Since tennis racquets are among the more expensive items one can buy, each tennis player in the market for a racquet should put some thought into their next purchase. Looking at the style of tennis player you are and what your mechanics are like are important steps in finding the racquet that best suits you. This process is especially critical for competitive tennis players who need a racquet that at the very least, won’t put them at a competitive disadvantage. With these factors in mind, we examine a few models of Wilson BLX tennis racquets designed for those who play above beginner levels.
Before looking at specific models, it helps to know more about what’s behind Wilson BLX technology. In a nutshell, it is an improvement over Wilson [K]arophite technology, which combined carbon black and silicon dioxide (SiO2) with graphite fibers for improved strength while maintaining lightness. BLX uses basalt, a rock formed from the cooling of volcanic lava. Basalt fibers are added to [K]arophite fibers, resulting in a racquet that is even stronger but has a better feel because of reduced shock and vibration from striking the ball.
The term, ‘intermediate’, can be vague, but for our purposes we will use it to describe players with NTRP ratings of 3.0-4.5. There are a few models of Wilson BLX racquets for players who fall in this range.
The Pro Open BLX racquet has a 100 square inch head with a 16 x 19 string pattern with a four point, head light design. It has a moderate power level and is meant for players with a moderate to full, medium or powerful swing.
The Blade 98 BLX racquet has a two point, head light balance with a 98 square inch head and 18 x 20 string pattern. Its characteristics more closely resemble those on racquets used by competitive players. The power level is low to moderate, and is meant for 4.5+ level players who have an aggressive, long stroke.
The Surge BLX has a two point, head light balance with a head size of 100 square inches and a 16 x 19 string pattern. It’s almost identical to the Pro Open BLX except it has a lighter feel with a two point, head light balance.
For the sake of discussion, we will use ‘competitive’ to describe players with NTRP ratings of 5.0-7.0. There are several more options of Wilson BLX racquets suited for this level of player to choose from with a few new models for 2012.
The Six.One Tour BLX racquet is designed for the more elite tennis players. If you have a long aggressive stroke and an NTRP rating between 5.0 and 7.0, this model may be right for you. It has a 90 square inch head size, 16 x 19 string pattern and a nine-point, head light balance. It comes as no surprise that one of the top players in the world, Roger Federer, used this racquet in competition.
The Six.One BLX comes in a couple of variations, each with 95 square inch heads and an an eight point, head light balance. The biggest difference is that one has a 16 x 18 string pattern, while the other has an 18 x 20 string pattern.
Juan Martin del Potro, winner of the 2009 US Open, uses the Wilson Pro Tour BLX racquet. It has an 18 x 20 string pattern and a seven point, head light design with a 96 square inch head.
The Blade Tour BLX has a smaller 93 square inch head size and designed for those who want more control and maneuverability in a racquet. The six point, head light model has an 18 x 20 string pattern.
Several new models of Wilson BLX racquets are scheduled to ship on January 22 and can be pre-ordered now!
The Pro Staff Six.One comes in three different variations. The 90 square inch model uses a 16 x 19 string pattern and designed for players with NTRP ratings of 5.0-7.0. The other two variations are the 95 square inch model (16 x 19, 5.0+) and the 100 square inch model (16 x 18, 4.5+).
The Juice Pro BLX model is another racquet used by Juan Martin del Potro. It comes in a 96 square inch model (16 x 20, 4.5+), a 100 square inch model (16 x 18, 3.0+) and the large headed 108 square inch model (16 x 19, 3.0+)
The Steam BLX comes in a 100 square inch model, new for 2012. It has a 16 x 20 pattern with moderate power for 3.0+ players.
If you are an intermediate to competitive player looking for a racquet with good feel and state of the art materials, look no further than the many fine Wilson BLX racquets. There are several models to choose from for any skill level and style of player. The new racquets for 2012 are coming out in just a few days and are also worthy of consideration. Regardless of what racquet you prefer, you can rest assure that if it comes from Wilson, it comes from one of the leaders in providing quality tennis equipment.