The 2013 BLX Blade 93 review everyone was afraid to write.

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  1. Buford T Justice

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    From this frame review....it sounds like its a 2013 version of this......

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    There is a sweet spot there.....you just need to find the half square inch of it.
     
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  2. cknobman

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    Guess this frame was not for you then. But there is definitely cause for it getting a good review as it is one great frame.

    I play with someone who uses the BLX version (and is looking to get this one now) and can tear you a new ahole with it. He has a very flat attacking game and he loves a small dense string pattern.
     
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  3. J011yroger

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    Me, personally, or in the broader sense of the term?

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  4. yonexRx32

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    My daily racket is an 84 sq. in. with an 18x20 pattern. It's 370g, feels very lively and has enough power to push back a Babolat-swinging opponent all the way to Vladivostok. The catch is that you have to spend a few weeks learning to play. 93 would be pure luxury.
     
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  5. seekay

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    Right on, J.

    It took almost half an ounce of lead to make my KBT feel solid on contact. It ended up hitting pretty well after I got it dialed in, but if you've already got a Prestige, why bother trying to make a Blade hit like a Prestige?
     
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  6. mmk

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    A friend of mine played with one, when I tried it I never found that half square inch.
     
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  7. J011yroger

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    Yup, I leaded the heck out of it, and my shots were better but it still felt like hell.

    J
     
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  9. Boricua

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    You do not like Luxilon 4g and now you do not like this Blade. :) Well, that is your honest opinion. In my case I use to play with the APD and now I can't stand it. So, anyhow, and out of curiousity, what racket and string do you use and/or prefer?
     
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  10. Buford T Justice

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    Im still looking.......
     
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  11. J011yroger

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    Personally I prefer the box beam 90in Wilsons, but I like lots of frames.

    Currently using BBO/ALU. I've used full ALU, and Ashaway Kevlar 16/ALU for years at a time.

    J
     
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  12. vsbabolat

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    There are people on tour that still use the Prestige Mid:
    Robin Haase
    Tobias Kamke
    Mischa Zevrev
    Frank Moser

    jump to mind.
     
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  13. cknobman

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    Sorry I meant that in a broad sense of the word not you personally. More specifically most 4.0's he plays (hes a 4.0).
     
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  14. J011yroger

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    Just checking. I got my rear end handed to me 1&1 by a guy with a kbt, but he was (is) a tour player and has since switched.

    J
     
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  15. DonBot

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    You have really seen alot of blade 93s in the for sale section lately? I had a difficult time finding them when I looked. I saw a few on the big auction website with a small grip size. I liked this racquet alot and want to add one to my collection. I hit a few serves with it and it seemed like they had really good pace..maybe its string sensitive....spin and pop on the ground strokes seemed great too. The original blade tour was pretty whimpy on the one handed backhand, but I was getting good spin and pace with this version...I think the demo I had was strung with a multi. Made me want to pick one up to play with it a bit.
     
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  16. BreakPoint

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    I am living testament to that statement. :)
     
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  17. BreakPoint

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  18. BreakPoint

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    So do I. But that's because it's the closest thing to a wood racquet that's still available on the market. :)
     
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    The PSL feels closer, imo.
     
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  20. BreakPoint

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    Not in my opinion. Wood racquets were close to 14 oz. The PSL feels like a toothpick in comparison. Just way, way too light, even for a modern racquet. And the head is also too big compared to the 65 sq. in. heads of wood racquets.
     
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  21. Doubles

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    The difference between 90 and 95 is negligible. Furthermore, the dense string pattern is more similar than that of the open 6.1 90.

    To me, 14 oz. wood rackets still feel lighter than my 12 oz. Prestige Pros, which is why I feel the PSL is similar. With that said, racket taste is completely subjective.
     
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  22. BreakPoint

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    If that were really true, everyone would be using 90s and not 95s. There is a BIG difference between a 90 and a 95, IMO.

    And I don't understand how a 14 oz. racquet can possibly feel lighter to you than a 12 oz. racquet. A 14 oz. wood racquet feels like a club in my hand, whereas a 12 oz. modern racquet feels like a fly swatter in my hand by comparison. Did you just hold the wood racquet or did you actually play 5 hours with it?
     
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  23. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    surely you've left out BP's post about Sam Stosur?

    there must be a good 7K of those!
     
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  24. Lilguy1456

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    LOL, where's Jolly when you need him. BP, you're just faster and stronger than the rest of it. Why not get a 40 oz. custom wood racquet made with a 38 sq in. head? THINK of how amazing you'd be then!
     
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  25. J011yroger

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    Lol, I can't imagine it is a good thing when a person can be replaced by a magic 8 ball, and nobody would notice.

    J
     
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  26. Lilguy1456

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    Point proven
     
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  27. J011yroger

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    No, no, you've got it all wrong. BP admits that he would play better with a different frame, it is just that he enjoys the challenge of playing with the heavier smaller headed frame. You see he doesn't play to win, but for the enjoyment of it, and he gets that enjoyment in a different way than most of the rest of us.

    J
     
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  28. Lilguy1456

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    Oh I see. Well, that's nothing...I play with my feet.
     
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  29. J011yroger

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    Well, I play with my...

    Wait, can't say that on here.

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  30. Lilguy1456

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    I think you can say elbows on the forum, no?
     
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  31. BreakPoint

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    Well, not even all the latest technology is enough to help Sam Stosur compensate for her lack of superior tennis skills, as she's proven to us as of late. I'd be much more impressed if she could get to #1 in the world using Federer's racquet. :)
     
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  32. BreakPoint

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    That depends on what you mean by "better". I'd say that hitting a delicate drop shot that barely makes it over the net for a winner because you could actually feel the ball on your strings is a "better" shot than one that lands past the service line because you couldn't feel the ball at all.

    And if tennis wasn't enjoyable, why bother playing? I mean, nobody is paying me to either play tennis nor to win tennis matches so why do it unless it was enjoyable? And like sex, enjoyment comes from the feel. If you couldn't feel anything, it would be pretty difficult to enjoy sex (or tennis). :)
     
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  33. BreakPoint

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    Nah....I can just feel the difference between a 12 oz. racquet and a 14 oz. racquet. Just like a wrestler can feel the difference between wrestling a 120lb opponent and wrestling a 200lb opponent. :wink:
     
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  34. Lilguy1456

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    I see now why this guy has 35k posts....any time he has a thought about anything, he posts it
     
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  35. BreakPoint

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    Well, that's better than some others on here who will post even without a thought about anything, wouldn't you agree? ;-)
     
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  36. Lilguy1456

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    Just make you signature say "Federer, wooden, heavy mid racquets." Then you can just post '10char' each time and save your typing fingers.
     
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  37. J011yroger

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    It is kind of funny how he has the most posts in the review thread, and has never hit with the racquet, nor is he considering switching to it.

    J
     
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  38. Lilguy1456

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    I suppose his train of thought was something like this:

    Racquet review?...Wilson?...Mid?!...OMG, ROGERRRR FEDERERRRR!
     
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  39. travlerajm

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    Did you say what tension you tried?

    The BLX Pro Tour - which I believe is denser than the Blade 93 - got me addicted to extremely dense string patterns.

    The secret is to find the right tension (which is lower than you expect). I prefer really stiff stringbeds like you, but I liked my leaded up BLX Pro Tour strung in the low 40s with Kevlar/Poly. Once I got the tension right (and the lead at 3 and 9 and handle to get up to my normal 13.5 oz specs while keeping the dwell time long enough), I could get some really cool high-rpm spin effects without the annoying high launch angle of more open-patterned frames.
     
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  40. BreakPoint

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    Not true. Both you and Lilguy1456 have me beat by a mile. You have 20 posts in this thread, Lilguy1456 has 19 posts in this thread, while I only have 13 (not including this one).

    FYI, I have hit with all the previous generations of the Blade Tour 93. The last BLX version was quite powerful and I could hit the cover off of the ball with it and serve bombs with it but it was stiff and I didn't like the feel. I passed because I could tell that playing with that racquet would eventually kill my elbow. (BTW, TW sent me the blacked-out prototype of the BLX version to playtest before it was released to the public in 2011.)
     
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  41. Lilguy1456

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    While this may be the case, my 20 posts in this thread represent about 5% of my total posting, which compared to the 20 you've made EACH day for 9 years...seems like child's play
     
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  42. BreakPoint

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    Wrong again. My average over the past 9 years is only half that at 10 posts per day. And for the past two years or so I've reduced my posting and I'd go for a long time where I seldom post or have gone for periods of many months where I don't post anything at all. Besides, it's not my fault that I know more about tennis than the average poster here so I get prompted to post more. Many of my posts are replies to others here who ask me specific questions about relevant tennis topics.
     
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  43. J011yroger

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    Anybody in this thread ask BP a question?

    Bueller?

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  44. Lilguy1456

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    You're right. The more **** you post about your tennis preferences, the more you know. I should've been more impressed, as the # of posts in a forum clearly correlates to tennis knowledge. My B homie!
     
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  45. Relinquis

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    I have a question.

    I'm thinking of moving to a new mid. I currently use the Wilson Steam BLX 100, primarily*. I basically want a stick that doesn't do-it-all for me so i can focus on my form and technique. The Blade 93's specs seemed like it would have been ideal.

    Question: What are the alternatives to the Blade 93?


    * I also fool around a bit with an old Prince 93" sized frame from when i was a child.
     
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  46. J011yroger

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    Can you tell me a bit about your game, and what you are looking to get out of the racquet?

    J
     
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  47. Lilguy1456

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    Prestige Mid? PB 10 Mid? Oragnix 10 Mid? Black Ace 93? ALL great!
     
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  48. Relinquis

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    tl;dr... Used to play as a teen, now back after 15 years developing an all court game (clay & hardcourts; play 5 times a week, 50% with coaching). Looking for maximum control and feel over the ball. Intermediate player looking to become advanced.

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    Full version...

    Background:
    I used to play as a teen then stopped for 15 years or so (used to play on hardcourts with a Prince Ace Face 93". 14 X 18 pattern, flexible graphite/fiberglass and pretty heavy 12+ oz, although it is headlight). Returned to the game 6 months ago on clay playing using the Steam. I'm back on hardcourts now (past month or so).

    Style of play and level:
    Probably sub 4.0 level at the moment as I'm getting my fitness and strokes back (rapidly). I can do all the strokes, but my consistency varies from day to day, i.e. some-days my form breaks down if i haven't been practicing.

    I hit with an extreme eastern forehand (straight arm) and a one-handed backhand with an eastern grip. Compact backswing due to playing a lot of squash, but long/full follow through. When I was a kid i used to hit flat and try to rush the net mostly (sampras was an idol), but now I'm more of an all courter who tries to build points from the baseline and can hit topspin with any stick; the claycourt stint has helped me hit topspin and hang back sometimes, but i usually end up finishing points inside the court unless i'm hitting through my opponents (happens a lot at my lowly level).

    I use more aggressive slices and sidespin-drop-shots than are customary at my level; i'm accurate at these and at the net. Most of my serves are quite spiny, but i have been increasing pace with every practice session.

    What I'm looking for:
    A gimmick-free headlight mid sized racquet which won't inhibit feel for touch shots and will allow me the most control over what i want the ball do to; Directional control and degree of spin/flat/slice control. I'm trying to develop and all-court style of play as i play on both hardcourts and clay at different times in the year.

    The Steam is 100" and seems to launch the ball higher than my old Prince and is a bit underweight/unstable on off centre shots (will start modifying it soon). The prince gives me more control over ball height, but it lacks feels as it is ultra flexible and seems overly dampened. I play the same with either and can generate my own pace. I love headlight balances and am not a string breaker.

    Is the Blade 93" for me?
     
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  49. J011yroger

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    No.

    Now that that is out of the way we can get down to business.

    The first frame I am obliged to mention due to your post is the Volkl 10 series. I've not hit with the new Organix, however I am familiar with its ancestors.

    What you are going to get is a well made racquet, that does everything fairly well, feels great, and hits the ball where you want it to go. It is a smoother, cleaner, more refined version of the Dunlops (No disrespect to the Dunlops, which are fine racquets, especially the 2&300 series and I would personally choose the Dunlop over a Volkl).

    What's the downside? It isn't going to have the horsepower to hang with the big boys from the back court. Sure you can crack one now and again, but you just aren't going to be able to lean on someone until they tap out, or just consistently beat on them until they fall apart. But that doesn't sound like what you are trying to do, you sound like you want to get the ball to where you want it now, and worry about getting it there faster and with more hurt on it down the road. You also said you are an attacking player, so once you are inside the baseline, the frame is more than up to the task of ending the point.

    Now that that obligatory recommendation is out of the way, what remains are the two big boys.

    The Wilson 90, and the Prestige Mid.

    The Prestige is a great, great, great racquet. It does everything well, swings like nothing, has consistent power, and sneaky power when you need to put a charge into one. Serves great, stable off the ground, feels incredible, ball goes wherever you want it to. A smooth, classy, authoritative frame. The thing means business, talks the talk, and walks the walk. It is the Wyatt Earp of racquets.

    If the Prestige is the Wyatt Earp of racquets, the Wilson is the Doc Holliday. The thing is eminently capable, and has a mean streak to match it. When the &$% hits the fan, and you have got to blast your way out of the saloon, this is the frame you want by your side, there is nothing it can't do, and it does everything with vicious glee. If you can make this thing sing, the ball it can generate is flat out nasty. Non plus ultra. But if you can't, if you aren't up to the task, it is an unforgiving partner, and it will leave you to die in the street.

    J
     
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  50. OnyxZ28

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    Perfect segway into the sig there, J0lly!
     

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