Tempest Four BLX

by Bruce Levine and Richard Pagliaro | April 25, 2011

Tags: racquet

Gear Review

The lightest frame in the BLX family packs a potent punch and pleasantly surprised play-testers with its mobility. Some compared their experience to getting behind the wheel of a Hummer and finding that it cornered more like a car.

Likes: One of the lightest oversize frames we tested this year impressed play-testers with its power, maneuverability and comfort. Its mobility enhances its versatility: it provides the stability flat-ball strikers relish while offering the maneuverability top-spin hitters crave. The black, gold and white cosmetic gives this game-improvement frame a similar look to Wilson’s player frames. And as one of the least expensive racquets in the BLX family, this frame offers ample bang for the buck.

Dislikes: While some players may feel apprehensive about playing with a wide beam, this is not an ostentatious, oversize frame. Its head heaviness combined with the lightweight is not ideal for players with full swings, but that’s not who the frame is designed for.

Bottom Line: Wilson has succeeded in creating a multi-faceted frame that merges the power of an oversize with the maneuverability of a mid-plus racquet. If you’re a beginner or intermediate player with a shorter backswing and need additional pop on your shots, this lightweight racquet could fill the bill. Older, intermediate doubles players who are experiencing power deficiency or aren't as mobile around the court should enjoy the Tempest's easy power production and feather-light weight.

Info & Specs

No manufacturer description available yet.

Length:27.25 in

Head Size:110 sq in

Strung Weight:8.1 oz

Balance:11 points headlight

Swing Weight:312

String Pattern:16 mains, 20 crosses


Suitable NTRP:2.5 - 4.5

Beam Width:28 mm / 28 mm / 28 mm

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