Where to go after Blade 93?

AHJS

Professional
Been playing with the Blade 93 (modded to 12.5oz 335SW) for the better part of these last 3 years and have gotten super used to it and loved the racket. After a couple of unfortunate racket slips and a few racket throws, I've gotten down to only one more racket, and I'm thinking it's time to try out some new sticks.
What rackets do you think would be worth a demo? I like the control and feel of the Blade 93, but wouldn't mind a bit more power and spin.
The rackets I'm thinking about are:
Yonex Duel G 330
Yonex DR 98
Head XT Graphene Prestige Pro
Wilson Burn FST 95
Wilson RF97
Wilson Blade 98 18x20
 

robok9

Semi-Pro
Good list! I'd give the Prince TT95 Tour a look, and if none of those racquets tickle your fancy, take a chance on an Angell TC95/97/100. That's basically what I did after demoing the TT95, DR98, Blade 98 18x20, and Bab PCT. I went with the TC95 and have no regrets other than not trying an Angell sooner. The TC95 plays like a mighty hammer that you can absolutely punish the ball with, and I've never served better with any other racquet. Also, you buy them custom ordered, so you can beef it up to whatever specs you like.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
I noticed yesterday that the Tour G center main length is spot on the same as the blade 93. What weight and where did you add it to your blade? What is your current string setup, leaving 18x20 will shed some durability.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
As above, try prince TT95. I demo-ed it and really liked it. It is also light enough to allow you to add a little lead if it doesn't have enough power for you. I like it more than prestige and blades but have not tried others on your list
 

Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
What many people don't realize is that the Blade 93 is not just a 93 inch version of the Blade 98. The Blade 93 is a heavier racquet in stock form and is more stiff than a traditional players frame. A stock Blade 93 is 341 grams strung weight, 333 grams swing weight, and 67 stiffness rating. It's actually closer to Babolat Pure Aero specs than a Blade 98.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
What many people don't realize is that the Blade 93 is not just a 93 inch version of the Blade 98. The Blade 93 is a heavier racquet in stock form and is more stiff than a traditional players frame. A stock Blade 93 is 341 grams strung weight, 333 grams swing weight, and 67 stiffness rating. It's actually closer to Babolat Pure Aero specs than a Blade 98.
It is different than current blades, but I don't see how a 93 18x20 with a high swingweight and stiffness for its size is close to a Pure Aero. Maybe a heavier and stiffer IG Prestige Mid, a more crisp Prince Tour 95, or a Pure Strike Tour.
 

Pauljakob

New User
I am in the same boat. Using Blade tour 93 looking to take a next step. In between Blade 98 18x20 or Prostaff 97...Thoughts?
 

Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
It is different than current blades, but I don't see how a 93 18x20 with a high swingweight and stiffness for its size is close to a Pure Aero. Maybe a heavier and stiffer IG Prestige Mid, a more crisp Prince Tour 95, or a Pure Strike Tour.
Just saying the specs are closer on paper to a Pure Aero, that's all.
 

AHJS

Professional
Tried out the Blade 98 18x20 just yesterday. I liked the added power, spin and forgiveness it gave me, but didn't like its instability and sometimes lack of control I felt.
 

mawashi

Hall of Fame
AHJS, you might want to give the Graphene Prest Mp a try. I found it quite similar to the KBT but of your list, the Duel330 stands out as the most likely replacement for the KBT.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Remove the DR 98 and the FST 95 from your list I would say.

Do you value the denser string pattern or is it not so important for you?
 

asifallasleep

Hall of Fame
Blade 93 is a really unique frame. I don't think any of the frames on your list are close. I haven't tried the Angel TC95, so perhaps that's worth a try as someone suggested.
 

AHJS

Professional
Remove the DR 98 and the FST 95 from your list I would say.

Do you value the denser string pattern or is it not so important for you?
I don't value the string pattern itself, but I value what it gives me in terms on control and feel. So yes, in a way I do.
 

kailash

Professional
Been playing with the Blade 93 (modded to 12.5oz 335SW) for the better part of these last 3 years and have gotten super used to it and loved the racket. After a couple of unfortunate racket slips and a few racket throws, I've gotten down to only one more racket, and I'm thinking it's time to try out some new sticks.
What rackets do you think would be worth a demo? I like the control and feel of the Blade 93, but wouldn't mind a bit more power and spin.
The rackets I'm thinking about are:
Yonex Duel G 330
Yonex DR 98
Head XT Graphene Prestige Pro
Wilson Burn FST 95
Wilson RF97
Wilson Blade 98 18x20
Why not stock up some more of Blade 93? Many new ones are still available on the bay.

Otherwise, my recommendations:
- Yonex VCore Tour F 93
- Prince Textreme Tour 95
- Volkl Super G 10 Mid 320 or 330
 

n8dawg6

Legend
G REV PRO ... actually completely different from the blade 93. i couldnt make the blade 93 work. blade 98 18x20 and the g rev pro work like champs, though.
 

beepee1972

Semi-Pro
Try Völkl!
Super G 10 325
C10 Pro
Powerbridge 10 Mid

You will not be disappointed I reckon..... I would start with the middle one coming from the Blade 93. Or you might be lucky and find a PB10 (98 head, 18x20). Good luck
 
Been playing with the Blade 93 (modded to 12.5oz 335SW) for the better part of these last 3 years and have gotten super used to it and loved the racket. After a couple of unfortunate racket slips and a few racket throws, I've gotten down to only one more racket, and I'm thinking it's time to try out some new sticks.
What rackets do you think would be worth a demo? I like the control and feel of the Blade 93, but wouldn't mind a bit more power and spin.
The rackets I'm thinking about are:
Yonex Duel G 330
Yonex DR 98
Head XT Graphene Prestige Pro
Wilson Burn FST 95
Wilson RF97
Wilson Blade 98 18x20
I liked the Prince X03 Graphite 93 that came out a few years ago. Easy to find.
 

Frost5541

Professional
Been playing with the Blade 93 (modded to 12.5oz 335SW) for the better part of these last 3 years and have gotten super used to it and loved the racket. After a couple of unfortunate racket slips and a few racket throws, I've gotten down to only one more racket, and I'm thinking it's time to try out some new sticks.
What rackets do you think would be worth a demo? I like the control and feel of the Blade 93, but wouldn't mind a bit more power and spin.
The rackets I'm thinking about are:
Yonex Duel G 330
Yonex DR 98
Head XT Graphene Prestige Pro
Wilson Burn FST 95
Wilson RF97
Wilson Blade 98 18x20
have you tried the Redondo 93? it seems similar in headsize but I have no clue about other specs
 
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