do any guys play with the Blade 98 Pink?

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  1. barnes1172

    barnes1172 New User

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    I notice TW has this on sale for $99. The gold version (for guys?) is $50 more. I guess not as many women liked this racquet?

    How noticeable (in-person) is this pink color? Would you, as a guy, play with this racquet?

    Maybe I could buy it and spray paint it? The frame would still be the same, right?
     
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  2. derickyan

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    I'm pretty sure you can have a paint job. That's what I would do if I really like this racquet :p
     
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  3. KFwinds

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    I would rock the pink no problem :) In person it's a pretty "hot" pink, almost red. Almost...
     
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  4. 0d1n

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    Do people pay 50 dollars more per racquet in order to play with some mustard color instead of pink(ish) ???
    Really !???!?
    For me it would be a no brainer...who the heck wants to pay 150 dollars more for 3 racquets...for that kind of money you can buy 2 reels of good string.
     
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  5. Torres

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    Anyone who's anyone doesn't really care what color it is, especially when there's a $50 dollar difference.

    Close up its pink, from courtside outside it looks red.
     
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  6. Ramon

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    I'd probably buy a pink one and a gold one so I have 2 racquets that play the same but I can easily distinguish them.
     
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  7. Boricua

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    Pink is a nice color, modern looking in a frame.
     
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  8. Herdsman76

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    I played a guy in a tournament last month who had one and it looked very deep in color. For $50 less, get the pink. It's way better than that crappy mustard gold color...

    H76
     
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  9. rlau

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    I'd say the crappy mustard gold color rocks and the pink is for chicks :oops:
     
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  10. Power Player

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    I love the "crappy mustard gold", but I'd play the pink if I needed another stick. Great price on the racquet.
     
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  11. sw00sh

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    real men wear pink! :D
     
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  12. UCSF2012

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    Yea, I play pink....


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    Pink items don't sell well, because most guys are homophobic. So, pink products are sooooo cheap. Past a certain age, boys become men and no longer care about how you appear to others. Problem is, for some of us, that age is 55.
     
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  13. hersito

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    I've been thinking for a long time, 2 pink 98 or 1 98 2013... Still cant make my mind...
     
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  14. UCSF2012

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    All it takes is a can of spray paint, if you end up self-conscious.
     
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  15. PhotoBlue

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    If I used blade 98 I would buy the pink. Loads cheaper than the gold
     
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  16. Shangri La

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    I'd get the pink given the price difference. The only thing is the pink might be harder to resell.
     
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  17. PBODY99

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    It is their problem if they can not handle PINK

    Buy the Pink, use the savings for masking tape and some spray paint if you must. Leonia UFO in pink was used by a top local player in the 1980's. It wasn't cheaper, but it did irritate some guys to lose to him,as they had a problem with the color.
     
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  18. MikeHitsHard93

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    Yes it's actually quite easy to paint this way. Did it with an airsoft gun :)
     
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  19. PrincessAdam

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    There's a pro player who played with the pink! (Not sure his name. Wilson posted about him all the time on their facebook) I say get it. Its cool
     
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  20. Fuji

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    I use the pink Blade all the time, I don't see the issue?

    -Fuji
     
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  21. Power Player

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    Honestly for $99 you are going to get one of the best sticks out there. It seems like some of the best possible sticks are the ones under $100. Head MG MP for example. Yonex RDIS200..the Blade 98.

    Just get the stick and goat all over the place. It is killler.I used a pink Donnay Agassi and the ladies loved it. I took a little heat from some older guys, but they also respected that I was throwing it back old school and keeping it real.

    Keep it real out there. If someone asks, tell them you support breast cancer awareness.
     
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  22. Chotobaka

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    Funny, but the so-called "salmon" Donnay Pro One that Agassi played with was really much more pink than the Blade 98. Anyone who is outspoken regarding issues with the shade of red on the Wilson really needs to check their "tendencies".
     
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  23. BigT

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    Has anyone ever tried to spray paint these? results?
     
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  24. LeeD

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    Couple days a week, I play practice doubles sets, and sometimes singles sets, with a couple of NorCal girls 12 and 16's who use the gold version.
    They both wear pink, say they would not be caught dead with the pink racket.
    If it was me, I'd buy the pink and mask off, then spray paint the throats.
     
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  25. Overdrive

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    I posted before that I guy I know that plays juniors (with a national ranking of Top 50) plays with one. He isn't sponsored though (which is interesting).

    It would be a great frame if it wasn't so darn unforgiving. :neutral:
     
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  26. travlerajm

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    I'm currently rocking with the pink. It's actually magenta. After a while, you get used to it.
     
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  27. ls206

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    I'm surprised you can see any of the paintwork under all that lead tape you use :)
     
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  28. travlerajm

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    3 layers from 12:30 to 3:30 and 8:30 to 11:30, plus another ounce under the grip near top of handle.
     
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  29. TheBoom

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    I did... till I smashed it! :twisted:
     
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  30. bluetrain4

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    Buy the pink at the better price. Don't be insecure.

    It just looks like another busy paint job, among lots of racquets with busy paint jobs. Plus, as others have stated, it's not like it's pale pink. Seriously, what does it matter. I know if I bought one, a few guys I play with might rib me about it once, and then it would be completely forgotten. Most wouldn't say anything. I myself certainly wouldn't care and wouldn't say anything if some guy showed up to the courts with the BLX pink.
     
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  31. Overdrive

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    It's ridiculous when people perceive pink (or any shade of pink) as a negative stigma...

    :mad:
     
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  32. PhxRacket

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    If I had the extra dough, I'd buy one. I love my mustard gold and black Blade. My son referes to it as "Thor's Hammer" as a result of the power I produce with it.
     
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  33. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Sure. I don't care about the color. If I could win using a Sponge-Bob junior racket, I would use it.
     
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  34. spinovic

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    For that price, I'd have no issue with the pink if I liked the racquet enough.
     
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  35. zaskar1

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    sorry, but i think certain colors dont seem like they are for men
    call me old!
    defintely would not have a pink racquet

    red or orange is ok

    z
     
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  36. BigT

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    Anyone try using a King size Sharpie before? There is not that much pink to go over.
     
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  37. TennisD

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    It's just a color. Get over it. The gold one is not only more expensive, but it's also bland, and everyone else will have it. Get the pink version, save the cash, and stop worrying about it.
     
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  38. zapvor

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    a buddy i hit with has 5 of them. and hes really good. 4.5 easy.

    i just picked on up myself. put in all poly. and won yesterday first time out with it:) i actually prefer the pink to the gold
     
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  40. zaskar1

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    actually works in your favor!

    actually, if the pink color distracts your opponent to focus on your racquet
    instead of the ball, it will be in your favor.
    with the savings you can get 2 for the price of one.

    z
     
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  41. Carolina Racquet

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    Pink is part of a powerful strategy. Ask your opponent if he likes your frame and then ask him what he's doing after the match.

    If he's straight, he'll freak out. If he's not, he will give you favorable line calls.

    Perfect.
     
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  42. Radicalized

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    At one time (to early-mid 1900s) pink was the color for baby boys. Blue was for girls. Then marketers got involved and we have this situation. The point is, reject the made up BS and use whatever you want for the price you'd prefer.
     
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  43. LeeD

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    Not sure if a 11 oz racket should have a 335 SW.
    I know a couple of junior state ranked girls who can pound groundies and serves, get inconsistent on the serves, but who really can't fully figure out volleys with such a head heavy stick.
    I do like an 11 oz stick with a 320 SW, no more. Better balance for quick netplay and consistency on serves and groundes.
     
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  44. bandyman35

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    New member of the pink club. Can't pass it up for $75 plus a 10% off coupon
     
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  45. Lukhas

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    Not untrue. Given how cheap it is, I would've tried it if it wasn't for the SW, as I discover about 3grams of lead at 2 and 10. Already 2 points HL. Although the gold version is cheaper on TWE than the pink. and given Wilson's apparently "awesome" QC, maybe some people here found some versions much more head light.
     
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  46. tennistomcat

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    I've recently been playing with the Blade 98 pink & it is a pretty sweet racket. It really does not look like a girly pink color.

    This is a solid racket in every aspect - If only I had found this racket years ago, I wouldn't have gone through so many other ones

    The price is great for what you get
     
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  47. cknobman

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    I play with pink, just not racquets that are pink. ;)
     
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  48. bandyman35

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    This is definitely pink.
     
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