Wilson Pro Labs: Blade Pro Official Thread

Paul Y

Rookie
That’s not so bad considering the frame. I got them for $190 plus tax/shipping. I’m one of those that believes racquets are worth half of what you paid for it once you play with the frames.
5 frames for $100 each is pretty sweet.
I believe the college program packages cost like a $100 more but considering how much the frame is retail it is still close to 50% off
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
I believe the college program packages cost like a $100 more but considering how much the frame is retail it is still close to 50% off
5 frames alone for that cost is excellent. But most of the foreign players if you ask them to come up with $500 American dollars for racquets will look at you like you p..... in their cornflakes. They can get them free elsewhere. Used to give all of my contract frames to college players over the last 20yrs but things have changed. At 12yrs old I was on a free list and wasn’t representing anyone especially a Division 1 school. These companies should help players. Sorry..I digress..
 
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Paul Y

Rookie
5 frames alone for that cost is excellent. But most of the foreign players if you ask them to come up with $500 American dollars for racquets will look at you like you p..... in their cornflakes. They can get them free elsewhere. Used to give all of my contract frames to college players over the last 20yrs but things have changed. At 12yrs old I was on a free list and wasn’t representing anyone especially a Division 1 school. These companies should help players. Sorry..I digress..
I wish that was the case. Speaking of 12 years old, that is my son’s age. We were only able to get this package for him thanks to my parents.

Tennis is a pretty expensive sport and now he is burning through string every 2 to 4 hours. I could on imagine how fast strings go if he used a 16x19 and not a 18x20. Used our tax return two years ago for a stringing machine which has becoming a blessing.
 

Yamin

Semi-Pro
Wow. Did a head to head with my 16x19 against my v7 18x20 blade that I was ready to commit to, but this thing is insane!

Strung specs with only putty in the buttcap are 11.9 oz 6 pts head light, and home tabled in at 350 swing weight and Hyper G soft 17 at 52.

This is my first time using this high of swing weight. Didn't change anything about play style, just swung a bit harder and the power+spin over the 18x20 was perfect to keep every ball in and dipping sharply to compensate for the extra power. Was pushing my opponent back with MUCH less effort. He commented on how well I was hitting aside from but... my serve. I double faulted a lot and needed to get some practice in. Still recovering from shoulder surgery and my overhead is my weakest point so I had to swing hard and I already swing pretty hard... After hitting a few aces I had regained some confidence. Slice/kick serves had MUCH more spin than the 18x20. These were weapons of mine with past rackets but felt them a bit lacking on the 18x20. I was tired pretty quickly though.

The stiffness seemed a bit more over the blade by 2 points but was comfortable enough for me which is huge considering my shoulder.

Overall I'm thinking of making the switch after just one outing because I know I can fix my serve. I don't really want to go through the nightmare of matching the two rackets though.

If anyone has a 16x19 BP with unstrung specs of around 308g, 32 balance, and 310 swing weight for sale lmk. (I'm guessing the unstrung swing weight based on my final swing weight.)

Anyone know how to measure unstrung sw at home?
 
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Crashbaby

Semi-Pro
Yes, Swing tool app, I think it was like $2. Plus some scales and a tape measure. The kitchen bench or a table, you will already have. It takes less than 5 min all up. You just need to be motivated, if this Aussie can do it, surely an American can also do it! Just have a go, you will surprise yourself. :)
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
I wish that was the case. Speaking of 12 years old, that is my son’s age. We were only able to get this package for him thanks to my parents.

Tennis is a pretty expensive sport and now he is burning through string every 2 to 4 hours. I could on imagine how fast strings go if he used a 16x19 and not a 18x20. Used our tax return two years ago for a stringing machine which has becoming a blessing.
For sure, tennis is expensive if you travel and play. Would be a nice jesture for companies to do something that looks like they want to assist players. This Pro Labs frames was just a way to generate profits with a niche product.
 

JGads

Legend
At least they did it though, which we should commend them for. Other brands don't even bother.
Exactly. No matter the price point (actually not that much higher than where retail frames are going at the moment), the Where's Waldo search on the Wilson website, nor the fact most players can't play comfortably with this racquet, Wilson deserves a Standing O for giving some of us this amazing option at all. Only thing that tempers the applause is the wild quality control swing, but hey, in life you can't have everything.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Exactly. No matter the price point (actually not that much higher than where retail frames are going at the moment), the Where's Waldo search on the Wilson website, nor the fact most players can't play comfortably with this racquet, Wilson deserves a Standing O for giving some of us this amazing option at all. Only thing that tempers the applause is the wild quality control swing, but hey, in life you can't have everything.
The cost of producing these frames is minimal just as it is with the other frames. They will produce what sells. Just a matter of doing business. If the overall sales of this frame are not there you will see this frame disappear from retail sales. Buy a stack while they are available.
 

JGads

Legend
The cost of producing these frames is minimal just as it is with the other frames. They will produce what sells. Just a matter of doing business. If the overall sales of this frame are not there you will see this frame disappear from retail sales. Buy a stack while they are available.
I'm just glad they made it available at all.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Looking like i can get 6 hours out of hyper g soft/ rs before it breaks. Im 5 hours in and its getting creaky. Feels fantastic though still. The sweetspot is enhanced for sure.
 

Paul Y

Rookie
Anyone know if there's lead under the headguard or silicone in the handle?
Our racquets all had silicone in our handle but we made a request to have all silicone though. I believe everyone is getting a mix some have half and half, some all foam and all silicone.
 

Dishiki

Rookie
Tinkered with my 16x19 and went out and played a match today. Pulled off grip and put a leather on with thin over grip. Added 4 g total at 10 and 2. Static weight 339g, still have hyper g and vanquish in it at 52/50.

It was awesome. Everything was spot on. Serve, groundies, net. It was great. Going to continue with this for a bit. Also, gonna make the 18x20 like this and see how it hits.
 

Nollid

Semi-Pro
Tinkered with my 16x19 and went out and played a match today. Pulled off grip and put a leather on with thin over grip. Added 4 g total at 10 and 2. Static weight 339g, still have hyper g and vanquish in it at 52/50.

It was awesome. Everything was spot on. Serve, groundies, net. It was great. Going to continue with this for a bit. Also, gonna make the 18x20 like this and see how it hits.
This is my exact setup after I removed weight from 12 today. I’m playing a full bed HG @50lbs and loving this spec.
 

Nollid

Semi-Pro
Tennis Spin has a new video comparing the V7 16 and the BP 16. I like the channel but he says stuff that is just wrong like they just got these in stock. He also says that the RA of the BP 16 is 72?!?
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
Second hit with Confidential in the 16m, excellent. Crispy velvet. It may be in my head, and it's still early, but the slices seem to be staying consistently lower than with Hyper G. Haven't been getting the occasional jumpy floater.
Oh how delicious! Good to know.. i am trying lynx tour. Will report back. After that will try confidential for sure.
 

Ethan0607

New User
Was there ever a consensus on whether the Blade Pro grommets for 18/20 fit on the H22 18/20? I did read that 16/19 didn't work, because drill pattern is different. But perhaps 18/20 is the same?
 

dave t

Rookie
Quick update. Loving this frame - stock with OG. Surprised as I usually like to mod my racquets. I don't have a 350 SW one (it's about 340 with gut/poly) and I'm finding it pretty damn easy to play with. Groundstrokes are great - but slices and volleys have really surprised me. Making me want to move on my from blades pretty quickly. Much better serves too.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Was just comparing the specs on this frame to the Head Prestige 360+ Mid. The balance and HL are about the same. Stiffness is close as well. The Blade Pro is 15g lighter unstrung and that may not be a bad thing. I’m over 12oz with the Prestige Mid playing it stock with an over wrap and dampener. Love everything about the Prestige Mid so thinking I may try this racquet first just putting a Wilson over wrap on it and string it with a Alu Power and use a dampener.
 
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USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Quick update. Loving this frame - stock with OG. Surprised as I usually like to mod my racquets. I don't have a 350 SW one (it's about 340 with gut/poly) and I'm finding it pretty damn easy to play with. Groundstrokes are great - but slices and volleys have really surprised me. Making me want to move on my from blades pretty quickly. Much better serves too.
What tension did you string the Gut/poly? Have a BP coming in today.
 

snr

Semi-Pro
Was just comparing the specs on this frame to the Head Prestige 360+ Mid. The balance and HL are about the same. Stiffness is close as well. The Blade Pro is 15g lighter unstrung and that may not be a bad thing. I’m over 12oz with the Prestige Mid playing it stock with an over wrap and dampener. Love everything about the Prestige Mid so thinking I may try this racquet first just putting a Wilson over wrap on it and string it with a Alu Power and use a dampener.
Will be watching this. I also am using the 360+ Prestige Mid and love it, but excited to see how these are and glad someone has a similar setup for experience lol. Swap in Alu for Hyper G though heh.

In Canada, too cold for outside (and snow..) and no indoors due to COVID so haven't been able to play at all a few weeks before I got the BP delivered lol.
 

Clash Ah ah

Rookie
I’ve read every post in this thread and I’m
surprised by how actually few playing reviews there are. Hopefully more will post their experiences :)
 

Clash Ah ah

Rookie
i have been playing matches and doing coaching drills with mine. What do you need to know?
You’re one of the few that has left reviews of how it plays. I was just hoping to read a wide range of experiences and opinions. There’s a lot of “ordered mine”, “mine come this morning”, “mine weighs...” “Wilson QC is c#*p”. Not a lot of actual playing reviews and opinions like there is on other specific racquet threads.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
You’re one of the few that has left reviews of how it plays. I was just hoping to read a wide range of experiences and opinions. There’s a lot of “ordered mine”, “mine come this morning”, “mine weighs...” “Wilson QC is c#*p”. Not a lot of actual playing reviews and opinions like there is on other specific racquet threads.
It feels great - like a pro stock frame. Tons of butter dripping off this one. Has good power, control and stability with one caveat. You need to be comfortable swinging a racquet with a high swing weight. If you can handle 340-350 SW, it’s a great stick. If you can’t, it will feel and play sluggish.
 

Addxyz

Professional
You’re one of the few that has left reviews of how it plays. I was just hoping to read a wide range of experiences and opinions. There’s a lot of “ordered mine”, “mine come this morning”, “mine weighs...” “Wilson QC is c#*p”. Not a lot of actual playing reviews and opinions like there is on other specific racquet threads.
I was able to take a point off Federer the other day. If I was using a PS90, I probably would have gotten 0 points. So yes, this racquet is good.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Got one in the mail. Felt really light in the handle so put a Wilson Leather grip on it. Got it close to my Prestige mid in terms of balance. Almost too beautiful to go tear it up. Oh well, that’s what its for..The Battle.
Alu Power 1.25 @ 52

*Feels like I may have to put some puddy in the handle but going to play with it for awhile before I do anything.
 
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tim-ay

Professional
I’ve been playing matches with it against 4.0 to 5.0 players and just ordered my 3rd moments ago. It doesn’t magically make matches easier, but I can play aggressive penetrating shots the way i like with zero arm pain and full poly .... and I like it the most against hard hitting good players. I just love classic feel and this racket allows a modern game with that feel. Every other frame I’ve hit with this good of feel had more compromises to overcome.

Played in heavy wind yesterday - which is always a mind job for me - and still could hit penetrating balls. Not many rackets let you do that with the control and feel this thing has in sh** conditions like that. I’ve lost interest in hitting other frames.
 
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pronostix

New User
Hello guys! I'm curious: how would it compare to the 2017 Six.One 95? Really LOVE playing with it at the moment but still slightly intrigued by the rave reviews about this Blade Pro..
 

Addxyz

Professional
Hello guys! I'm curious: how would it compare to the 2017 Six.One 95? Really LOVE playing with it at the moment but still slightly intrigued by the rave reviews about this Blade Pro..
I haven't played with my 2017 6.1 in a while, but did play with the PSC 25A a few months back. This is way easier to use for me. Balance might not be the same, but easier power, easier spin.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
Hello guys! I'm curious: how would it compare to the 2017 Six.One 95? Really LOVE playing with it at the moment but still slightly intrigued by the rave reviews about this Blade Pro..
the six one is easier to swing but more demanding to strike the ball cleanly due to the smaller sweetspot. the blade pro is harder to swing but easier to hit the ball. if the blade pro swung like the six one 95, it would probably be the best racket ever.
 

Bobble

Semi-Pro
Can’t remember where this conversation was, but anyone that doesn’t think you can get pure drive power out of the BP needs to play with specs more.

I also feel like I hear lots about stronger dudes getting big power out of this if footwork and everything is on. I can also attest that the 18M is a great stick for pure counterpunching. Heavy groundies, whether I roll the ball or get a full stroke, love using the stability for defensive slice and squash shots (serious highlight). I also serve as big as with any other stick I’ve had...probably because I’m trying harder to be more mindful of it with the SW. getting used to the weight, and not agitating my wrists long term will be the only caution for me...but I’m enjoying being able to consistently beat 4.5s I hadn’t before, and hang with 5.0s/ex-div1 guys at least better.

I’ve just never found such a great feeling stick (great volleys too), that is as effective for me. My racquetholicness is really pulling at me harder than ever to get the BP out of my hands.
 

Bobble

Semi-Pro
Was just comparing the specs on this frame to the Head Prestige 360+ Mid. The balance and HL are about the same. Stiffness is close as well. The Blade Pro is 15g lighter unstrung and that may not be a bad thing. I’m over 12oz with the Prestige Mid playing it stock with an over wrap and dampener. Love everything about the Prestige Mid so thinking I may try this racquet first just putting a Wilson over wrap on it and string it with a Alu Power and use a dampener.
very different frames, both great. I’d say you can come up with more flashy/special shots if you can stay on your toes with the mid. So maneuverable that even baseliners can develop a solid transition game.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
very different frames, both great. I’d say you can come up with more flashy/special shots if you can stay on your toes with the mid. So maneuverable that even baseliners can develop a solid transition game.
Getting the balance and weight close makes for an easier transition. It’s a bit more head heavy than the Prestige Mid even with a Wilson leather grip, Pro Overgrip but the SW is there. Feels great swinging it. Have two more of these and not going to string them or take the plastic off the grip until I can check out the specs. Looking forward to court time. 27F degrees here.
 
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Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
the six one is easier to swing but more demanding to strike the ball cleanly due to the smaller sweetspot. the blade pro is harder to swing but easier to hit the ball. if the blade pro swung like the six one 95, it would probably be the best racket ever.
Mine does... but it also weighs the same as a 6.1 95 or a PT630.
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
I just strung up my new Blade Pro 16x19. It is identical to my Silver & Black Blade PJ H22 in every aspect including playability, beam width and string spacing. Even the bumper guard and grommets are identical. The only difference is my older H22 came with a ProStaff butt cap as opposed to the non ProStaff butt cap. The specs are different but my original H22 was set up for a player on the Challenger Tour (former top 150).
 
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