Can't decide, Blade 98 16x19 or BLX Pro Staff 95?

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  1. Nikae

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    Wilson Blade 98 16x19 (no lead tape)
    or
    Wilson BLX Pro Staff 95 (with some lead tape at 12 o'clock)

    So i'll let you guys decide for me :)

    Facts:
    -I play only on red clay (Europe)
    -I use extreme eastern forehand grip, sometimes mild semi-western
    -I am a 3.5-4.0 semi-aggressive baseline player, rarely come to the net
    -My strengths are my serve and my forehand. I can play defense very well because I am very fast, but I don't prefer it.
    -My weaknesses are my 2hbh and backhand slice, but I am working on it.
    -Height 5'9'', so ... weakness I guess :)

    I tried both rackets, and can use them both with no problems, but I just can not decide :???:

    Any questions? :)

    EDIT: I forgot to mention one thing I don't like about blade 98, and that's that it doesn't give much feed back on hit, its too muted ... unlike pro staff.
     
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  2. mrtrinh

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    Even though you play well with both my for still goes to the blade. Even with lead the pro staff still felt flimsy. The blade is a solid stock. I'd also encourage you to demo the donnay pro one, slightly more head light and a little heavier but solid nonetheless
     
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  3. Nikae

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    I can demo only few frames around here, sux to live in Serbia...
    So I am stuck with these two.

    I forgot to mention one thing I don't like about blade 98, and that's that it doesn't give much feed back on hit, its too muted ... unlike pro staff.
     
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  4. Nikae

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    Anyone else please?
     
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  5. spinovic

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    Well...you say you like and can play well with both. You do mention a negative with the Blade that you don't mention for the Pro Staff. Based on that limited information, I'd probably suggest the ProStaff.

    But, ultimately, you are the one playing with these racquets. You have to decide which one you like best. When I bought my racquet, I was in a similar situation. Demoed 4, loved 2 of them and had to decide between those.

    I have no regrets with my choice, but in all honesty, I don't think I'd have had regrets had I chosen the other racquet either. That would be my advice...if you like both, I don't think you can go wrong with either racquet.

    If you feel neither racquet is superior and you can play the same with both, look at other factors. Which one is the most comfortable? Is one of them cheaper? Which one looks the best to you? Etc? Gotta make a decision at some point.
     
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  6. Nikae

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    Went with PS 95 for now, thanks guys :)
     
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  7. spinovic

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    I think you'll be satisfied. The Blade will be a distant memory soon.
     
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