Wilson Pro Labs: Blade Pro Official Thread

dgoran

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Champions choice at 55/52 lost 15% in two weeks. Previous string job I accidentally strung it at 55/55 and it took six weeks to loose 15%. I’m starting to think the 3 pounds lower on the cross (fed like scenario) is only good for a short time. Rec players expect string jobs to last a while. Since poly looses tension fast, maybe rec players should not be stringing crosses lower like pros, who only need 7 games or 40 mins of practice hitting. Anyone else have thoughts on this?
This is exactly my thinking I NEVER string poly crosses lower. By the time I hit the floor crosses are at least 10% lower vs nat gut mains anyway lol
 
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USPTARF97

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In my v7 Champions Choice setup at 52/49 my string setup lasted 39 days before my gut mains broke. I think the playability was good the entire time.
Strung one at 55/52 with Gut/poly and the first hour was good and then it felt like I was working way too hard to hit the ball. Not so easy on the arm like Gut/poly normally performs. Stringing next at 52/49.
 

USPTARF97

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This is exactly my thinking I NEVER string poly crosses lower. By the time I hit the floor crosses are at least 10% lower vs nat gut mains anyway lol
Im getting 10-12hrs out of Wilson frames with a 3lb differential. Normally end up cutting them out.
 

Addxyz

Professional
Strung one at 55/52 with Gut/poly and the first hour was good and then it felt like I was working way too hard to hit the ball. Not so easy on the arm like Gut/poly normally performs. Stringing next at 52/49.
Aren't you stringing your RF97 around 57/54-58/55? It'd seem weird that the BP needs much lower tension.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Aren't you stringing your RF97 around 57/54-58/55? It'd seem weird that the BP needs much lower tension.
Yes, the BP definitely likes the lower tension for me as compared to the RF97. I think the stiffness of the RF97 requires the higher tension to stay under control.
 

barca

New User
Should I give the BP a try? I am a college player that uses the v6 and I was wondering if buying the v7 (that i tried) or give the BP a try. I do not know if I should take the risk of paying for a racket that I have not tried yet.
 

studpuffin

New User
Should I give the BP a try? I am a college player that uses the v6 and I was wondering if buying the v7 (that i tried) or give the BP a try. I do not know if I should take the risk of paying for a racket that I have not tried yet.
Did you like the v7? If you want something head heavier compared to the v7 with more plow/stability, then yes, give it a shot. Although I would take advantage of Wilson's free returns policy and try to get it measured before getting it strung/taking off the plastic in case you get something that is very off spec.
 

barca

New User
Did you like the v7? If you want something head heavier compared to the v7 with more plow/stability, then yes, give it a shot. Although I would take advantage of Wilson's free returns policy and try to get it measured before getting it strung/taking off the plastic in case you get something that is very off spec.
Yes I like the v7. Anyway, if I would get the BP I would customize it with a 32 balance with some lead on the grip or a leather grip.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
is there a good way to make these more head light like a prestige? i was thinking silicone in the handle but how much more head light would that make it?
I guess that depends on what you want your overall specs to be... Mine has an unstrung balance of 305mm (12 pts HL)... but has an unstrung static weight of 343g, and from memory, an unstrung SW of 324.

It plays awesome, swings easily, and is a fantastic racquet... but most of my racquets weigh around 360g.
 

Yamin

Professional
Is there anyone who has returned to play with v7 after having played with the BP?
Yeah. I'm constantly switching between the two using 16x19 BP for singles and the other for doubles. BP is around 350 swing weight and the 18x20 v7 about 338.

If I was playing any serious match I'd go with the v7 because as much as I've improved with the BP, it has also indirectly improved my play with the v7.

As the poster above mentioned, it feels so whippy in comparison that I have a much faster swing than before and the control is still top.

I'm going to keep the BP and use it for my development (recovering from shoulder surgery) as it has helped dramatically. If I had to choose what is best for me and probably 95% of players (in comparison), it's the v7.
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
Yeah. I'm constantly switching between the two using 16x19 BP for singles and the other for doubles. BP is around 350 swing weight and the 18x20 v7 about 338.

If I was playing any serious match I'd go with the v7 because as much as I've improved with the BP, it has also indirectly improved my play with the v7.

As the poster above mentioned, it feels so whippy in comparison that I have a much faster swing than before and the control is still top.

I'm going to keep the BP and use it for my development (recovering from shoulder surgery) as it has helped dramatically. If I had to choose what is best for me and probably 95% of players (in comparison), it's the v7.
Very well said.. agree with everything.

I also play between the 2 (BP 16m and v7 18m). I would probably stick with v7 18m for match play. I also noticed that BP helped v7 gameplay.

BP is great.. but it's no walk in the park.. feel is 2nd to none in any racket that I hit with. It does not have the control of v7. It has a ton of power and a very strong spin. Directional control and flat shots are totally fine (not necessarily the strength of the stick but it's great nevertheless)... The only problem with BP for me is that it requires good timing all the time (not the racket's fault.. it's mine). If you don't stay on top of it, and late then it can send the ball a little long. I am not getting rid of BPs either. Love hitting groundies with it. I will probably keep playing with both. Trying to be worthy of wielding the BP.
 

antony

Professional
Very well said.. agree with everything.

I also play between the 2 (BP 16m and v7 18m). I would probably stick with v7 18m for match play. I also noticed that BP helped v7 gameplay.

BP is great.. but it's no walk in the park.. feel is 2nd to none in any racket that I hit with. It does not have the control of v7. It has a ton of power and a very strong spin. Directional control and flat shots are totally fine (not necessarily the strength of the stick but it's great nevertheless)... The only problem with BP for me is that it requires good timing all the time (not the racket's fault.. it's mine). If you don't stay on top of it, and late then it can send the ball a little long. I am not getting rid of BPs either. Love hitting groundies with it. I will probably keep playing with both. Trying to be worthy of wielding the BP.
Have you tried a 6.1 95 18m?
 

studpuffin

New User
Really liking how the BP plays in a lighter SW spec (I lucked out and managed to get one with 303 SW unstrung - the other one came in at 311 SW which I promptly returned, thanks Wilson QC). Paired this with a Solinco Confidential 16L. Great plow and still somewhat whippy enough, gives me great confidence on my groundies, especially the forehand side.

Now the question is if I should try the Wilson QC lottery to get another similar stick...
 
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dgoran

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BP is nothing special IMHO basically lm radical tour i use to use. Felt like playing with old tech gravity pro and speed mp felt way better
 
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Blade pro 16x19 review

Strung specs (only alterations is 8 grams of putty in the handle, strip of tungsten at top of the handle)
Weight: 340 grams
Balance: 32.4 (6 points headlight)
Swingweight: approx 335 range (manual test)

Backhand: two hander
Strings: vs touch gut in the mains 56 pounds, alu power crosses 54 pounds

So I’m about 4 months in with this racket full time - I am someone who came from
The rf97 that knew it was too heavy to consistently handle but just loved the combination of feel controllable power and stability it gave. So searched for something more manageable but kept those qualities as much as possible.

So came the blade pro right on cue - read all the tt reviews, and the AC tennis review was great, and seemed to explain what I was looking for.

So here is my 4 months in review with my specs above

Ground strokes:
This thing to me is a great combination of stability, controllable power yet just enough manoeuvrability. At no point have I felt it twist so it returns like a dream, and I can swing out hitting through the ball and it hits with power but controllable, at no point have I felt that trampoline power you can get from some rackets where the ball just flies and you can’t quite workout why. Only time that will happen is if I hit late and it flies (similar to the rf) but that isn’t happening often with this racquet. I can get it where it needs to be and follow through 9 times out of 10. Due to this combination of stability, controllable power and good manoeuvrability for those traits - its fantastic on defence getting the ball back deep on the stretch with precision, as well as going into attack.

Slices are good, but I always prefer an 18 main racquet on slices so I won’t say it’s great, but it does the job. One other area it’s not the greatest is forehand whips when the ball is really low and short on that side - I’m still trying to work out the right movement with this racquet to get those shots back well - that could just be me but it’s not a light whippy racquet so Makes sense that type of shot can be a struggle - but I just need to work what the racquet likes for that type of shot.

Volleys - look this isn’t my strength so don’t take my word here, it’s stability at net is great, never felt it twist on me. Would prefer it to be more manoeuvrable here though, so I feel there are better racquets in this space - sometimes my volley can fly on my just because I haven’t followed through enough on contact - but honestly probably more on me here.

Serve: this isnt a light whippy racquet like a yonex 98 that you can just hit flat at crazy pace with no effort - but it hits a heavy serve with plenty of spin potential to throw slices and kicks whenever you like. If you are familiar with more solid racquets, it’s great and will give you everything you want.

Feel: fantastic feel, plush and soft, but you will know when you don’t hit the sweet spot. I actually had some arm pain with it at a point, but realised no one else has experienced this with the racquet and I had just played too much tennis in general and was hitting off centre on my serves a lot. This has stopped now when I rested up then got back to hitting serves cleanly. When you hit it clean, the feel is magical.

Overall:
To me there is something magical about this spec with a 22mm beam and a box beam. Controllable power, stable, and manoeuvrable for something that gives those first 2 traits. Great on defence and attacking - not much more you could ask for with this style racquet and you’re someone that hits through the ball. If you make a mistake, you’ll know exactly what you did and know it wasn’t an erratic stringbed or anything racquet related.
If you want something light and whippy, or something with what I call “trampoline power” rather than a heavy ball - this isn’t the racquet for you.

I just hope Wilson continue this offering in the future.
 

Fxanimator1

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Blade pro 16x19 review

Strung specs (only alterations is 8 grams of putty in the handle, strip of tungsten at top of the handle)
Weight: 340 grams
Balance: 32.4 (6 points headlight)
Swingweight: approx 335 range (manual test)

Backhand: two hander
Strings: vs touch gut in the mains 56 pounds, alu power crosses 54 pounds

So I’m about 4 months in with this racket full time - I am someone who came from
The rf97 that knew it was too heavy to consistently handle but just loved the combination of feel controllable power and stability it gave. So searched for something more manageable but kept those qualities as much as possible.

So came the blade pro right on cue - read all the tt reviews, and the AC tennis review was great, and seemed to explain what I was looking for.

So here is my 4 months in review with my specs above

Ground strokes:
This thing to me is a great combination of stability, controllable power yet just enough manoeuvrability. At no point have I felt it twist so it returns like a dream, and I can swing out hitting through the ball and it hits with power but controllable, at no point have I felt that trampoline power you can get from some rackets where the ball just flies and you can’t quite workout why. Only time that will happen is if I hit late and it flies (similar to the rf) but that isn’t happening often with this racquet. I can get it where it needs to be and follow through 9 times out of 10. Due to this combination of stability, controllable power and good manoeuvrability for those traits - its fantastic on defence getting the ball back deep on the stretch with precision, as well as going into attack.

Slices are good, but I always prefer an 18 main racquet on slices so I won’t say it’s great, but it does the job. One other area it’s not the greatest is forehand whips when the ball is really low and short on that side - I’m still trying to work out the right movement with this racquet to get those shots back well - that could just be me but it’s not a light whippy racquet so Makes sense that type of shot can be a struggle - but I just need to work what the racquet likes for that type of shot.

Volleys - look this isn’t my strength so don’t take my word here, it’s stability at net is great, never felt it twist on me. Would prefer it to be more manoeuvrable here though, so I feel there are better racquets in this space - sometimes my volley can fly on my just because I haven’t followed through enough on contact - but honestly probably more on me here.

Serve: this isnt a light whippy racquet like a yonex 98 that you can just hit flat at crazy pace with no effort - but it hits a heavy serve with plenty of spin potential to throw slices and kicks whenever you like. If you are familiar with more solid racquets, it’s great and will give you everything you want.

Feel: fantastic feel, plush and soft, but you will know when you don’t hit the sweet spot. I actually had some arm pain with it at a point, but realised no one else has experienced this with the racquet and I had just played too much tennis in general and was hitting off centre on my serves a lot. This has stopped now when I rested up then got back to hitting serves cleanly. When you hit it clean, the feel is magical.

Overall:
To me there is something magical about this spec with a 22mm beam and a box beam. Controllable power, stable, and manoeuvrable for something that gives those first 2 traits. Great on defence and attacking - not much more you could ask for with this style racquet and you’re someone that hits through the ball. If you make a mistake, you’ll know exactly what you did and know it wasn’t an erratic stringbed or anything racquet related.
If you want something light and whippy, or something with what I call “trampoline power” rather than a heavy ball - this isn’t the racquet for you.

I just hope Wilson continue this offering in the future.
I tried the BP out and I feel like I must have gotten the heaviest one in the factory, because using the RF (which I still am) is much easier to use. The BP that I have felt like a slow log trying to use it.
 
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I tried the BP out and I feel like I must have gotten the heaviest one in the factory, because using the RF (which I still am) is much easier to use. The BP that I have felt like a slow log trying to use it.
If it helps my unstrung specs were about 308 grams in weight and 32cm balance point (6hl).

My personal experience with the switch is that it took about 2 months to gel with this racquet after the rf97. I found the rf97 deceiving, as it’s more obvious hl racquet and it has an incredible follow through / whip ability for such a high weight and stable racquet - however I found myself having a few too many shots fly long just from being late on the swing. I didn’t notice it much when playing due to all its amazing qualities, but really noticed it when my friend gave the racquet a shot and I could see clearly how many mistakes he was making from late contact, yet when he came off the court just raved about the racquet - made me see myself with it a bit. something about it’s stability just makes it feel incredible, and when you hit long with it easy to think it’s your own mistake rather than noticing it was a late follow through from the weight...well my opinion anyway...most likely is just me ha. But that’s what got me looking for a slightly lighter rf .

The blade is a different kind of manoeuvrable, as it’s a different movement without the more hl style racquet. I think that’s why it took me a while to gel with it as it’s just a different motion and feeling to the rf style, but once I did I feel I can tell I’m a bit more consistent and a lot less late hits.
 
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cmic94

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Has anyone based in the UK bought these from Wilson recently? If so, how long did delivery take?

I ordered two on Monday PM, got an email saying they'd shipped Tuesday AM but the UPS tracking thing has just said 'Check back tomorrow for an updated delivery date' since then.

Can't wait to get a hit with these before our leagues start up again in the next few weeks.
 

RVAtennisaddict

Professional
Has anyone based in the UK bought these from Wilson recently? If so, how long did delivery take?

I ordered two on Monday PM, got an email saying they'd shipped Tuesday AM but the UPS tracking thing has just said 'Check back tomorrow for an updated delivery date' since then.

Can't wait to get a hit with these before our leagues start up again in the next few weeks.
What are you coming from. I went ultra tour to ultra pro 16x19 to regular blade v7 16x19 in the last year. I want to love the ultrapro but play better with the blades. Am wondering if I should pull the trigger on a blade-pro or two.
Thanks
 

cmic94

New User
What are you coming from. I went ultra tour to ultra pro 16x19 to regular blade v7 16x19 in the last year. I want to love the ultrapro but play better with the blades. Am wondering if I should pull the trigger on a blade-pro or two.
Thanks
The black and silver (2013?) BLX Blade 16x19. One of my frames has cracked so finally pulling the trigger on a new racket and after reading this thread this one seems right up my street.
 

Crashbaby

Semi-Pro
Throw at least 3 grams at 12 and match that weight in the handle on the blx, if you can still swing it then yes, consider the BP. If you feel it’s too heavy now with the extra sw, you won’t like the BP. My BP has a 344 sw with no lead added. Blades are toys compared to BP’s. You are stepping up to a weapon of mass destruction. :)
 

RVAtennisaddict

Professional
My blade pros have 8gm of lead at 10 and 2:00 and leather grip with tournagrip over. Not sure what my swing weights are, but 337gm and 338gm for my two frames. I seem to like frames 335-350gm.

Currently using volkyl cyclone tour 16g @48-50lbs. But getting ready to try the tourna silver 17g.

EDIT: May blade v7 16x19 not pros.. I am thinking about getting a blade pro.
 
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topspn

Legend
My blade pros have 8gm of lead at 10 and 2:00 and leather grip with tournagrip over. Not sure what my swing weights are, but 337gm and 338gm for my two frames. I seem to like frames 335-350gm.

Currently using volkyl cyclone tour 16g @48-50lbs. But getting ready to try the tourna silver 17g.
Umm how is that even possible? I have two with zero weight in the head, leather grip, OG, 2g under the butt cap and they weight 340g and have swing weights of 350 and 346
 

RVAtennisaddict

Professional
My blades are v7 16x19. Not pros.

I guess mine came in light, just know what I did to it after I got it. Was surprised they were lighter than my all my older frames (ultra tours 345ish, ultra pro 340, PureStrike v1 18x20 which were 348-350.
 

RVAtennisaddict

Professional
Oh sorry, you wrote blade pro
yep, edited. wishful thinking. I am thinking that I might like the blade pro 16x19 more... but don't really want to spend 250 to find out and then another 250 if I am right. Don't hate the v7 (in fact like a lot, just always looking for better!)
 

Dishiki

Rookie
I have been playing with my BP 16x19s for a while. I restrung the BP 18x20 and hit with it today. Cyclone Tour 17g/Gosen 17g at 53/51. Holy hell. It was a dream. I have a leather grip with a thin overgrip and lead at 10 and 2.

Serves were ridiculous. My groundstrokes were way heavier than with the 16. I hit with longer flat strokes but never had a problem with access to spin. Only hiccup was volleys but that was more footwork.

I have a league match Wednesday so I am going to try it out.
 

Rvansmith

New User
I have been playing with my BP 16x19s for a while. I restrung the BP 18x20 and hit with it today. Cyclone Tour 17g/Gosen 17g at 53/51. Holy hell. It was a dream. I have a leather grip with a thin overgrip and lead at 10 and 2.

Serves were ridiculous. My groundstrokes were way heavier than with the 16. I hit with longer flat strokes but never had a problem with access to spin. Only hiccup was volleys but that was more footwork.

I have a league match Wednesday so I am going to try it out.
When I tried Blade v7 16x19 vs 18x20 what I preferred about the 16x19 was the feel you got when you really took a cut at the ball. It just felt better when you hit is hard, and the 18x20 didn't give that same feeling. Is the same true for the Blade Pro?
 

Dishiki

Rookie
When I tried Blade v7 16x19 vs 18x20 what I preferred about the 16x19 was the feel you got when you really took a cut at the ball. It just felt better when you hit is hard, and the 18x20 didn't give that same feeling. Is the same true for the Blade Pro?
Quite the opposite for me. With the BP 16 I need to be more tempered. With the 18 I can let it rip.
 

Rvansmith

New User
Quite the opposite for me. With the BP 16 I need to be more tempered. With the 18 I can let it rip.
so I can rip it with both v7 sticks, but when I rip it with the 16, I get a really satisfying feel that I just ripped it. When I rip it with the 18, it feels like just every other shot.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
so I can rip it with both v7 sticks, but when I rip it with the 16, I get a really satisfying feel that I just ripped it. When I rip it with the 18, it feels like just every other shot.
When you rip it with the BP 16x19... you'll know about it... as will your opponent. In fact, your opponent will know about it even with the standard rally ball. When you rip it... it will feel more like a liver punch or a crack of the ribs (boxing analogy). They will definitely be bent over, in pain, and gasping for air.
 

Yamin

Professional
Alright I'm finally looking to try some lower tensions. Been hurting myself a bit recently in the 53+ range and have only done 53-59 range so far. Saw some people using 48 tension... any issues with control there? Using Hyper G Soft.

Edit: Already strung 49/47 and it's leaping off the stringbed just bouncing the ball. Will see tomorrow if it's playable lol
 
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Jcryanlee

New User
Hi all,
Long time lurker, first post.

i did read all posts on here, but i wasn’t able to find the answer i was looking for.
Is there anything that makes BP better than some of other racquets?
I know it uses H22 mold, but i couldn’t find any other factors that make this racquet better than others. Is there any technology or material that Wilson isn’t advertising that makes this special? Or is the mold so special that there is nothing else that needs to be added?
 

studpuffin

New User
I don't know if there're any "secret" ingredients that Wilson is putting into the BP, but the BP has a higher SW/plowthrough and great feel/comfort given the low-ish RA. Groundstrokes feel amazing on this.

If you're looking for a somewhat head-heavy racket with these characteristics, then go for the BP - I can't think of too many other rackets which offer the same characteristics in one package.
 

Jcryanlee

New User
I don't know if there're any "secret" ingredients that Wilson is putting into the BP, but the BP has a higher SW/plowthrough and great feel/comfort given the low-ish RA. Groundstrokes feel amazing on this.

If you're looking for a somewhat head-heavy racket with these characteristics, then go for the BP - I can't think of too many other rackets which offer the same characteristics in one package.
I actually got it already (16m) andReally like it. :). I was just curious if there is anything special that I wasnt aware of.

i am also using is pure aero with lead (335g static weight, ~340 sw, 5HL)
 
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