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Old 10-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Hello All,
I am writing here to get advice by anybody about my next racquet to pick.

Beckground: I am 33-year-old, 186cm x98kg and have been playing amateur since I was 12. At 14 I got my tennis lessons and now I play quite classical: flat forehand with some top, flat or slightly top-spinned, one-hand backhand (my best shot), strong serve, and a love for tricks and net-playing.

Last year I had to update my arsenal of guns, so I bought myself a Wilson Six-One BLX 95, 16x20 (sorry, still keep the original strings). Heavy stuff indeed, but best-choice so far to me when it comes to play from the backline.
Unfortunately, it is also a pain of a device when it comes to the side of the court I love best, i.e. the net. Quickly, I just feel like volley-playing with a big hammer: no feel, poor slice or stop-volleying, too many shots wide and long. End of fun.

Thus, having grown up in the myth of Boris Becker, I bought a BB Delta Core London Tour (18x20, Head strings, 24-23kg). This one is a delight for residency close to any net area - what a pity playing from the backline is odd and irregular...

Basically I currently play with my Wilson on clay, and with my BB on synth grass.

Now I am considering going agonistic for next year, and I would need a third, backup one.
What I would like is another one like my Wilson, but with just some more (I do not need that much) attitude to net-playing.

Do you know anything like that? Anything similar to 6.1 BLX 95 but less of a pain at net?

Thank you upfront.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:28 PM   #2
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Hello All,
I am writing here to get advice by anybody about my next racquet to pick.

Beckground: I am 33-year-old, 186cm x98kg and have been playing amateur since I was 12. At 14 I got my tennis lessons and now I play quite classical: flat forehand with some top, flat or slightly top-spinned, one-hand backhand (my best shot), strong serve, and a love for tricks and net-playing.

Last year I had to update my arsenal of guns, so I bought myself a Wilson Six-One BLX 95, 16x20 (sorry, still keep the original strings). Heavy stuff indeed, but best-choice so far to me when it comes to play from the backline.
Unfortunately, it is also a pain of a device when it comes to the side of the court I love best, i.e. the net. Quickly, I just feel like volley-playing with a big hammer: no feel, poor slice or stop-volleying, too many shots wide and long. End of fun.

Thus, having grown up in the myth of Boris Becker, I bought a BB Delta Core London Tour (18x20, Head strings, 24-23kg). This one is a delight for residency close to any net area - what a pity playing from the backline is odd and irregular...

Basically I currently play with my Wilson on clay, and with my BB on synth grass.

Now I am considering going agonistic for next year, and I would need a third, backup one.
What I would like is another one like my Wilson, but with just some more (I do not need that much) attitude to net-playing.

Do you know anything like that? Anything similar to 6.1 BLX 95 but less of a pain at net?

Thank you upfront.
Bye
That's quite a solid racket. I'd suggest getting new strings as they have probably lost too much tension and that is why you lack control at net. Maybe give the KBlade a try? Dunlop's are my favorite rackets rackets to volley with.
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Maybe give the KBlade a try? Dunlop's are my favorite rackets rackets to volley with.
KBlade in fact used to be a Wilson model, and is currently out of stock. Or did you mean its successor, the Wilson BLX Blade 98, the one used by Milos Raonic? Actually you would not be the first one to recommend it for my purposes... what is so special about this gear?

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KBlade in fact used to be a Wilson model, and is currently out of stock. Or did you mean its successor, the Wilson BLX Blade 98, the one used by Milos Raonic? Actually you would not be the first one to recommend it for my purposes... what is so special about this gear?

Actually there is nothing special about it. It is just a little lighter and will feel faster at net. If you really are a pure net player you may want to explore other companies. The Dunlop Biomimetic 100 may be the best pure serve and volley racket around. If I were you, I'd also look at the Babolat Pure Storm Limited, Head Prestige Mid. and Dunlop Biomimetic 200. The characteristics of a good volley racket tend to be a smaller headsize (under 98 sq. inches), thin beam width, flexible frame, and a manageable weight roughly 310-330 grams. The KBlade and BLX Blade are the same racket, one is just newer, so either version will do. I'd urge you to explore other companieshh though and find which brand works best for you.
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did you try juice pro, or pro open?
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