Yeah I'm a Blade 18x20 loyalist too. The 16x19 never felt as solid. Do you have an estimate of how much your racquet weighs with the grip and lead tape?Yup. What a huge difference a leather grip makes. Not only feels more whippy but also more stable. Fairway leather in the Blade feels amazing. I also added some lead to 10&2 o’clock and it absolutely bludgeons the ball. Blade 18x20 that is. Never a fan of the Blade 16x19.