The blade gives me the opposite effect for me, great for singles but doubles not so much. It's too head heavy to maneuver around the net, I've tried adding a leather grip but it only helped slightly, and raised the SW minimally. If it came 5 pts HL I'd move back to the frameGood comparison. I've used the Blade extensively and the Pro Staff occasionally. I didn't quite gel with the PS97 (probably since I tried it after the RF97). The Blade is the one of the best doubles racquet I've used. Singles - not so much. I personally like the softer hit of the Blade compared to the stiff feel of the PS. The Blade is more suited to flat shots vs the PS is better with spin. I think its due to the head shape, since the PS is rounder and the Blade is more oval. I use an RF97 for singles and the the Blade sometimes for doubles.
This is absolutely not true at all. Don't pay any attention to the "rumor" started by the playtesters. I've been playing the PS97 for three weeks now and haven't had any problems what so ever regarding an erratic stringbed. I actually find it quite consistant. Any raquet can become inconsistant if you're not changing out your strings when they start to move and get mushy on you. Maybe that was their problem.is this true or not
I demoed the 98s and it sucks try to hit a flat ball out and i hate itTry the Blade 18x16. That is the racquet to have, I dont understand why would anyone choose the 16x19. The 18x20, clearly a different animal but a 16x19 looking for control and spin would be better off with the 18x16.