6.1 95 (18/20) Ncode/KFactor/BLX/Amplifeel

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  1. swedenparty

    swedenparty Rookie

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    Any racquet experts here that can enlighten me?

    Why is there such a difference between all those rackets? Aren't they supposed to be very similar? Almost identical in all the specs? Same molds?

    I stopped playing with Wilson after I played with the BLX for a half year...I tried different sticks including Heads and Babolats and they were all good but not perfect. Now, few years later I tried Ncode 6.1 again,and it was like going home, I love everything about this racket...I felt frustrated that I wasted few years of my tennis playing with something which wasn't mine.

    The think is that I used to change every time to the new model of the 6.1 the moment they appeared. Every time I thought : well, why would they make another model if they are not improving it. Look- even the pros switched right away.(yes, yes now I know they are using paintjobs:)) So I never even thought of going back. After I couldn't stand the BLX, I just switched thinking that 6.1 series is not for me anymore.

    So the question again: does anyone know why do they play and feel so different?
     
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  2. bt johnson

    bt johnson Rookie

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    Paint is one thing. Racquets with matte paint play different than racquets with glossy paint. Also the BLX versions are Basalt based.
     
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  3. paul_tennis

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    IMHO the play and feel different for two reasons:

    • Wilson changing "technology" or frame compositions (KFactor 80% Karophite Black 20% Kevlar vs BLX Karophite Black / Basalt)
    • Wilson horrible QC (differences in weight, balance, swingweight, weight distribution, etc)
     
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  4. corners

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    I think the big thing is the layup. The Ncode version still used the classic Pro Staff graphite/Kevlar braided construction. This was also used with the Hyper version but the Ncode version is less stiff, the least stiff of any of the 6.1s in fact. With the K version they stopped using braided construction and stopped useing Kevlar. And they also made it very stiff. Then with the BLX version they made it slightly less stiff and added some basalt to dampen vibrations. Not a bad version, IMHO. The most recent BLX is very similar to the BLX. So they've changed the layup and the stiffness with each version. You're not the first player to decide that the N was the best of the bunch. More flexible and had the unique feel of graphite/kevlar construction.
     
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  5. swedenparty

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    So I guess the real question is:

    do they change the construction in order to make it better and sometimes fail(for some players at least)? to make it cheaper? or to just to make it different so people buy it(without caring for the performance)?
     
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  6. ups42769

    ups42769 New User

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    I wish that they just would just lie to us, and keep giving us the same version of the same racquet, with new paintjobs. I think that most 6.1 enthusiasts, of which i am one, would say that there was just something wrong with the Kfactor. This is in direct contrast to the 6.1 Tour 90, of which the kfactor version seems to maybe be the best ever.

    I got the BLX red version recently and was horrified, but i gave it a chance, and now it is starting to grow on me.

    In contrast to the 6.1 95 classic, i almost never see 6.1 95's out on courts these days.
     
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  7. Wilson6-1

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    I really like the nCode 6.1 95. I tried the kFactor and did NOT like it. Ever since, I have been sceptical about the new 6.1 models and have not tried the BLX or BLX amplifeel racquets.

    I am curious if anyone has tired these and can tell me if any play like the ncode?
     
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  8. SandVolley

    SandVolley New User

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    as someone who converted away from wilson, I am starting to find the wilson fanboydom kind of hilarious (similar to the iPhone fanboydom -- of which i am still a part).
     
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  9. MF878

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    Strange, I liked the K Factor and the first BLX, but I find the Amplifeel an absolute nightmare.
     
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  10. swedenparty

    swedenparty Rookie

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    not at all a fanboy...

    Just like most of us here trying to find my perfect racket, I am a 6.0 player, was ranked in college, never really had a chance to play many futures to prove myself for life and financial reasons...

    Tried babolat(1 year) - felt like a 5$ Chinese corner market racquet, tried Head - felt like a racquet targeting more amateur playerbase, couldn't find the right one.

    Recently I decided that the best tennis I ever showed was with the Ncode 6.1, then I realized that I switched because I kept buying the new 6.1 95s.
     
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  11. Wilson6-1

    Wilson6-1 Rookie

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    Coming from someone that played with the KPS88 and openly talks about serving like Sampras, it is funny that you use chose the word "fanboy" to describe others??

    I am glad you like your new racquet, I am sure it is a great, but if you aren't going to contribute to a thread (other than to hurl insults), I think most of us could do without the opinion.
     
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  12. heninfan99

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    The Amplifeels are TOTALLY different than the original BLX. I also could pick up a K Factor and play exactly the same with it --it was just a little siffer.

    Even the published specs of the Amplifeels are very different. Wilson has pulled a Nike and ruined a great line.
    So I might go Storm LTD or Prestige Pro.
     
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  13. Fintft

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    Well I've only hit with the NCode once, but have been using 95 Kfactor/BLX/Amplifeel continuously...

    Kfactor in 18X20, BLXes in 16X18.

    I can see that someone gave you good explanations about materials, but so far nobody pointed out that they become more and more HL (less SW), hence more control oriented. I.e the Amplifeels are about 14g lower in SW then the BLXes.

    Also the engineering/ the swing itself seems a tad diffrent(but probably mainly having to do with the SW)

    Cheers!

    Oh, I love the Amplifeels and can't play anymore with the Kfactor, unless I use a dampener. But overall I prefer the control of the Amplifeel and learning to generate my own power more.
     
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  14. swedenparty

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    Great insights from everyone!, N

    Never thought that a company could start changing so much something which was considered once maybe best racket ever made - PS 6.1 Classic. Why didn't they just go with the racket that worked for so many pros...too expensive to make?
     
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  15. ups42769

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    Really on the amplifeel? i mean im 6.1 enthusiast--i just, you know, i hate the amplifeel--it just seems more like damplifeel, and shots so erratic.

    I wanna like the amplifeel, i just cannot find anything better than the n code version.

    maybe i got a bad amplifeel racquet or something
     
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  16. flume

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    I prefer the dampened feel of the black and red blx to the ncode.
     
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