Blade 98 - Pros who actually play these (all versions)

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Ross K, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. gavna

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    Actually leaving in 10 min to head out there....loooong day with 16 quali matches on the 4 courts -

    Gonna grab his sticks out of his bag and take close up pics (not).
     
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    Tt, Hands down the coolest website. That I can talk with someone with that kind of access to someone like Monfils stick is pretty neat.
     
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  3. dgoran

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    Not sure if we mentioned Daniel brands
    New Blade 16x19 think as of this year he used some other Wilson before
     
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    Oh also Darren Cahill if he counts :)
     
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  5. Ross K

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    gavna, what's the lowdown then? Hope you weren't caught red-handed as it were taking quick pics and rummaging through his bag!:eek: This TT Special Ops work is dangerous business!:)
     
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  6. gavna

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    He's using the H22 - pro stock of the 98.....leather grip with tourna grip.
    Sticks were all 4 1/2 I saw.
     
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  7. dgoran

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    Who are you referring to? Lamonf?
     
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  8. Ross K

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    Thanks for the confirmation. Superb 'Special Ops' work there my friend. :)

    Anyone ever played an H22? How was it? How does it compare to the Blade?

    dgoran - A bit off topic but what frames you hitting with ATM? Have you gone the TF 315 Ltd route as well? I say that as I do recall some of your previous frames/preferences, some of them great Head MPs like PT630, Rad Pro, etc. I think the Ltd is meant to be a contender for the mythical frame that plays like an easier to use PT630?
     
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    Eh, TWE is almost asking you to take the BLX gold racquets from them. Got to try some, despite the lack of L5. Heard the grip sizes a bit big though. I'm monitoring this thread, even if I should go to the "Racquets" section.
     
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    Yep.....he is clearly playing with the larger head, comments here that he was using a 93 wrong.

    Mike Yani wasn't here long enough for me I check out his sticks.....also saw quite a few H22 painted with the gold/black from 2011-2012 on the first two days of the qualies -
     
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    If you mean the gold/black previous Blade, I'm actually having a hard time choosing between that and the 16x19 'Black Blade' - which is a real surprise as I'm usually definitely an open pattern kind of guy... great frames those gold/blacks IMO.
     
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    Agree :neutral:
    I am in the same situation.
    The old 18x20 wins vs the black 18x20...Not sure about the 16x19.
     
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    How do you compare H22 and H19?
    Beam width?
     
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    Yes, the Blade BLX, which is either Gold/Black (cheapest in TWE) or pink/black (cheapest in TWUSA). Although I heard it's not a tolerant racquet and hits hard for it's size and pattern. And it's because there's a bias between France and USA in terms of feeling. Americans find what France finds very powerful, average, and vice-versa. So what I read in TT and in France is pretty different. Which is sad, since I search a more tolerant and stable racquet (have a 95inĀ²16*19 64RA right now, very, very soft racquet, lots of dampening on off-center hits), and I read it isn't very tolerant and soft... In France. Little to no mention of this aspect in TT as you'd expect, except in the playtest, but they almost all try poly first. :) I can still playtest this part. In fact, what makes me a bit more worried is that I read there seems to be consistency issues between sticks from Wilson. EDIT: Since I want to take two sticks at the same time. I don't care about RA, SW and stuff like this, I just want the sticks to perform the same.

    Heard the new ones are less hard on the arm, the 16*19 is livelier and 18*20 very similar to its predecessor. Given how dirt cheap they are, I'm taking the 18 one, want more safety in my game and more stability would be nice.
     
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    I have not seen him in Houston and obiously you have so he might have changed since BUT if it looks like this photo thats H19 not h22
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  16. dgoran

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    Which is essentially near perfect copy of pt57A (I know some pt57A purists and snobs will say nothing can copy pro tour 630 but that was as close to as I felt to Pro Tour 630 and I hit with them side by side)
     
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    Goran Ill have to let you try one of my tec 315s..you will like it.
     
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    Difference is quite large for trained eye just look at open throat area h19 is prestige like more of a Y shape and H22 is more V shaped like radical
    H19[​IMG]


    H22
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    HA,HA,HA PP the ultimate sales man :)
    I cant wait to try it when are we meeting up :)

    No one I mean no one can sell as many racquets on this forum like PP can :)

    Tell you what if I make it large with my company I am naming you as my VP of Sales thats for sure! You can have my word...
     
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    HAHAH...deal man. I will definitely hit you up next time I have an open saturday. You can bring your 630s and we can compare.

    (my tecs are lighter though..only 343 grams)
     
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    Thanks dgoran for the pics, Lamonf is using the H19 obviously.
     
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    Okay. Not sure if this was 100% answered before... can we say with certainty exactly which racket Raonic is using now?

    Or is it another Monfils-like riddle tied up inside a mystery wrapped inside an enigma that will only be answered by covert surveillance, bag rummaging, frame photographing, and by whatever means necessary to set the record straight.:)
     
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    Raonic actually uses a stick crafted of pure basalt vomited from the mouth of a rare species of polar bear that only surfaces once a year and has somehow developed a heroin addiction while listening to old Television records in his polar bear house.

    I hope that helps clear things up.
     
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    We were in the stringing room talking and BSing making fun of Verdascos fake Dunlops - . He was more worried about going out with Ouanna and finding a cool place to hang and find music:)))
     
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    LaMonf was a huge fan of the older Prestige line so it has to be the H19...........so how does the Tecnifibre 315ltds fit in?
     
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  26. niktub

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    Classic difference between pros and amateurs...
    Raonic is using a Kblade mold :)(apparently...)
     
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    I've been here a few years, but this is one of my favourite ever posts:)

    I can just see the junkie polar bear now, out of his head listening to See No Evil and Prove It etc. Thinking, is Raonic really paying me enough to throw up any more of that disgusting Basalt? lol:)

    In fact Ross has probably got a photo of that Polar Bear somewhere!
     
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    Total newbie here. Can someone explain what H19 and H22 are?
     
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  29. dgoran

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    Yes should be same as prestige head size (some will say prestige is smaller than 98 in but I never measured myself as I am a geek but not that kind of a geek to xray and cad analyse head sizes etc...
    Bottom line is h19 is for pros that Wilson signed away from head and they Want to keep using prestige
     
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  30. gavna

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    My bad. I thought the H19 was a 93 in and the H22 had the thicker beam plus the 98 head.

    Key is the players have no idea as well...they just know what they like -

    Had a kick and a laugh at Verdascos stick.....had extremely detailed paint job to make it look like all the Dunlop crap......even highlighted and shadowed faux "aero skin" -
     
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    Did you compare Verdasco's stick to your Tec 315 LTD?:)
     
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    Probably same mold with different layup?
     
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    Sorted for PP and Jimbo!... My old fav avatar, the old UHRHs signature pic - polar bear just after basalt purging... :)
    [​IMG]
     
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    Brilliant Ross, I knew it:)
     
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    OK THE ABSOLUTE FINAL WORD ON LaMonfs sticks. Had 3 here done this morning. 4 5/8 grips!!!!! NO lead we can see

    H19 strung at 26kgs Alupwr 17g
     
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  36. gavna

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    Another pic - Gaels sticks today
     
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  37. gavna

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    [​IMG]

    More enjoy
     
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    Nice one, gavna^, great.
     
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  39. gavna

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    Did Isners and the Brysns this morning as well.
     
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    One more of the grips......4 5/8!!!!!!
     
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    Looked exactly the same - he has about 10 to 12 g of lead total at the 3 and 9 o'clock pts.
     
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    Yep - I bet its the same stick. Thats awesome..love Verdasco.

    Lead at 3 and 9 is gold on the Tecs.
     
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    If any of his sticks show up before 3 I will try to post. Jeff Dunham here tonight in Houston and I'm outa here at 3pm!!!!
     
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    Awesome stuff Gavna.

    Btw what's your fave Tec lead setup to date?

    Haas-Berankis tonight could be a FUN matchup. Kid vs Ageless Wonder.
     
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    niktub can you elaborate on the meaning of "GWADININA"

    I got really curious on this

    Really nice song by the way it's only a shame that I don't understand even half of it
     
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    "Gwada" nickname for "Gwadloup", or "Guadeloupe" in Creole. Madinina ("Island of Flowers"), old name for Martinique. There you go. Google is sure useful...
     
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  48. gavna

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    8g total - 4g on each side at 3 and 9 o'clock. Absolute awesomeness.
     
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  49. tennisnut123

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    take the shelf 16x19 blade and put 4g @ 3&9 as well as 4g under the base grip and win tournaments just like that
     
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    Thanks! I've googled it but the results I got were all in french and I got really lost...

    Anyway I think I got the essence of it from the song

    It's really nice to see guys in the tour that work hard but don't forget to enjoy themselves

    Really special this one! I always get in a good mood watching him play and he doesn't even have to be winning

    (my apologies to the op I guess this is a tiny bit off topic)
     

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