Discussion in 'Racquets' started by srvnvly, Mar 17, 2012.
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.
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.
Sure it's not a Blade 104? That's what they are supposed to be coming out with.
Man that paintjob is sick.
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?
Tour pros do not use this racket. They use something like the H22 painted like the blade.
Dont tell david goffin that.
Or Filip Peliwo.
There's a blade 101 & 104 - don't know what the specs are of each, will see them in next couple of wks.
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.
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.
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.
^Having a hard time seeing those pics, can you make them a little bigger? :smile:
Looks good and boxier. How does it hit?
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.
This pleases me greatly..thanks!
Nice job Ghost,,doesn´t matter pictures size,,,,nice paint job Wilson.
Is the 104 27.5?
really sick racket. black and silver goes together really well
Thanks couch...and there's a 101? Whats that about...
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.
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).
^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?
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.
Here ya go-
10.8 oz strung, 104", 27.5" long, 4 pts HL strung balance, 18x19, 22 mm flat beam
Any indication from the photos that they've brought back the power-holes at 3&9? or whatever wilson calls them.
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:
They're the same... and yet the specs on TW:
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.
Might be, not sure. I would think 27.25 would make more sense though since that's what it's been in the past.
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.
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 might have missed it, but has there been any reports on the SW of the 2013 blade 98, 16x19?
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.
Its a recessed grommet at 3 and 9 for more power.
Ahhh wilson shenanigans....my bet is its the same stick 27.25 but we will see
Anyone have the swingweight and balance of the 2013 98 sq. inch head size?
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 !!
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
You mean the stiffness? The kblade Team had a 59ra, I believe T-dub actually had it at 57ra.
Could be wrong.
Does anyone hit with these new blade 18X20 and 16X19? Please post the swingweight please.
I saw this same racquet model today at my local tennis shop...sick looking paint job (in the good way)
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.
How was the swing weight and stiffness compared to the 2011 model?
will this be out by December ^^?
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.
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?
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