QSN re new Speeds, other Head frames from Blade 98 user

Ross K

Legend
Just wondering if someone could help me out here...

Have been playing the latest Blade 98 (16x19) and just love that particular solid, lush, plow-through-the-ball impact feel. It is this that I most like about the Blade. However, I've had a few issues and TBH find it a little bit demanding at times.

Just wondering if I'm right in imagining the Graphene Speed MP would perhaps be like 'an easier Blade' in some respects, i.e., it retains some of that solidness and particular feel, plus swings fast, has good power, control, spin (prefer an open pattern), etc. Or is there another Head frame that might actually fit the criteria better? For example, I've heard some excellent feedback re the Graphene S.

BTW I'm asking specifically about Head frames as these latest Speeds etc are all unknown to me, and I've always liked Head frames. That said, Blade 104 is also under consideration, though the pattern would be my concern, and I'm not sure if it's a real baseline's kind of stick (more all courter orientated)?

Anyhow, thanks for any thoughts.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I also had my eyes on the Blade (both 2013 and BLX versions), and I also asked myself if a racquet that plays similar to it but easier/less demanding, a plus if extended length, exists. Doesn't matter which brand or if sale racquets too though.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Just wondering if someone could help me out here...

Have been playing the latest Blade 98 (16x19) and just love that particular solid, lush, plow-through-the-ball impact feel. It is this that I most like about the Blade. However, I've had a few issues and TBH find it a little bit demanding at times.

Just wondering if I'm right in imagining the Graphene Speed MP would perhaps be like 'an easier Blade' in some respects, i.e., it retains some of that solidness and particular feel, plus swings fast, has good power, control, spin (prefer an open pattern), etc. Or is there another Head frame that might actually fit the criteria better? For example, I've heard some excellent feedback re the Graphene S.

BTW I'm asking specifically about Head frames as these latest Speeds etc are all unknown to me, and I've always liked Head frames. That said, Blade 104 is also under consideration, though the pattern would be my concern, and I'm not sure if it's a real baseline's kind of stick (more all courter orientated)?

Anyhow, thanks for any thoughts.
The Speed racquets will feel more maneuverable and give you a little easier access to spin. However, you won't have the same solid plowthrough that you get with the Blade. The Speed Pro has nice plowthrough (not as good as the Blade), but the MP and S will be much less stable and solid through the hitting zone.

The Speed Pro is an awesome racquet, and of the new Head racquets that would be the one to try. But the Blade takes the cake when it comes to plowthrough and a real solid feel.

Andy, TW
 
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