BLX 98, what to string it with?

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  1. EastAngels2014

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    I am just switched to the BLX blade 98 and i just got my 2nd one in the mail from TW!!! i was going to string it up today or tomorrow was wondering what people would suggest. I have Alu power, Savage, revenge, beast, tier one firewire, sensation, asterisk and gamma synthetic gut. Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thank you!
     
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  2. Andyroo10567

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    Try Revenge main and synthetic as cross. Not really sure what your looking for but this is what i like.
     
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  3. EastAngels2014

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    I am looking for good comfort and spin and a a fair amount of power.
     
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  4. roc17355

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    Gut/poly

    Just ordered three and strung them with Klip Legend/Solinco Outlast at 51/46. Had the first hit last night and it was really sublime. Good pop, excellent spin and comfort. Not sure I would change much. Strung one with Black Magic at 48/45 but haven't hit with it yet.
     
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  5. EastAngels2014

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    i should also mention the ones i have are the previous model not the 2013 ones. In case the changes anything
     
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  6. asusundevils1971

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    Luxilon Adrenaline Rough @ 54#... It will give you everything you want and won't give you any arm pain.





     
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  7. EastAngels2014

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    does either of the luxilons i have at the moment play like adrenaline?
     
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  8. parasailing

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    VS mains and Yonex Poly Tour Pro poly.
     
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  9. Irrelevant

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    Mind letting us know how the Black Magic plays once you hit with it? Getting my reel and Blades in tomorrow morning and would like to know how it feels.
     
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    I have a client who loves Iontec Black 17 @52 (LO) on his Blade98's.
     
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  11. roc17355

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    Playing doubles tonight so I will post my feelings on the black magic.
     
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  12. Relinquis

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    try a hybrid... natural gut/poly or multi/ploy.
     
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  13. red rook

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    In my blade 98 I have played the following:

    MSV Hex 18/Dunlop Synthetic 16

    Mosquito Bite full bed

    Signum Pro Tornado 17 full bed

    Liked all three but I think I'll be going with the hybrid going forward. Bought a reel of n.vy to cross with various mains. I got a lineup of Revolution (strung last night with n.vy in the cross), 4g, alu rough, tornado, polystar energy, and cyclone. Now just need some warm weather...
     
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  14. Power Player

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    I cross with OGSM. Mains are dunlop Ice. Tension is 50/53.

    It's a crisper feel. If you want more comfort, just sub the Ice with Volkl cyclone.
     
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  15. Francis27

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    Luxilon m2 pro
     
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  16. roc17355

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    Black Magic

    Played one set of doubles with the Black Magic strung racquet last. Great for a poly, strung low there was plenty of comfort and pop. I would say spin was well above average and volleys were well controlled with plenty of feel. I did like the set up but it compares in no way to my Klip Legend/Outlast set up. Strung at 51/46 that set up is simply amazing. It actually had more spin than the full Black Magic. Obviously more pop but in a controlled manner due to the spin capability and feel and comfort were superb. I also just love that solid thwack sound the gut creates at contact. I have to say gut/poly is the way to go in this stick and don't be afraid to string low. May try Black Magic as my cross I just wish it came in a thinner gauge.
     
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  17. Ross K

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    Having just started checking out Blade 2013 (open pattern) I'd be interested to hear more on ppls fave full poly jobs, and poly hybrids, or whatever, re this frame. What do folks really like in the Blade (and why)?

    So far I've only used it with Signum Firestorm. I'm interested in accessing crisp, not too stiff/boardy, poppy, spinny performance.
     
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  18. Korso

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    I have tested out poly in a full string bed and a gut/poly set up so far. First setup was 4g at 52/50 and it performed well. Good spin and control.
    Second setup was Pacific Classic 16g in the mains and 4g 16g in the crosses at 54/51. I was not impressed. To sum it up, it was too unpredictable for me at the baseline and at the net. The serve was good to go.
    Third setup is now Iontec Black 1.20 at 50/48. I am enjoying this setup alot. Consistant, predictable, and comfortable performance.
    Going to test out a poly/multi hybrid after my current setup goes dead.
     
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  19. EastAngels2014

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    I have some ALU power/sensation in right now and it feels pretty good but they alu is already dead so i am moving past that one because i cant spend that money on a string that dies that fast. Next set up will be revenge/sensation, not sure of the tension yet though... thinking 52/54.
     
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  20. Power Player

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    Dunlop Ice and OGSM will give you this.
     
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  21. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    In my blade (18/20) I have a full bed of Luxilon ALU Power (Ice) @54lbs,the string really complements the racket as you get superb controlled power but also excellent feel. Although, I have only played 4hours worth and from what I hear the string goes pretty dead pretty quick. I have another reel of ALU Power so i'll see how it goes but I imagine I will get it strung with RPM Blast from then on
     
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  22. barry

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    I have been playing with the BLX 98 18x20 for couple of years. I like 16 gauge synthetic gut, it lasts 2 to 3 weeks, and with the dense string pattern provides great pop and control without breaking. Poly for me felt stiff and dead. Even the co-poly string felt stiff. Try some Wilson Stamina 16 at 52 founds, plays well for me and lasts.

    Also purchased a 16 x 19 version (2013) and did not like the racket. No feel; and it played stiffer than my BLX 98 blades. Sold it and purchased 2 of the older BLX models for backup.

    Synthetic gut is old technology but provides a decent feel without all the stiffness for a good price.
     
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  23. ryydman

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    Got cyclone 17g in my mains and og sheep 16 in the crosses...lovely setup.
     
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  24. Power Player

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    I was thinking of throwing a full bed of OGSM into one of mine, so this is good info.
     
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  25. EastAngels2014

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    just strung up revenge and asterisk tour 51/54. Will let you know how it plays when i can get out on a court. It snowed so it might be a few days.
     
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  26. EastAngels2014

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    So i played with the set up above ^^^ and it was so bad i had to cut it out, no spin, the power was good but just having such a stiff poly and so soft of a multi just did not mix very well the touch was terrible i couldn't take another moment of it. Next up is zo verve 17g but haven't decided to hybird or not yet.
     
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  27. Ross K

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    Been wondering about this: what's the thinking behind the different gauges with this hybrid? How is varying gauge size better than using the same?
     
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  28. GarryClarke

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    ive just strung my blade98 18/20 (black gold version) with Prince Beast XP @ 55/55
    played 2 1/2 hours of doubles on sunday.

    was surprised of the power in this string but its not over powering considering some strings take an hour or so to settle in but this just played well from the off.

    some people were saying XP doesnt produce much spin but i found the complete opposite!!!!!,i was hitting flatter but with added spin so it kicked the ball through the court instead of kicking up like it used to do with my old 2012 pd,s...much harder for the opponents to deal with...

    control was excellent as i didnt expect it from the power i was getting from the strings.drop shots/f/h b/h slice were accurate and stayed very low but i wouldnt expect anything else from the blade :)

    i would defo string it a few pounds higher than your normal poly tension as this string is very soft/powerful.

    so far i like the string but wouldnt pay the full price as i got a few sets very cheap,just have to see how long it lasts now.
     
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