Just wanted to chime in; for me RS300 was good for its wt but meant to be played in stock form; became unplayable when I added wt.
Best Blade-like stick IMO is between TF40 & Elevate, but Elevate’s 16x20 & TF40 dense 16x19 aren’t as spin friendly as your Blade 98S. Plus Tec’s QC isn’t good.
IGA’s more control tweener than player’s frame; w/ its 23mm beam & ~70RA it’s a diff. pwr class from Blade/TF40/Elevate/Radical. EZ’s close w/ wt added but not as crisp or direct. Both would be a big adjustment for a Blade user IMO even w/ DJ using 18x16. Guessing IGA would have more linear power but less control, spin or both. Not optimistic about it either since my RS300 wasn’t spin-friendly for open 16x19; much better on flat shots.
RS300 couldn’t take wt when I had it & it’s too light for me but maybe IGA w/ its more normal beam shape can take wt better.
You’ll like both of these, but good luck w/ the QC. Tried a friend’s 305RS demo; his stick was almost 12oz & ~340SW. Had 2 OG’s but rlly thin ones. Racket was 330+g strung w/o ‘em. He’s used to lighter rackets and even the TFight’s fast beam didn’t make up for his timing issues. I liked it but not enough to use in matches…very spin-friendly for 18m tho & more than 300RS for me; idk why.
Thinner string helps. Durability goes down but feel and spin get better. If you’re a string breaker or comfortable w a certain setup switching might not be the move…
TWE/TO gotta hurry up & bring Solinco’s stick over…the Whiteout looks almost perfect for you. QC looking good so far in the Solinco thread.
these reviews are great; v real honest stuff
100% agree about foam filled stuff; love that Tec does this across most lines. Best blend of comfort & feel IMO. If only Tec could do 3 things….Buttcaps, QC, & more 18x19/16x20 I’d prolly use one. RS300 wasn’t for me but great stick for its market, & the TF40s are amazing all round. Don’t wanna buy any for the same reason I’m easing my head out the Wilson lion’s mouth so to speak; I don’t wanna deal w/ their drawbacks across the board. The QC lottery on high SW sticks is esp. brutal
I think my ET demo some mos. ago was over spec but it played nice. Good spin, not a lot of power (more than Elevate tho) & decent feel. Felt clunky on 1HBH w/ the wide throat tho & slice was floating. Would be good modded to specs…but prolly the best Head all round for me is the Radical Pro. Liked the feel from the GPro more but it did everything well.
I gotta respectfully disagree about the best Tec…for me hands down it’s TF40. Haven’t tried the 16x19 (I bet it’s good) but the 18x20’s amazing. Hands down my fav 18x20 stick for all serves & my fav stick period for volleys & smashes. Wouldn’t be able to put it down if I were a S&Ver.
With Tecs making em swing faster is tough w/o a buttcap, & not everybody wants a thick leather grip for xtra grams. Lead under the grip along the upper/mid handle just screws up wt distribution & makes em unplayable so best way to do it is buy a grip size smaller & wrap lead around the bottom of the handle (as if you’re trying to make the bevel bigger). Or if you don’t mind, put lead over the TF butt logo.
Prince Phantom 100X 305. Great option for someone wanting a 100” control/feel frame that’s maneuverable & comfortable (58 RA). SW is ~320 but w/ ~2-3g wt. split btwn 10 & 2 in the hoop you’ll be set.