BLX Tour 90 (Blank and red) vs BLX Pro Staff 90

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  1. ptho1128

    ptho1128 New User

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    I've really like the feel of the BLX Tour 90. I was wondering if anyone have also play with the BLX Pro Staff 90 and compare it to the BLX Tour 90. Which racquet you prefer between the two.
     
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  2. jaysonzoo

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    I've played with 2 BLX Tour 90s since it first came out in 2010 (also played with 2 K90s from 2007-2009) and have not had a problem with them. I picked up one ProStaff 90 this past June and I never went back to the BLX Tour 90. The ProStaff has a heavier feel which makes the impact a lot more solid in terms of groundstrokes and volleys. Serving with this stick felt a little bit awkward at first but it didn't take long to adjust. Backhand slices felt pretty amazing. I think it is a good upgrade from the BLX Tour and I would definitely recommend this racquet. Btw I strung the mains at 58lbs with Luxilon Savage and crosses at 58lbs with a regular head synthetic, and I was a varsity player in Canada from 2007-2011. Hope this helps.
     
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  3. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    Hell no it doesn't! It's the lightest of all 3 BY FAR. As a result, it's much weaker in terms of groundstrokes and serves. Volleys are amazing however because it's so damn fast through the air.

    Here's the basics.

    The [K]Six.One Tour was the best. It had the most power, spin, and feel.
    Then came the BLX Six.One Tour. It had less power and spin, with no feel. But it was easier to swing.
    Then came the BLX ProStaff 90. My faith in Wilson was renewed, and although it has even less power and spin, it brings back feel on the contact.

    The power and spin issues are easy enough to fix by adding weight, but it's so good on volleys I'd hesitate to do it.

    The lack of power and spin is small in each "update", but noticeable to someone who's hit with the [K]Factor as his only racket since mid 2007.

    If you're going to get one of the three, avoid the BLX Six.One Tour unless the specs are exactly what you want and you don't mind never feeling another ball on your strings for the rest of your life.
     
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  4. corners

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    Pretty much the same with me. The K version had the best feel, raw and sharp but still comfortable, due to the old-fashioned graphite/kevlar double braid construction. It also had more mass in the top of the hoop, so the swingweight was higher.

    The BLX version was a marshmallow with no feel. Wilson went away from braided construction with this one. The result, felt just like any other unidirectional graphite racquet with a very muted feel.

    The new Pro Staff version went back to braided construction but no more kevlar. They also dropped the swingweight to make it more similar to the PS 85, probably because people really like the easy-swing of the old pro staff. Feel is OK but not as good as the K. K Factor was really about the Kevlar, in my opinion.
     
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  5. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    Really? I'm pretty sure all of them have braided graphite construction (maybe with kevlar).

    TW lists that no racket after the nSix.One Tour had braided kevlar (meaning the K90, BLX90, and BPS90 didn't have kevlar). Of course, they could be wrong and the kevlar could still be there.
     
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  6. darklore009

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    the k90 is the best racket. the ps90 feels too light. the swingweight is lower than the k90
     
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  7. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I use the BLX90, and I feel the ball plenty. It's the softest Tour 90 to date, but that doesn't mean there's no feel.
     
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  8. corners

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    Naw, blx90 - no kevlar, no braiding - straight from Wilson. K90s have been cut up and photographed - same outer graphite braid and inner graphite/kevlar braid as ps85, tour 90, n90. K was the last 90 pro staff. Wilson now says blx ps 90 is braided grahite with basalt. No kevlar.
     
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  9. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    But that's why I don't buy into that marketing crap. When the K90 came out, it said some bs about "80% Graphite/20% Karophite".

    If I see "80%/20%", I'm going back to the old formula of the 85, 80% Graphite/20% Kelvar.
     
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  10. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    And honestly, the difference between the BLX90 and the PSBLX90 is insignificant. I tried the PSBLX90 and if it was a blind test, I wouldn't be able to tell which one is which.

    I'm not going to pay $800+ on a new set of racquets just because it's a new paintjob, and looks like a bloody Q-Tip from far away.
     
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  11. db10s

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    I like the 6.1 Tour better. Something feels slightly different.
     
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  12. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    Then you must not feel the ball very well with any racket.

    Nearly every player who's played with both the BLX90 and the K90 said 3 things:
    1) The BLX90 has no feel compared to the K90.
    2) The K90 is heavier.
    3) Because of 2, the K90 has a bit more power and depth on the ball.

    There's a reason that the K90 is considered the best of the 3. The BLX PS 90 put up a good fight though.

    Sigh... ****ing Wilson... First cheaping out on us with basalt, then the kevlar and braided construction, and now the skimpy ****ty BLX PS 90 grommets (those bumpers are ****).

    Damnit... Now I value my K90s all that much more. T.T
     
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  13. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    You're going to talk about feel with someone that came from a PC600, and comfortable with the 85? Are you serious man? Feel is subjective. I can sit here and say you have no idea what "feel" is, but I don't need to go that low.
     
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