Question for Andy (Blade 98)

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  1. colan5934

    colan5934 Rookie

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    Andy, I see that you switched to the 18x20 Blade. What made it stand out from the 16x19? Watching you play in the reviews, we have similar playing styles, although you're a bit above me in ability. I'm currently demoing both string patterns, and I like them both. It's hard to compare perfectly because the 18x20 is strung with NXT while the 16x19 is strung with 4G. I've only hit with them for a day, but they stand out from the other two. I'm thinking that it will become apparent which one is better for me with a bit more time playing each frame, but I'm looking for your perspective also.
     
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    I found the 16x19 to be a bit too lively and uncontrollable for my liking. You can generate lots of power and spin with it, but I had too hard a time controlling my shots with it. The frame itself is already crisp and powerful in my opinion, so the 18x20 provides the control I need for the lively frame.

    Andy, TW
     
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    Andy, thanks for the response. I've noticed that more and more with my testing. Tons of power and spin, but the control of the 18x20 is sublime. I do find it a bit too muted, though. How does is compare to the Black/Gold Blade 98? The specs look similar. Is there much of a difference in feel and crispness?
     
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    To be honest, I haven't hit the previous version a whole lot. But I did ask the other playtesters, and they said the newer version's feel is fairly different with the addition of Wilson's Amplifeel to the handle, making it a little softer, more comfortable and more dampened. It's also a bit more maneuverable and responsive, as opposed to the previous version which is a little heftier and more dead feeling. However, the differences are slight and the racquets can be switched between fairly easily.

    Andy, TW
     
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    Hey Andy,

    In the video review didnt you mention that the 93 blade was your favorite of the three? I would have thought that was the one you would switch to...
     
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    I loved the feel and precision of the 93, especially coming from my previous racquet, the 90 square inch Yonex RDiS 100 Mid. However, I wanted something a little more powerful and forgiving, and the Blade 98 18x20 is working out great! I'm loving it, and though it doesn't have that classic precise feel like the 93 does, I think it's a great blend of traditional feel/control and modern power/forgiveness.

    Andy, TW
     
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    Just like Fed eh?
     
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    Finally, people are beginning to see the similarities.

    Andy, TW
     
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    Andy,
    Which string would perform better in 18X20, black widow or spiky shark in your opinion?
     
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  10. SuperHead

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    Hi Andy!

    You said the Blade 98 16x19 gave you lots of spin but at the same time less control, but how can you get less control with extra spin? Doesn't more spin = more control?
     
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    More open pattern=more power (EDIT: and spin, the strings move more freely). More closed pattern=more precision. Spin has little to do with it, except that it allows you to keep the balls you'd be hitting long inside the court.

    Wonder if Andy will convert to the 98S... :)
     
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  12. TW Staff

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    Both strings would play great, but they offer different attributes so it depends on what kind of response off the stringbed you are looking for. Both are very spin-friendly, but Black Widow will be much softer, more comfortable, and more powerful. Spiky Shark will offer a lot more control and tension maintenance.

    Andy, TW
     
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    @Lukhas is right. I did get more spin, but it was also a lot livelier so I didn't quite have the precision I would've liked. The 18x20 isn't as spin-friendly, but offers the control I need.

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    It's certainly appealing...I guess we'll have to wait for the playtest and see :)

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