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Veninga
10-23-2012, 10:13 AM
not available on tenniswarehouse, but on other big tennis online shop.

The 2012 Wilson Pro Tour BLX is a new cosmetic update to the control-oriented Pro Tour BLX. The 2012 Pro Tour BLX retains a classic 'tweener design, now with a more open 16x20 string pattern, 11.6 oz. strung weight and 24mm wide beam. Added control and feel from the 96 sq. in. headsize and leather-backed Pro Hybrid replacement grip. BLX builds upon the very popular K Factor design, offering a refinement of Wilson frame technology that provides the ultimate in feel and performance.

Headsize: 96 sq. in.
Length: 27.00 in.
Weight (strung): 11.60 oz.
Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 66
Balance: 12.60 in. Head Light
Cross Section: 24/23mm Tapered Beam
Swingweight: 304 kg*sq. cm
String Pattern: 16x20
Grip: Wilson Pro Hybrid

@tw are you going to sell this one as well?

@others, does anyone know if this one is also available in Europe?

thanks.

Fed Kennedy
10-23-2012, 10:35 AM
Wow. Looks like a standard length juice pro with better cosmetic...the previous one with tight pattern was awesome but too tight...this one looks crazy. Crazy price too....

Jazo
10-23-2012, 12:13 PM
Wow. Looks like a standard length juice pro with better cosmetic...the previous one with tight pattern was awesome but too tight...this one looks crazy. Crazy price too....

Where did you find the price?

A_Instead
10-24-2012, 08:52 AM
Just checked this out and just may have to pic up 2. Has anyone had a chanve to hit with this one??

Virtua Tennis
10-24-2012, 09:39 AM
If it plays like my old K Pro Tour I may get a couple. :)

Veninga
10-24-2012, 10:59 AM
probably only availabe in the states. ******* sports.

aggressive paintjob, nice open pattern, someone overthere willing to buy one for me and ship it over?

cknobman
10-24-2012, 11:23 AM
Holy good deals Batman!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for posting this it is a super buy. I am getting 2 right now.

chopstic
10-24-2012, 11:36 AM
It's not even listed on Wilsons website as one of their rackets. Could it be a fake??

atlfalcons12
10-24-2012, 11:43 AM
Doubt it would be fake. They won't ruin their reputation like that. Great price. Maybe someone can give it a try.

Veninga
10-24-2012, 12:11 PM
swingweight is listed very low?

the former one had a SW of 330.

K Pro Tour, 16 x 20, had a very low sw (is that correct?)

Is this the BLX reincarnation of the K Pro Tour?

cknobman
10-24-2012, 12:22 PM
I hope this is not a misprint because wilsons site only has a 18 x 20.

I played with the K Pro Tour and loved it and was very disappointed when the announced the blx version to have a 18 x 20 pattern.

I just bought 2. <$150 final price including tax & shipping. Also both will be strung with 16g syn gut for free!!

Veninga
10-24-2012, 12:29 PM
I hope this is not a misprint because wilsons site only has a 18 x 20.

I played with the K Pro Tour and loved it and was very disappointed when the announced the blx version to have a 18 x 20 pattern.

I just bought 2. <$150 final price including tax & shipping. Also both will be strung with 16g syn gut for free!!

if you got them, would you be so nice to post your experiences with us? Really interested in this one, but already tried to buy, but they were not allowed to sell outside Europe. thanks (arjanveninga@hotmail.com)

A_Instead
10-24-2012, 12:30 PM
I like the Pro Open Tour but the only issue I had is that I could get good enough spin out of the extremly tight string bed to keep the ball in court.
I liked the power level and the smaller head.. just could get the needed spin on my shots.
If the 2012 does have a more open string pattern as indicated in the discription... Its a must try.

cknobman
10-24-2012, 12:36 PM
Im scouring the internet trying to find information on this and not coming up with anything.

Nothing on Wilson's site (checked US, UK, AU, JP).
Only thing on entire net about this racquet is from the seller I just bought from.

Weird. The seller is reputable and a major store so if they turn out to be 18x20 I will send them back otherwise I will be returning to this thread to post updates on them as soon as they arrive.

UPDATE:
I did find this thread here at TT back from December of 2011: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=406883
Last post mentions Wilsons site having a page for this very racquet but poster never put a link to it.

Virtua Tennis
10-25-2012, 12:21 AM
Would not be surprised if wilson goes to mid west say hey i'll make you this racquet for this much money but you have to buy a 1000. Its a way for wilson to make few bucks and help their bottom line. Head does this all the time with microgel radicals and liquidmetal racquets. Hells to this day you can still buy Ti S2

Look at tenniswarehouse they have the exclusive on prostaffs orig. So its not uncommon for companies make exclusive racquets that are not in their catalogs and sold only by one retailer.

Virtua Tennis
10-25-2012, 12:24 AM
swingweight is listed very low?

the former one had a SW of 330.

K Pro Tour, 16 x 20, had a very low sw (is that correct?)

Is this the BLX reincarnation of the K Pro Tour?

I will let you know when i get it :)

cknobman
10-26-2012, 09:14 AM
My racquets should arrive Monday so expect to see an update from me probably Tuesday evening.

Still cant find anything official on the updated 2012 16x20 string pattern though.

A_Instead
10-26-2012, 01:33 PM
Yes, please keep us posted when you get yours.

Virtua Tennis
10-26-2012, 10:43 PM
I got the racquet and all I can say is anyone who is a fan of the K Protour can be relieved and happy. It's is basically the same as the K Protour with it's 16x20 pattern and same specs.

I'll post more when I string it up and play with it. :)

Veninga
10-26-2012, 10:50 PM
I got the racquet and all I can say is anyone who is a fan of the K Protour can be relieved and happy. It's is basically the same as the K Protour with it's 16x20 pattern and same specs.

I'll post more when I string it up and play with it. :)

Can you measure it unstrung?
- static weight
- balance
- tipweight (take a kitchen scale and punt in on a table. put the tip in the middel of the scale and grip on the table. (somewhere between 145 and 155?).

Thanks.

cknobman
10-27-2012, 06:38 AM
Nice to hear virtua! I loved my k pro tours and was very disappointed when they changed to 18x20 for the blx.

cknobman
10-30-2012, 07:33 AM
I recieved my 2 2012 Pro Tour BLX racquets last nite and intend on taking them out for their first hit tonight.

Some initial observations:

They are indeed a 16x20 string pattern
I did not request special stringing. Both came prestrung (from factory) with Wilson sensation, and a red painted W pattern, and had the cardboard insert/advertisment covering the strings.
Weighed both and they were very close to each other and practically exact to spec. One racquet was 327 grams and the other 328. Pretty good to see close specs like that coming from Wilson.
Both appear to have the Wilson Pro Hybrid grip on them, although they are all black with no gold logos or printing on them.
Paint job/quality is very good with no noticeable flaws.


I was surprised to see the factory string job which is indicative of bargain bin racquets. I can only suppose that it means this racquet is discontinued and Wilson simply has strung remaining stock and priced them low to clear out inventory.

If anyone is interested in this racquet I would suggest getting it ASAP before they are all gone. I will make a decision after my play-test tonight on whether I will be getting more or not.

Veninga
10-30-2012, 08:23 AM
I recieved my 2 2012 Pro Tour BLX racquets last nite and intend on taking them out for their first hit tonight.

Some initial observations:

They are indeed a 16x20 string pattern
I did not request special stringing. Both came prestrung (from factory) with Wilson sensation, and a red painted W pattern, and had the cardboard insert/advertisment covering the strings.
Weighed both and they were very close to each other and practically exact to spec. One racquet was 327 grams and the other 328. Pretty good to see close specs like that coming from Wilson.
Both appear to have the Wilson Pro Hybrid grip on them, although they are all black with no gold logos or printing on them.
Paint job/quality is very good with no noticeable flaws.


I was surprised to see the factory string job which is indicative of bargain bin racquets. I can only suppose that it means this racquet is discontinued and Wilson simply has strung remaining stock and priced them low to clear out inventory.

If anyone is interested in this racquet I would suggest getting it ASAP before they are all gone. I will make a decision after my play-test tonight on whether I will be getting more or not.

What about swingweight? Can you measure it for us? Big difference between the K Pro Tour and the BLX Pro Tour.. Thanks.

Virtua Tennis
10-31-2012, 06:01 PM
What about swingweight? Can you measure it for us? Big difference between the K Pro Tour and the BLX Pro Tour.. Thanks.

Damn hurricane here in NY stopping me from going to the tennis shop. But otherwise the swing weight feels the same.

The only thing though is to change it from the hybrid grip to full leather like the K protour. I did it just because leather is a bit heavier than the synthetic hybrid that came with it.

Virtua Tennis
10-31-2012, 06:08 PM
I recieved my 2 2012 Pro Tour BLX racquets last nite and intend on taking them out for their first hit tonight.

I was surprised to see the factory string job which is indicative of bargain bin racquets. I can only suppose that it means this racquet is discontinued and Wilson simply has strung remaining stock and priced them low to clear out inventory.

If anyone is interested in this racquet I would suggest getting it ASAP before they are all gone. I will make a decision after my play-test tonight on whether I will be getting more or not.

I don't think they come strung I got 4 all unstrung and the grommets don't show any wear to it.

Can't wait to play with it but need to get a few leather grips.

cknobman
11-01-2012, 05:20 AM
I don't think they come strung I got 4 all unstrung and the grommets don't show any wear to it.

Can't wait to play with it but need to get a few leather grips.

Hmmm interesting. My two racquets also came wrapped in plastic bags, one was a technifibre and the other prince.

A_Instead
11-18-2012, 11:19 AM
Any update on those who received their racquets?

newton296
11-18-2012, 02:00 PM
I am fortunate to have MW near me, they had a few demos in stock so I grabbed one. hit some serves and groundies yesterday and was pretty impressed with the racquet considering the price. very comfortable hit, pretty powerful, good control. If I was in market for a 95 sq in, standard length, spinny, powerful stick I would probably get it.

and yah, don't let 66 stiffness scare you off, this racquet is very comfortable and does have some flex. that said, to bad I am not a big fan of 95 sq in these days as I'm getting older and like a bigger sweet spot (100 sq in) or I would grab one of these.

blx pro open for me !

the bad news , I would like to see a more open string pattern. don't get me wrong, the 16x20 is okay, but they way they space the crosses so close makes its look and feel more like a closed pattern. the first cross doesn't even start until the 8th grommet from the bottom. almost 2 inches form the throat.

thats just wrong!

A_Instead
11-18-2012, 03:40 PM
newton296

Are you using the BLX Pro Open?
Its my racquet of choice and currently using it my self.
Just wondering how it compares to the BLX Pro Tour???
Can you provide any insight?
Thanks..

newton296
11-18-2012, 04:01 PM
newton296

Are you using the BLX Pro Open?
Its my racquet of choice and currently using it my self.
Just wondering how it compares to the BLX Pro Tour???
Can you provide any insight?
Thanks..

I'm not sure what kind of game you got so I will just give you my take on both sticks.

I have a blx pro open in my bag right now, and I gotta say, as a baseline topspin basher, I like the pro open alot more because of the extra spin and power in generates. (especially serve) the (po) reminds me of the apd and I'm sure thats the racquet wilson had in mind when they designed it.

the blx pro tour feels more flexible, less powerful, and less spinny and has a more closed pattern that offers some pretty good directional control. (especially volleys) but I just couldn't get the spin I wanted with this stick off the ground. I think if your more of a flat ball hitter that likes to go too net, this stick will work pretty good.

both are pretty good sticks, but I got better results with my baseline topspin game with the the (po)

Virtua Tennis
11-18-2012, 08:30 PM
The BLX Protour fits neatly between the six one and the pro open. A touch more power than a six one a little less power than the Pro open.

I can hit flat or a lot of spin it maybe the racquet, the strings (using champions choice) or my technique. It's a nice solid racquet, my tennis partners were saying that I was never this consistent with my old KFactor Protours.

cknobman
11-19-2012, 06:41 AM
I have not posted a review yet because I am having a little more trouble adapting than I thought I would.

Right now I am having issues with the lack of mass in the head. Its leading to my backhand not getting good depth and power and my volleys at net suffering badly.
When at net any time a good hard or spinny shot is directed at me my volley is very sub par. The pace and spin of shot combined with very little mass in head of racquet make good aggressive volleys difficult.

I also have been trying to play with the Wilson Sensation full bed it shipped with and have found control and spin difficult. I am not going to blame this on the racquet yet because I normally play with a hybrid and put poly in the mains. I plan on restringing this racquet with my normal string setup and then seeing if the spin and control improve.

The biggest benefit of the racquet so far (in comparison to my Dunlop Bio 200 lite) is the serve. I have found (and been told by my teammates) that my serve speed/power goes up significantly with the Wilson vs. the Dunlop. I have also found it very easy to control my serve so in addition to more power I am getting a higher % of first serves in too.

I will post a full review once I play with my regular string setup and that likely wont happen until after the Thanksgiving holiday.

I do agree with newton296 that even though its a 16x20 the frame seems to have a dense string bed the way its spaced.

I can also say that no matter what strings I use that I am going to need to add some lead into the head of this racquet if I want volley well with it and get my backhand back.