Wilson takes its player-performance technology to a new expanse with the Blade Team BLX, which is endorsed by the Williams sisters. The 104-square-inch head size and 27.5-inch length—without the stigma of a massive beam—makes this frame unique in the mid-plus marketplace. The beauty of the racquet is the control it provides from a larger string surface. This is a forgiving frame; you can miss the sweet spot and still generate good pace. Groundstrokes crackled with pace and serves percolated with spin. Several play testers said the extra length helped them reach up and out in snapping serves.
Likes: Whether you’re a singles specialist or prefer doubles, the Blade Team BLX will accommodate. The stick scored highly on serve, empowering players to blast away and still locate the service box. In bringing BLX technology to the larger face space, Wilson has expanded the sweet spot. The larger head size also opens the racquet up to wider player range.
Dislikes: Some play-testers accustomed to a smaller head size said there was an adjustment period on volleys. The ability to produce topspin varied among play-testers, with some surprised by how easy it was, and others reporting it required a bit more effort.
Bottom Line: The Blade Team BLX is a mid-plus frame with a level of control found in player performance frames. This is a solid selection for aggressive baseliners who like the feel of a larger head.