Any Info on the 2013 Wilson BLX Blade?

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  1. Power Player

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    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?
     
  2. Hankenstein

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    2011 Blade felt more head heavy so to say. The 2013 feels faster, more head light. That was the feel of it. I know the specs are the same, but the feel was that the 2013 is more headlight and not so "sluggish"
     
  3. Power Player

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    It sounds like they lowered the SW. :(

    But you are saying that it plays great, so thats a good sign.
     
  4. Torres

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    That should be better then. The 2011 BLX Blade was always a bit too tip heavy for my liking. This way you can adjust to your heart's content with a bit of lead in the head/throat/handle.
     
  5. Federerkblade

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    it was too sluggish but a great raquet the blx blade sw is 335
     
  6. JackB1

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    how did you get these way before the general public?
     
  7. Federerkblade

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    hanks seriously impressive man
     
  8. Hankenstein

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    Connections! ;)

    I write for the Swedish Tennismagazine and i try all new frames from most companies as soon as the companies get them. It´s for articles that we publish as soon as the frames are out on the market.
    Its just black painted frames with the sticker on them telling what frame it is, and i just use them for about 2 weeks before sending them back
     
  9. Power Player

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    We will all know the specs in 10 days :)
     
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    Will there be a lighter version of Wilson Juice 100?
     
  11. JackB1

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    so have you tried the 16 x 19 Blade yet and do you know the swingweight?
     
  12. Xonemains

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    Anybody knows weather the blade tours will lose some weight and get back to the k factor specs?
     
  13. Hankenstein

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    Will get it today or tomorrow but will not be able to try it until the weekend
     
  14. B A Y

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    I want some K Blades! I have two left but they are on there last legs ...

    The new BLX blade was not very nice to my arm. It was better looking though..

    I really hope the new ones are more like the K
     
  15. Federerkblade

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    http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/archives/

    steams99s and blade comments from TW team

    Which racquets are you playtesting?

    Wilson BLX Blade 16×19 and 18×20, Wilson Steam 99 S and 105 S

    I’m currently hitting the new Wilson Blade 98 racquets, both the 16×19 and 18×20 as well as the Wilson Steam 99 S and 105 S. I like these new Blades over the previous versions because they seem to have better ball pocketing and feel better; the feedback is more comfortable. It is a bit tough to judge these Blades because for the two sets we received, the swingweight difference was over 20 points.

    I think the real stars are the S racquets (although the S doesn’t stand for “star”). The amount of spin I am able to get is ridiculous. Dare I say, almost illegal? I dare. Dare I say nasty? I dare. I thought with the 16×15 pattern, I would lose control and the stringbed would be trampoline-like, but that was not the case at all. The control was there, and I could just take huge cuts at the ball. I was able to hit shots higher over the net for higher percentage shots and they would still land in because of the spin.

    We first hit these with the Wilson team and they brought along a NLG (neat little gadget) that could track the spin on our shots. I am happy to announce that I maxed out at 3,200 RPMs on my forehand with the Steam 99 S. Take that, Rafa! They are strung up at a bit higher tension and use a thicker gauge string made specifically for these racquets, the Luxilon 4G S. I just wish there was just a bit more weight to the Steams, but other than that, these racquets could be my next racquet of choice. They’re really that good!
     
  16. anhuynh16

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    Can anyone compare this to the 2012 BLX 6.1 95 16/18? Thanks

    I love the new PJ
     
  17. Automatix

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    TW specs...
    Blade 93
    Headsize: 93 inch² (600 cm²)
    Length: 27 inches (686mm)
    Weight:±341g
    Balance:±6 HL
    Swingweight: ≈333kg•cm²
    Beam: 21mm
    Flex: ≈67RA
    String pattern:18x20


    Blade 98 18x20
    Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
    Length: 27 inches (686mm)
    Weight:±324g
    Balance:±2 HL
    Swingweight: ≈330kg•cm²
    Beam: 21,5mm
    Flex: ≈65RA
    String pattern:18x20


    Blade 98 16x19
    Headsize: 98 inches² (632 cm²)
    Length: 27 inches (686mm)
    Weight:±318g
    Balance:±1 HL
    Swingweight: ≈331kg•cm²
    Beam: 21,5mm
    Flex: ≈66RA
    String pattern:16x19

    Blade 104
    Headsize: 104 inch² (671 cm²)
    Length: 27,5 inches (698,5mm)
    Weight:±303g
    Balance:±5 HL
    Swingweight: ≈308kg•cm²
    Beam: 22,5mm
    Flex: ≈60RA
    String pattern:18x19
     
  18. Bartelby

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    ... and they describe the 16/19 as medium power and the 18/20 as low. so I wonder what the switchers' crowd think of that???
     
  19. srvnvly

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    I have the SAME question. I like the power of the current Blade, but wish it had a slightly lower swing weight. I'm looking forward to a demo.
     
  20. Power Player

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    It means nothing. I think the Blades are the same as before except now there is a 16x19. The SW on my 98 Blades is 331. I measured that on an RDC. If you look at the specs listed they are obviously Wilson QC being flakey.

    The 16x19 will have a little more power and less control simply due to the nature of the stringbed, so now they can differentiate the 2 by saying that the open pattern has more power than the closed.
     
  21. Federerkblade

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    Where are these from?


     
  22. JackB1

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    I don't see these anywhere on TW??? Where did you get this info?
     
  23. Bartelby

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    Look up the current model and switch on the compare button and if you keep punching in models you'll find all the new ones listed and then you can click through but no photos are up.
     
  24. srvnvly

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    Racquet Finder is your friend.
     
  25. JackB1

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    sounds like the new Blades are about the same swingweights as the prior ones.
     
  26. Xonemains

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    Swingweight looks good to me, I'm more worried about the flex and comfort on these blades
     
  27. Torres

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    If I bought either of the 98s, I'd want to be adding weight in the throat and handle. The stock specs don't sound that appealing at all - too light, too tip heavy, too tweenerish for my liking.

    Anyone with Amplifeel know if the handle is foam filled and easily replaceable with silicone?
     
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  28. Xonemains

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    Agree, probably doesn't need lead it he hoop, just handle and throat like you said.

    But know know 100% yet till you hit with it:)
     
  29. tennisnut09

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    Looks like it doesn't change much over the current model. Love this racket but can not handle the SW.:cry:
     
  30. sargeinaz

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    Yup, it's not headlight enough for me. Id automatically add wilson leather and an overgrip and it should make it more headlight
     
  31. gavna

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    It didn't. The only difference is the amplifeel - plays exactly the same - the 98 are solid sticks and selling very well why would they change anything - they just updated it with the new tech.
    I have had the new ones for over 6 weeks now and other than the new PJ it plays just like the older version.
     
  32. srvnvly

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    Have you tried the 16x19 version?
     
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  34. Federerkblade

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    Wow expensive
     
  35. rlau

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    Just as expensive as the previous version when it came out.
     
  36. Power Player

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    I agree with you totally. It plays great stock. Im glad they didnt change anything. That higher sw and balance is what makes it work so well.
     
  37. season25

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    Why oh why can't the blade 93 not get a thinner beam...:(
    19mm or smth close to that...
    It's a mid frame! Needs a nice thin beam:(
     
  38. gavna

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    No I use the tighter pattern with thinner strings (Gut plus 4G @ 17g)...my son is on the free list and did try the 16 x 19 in Aug but decided to stay with his 95 pro staffs - he didn't like the even balance.
     
  39. JackB1

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    I am disappointed that they didn't lower the swingweight to 325. 330+ sw with 2 pts hl balance makes for a pretty sluggish stick.
     
  40. Federerkblade

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    Maybe with Wilson qc You can pick one in the low 320s
     
  41. Automatix

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    Yep...

    For those who haven't read the blog entry by Jason from TW:
    "It is a bit tough to judge these Blades because for the two sets we received, the swingweight difference was over 20 points."
     
  42. Power Player

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    Its honestly not sluggish. The main thing to do is just get make sure what the sw is of the one you demo/ buy because there are sluggish ones that spec out in the 340s. The ones i have are both 331 and you wont have any issues since they are under 330 grams of weight as well.
     
  43. parasailing

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    I personally didn't like the current BlX Blade mainly due to the sluggishness. I can hit with a PSTGT which has a SW of 330 but for some reason, the balance of the BLX Blade didn't feel as headlight. Then again, it could be the poor Wilson quality control at play as I only tried one and at the time, didn't really understand all the difference variables at play.

    I guess when I get one from TW, I am going to tell them to find me one that is the lightest and highest HL pts to start off.
     
  44. Xonemains

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    Any decent tennis player needs to have a sw of around 330 or higher.

    Otherwise most times, you will be overpowered by the opponent. Unless you have really really fast RHS consistently.

    Yes, blade is suited to the more advance level players, but thruth is, anybody can get use to it. Even the beginners.
     
  45. mrmo1115

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    I agree para...for some reason the blade felt so sluggish but I am okay with the PSTGT. Are you planning on maybe switching to the blade? Have you ever tried the head speed? If yes..thoughts on comparison to PSTGT?
     
  46. Power Player

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    Wow, you guys must have gotten some heavy sw blades or you just hate the even balanced sticks beause the pstgt to me is definitley a slower racquet than the blade.
     
  47. parasailing

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    I will give the blade another shot especially given the 16x19 string pattern. I tried the Speed and it's not as good as the PSTGT. It's just not as solid especially when returning serve bombs but will try the new Speed when it comes out next year :).

    Maybe hence the reason I will give the Blade another shot but I prefer higher HL points since I can swing those type of racquets a lot quicker than racquets with lower than 4 pts HL.
     
  48. parasailing

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    I had both an Aero Storm Tour GT with SW of 330 and a Pure Storm Tour GT with SW of 333. Both were similar in HL balance and the Aero was slightly lighter so that would suggest the Aero being easier to swing but for me, the Pure Storm had better balance throughout the racquet. The Aero felt unevenly balance if that is possible with more of the weight being in the throat of the racquet whereas the Pure Storm were evenly distributed across the entire racquet.

    The Pure Storm Tour as easier to swing than the Aero Storm Tour so sometimes there are other factors invovled.
     
  49. Hankenstein

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    Got the Blade 98 16/19 2 days ago. Will try it tonight. Its strung with Wilson Sensation from the factory
     
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