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Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Ross K, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Ross K

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    Okay, 'excalibur' may be overstating it (we've all had these mind-blowing hits or gone through honeymoon periods which ultimately result in you looking elsewhere), but, yes, superb first experience of the BLX yesterday.

    From the warm up I was instantly noticing the beautiful oomph - but it's not just that sometimes vague-feeling, in and out, so-so power of some (often more tweenerish frames), this is a through the gears, sleek, guided missile, 'high tech' kind of power. In this particular regard it actually reminded me of the TGK 238.5. Just 'different level' power, responsiveness and precision. A high performance sports car like a Ferrarri. You get what I mean...

    Anyhow (a bit like JG here and his upturn in form with a 6.1 in hand), I had an overwhelming victory against a guy who has narrowly beat me maybe 3 times in last few months with the Exo - and the first set was 6-1 too.) This fact alone demands I take a serious look at this frame though. After months toiling in the wilderness and doubting myself with that bloody Prince, this racket instantly gave me the performance I've been looking for.:)

    Moreover, as others have stated in the past, the frame just somehow seems to make you get on your toes, get your footwork and rythym going, you stalk the tennis ball, and if you're doing all that, just unleash the mighty BLXcalibur 95 and it takes care of the shot!

    BTW, I also did have a little try out with my new PD+ Swirly though ... got to say this also impressed me. I think the sets I played earlier this week with my PD+ Team prepared me a bit. The Swirly versions do seem ever so slightly better in terms of solidness, feel, etc. Put it this way, if the BLX wasn't in the equation, I'd be tempted to prioritize looking at the Arod Bab... but the Wilson was on a different planet for me.
     
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    Ross,

    How'd the Silverstring feel in there? Rigid? Soft? Bite? Cupping?

    Hit tonight. Experienced the Tour Bite drop off. You know TB is off when it's actually moving on you. In fact, all of my sticks save for my 85 are in need of a restring. Still salvaged another win after dropping the first set, though. (the 'don't-forget-me!' 7G in hand for latter two sets)
     
  3. Ross K

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    That was my 1st ever BLX hit, so I'm not quite sure how much it was down to the string or down to the frame, but I thought SS @ 50 lbs (lower now) was very nice indeed in the BLX. The main thing for me is that 6.1s can be a tad harsh imo, so I want strings that as well as being pretty big on the power and spin charts, are soft-ish but still have some degree of stiffness (I know, I don't want much eh?!:) ) - and I've tried a fair few which are just too soft, or springy, lacking in bite, not quite for me... Cyclone, B5E, Poly Energy, etc, come to mind. Anyhow, yes, I'd need to play more with this string to get a better idea but my initial impressions were very positive. For me it's a string that does everything very well and yet keeps itself in check, if that makes any sense? And the feel is way better than a load of the polys out there now.

    BTW, my Iontec finally turned up on my doorstep unexpectedly yesterday. This may well be by next string to investigate for my BLX, or failing that, my N95.
     
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    That's my probable route as well: Silverstring and then Iontec. I think Iontec's softness could be great in the blx, maybe the hexa string which I haven't tried yet.
     
  5. Ross K

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    ^^^

    Despite any slight stiffness or dulled feel or whatever, I can imagine Tour Bite in the BLX could well still be unbeatable.
     
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    so i hit w/ the PS85 w/ Hexa 1.20 tonight. while it's a tad stiffer than regular Iontec, it's still very comfortable with great ball pocketing and feel, but due to the extra stiffness, power levels are down a tad. on the flip side, spin levels were definitely up. my hitting partner said the increased spin was very noticeable. i was hitting groundstrokes that were clearing the net by 4 feet and landing a few feet inside the baseline and after were bouncing higher than my partner's head when he was positiioned a few feet behind the baseline. i have a feeling Hexa 1.20 like Iontec 1.20 won't last 20 hours like Iontec 1.25. i also have a sneaking suspicion that Hexa 1.25 might just be the best yet in offering higher spin levels, longest playability and great feel. because of the greater stiffness and likely lower power levels, i would string it about 2 lbs lower. i'm pretty sure this would be an absolutely amazing setup. may just have to place another order...:)

    so far i'm loving Hexa 1.20!!! it's just a great string!
     
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  7. Ross K

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    Great stuff mad dog, we're all taking notes here! :)

    I do think my BLX will be given the Iontec treatment next string job. I've actually been sent three sets (salmon 1.20) by my error-prone German seller when I only asked for 2. Anyhow, there's a bit more life yet in my Silverstring set up so will give it a week or whatever.
     
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    I'm in the exact same boat at the moment. After this review, safe to guess which stick i'll be giving a crack next :D
     
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    I thought that b5e was a five sided silverstring ? I found it a little stiffer than SS........
    How was the weight of the blx, did you find it demanding or easier to manouver than the n95?

    Thats really interesting esp the 1.25, which Hexa is it mad dog?
     
  10. Meaghan

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    Ahhhh sorry maddog just looked back....Iontec hexa.....will see if i can get hold of some, thanks for the review of it that sounds like something I might like.

    EDIT: Maddog do you think this Iontec Hexa is the same string as the german Pro's Pro Hexaspin??
     
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    Hi Ross,

    I assume you got the open pattern version? Isn't it more demanding than the frames you played with over the last few months (i.e. higher static weight and smaller head size)?
     
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    Hi Ross,

    Do you feel any significant difference between blx and ncode versions?
    Do you prefer one over the otHer?

    TIA
     
  13. mad dog1

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    hey Meaghan, possibly, but probably unlikely that Iontec Hexa is the same string as Pro's Pro Hexaspin. looks like Hexaspin may be more like Discho Black Spin string w/ ThermoPlast technology. Iontec is amazingly resistant to notching unlike any string i've ever tried. w/ regular Iontec 1.25, even after 20 hours, there was barely any notching in the mains. if PP Hexaspin exhibits the same trait, it might be the same thing.

    give it a try; i know you love Tour Bite. Iontec has a distinctly softer and different feel than Tour Bite. It doesn't have that "crunchiness" (stealing Gads description) and "thuddiness" (stealing Ross' description).
     
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  14. Ross K

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    Racketaholics log... star date: 14th January 2012...

    westside,

    Exo is a wonderful frame imo. Just not quite for me. Re the BLX, I'm sure you've read up on it, or perhaps played a 6.1 previously, or whatever - basically, if you think it could be worthy of your attention, I wouldn't waste time like I did - give it a whirl ASAP, it's pretty special IMO.


    riau,

    Yes, I'm always open pattern... Re the weight, this is one of the main reasons I held off the BLX for so long. Certainly a few years back I thought the N95, as much as I loved it, was just a tiny bit too much for me, and that influenced me re checking out the BLX. But my requirements and threshold or whatever you want to call it does seem to change. Plus, I've long been a bit caught between that twilight zone of liking a plowy, solid racket (one example: I loved the PC+ Swirly), but I also appreciate and suit your more tweenerish frames/traits thereof (one example: the APD.) Anyhow, I have to play a whole lot more with the BLX to give you more informed fedback, but my first impressions were thus: the BLX is hefty (and there were a few shots where I was reaching back that I couldn't get the racket to the ball), but the balance and weighting is just so lethally and exquisitely primed... yesterday I was hitting with that effortless depth that I always look for (and btw, I had this with the Exo too previously, Rob), but the power level was off the chart - and just like the N95, I like the particular feel, and the controllable, responsive, precise oomph that you can reign in, deftly adjust, fine tune or tweak... as I said yesterday, the only racket that compares to this and has these qualities imo is the pro-stock YTPP.


    jjs,


    Do keep in mind I've only had the 1 match thus far with the BLX, but my thoughts as I went home yesterday were that it was better - or better for me - than the N95 - and remember the N is in my personal top 3 frames ever! One MAJOR thing was the BLX struck me as slightly more b-line designed/geared somehow. (Could partly be explained by the less head-light balance?) As a predominantly b-line orientated player, this is an important feature - and I was hammering it from the backcourt yesterday (time to get myself a vest, the girly bandana, grow four feet in height, and change my name to Juan Martin!:) ) Following on from that, I suspect (for me) the N is maybe better for more all court stuff. The NCode handles a bit smoother generally. But the BLX has a tad more power. It's like they've fine tuned the engine and created this ultra accurate, ultra big ball hitting beast!
     
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    Ross,

    I'll be interested to find out how you and blx will develop as you get more court time with it. I've been playing with n95 for a while and I do think it is a great all court stick but with all this talk about blx got me intrigued. Keep us posted. Thanks.
     
  16. Ross K

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    Frames I wish I'd never got rid of... no. 1:

    The HPS 6.1 :(

    [​IMG]

    How about everyone else?
     
  17. Meaghan

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    Had a good outing today with the Pro's Pro black pentagonal strings, Blackout 1.25.

    I strung it slightly higher than my TB (52lbs) thinking as it was softer it would be more elastic. As my racket strings up tighter than normal, the 52lbs felt closer to 58lbs.

    I would string it lower next time, same as TB around 49lbs. It took no time to bed in, kinda plush feeling for a poly with good dwell time. The strings were a lot stiffer than I thought they would be and this is the main reason I would string lower.

    As for any real difference than TB, I didnt notice much change, spin levels were great, I was getting great movement on serve, control was excellent, even strung high it was easy to maintain depth, feel was great for a poly, softish and touch shots felt real nice, power was on a par with TB. There was no string movement whatsoever.

    What I liked about these strings was that I wasnt looking at my racket and saying WTF, they are on a par with the polys I like. Very similar to b5e and black code, anyone who likes a stiffish poly but with a soft, comfortable feel with decent power and excellent control and spin then this could be a contender. Im looking forward to the next outing when I expect these strings will have bedded in nicely.

    One other piece of info which may have affected the stiffness feel was the weather, very cold (around freezing) and the balls went heavy very quickly from new.

    Played 5 sets (2 singles, 3 doubles), won my two singles and two doubles and lost last doubles match rather easily (blaming a bit of tiredness and cold and my partner missing a lot of volleys at the net :))
     
  18. Ross K

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    ^^^

    Hmm, sounds like my kind of poly, Rich... oh dear, yet another string I may have to take a look at.:)

    Talking of investigating polys, have to say I enjoyed the Silverstring on Friday. It seems a much better fit to me in the 6.1 than my only previous and underwhelming experience of it a few years ago in a Rad Tour Twin Tube. In the Wilson it seemed to have that elusive winning feel, ie not too harsh (far from it in the BLX), not that nasty weird meshy metallic sensation you get with some polys, or that plastic feel, and yet very good in all the usual areas.

    Anyhow, I look forward to checking out Iontec next in the 6.1, and probably TB after that. But, yes, I think I'll read up some more on Pro's Pro.
     
  19. JGads

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    ^Played with the 6.1 with fresh Silverstring today. My initial thoughts: feel? BANG-on. Softer, not as harsh/somewhat metallic as the Tour Bite was for me in the 6.1. But still just crisp enough. However: even at 56/54 tension (as compared to 52/50 Tour Bite), I struggled with the power level. VERY powerful string for the 6.1. Perhaps part of it is the missing bite from Tour Bite bringing the spin ball down into the court vs this string shooting it past the baseline, but yeah, I'm not sure. Should have gone higher tension, perhaps. Granted, some of this was user-error as I was struggling with consistency with all of my sticks (this was just a rally-ball day with Mad Dog), but I struggled moreso with the 6.1. Of course, the crazy thing or me lately has been struggling with the 6.1 or not quite 'feeling' perfect with the Tour Bite, and then getting excellent results in set play. Go figure. It's never the easy answer.

    Meanwhile, Mad Dog, who isn't nearly the fan of Tour Bite as many of us, was in the Tour Bite Zone when he pulled out one of his BC20s with TB. The ball was constantly clipping the line on me and the funk sometimes on the bounce was just silly. SO hard to deal with that BC20/Tour Bite combo on the other side of the court. Just a hard ball to read and constantly dig when the other guy is playing well as he was today. Made me wish I'd brought my 20/TB out to the party (still have one in my collection but don't play it much these days.)
     
  20. mad dog1

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    ^ Gads and i did indeed enjoy a fun rally-ball evening! i pulled out my Tour Bitten BC20 which was string at 44 lbs about 5 weeks ago using the JayCee method with only about 1 hr of play time on it. even though it was strung over a month ago, the tension held very well. this got me thinking there might be something to the JayCee method. i had strung my other BC20 w/ TB at 46/43.5 5 weeks ago and after 2 weeks, the tension was so loose i was spraying balls all over the place that i had to resort to cutting out the string bed and restringing it w/ Outlast at 52 lbs using the JayCee method. so while the BC20 strung using the Stringway tension recommendation had long gone the way of the dodo, the 2 BC20s strung using the JayCee method were still holding tension well and playing very consistently. i'm starting to be a believer. i'm going to continue to experiment w/ the JayCee method to see it this isn't some kind of fluke occcurence.

    while i was hitting w/ the Tour Bitten BC20, i didn't notice that my ball had any crazy spin until Gads mentioned it. but then again, the TB was feeling pretty good today.

    i had a chance to be on the receiving end of JGad's strokes hitting w/ his Iontec 1.25 strung PS85 as well as my Iontec Hexa 1.20 strung PS85. there's no doubt Iontec Hexa generates more spin than regular Iontec. i felt just a bit more rushed against the Hexa hit balls than the regular Iontec because they were heavier in weight and jumped up after the bounce. i'm thinking that Hexa 1.25 might be the one that offers the best mix of feel, spin and long life.
     
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    Thinking again of my matches yesterday, I must stress how cold it was, although the sun was shining (low and in our eyes at one end) and it was actually quite pleasant, the balls were heavy and moving slower than normal, but when I was at the 'good' end I was stroking the ball around very nicely, with good pop and spin, very happy with this string. Didnt miss TB which has not happened before but I think its to do with the relationship with the frame like most of you have said before.
    And Ross at £30 a reel, very good value. Racket Depot Uk and BigTtennis have good info.


    I had the same issues with ss, nice feel etc but didnt get the bite to reign my shots in. Im so used to this now that its difficult to change your game to suit.

    Definately gonna try the hexa 1.25 maddog and see if that level of bite and dwell time plushness is good in the Melbourne. Also gonna pick up Hexaspin from Pro's Pro. I suspect many of the German string makers use the same factory and my call would be that Hexaspin is Iontec Hexa and Blackout is B5E.....Mamba, Pacific, Kirschbaum strings too, loads made in Germany.....
     
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    ^ Meaghan, does Pro's Pro Hexaspin resist notching? i just cut out Iontec 1.25 from JGad's PK Black Ace 93 and there was barely any notching in the mains. and i really mean barely and it's almost 2 months old. this is the same thing i found in my sticks. if Hexaspin has very little signs of notching, it might be the same. if it notches, it's not the same as Iontec.
     
  23. Meaghan

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    Interestingly on racket depot uk it mentions that "Hexaspin also has reduced wear between the mains and crosses, resulting in high durability"

    Only problem is hexaspin comes in bright blue, gold or orange!! Whereas Hexa looks much better natural.
     
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    ^ i think Hexaspin could be the equivalent of Blackspin...both are only available in 17g where as Iontec Hexa is available in 1.20 and 1.25.

    Hexaspin
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    Product Description
    Extremely good tension maintenance. Co-polyester-string with a hexagonal cross section, harmoniously rounded, creating an incredible top spin. Reduced wear between mains and cross strings, resulting therefore in high durability. Explosive power, excellent comfort and ball control are other professional features. Gauge: 1.25mm

    Blackspin
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    A special heating process is used to make the string more malleable and improve playability. There is a surprising amount of comfort for a polyester string. And its flexibility ensures comfort and very good ball speed.

    The pentagonal shape not only helps the string grip the ball for more spin, it also lends to the long life of this string on your racquet.



    Black Spin Advantages

    Excellent String Life
    Abrasion Resistant
    Very Powerful
    Soft feel
    Very Arm Friendly
    Great Spin
    Additional Information

    Color: Black
    Length: 12m
    Available Gauges: 1.24mm (17)
     
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  25. Meaghan

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    in Uk and EU its available in 16L or 1.25...... the blackspin looks like blackout/b5e/black code.
     
  26. Ross K

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    RHs,

    Played just now in treacherous frosted conditions - (yes, my knee really loved that experience - not) - and lost (said it before: I do so envy you in sunnier climes... btw, feel free to invite me for a game gents if I'm ever in the States - I of course extend the offer to anyone ever visiting London and who doesn't mind battling these challenging elements. :evil:) Thoughts today: the BLX is really impressing me re my 2hbh. So nice to have something closer to a weapon off this wing, for once. Off the fh side, change of direction stuff and nailing angles was very encouraging just now. However, I do need to get more consistent with the serve - I think this this frame can do it all in this dept, so it's 100% 'operator error'. Likewise, I need to just get better attuned to the balance/weighting and cut out some of the UEs. And RE comparisons with the N95, today I thought the BLX isn't quite as solid perhaps (talking marginally.) However, I seem to find it a tad whippier and, yes, I'm still thinking it's a better for me from the b-line. Truth be told though, they are very alike.


    JG,

    Have to say I came to the same conclusion. Could be the SS has been in too long now but (was @ 50 lbs but less now.) Whatever, the rack was too overpowered even for me out there today. Time to creep upwards with the tension methinks.


    mad dog,

    Okay then, time to start brushing up on my German once again and ordering in the Hexa 1.25.:)
     
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    Pro's Pro

    I recently played Hexaspin in a recently sold BC20 (as mains in a hybrid with a multi). Pretty good all round I thought, just a bit too stiff for my liking (oo'er missus!).

    Am currently playing Blackout in one of my PS 6.0 95's (with a multi cross), really liking this string, feels very similar to Blackcode but so much more affordable. Think I may be buying a reel soon, seen it on the bay for around £24!!!!

    Also, the basic syn gut they do is pretty good, nice and crisp.
     
  28. Meaghan

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    I will be buying a reel myself and a decent multi for my basic jobs. Had a little hit with it today and I deffo strung it too high, but it felt lovely today after 3 hrs yesterday. The right level of crispness and softness imo. Very predictable string.

    Did some research and actually went with the hexaspin twist as its softer than the normal hexaspin. Don't usually like twisted strings as the accentuate the spin too much but will have a looksy.
     
  29. mad dog1

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    Meaghan, given that prostaff junkie mentions that Hexaspin was too stiff, it's probably not the same string as Iontec Hexa. All of the Iontecs i've tried so far are very comfortable.
     
  30. Meaghan

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    Yes that's probably true but I've also heard that the hexaspin is softer than blackout. I found b5e rather stiff and thin in the bc20 open patern and not in the closed pattern prestige.

    The iontec line look very nice with favourable reviews will pick some up and play then alongside and see. I think they are prob very similar. Considering all the euro manufacturers are either in germany or across the border in belgium, france, switzerland and austria, there must be some cross fertilisation!.
     
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    I should mention that I prob did string the Hexaspin too high (60lbs). Generally speaking I like poly fairly high, but it felt a bit boardy in the BC20 (such a string sensitive frame, that's why I got rid.........!)

    I may try Vendetta next.........
     
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    I hear Vendetta is awful.......

    60lbs I kinda understand in the bc20, I had TB at 58lbs but these strings I think are best suited around 50lbs (+/-5)......I know that my Melbourne strings up tight and at 52lbs it deffo felt closer to 60.
     
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    Meaghan,

    So does Blackout play the same as B5E? I found B5E good for spin but slightly lacking in the power compartment when compared to the likes of my beloved tour bite. On a side note I just strung up my 400 tours. One with Tour bite the other with the new Tourna Black 7 spin. Will compare side by side once we get out of this lovely little bit of snowy weather we are under in my neck of the woods.
     
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    Really? Maybe I'll just stick to the Blackout then lol.......

    Denser patterns do feel tighter don't they? In my Prostaffs (16x20/95) I can go up to 62 with Blackcode and it still doesn't feel boardy. They are quite flexible in the hoop though so that does help the feel.
     
  36. Ross K

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    Despite the loss this morning got to tell you RHs I'm still buzzing about the BLX. I'm definitely prioritizing it. With only the 1 though, I'm going to have to also utilize my N95s (the BLX will be for match play, the N's for practice, checking out strings, etc - as I said this morning, they really are pretty similar.) Still can't fathom why I didn't try one earlier.

    Bottom line thought: if you've got it in you, you can do it all with a 6.1.:)

    [​IMG]
     
  37. Meaghan

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    Imo yes, slightly underpowered, let us know how you get on with the black 7, torres gives it a good review, which has certain similarities with the above but he says it haas a certain elasticity which is relative to what you've used. I agree with his description of spin too. I suspect they will all be very similar, if you found b5e underpowered then I would string the 7 a few pounds lower.
     
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    Ross,

    How does the BLX feel compared to the N? Especially on touch shots.

    I played with the BLX 90 the other day and I was loving the feel. My droppers were just so perfect and measured. The N can feel a bit too muted on those deft shots and I'll often overplay them and set up a sitter.

    Full disclosure.............I might be stepping into my local Tennis shop just to see if they have any BLX 6.1' in liquidation.

    ...........I hope, nay, I pray that they don't.:evil:
     
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    So they had three on special. It goes without saying that I bought all three. I'll run all the usual measurements and keep the one I like the most and return the other two.

    .…… we really need to setup a sponsor system for these exact moments !
     
  40. JGads

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    Funny... Pretty nice that you can just return frames after speccing them out.

    Re: NCode vs BLX 6.1, from the brief hit with an NCode a month back, I really gathered that they're essentially the same beast. One didn't feel hugely different than the other, and they seemed to hit the same big, spinny ball. Without the damp, either frame can be a bit harsh.
     
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    Funny... Pretty nice that you can just return frames after speccing them out.

    Re: NCode vs BLX 6.1, from the brief hit with an NCode a month back, I really gathered that they're essentially the same beast. One didn't feel hugely different than the other, and they seemed to hit the same big, spinny ball.
     
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    How to purchase a Wilson Racquet, aka, Wilson QC reality check:

    So, I caved today and decided to pick up a BLX 6.1 95. Now, a couple of weeks ago I had noticed that my local sports shop was liquidating them at a very attractive price, so after work I walked over there and bought their last remaining 3 in my grip size.

    That's right, after confirming that I could return them if I didn't use them, I bought all three and took them home to see how they speced out. Here are the results:

    Racquet #1: was an immediate winner:
    332 g's (right on spec)
    15 pts hl balance

    Racquet #2: Dud
    342 g's (that's 10 over spec)
    13 pts hl

    Racquet #3: Dud
    342 g's
    13 pts hl

    So, I removed the plastic from the handle of racquet number one, strung it up, added an og and these are the final specs:

    350 g's
    10 pts hl
    321 SW

    Really excited about this, a whippier N6.1 with the BLX feel. If it swings too fast, nothing 2 little g's at 12 won't fix.

    So there you have it folks, Wilson's qc produced a total of 2 duds out of 3 sticks purchased at a local retail store. Those two are going back to the store tomorrow.

    We're talking pretty crappy specs too, 10 grams over weight, and a more HH balance, therefore probably a higher SW and less maneuverable.
     
  43. el sergento

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    Pretty sure any big box store will let you do that. Just remove the cardboard from the racquet head and assume the plastic on the handle adds around 2 g's.

    I you never remove the plastic, let alone string up the stick and play with it, I don't see why you cant just return the stick?
     
  44. corners

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    Just an interjection, but I played a BLX 6.1 that came in 354 grams, 9HL, 328 SW, strung with no overgrip. It was higher static weight and longer balance than spec, and with a relatively low swingweight (basically less polarized), and I really liked it. Could just be personal preference, but....

    On the other hand, these sticks highlight some shockingly bad QC. It's really surprising that they can't tighten that up. Static weight is one thing, but 2+ points headlight variation and 14+ unit swingweight variation is just lousy. The 6.1 95 is a racquet they've been making for how long? You'd think they'd have a handle on it by now.

    Anyway, I hope your keeper plays fantastic.
     
  45. JGads

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    I guess that makes sense. You got the dream spec there, my friend. PP lucked out with his as well. Pretty sure my 6.1 is right about 330 on the SW. Do you have your own RDC machine (is that what it's called?) to get SW? Is there a way to get SW without it? I need to look up on here exactly how to get the balance measurement. Confused by it, a little. But if you get balance and static weight measured, the SW could still vary and you'd need an RDC, right?
     
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    El,

    Having now played a grand total of twice with the BLX - and with a string that's essentially new to me (Silverstring), I don't think I can really answer your qsn properly. Yesterday I was struck more by how similar generally the 2 versions are as opposed to how different. Also, I was surprised when I went back over some old threads at the differences in ppls views on how the N and BLX match up. Think I need to string them up ASAP same string and tension and compare. I do however stand by my posts where I found the N a tad more solid, and the BLX a tad more powerful, and whippy too.

    Congrats on the new purchase... will this 6.1 love fest never end?! :)
     
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    Yeah, if you have balance and weight you're almost there, but to get the swingweight you need balance, weight and a machine, or the do it at home method, which is a lot easier with the Racquet Tune app.
     
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    "Calling Power Player!... Calling Power Player!... Come in, Power Player!... Are you there?..."

    Er, mate, you've gone awfully quiet whilst the 6.1 love fest has now reached newer, higher and in fact positively orgiastic levels of mass love!:grin: ... just wondering though... I mean, we are all racketaholics, right? :wink: ... um, you haven't been dabbling with a different frame have you by any chance?:eek:
     
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    Is that racquet tune app complicated/accurate? I recall reading something about having to hang the racquet on a thread or something? Seemed kind of complicated or laborious. At least for me.
     
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    Racquet tune is nice, but I use Swing App, for the iphone. Essentially, you hang the racquet, place the the phone in front of the handle, and then the camera takes all the measurements when you swing the racquet.

    Maybe not RDC accurate, but it gives me a base and a means to compare my sticks.
     

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