Does the New Blade play like a stiff racket

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Brocolt, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Brocolt

    Brocolt Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    224
    All things being equal does the New blade play stiffer than an aero prodrive or pure drive. I have recently swithced (pure drive) to the blade and it feels better on the arm however I am starting to develop some nasty pain in my hand (outside of hand pinky side just above the wrist.
     
    #1
  2. sunof tennis

    sunof tennis Professional

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2010
    Messages:
    1,118
    No it isn't a stiff, but there are certainly more flexible raquets. What kind of string do you play with?
     
    #2
  3. parasailing

    parasailing Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    3,469
    The new blade is not as stiff as either one of the racquets you mention.
     
    #3
  4. Sundan

    Sundan Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    233
    Wich version of the blade do you have ?

    I can say my 93 is real stiff,feels like a board in comparison to the 98:s, they are better.

    They are specced 67,66 and 65 if i remember correct,the 93 is 67 and the 16*19 98 is 66,however in play the 16*19 feels alot more comfortable than the 93.
     
    #4
  5. parasailing

    parasailing Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    3,469
    I have the 16x19 version and the reason you feel more comfort is the 93 has a denser string pattern given it's 18x20 and a smaller frame size. Both make the string bed a tad stiffer so if you have the 93, I would suggest dropping tension a couple lbs to start and see how it feels.
     
    #5
  6. Bdarb

    Bdarb Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Messages:
    1,536
    Location:
    New England
    I demo'd the 93 (18x20) as some people mentioned super stiff. I thought it produced good shots but was very uncomfortable, wouldn't want to hit with it for a whole match personally.
     
    #6
  7. neverstopplaying

    neverstopplaying Professional

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,185
    Location:
    Montreal
    I know the pain that you are referring to as I've experienced it, but IMO it's more related to getting used to a new racquet and different SW. The Blade is without a doubt more comfortable that a PD.

    I played for quite a while with a DONNAY P1 16x19. Super comfy and probably should be used by a lot of aspiring 4.5s+. Never tried the Donnay 18x20 as I wanted to go down in static weight and went for a Blade.

    If you're hitting hard with the Blade there is a narrow range of acceptable contact points and you need a proper distance between you and the ball at all times. If not = sore wrist, sore elbow, sore shoulder....
     
    #7
  8. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    14,041
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    Excuse the slight subject change, but how do u find the Blade compares to the P1?
     
    #8
  9. neverstopplaying

    neverstopplaying Professional

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,185
    Location:
    Montreal
    They are quite different racquets but don't require a huge adjustment due similar swing weight.

    The feel and comfort of the P1 are amongst the best I've played with. I love the plow through and power on serves. I used it as my main racquet for about 4-5 months. The only two problems were that I found it a little tiring after extended play and depth was a little hard to control. Sometimes balls would sail and I didn't get this with my previous 400T. I could have gone back to the 400T but had sold them and I was curious to try the Blade 18x20.

    I'm working on improving directional control to open up the court and the Blade meets the challenge. It is IMO less tiring - must be due to the lower static weight, even with an added leather handle to change the balance slightly. Also the depth control is no longer an issue. (I've got good strokes from years of coaching, but my movement and stamina suffer against young players). Feel is not as good and this shows up more on defensive play. It is stiff if I'm late and let the ball get past the ideal contact point, but this is also a good teacher, and forces me to adjust for the next ball. I serve well with the Blade throughout a match, as well as with the P1, with less fatigue.

    Possibly these balls that I was hitting past the contact point are the ones that were sailing on the P1, but I never realized this as it was too comfortable.

    Hope this helps.
     
    #9

Share This Page