Wilson Blade Club - Come on in you crazy kids! - 2013 info and more welcome :)

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  1. saigonbond 2.0

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  2. frunk

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    Beyond excited for the new tour.
     
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  3. season25

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    So am I, I just hope that the beam width won't be more than 20 mm this time.
     
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  4. Automatix

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    If specs are supposed to be the same as the older generation of BLX frames then the beam should be 20,2mm.

    However that's the target spec. Unfortunately although Wilson states that the BLX Blade Tour has a 20,2mm the reality is it has a 22-21mm beam:
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_BLX_Blade_Tour/descpageRCWILSON-WBLXBT.html

    At least that's what TW came up with.

    Time will tell...
     
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  5. D-money

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    Anyone nail down a release date in the US?
     
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  6. Lightning

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    how does the blade blx compare to a prestige mp
     
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  7. Power Player

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    Do you guys think that the new ones will have more flex? I ask because the pic of the 16x19 has a different recommended string tension. The current version says 53-63 , and the new one says 50-60.

    Just some hopeful speculation.
     
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  8. D-money

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    My BLX blade says 50-60lbs TW lists the tension at 50-60 as well
     
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  9. Power Player

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    I just looked at mine and it says 53-63. Blx blade 98.
     
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  10. shaneno

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    Wow you sure yours is real man? i know bunch of player that had N,K, and BLX 98's and all them have 50-60. and they have like 4-6 of the blx 98. :confused:
     
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  11. tennisnut09

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    The blade team = 53-63
     
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  12. Power Player

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    RacquetBros, it is the blade 98 demo from a legit tennis store. Just snapped pics for you.

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  13. bowchikawow

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    Anybody have a release date for the new Blade's in the U.K or Europe?
    Also will the new tour also come with a leather?
     
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  15. royfrombigd

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    I had the same issue with a BLX Blade 98 I bought from TW used. It stated 53-63 tension range. Racquet tension on the website list 50-60 and when I called TW, they said to call Wilson. The Wilson guy seemed annoyed, but stated that the tension to be 50-60. Called TW back and, after a hold, stated they have been receiving calls about this but to call Wilson back. I got frustrated and started looking at several other Wilson delears. It's about 50-50 for those who list it as 50-60 and those who list it as 53-63. I had 4 total at the time and the others were all 50-60 and I honestly couldn't tell the difference, but I did end up sending it back to TW. Obviously, Wilson has made some with that racquet tension range, but I understand why it's so frustrating not getting a straight answer. Your racquet is legit.
     
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  16. Power Player

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    I think the earlier releases may have been a higher tension range. I have 2 straight from a tennis shop, and they were the early demo releases just like the ones that will come out next month with the new pj. Both say 53-63. Its an interesting little quirk.
     
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  17. Murray_fan1

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    So the demo's are gong to be released next month? Is this speculation or confirmed by your local shop? Really want to get my hands on the 16x19 version to see how it stacks up against my prestige.
     
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  18. Power Player

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    Its speculation. Could be january. My shop gets wlsons pretty early though so i will be all over the steam and new blade demos as soon as i can.

    Honestly with all the steam hype, i think the future is blading for many people here. It is the best light players stick with control and power that i have used. I guess it just matters what you like, but i like laser control and precision.
     
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  19. Murray_fan1

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    Drak mentioned in another thread that he has heard Dec 2012 for the Blade line and Jan 2013 for the new Steam. So it makes sense the demo's might come a little earlier.
     
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  20. pepka

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    Somebody must have snatched a picture by now. C'mon fellas, don't be "shy/stingy" :wink:
     
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  21. couch

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    Yes, this was confirmed by our Wilson rep too. Getting ready to put our Wilson order in for next year in the next couple days. Really excited about what Wilson has coming out.
     
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  22. Bartelby

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    Its been up - its black with ninety eight in lettering down the lower hoop and shaft - elegant

    steams been up as well



     
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  23. Federerkblade

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    let see some proper pics guys
     
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  24. bert96

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    has anyone yet tested the new blade?
     
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  25. Power Player

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    I wish. I don't think we know the flex and SW yet either. Really hoping nothing changes besides the PJ, because the BLX Blade plays perfect in stock form.
     
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  26. smirker

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    Drakulie has I believe. Check the Wilson home run thread.
     
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  27. Federerkblade

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    i thought the blade swingweight was just a few points too high,not by much at all though and I would have liked it 4 points HL stock.

    it was a great stick for blocking back big serves
     
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  28. anhuynh16

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    I think I may be able to get the blade to demo just around christmas.

    Last year, I was able to demo the 95 prostaff from a well known tennis store really early
     
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  29. parasailing

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    What's your take on the current BLX Blade 98 vs the Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT? I had the old Wilson Pro Tour 93 with a 16x19 string pattern and thought it was pretty good but ended up switching to the Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT as it was more plush and still maintained the power.
     
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  30. Fuji

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    You had a 93 with a 16x19??? Which model was that?

    -Fuji
     
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  31. Power Player

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    Blade is a lot easier to use and is far better on serve for me. I also like the feel more as well. I have trouble finding weakness with this raquet, but i would say if you like to volley most of the time there are better options.
     
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  32. Matchball

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    Very excited about the new tour :twisted:
     
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  33. Thepowerofchoice

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    Saw one at my local shop. Not sure how the owner got it but he can't sell it yet. Will take pictures and post them in couple of days.
     
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  34. parasailing

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    My mistake, thought it was a 16x19 but just checked and it was an 18x20 pattern. It was a solid racquet but I hated the dense string pattern. This is in reference to the Kblade Tour 93.
     
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  35. Matchball

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    So, does this mean that you prefer the KBlade Tour compared to the new one..? I wonder how different the dense string pattern feels relatively to a prestige mid, which remains my reference stick.

    I have only used a KBlade Tour 93 for something like 30 mins in the past and the only thing I remember was that I liked how it felt.
     
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  36. Fuji

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    Oh! Thanks for the clarification. The K Blade Tour has a pretty dense string pattern so I definitely see where you are coming from.

    -Fuji
     
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  37. ci2ca

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    I hope the new blade is very similar to the Kblade.
     
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  38. parasailing

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    I haven't had the luxury of trying out the new one like some of the people here on the forums. Tennis is not a very popular sport here since there are so many outdoor activities you can do.

    I would say the Kblade Tour 93 was similar to the prestige but had a bit more power whereas the Prestige mid had more control.
     
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  39. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    Why is it that it's always the Blade that gets the best paintjob?! WHY OH WHY OH WHY?! Why not the 6.1 series?! Sigh... Guess I'll settle with the fact that the ProStaff 90 dominated the BLX paintjob and edges out the [K]Factor by a hair.
     
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  40. Torres

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    Nice looking sticks, but other than the option of 16x19 are they really any different to the previous model? Also, isn't anyone else spooked by the light weight? Personally, I'd like to see a heavier version.
     
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  41. Matchball

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    Thank you !
     
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  42. Power Player

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    Hopefully not any different since the 98 specs are perfect.

    As for light weight, that is the best part of the racquet. It has a SW in the 330s and a low static weight, so I actually hit harder than I did with my prior sticks which were 345 grams.
     
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  43. niktub

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    Nblade Kblade Blx Ninety8

    what is the best version of the blade 98 ?
     
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