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parasailing 01-16-2013 10:29 AM

Bab PSTGT vs Head Graphene Pro/MP vs Wilson 2013 Blade 98 and Steam 99S
I hope the weather will be nice this weekend for me to have a go at all these new racquets. After reading all the postings on TT, I am finally going to get a chance to try out all these racquets and have some fun especially when you are racquet junkie :).

parasailing 01-19-2013 05:33 PM

Weather was nice today and had a chance to hit with each racquet below for about 30 minutes.

Steam 99S - Very easy to swing and like others have mentioned, it definitely is noticeable the increase in topspin. Racquet came strung with 4G mains and multi cross and racuet felt very comfortable and solid. Usually polys give me sore shoulder but this felt really comfortable. I think with gut mains and poly cross, this racquet will play even better. It's very easy to generate racquet speed and swinging the racquet felt effortless due to the nice balance of the racquet.

Speed Graphene MP - This is a much improved racquet over the previous IG Speed MP. It felt very light and whippy and you could really generate a lot of racquet speed. I definitely what Head has done to their entire line of racquets using the Graphene tech. It improved the IG by offering a more solid feel and I didn't feel the harshness so they did a good job. I had difficulty keeping the ball in play with balls sailing long which I attribute some to the multi string that came with the racquet.

Speed Graphene Pro - This is a very solid racquet and those that like their racquets polarized, might want to take a look at this racquet. When you swing the racquet, you can definitely feel the weight in the head moving through the contact zone. It hits a solid ball and like others mentioned, this 18x20 particular racquet does offer more pop compared to other 18x20 string patterned racquets.

2013 Blade 98 16x19 - The racquet is just solid. Think of this as a bigger sized version of the BLX Pro Staff with a tad more stiffness and increased sweet spot and ample amount of power. I have an easier time keeping the ball in the court with the Blade 98 than the other two Speed Graphenes. Wilson did a good job to the blade and hope they don't tinker with it too much.

mctennis 01-19-2013 09:01 PM

Thanks for the nice review. Let us know if you hit with these again before you return them.

blrmkr 01-20-2013 03:23 AM


Marcus 01-20-2013 10:32 AM

What was the kick and slice serve like with the steam 99s ?


parasailing 01-20-2013 08:44 PM


Originally Posted by blrmkr (Post 7138442)

I will post my comparison once I have a chance to thoroughly test the Head demos which I have to return in a few days.


Originally Posted by Marcus (Post 7140887)
What was the kick and slice serve like with the steam 99s ?


For serves, the Steam 99S is my top racquet followed by the Blade 98. The Steam produces the most spin and is well balanced racquet.

parasailing 01-21-2013 10:27 PM

Speed MP - I added lead at the bottom of the handle to get the racquet a little more headlight. This racquet is very maneuverable and slices are amazing with this racquet. It's really easy to generate racquet speed with this racquet but the only downside is lack of oomph.

Balls tend land a bit short and returning serves with heavy topspin gives this racquet some issue.

Speed Pro - A very solid racquet but didn't like the polarized feel of the racquet. Even though it is 6 pts HL, it feels like the head is heavier than the handle and not evenly balanced. If you are looking for a 18x20 string pattern with power, this racquet is it.

Now it's time to send back the demo Speeds.

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