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Tennis Racquet Review: Wilson Blade 93

January 28th, 2013

filed in Tennis Product Reviews, Tennis Racquet Reviews

Wilson Tennis Racquets

For a long time now I have been off Wilson racquets. They have always made the best frames in my mind, in a historical sense, but the last few years a lot of their ‘player’ frames felt clunky and unwieldy. This was true even for someone who had played with Wilson racquets for much of his life and was therefore predisposed to give a new Wilson offering a favorable look.

I think that the new Wilson Blade 93 racquet will bring a lot of serious players back to the Wilson camp. For starters the racquet is very cool looking. I know that this is not a criteria that should matter much, but many ‘serious’ players will not consider a racquet unless they like or can overlook the aesthetics of the cosmetics.

The Blade 93 comes with a very stylish black matte finish. The head is 93 square inches and the racquet comes in the standard 27 inch length. It has a very open 18 x 20 string pattern and weighs 12.3 ounces strung. The thing just looks like a performance racquet and it does not disappoint when you start to hit with it.

I liked this frame a lot. It was very easy to produce spin with it thanks to the open stringing pattern. And it was also very comfortable when I just wanted to bang the ball harder or to flatten out approach shots or offensive baseline shots at the end of rallies.

I had absolutely no problem generating enough spin to rally deep ball after ball with this racquet, and that is for sure the issue I have had with many Babolat and other ‘top’ company frames the last few seasons. There is none of that overpowered trampoline feeling that is so common with many racquets these days.

This racquet was fun to hit all kinds of shots with. I did have some issues on serves and volleys, it was hard to get my volleys to settle in the court when I hit them hard, and the frame felt a little underpowered on the serve. But I think that a lot of that may be mostly due to the handle being a little small on the demo model I hit with and also due to the balance. Wilson says that this racquet is slightly head light, but the finger balance test says that it is actually slightly head heavy and for sure the handle is too light and slim for my purposes.

I would think that this racquet would be best suited for 4.5-5.0 plus players who are willing to go through a few stringing, lead tape and handle setups to get the thing balanced. If I was looking to change racquets today though, I would take a very serious look at this frame. And that has not been true of many Wilson offerings the last few years.