TW Review: New Wilson Blade Racquets

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  1. TW Staff

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  2. Roger Wawrinka

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    Wow! I would love to try the 93!:)
     
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  3. royfrombigd

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    Me likey....

    Want them all, but the team.
     
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  4. Federerkblade

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    nice paint jobs and thanks for the early review TW.

    However me looking forward to the steam 99s
     
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  5. parasailing

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    Time to get the Blade 98 16x19 next month.
     
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  6. Shangri La

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    You guys are super fast! So the 104 has better control than the 98 16/19..
     
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  7. rlau

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    I'm kind of surprised to see the 18x20 getting significantly lower scores than the previous model, even though the specs are practically the same, but it seems like Chris' scores are somewhat taking it down, as Jason, Sean and Andy gave higher marks.

    Killer paint job though -- I love it.
     
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  8. cmendez79

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    I want the 93 !!!!!

    But anybody has try them out?? the only thing that scares me is the flex rate, at 67 is going to kill my elbow, I have te !!!
     
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  9. Ashanti

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    Im liking the 104 or the 98 18x20 blades they seem to be winners as well as the 93 but that's to small for my taste
     
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    My overall score was incorrect. It should be 80. It is being corrected.

    Chris, TW
     
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    Chris,

    When will TW start selling the frames? Thanks.
     
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  13. jorel

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    87 holy crap
     
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    chris or anyone...how does it compare to the rok?
     
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  15. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Every time I see the fantastic scores for the 11.7 ounce plus rackets, I get tempted but when I use them, they remind me that I'm not 30 anymore(heck, I'm not even 40 anymore).
     
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  16. hersito

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    In contradiction with most of the people I don't like the PJ i think golden lines in stead of silver one would have been better. That said im considering getting 2 pink blade 98 instead of 1 B98 2013, just trying to convince my brain that having a pink racket is not that big of a deal if it costs 50% less than a golden one... Maybe when blade 2013 are 150 U$D I'll buy one.
     
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  17. ffrpg

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    TW,

    Is the new blade 93 as "user friendly" as the kblade 93?
     
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  18. cknobman

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    Thats what I was thinking!!

    One of the higher scores I have seen in a while for a racquet.
     
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  19. maxpotapov

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    No, it is a big deal. Really.
     
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  20. Doublebounce

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    What type of polyester string would you reccomend for the 98 18x20 and at what tension? I am thinking about switching to this frame but not sure what setup to try it with
     
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  21. Power Player

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    I use 4g in the mains and it plays incredibly well.
     
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  22. royfrombigd

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    Wonder why no leather grips for the mid? Man, they do look nice with the all black though.
     
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  23. Doublebounce

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    i'm assuming you used natural gut in the crosses? i wonder how it would play with full 4g. On a side note, I feel like Wilson is pushing this string with all of their new 2013 frames.
     
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    i have always enjoyed how easy it swings through the air. now that there is 16x19........
     
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    Pink is where it's at, and I think looks badass.
    Just watch any of the breast cancer awareness nfl games and you'll no longer have any qualms about it.
     
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  26. Xonemains

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    I was looking forward to the testing the 16 x 19, but now I got my eyes on the mid.

    If it is better than the old k blade, that will be a huge seller.

    I know so many guys still still hitting the k blade tour, mayb their new stick has finally arrived.
     
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  27. Xonemains

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    I just thought the 16 x 19 might score some huge points, oh well:)
     
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    Well there goes any attempt to stick with my pure drives.....
     
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  29. 1st Seed

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    Shame the 93" wasn't a 16x19 ala pb10.Would you agree Chris?,And elaborate on the flex if u could please
    Still great review TW,
     
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  30. klementine

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    Hey T-dub?

    Nice job getting the reviews out with the pre-sale, great way to inform the consumer.

    Had one question, the grip `wilson sublime', is this a variation on the hybrid-leather grip or a completely new synthetic grip?
     
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  31. mrmo1115

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    Hey Jason, just wondering since you mentioned in the 18x20 review that you prefer the 16 19 because it felt easier to swing.. I just checked up on the stats and it looks like the 16 19 actually is 1 point higher on the SW.. what do you think made it feel lighter to swing for you? I found that the BLX Blade was too tough to swing so I'm hoping the 16 19 will be easier!
     
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  32. JackB1

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    The new blades have similar swingweights to the old ones, so I wouldn't expect anything drastically different. There is always the lighter oversize model though.
     
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  33. parasailing

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    Use natural gut and that should help.
     
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  34. mrmo1115

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    The odd thing is that I find that swinging my PSTGT to be easier than the previous Blade 98.. when the PSTGT has a higher SW.. which baffles me. Maybe things could be different with the new Blade? I've always been a huge Blade fan since I loved playing with the N and K versions. As for any other future racquets I might be interested in.. the new Head Speed catches my attention so hopefully that one plays nicely :)
     
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    Man... Put in leather for the 93, and get a 16x19 string pattern... That'd be sweet... Oh well... There's still the PS85.
     
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  36. Matchball

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    Thank you !

    Wanted to ask the exact same thing.
    Can you guys compare it with the KF one?
     
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  37. AverageJoe

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    Really happy to see TW not hiking up scores to potentially increase sales on new frames. Bravo TW staff!
     
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  38. Hankenstein

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    I tried the 16/19 yesterday. Strung with Wilson Sensation.

    I have to say i like the 16/19 more then 18/20. 16/19 have more power, more response in the stringbed. The tighter 18/20 is a tad stiff imo and its much easier to play with the 16/19. For me, the choice is easy

    Only downside with the 16/19 version is the new wilson-grip "sublim" or what its called. It is the worst base-grip in tennis history. It must be a misstake or something. A bad batch. If you are a player only using the base-grip, remove it straight away, dont even try it. It gets slippery after 2 minutes
     
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  39. zmenon

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    Im also interested in how it compares to the Rok, which is my current stick.
     
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    So, is the blade tour heavier,if i replace the grip with the same leather grip as the previous model? since it used to be leather and now with different grip? Or the new grip weight about the same as the leather?
     
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  41. stronzzi70

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    Chris, Could you tell me any difference between the new blade 93 and the
    K factor Blade 93...?
     
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  42. Shangri La

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    Does the 16*19 have a lot less control than the 18*20 like TW's score indicates?
     
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    Great question! It all could be a figment of my imagination. But I decided to take this question to our TW Professor. This is what he said, "Strings are most of the aerodynamic drag, not the frame. So there will be more (drag with the 18x20), but don't know what players can or can't feel and how much change in pattern is necessary."

    Jason, TW
     
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  44. Xonemains

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    I need to know this as well. K factor blade tour was a gem. What's the difference between the 2. Someone please?
     
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  45. jjl

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    Tough call between the 16x19 and 18X20 for me. had a nBlade 98 18x20 that i liked but wished had a bit more power, so 16x19 seems the way to go, but not sure i want less control as a result. guess i'll have to demo both.
     
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    Chris,

    Since you are a former PB10 Mid player, how would you compare it to the blade 93? Also, if you could only play with either the PB10 Mid or the Blade 93, which would you pick and why?
     
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  48. lefty001

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    Why is there a huge difference in weight between the 16x19 and 18x20?
    I thought Wilson advertised these 2 sticks having the same weight

    304g unstrung

    I wonder what the specs say on the racquet itself.
     
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  49. Power Player

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    It's Wilson's QC. Just make sure you get your sticks weighed before you buy them.
     
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  50. mykoh

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    could it also be that the 18x20 string pattern requires more string than the 16x19 and hence the difference in weight?

    assuming that's correct, the weight of string for the extra mains and crosses would be 6.24g. sounds reasonable..
     
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