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Ross K 03-23-2013 01:51 AM

What is there NOT to like about the Blade?
 
Recently started playing the 16x19 Blade, and that's impressed me so much I've also not only looked at the gold/black 18x20 (which has automatically shot to being one of my fave closed pattern frames ever - and I'm usually totally an open pattern fan), but even an old K Blade too.

Anyhow, I just find these frames to offer great control and precision, crispness, impact feel, solidness, spin I'm still deciding on (but certainly with 16x19 it seems enough), way of swinging, etc, that I just wondered...

What is there not to like about the Blade?

Broly4 03-23-2013 02:30 AM

The black and gold has been my racket of choice for two years. I find it too stiff when going full poly ( for me a must), altough a soft poly might do the trick.
As with the rest of Wilsons, the handle runs a bit short, noticeable if you hit 2 hd, other than that, great stick.

Xonemains 03-23-2013 02:38 AM

There's nothing wrong with the blade 16 x 19 at all.

It's just that the Donnay P1 is better in all areas except paint job, ie P1 paint chips everywhere :)

Torres 03-23-2013 03:20 AM

All a matter of personal preference, but for me it would be (a) the balance (b) the amount of mass at 12 and in the upper hoop. Just a bit too polarized for my liking even if you weight the handle. Then again, some people like those characteristics.

Dgdavid 03-23-2013 03:56 AM

Cumulative build up of discomfort did it for me. Otherwise I would still be swinging the Black/Gold BLX.

KFwinds 03-23-2013 02:57 PM

Not much. It's still my feeding stick, but when I was using it for match play it was aggravating my TE. I own the black/gold & black/pink ones and they play fantastic, but unfortunately my elbow doesn't agree with them :(

SteveI 03-23-2013 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Torres (Post 7296805)
All a matter of personal preference, but for me it would be (a) the balance (b) the amount of mass at 12 and in the upper hoop. Just a bit too polarized for my liking even if you weight the handle. Then again, some people like those characteristics.

Well... yes.. the frame is like 11 oz and a SW of 340 and is 1-2 points HL? Not to my liking. Very popular frame... but you asked??

Power Player 03-23-2013 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by KFwinds (Post 7298121)
Not much. It's still my feeding stick, but when I was using it for match play it was aggravating my TE. I own the black/gold & black/pink ones and they play fantastic, but unfortunately my elbow doesn't agree with them :(

Had the same issue. Took 6 months to build up though.

It was more me than the racquet. I seem to hit the sweet spot on the regular with a lower sweet spot and higher static weight instead of the opposite.

So basically my amazing ability to frame a lot caused the issue.

Nostradamus 03-23-2013 05:40 PM

Swingweight too high. it needs to be 315-320 to make this racket perfect.

Power Player 03-23-2013 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Nostradamus (Post 7298421)
Swingweight too high. it needs to be 315-320 to make this racket perfect.

Thats not true for every player though.

For example, if you are a fan of the APD, the blade is going to work great.

EastAngels2014 03-23-2013 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Power Player (Post 7298438)
Thats not true for every player though.

For example, if you are a fan of the APD, the blade is going to work great.

I used to play with the APD GT and just made the switch to the blade and i love it!!!!! i might at a little weight to it to make it heavier but other than that nothing.

JackB1 03-23-2013 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Xonemains (Post 7296769)
There's nothing wrong with the blade 16 x 19 at all.

It's just that the Donnay P1 is better in all areas except paint job, ie P1 paint chips everywhere :)

I agree the P1 is an awesome racquet and VERY similar to the Blade 16x19. They BOTH feel very weighty in the head and both have lots of plow for 11.5 oz class racquets. P1 has a little more power IMO and hits a slightly lower trajectory ball. Both have super solid feel. Problem for me with the P1, is that nobody stocks enough of them so you never have much to choose from. This makes it tough to get one with the specs you want. Most of them come in way over the specs of 327 saw.

JackB1 03-23-2013 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Torres (Post 7296805)
All a matter of personal preference, but for me it would be (a) the balance (b) the amount of mass at 12 and in the upper hoop. Just a bit too polarized for my liking even if you weight the handle. Then again, some people like those characteristics.

Agree with this. Very polarized feeling when swinging thru the air. But that's also what gives it such plow and mass behind the ball.

Doubles 03-23-2013 07:06 PM

It's all personal preference. For me, it's because it's a Wilson, and I don't really care for the feel of Wilson rackets.

JackB1 03-23-2013 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Power Player (Post 7298438)
Thats not true for every player though.

For example, if you are a fan of the APD, the blade is going to work great.

For me, I would be very happy if they just shifted a little mass towards the tail and brought the swing weight down to around 325. That would make it perfect for me.

sansaephanh 03-23-2013 07:08 PM

"What is there NOT to like about the Blade?"

Once the honeymoon ends, I'm sure you'll let us know =P

UCSF2012 03-23-2013 07:43 PM

Can't keep the ball in the court against 4.5 players. It's fine against old men who only play doubles, because they don't have the legs anymore.

travlerajm 03-23-2013 07:49 PM

I like it. But mine is a little beefed up.

corners 03-23-2013 09:50 PM

I tried the k blade once. Worst racquet i ever hit. No ****. Mighta been the strings though:)

Ross K 03-23-2013 10:32 PM

Quote:

I used to play with the APD GT and just made the switch to the blade and i love it!!!!! i might at a little weight to it to make it heavier but other than that nothing.
Quote:

Thats not true for every player though.

For example, if you are a fan of the APD, the blade is going to work great.
EastAngels and PP - Spot on for me being APD Original user on/off for few years, but always nagged away at with thoughts re desiring more control, solidness and feel.

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Not much. It's still my feeding stick, but when I was using it for match play it was aggravating my TE. I own the black/gold & black/pink ones and they play fantastic, but unfortunately my elbow doesn't agree with them
Pink and black are exactly the same as gold/black playing/specs-wise? These are designed with woman in mind, no?

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I tried the k blade once. Worst racquet i ever hit. No ****. Mighta been the strings though
Only brief time with K but found it pretty similar to later versions.


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