Ps 97 vs blade 98 16x19

Im deciding to get a heavier racket and I'm only going to choose between these to which one is better I'm currently using 2012 wilson pro staff 100l with lead tape on pws plz tell me I'm leaning towards the 97 but i need your help thanks

William:):-D
 

RalphJ

Banned
Good 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.
 

RalphJ

Banned
Probably a few more shanks with the Blade because it swings so much faster and more maneuverable than the PS. PS feels slightly more solid but not as comfortable IMO.
 

RalphJ

Banned
Yeah, I think the PS will have a little more control. You may like the feel better than the Blade, I'm not sure. I preferred the Blade, but I only use it in doubles.
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
If you check out Andy's take on the PS97 in their TW video racquet review, i think he says that the PS97 will give you more power and control than the open pattern blade (if I'm not mistaken)
 

mrtrinh

Professional
Good 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.
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 frame
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
is this true or not
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.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Erratic means too lively leading to long balls:

The lively stringbed gave us easy power and loads of spin potential. The one major complaint our playtesters had was the inconsistent depth, especially on groundstrokes and returns. With such a generous sweetspot the ball would fly at times, and we'd miss long on shots that felt like they were going in.
 

atatu

Legend
I've got both frames in my bag and I'm another one who prefers the Blade over the PS 97, I do think that the PS97 is a better frame to volley with, but I prefer all other aspects of the Blade. What is weird is the the PS97 actually feels bigger to me that the 98 blade.
 

RalphJ

Banned
X2. The Blade is a little uncontrollable, a little whippier, a little more unpredictable than the PS97, but it feels better to me. I tried weighting the handle, but this sort of took away from the way it plays.
 
My friend told me that his ps 97 feels like it weighs less than the blade i got to hold on to it and th 97 feels and imo weighs less
 

Alien

Hall of Fame
Try 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.
 
Try 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.
I demoed the 98s and it sucks try to hit a flat ball out and i hate it
 
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