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TW Staff
11-15-2012, 08:34 AM
Full written and video reviews are now available.

Enjoy!

Blade 93:
http://bit.ly/ZBj2N4

Blade 98 18x20:
http://bit.ly/QgkgvX

Blade 98 16x19:
http://bit.ly/Qgl5EO

Blade 104:
http://bit.ly/RWp0oL

Jason, TW

Roger Wawrinka
11-15-2012, 08:36 AM
Wow! I would love to try the 93!:)

royfrombigd
11-15-2012, 09:15 AM
Me likey....

Want them all, but the team.

Federerkblade
11-15-2012, 09:17 AM
nice paint jobs and thanks for the early review TW.

However me looking forward to the steam 99s

parasailing
11-15-2012, 09:44 AM
Time to get the Blade 98 16x19 next month.

Shangri La
11-15-2012, 09:47 AM
You guys are super fast! So the 104 has better control than the 98 16/19..

rlau
11-15-2012, 09:59 AM
I'm kind of surprised to see the 18x20 getting significantly lower scores than the previous model, even though the specs are practically the same, but it seems like Chris' scores are somewhat taking it down, as Jason, Sean and Andy gave higher marks.

Killer paint job though -- I love it.

cmendez79
11-15-2012, 10:29 AM
I want the 93 !!!!!

But anybody has try them out?? the only thing that scares me is the flex rate, at 67 is going to kill my elbow, I have te !!!

Ashanti
11-15-2012, 10:32 AM
Im liking the 104 or the 98 18x20 blades they seem to be winners as well as the 93 but that's to small for my taste

TW Staff
11-15-2012, 10:45 AM
I'm kind of surprised to see the 18x20 getting significantly lower scores than the previous model, even though the specs are practically the same, but it seems like Chris' scores are somewhat taking it down, as Jason, Sean and Andy gave higher marks.

Killer paint job though -- I love it.

My overall score was incorrect. It should be 80. It is being corrected.

Chris, TW

Hominator
11-15-2012, 10:47 AM
My overall score was incorrect. It should be 80. It is being corrected.

Chris, TW

Chris,

When will TW start selling the frames? Thanks.

TW Staff
11-15-2012, 10:49 AM
They're for pre-sale now:

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilsonracquets.html

Tiffani, TW

jorel
11-15-2012, 10:50 AM
87 holy crap

jorel
11-15-2012, 10:51 AM
chris or anyone...how does it compare to the rok?

Bhagi Katbamna
11-15-2012, 11:27 AM
Every time I see the fantastic scores for the 11.7 ounce plus rackets, I get tempted but when I use them, they remind me that I'm not 30 anymore(heck, I'm not even 40 anymore).

hersito
11-15-2012, 11:50 AM
In contradiction with most of the people I don't like the PJ i think golden lines in stead of silver one would have been better. That said im considering getting 2 pink blade 98 instead of 1 B98 2013, just trying to convince my brain that having a pink racket is not that big of a deal if it costs 50% less than a golden one... Maybe when blade 2013 are 150 U$D I'll buy one.

ffrpg
11-15-2012, 12:04 PM
TW,

Is the new blade 93 as "user friendly" as the kblade 93?

cknobman
11-15-2012, 12:10 PM
87 holy crap

Thats what I was thinking!!

One of the higher scores I have seen in a while for a racquet.

maxpotapov
11-15-2012, 12:21 PM
just trying to convince my brain that having a pink racket is not that big of a deal if it costs 50% less than a golden one...

No, it is a big deal. Really.

Doublebounce
11-15-2012, 12:30 PM
What type of polyester string would you reccomend for the 98 18x20 and at what tension? I am thinking about switching to this frame but not sure what setup to try it with

Power Player
11-15-2012, 12:55 PM
I use 4g in the mains and it plays incredibly well.

royfrombigd
11-15-2012, 01:04 PM
Wonder why no leather grips for the mid? Man, they do look nice with the all black though.

Doublebounce
11-15-2012, 01:12 PM
I use 4g in the mains and it plays incredibly well.

i'm assuming you used natural gut in the crosses? i wonder how it would play with full 4g. On a side note, I feel like Wilson is pushing this string with all of their new 2013 frames.

zapvor
11-15-2012, 02:51 PM
i have always enjoyed how easy it swings through the air. now that there is 16x19........

Sumo
11-15-2012, 03:13 PM
just trying to convince my brain that having a pink racket is not that big of a deal.

Pink is where it's at, and I think looks badass.
Just watch any of the breast cancer awareness nfl games and you'll no longer have any qualms about it.

Xonemains
11-15-2012, 04:24 PM
I was looking forward to the testing the 16 x 19, but now I got my eyes on the mid.

If it is better than the old k blade, that will be a huge seller.

I know so many guys still still hitting the k blade tour, mayb their new stick has finally arrived.

Xonemains
11-15-2012, 04:26 PM
I just thought the 16 x 19 might score some huge points, oh well:)

BigM
11-15-2012, 04:32 PM
Well there goes any attempt to stick with my pure drives.....

1st Seed
11-15-2012, 05:59 PM
Shame the 93" wasn't a 16x19 ala pb10.Would you agree Chris?,And elaborate on the flex if u could please
Still great review TW,

klementine79
11-15-2012, 06:17 PM
Hey T-dub?

Nice job getting the reviews out with the pre-sale, great way to inform the consumer.

Had one question, the grip `wilson sublime', is this a variation on the hybrid-leather grip or a completely new synthetic grip?

mrmo1115
11-15-2012, 06:19 PM
Hey Jason, just wondering since you mentioned in the 18x20 review that you prefer the 16 19 because it felt easier to swing.. I just checked up on the stats and it looks like the 16 19 actually is 1 point higher on the SW.. what do you think made it feel lighter to swing for you? I found that the BLX Blade was too tough to swing so I'm hoping the 16 19 will be easier!

JackB1
11-15-2012, 06:26 PM
Hey Jason, just wondering since you mentioned in the 18x20 review that you prefer the 16 19 because it felt easier to swing.. I just checked up on the stats and it looks like the 16 19 actually is 1 point higher on the SW.. what do you think made it feel lighter to swing for you? I found that the BLX Blade was too tough to swing so I'm hoping the 16 19 will be easier!

The new blades have similar swingweights to the old ones, so I wouldn't expect anything drastically different. There is always the lighter oversize model though.

parasailing
11-15-2012, 07:41 PM
I want the 93 !!!!!

But anybody has try them out?? the only thing that scares me is the flex rate, at 67 is going to kill my elbow, I have te !!!

Use natural gut and that should help.

mrmo1115
11-15-2012, 08:51 PM
The new blades have similar swingweights to the old ones, so I wouldn't expect anything drastically different. There is always the lighter oversize model though.

The odd thing is that I find that swinging my PSTGT to be easier than the previous Blade 98.. when the PSTGT has a higher SW.. which baffles me. Maybe things could be different with the new Blade? I've always been a huge Blade fan since I loved playing with the N and K versions. As for any other future racquets I might be interested in.. the new Head Speed catches my attention so hopefully that one plays nicely :)

xFullCourtTenniSx
11-15-2012, 08:54 PM
Man... Put in leather for the 93, and get a 16x19 string pattern... That'd be sweet... Oh well... There's still the PS85.

Matchball
11-15-2012, 10:36 PM
TW,

Is the new blade 93 as "user friendly" as the kblade 93?

Thank you !

Wanted to ask the exact same thing.
Can you guys compare it with the KF one?

AverageJoe
11-15-2012, 10:52 PM
Really happy to see TW not hiking up scores to potentially increase sales on new frames. Bravo TW staff!

Hankenstein
11-15-2012, 11:20 PM
I tried the 16/19 yesterday. Strung with Wilson Sensation.

I have to say i like the 16/19 more then 18/20. 16/19 have more power, more response in the stringbed. The tighter 18/20 is a tad stiff imo and its much easier to play with the 16/19. For me, the choice is easy

Only downside with the 16/19 version is the new wilson-grip "sublim" or what its called. It is the worst base-grip in tennis history. It must be a misstake or something. A bad batch. If you are a player only using the base-grip, remove it straight away, dont even try it. It gets slippery after 2 minutes

zmenon
11-16-2012, 04:40 AM
Im also interested in how it compares to the Rok, which is my current stick.

tyu1314
11-16-2012, 05:04 AM
So, is the blade tour heavier,if i replace the grip with the same leather grip as the previous model? since it used to be leather and now with different grip? Or the new grip weight about the same as the leather?

stronzzi70
11-16-2012, 09:05 AM
My overall score was incorrect. It should be 80. It is being corrected.

Chris, TW

Chris, Could you tell me any difference between the new blade 93 and the
K factor Blade 93...?

Shangri La
11-16-2012, 10:30 AM
I tried the 16/19 yesterday. Strung with Wilson Sensation.

I have to say i like the 16/19 more then 18/20. 16/19 have more power, more response in the stringbed. The tighter 18/20 is a tad stiff imo and its much easier to play with the 16/19. For me, the choice is easy

Only downside with the 16/19 version is the new wilson-grip "sublim" or what its called. It is the worst base-grip in tennis history. It must be a misstake or something. A bad batch. If you are a player only using the base-grip, remove it straight away, dont even try it. It gets slippery after 2 minutes

Does the 16*19 have a lot less control than the 18*20 like TW's score indicates?

TW Staff
11-16-2012, 03:29 PM
Hey Jason, just wondering since you mentioned in the 18x20 review that you prefer the 16 19 because it felt easier to swing.. I just checked up on the stats and it looks like the 16 19 actually is 1 point higher on the SW.. what do you think made it feel lighter to swing for you? I found that the BLX Blade was too tough to swing so I'm hoping the 16 19 will be easier!

Great question! It all could be a figment of my imagination. But I decided to take this question to our TW Professor. This is what he said, "Strings are most of the aerodynamic drag, not the frame. So there will be more (drag with the 18x20), but don't know what players can or can't feel and how much change in pattern is necessary."

Jason, TW

Xonemains
11-16-2012, 04:20 PM
Chris, Could you tell me any difference between the new blade 93 and the
K factor Blade 93...?


I need to know this as well. K factor blade tour was a gem. What's the difference between the 2. Someone please?

jjl
11-19-2012, 06:17 AM
Tough call between the 16x19 and 18X20 for me. had a nBlade 98 18x20 that i liked but wished had a bit more power, so 16x19 seems the way to go, but not sure i want less control as a result. guess i'll have to demo both.

jorel
11-19-2012, 06:19 AM
I need to know this as well. K factor blade tour was a gem. What's the difference between the 2. Someone please?
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=445885

drummerdan
11-19-2012, 07:07 PM
Chris,

Since you are a former PB10 Mid player, how would you compare it to the blade 93? Also, if you could only play with either the PB10 Mid or the Blade 93, which would you pick and why?

lefty001
11-20-2012, 11:57 AM
Why is there a huge difference in weight between the 16x19 and 18x20?
I thought Wilson advertised these 2 sticks having the same weight

304g unstrung

I wonder what the specs say on the racquet itself.

Power Player
11-20-2012, 12:28 PM
Why is there a huge difference in weight between the 16x19 and 18x20?
I thought Wilson advertised these 2 sticks having the same weight

304g unstrung

I wonder what the specs say on the racquet itself.

It's Wilson's QC. Just make sure you get your sticks weighed before you buy them.

mykoh
11-22-2012, 11:30 PM
Why is there a huge difference in weight between the 16x19 and 18x20?
I thought Wilson advertised these 2 sticks having the same weight

304g unstrung

I wonder what the specs say on the racquet itself.

could it also be that the 18x20 string pattern requires more string than the 16x19 and hence the difference in weight?

assuming that's correct, the weight of string for the extra mains and crosses would be 6.24g. sounds reasonable..

Xonemains
11-23-2012, 04:38 AM
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=445885


Thanks jorel

TW Staff
11-23-2012, 10:14 AM
I think the new Blade 93 plays more like the KBlade Tour, in that it has a more generous sweetspot compared to the BLX version. I think the feel is improved over both, but especially the BLX.

In regards to the Diablo Mid, I posted this elsewhere:

The Diablo Mid has more of a classic box beam feel to it -- think POG, PS 85 etc. The Blade 93 does not have that same box beam solidness, but it feels faster, snappier and more responsive.

The Diablo Mid has a livelier stringbed, but both offer about equally forgiving sweetspots. I would say the Diablo is a little more topspin friendly, the Blade 93 more precise and a slightly better slice racquet. Both a great sticks and the differences are not that major when it comes to what I can do with the ball when playing with either.

In regards to the PB10 Mid, the feel is very different. The PB10 is much softer feeling and it also feels a bit faster through contact for me.

The Blade 93 kind of bridges the gap between the PB10 Mid and the Prestige Mid. It offers the feel and control of the 18x20 string pattern, but has a slightly livelier feeling frame and like the PB10 Mid, is not quite as demanding.

Hope that helps,
Chris, TW

ConorM3737
11-23-2012, 10:51 AM
I'm thinking of getting either the new blade 98(18x20) or the new aeropro drive in the next couple of weeks, and wanted to know which one you guys would recommend. I'm looking for more stability, plow through, control, and just a general improvement over my 9.9oz beginners racquet (which is way too light).

I have a eastern/semi western grip on my forehand and have a one handed backhand, and I also come to net quite often. I would rate myself at around 3.0-3.5. I love the cosmetic of the blade 98, but would happily buy the aeropro if you guys suggest it.

I want the racquet to last me around 2 years as well, so I want a racquet that will be usable as I develop.

Thanks :)

Xonemains
11-23-2012, 01:52 PM
I think the new Blade 93 plays more like the KBlade Tour, in that it has a more generous sweetspot compared to the BLX version. I think the feel is improved over both, but especially the BLX.

In regards to the Diablo Mid, I posted this elsewhere:

The Diablo Mid has more of a classic box beam feel to it -- think POG, PS 85 etc. The Blade 93 does not have that same box beam solidness, but it feels faster, snappier and more responsive.

The Diablo Mid has a livelier stringbed, but both offer about equally forgiving sweetspots. I would say the Diablo is a little more topspin friendly, the Blade 93 more precise and a slightly better slice racquet. Both a great sticks and the differences are not that major when it comes to what I can do with the ball when playing with either.

In regards to the PB10 Mid, the feel is very different. The PB10 is much softer feeling and it also feels a bit faster through contact for me.

The Blade 93 kind of bridges the gap between the PB10 Mid and the Prestige Mid. It offers the feel and control of the 18x20 string pattern, but has a slightly livelier feeling frame and like the PB10 Mid, is not quite as demanding.

Hope that helps,
Chris, TW


thanks so much Chris, im not playing open tourneys anymore, dont need that much power or spin against club players.

so im very interested in this new black blade 93 to live out the rest of my tennis days.:)