Wilson BLX Six One 95 16x18 (Pics & Review)!

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  1. Arize

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    Hey all, thought some people might be interested in checking the racquet out up close so I took a few pictures and of course I had to flash my guitar in the back, anyway I just got the stick it feels awsome and I am about to go hit with it in a few minutes, I will post a review of it later tonight or tomorrow and in the mean time enjoy the pictures if I can even get them up here, I have not done this in a while... This one is L2 grip size, I am coming from an intelligence prestige mid plus and just waving this around feels great and feels lighter compared to the K 95's which I played for a bit with last year, this is strung with GOSEN TOPSPIN 15L :)

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  2. Arize

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    and the last two pictures...

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  3. Lawnmower

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    you play guitar? thats awesome man! I do too!

    I just got a new amp a couple weeks ago. Nice LTD!
     
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  4. mmaster

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    12 pts headlight eh? TW specs say 8 pts, hmm.
     
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  5. guavalikestennis

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    the information on tw is tested when the racquet is strung,and the information on the racquet is unstrung.
     
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  6. Funbun

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    Is that a Wilson Pro overgrip? If so, how did you get that cool looking black grip collar around the top of the grip? It looks like it says Wilson on it. I would like to get that sometime; I don't really like the "finisher" tape (the white one that says "Wilson Pro Overgrip" around it) that comes with those Wilson Pro overgrip packs.

    Nice guitar, btw.
     
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  7. agassi fan

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    beautiful racquet man:):):):)
     
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  8. AznRamenDude

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    the racquet looks really good up close :)

    when you write your review, can you compare it a bit to the n95 16x18 if you have played with it before? i'm, like many others, are trying to find a replacement for that racquet.

    many thanks and have fun hitting!
     
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  9. BobFL

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    Do you cover your bed with a HUGE Tourna cover? :D
     
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  10. mmaster

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    i think it comes with the racquet... and i think it also comes with some wilson replacement grips.
     
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  11. Funbun

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    I doubt Wilson would just stuff in a grip collar and some replacement grips along with their racquet. o_O
     
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  12. mmaster

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    no i meant the black rubber band comes with some replacement grips. and racquets. well my PSC came with that black rubber band thingy.
     
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  13. BobFL

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    Let me know if you need one. I have a few that I do not need...
    zloba_2001@ yahoo.com
     
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  14. MUZZA1973

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    I can only only get my hands on a 18x20 here in Oz.
    Thoughts?
     
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  15. Chezbeeno

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    Dude the 18x20 is awesome, I got way more control with it than with the 16x18 you should definitely demo it, I demoed both string patterns and I'm switching to the 18x20
     
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  16. Funbun

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    BobFL, do you remember where you got your grip collars?

    And mmaster, if so, can you name some replacement grips? I might just go and buy one if they're included in them.
     
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  17. BobFL

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    I just checked and I have 9:
    - 6 are Dunlop
    - 1 is no name/generic
    - 2 are babolat

    You can have them if you want them. They came with the racquets I think...

    Bob
     
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  18. Funbun

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    Thanks for the offer Bob, but I can save you the trouble by buying myself a Wilson Contour replacement grip. Thanks though!

    I hope Wilson Contour is in stock at my local tennis shop! ...or if all American Wilson Contour grips even include the grip collar.
     
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  19. BobFL

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    You are very welcome. It would not be the trouble at all. Let me know if you change your mind. Btw, I forgot to say explicitly - I would give them to you for free of course.

    Bob
     
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    funniest post i saw in a long time :lol:
     
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  21. Arize

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    Wilson BLX Six One 95 [16x18] Review

    To start this off, I am a big fan of the n95’s which were much more playable frames in my eyes compared to the K95s. I have been playing with a Head intelligence prestige mid plus for the past 6-7 months, and I have not come close to any racquets that compare to it aside from the N95s. My game is baseline with semi western to western forehand and a one hand backhand from eastern to extreme eastern (situation dependable). I would rate my game around 4.5.

    Racquet

    Strung with OG-Sheep Topspin 15L @ 60 pounds both ways and a grip size of 4 1/4th. Looks much better in person and the only thing I hate are the white swirls at 4 and 10 o’clock on the paintjob but the rest of the frame looks really good. The racquet feels and plays much softer and better compared to the K95s and it actually comes pretty close if not even better next to the N95s in terms of swing weight and flexibility and overall performance and maneuverability.

    Serve – (9.5 of 10)

    Easy to say that this racquet is one of the best next to the PS Tour 90 for me and my serve, It is seems to be that 16x18 and 16x19 string patterns produce the most power, bite and spin on the ball. The 18x20 version on serve is not as good, you may be able to place the ball a few inches closer to your intended target but the rest of the checks will go to the 16x18. It has great pop on serve, I was able to place the ball at the desired spot most of the time, my power serve and kick were online from the start and I really enjoyed putting major pressure on the opponent with the serve ability of this stick.

    Ground Strokes – (8.5 of 10)

    Felt really well, comparing to the K95s this felt much more maneuverable and flexible. At first I was having some trouble cracking the ball like I have been doing with my i.prestige however as our hit session was coming to a close I started letting loose on the ball and was ripping some serious forehands. Topspin was pretty easy to access on forehand ground strokes but I felt the control was not all there comparing to my 18x20 i.prestige mp. A lot of my power forehands that I was cracking for winners would sail on me probably due to the open string pattern, the grip pallet shape (since I am coming from a Head pallet which I got really used to on my forehands) and the string which I have never used before and this was my first hit with the racquet. The backhand felt really good, was producing good spin, it was feeling pretty dependable in rallies and serve returns. Overall I would need a few more hit sessions to be able to adapt to the frame and be able to use it the way I want so since I have not done so I can’t really give an accurate review.

    Volley – (8.5 of 10)

    I am not much of a volley player at this time but when needed will try to close out the point up at the net from time to time. This racquet felt pretty good on volleys again I didn’t notice much of a difference comparing it to my i.prestige volley ability, when I moved in I was able to nail them pretty well and with good depth, feel and control. I would leave this area to a more experienced volley player but for my basic volley skills it did the job pretty well here and I was happy with the result.

    Conclusion – (9.0 of 10)

    I really enjoyed hitting with this racquet, and it's best feature is the serve and it's wonderful playability. I also tried out the new Youtek Prestige Mid Plus and was very disappointed in it when comparing it to the BLX 95 and i.prestige mid plus. I am making a change to BLX 95 but I have yet to decide if I am going to the 16x18 or the 18x20. Again the BLX 95’s felt a lot better in comparison to the K95’s and pretty similar if not better to the N95’s, overall I think that Wilson made a really nice upgrade on it’s six one line and HEAD has been running downhill on theirs.
     
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  22. Arize

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    Nice, what guitar and amp did/do you have ? I play covers of old school Sepultura, Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, Iron Maiden stuff.

    This is the Yonex Super Grap, I like them the most but if I can't find them I will use the wilson pro overgrips they are not exactly as good but they are not bad either. As for the grip coller I have had it for a long time, I believe it came with a used wilson racquet I bought from the internet, I use collers on all my overgrips I am not a fan of the tapes myself. And thanks I do love my guitar it's a beast :D

    LOL.
     
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  23. JT Corona

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    Nice Review! I'm picking up my demo on Wednesday. It's great that you felt it was better than the K95, cuz i thought the K95 was solid despite its sluggishness and stiffness. Hopefully I feel the same improvements that u experienced.

    BTW, how's that basalt feel? I'm most curious about that aspect. Did u try it without the dampner? Some have felt it didnt need one. I know the K95 needed one imo.

    I reserved the 18m but if i can i will also pick up the 16m, and the pure storm tour to see if its really as soft as ppl say.

    Good to know that ur mostly happy with it. Cheers.
     
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  24. DiZyAbOiT

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    I've hit with this racquet and its awesomeeeee
     
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  25. Arize

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    Oh yes I forgot about that, I did try it without the dampener and it felt really good without one so I guess that was the basalt talking, and yes the K95 was unbearable without a dampener.
     
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  26. Lawnmower

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    Nice man. Metal FTW! :D

    I just got an Engl Invader 100 head with a Engl Cab. Best amp i've ever played!
     
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  27. Court_Jester

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    Wilson racquets don't come with collars. I got two brand new BLX demo racquets from TW (still with plastic around the grips) and they have none. However, Gammas and Prince replacement grips come with collars.
     
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  28. barry

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    I also purchased a BLX 6.1 (16 x 18). Great racket, seems to be a much improved N6.1 to me; a lot less harsh than the K6.1. Agree the dampener days are about gone. Somehow Wilson muted the string vibrations making dampener a thing of the past.
    I really like the new hybrid grip, it is better than leather and not as mushy as the synthetics. After 20 hours of play, I have made the switch. I really enjoy hitting with this racket and have decent pop on the ball. The open string pattern is fantastic for spin and feel; the dense 18 x 20 days are gone for me. I get much better string feel from the open pattern.
    Best racket I have ever used and I have demoed a bunch. Have to agree with Arize Head has lost their way and are producing crap rackets these days.
     
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  29. Federerkblade

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    interesting how the TW review favours the 18*20
     
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  30. SOY78

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    Racquet change again? :(
     
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  31. barry

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    I think you have to try both and decide for yourself. For me the 18 x 20 pattern stiffens up the string bed to much and reduces string feel. Dense patterns rackets feel like boards to me.

    I use a 4 ½ grip size and the weight is 12.3 ounces strung, a little less than my K95 at 12.6 ounces. My N6.1 weight 12.4 ounces. Between the 3 I like the BLX the best.
     
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  32. JT Corona

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    Just got to hit briefly with the BLX95 (18m). I could not get ahold of the 16m one but I think I prefer the 18mained Blx95.

    This is one solid stick just like the k95.
    I have to agree with OP Arize, the frame is more maneuverable and flexible (less harsh) and does have pop on serve and other shots as well. Nice sounding thump when hit right. This version also doesnt need a dampner as bad as the K95 but i prefer the blx with one. Power level was similar to the K, reason why i need 18m to harness some of the pop. I have to hit with it more, as i'm wondering if its maybe a little too light now and whether its maybe a little too dampened now.
    Very solid stick nonetheless. I didnt think it would be much of a change but it kinda is but still keeping the power level and spin potential the same. This update to the 6.1 will def please many out there.
     
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  33. dreamcatcher18

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    Nice review. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    has anybody played on both the 95 and tour 90? how do they compare?
     
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    Court Jester, can you check if U.S. Wilson Contour grips have grip collars? I've seen several shopping sites provide pictures with the grip and collar, but I'm not sure.
     
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  36. mTm28

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    Does anybody know when the 16x18 version gets released in the uk?
     
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  37. Arize

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    I am not sure about that but MANCHESTER UNITED is 1 point behind CHELSEA, hopefully they stmuble @ Arsenal next week and we should be up front, did you see NANI's split and lob goal over Almunia!? :twisted:
     
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  38. jpzsports

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    Shoutout to Bob - Thank you for the Grip Collars :)

    Much appreciated!!

    +1 for Bob

    Thanks again,
    Joe
     
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  39. karophiteblu

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    Has anyone ever had the problem where the blx swirls dont line up to each other? (the red side) Is this normal? Because I just bought mine and I'm not sure...I did get it from a reputable shop though.
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  40. JT Corona

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    I just acquired a BLX90 and must admit I've seen way better paintjobs from other brands. Performs wonderfully well but at certain spots looks as if there's touchup paint and bits of scrap material got trapped under the paint.

    I've seen some BLX95's in stores with the exact same issue as yours. Basically Wilson BLX paintjobs are subpar imho. Shame cuz other than that I've been very pleased with the racquet. Little too early to say for sure, but my arm seems to like this new BLX90 as well.
     
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  41. karophiteblu

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    Ok thanks. Just making sure. Sufficing my OCD haha
     
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  43. fps

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    nevermind the racquet, nice axe! is that one of the top of the LTD range ones??
     
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    what is that blx strung with?
     
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