Wilson BLX Six.One 95 18x20 - Flexible Racquet?

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  1. poncho

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    Would you consider this racquet to be a flexible, arm friendly racquet. My current racquet is the Boris Becker Special Edition 98 racquet.
     
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  2. poncho

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    Anyone? I know strings and tension can make a difference but just based on the frame and specs:
    Here are specs for the Wilson: Headsize: 95 sq. in.
    Length: 27.00 in.
    Weight (strung): 12.30 oz.
    Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 66
    Balance: 12.40 in. Head Light
    Cross Section: 22mm Straight Beam
    Swingweight: 321 kg*sq. cm
    String Pattern: 18x20
    Grip: Wilson Pro Hybrid Grip
    Wilson Stiffness Index: 6.1



    and specs for the Boris Becker racquet:
    Midplus Specs
    Head Size:
    98 sq. in. / 632 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 12.6oz / 357g
    Balance: 4pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 377
    Stiffness: 58
    Beam Width: 20 mm Straight Beam
    Composition: High Modulus Graphite w/ DNX Technology
    Power Level: Low
    Swing Speed: Fast
    Grip Type: Custom
     
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  3. Power Player

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    No..the stiffness is 66. The Becker is flexible at 58.
     
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  4. DustinW

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    Definitely not flexible, but not stiff as a board either like some other frames.
     
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  5. bcart1991

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    I don't think 6.1s have ever been flexible.
     
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  6. danielrios

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    you should try the Radical
     
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  7. stronzzi70

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    Not flexible, but not really stiff.
     
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  8. Up&comer

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    It's what my dad uses, and it definitely doesn't feel as stiff as it is.
     
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  9. TennisMD

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    Currently play with the 16x19 version and find it very acceptable re arm safety. I tend to prefer stiffer rkts, crisper feeling, but do find indexes 70 and above a bit bothersome. I also think there is something to the BLX material . So for what it is worth I have played with this rkt 16x19 for about 6 mos now and no arm issues. After 2 and 1/2 hrs of play the rkt mine is 12.7 strung with yonex overwrap on it, that my serve timing sometimes falters
     
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  10. tampa_edski

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    I play a lot with a K factor 6.1 95 (16x18 ) which from what I'm told is very similar to the BLX models. It's fairly stiff, but I've no problems with my arm, even with Ploy's on it.

    And I have had TE problems in the past...

    YMMV :)
     
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  11. Racquet Daddy

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    I agree on the BLX 6.1 being arm friendly. I just recently switched from the YT Prestige MP (before that the YT Radical MP), and I find the 6.1 more comfortable to hit with.
     
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  12. steve260z

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    Arm friendly, if you consider carrying a log around as arm friendly:)
     
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  13. prjacobs

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    If you're looking for an arm friendly frame, this isn't it...
     
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  14. namui

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    It's arm-friendly to me. Its hefty weight absorbs shock well and my forearm doesn't tense up on most off center hits due to its very good stability.
     
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  15. eidolonshinobi

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    It's a hefty stick, but it wasn't that bad on my arm.
     
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  16. Racquet Daddy

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    I think there's a common misconception that flexible + light = arm friendly, or even light = arm friendly. Like the previous posts said, the extra weight helps absorb the shock.
     
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  17. Doubles

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    It's far from flexible, but it's not stiff either. Crisp would be the best way to describe hitting with any 6.1 95...
     
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  18. steve260z

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    I agree. Heavier sticks do dampen shock. They can wear you out if they're outside your comfort zone.
     
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  19. basil J

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    I just started using the K6.1 95 16 x 18 after a long layoff away from Wilson frames, and as long as I use soft strings, the frame is not bad. It is a log, but what a serving beast. It has good power and as long as I don't swing for the fences and stay away from stiff strings it is a fairly comfortable frame.
     
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  20. fuzz nation

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    I've found this to be the case for me, too. My old 6.1 Classics never irritated my arm until I tried them strung rather tightly in recent years with thicker gauges of syn. gut. As long as I stick with thinner (and inherently softer) 17 ga. syn. gut and don't string those frames crazy tight, they're surprisingly cozy for me. I believe that there's something to the idea of a heavier, more stable racquet being less likely to conduct as much shock into the player's arm, even if that frame is rather HL in balance and not gummy-bear soft.

    I've also found that harsher strings in a racquet that's reputedly arm-friendly - in this case, the Volkl C10 Pro 98 - can be pretty rough on the arm. I've seen a few higher level players sustain some tennis elbow when they tried harsh strings (yes, I'm talking poly & co-poly) in their regular racquets, which would typically be labeled as arm-friendly, too.

    Even a racquet with some heft like the BLX that also has a flex rating in the mid 60's can be either harsh or comfortable depending on it's strung. The other big issue though, is how it "fits" the player using it. If it's a mismatch, that probably means that the player is in for a lot of extra mis-hits and that can wail on the arm, even when the racquet is an arm saver like a ProKennex. That's why we're always encouraging test drives for anyone around here when they're interested in some new gear.
     
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  21. saqdeez

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    The flex when you hit a hard forehand is delicious
     
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