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

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  1. chrisberchris

    chrisberchris Rookie

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    Since the beginning of the year I have gone from a c10 pro, ps95s, and a six.one 95 and still keep coming back to my 93. I love that frame!
     
  2. asifallasleep

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    My first time hitting with the 93 was yesterday and I was blown away. Had no idea. So I created The Official 2013 Blade 93 Fan Club on here.
     
  3. vsbabolat

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    What happened to the IG Prestige Mid?
     
  4. SpinToWin

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    he didn't like it… Said it wasn't as solid as the Blade… :shock:
     
  5. yangster007

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    :shock: WOW, what's WRONG with him ?
     
  6. chrisberchris

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    I'm still using it! However, in match play I keep coming back to my blade. I'm not sure if I'll make the switch, but if I did it would be to the prestige. That racquet was made for my ohbh
     
  7. SpinToWin

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    sorry!! I mistook you for asifallasleep :oops:
     
  8. asifallasleep

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    I think the mistake a lot of people make with the 93 is that they string it way too tight. With such a stiff frame, and a small head with a 18 X20 pattern, stringing in the 40's is the way to go. The Wilson specs for stringing in this frame are way way too high. It's a low powered board strung at the Wilson specs. Which is the complaint most people have. I've always strung my K90's and PS88's and for that matter all my frames in the 40's, usually in the 45-48 range.
     
  9. coolschreiber

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    I have to agree. I played for the first time this season and against the wind with my Prestige mid...and boy it took effort to land the ball beyond the service line. I then switched to my k90 and had no such problems. The k90 has a huge sweet spot for a 90 inch head. All that weight does the job for you, you just have to get to the ball and the racket does the rest. Its is very good for topspin too since the string pattern is very open. All in all one of the best rackets ever in my opinion.
     
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  10. yangster007

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    That is not true, I normally string my BLX90 @45-48lb with full poly. When I tried the Blade and my Liquidmetal Prestige Mid, I had them strung @ 42-45lb with the same string, still no power. I guess the power level isn't suitable for my play.

    Haha absolutely, box beamed racquets (tour 90) really have more power than straight beam racquets (blade 93).
     
  11. asifallasleep

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    Against the wind with the 93 or 90 I can absolutely crush the ball. Stock Prestige, nope.
     
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  12. John Z.

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    In the interest of generating more spin without using poly, i have been trying real hard to find a 95+ frame to replace my blade 93...; in this process i've tried anything from powerbridge to speed pro to bab pure strike and control. Unfortunately, for me there is just nothing out there that moves through the air like the blade 93 2013. I admit it is a hard stick to play with and that one has to have decent technique to make good use of it, but it is a rewarding one as it force you to focus on your shots, and it allow you to develop a deeper game on the long run. Light sticks tend to force the same style of game on everyone; a blade 93 allow you to do what you are capable to generate yourself, no more no less, for the better and the worst as they say!

    All in all i love that stick. Making it 17x19 (ish) would prob help with spin generation without much draw-down; we'll prob see in 2015 if Wilson think on those same lines.

    My 2 cents.
     
  13. Sundan

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    Well said, i played some great balls with my 93,but also some really bad,and thats my problem,im not fit enough to focus 100% on shotmaking so i tend to mishit and frame alot as im getting tired.
    The 98 is abit better for me because of that.
     
  14. chrisberchris

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    I've been looking for a 95 frame to replace my blade 93 as well, and I still haven't found anything that I like better on the ground. Unfortunately, I cannot serve well with this frame. I serve much better with any other frame.. It's weird
     
  15. John Z.

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    Out of curiosity, what is your string setup/tension?
     
  16. chrisberchris

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    Tourna bhbr16 @ 59lb on the mains and Bab synth gut 17 @ 57 on the cross. When I play with a prestige mid or pro, or a 6.1 95 I can hit bombs. Aces left and right. I can't hit them with the blade. I love the blade though and have been playing with the tour line for 3 years
     
  17. asifallasleep

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    Have you tried adding a leather grip to make it a little more headlight and/or dropping your tension? You're at the high end tension wise. Try 45-50 range.
     
  18. chrisberchris

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    The balance is more or less the same on three racquets so I don't believe it is a balance issue. Next time I string it I might drop it down some. I like my tension pretty high for the extra control though
     
  19. asifallasleep

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    18 X 20 in a 93, i think you could go down sub 50 easily and still retain a lot of control. You'd definitely get more pop and action on the ball with the lower tension. IMO this frame is called a low powered board with a small sweetspot by many is because the string range Wilson recommends is just way too high.

    I just sold an extra 93 to a guy who always strung in the mid 50's and he was amazed at how much his game improved with my stick strung at 45. No loss in control but way more pop and softer on his arm.
     
  20. Lilguy1456

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    Had to dig up this relic...simply because of the amazing King Sisyphus reference. Still one of my favorite all time TT quotes.
     
  21. burn1986

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    I'm surprised that companies haven't sort of outlawed frames below 95". I can actually see this happening possibly in the near future.
     
  22. BGod

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    Well, I love this racquet.

    It's the only 18x20 I have and I use my PS90 about the same and the 6.0 in training.

    I can see the issue of ground-strokes but the side to side movement I get with it is unmatched.


    I string it at 50.
     
  23. spinderella

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    Kid from USC named Connor Farren uses it. He's not too shabby!
     
  24. asifallasleep

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    The brief honeymoon with the Babolat Pure Strike Tour is over. Back to my Blade 93's. Why did I ever leave you? SMH.
     
  25. PaulC

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    Ditto.

    It will produce a spin-friendier mid that most 95 users can use without any issue, while without losing much control compared with a 90 due to the mid head-size.
     
  26. thatguymattin

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    It's a shame I had to let my two go.. They were great, but the 18x20 string pattern wasn't right for me. I will defiantly snag one if Wilson ever releases a 16x19 or 16x18 version.
     
  27. asifallasleep

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    Although this is my first ever 18X20 frame, and i'm loving it, i must agree that an 16 X 19 version would be amazing.
     
  28. Slippery

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    I got one given to me last week and I must say, the lower heavier ball and the pop on serve has given my regular partners fits. I think it's worth giving some time and finding the right string tension that works. Held it up to a ig rad pro very close in head size, very close. As well as the rebel 95. 4d 300 was just a tad longer in the throat. If it was never given to me I would have never bought one, sure glad I got to give it a rip. I too am sold (for now).
     
  29. PaulC

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    Thank you!

    I always believe that any true 95 (aka Head 98s) users who have decent hand-eye coordination can use a true 93 without any issue even though the 90s can be just a tad too small for them.
     
  30. markiev37

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    luvin it

    Just got my Kblade 93 and hit for two hours yesterday. strung by TW 55lbs... Had no problems producing spin. I did put 4 grams of lead total at 3 and 9 and an overgrip to bring weight to 348grams(12.2oz)....My usual stick is technifibre tfight 315 leaded to 361grams. For some reason i'm getting bored of Tfibre...maybe its too flexy.
    restrung the blade93 after initial hitting session and dropped tension to 50/48 with solinco tourbite 16L. Hitting with pro tomorrow and will see how it handles a heavy ball
     
  31. ushynoti

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    Have you tried stringing the Blade 93 with full bed of multi string? I have mine at 48 with RPM Blast and it is killing my arm!
     

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