BLX Blade, how is it?

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  1. LanEvo

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    Hey guys, for the price, I am really thinking about getting one to try, I use a PDR and have a couple of N95s 18x20 and 16x18.

    How is this frame? I tried searching, but could not find too many solid reviews aside from TWs.
     
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    much better dude get it
     
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  3. LanEvo

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    Anyone else have an opinion?
     
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  4. MikeHitsHard93

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    PP should be posting anytime soon...

    The gold blx is a great racket. Maneuverable, yet powerful and spin friendly. It is basically a more controlled and laser shooting version of the apdgt, but more aerodynamic. That's my opinion.
     
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  5. LanEvo

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    Pink one is only sale for $69 right now...
     
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  6. zapvor

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    get the pink thats what i want
     
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  7. YesTennis

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    Looking forward to some reviews from those that have played with the new 16X19. Fairly luke warm comments from the TW play testers.
     
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  8. db10s

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    Its not that bad if the specs are what you like.
     
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  9. MikeHitsHard93

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    They're the same racket. No worries. I just wanted to make sure you didn't think I was talking about the brand new one
     
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  10. Ronaldo

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    The Pink and Black Attack
     
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  11. Prodigy1234

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    I really need to convince myself that pink is a great color on rackets... $69 is amazing
     
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  12. Power Player

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    Yeah $69 is a score, ill probably buy one soon and skip on the new black one for now.
     
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  13. fuzz nation

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    Pretty sure that both of the sluggers on the h.s. teams I coach switched into those racquets from stiffer Babolats. They liked the extra touch and control that came with the extra flex - both hit with plenty of power, so they didn't have problems there. In both cases, these kids (one plays for a college team now) seem to get at least as much spin with their Blades as they did with their old racquets, too.

    Considering the specs of the Blade though, you might experience a performance drop-off coming from using the PDR and N 6.1 95. I'm pretty sure that both of your current frames are both more hefty and more stiff. Switching into something with less backbone and less beef might make it tougher to really work the ball well without over-swinging, but maybe not.

    I had some trouble when I switched away from my old 6.1 Classics. I tried a lot of different gear and picked up a pair of LM Radicals for myself along the way. Their extra flex was a nice addition, but because the Radicals were significantly lighter, they just didn't work for me. I've settled in with the Volkl C10, which I've made more head-light by adding lead to their handles. The flex has given me lots of comfort and control, but these Volkls are only slightly less heavy than my old Wilsons, so I still get "enough" power and stability with them.

    Just something to look out for.
     
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    Fuzz, you are correct. One thing I noticed coming from to the Blade though was that it hits a heavier ball than the PD or APD. It is just so solid. I also work a little more, but not much. I never have to overswing, and I think that is really what stood out to me considering the racquet is a little under 330 grams.

    So while there is a little bit of a dropoff on power, it is welcome to me because the Blade still hits really big, but now I have much better control.
     
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  15. LanEvo

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    Should I buy 1 or 2?
     
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  17. ALC

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    Any thoughts on the BLX Pro Open (now $79)? Wondering if this can tide me over until I can decide about the Blade 98 (16x19). Can someone comment how this stick plays and if its fairly comfortable on the arm?
     
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  18. UCSF2012

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    Spend $69 and $4 for a can of black spray paint.

    I own a pink Blade 98, and learned I'm not a big fan of powerful rackets. I don't like serving 140mph 1 foot long every time, and 100mph forehands that either land 1 ft in or 1 yd long. If you like the Pure Drive, then this 98's good for you. No arm problems.

    $69 is below dealer cost.
     
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  19. LanEvo

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    I like my PDRs, perfect as they are, and my go to all day long. I just figure for the price, it is worth a pickup for demo, and if I dont like it, I can always resell it for near cost.

    Or if I can pick up a used one, I would buy that as well.
     
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    I can only compare it to the 6.1 95's. I don't have experience with the Pure Drive.

    I strung the 98's 2lbs higher with the same string combo, and the stringbed feels more bouncy. It swings faster and generates the same amount of spin. However, this spin comes with increased power. This has a big implication: with the 98, there is less ability to increase net clearance. No loopy shots. Aim 1 ft above the net. If you aim 1.5 ft, you start hitting a few long.

    My playing style changed to 3/4 swings, guiding the ball. Full RHS is either a winner or a UE.

    Kick serves jump forward with the 98. It jumps high with the 6.1.

    Less stable in off-centered shots.

    No arm problems with the 98, partly because the stringbed is so cushioned. You can feel the ball sit on the strings longer.

    Anything else you wanna know?
     
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  21. phishbiscuits

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    Love it

    I use the 93 inch Tour. Great racquet. Not my primary choice, but I always have it handy... It was the racquet I first used after taking 15+ years off of tennis.
     
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  22. Power Player

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    You can hit loopers or really anything you want with the blade. It just takes a little time to learn the racquet. Initial impressions will be that the ball comes off lower, and that was a concern at first for me but now its become a non issue.
     
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  23. LanEvo

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    Which version of the 95s? I have both 16x18 and 18x20 in the N-Code variants.
     
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  24. thecrusher956

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    Isn't it true stringing the Blade like Raonic makes it killer?
     
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    Peliwo used to play with the pd, then the k6-1 95 before switching to the blade. He told me that the blade is a lot better than the 6-1 at putting away short balls, but had better control than the pd. He played all of them stock fyi
     
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  26. LanEvo

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    Yea, I remember him telling everyone that in his thread.

    And now I have a better reason to buy one, the first was it was Pink... I prefer the Pink color over the other one easily.
     
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  27. BounceHitBounceHit

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    Two words......or is it one? ;)

    Spray paint (and it's then the perfect cheap black Wilson frame). :) BHBH
     
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  28. adamX012

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    well said :) BHBH
     
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  29. UCSF2012

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    16x18, BLX and K Factor. I don't have the nCode version, but I suspect it's about the same.

    One more thing, with the Blade 98, I can arm my serve and still slam dunk it in at about 100mph. Full motion gives it blistering speed, albeit at 20% consistency.
     
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  30. UCSF2012

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    Good luck reselling a pink racket. Even the prices on the auctions are abysmal. It's more like, you'll be donating it to a goodwill or spray painting it black.
     
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  31. dhdriver

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    I got to try out the new 93. I love it way more than the previous BLX model. IT reminds me a lot of the k-factor model. Groundstrokes felt really solid. Lots of control and a decent amount of power (I think my demo was strung with Prince Premier LT).

    Overall I liked it. It swung through the air pretty nicely too.
     
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  32. rohit1986xyz

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    I got to play with 2013 BLX blade 18x20 version for week

    Background:
    Have been playing tennis on-and-off for about 10 years. Picked up tennis again this August after an injury last year that lasted 8 months. I started playing as a 3.0 but quickly picked up my flow due to earlier experience. I now play competitively with 4.0 level players.

    Game type: Flat strokes which I mix with high topspin sometimes, when I don't want to put energy or I am in a bad position. My main weapons are serves, and fast forehand with accuracy. I have double handed backhand with decent topspin (its like a safe shot). In Forehand, overheads and down the line winners are my fav shots.

    Current Racket Its a very old Wilson Superlite (10 years old, never changed it) -- head balance, 11Oz strung weight, extremely light, stable and very powerful (i really mean it -- its of head hammer class)

    I was basically looking for a racket to improve my game, and replace my old racket. I am quite sold out on Blade BLX after demoing Juice 100, Babolat APD, Djoko's 2012 speed, Fedex's pro staff, Murray's Radical. The Blade BLX racket felt slightly heavy to start with as I used to play with a very light racket. But, I immediately saw the advantage of that. It was very stable under heavy baseline exchanges (I tried with a 4.5 guy) on both wings (forehand and backhand), as well as for better volleys and overheads. You do need to get used to the weight so give it some time whenever you demo/start with. Serves are very good if you get them right but if you miss your timing, its not going to be very good. Basically, this racket will force you to correct your strokes. Its like a lighter easily manueverable version of Pro-staff 6.1 90.

    Because of higher weight than my current racket, I found that my shots were not flying around (as in APD) and I could pin-point balls from left-to-right with a lot of ease. So, if your game is mostly counter-punching or attacking in baseline play, this is a good choice for you. If your game is mostly serve and volley, I would recommend a slightly more control oriented racket.

    Topspin on your shots with racket is medium to high. Don't expect APD levels of spin but its not bad either. You will, however, need to develop the skill to play with oponents who use a lot of spin in their shots (if at all you play them). This is more of an all-round racket than a spin-friendly racket.

    I am going to demo blade 93 now in the coming week, as TW has good reviews about it.

    FYI: Other rackets that I liked were Juice (hits great power shots but isn't good if you want to have ball pocketing and hit angled shots). Djoko's racket was also pretty good, except that it had way less power (which is handle-able) but on overheads and volleys, it wasn't that stable as the BLX blade. I have had my hands on the new Head G (haven't played with it though), but its much better than the 2012 version. I will definitely wait for it before purchasing any racket. :)
     
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  33. dhdriver

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    I have the same opinion as you do on the new Djokovic racquet (or at least the 2011 model). My groundstrokes had like no power to them. My hitting partners just bashed the crap out of all of my shots.
     
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  34. thecrusher956

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    Which 95 do you like better?
     
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    Surprising stability for the weight, but it's mainly a soft poly spin racquet, not a all around racquet IMO. Flat shots are weird.

    If you are into the 95+ head, go with the K-95, they are only $99.00 on TW, more plow through, stability, wider head for more spin, you can do just about anything with it. Smaller do the 6.1 90, unbelievable racquet!
     
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  36. quest01

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    I got the new 93 just recently and its an awesome racquet. It has so much control compared to my old racquet, the babolat aeropro drive gt. The plowthrough and feel is amazing, I think this will be my primary racquet for now on.
     
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  37. cmendez79

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    Hi

    Are you going to modify the 93 or you like it as stock?
     
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  38. quest01

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    I add one layer of 4 inches of lead at the 3 and 9.
     
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  39. Frankauc

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    wrong thread
     
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    Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought this thread was about the old "BLX" Blade 98, and not the new "BLX" with "amplifeel"?
     
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  41. Frankauc

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    true, sorry i though it was about the new blade
     
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  42. Power Player

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    The BLX Blade 98 has a slightly larger spin window than the 2013 Babolat APD.

    The K95's is smaller.

    Thats simply a fact that is proved in TW University on this site.

    So you are experiencing a placebo, or just want to think a certain way.
     
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  43. anubis

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    For me, BLX blade was way too powerful. Couldn't keep the ball in the court. 99% of my balls sailed long.
     
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  44. dgoran

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    Just got a new blade 98 18 x 20 after measuring three blades one was 312 the other two were 320 gr that's nearly 20 inches of lead tape just wow for QC
     
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  45. Broly4

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    Actually, the spin window of the previous Blade 98 is wider than the new one, but smaller than the APD in all but the 21 possition.

    The difference between two blades is due to the slightly wider beam of the new one.
     
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    I have three of the 16x19 new blades I have yet to play with. Would adding strips of lead tape underneath the replacement grip affect the amplifeel?
     
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    Did you hit with the 16x19 version? If so, how does it compare to the Pure Storm Tour GT?
     
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  48. bad_call

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    what about swing weight and balance ?
     
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    I hit with the 18x20. It is an easier to use PSTGT that serves a lot better. Both sticks I find to be excellent. The PSTGt is a little more classicly specced out.
     
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  50. dgoran

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    All 3 were 32.4
    I did not measure sw but 2 that were closest I assume were going to be as close to stock as possible
     
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