Ultra light and very maneuverable, this brand new Blade BLX squash racket will set a new standard for the aggressive player seeking speed and power combined with the exclusive feel of the BLX technology
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1 out of 2(50%)reviewers would recommend this product.
Customer Reviews for Blade BLX
Review 1 for Blade BLX
Uber maneuverable and very light; but ultimate power is lost.
I'm a squash pro assistant at a squash club in Toronto, Canada and have been playing squash for 12 years. I've been using the Wilson Blade BLX for the past 6 months.
The racket I used before the Blade was a Head Microgel 125 and while that racket was very light, it was fragile and wouldn't last more than 6 months. I made the switch because I wanted to get a more "sturdy" racket, and get away from the teardrop design. The first thing you'll notice about the Blade is that it has a sort of hybrid head design. It has the frame shape of a tear drop but the bridge at the bottom creates more of a round head style.
When playing with the Blade the most noticeable feature is how light it is. At 130g ish it's not in the super-light category but thanks to the head light design it plays like a much lighter racket. This head light design is especially useful in the front and mid court where deceptive "flick" shots come into play. Being able to have the racket set up for a drop and then flicking it with considerable power into the back corner is particularly easy with this racket.
Although this racket is excellent in the front and mid court, as soon as you get into the back of the court it's head light design starts to show it's weaknesses. Due to the lack of momentum in the head, accurate, powerful shots to the back court are harder to make than with a head heavy design (say a Tour BLX, or Tempest 120). By no means is it underpowered, you can really get some pace going with this racket, but it's simply not as smooth to do so as with the rackets mentioned above.
I've used the Blade BLX with 3 different strings. I've used: Ashaway SuperNick XL Pro, Ashaway UltraNick 17, and Technifibre 305 (1.20). I found the SuperNick worked best at 29 lbs, the UltraNick at 26 lbs, and the 305 at 30 lbs. Overall I liked the UltraNick the best on this racket, but the other two strings also played well.
Overall, the Wilson Blade BLX is an "excellent" racket. I carry two different rackets in my bag, a Blade BLX, and a Fierce BLX. If I'm playing an opponent where I know i'll spend most of my time in the front or mid court then i'll pick the Blade for it's easy volleying and it's "flick-ability". But when I play someone where I know i'll spend the majority of the match in the back court, i'll pick the Fierce BLX. Two different rackets for two different situations. Both excellent.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 2 for Blade BLX
Not the best BLX I've played with...
PostedApril 30, 2012
far too "whippy" and unforgiving. I'd been playing with [K]140's and One 40 BLXs previously and felt I'd lost a little power, so bought these in the hope of gaining a little power, speed and aggression as per the marketing. It's not worked out that way yet and I've stuck with them for 4 weeks now.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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Posted March 5, 2013
Took me a long time to get used to getting the racquet under the ball to lob from front of court but good stability for volleying and good feel on the strings which is why I bought the racquet.