Wilson BLX Pro Tour Alternative

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by jerry.federer, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. jerry.federer

    jerry.federer New User

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    Hi,
    I have been playing with the BLX pro tour since it came out and am still playing with it. Some of my rackets have worn out already and I only have a couple sticks left. Is there any alternatives that play like this? or is there a website I could buy older Wilson models? I was hoping someone here could solve my problem.

    thanks in advance
     
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  2. Blitzball

    Blitzball Semi-Pro

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    I'm not sure if there are any sticks that have nearly as dense of a string pattern as the Pro Tour. I used to use it too, and I remember the stringbed being the tightest I've ever seen, and the control was awesome. I'd have to say there is a vague resemblance in the new Blade 98 18x20, though it's probably less maneuverable, but more powerful and has greater spin potential. Also, there's the Juice Pro which was a spiritual successor to the Pro Tour, although that feels much softer and has more spin from what I remember-- and the extended length takes some adjustment.

    As for looking to buy older Wilson racquets, check the TW used racquet section from time to time, ****, and your local tennis shops -- those are probably your best bets.
     
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  3. jerry.federer

    jerry.federer New User

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    Hey thanks so much for the feedback. I demoed a bunch of rackets and I really liked the Blade 98 18X20. I think I'm going to get a couple of them with my college pack. And yea it is a bit less maneuverable... I can't whip the racket as much as I want. I think I might get someone to add some silicone in the handle and make it more head light like the BLX Pro Tour. Did you customize your blade? I never really liked the juice that much, especially the extra length thing, and its also a bit heavier ( the juice pro).
     
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  4. lgbalfa

    lgbalfa Professional

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    finding used BLX pro tours should not be an issue as i am sure there are a plethora of them available.

    if you like the racquet, just stick with it and grab a few more.
     
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  5. travlerajm

    travlerajm Hall of Fame

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    I agree that the BLX Pro Tour is an amazing frame - I haven't found anything with a string pattern nearly that dense. The one I owned unfortunately had a manufacturing defect (misaligned pallet) that affected playability, so I returned mine for refund (as no replacement was available). Even with the misaligned pallet, I could appreciate the advantages of the super dense pattern. And when I strung at really low tension, the spin was exceptional without sacrificing control.

    I went to the BLX Blade 98 18x20 next, as others have suggested. I love the Blade too, as it's a great all-around racquet. But if I would change anything about it, I'd want it to have a denser pattern like the BLX Pro Tour. Why don't they make more racquets with this dense a pattern?
     
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  6. lgbalfa

    lgbalfa Professional

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    my guess is that it just does not appeal to the masses.
     
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