kFactor 90 vs. BLX 90

zorg

Professional
Is it just me, or do other people not understand when people say that the BLX 9has much less feel than the kFactor 90? I played with both today and I thought that the BLX felt softer, but had just as much feel. Maybe a TOUCH less power, but the feel was about the same, not muted like some people claim. Am I crazy here?
 

Dechizen

Banned
Is it just me, or do other people not understand when people say that the BLX 9has much less feel than the kFactor 90? I played with both today and I thought that the BLX felt softer, but had just as much feel. Maybe a TOUCH less power, but the feel was about the same, not muted like some people claim. Am I crazy here?

I totally agree with you, the BLX version has more feel, and has a nice dampened feel.
 

Netspirit

Hall of Fame
I demoed it very, very briefly.

After K90 it felt really plush. With K90, you hit the ball and you immediately know where it will land, there is little need to watch it - all the information is broadcast into your arm. With BLX90 you swing at it and wonder if the ball was even there or if you mishit it.

K90 screams, BLX90 whispers. I guess it takes time to adjust to it. BLX must be a great frame if you take into account how many people's elbows and shoulders it will save.
 
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zorg

Professional
ice812, yeah I did. The one thing that was different was that I didn't use a vibration dampener with the BLX cause I didn't need one, but I did with the K90. Doing this made them feel almost identical, with the BLX feeling slightly softer. And, all things being equal, I would rather not have to worry about a vibration dampener and play without one.
 

BagelMe

Semi-Pro
I love the feel of the k90's but i cracker my only one. A couple of months ago i bought the blx90 but i really didn't like it. It felt.like i wasn't making that solid contact with the ball, but i have to admit that the blx 90 is easier to use for some reason.

Btw i sold my blx 90 because i just don't like it. Im glad i did though because it gave me the chance to demo head rackets!
 

Chenx15

Banned
I have them both and i have to say that if there is a difference i can barely notice it. among the 90's i like the Ncode 90 the most
 

Edberg

Banned
The BLX is an overall better racquet. I am certain that it is at least 1 point head heavier than the K90. Its more stable, more forgiving, I get more spin, more control and consequently less power.


And for people that hate on it they can get the bozac.
 

JoelDali

Talk Tennis Guru
The commercial on Tennis Channel with Federer specifically states the BLX has more feel.

I believe the TV.
 

Jinx

Rookie
I guess I'm one of the few that prefers the k90 over the blx90. The K90 as Netspirit mentioned gave me precise information. I knew exactly where the ball was going to go unlike the BLX90 where I'm constantly looking just to make sure it's in.

To me, the K90 feels the a racquet and the BLX90 feels like a toy.
 

2Hare

Semi-Pro
really depends on how big of a hitter you are. I've owned both racquets for months, K90 transfers a lot more energy to your arm on a full out forehand or flat bombs, can really end up really hurting your arm especially when you combine that with full bed of poly that I luv. I suspect that the extra energy transfer is what some ppl think it has more "feel". BLX seems to transfer those energy instead to the ball, making the racquet feels more powerful than K90.

Also K90's hoop feels very stiff, meaning off centre shots seems to twist the racquet more than the more flexible hoop BLX90. I have a lot more success hitting 1HBH and spin serves with BLX90 because of this. K90 just doesn't feel as stable at hitting 1HBH as BLX90.

So I would recommend K90 to slower hitters, and BLX90 to big bangers.
 

zorg

Professional
Btw how many of the people that say the BLX has a more muted feel use vibration dampeners? I agree there is slightly a muted feel, like a vibration dampener is on it. But, I liked to play with one on the K90 anyway, so the BLX 90 is like the same exact thing, just I don't need to have one. So I am just wondering if people tried dampeners on both, and thats why they think its more muter.
 

Netspirit

Hall of Fame
^ A dampener on K90 softens up the feel, for sure. I personally decided not to use it since I like the racket to punish me a bit for off-center hits and make me concentrate more.

But even with a dampener I have this feeling that K90 is like an "aluminum pipe" that you can hit the fence with and immediately feel the high-frequency sour metallic buzz in your hand, whereas BLX90 feels more "wooden"/"plastic"/"cushioned".

I do enjoy the plush feeling of BLX90, don't get me wrong. You can sense the difference without any groundstrokes - you just bounce the ball against the court a few times to realize how smooth the feedback is. However, I do feel robbed of the feel with BLX90 when I actually play - it is hard to assess the quality of your shot and where the ball will land.

I am not arguing that BLX90 is "worse". It could be that I am simply a bit "deaf" now, too used to strong vibrations of K90, and if I invest some time into playing with BLX90 my body will adjust to its more delicate tone. But I'm currently happy enough with K90 to warrant spending time on BLX90.

If I move from multis to polys, I will definitely re-consider BLX90 again. Health > everything.
 
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onehandbh

G.O.A.T.
I'm probably in the minority here, but to me the K90 feels plush and
a little muted. The BLX90 even more muted.

I used the PS85 with bare fairway for a long time so almost
every racquet feels muted to me.

One thing I like about the K90 & BLX90 is that it is much easier to hit
spin. (i'm also using a smaller grip) and the ball seems to just drop in more.
except on serves. the PS85 is better for spin & power on serves for me.
 
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