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Comments: I own the pink Blade which I picked up for a great price and read that it's the exact same racquet with a
different paint job. This is a great racquet. It has what was missing to me in my Liquidmetal Radical MP. It's very solid, has good
touch, stability, and thumps the serve. The Radical is a great racquet, but I always felt it was a bit underpowered and had a dead
spot near the top of the sweetspot which made it less solid on serves and overheads when hit in that area. I noticed a jarring
vibration down to the handle causing me elbow pain if hit high in the sweet spot and making me tentative to swing full out on
overheads. The BLX has has good control, slightly less touch than the Radical, but gives a solid hit from the baseline and definitely
more pop more on serves and overheads. It is a stiffer racquet than the Radical. It took me a few days to get used to the balance
and to find my timing on my shots. I wish I had known of this racquet a long time ago. With these dense string patterns and poly,
it's best to go low in tension for comfort and pop - you can still get good control on your shots.
Comments: I liked this racquet enough that I bought three. In the past, I had tried quite a few racquets, from a
2011 Pure Drive Roddick, to a Prestige Pro, to a Donnay X-Dual 99 Gold to name a few. I had significant soreness in my elbow
when I hit with the Pure Drive for just a few hours, so I was hesitant to try the Blade 98, since several reviewers reported some
soreness in there arm. Once I tried it with a nice hybrid setup though, it was a non-issue. I really enjoyed the nice pop I got from
the racquet, as well as the solid feel. It does not feel harsh on the arm, and yet I can get allot a finesse with my shots which is
beneficial! The combination of high swing-weight and lower static weight yields a very nice blend of power, feel, and comfort.
Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase, and I am thoroughly pleased with the improvement in my game. If you are the
type of player that has some arm discomfort playing with racquets that have a high stiffness rating, I highly recommend trying
this; I do not think you will be disappointed.
Comments: This racquet is terrific. Lighter than the 6.1 but has almost the same plowthrough. Would definitely
recommend stringing below the recommended tension if you're using a poly.
Comments: This is a huge improvement over the K Blade. I have played with it only for about 5 hours now, but as I
get to know it better I am impressed. It develops more power and spin than the K Blade, better feel on groundies and serves and
seems to swing itself through the zone more cleanly than its predecessor. It's easier to find the sweetspot on this one too.
Overall, it's the best racquet I have played with (that's why I bought it) in a long line of Wilson, Prince and Head racquets that I've
hit with. I strung it with Tecnifibre at 58lbs and its a sweet combo. It's a nice looking racquet also, even in pink.
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: This play all around great but I found it lacking in the return 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. 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: 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: This is an excellent racquet. Ever since I switched to this frame earlier in the year, I have been playing
much better. My level of play has remained constant and I feel confident in my strokes. The racquet isn't very powerful, so
lowering the string tension might be necessary. I have four of these, and each are leaded up to 336 grams. The only downsides to
the frame are that it is a little too head heavy and can be a sluggish around the net. Spin production from the racquet is excellent.
Overall, a great racquet.
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 of the
grommets) at 3 and 9 o'clock to the BLX Blade, and what a difference! Service returns are much more solid, as are handling bullet-
like volleys. Serves also have more pop.
Comments: This racquet is stable, very solid and crisp along with great feel. This is a very good racquet if you're
looking for control and feel. It is though very string sensitive in my opinion, I've been experimenting with different string set-ups
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 is very
stiff. One should also bear on mind that this is not the lightest racquet out there so if you don't have the physical strength to
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: Just got this in the mail from UPS for a demo along with the Wilson BLX Pro Open, Surge, and Tour. I've
been searching for the "right racquet" for quite a while now, and I figured out what type of racquet I was looking for. I wanted
something with a lot of control, but some pop and spin as well. After trying out the other racquets first and somewhat getting
demotivated, I picked this BLX Blade 98 up and after the first shot I literally said "WOW." I could hit anything with this racquet with
confidence that it wouldn't fly out on me. Lots of spin on all my groundstrokes, easy touch and some wicked slice on the
backhand side. I haven't had a chance to volley or serve with this yet, but if what everyone is saying is true about this racquet, it
may have just found a new home
Comments: I wanted to try a "more modern" lighter racquet that plays similar to a Wilson 6.1 or a Head Prestige but with a little more power and one I can still swing after 2 1/2 hours of singles which I find can be a struggle with the heavier racquets I just mentioned. I don't really like the open string pattern widebody racquets, which I find hard to control, so I picked one of these up really based on the Tennis Warehouse review.
I have had the racquet for 2 months and so far so good. It has a really nice balance of power and control. The weight, feel,
balance, and stability feels great. Groundstrokes and volleys are great. I play an all court game and I recommend the Wilson BLX
Blade 98 for all types/levels of players. Give it a demo.
Comments: I just demoed this for a week. On the plus side, this is a great-looking and maneuverable frame.
Volleying is generous and precise. I have never served better in my life than I did with this racquet, and I'm a middle-aged guy.
But the feel of the frame is harsh--stiff and un-cushioned, which had me worrying about my elbow and wrist after long use. In
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 just the
thing for you.
Comments: My two previous racquets were the Wilson [K]Blade 98 and the Wilson BLX Six.One 95 18x20 (in that
order). This racquet is very similar to the Wilson [K]Blade 98 but much more improved. Actually, this is the best racquet I've played
with. Much more forgiving and with a superb sense of filling. I was very happy with my last racquet (Wilson BLX Six.One 95) but
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: 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 to Wilson
on this stick!
Comments: It is amazing that a racquet with such a dense string bed can generate so much spin and a thin beam
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 feed back.
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 the ball
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 and easier
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 power, and
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 extra
power and return very heavy shots with such a light racket. With the right string setup this could be everyone's favorite tennis
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 which was
a pleasant surprise. A lot more topspin which caters to my game with deep penetrating shots. I play on a college team and have
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 maneuvrable,
good access to power and pinpoint precision. Quite good with topspin groundstrokes and great with flat and backspin shots,
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 really liked
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 this racquet
offer awesome touch on dropshots and volley.
Comments: I picked up 2 of these -- really like the feel on my two handed backhand. I hit a fairly flat forehand and
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 than the
specs show. Probably due to the tight string pattern and full poly setup. Do's: thin gauge poly or poly hybrid at low to moderate
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 then abruptly
changes to a rounded and arched shape. Inconsistent beam design just doesn't seem to flow. Oh well, it's back to my 6.1's.
Comments: This is a big improvement on the k blade. I used to play with the N blade and that was a great frame.
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 difference
between the 2 rackets. The blx blade 98 is fairly flexible and offers good control but it is a little light on power. Great soft feel
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 bit
concerning. It is much easier to generate pace and depth with the blx 6.1 95.
Comments: I have tried K Blade 98 and BLX Blade 98. While BLX version is more stable it does have some extra
power that sometimes throes the ball without spin. I have found that playing K version I always can relay on its performance while
playing BLX I always had to mind the extra power it delivers, also K version has a more head light balance which helps. Overall I
would choose K version over BLX because it is more precise.
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 racquet for
anyone who liked the kBlade line.
Comments: I have been using the Head Microgel Radical Pro for several years now but lately my shoulder has
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 pattern did
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 demo several
times and each time came away impressed. I finally ordered one and I have enjoyed the racquet.
Comments: I demoed this racquet this week, I currently use the KPS88, The BLX Blade is a nice looking racquet, but
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 chance and
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 was just
because I was mixing things up too much, trying to experiment. My one handed backhand- never better. It's amazing how much
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 Pro Open
(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.... most if
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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