Is the K-Blade 98 considered a players racquet?

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  1. feyya

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    As stated in title.
     
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  2. Gmedlo

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    yes... but why does it matter?
     
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  3. feyya

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    Gmeldo, jw.
     
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  4. bluetrain4

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    I actually think that a lot of TW posters are having an identity crisis over whether their sticks are considered "players" frames.

    I'm a decent player who generally uses thin-beamed frames in the 12.2 oz range (classic "player" specs according to many), and just got destroyed by an ex-college player who uses a 10.8 oz Wilson H Tour.

    It really doesn't matter.
     
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  5. fleetparadox

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    Amen.

    Didn't Agassi and Chang use Oversized frames.
     
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  6. feyya

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    I know what you are talking about, but that doesnt describe me. As i stated before, i am just wondering. If i was as you were describing, i would use the K90 without even demoing.
     
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  7. Babb

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    My Speedport Blue is most definitely a player's frame. ;)

    But really, who cares about whether it's a player's frame or not? The player makes the frame what it is... not the other way around.

    And yes, a KBlade in any variation is a player's frame to me.
     
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    IMO its not.

    But who cares...its kind of strange that you made this thread.
     
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    lol, y is it strange?
     
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  10. nickb

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    Because you are trying to make your self feel better and hoping people think it is a players racket....it really does not matter.
     
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    woah, woah, woah, hold your horses cowboy. If i was in depression maybe that would be what i was trying to do. Please dont eat me alive for asking a question.
     
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  12. AlpineCadet

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    I wouldn't worry about labels. The PD and the APD are considered tweener rackets, but try telling that to Roddick/Nadal, lol.
     
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  13. nickb

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    So why did you ask it then?
     
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  14. feyya

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    cause i was JW
     
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  15. stanfordtennis alum

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    yes, it sure is a players racqueta
     
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  16. JMS

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    I consider the 98 version too light to be thought of as a player's racquet.
     
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  17. feyya

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    lol, they'd be like who cares tell that to my stack of millions.
     
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  18. D.  Nelson

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    ...the rule is : if I'm BUYING one....it's a garbage tweener (so I can get a better price!!) --- if I'm SELLING one.....it's.... The Grail from God ...!!!! That applies to ANY racquet...... :) !!!!!
     
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  19. Djokovicfan4life

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    What the hell does JW mean (for idiots like me)? :)
     
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  20. feyya

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    lol, i'm just to lazy to say just wondering
     
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  21. feyya

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    bump bump bump
     
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  22. tennis_guy

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    But their's is closer to 12 oz with 350+ swingweight
     
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  23. HeadPrestige

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    no it is not a palyers racket... and you are not a tennis player since you use it. :rolleyes: ... who the hell cares?
     
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  24. Racquet Man

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    The stock K Blade 98 is indeed considered a players racquet! That does not mean that "players" actually use it in that set up.

    My K-Blade 98 was customized to increase the weight to 342g, and is now 12pt head light (unstrung).The racquet is strung with Technhifibre x-1 Biphase 18 guage at 50lbs.

    In case anyone is interested, this stick use to play like really nice Japanese sporty car before the customization. With the customization, I now have a very nice italian sports car to play around with!!!!:)...take your pick (Ferrai or Lamborgini or Masserati). I'm loving it!

    I believe that set up I now have on this racquet is fairly typical of the set up that players use!!
     
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  25. pow

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    It's not a player's racquet but that's just a category name.

    It's too light and the head is too big for the category.
     
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    The head is too big? 98?
     
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  27. fortunecookiesjc

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    thats funny i was looking through the categories racquet on TT and the Kneissl Red star was under that " category" and it was 11.2 oz and head size 98
     
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    Too big? From who's or what perspective? Those whose game is based around smaller MIDs and think themselves superior, hah, racquet snob. Or too big compared to the other category in the comparison "player's racquets". Well player's racquets are not Pro's racquets because guess what Pro's use everything under the sun. But you know that. Then what is this players category consist of - specs that are somehow "difficult" for the average player, Listen a 98 isn't that much bigger to look at than a 90, 93, 95. It aint head size alone that marks out players from tweeners, categorise which are notoriously vague. (I'd put it in tweener territory if you wantme to rollthe dice - in consideration of all its specs!)
     
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  29. rooski

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    Maybe they should change the label from "players" to "control" sticks. People always get so hung up on the "players" label. To me a control stick is > 11 oz., thin beam < 22mm, with a 98 or less headsize, and low in power.

    I personally haven't hit the kBlade but I don't know how else you could classify it's older brother, the nBlade, but as a true control racket. ~335 SW and VERY low in power...but with amazing control. I'm pretty sure the kBlade is very, very similar.
     
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  30. barry

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    According to John Mac statement on NBC, the new player rackets are lighter and more powerful. He said in the old days, it was heavy head light rackets, but today’s frames are lighter, stiffer, and more head heavy, providing a much more powerful ball.

    I would say the Kblade 98 is a player’s racket, and many of the up and coming players are using lighter frames.
     
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    This back to life? Good, and good JMc quote.

    I'd trust his voice among the many you hear every day: as sharp as sensible.

    If that's his take on the history and progress of the player frame, then we ought to not shoot the messenger. Considering his assessment then frames like the KB98 certainly fit the bill.

    This 98 manages a great spin/control balance, doesn't add too much to get in the way of want you want to do, adds a little pop where you need it.
     
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    Are these the lime green racquets? I hit with them once... Lots of pop. Yet fairly controllable. Very tempting. - I'm usually a heavy dead stick user.
     
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  33. bertrevert

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    No, KBlade is black/gold.

    NPro I think was the lime green. Lopez I think used.

    "Heavy dead" heh heh, puts real meaning into "clubbing the ball"... cheers
     
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  34. stician

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    I think all things aside, I noticed the KBlade 98 generates more power than KBlade Tour and K90 and has less feel than both. It does have a larger sweet spot so I would not characterize it as a players racquet. But plenty of "players" have chosen to weld tweener frames... so at the end of the day it comes down to what your preference is.
     
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    Uh, i do. Thats why i asked the question. Can't we just cut this stupid response sh1t out for a little bit?
     
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