Wilson K Blade Pro Stock Substitute

MaxiMiliJaan

New User
Hi Racketnerds,

As so many players are playing with this pro stock but I can’t get my hands on them, the following question: What will come closest to a 18x20 Kblade pro stock?

As I am not that keen on 100” sizes and I used to play with prestige MP my whole youth, I am looking for something with more free spin and power and this might do it. I just like the classic feel.

Thanks in advance for taking the time!
Greetings!
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
As a KBlade pro stock user, the Dunlop cx 200 tour comes close in feel and response but with less power and a slightly smaller head. The Dunlop needs mass too. The head 360+ prestige mp is nice and controlled with some power like the KBlade, though has a softer feel than both the KBlade and Dunlop. Worth a try on the blade 98 v7 too. It’s almost the same mold with a few tweaks, but it’s still got a lot of blade dna. I string 4-5 pounds higher to get a similar feel.
 
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Chezbeeno

Professional
If I'm not wrong (and I totally could be, so hopefully someone else will confirm or deny this) - the H22 has been the standard pro stock mold that Wilson has had Blade pj's on for a while - so the new Blade Pro over on Wilson's website under the "pro labs" designation could be close?
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
If I'm not wrong (and I totally could be, so hopefully someone else will confirm or deny this) - the H22 has been the standard pro stock mold that Wilson has had Blade pj's on for a while - so the new Blade Pro over on Wilson's website under the "pro labs" designation could be close?
The h22/blade pro and pro stock K Blade as used by Goffin, Raonic, and others are not the same. Pro stock KBlades are the old retail KBlade layup in the newer cosmetics and only available to pros.

H22s are often in blade cosmetic, though, and it seems to be the most common now that the burn is apparently a 2nd tier frame.
 

MaxiMiliJaan

New User
The h22/blade pro and pro stock K Blade as used by Goffin, Raonic, and others are not the same. Pro stock KBlades are the old retail KBlade layup in the newer cosmetics and only available to pros.

H22s are often in blade cosmetic, though, and it seems to be the most common now that the burn is apparently a 2nd tier frame.
What would come closest to a pro stock k blade 18x20 nowadays do you think?
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
The h22/blade pro and pro stock K Blade as used by Goffin, Raonic, and others are not the same. Pro stock KBlades are the old retail KBlade layup in the newer cosmetics and only available to pros.

H22s are often in blade cosmetic, though, and it seems to be the most common now that the burn is apparently a 2nd tier frame.
Interesting - the impression I had gotten from skimming the pro's racquets section was that basically all the pros using Blade PJ's were using H22's. Do you know if there were players back in the late 2000's that were using H22's with KBlade pj's? I would assume yes, but I don't know how far back the H22 mold dates.
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
Interesting - the impression I had gotten from skimming the pro's racquets section was that basically all the pros using Blade PJ's were using H22's. Do you know if there were players back in the late 2000's that were using H22's with KBlade pj's? I would assume yes, but I don't know how far back the H22 mold dates.
Yes, there were. Djokovic was when he won his first AO. The H22 has been in nearly every paintjob from six-one to blade to burn, and I think it was introduced in the mid-2000s like 2006. Old versions/layups of blades are out there too and I haven't seen one that wasn't painted as the current blade. It's better to say that most H22 users are/were in blade paintjobs in recent years than all blade PJs are H22s. Blades are great sticks and the earlier versions are really honest racquets that work well, even stock, for lots of pros.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
As a KBlade pro stock user, the Dunlop cx 200 tour comes close in feel and response but with less power and a slightly smaller head. The Dunlop needs mass too. The head 360+ prestige mp is nice and controlled with some power like the KBlade, though has a softer feel than both the KBlade and Dunlop. Worth a try on the blade 98 v7 too. It’s almost the same mold with a few tweaks, but it’s still got a lot of blade dna. I string 4-5 pounds higher to get a similar feel.
I found the V7 blade or Prestige 360+ to have absolutely nothing in common with the KB98
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
I found the V7 blade or Prestige 360+ to have absolutely nothing in common with the KB98
I suppose it depends what you're looking for and what's important to you in a stick. The feel is significantly different for me from those two to the KB98. But, the way they cut through the air is similar, and the directional control and pop through the court is comparable. So, same speed but different ride, if you will. I customize to my desired specs on every stick, though, so that definitely impacts my experience. Others' mileage may vary.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
I suppose it depends what you're looking for and what's important to you in a stick. The feel is significantly different for me from those two to the KB98. But, the way they cut through the air is similar, and the directional control and pop through the court is comparable. So, same speed but different ride, if you will. I customize to my desired specs on every stick, though, so that definitely impacts my experience. Others' mileage may vary.
The v7 is a 21+mm beam, the KB98 is thinner. Also, the shape of the beam is different. I found it to cut through the air much faster than H22 or any newer Blade. I also found that the KB98 pop is more power than the V7.
Feel is totally different.
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
The v7 is a 21+mm beam, the KB98 is thinner. Also, the shape of the beam is different. I found it to cut through the air much faster than H22 or any newer Blade. I also found that the KB98 pop is more power than the V7.
Feel is totally different.
Wilson states the beam width on the v7 is 20.6mm, though I haven't measured it. You have better knowledge of pro stocks than I do, so I'll take your word for it. They both have the D-shaped beam, though...it looks a bit different because of the paint difference, maybe? I can't tell a difference side-by-side. The twistweight is a bit lower on the KBlade, according to TW, though, so maybe that's why it feels faster through the air? I don't notice a difference on that at my specs, but they're a bit heavier than stock. You've played so many different retail and pro stock sticks and are clearly pretty discerning when it comes to feel and response, but I'm not sure many recreational players would notice a huge difference apart from the feel...depends on the person and their degree of racquet-holism, no?
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
Completely different weight distribution and dampening tech. KBlade 98 has weight at the tip (12) and in the throat. It has much lower stock twistweight so it is less forgiving on off-center hits. It also has more raw and direct feedback. v7 Blade 98 18x20 has more weight at 10 and 2 and less in the throat. It is more stable, softer, and more muted than the KBlade 98 - a little ambiguous for me at times although a stiff poly that is not muted like ALU helps. Both are good in their own way imo.
 

MaxiMiliJaan

New User
Completely different weight distribution and dampening tech. KBlade 98 has weight at the tip (12) and in the throat. It has much lower stock twistweight so it is less forgiving on off-center hits. It also has more raw and direct feedback. v7 Blade 98 18x20 has more weight at 10 and 2 and less in the throat. It is more stable, softer, and more muted than the KBlade 98 - a little ambiguous for me at times although a stiff poly that is not muted like ALU helps. Both are good in their own way imo.
I was thinking maybe getting the 2015 or 2013 version? Because I can get my hands on those new...?
 

The Seeker

New User
Does anybody here use the blade pro stock? (Not the blade pro)
I've got a chance to buy a pair of blade pro stocks in the v7 paintjob at a high but reasonable price and was wandering if any of you used it and if it's worth the money.
Used blades 2013/15 are hard to find where I live and I didn't care for the v7, mainly because it seems por quality.
 
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