how and why they decided to go with it.

"The Blade has been the recipient of one of the most stunning paint jobs to ever grace a tennis racket, and the story behind it is even better. Word has it that during the testing and tweaking period, Wilson's pro players are handed matt black, undercoated 'blank canvas' frames to play with before they receive their finished articles.
Every year Wilson is asked by many of its pros if they can keep the test versions as they prefer the understated matt black finish. So, this year, Wilson has finally relented and given the Blade a stunning makeover with a matt black finish complete with classy silver detailing or a glossy black finish with white detailing inspired by their test rackets."

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So the Blade 93 has a Matte black finish or a glossy one?

JDMasFCK
11-19-2012, 06:32 PM
So the Blade 93 has a Matte black finish or a glossy one?

matte black

gplracer
11-21-2012, 05:45 AM
I hope the new blades are totally redesigned. Every old one we have had has broken. It gets a crack down near the grip.

MAXXply
11-21-2012, 07:01 AM
To any experienced Blade 93 users: is the headsize much different when compared to say, the HEAD Prestige Mids or POG Mids?
Do you think it plays closer to a 90 than a 95?