New Blade 98 underpowered vs. KBlade?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by msn, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. msn

    msn New User

    Mar 7, 2004
    I just received the 18x20 and 16x19 Blade demos and was shocked at how underpowered they feel compared to my KBlade. The KBlade is strung with 18g aramid at 50 on the mains and TF Biphase X-1 at 55 on the crosses. You have to swing it, but it's not dead. I tried hitting with the 2 blades and they simply didn't have the plow through that the KBlade has, and I literally had trouble keeping the ball over the net.

    Anybody else notice this?

    I measured the tension on the Blades and it's not unusual and they are strung with Wilson Sensation...

    Guess I'll have to pick up a couple more KB instead of moving on...
  2. realplayer

    realplayer Semi-Pro

    Jan 27, 2007
    maybe you should use the same strings in the blade demos and you should match the specs and especially the swingweight because i'm sure that with wilson QC they are far away from each other. I bet you will see a complete change in the rackets after this.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013
  3. Korso

    Korso Semi-Pro

    Feb 25, 2012
    Strings do affect the way a racket plays.
  4. UCSF2012

    UCSF2012 Hall of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    Learn how to get the ball over the net AND land into the court, then make a judgment on it. Those new Blades are not underpowered but rather the opposite. They're much more powerful.

    When a racket is powerful, the ball tends to go forwards more than it does high. Meaning they go into the net. Same thing when you add lead tape. Harder to get the ball to clear the net. Make the adjustments you need with the new Blades, THEN determine whether you like that. That's the only way to demo new frames.

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