Any Info on the 2013 Wilson BLX Blade?

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  1. srvnvly

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    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.
     
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  2. li0scc0

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    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.
     
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  3. Arthuro

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    ^^^Agreed. They messed up with the BLx Blade. I still have some K Blades, but I guess no one wants them anymore.
     
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  4. UCSF2012

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    I actually like the BLX Blade. A lot. Very powerful with awesome placement. Low spin though.
     
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  5. fed27

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    just bought 2 BLX BLADE.. lot of power yet easy to control.. have no idea about the KBLADE though..
     
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  6. li0scc0

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

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    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.
     
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  8. MomentumGT

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    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
     
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  9. chaddles

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    Definitely new Blade line for next season. No real details except the graphic style will follow the other BLX2 sticks
     
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  10. srvnvly

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    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
     
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  11. ASH1485

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    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.
     
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  12. UCSF2012

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    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.
     
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  13. ASH1485

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    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.
     
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  14. aceroberts13

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    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.
     
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  15. srvnvly

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    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!
     
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  16. UCSF2012

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

    -Jon
     
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  18. aceroberts13

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    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.
     
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  19. MattPrevidi

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    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.
     
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  20. UCSF2012

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    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.
     
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  21. aceroberts13

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    I've only seen one person posting in this thread who doesn't understand racquet specs.
     
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  22. UCSF2012

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    Oooh, big man with a comeback....
     
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  23. gplracer

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    I have seen a lot of BLX Blades break right above the grip.
     
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  24. Blitzball

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

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    Wilson should come with a 93 with a 16x19 pattern, imo!
     
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  26. ntinos1972

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    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.
     
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  27. Fuji

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

    -Fuji
     
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  28. borgpro

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    Where? What??

    (enough money..)
     
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  29. borgpro

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

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    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
     
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  31. davedomart

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    He means prostock.
     
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  32. borgpro

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    Thanks! Wow, I would like to try / have one..
     
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  33. bert96

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    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?
     
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  34. Automatix

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    AFAIK the Blades are indeed discontinued. Some new models will replace them though.
     
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  35. bert96

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    any infos at this time??
     
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  36. Fuji

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    For sure bud! :)

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  37. D-money

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  40. drakulie

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    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.
     
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  41. UCSF2012

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    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.
     
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  42. tennisnut09

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    monfils uses the new blade 18x20???
     
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  43. Bartelby

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    He's using the 18 mains in the photo.
     
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  44. gavna

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    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
     
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    definitely racquet porn blades looks stunning

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

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    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.
     
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