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Comments: I normally play with midsized racquets (K90, PB10 mid), but I decided to demo this for fun. I usually
lead up all of my racquets, but I can easily play with this racquet stock. It's surprisingly stable stock and I had no issues with
stability against heavy hitters. The string pattern feels pretty open for a 18x20 pattern and I can generate spin without any issues.
I have a 1HBH and I depend on topspin to keep my topspin drives in. Usually this is an issue with 18x20 racquets, but my balls
were landing in and deep. Shots coming off the sweet spot feel very plush and comfortable. Overall, I think I can easily switch to
this racquet and I might consider it.
Comments: I have had this raquet for a year now and it plays too heavy. Although it's only 11.4 ounces it feels
heavier and not easy to maneuver. I wish I had bought the light version or something else. The swingweight is 335 making it
probably the heaviest in this department. I would recommend this only for more advanced or younger players that really swing
fast and need more control. Not for intermediate players.
Comments: I was playing with a Babolat Pure Drive, with Luxilon Big Banger strings at 55lbs, but I wasn't happy
beacause I started to loose precision and punch. It's been 4 months since I started playing with the Wilson Blade 98. The Wilson
Blade 98 provides a lot of feel on the volleys, and precision and heaviness on groundstrokes and serves. If you like to dictate the
points, be aggressive, this is the perfect racquet for you.
Comments: This is a very impressive racquet. I've always liked the line. I demo'ed it several times and it's always
been a "pick up and play" type of racquet. It has a very unique, crisp feel on everything, very precise, and that elusive, hard to find
blend of plow through and control. I felt like it had good power, but even more control then most racquets in this spec range. The
nice 18x20 string pattern allowed for a solid, consistent feel across the stringbed, deep sweetspot, and great access to spin. One
more unique trait is the stability. For an 11.3 ounce weight, it's extremely stable and solid, just plows right though the ball, but
has great maneuverability as well. I found it really fast to pull around, despite the mid swingweight. This is a huge update from
the K Blade. I really enjoyed this racquet.
Comments: I was using this racquet for almost a year. Although I was really satisfied with the control, blocking hard
balls, direction, forgiveness and power, I had problems returning low balls and generating top spin. So, I changed to a BLX Pro
Open Tour for 3 months. Recently, I decided to give another try to my "old" BLX Blade 98. Woooow! Now that I'm more used to
generating top spin I really enjoyed this racquet. I can create nice angles, hit deep without losing control, and pick up low balls.
It's power is really effective on clay (the surface I play most) and greenset.
Comments: Surprised by the amount of customer reviews on this one. Found this stick to be
a great all-around tool, but a bit too stiff in instances where it should be more forgiving. Be
careful if you have arm issues. I felt some pains in just a short 30 minute hitting session.
Good for control and clean hitting, but not an easy to use stick. It swings quick and light, until
the ball is struck and you are met with surprising resistance and great firmness. In one word,
this racquet is CRISPY.
Comments: Great stick! I leaded up the handle a bit to make it a little more headlight and
it was good to go! The control is great and the power is there on the serves and short
balls. The racquet is a tad bit stiff but some X-One Bi-phase 17g took care of that! If you
string this stick too tight it feels like a 2x4, but if you string it mid
40's then it performs like a dream. Overall it's awesome though!
Comments: This is my racquet of choice and one of the best I have ever played with. Amazing power
coupled with great control. It will improve greatly your serve and forehand shots. Angled
shots are also fantastic. Some reviewers pointed out arm soreness, but in my experience a
multifilament suits this stick much better than a monofilament to the point that the latter can
compromise some of the racquet's best features, and it will protect your arm. This BLX version
is way better than the old KFactor one.
Comments: I've got to admit this is one of the best sticks I have used. Great control and
stability. Power is decent and predictable. The only downside maybe is the maneuverability, but that is easily fixed with some
silicone in the handle. Keep in mind, this is a demanding stick. As someone mentioned before, if you just rely on your arm you
will get injured.
Comments: Great racquet for extra pop off the forehand and serve. Great if your looking
for a player's racquet with good control and a little extra power. One of the best feeling
racquets I've played with. Found for the single handed backhand it is slightly too head
heavy . Will try adding weight to the grip to lighten the head a little.
Comments: I play on the high school team for my school and bought this racquet about a year
ago. I was in love with it at first as it gave me a lot of power and had a huge sweetspot.
However, this racquet is not arm friendly at all as my arm has been throbbing for a while. My arm problems might also be as a
result of bad habits in my swing but a lot of the pain is
due to the racket.
Comments: I had been happily playing with the BLX 6.1 95 (16x18) and then by chance decided to give this frame a
shot after reading the glowing reviews... Originally I had passed on this racquet because it was too light and was too head heavy.
So after I purchased it, I didn't even bother to play with it in stock form, I immediately put approx 18g's of silicon into the handle
and loaded it up with a low tension textured poly and WOW! This thing had just as much plow as my 6.1 95's, but was easier to
swing with a bigger sweetspot. It was kind of similar to the Yonex vc95d but it had better feel and a more connected feel.
Generally, It had perfect power, suprising spin (for a 18x20) and excellent control. IMO, properly tail-weighted, this frame is the
"ultimate players racquet". My final specs were... 12.4 (351g) and 7pts hl (no need for lead on the hoop)... and I have never hit
with a better all around racquet than this modified BLX 98 Blade.
Comments: Excellent stability and plow-through; great control on
volleys and one-handed backhand slices. This racquet helps correct my
yips and smooths out my stroke beautifully. For a closed pattern the
spin is superb (but keep your tension below 52, especially for poly).
Note that it also feels head-heavy, and can strain the elbow if you
depend too much in your hitting arm for all the movement. I had to
start using my left hand to push the racquet into the backswing just
to save my elbow -- which turned out to be a bonus because it forced
me to turn my shoulders properly. Your mileage may vary. A better player might want more maneuverability, but for a
mid-range player with a few lazy habits like me, this is a great great stick
that encourages and rewards proper technique.
Comments: Solid racquet for the weight class. Sweet spot is small and hitting outside of it can be jarring.
After using a 12 ounce racquet and switching to this, I am not disappointed in the least. The heavy swingweight allows
you to blister the ball as needed and makes this stick stable. Well done on this one; my new racquet of choice.
Comments: Bought one of these sticks a few weeks ago. Paintjob is quite nice in my opinion, and paint's
durability is also fairly decent compared to some of the other Wilson racquets. Besides some quality control and
paintjob (which wasn't that much of a trouble in this racquet), the racquet itself is literally amazing. I previously used an
open patterned racquet, but I had absolutely no problem in adjusting to the denser pattern of this racquet. Spin
production was still there, and some degree of extra pop that I get from open pattern, was solved by rather heavy head
of this racquet. The denser pattern actually even complemented my game, because it solved that little bit of 'flying'
slice backhands of mine. Feel is great, better than that of the KBlade 98 as BLX technology states. Overall for me, I
would rate this stick 9.5/10.
Comments: I'm a high school freshman and I loved serving with this racket. I felt like I could control the
precision and power! I struggled in the return of serve. I felt that the sweet spot was pretty small and I couldn't control
it very well.
(returning is not my strong point) The balance did not feel NEAR 6 points headlight as the racket suggests, it felt more
of 1 or 2
HH. Power was pretty good overall. I could hit a really penetrating volley. Overall a pretty good racket but it's not for
probably be switching the Babolat Pure Storm GT.
Comments: This play all around great but I found it lacking the in only department. As some of the
early reviewers here noted that returning and blocking hard serves are challenging and
it lacks weight in the handle. Any previous users of the K blade should really check this
out. Most brands have some small upgrades in their line up but this one is a major
improvement otherwise. It may be much better with silicone in the handle or a leather grip
to also make more head light. Otherwise it is fantastic but not really for me. If it had
a16x19 string pattern I feel it could also create some more net clearance as well.
Comments: Bought one of these sticks a few weeks ago. There definitely were some quality control
about the difference of the actual spec of the racquet and the specs indicated, but I think, fortunately, the one I picked
far off from the indicated spec. Paintjob is quite nice in my opinion, and paint's durability is also fairly decent compared
of the other wilson rackets (especially kfactor ones - the paint durability on them are just horrendous). Besides some
paintjob (which wasn't that much of a trouble in this racquet), the racket itself is literally amazing. I previously used
patterned racquet, but I had absolutely no problem in adjusting to the denser pattern of this racquet. Spin production
there, and some degree of extra pop that I get from open pattern, was solved by rather heavy head of this racquet. The
pattern actually even complemented my game, because it solved that little bit of 'flying' slice backhands of mine. Feel is
better than that of the kblade 98 as blx technology states. Overall for me, I would rate this stick 9.5/10. (0.5 off for
QCs - wilson,
please pay more attention on specs when making your rackets).
Comments: I played with my BLX blades 98 once again, and found the performance go from solid to
The pieces of my game are starting to come together. Really enjoying the feel and the power. I hit a slice winner from
It just slithered past my opponent. Plus some sweet sweet aces - and I even felt confident enough to go for a winning
forehand cross court on match point (definitely NOT in my repertoire)!
Comments: Wonderful racquet, good for serving, and for hitting out on
the forehand, backhand. Everything can be hit with power and control.
Adjustment was very quick and easy, I immediately won my very first
match with it, which was after hitting with it for only 30 minutes FOR
THE FIRST TIME EVER. I hit on the run quite well with this. The feel
at the net was very good too, I hit some nifty drop volleys, and solid
deep ones too. The sweetspot IS larger than its headsize, like a 102
sq in. The paintjob is very pretty as well! Wish there was more gold in it,
but overall very very nice. You gotta hit, power isn't free, but it is
abundant, if you get my meaning. Yet, blocking and poking the ball
into corners was also easy. I can't believe I took so long to decide
to buy this, and am glad I did! A pair actually.
Comments: Worth what I paid for! I had never tested this racquet before, but I tried the older K-Factor
loved it, so I figured it shouldn't be much of a transition. It was almost identical. It has great pop but even better
racquets I had before had good
power, but this racquet is better for the power game since the control allows me to place
the ball on a dime. It makes it a lot easier to hit winners, a real confidence booster. I feel
like when the moment is right I can end the point with an authoritative forehand or
backhand easily. It gets pretty good spin when strung with a multifilament, when you
consider the 18x20 pattern. It has the plow-through of a heavier racquet, and a flexible yet
solid feel. As a person with shoulder issues, I was pleased with the comfort this racquet
offers, on groundstrokes and serves. Speaking of serves, this racquet can do it all! It gave
me more powerful heaters and kickers, and it makes targeting easy. I would say it performs
especially well with spin serves, kick or slice. If I had the extra cash I'd buy another for a
Comments: I have been using Wilson sticks for about ten years. I was previously playing with the K Blade
was a good racquet but felt unstable especially when playing big hitters. So I tried the BLX Blade 98. I must admit it
took a little
getting used to. But after using it for a few weeks I love it. This stick is very stable, has great control and much more
the K Blade. The biggest difference for me was with my one-handed backhand, which I am now able to rip more
topspin and flat
shots with confidence, control and consistency. Additionally, because of the stability of the frame, it is easy to block
passing shot at the net. Overall, a great racquet.
Comments: Playing with this racket has provided a lot of different experiences. It seems to be head
light, and does not feel like a players weapon. It needs a lot of of your own power to make it happen. My arm does not
racket but it does provide good forehand and
backhand slice action.
Comments: Great all around stick except for comfort. My arm is very sore after a few
Comments: I've been playing with this racquet for a year and overall a very nice racquet. The only
downside is it
doesn't work that well with natural gut strings as I broke them as soon as I put them on. Other than that good job
Wilson keep it
Comments: I bought two of the bad boys and all I can say is "amazing". I
went from the K Blade to the BLX Blade and I feel there's a lot more
control and more power and spin on my serve. It has good spin on the
forehand but if your hitting flat make sure you have a lower tension
string or else the power maybe lackluster. Great racquet overall!
Comments: Quick follow-up: recently added 5 inches of lead tape (quarter inch wide strips on each side
grommets) at 3 and 9 o'clock to the BLX Blade, and what a difference! Service returns are much more solid, as are
like volleys. Serves also have more pop.
Comments: I have to agree with some other comments about the Blade BLX: it plays relatively light, and
end up getting pushed around by heavy hitters. I'm still not convinced that I made the right decision in buying it. Spin
achieved with the proper technique, but flat groundstroke hitters may come out best with this stick. Serves, volleys and
are nicely executed with the Blade BLX. Very maneuverable at the net, but keep that wrist very firm, or you'll pay the
Overheads are exceptional, as are serves, as long as you have a smooth, fluid service delivery and can generate enough
Groundstrokes and service returns are the two areas where this falls short for my taste, I'm afraid. It feels too light, too
Service returns are extremely problematic at times.
Technique is everything with this frame. If you have the time to set up properly, it rewards you.
Comments: I thought that I made a mistake when I bought this racquet, the firsts sets and games I felt
racquet was too stiff and without feeling. Look, I'm a Head Youtek Prestige Pro player andI was looking for a lighter but
98 square inch head size racquet. After several hours of playing and adjusting the swing and grip I can tell you now
that I was
right. This is a beautiful and great feeling racquet. Solid for all areas of the court. The power is amazing, I can have the
precision of my Prestige but with more power and spin, plus, I can save some stamina for long tournaments. It's a good
people like me that like to use some serve-volley but knows that nowadays you need to have a good percentage game
baseline. I believe that now after two second places in my category I can win a tournament. Anyway like many others
seems to get tired after 4 sets in a row (when training) with this racquet (it not happen with my Prestige). I have tried a
string setup but I didn't like. I much prefer the thin co-poly in that, much more stable and consistent, I can swing freely
ball lands on court almost every time.
Comments: This racquet is stable, very solid and crisp along with great feel. This is a very good racquet
looking for control and feel. It is though very string sensitive in my opinion, I've been experimenting with different
for a while(poly, multi) until I found the Kirschbaum Pro Line II(24/23kg) to suit my needs the best as the racquet frame
stiff. One should also bear on mind that this is not the lightest racquet out there so if you don't have the physical
handle the 335gm swingweight you should probably look elsewhere. The racquet performs best at net(a little worse
maneuverability though), overheads, serves and slices. Overall a great racquet for someone seeking the blend of feel
and control, but has to generate power of his own.
Comments: I just bought two of these racquets. There are lot of racquets that have good feel, spin and
you match those three features
and add with good maneuverability and swing-weight, this racquet is more
than ideal for any level of player. If you don't use the right tension
and strings you could feel slight stiff with any 18x20 pattern including
Comments: I just demoed this for a week. On the plus side, this is a great-looking and maneuverable
Volleying is generous and precise. I have never served better in my life than I did with this racquet, and I'm a middle-
But the feel of the frame is harsh--stiff and un-cushioned, which had me worrying about my elbow and wrist after long
addition, the ball tended to fly on me in a variety of situations. Please realize, I've been a Wilson 6.1 guy for twenty
years, so you'll
understand why I breathed a sigh of relief when I went back "home" to my other demo, the BLX 6.1. The Blade may be
thing for you.
Comments: My two previous racquets were the Wilson [K]Blade 98 and the Wilson BLX Six.One 95 18x20
order). This racquet is very similar to the Wilson [K]Blade 98 but much more improved. Actually, this is the best racquet
with. Much more forgiving and with a superb sense of filling. I was very happy with my last racquet (Wilson BLX Six.One
with the BLX Blade 98 my serves have improved a lot thanks to the lighter weight, this allowed me to raise the
acceleration in my
serves. In addition, my groundstrokes were great, faster, with more spin but also highly stable. If you liked the [K]Blade
98 or the
BLX 6.1 95, you should definitely try this one. You will not regret it.
Comments: Close your eyes, reach back, swing as hard as you can. Everything will land inches from the
and will feel awesome. Thanks Wilson BLX Blade 98. I used to play with the K Blade but when I started playing with real
didn't have the stability that I need to return with and block back balls with serious pace. I think I strung it a bit to tight
at 58 with
my string. I will drop the tension, probably to 54 or lower. This things servers great. Once I adjusted back to a tight
string bed I
felt I could really rip my kick serve. Give the stick a try. Incredible feel and just the sweetest bit of flex when hitting a
Comments: By far this is the best racquet that I have played with! It just does
everything well and its weight and playability is just perfect for me. It is a lot more forgiving and more spin friendly
than the K
Blade 98. To me it plays a lot like the 6.1 95 but a lot easier to handle. The power and control is unmatched, great job
on this stick!
Comments: It is amazing that a racquet with such a dense string bed can generate so much spin and a
can pack so much power! Now you add great control to this combo and the result is a lethal weapon. No wonder some
of the top
women on the WTA are playing with this stick. On the down side the comfort level is a bit low with a stiff and boardy
Comments: Very nice job by Wilson here, one of the most versatile racquets I've used lately. It allows you
every shot with control, power and finesse, adequately comfortable, pretty good stability for this weight. It volleys very
well for its
weight as well. I found the swingweight very manageable, no problem maneuvering it.
Comments: Why does the racquet say its 6pt hl when you guys say its 2pt hl?
Comments: People will be amazed how well they can hit balls with this racquet. You can crush or feather
from anywhere on the court. Hitting soft or very hard is easy with this racquet. It is easy on the arm with the right
strings. I started
with poly strings strung at 54 lbs. Switched to NXT tour at 58 lbs, which is perfection. Power with control what a
concept! I can hit
for several hours with energy to spare with this racquet. Initially it felt head heavy. over a few hours it fells much lighter
to swing hitting a very heavy ball.
Comments: Having previously used the Wilson K Blade Team, I was looking for a racquet
that could help control my groundstrokes and help add variety in my game. The BLX Blade
succeeded in that. I felt that my slice has increased dramatically since using this racquet,
and it has now become a weapon for me. Forehands are great, as topspin is easy to
generate. Backhands are solid, but require more effort than my K Blade Team needed.
Serves are very solid, but with the racquet chance I have noticed a slight lack in power
when hitting flat serves. Volleys are sublime. Considering I used to stick to the baseline, I
find it very rewarding to come in every 2nd or 3rd point and put away an easy volley. One
issue would have to be the stiffness, and at times if you become lazy, your shots will go
a little wild. But overall, I am very happy with my choice, and recommend this racquet for
anyone wanting to add more variety and control in their game.
Comments: I have grown to love this racquet, after being 7 years out of the game. It has tremendous
generates unbelievable sidespin on serves (my service game win ratio is better than it ever was). Frame is rock solid,
but to get the
most from this racquet I needed to find the sweet spot. When I did, I knew it!
Comments: Excellent control, power and comfort. It took a few minutes to figure out how to harness the
power and return very heavy shots with such a light racket. With the right string setup this could be everyone's favorite
racket. Free points on serve. Easy to hit deep shots, spin, flat, slice, etc. Good on punch and drop volleys and touch
shots as well.
Comments: I got the BLX Blade 98 because I liked the KBlade 98. I found that it brings much more power
a pleasant surprise. A lot more topspin which caters to my game with deep penetrating shots. I play on a college team
been persuading teammates to try this racket--many have really liked it due to its many advantages.
Comments: One of the best racquet on the market! Great feel, no vibration, great touch, fast and
good access to power and pinpoint precision. Quite good with topspin groundstrokes and great with flat and backspin
unbeatable at net. If you are looking for a versatile all-round racquet this could be your best choice.
Comments: Nice stick here, nothing similar to KBlade 98. This BLX has more power, feel, more topspin. I
Comments: Amazing stick. I just switched to this from the KFactor version, which is
somewhat similar, but this is a way better racquet. I can hit great power on serves and groundies but at the same time
offer awesome touch on dropshots and volley.
Comments: When Wilson developed N-Code technology for their racquets it was the best improvement
in years. BLX is another terrific change in materials that makes the Blade 98 a must try. Feel and comfort have definitely
improved over the K-Blade. Wilson has made a very good racquet better with the BLX frame. I have put K-Blades away
now that the BLX frames have arrived.
Comments: I picked up 2 of these -- really like the feel on my two handed backhand. I hit a fairly flat
found a little more spin with this racket. Serve and volley strokes are great-- even getting a little kick on my serve
now! I was
playing with a Tecnifibre 320 but I think I have finally found the racket that fits my game.
Comments: Disappointed. Don't be fooled by the moderate 11.3-ounce strung weight. It plays far
heavier in your
hand, and it's one of the least maneuverable rackets I've owned. Sluggish at net and on serve. Also plays much stiffer
specs show. Probably due to the tight string pattern and full poly setup. Do's: thin gauge poly or poly hybrid at low to
tension. Don'ts: 15 or 16 gauge poly at mid to high tension. Also, what's with the weird shape of the beam? It's like
they blended 2
different rackets together. The beam in the throat area is box shaped with fairly sharp edges. The beam on the head
changes to a rounded and arched shape. Inconsistent beam design just doesn't seem to flow. Oh well, it's back to my
Comments: This is a big improvement on the k blade. I used to play with the N blade and that was a
The K was just a real unstable I found. This has a way more solid feel. I'm impressed!
Comments: Demo-ed this and really liked it. I currently play blx 6.1 95 16x18 and there is quite a
between the 2 rackets. The blx blade 98 is fairly flexible and offers good control but it is a little light on power. Great
and can place the ball easily. I actually like the control and flex better than my blx 6.1 95, but the blade's power is a
concerning. It is much easier to generate pace and depth with the blx 6.1 95.
The surprise with the blx blade 98 is the amount of spin you can generate. I could get great spin on groundstrokes
I am not currently looking to buy but will demo this again when I am ready to buy. I could see playing with it - maybe
tension a bit to get more power.
Comments: I have tried K Blade 98 and BLX Blade 98. While BLX version is more stable it does have some
power that sometimes throes the ball without spin. I have found that playing K version I always can relay on its
playing BLX I always had to mind the extra power it delivers, also K version has a more head light balance which helps.
would choose K version over BLX because it is more precise.
Comments: I had tried the previous version of this racquet and found it unstable, but this version is a
improvement, good feel and control and my game keeps getting better the more I play with it.
My previous racquet, a Head YOUTEK Radical Pro, is no match for this racquet and the control of shot on the Blade 98
Babolat Aero Pro and Roddick that I demo'd seem very unimpressive.
Comments: I used to use the kBlade Tour, but I've switched to the BLX Blade 98 and I love it. Volleys and
groundstrokes are extremely solid and provide good plow through; I can stick volleys easily and hit with good depth
and power on
groundstrokes. I'm a USTA junior who'll be playing college tennis next year, so I definitely recommend trying this
anyone who liked the kBlade line.
Comments: I have been using the Head Microgel Radical Pro for several years now but lately my shoulder
started to bother me. I had thought about looking for a lighter racquet but wasn't serious about the search. By chance
I tried a
demo BLX Blade 98 at the local indoor courts and really liked the racquet. It was strung with NXT at 58lbs and had my
size of grip
(3&3/8). I hit with it for about an hour and the racquet continued to impress. I liked the weight and the 18x20 string
not hurt my slice backhand. It was comfortable to use at net and both my service and service returns had plenty of
power. I know
that the BLX Blade 98 is a much different tool than the Head Radical but it fit my game. I have since played with the
times and each time came away impressed. I finally ordered one and I have enjoyed the racquet.
Comments: I have heard great things about this new Blade. Just one thing, why is there no demo for this
My instructor suggested it to me, told me it was a great stick, but there were no demos for the 98 version. Is there
going to be a
demo any time soon?
Comments: I demoed this racquet this week, I currently use the KPS88, The BLX Blade is a nice looking
I found it too light and too stiff.
Comments: Just got this racket today. This is the most promising racket I've ever held in my hand. I've
been in a
slump for a few months. In the summer, I hit rockets. Then fall came and my game went downhill. Then, I took a
ordered this stick without even playing with it first. I used the K-Factor version last year (in my Junior year of high
school) and it
was pretty reliable. Well the BLX version is improved in every way. From the start it felt extremely stable and precise.
The spin is
superb as well as the power. My serves have more pace and consistency. Forehands were a tad bit inconsistent, but that
because I was mixing things up too much, trying to experiment. My one handed backhand- never better. It's amazing
confidence can be instilled by a racquet. This one is a keeper.
Comments: Love this racquet. Great balance between the Pure Drive (too much power, less control) and
(more control, less stable). A solid racquet; nice weight, quick at the net, and great control.
Comments: This racquet has a great feel and is very comfortable but the 335 SW was too much for me....
not all of my strokes were on the long side because I was not able to generate enough topspin due to my stroke style.
If you can handle the 335 SW this racquet will pleasantly surprise you with its feel, feedback and comfort.
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