Wilson Juice Pro 96 BLX Racquet 2013 Customer feedback
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Comments: I am a high school student playing competition tennis, and I am 3rd in my school squad. I play with a
heavy topspin forehand (extreme western) and a two handed backhand. When I first got this racquet two years ago, I loved it. It
brought my game to new heights! I loved the easy power and control at the same time. However, as I improved, and played at
higher levels, in the longer matches the racquet began to feel sluggish and heavy. Because of the energetic way I play my game,
the racquet made my game very tiring. A good friend of mine got the Pro Staff 95, and once I had a go at that, I loved it even
more. It felt more maneuverable and did not take any effort to swing with pace and generate spin. Because of my experience with
the PS 95, (after several playtests) I have decided to switch to the new Wilson Six.One 95S. This racquet takes away all the faults of
the Juice, while still retaining all the good things. The stability and control are still there, but the Six.One 95S really compliments
my game, particularly my topspin forehand. From my experience with this racquet, I would recommend it to the players who hit a
flatter ball, and enjoy a bit of weight behind their shots. I do not recommend this to players like myself, who have very heavy
topspin forehands; the weight of the racquet combined with the style of forehand I have do not go very well together. All in all
though, a very good racquet, stunning on serves and overheads, and solid at the net.
Comments: It feels good at first, but I got real tired of it real fast. If I'm taking a hard crack at the ball, it's fine. But
if you want to sit back and just roll the ball in the court, this racquet has nothing. I bought it and hit a couple of winners, then
went out and bought two. Now, I've had them for three months and I'm switching back to my old, bigger PD Roddicks. I felt like I
had to hit every ball like it was a match point; like nothing but winners all the time. It may be a great racquet for a better player,
but not me (I am a 4.0 player with a 4.5 rating).
Comments: First I'm a 4.5 powerful baseliner with top spin on my ground strokes and I'm very picky with my choice
of racquet. The Wilson Juice Pro is a awesome. Great racquet, strung it at 50 pounds. I am coming from a Wilson N blade 98
(strung at 50lbs also). I have gained much control, power and spin. I would recommend this racquet. Keep in mind, this is not a
racquet for everybody as it is a heavy racquet and nowadays players are looking for lighter racquets for extended games. I suggest
demoing it first if you're interested in the racquet.
Comments: Great racquet! I highly recommend it to anyone that loves power and spin.
Comments:I played with the Wilson NCode 95 6.1 for many years and loved the frame. It was flexible enough and
also light enough for me to get some serious pop off my ground strokes. I am also a one-handed backhand player and the Wilson
racquet suited my style of game best. So I decided after so many years with my NCodes that I needed to make a change and
check out the latest and greatest Wilson 6.1 I demoed it for a bit but found it heavier than my previous NCode and also had more
weight to it. Not for me. I then tried lots of other racquets but never seemed to find anything that fit my game. I was not really
looking at the Juice Pro since I thought it was a bit too gimmicky but once I put the racquet in my hand I was instantly rewarded.
Great power, great with my one hander and also just enough weight to drive some big groudstrokes. Finished my demoing after
that and bought two. Played some sessions with the racquet and find myself winning more matches. Great racquet that does a lot
of things well. And the paint job also grew on me.
Comments: Love this stick. One thing that bothers me though is its weight. I would love to see Wilson bring out a
Juice Pro Team with 315g (RDC 323g), please! 324g is on the heavier side and makes this racquet heavy after two hours of play for
a 36 year old guy. What happened to the good K Pro Tour!? Only Head (Extreme Pro) and Babolat (Pure Drive Roddick) offer similar
rackets. But they have way too much power and 100sq.in. heads.
Comments: Update to my earlier comment (11/12.) After coming back from a knee injury I tried a variety of Wilson
racquets to see if the Juice was still my favorite, but I've recently fallen in love with the Pro Staff 90. Surprisingly, I was framing
more shots with the Juice Pro, possibly because I found myself slowing down too often before my shots. Having grown nearly 3
inches in height and 15 lbs since I started with the Juice, I can see why there's been this change in my racquet preference.
I am almost certainly switching to either the Pro Staff 90 or the Blade 93 (have yet to try that one.) I'll keep a Juice Pro for coaching
in the summer.
Comments: I spent two years playing with the Six.One 95 18x20 BLX. I liked that racquet's feel a lot, but because of
my high-energy playstyle, the racquet tended to become cumbersome toward the end of matches. My two Six.One 95s had gotten
a lot of wear and tear over two years, so I was looking to replace them. I tried several of Wilson's newer frames for 2012 as soon
as they were available. I found the Pro Staff 95 to be very light, and I never really got a great feel for it. The updated 18x20 played
well, but still had a tad too much weight to it. When I tried the Juice Pro, I was initially a little skeptical. It seemed to be a little
gimmicky for me with its vibrant colors and slightly extended length. Fortunately, this stick is a lot more than an attention-
grabber. Access to spin is improved with the Juice Pro. I love how the racquet has some weight to it, enough to let me really hit
out on the ball without losing control, while it is also arm-friendly. It doesn't fatigue the player nearly as much as a Six.One 95
would. The length takes a little getting used to, but the longer than average handle is also a plus for me. For me, a tall player with
grinding matches and a big serve, this racquet gets the job done. When I switched my old hybrid for a full bed of Savage in it at 55
lbs, it was out of this world.
Comments: I was going to buy a BLX Six.One 95 but decided to demo the BLX Juice Pro this as well. I started hitting
with the Six.One 95 and liked the way it felt. Then picked up this stick and WOW! It fit my strokes like a glove. Every stroke was
improved instantly, especially the serve. More pace, more spin, and more control. It's hard for me to describe but this racquet is
definitely the one for my game.
Comments: It took a while until I was able to use this racquet properly, but
once I tried every possibility of handling it, my shots became
stronger and precise as never before. I am very satisfied! Good job
Comments: I've owned several racquets, including the Wilson kTour 95, Wilson K Factor 6.1 90 (Federer), and the
Head Extreme Pro MP. This racquet is better than any of those that I've used. I demo'ed it a while ago with the Sensation 16g
string. It had great power and my one handed backhand worked far better than with any of the other racquets. My forehand was
somewhat overpowered and would fly long too often. I bought the racquet and switched to Nat Gut 15g main/ Lux BB Alu Power
1.25 crosses at 53 lb/51 lb. It's just a dream now. I couldn't be happier. It feels solid, forgiving and maneuverable for its weight.
Comments: I love this racquet! I am simply speechless. I have nothing to complain about
what so ever. Control, power, and spin all in one frame. I love the plow through. I love to hit big with spin so this racquet was a
great fit for me. I don't know how Wilson makes every version of every racquet better than its last. Simply amazing.
Comments: This racquet is just awesome with the set up of Dunlop Silk 17 at 53 pounds. The shop was dead-on
saying it will make the racquet less stiff and with feel.
Comments: I love this racquet. Ground strokes are solid, and feel great with lots of spin and pace. Volleys are
excellent too, very stable, although this is one of the places that takes a bit longer to adjust to. Serves are the same as
groundstrokes, great spin and power, and just spectacular there. I go full poly (Tecnifibre Black Code) at 55-57 pounds. I will say
that it is very important to keep fresh strings in this stick, shots will fly without it, and you'll lose all control.
Comments: I demoed this Juice Pro with Wilson Sensation 16 and it was terrific. Control was spot on and feel was
great. I bought the racquet and strung it mid tension with Prince Syn Gut Duraflex 55 pounds and it ruined the racquet. It felt like
a 2x4 board. So I went to the shop to restring it with Dunlop Silk at 53 pounds. Will pick it up in 2 days and leave feedback later.
Comments: Great racquet! I demoed this racquet and within a couple of days I found that
it is a real weapon. You can generate a ton of spin with a decent amount of power.
Plus with the smaller headsize there is plenty of control. Also, out of all of the racquets
I've played with, this is the best to serve with. One question I have is whether or not
the Juice Pro has Amplifeel in the handle.
Comments: I got to play with this racket and have really enjoyed it. I have not decided what strings will
play the best in it but I get more pop on my forehand, better control on my serve and I have a fierce backhand now -- I
love this racket.
Comments: Great for forehand. Can really whip the racquet through to create a
heavy ball. Also great for serving with pace and spin. Little tougher to
get bite on a slice though, and volleys need to be timed very well with
a solid punch, or they lack penetration. Feels very good on the arm as
well, i have golfers/tennis elbow and no pain with this racket with a
multi in it. Overall liked it very much.
Comments: A tad more muted than the Blade 98 and the six.one series. It felt more solid and stable than
Pro Tour. This one is more in line with the weight and feel I like, so it was a better fit for me than the old Pro Tour. I
power from the BLX Juice Pro off the ground and felt I had more plow through from the racquet. Coming through
racquet felt beefier, like I was getting more stick behind the ball. I really enjoyed smacking some big forehands with
Working the rally and waiting for the right ball to take a big cut at was the order of the day. I found decent spin when
angles and enough spin to keep aggressive approach shots inside the baseline. I also liked this racquet on my slice
came through the ball well, with enough drive to knife the ball deep and keep it low. I loved the racquet at net. It's rock
it was a better fit for me than the Blade 98 and BLX 6.1 95's. It felt in comparison to the Blade 98 and the 95's more
maneuverable, more solid and much better dampened. I got wrist problems at net with the BLX Blade 98! But I actually
with this racquet. My first serve is a weapon and this racquet increased that even more. I also found a lot of spin on my
serve, more than with the Blade 98 and six.one 95's. The touch and feel of this racquet is just awesome. Overall a stick
dynamite and in my opinion the best offering from Wilson this year!!!
Comments: I am not a 4.5 player as the recommendation says this racquet is geared for. After
purchasing the Pro
Tour a year ago, I loved the racquet but had decided that the tight string pattern may be holding me back in developing
I immediately liked this racquet better than the Pro Tour. This racquet requires me to use less power than the Pro Tour
been a bit of an adjustment (unless I am really focusing on Top Spin). I love this racquet for slice it is wicked from all
areas of the
court. Net play has been a bit of an adjustment there is just enough of a difference between racquets for me to have to
really think about my volley's. My serve is insane with the Juice, I do think the extra length has forced me to change my
toss a bit. I don't know maybe it is just my skill level.
Comments: I had a chance to hit for a couple of hours with this and
here are a few thoughts. Likes: I have a 2hbh, so I like the extra
1/4 of an inch when I have time to fully swing at it; stability is
great; extra length, really helps with the backhand slice, the ball
goes deeper and a shot is more penetrating and harder to attack;
because the length is only 1/4 of an inch extra, I found that I can
still hit a forehand on the run without hitting it late, which is a
sensation I get with an extra 1/2 inch racquets; power and plow-
through is reminiscent of PDR+, which is something that I happen to
like, power on the serve is tremendous. Dislikes: Maneuverability is
a big issue both at net and on the baseline, feels more like a 6 pts
hl rather than 8 pts which is even tougher to handle with extra
length; the racquet feels stiffer than 63 flex.
Comments: First, the BLX feels better in this version. So here is how my first
demo went - Went down to the local drop in and during warm ups I was
hitting everything out (almost put it away) but thought I give it a
longer try. I was playing singles, during the 1st game the stick felt
awkward (still not used to it) by the 3rd game I settled into the game
and started producing top spin winners off both wings. The opponent
even commented about the spin coming from the racquet. Volley you
need to drive though the ball as the head lightness can cause one to
cut to quickly and into the net it goes. Slices were decent a few
were long but the majority stay in and placement was decent. Serving
was awkward at first but by the second set I had adjusted and Spin
Kickers were awesome, slice wide was awesome and str8 down the T was
freaking awesome (Can you say Ace, Ace, and Ace) needles to say I
loved serving with it. Drop shot tended to go a little deeper than
anticipated but that is due to first time with the racket but its does
have a nice feel and directional control. I have it another week so
well see but first impressions were that this good be my new stick.
Comments: This racquet has the same 'it' factor that drew me to the BLX Pro Open a year ago. I was
the Juice 100 looking for a compliment to my Pro Open, but I found it lacking in most regards to the Pro Open. Same
the Steam. I had all but decided to just pick up another Pro Open, but then on a whim I tried this racquet. It just felt
right. It was
a natural progression from the Pro Open and it helped me improve on key areas of my game where I felt I lacked with
Open. It had the same great feel that I felt when I first demo'd the Pro Open after about 10 other racquets, but it felt so
more solid on strong serve returns, volleys, and all over the court. It forced me to stick to nice full ground strokes
sometimes copping out halfway through a swing because I was scared of the power coming off the Pro Open. Most
improved my two hand backhand by leaps and bounds especially against strong shots. I can't recommend trying this
if you are set on a 100 sq in tweener. Most improved racquet of 2012 from Wilson (if you compare it to the BLX Pro
Comments: Switched from Wilson BLX six-one team. When I demoed the Juice Pro, it came with NXT 16g.
few hours of hitting was terrible due to the NXT so I replaced it Solinco Tour Bite 17G and the racquet was perfect. I got
topspin off of both wings. The serve took some time adjusting but once I adjusted, the kick and flat serve had more
pop. On the
slice serve, I didn't notice a difference. At the net, the racquet is very demanding. I'm a good volleyer but it took a long
adjusting to the racquet's extra length and 8pt head light. On the slice, the racquet was alright but you have to drive it
than a racquet that has less head lightness. The racquet is geared toward players that use a lot of topspin so I wouldn't
recommend this racquet to players whose game aren't revolved around their topspin forehand. Overall, I'm very
satisfied with this
Juice Pro because it's tailored made for topspin forehand.
Comments: I just demoed these racquets and knew right away it was a good feel from what I
am used to. I've always used the Wilson line of racquets below the traditional six one (surge,
npro, etc. and most recently the k pro tour). I never liked the feel of the first BLX racquets
and these are much better! The elongated frame does take a few hits to get used to, especially on serve and volley. I
using a full handed grip instead of just holding the bottom of the racquet proved much more feel and control. The best
this racquet is the power/control combo. It feels like the Babolat pure drive racquets in terms of pop, but maintains
traditional fee. 2 handed backhand feels amazing. Suggest this racquet for aggressive, flat hitters who mix it up (like
Lopez, Azarenka, and supposedly Del Potro is going to use it)
Comments: Got the demo for this with Wilson NXT 16 strings, which are stiff like Jon said. However, the
couldn't prevent this stick from being the beast it is. It's like the rare fusion of a Pure Drive (power) and Wilson Pro Tour
The specs are deceiving- the higher head-light rating along with the more open string pattern make for a lighter
with a lot of pop and added spin potential. This is also flexier than the predecesor (Pro Tour) despite being about .3 oz
The extra 1/4inch is useful for extra speed on the serve but requires adjustment for volleying. My forehands tended to
consistent when I whipped and went more under the ball for topspin, and less friendly to my usual flat, power
unfortunately. My one handed backhand hasn't seen any drastic increases in play. After several hours of play, my game
but I suspect this is the string's doing and not the racquet. Since this racquet is more on the lighter-feeling, so ft side,
I'd go with
a polyester like Solinco Tour Bite or Luxilon M2 Pro if you're a flat hitter. Overall, I'm impressed and might just buy 2 of
Comments: Just demoed this racquet. I was really impressed with it, but it came strung with NXT 16 and
kinda stiff feeling and not a lot of spin. I restrung the racquet with a blend of MSV Focus Hex 17and Babolat N.Vy 16.
all of a sudden got a lot more spin and started to soften up a bit. I played again and added 4 1.5" strips of lead. The
went away with the addition of lead and the forehand got even heavier. My two-handed backhand had a clean response
of pop. The serve had extra pop and spin compared to my PK Ki-5x (note that the main difference between the 96 and
frame is this racquet has shorter main strings). My forehand got decent spin from the racquet, although less so than
frame. I like the extended nature of the racquet, although at times I missed the extra 1/4 in, for the most part, the
maneuverability of the racquet made up for it. This is the first Wilson racquet that I may switch to since I played with
the Ultra FPK
as a junior.
Comments: BLX Juice Pro 2012. Couple of thoughts. 1. Although this is supposedly Delpo's racket of
choice but he
is not using it at least not yet at the time of writing this review. 2. Why? Having demoed this and also his current model
factor 95, I can perhaps offer some rationale. 1. The two rackets are completely different. 2. New BLX is longer not that
need the extra reach. 3. racket geometries have completely changed going from 95 to 96 si. 4. Kfactor with its
harsh responsiveness is different from the BLX Juice Pro's slight less crisp but plush feel. 5. Both are kind of middle of
between Blx ProStaff 90 2012 and the BLX Juice 100 in terms of control, spin and power. Personally, I prefer the BLX
feel. I think Delpo is just clinging onto familiarity. Upside of the BLX Juice Pro's Ampifeel, is that it may just cure him of
wrist joint pains.
Comments: The racquet is amazing for my 2 handed backhand, it's a compact stroke and the extra
swing weight all accentuate each other. Serve also feels good, nice spin production. Those strengths become slight
when it comes to my forehand, since it is a loopier stroke and I have to spend more time adjusting and timing the ball.
At the net
the racquet is ok, given the extra length and sturdy weight. It has has a relatively soft feel, right in the middle of plush
vs crisp. All
in all it's a nice racquet with some really nice attributes and some okay.
Comments: Switching over from BlX Blade 98, this racquet is a lot more arm friendly, a lot flexier and
spin. Doesn't get pushed around by a big hitter, and takes a bit of getting used to for net volleying. Bottom line, I like
very much and will get a second one soon.
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