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Comments: All I can say is wow! Tremendous plow through. Strung the racquet with Solinco Revolution (Blue) 17 at
47lbs. I had no trouble generating the power I wanted, maybe due to the string tension. Kept the ball deep in the court; great
angles; plenty of spin on the serve. Installed a small, lightweight vibration dampener. I hadn't been able to rip a one-hand topspin
backhand in years (I'm 53), but had no trouble with that shot with this racquet/string combo. Everyone 4.0 and up should demo
Comments:Let me say this first, this racquet is not for everyone. First, you have to have the muscle. Second, you
need the technique. But when you do have those two things, it's a wonderful racquet, it is just absolutely solid with
groundstrokes. Definitely a single-backhander's racquet. Serves and volleys were by far my favorite shots to hit. Power isn't
actually lacking too much, when strung at 56 pounds you can still rip the ball. Control is where this racquet shines, but you really
have to concentrate on the ball. Overall, I would chose this racquet over the 98 16x19 for the solidity, control and feel.
Comments: I love this racquet. I can swing out and I can do some damage on the court. I will play with it forever.
Comments: Personally, I love this racquet. I just recently switched to this frame from the Wilson 6.1 line and I
couldn't be happier. I am a D1 College player and I weighted my old racquets up to 13.6oz. I can understand why people don't like
this racquet. It isn't for the beginner or intermediate player. If you can't generate your own power and spin this isn't worth trying.
Also, in stock form, this racquet is terrible. When I demoed it, the racquet was in stock form strung with a multi at around 60lbs,
which is by far the worst possible setup for this racquet. Mine is weighted to around 12.8oz and around 3-4 pts head light strung
with lux alu rough at 53lbs. I love it, the control is awesome and spin is very easy to generate.
Comments: I demoed this one along with several other Wilson racquets and I think it has potential but seems to not
have a "target" market. The handle on this racquet is quite compact, making my two hand backhand grip feel clustered. It's also a
rather "dead" feeling frame. I have to watch the ball to know if it is going to drop in because of the feel you can't tell if you hit a
great shot or a terrible one. Maybe the demo was strung too tightly, but regardless this one just didn't feel quite right. Might be a
good option for a player looking for a mid's control but a somewhat unusual lightness to the frame.
Comments: I have found "the racquet" that I have been looking for after so many years! I really like all the Blade
series racquets and had experience with KBT, BLX 98s, BLX 2013 98s, and BLX 2013 93. Despite the fact that I love playing with
these racquets, many of the previous models gave me an elbow problem after intense tennis sessions (3-4 hours). Wilson really
improved on the comfort area without sacrificing all the good things with the Blade series. Can't be anything more stable than this
racquet if you are playing against big hitters. I did add some lead tape on the 2 & 10 o'clock position on the hoop to customize
the balance and to expand the sweet spot. If you know how to swing using the weight of the racquet, it will provide plenty of pop
and power to deliver that down the line winners. Control is phenomenal providing unbelievable angles for the cross courts, sickest
drop shots, and pin point accuracy on ball placements. I do need to get use to controlling the depth of my shots but that's just
me, not the racquet. Spin is the only area where this stick lacks but I can probably experiment with more spin friendly strings.
With the 93 sq.in. headsize and 18x20 dense string pattern, you cannot expect it to be a spin friendly racquet. I have NXT Tour 17
at 55 lbs. in the mains and Babolat Hurricane Tour at 52 lbs. in the crosses for better playability over durability. Maybe I will try
flipping those two strings and see if it improves on the spin. Planning on getting couple more of these soon. Overall, it is the
ultimate player's stick and must demo if you are in search for one!
Comments: Just a fantastic racquet. I am a 4.0/4.5 player who prefers to play at the baseline in singles, but also
plays a fair amount of doubles. This racquet gives me tremendous control and a very satisfying level of feel on groundstrokes. It
also is much more forgiving than I would have expected. Handles serves wonderfully and just feels great to hold. Tremendous
balance. I feel like I can hit any shot I want with this racquet. I agree with other comments about stringing in the middle or just
below the manufacturers recommended string tension.
Comments: Strung with Tourna Big Hitter Black 17g at 48 lbs this stick is plain awesomeness! Maneuverable, stable,
powerful and super reliably precise. Even the serve is very efficient in placement and racquet speed. Slices, topspin, flat shots, etc.
You dream it, and if you have good technique, the racquet will do the rest for you. It delivers effortless power with pinpoint
accuracy and a high degree of confidence in shot making. Prefer it to my AeroDriveGT, for sure.
Comments: In a previous post, Matt did me a huge favor where he mentions to someone if this racquet is feeling
"hollow or tinny" that it may be strung too tight. I purchased this racquet and Tennis Warehouse did their traditional great job of
delivering what I requested; problem is I asked for this racket to be strung at 58 lbs. I just had it restrung at 55 lbs with NXT and
the racquet plays much smoother and much more forgiving. So thank you Matt. Now, if Wilson would just deliver a racquet with
the same specs as the K Blade Tour.
Comments: This latest version of the Blade 93 is certainly a vast improvement over the previous model. The frame
feels a bit more "dead" compared to last year's offering. The frame penetrates the ball with better feel through increased dwell-
time. The precision seems to have improved as well, as the new Blade 93 appears to impart a bit more spin on the ball. The
racquet is well balanced for both smooth swing acceleration on groundstrokes and reaction to volleys, which can be hit with
excellent feel and precision. Control over flat, topspin, kick and slice serves is very good indeed. Even at high altitude, the Blade
93 prefers low to mid-tension within the stringing range of the frame. Despite better stability on off-center contact, I would
discourage players below a 4.5 NTRP in the use of this frame (I am a 5.0 rated all court player). Either of the 98s would be more
advantageous. The only drawback on the frame is that all three of the Blade 93s which I use is the quality control. On all three
racquets the individual Basalt inserts embedded in the handle have come loose resulting in a "creak" within the handle as well as
an uncomfortable "give" at contact as the panels flex and move. I re-glued and clamped the panels back into place using crazy
glue, so far they are staying put.
Comments: I'm really liking this racquet. I demoed it and enjoyed it's stability and the way I could take a full swing
at the ball and keep it in the court. After I bought it, I was a bit worried because it felt horrible. The shop I bought it from (sorry
TW, but I needed it that day) used Wilson Sensation strings. Every ball I hit felt dead. I thought I made a mistake buying the
racquet. I then strung it with Wilson Hyperlast Spin, which I like in my old racquets, but it only felt good for 2 matches. Finally, I
put Technifibre X-One Biphase 17 in it, and I love it again. Very solid shots, excellent volleys, good control. Spin isn't quite as
good as I'd like it, but I'm going to try to hybrid it with more spin friendly strings and see if that helps. Even so, with the right
strings, it's the best stick I've ever owned. The wrong strings can be discouraging, though.
Comments: Still need to hit with it more, but it feels quite similar to the Dunlop Biomimetic 200, except it feels less
muted. Isn't quite as solid as I thought it would be, or as the reviews make it sound. Might have to add some lead tape to it to
make it more solid, which i was hoping I wouldn't have to do. Still, it's a good racquet if you like a tight string pattern on a small
Comments: I took this for a demo after reading the reviews and I was blown away. The demo was a brand new stick
with plastic still on the grip. It hit absolutely perfect! I tried to buy the demo racquet, but TW said no. I ordered a new one exactly
the same way (string and all). I'm not sure what's going on with Wilson's quality control, but this one is just not the same. It still
hit's well, but nowhere near as solid as the demo. I've given it almost two months too. Oh well.
Comments: If it is feeling "tinny" and "hollow," I think you have just got it strung a bit too tight. That was my
experience at first, but took it down to 45 lbs with a poly, and it's brilliant. It could even stand to be looser, I think. Maybe it's
because it's a little bit lighter, but of all the player's frames I've hit, I feel most comfortable swinging out with the Blade 93. I'll be
playing with this beast for a couple of years at least.
Comments: Have been using KBT for several years. You can clearly feel that this racquet is more headlight for this
new version, which generates faster swing speed and is a little more maneuverable compared to the KBT. I think this is the major
difference between these two. Other than that, they are pretty similar in feel.
Comments: As a 'player's frame' this stick is just not as solid as I expected. The words that come to mind is
'hollow', even 'tinny.' I didn't play with the previous version, but compared to my Volkl Powerbridge 10 Mid this frame comes
across as harsh and unstable, despite its specs. That solid deep 'thump' of a well-struck ball I was expecting, just isn't there.
Comments: Great stick! It has control, good spin and power on groundstrokes and serves. It's a little light but still
a player's frame. Best Blade yet. A must demo if you are in the market for a great playing racquet.
Comments: Great racquet with tremendous feel and control. This is a tad lighter obviously than the K Factor 88 I
was playing with before, but with it I can snap back those 2 handed stretched out reach backhands that I wasn't able to get before
with the heavier racquet. Also, the reduction in weight I think has also translated into a less powerful frame, but because I can
swing it more quickly the trade off seems slight. All in all, this is a very smooth frame which has a really great feel to it. The
biggest change for most will probably be the 18x20 string pattern, but if your seeking greater control this will seems like a major
benefit. It definitely results in a flatter lower shot. But as always, with the right stroke you can generate top spin and height over
Comments: First of all, kudos to TW for basically sending me two brand new racquets, the Blade 93 and Blade 98
(16 X 19). Both were freshly strung with Wilson Sensation at what felt like mid-50s. I liked both. The Blade 93 was solid and
precise. It's heavier than my current racquet, but still maneuverable. Again, I liked both racquets and I would have liked to have
longer to hit with them a signicantly longer time to decide which I preferred. I did notice that with the unseasonally cold weather
we have been having that it was easier to get the ball up and over the net with the more open pattern. On the other hand, with the
very hot and dry summers we have, I would be concerned about the balls flying with the 98 since I will not play with poly in the
mains. The other problem I had is that I also hit with by PS95 at the same time. With the gut/soft poly combo I have in that
racquet it just plays with so much more feeling and comfort.
I definitely think both racquets are winners and should be demo'ed by anyone in search of a new racquet.
Comments: Wilson, you done good. I have been looking for a racquet to replace my very tired K Blade Tour. I have
demo'ed this racquet several times this past week with several different players and found it to be perfect for me. It has great
feel, great accuracy and ample power. By the time this is posted, my new frame should be well on it's way to my front door.
Comments: I just bought a new Dunlop 4D 200 Tour. I hit with it for the first time last night, and it was the best
racquet I have ever hit with. Anyway, my roommate ordered a round of demos and he got the new Blade 93 because he knew I
liked the sound of it. I knew as soon as I pulled this Blade out of the box that I was in trouble. I took it out for a hit tonight, and of
course it feels even better than my new Dunlop! It requires a solid, fast swing. Ground strokes were crisp, accurate, and very
precise. I could swing away with no problem at all. Balls stay very low on the court. My favorite shot is the slice, and this is by far
the best slicing racquet I've ever hit with. Serves are a bit underpowered, but they are easy to place. I'm going to have to buy one.
Comments: I just demo'ed this racquet as I used to play with the the KBlade Tour before switching to the i.Prestige
Mid. It has the distinct BLX feel that dampens the harsh vibrations leaving you more muted vibrations. The frame seemed to have
a rigid/stiff construction and a similar feel to the Donnay Pro One 18x20. It felt a little light and underpowered since it was strung
tighter than I'm used to. This incited me to whip through the shots and not muscling through them. Then I was getting good
power and results. This racquet produces sufficient amount of topspin and lends itself to any stroke style, loopy or flat. It has the
same dimensions as the original kBlade, but the weight distribution/balance and feel is different and plays more like a Donnay Pro
One, only a little whippier.
Comments: I think this racquet is very comparable to the Yonex RDIS 100 93. I have this racquet strung at 52 lbs
with Babolat RPM blast. For stability, I'd give it a 9.5/10. This racquet is super stable. I hit with a former D1 player and I was able
to handle his heavy shots with relative ease. The racquet does not lose that much power on off-center hits but it does not have
much to start with. The only frames I've hit with that can boast more stability are the Wilson BLX PS 90 and the Yonex Vcore Tour
89. Power is a 3/10. This is a very low powered racquet, which I like. A PS 90 is my idea of a 1 and a Roddick GT Plus is a 10/10.
You really have to generate your own power through good stroke production and good contact with this racquet. It's not for
people who are not in decent shape or have poor hand eye. Control is an 8/10. This racquet has decent control, defintely not the
best I've played with or even as good as my RDIS 100 93 but it is passable in this category. I think my control with this racquet
will get better as I get used to the lighter mass of the racquet. Maneuverability is a 9/10. This racquet is lightning fast at getting
ready for volleys and the sort. Feel is a 10/10. I love the muted feel. I swing very fast and I like to hit a very heavy, flat ball so
this racquet makes the shots I hit feel smooth as butter. Forgiveness is an 8/10, as it's very forgiving for a 93 in head. Similar to
my RDIS 100 93 in that there is ample power at the top of the loop so the sweetspot is extended towards the top. As for shots
forehand topspin was a 5/10. The racquet is not that great for topspin. I'm not a fan of hitting very high rotation shots, and this
racquet doesn't help me hit very big loopy forehands. Slice is a 10/10. Not many people hit slice forehands but I do and this
racquet literally carves through the air and delivers some serious underspin on my dropshots and slice forehands. Backhand
topspin is a 10/10. I couldn't believe how much better my 1 hander became after I started using this racquet. It is so fast
through the air and I can generate some serious RPMs on my backhand to keep the ball in the court that I can't do on my
forehand. The slice is a 10/10. I hit a shot that literally bounced back into the net after it crossed and I hit down the line slice
backhands that didn't rise more than 4 inches off the ground. On serve it's an 8/10. It's more powerful than my RDIS 100 93. I
hit my flat serves at around 115 and my slice serves at around 75 with about 8ft of movement. This racquet is fantastic for
serving, but it's not as good as the Roddick Pure Drive GT Plus at hitting blistering serves, nor is it as precise as the PS 90. It
definitely gets the job done though as I averaged about an ace per service game.
Comments: I first demo'ed the 98 sq in version of this racquet in both string patterns (16x19 and 18x20). As most
might expect, I got more power on the 16x19 on serves and felt like I had a bit more control on the 18x20. It was noticeable but
not exaggerated. Then, I demoed the 93 sq in (which is 18x20) and wow, what a difference. It takes control to a whole new level.
Yes, you have to swing through the ball, but this thing is a pleasure to play with and it almost felt unfair - that's how good the
control was. Hitting deep topspin shots was more comfortable and when the opportunity presented itself, I felt at ease hitting out
and ripping through a shot without fear it would fly long (as it did more easily with both 98sq in versions). My only negative is
that serve speed takes a noticeable step down. Still, the combination of this multifilament Wilson NXT string instead of a co-poly
string that I used to use along with this 93sq in head size was an absolute pleasure to play with, and is why I'm switching to this
Comments: Stable as a rock. Reminds me of a more plush and flexible, more forgiving Pro Staff 85. I played
several weeks with it so far and quite impressed. The BLX version of this stick was "harsh." It didn't pick up the vibration the way
this one does. The 93 sq. inch head size does in fact play larger and the sweet spot feels like it extends further up to the hoop
than other player's sticks. It's a good stick for those who want a 93 sq. inch head and who can generate their own power and
control. Nice offering from Wilson.
Comments: After having had a few hits with the Blade 93 2013, the following is a list of comparisons to the Wilson
racquets I currently own: Comparing to BLX90TourPS, BLX93Blade2013 has same power, more control, more solid
impact, less feel, more muted. less touch, faster swing speed, more maneuverable. Comparing to BLX90Tour, BLX93Blade2013
has same power, more control, more solid impact, less feel, more muted, less touch, faster swing speed, more maneuverable.
Comparing to PS85 Original, BLX93Blade2013 has more power, same control, more solid impact, more muted feel, less jarring on
joints, less touch, faster swing speed, more maneuverable. Comparing to KPS88, BLX93Blade2013 has less power, more control,
similar ball contact feel, more muted feel, less jarring on joints, more touch, faster swing speed, more maneuverable. Comparing
to JuicePro, BLX93Blade2013 has less power, more control, similar ball contact feel, more muted feel, more touch, same power,
faster swing speed, more maneuverable. In conclusion, on the plus side, the 18x20 string pattern gives it supreme control,
awesome power and precision. The downside is the muted feel of the racquet. Touch players may feel slightly disconnected with
this racquet if not using premium strings. This racquet is most suitable for the powerful baseliners, and counter-puncher type
players. 9 out of 10. (Now only if BLX90tourPS had a 18x20 version. That would be a 10/10, a Player's dream.)
Comments: Got mine this morning! It's a fantastic stick! It feels very quick through the air (like the PS 85), yet hits
much bigger than a 93 head. The sweetspot is elongated up towards the hoop, like a Yonex, and this Blade really absorbs the
shock very well. It plays like a stiffer, more powerful Becker London Tour, or a more plus Pro Staff 85/88/90. It really is a great
offering from Wilson and the control and feel is perfect for my game. It really is 10 point head light unstrung and solid as a rock
on impact. I'm very please with the quality control.
Comments: I just received the Blade 93 2013 in the mail today. I took it to the courts for a 3 hour massive hitting
session. To start off I have to say I have been a fan of the Blade series. I have had K Blade 93, and demo'ed the BLX Blade 93. But
my current racquet of choice is the BLX Pro Staff 90 with Tonic and ALU Power Rough strung at 50-54 lbs (depending on the
conditions). I chose this racquet for its superior feel, while all things being relatively equal to the Blade Tour series. Please note,
since the BLX 90 PS is my favorite racquet, my review of Blade 93 2013 is only based on the comparison to my current racquet.
First off, I can't really say the racquet is a whole lot different than the BLX 90 Pro Staff. I find that it does seem to generate more
spin than the BLX 90 PS. (This could be strictly due to the string but one would argue the gut and Lux combo should have more
ball bite, then maybe it is the 18x20 string pattern.) It feels a lot more muted using this poly string. I would imagine had I used
the same natural gut combo, the feel may be improved. Currently, I do feel as connected to the ball at impact as I do with the
BLX90PS. The Blade 2013 unstrung is 11.4 oz compared to 12.0 oz of BLX90PS, so you can imagine it feels a lot less hefty. I find
myself having to ease up on the swing, and at times check swing. It could be I am not used to it yet, and perhaps in time it can
save me a ton of energy hitting with equal amount of pace with less effort. I am curious whether I can change my technique to
maximize this racquet. I find it to be slightly more maneuverable. My hitting partner comments the ball trajectory is different, as
it seems to be more loopy with more topspin than the Blx90PS. Ball placement seems more accurate. More spin = more in =
more win, soo I am not complaining here. Slices have more bite. Volleys are more solid. Serves are similar. I am not crazy about
the all black matte finish. Some may find it cool, but for someone who owns also a PS85, KPS88, black paint is not what drew me
to this racquet. Consistency and spin is what I liked, and the only thing lacking right now is feel. I will give it a couple of weeks
with this string then I will try it with natural gut and Lux ALU Power Rough hybrid and see if that improves the feel. Otherwise I
might just stick to the BLX 90 Pro Staff.
Comments: I played with the new Blade for two days now and I love it. I'm coming off of last year's Six.One 95
16x18. Initially, I carried over the same poly (Wilson Duo Sensation) which was simply too harsh to play with in the new Blade. I
replaced the strings with Babolat VS 16g and Synthetic Gut 16g @ 55lb with the gut in the mains and bingo, perfection! On serve,
it had accuracy with power. The forehand doesn't (yet) have the same plowthrough as my 6.1, but I think it's just the second day
of playing and I'm getting use to the slightly lighter and thinner beam. Volleys and slices are amazing. I play with a two-handed
backhand it works like a charm! If the plowthrough doesn't occur in the next month or so, I may apply some lead tape for
added weight. I would certainly demo the racquet, but keep in mind strings are key in this stick.
Comments: I'm very disappointed with this racquet due to very small sweet spot, very harsh feeling and not a good
feel. It's really jarring, even with a hybrid of poly/synthetic gut, and the paint is already chipping. This frame does not forgive a
bad struck ball out of the sweet spot, as it just dies. The positives are the exceptional control and accuracy and it's excellent on
volleys. Here's an interesting fact: It has high stiffness and it's not powerful at all. I'm sticking with my Head Prestige. I will check
the Yonex VCore Tour next, as it looks very interesting.
Comments: The previous poster, Tushar, hit a bulls eye for me. I have been waiting for Wilson to produce a
replacement racquet for the K Blade Tour (the BLX Tour 93 was not even close). The specs for the new Blade 93 appear to be a
winner. I am waiting for Tennis Warehouse to get their supply in and then string up some demos so I can try one and hopefully
replace my two very tired K Blade Tours.
Comments: Seeing how they changed the taper of the beam back to 21mm straight, and the swingweight went
this frame should perform similar to the 2008 K Blade Tour 93. For that reason I'm keeping a very close eye on this frame, since
Blades are getting worn.
Comments: So much power and control! It has awesome feel, as well as a sweet paintjob. The matte paint makes it
look so cool. The maneuverability on this stick is awesome. It feels like the K Factor to me. I would buy this frame if I weren't using
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