Stringbed Question, 16/19 v 18/20

robbo1970

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#1
Has anyone ever compared the string spacing of the 16/19 and 18/20 Wilson Blade, around the centre of the stringbed? Is there much in the way of larger spacing around that area on the 16/19? Unfortunately I don't have access to a 16/19 to compare myself.

I'm enjoying the 18/20 on my OHBH, but I just feel that I'm not getting the spin and dip on my FH. It could be psychological and I just need to adjust, but I'd be interested in any feedback.
 
#2
Both Blades have 4 mains running through the throat and there is little to no difference in the string spacing in the sweet spot. The spacing widens in the 16x19 as you more to the outer mains. I've have a good number of hours on court with both string patterns and have found only a slight difference in spin between the 2 patterns. The difference I find in the 16x19 is a little more forgiving feel and a little more pop.
 

robbo1970

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#3
Both Blades have 4 mains running through the throat and there is little to no difference in the string spacing in the sweet spot. The spacing widens in the 16x19 as you more to the outer mains. I've have a good number of hours on court with both string patterns and have found only a slight difference in spin between the 2 patterns. The difference I find in the 16x19 is a little more forgiving feel and a little more pop.
Thank you very much for your reply, it's very much appreciated.
 
#4
I have actually twice had the 16x19 blade to compare to my blade 18x20’s. I can confirm everything RobS has said. Very similar spacing except for the outer mains and crosses. I would advise trying a different family of racquets if you’re looking for a strongly dissimilar performance out of your racquet.
 
#5
Lifelong user of 16 main patterns that could never quite gel with 18x20. I tried both and surprisingly found the 18x20 to be a better racket. Nothing wrong with the 16x19 version, and i feel like it's a good all around stick, but the 18x20 felt special.
 

robbo1970

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#6
Thanks for these responses. Pretty much confirmation that its more me, just needing to get used to it. I'm finding the comfort, control and low power feel with the 18/20 really. Certainly the most comfortable racquet I've used and that's coming from previously using Prince racquets and older Dunlop's.

I guess it's one of those typical psychological things with any new racquet. Whereas the reality is that the sweetspot I am hitting from (some of the time) is actually no tighter than I had used before.

I do need to get it re-strung as well. The correct string job will help.
 
#7
As stated, not all 18x20's are alike, and the same for some for all of the other respective patterns. IME, the pattern mostly impacts the launch angle and power output, which can slightly be counter adjusted by string selection and tension.
 

robbo1970

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#8
As stated, not all 18x20's are alike, and the same for some for all of the other respective patterns. IME, the pattern mostly impacts the launch angle and power output, which can slightly be counter adjusted by string selection and tension.
I'm really happy with the feel of the Blade 98. I've tried a few racquets and this gives me the best feel and comfort I like in a racquet. I was just curious about string spacing around the centre of the stringbed on the 16/19 and 18/20, but if the differences are extremely minimal, I'm more than happy with that and will now just try string options.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
#9
A long time ago James Blake supposedly was considering using a Tecnifibre 315 Limited (LTD) racket but he wanted an 18 main racket and the 315 Limited was 16x19. So Tecnifibre made an 18 main version. If you look at the 18 main version there is an extra section of the grommet on the side where crosses 6-11 go through. That side piece can also be placed in the 16 main version so the crosses in that area are identical. If you look the the distance between the 6 center crosses the 16 main version may be 2-3 mm wider than the 18 main version.
 
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