Tennis Racquet Review: Wilson Juice Pro BLX
July 7th, 2013
by Do It Tennis
filed in Tennis Product Reviews, Tennis Grip Reviews, Tennis Racquet Reviews
The Wilson Juice Pro BLX is a great tennis racquet choice for a player who hits a big groundstroke and an even bigger serve. I found this racquet to have a big sweet spot for only being a 96 square inch racquet and in turn found the Wilson Juice Pro BLX to be more powerful than I had anticipated. I would recommend the Wilson Juice Pro BLX tennis racquet for players who have a solid 4.5 NTRP level or higher, and who are looking for a racquet that helps big hitters to both produce and control the power that they generate on their own.
The first aspect of the Wilson Juice Pro BLX tennis racquet that I would like to talk about is the racquet’s performance on the groundstrokes. As I mentioned before, I was very impressed with the amount of power that I was able to generate with this tennis racquet as I anticipated more of a “dead” or “dampened” feel that is common of the smaller and heavier player tennis racquets. The Wilson Juice Pro BLX is very lively and even helps to produce more power to an already powerful stroke. Even with all the power that this tennis racquet produces, I found the Wilson Juice Pro BLX to be more of a control racquet. I had complete control over my groundstrokes, including my winner and “bomb” shots. My racquet of choice is the HEAD YouTek Graphene Speed Pro and I found the Wilson Juice Pro BLX to play very similar to the HEAD YouTek Graphene Speed Pro on the groundstrokes. The Wilson Juice Pro is better for players that are looking to produce more power and slightly more spin than the HEAD YouTek Speed Pro because of the thicker beam and more open string pattern of the Wilson Juice Pro.
My hit with the Wilson Juice Pro BLX tennis racquet took a turn for the worse when I came in to the net to take volleys. The ball was flying off the racquet long on me consistently and I had almost no feel or control on the volleys with this racquet and I could not understand why until I learned that the Wilson Juice Pro BLX is slightly longer than other Wilson tennis racquets. The Wilson Juice Pro BLX is 27.25” which is a quarter of an inch longer than standard. I wouldn’t think that a quarter of an inch would make much of a difference, but I really noticed this difference in length on the volleys and the serve. I have mediocre volleys to begin with, and this extra length on the racquet made it very difficult to maneuver the tennis racquet at the net and made it very difficult to control and feel my volleys.
Now, on the serve I found the extra length of the tennis racquet to be very beneficial. It is known that taller players have a better trajectory on their serves into the service box. Having this slightly extra length can only help everybody on their serve by starting their contact higher over the net and also by producing more power on the serve as well. I found myself attempting and executing more two shot points with the Wilson Juice Pro BLX tennis racquet than I normally would. The two shots being a big serve followed by a groundstroke (usually forehand) put away.
All in all, I was very happy with the Wilson Juice Pro BLX tennis racquet. The racquet helped me to add a little more power to every part of my game and the racquet helps to control this power very nicely. The ideal tennis player type for the Wilson Juice Pro BLX tennis racquet is a big hitter and big server who wants to add some more control to their game.