January 6, 2012, 3:50 pm - (1 year ago) Anyone who reads this place knows I have owned my fair share of sticks. What I discovered with my BLX 6.1 (16 x 18 ) is not only is it very easy to string up, but it seems to be very accommodating to about any style of string setup you could want. This is the most versatile racquet I have used, and I would say if you play a lot of tennis and can handle the weight, I am not sure if there is a style you can not play with this racquet. Also, the new ones are available for preorder today, so the timing is right.
This leads me to strings..the feel of the stick is real honest, and while muted in that Wilson way, it still does not mask the feel or playability of any strings I have tried. Some sticks are too soft or stiff and they can lead you to wanting a certain type of string only, but the 6.1 is accommodating to everything.
So with all that, I am going to rate each setup I have used in this racquet since I am always looking to hear new options. My style of play is a 2hbh, Heavy topspin with SW/W forehand. I like to attack from the baseline and come to net when I see an opening. I hit a lot of loopy balls to set up flatter, heavy drives. I love precision, love hitting my forehand inside out and DTL. Will hit slice backhands to change pace up and counter slice.
Alu Power 1.25 - 50#s - An ideal tournament/matchplay setup. This is not a very comfy ride, but you will be able to hit incredibly hard and get the most aggressive drop on the ball possible. Downside is playability is ~ 4 hours before death. String up before a big match.
Solinco Tour bite 1.20- 52/50#s. Best setup for competitive play I have used. Absolutely unfair spin. Only thing better is ALU, and it is pretty close. This setup lasts longer and is more comfortable. I had certain moments around hour 2 with this string where I felt like I could hit any shot at anytime. Absolutely awesome for match play and my current #1 option. Only weakness is this string is your typical 8 hour poly, so if you leave in a racquet past 2 weeks, it could get your arm.
Volkl Cylcone 18 gauge- 52/50#s. I had high hopes..string is cheap and I read good things..well this string is not for me. While the string has a decent feel, it was very unpredictable and was very trampoline-like. The spin was average..it just did not do anything that made me feel confident out there.
WeisCannon Silver String 1.20- 54#s. Amazing match for the BLX. The feel and playability is off the chain. This is the most honest string setup I have used in the BLX, and it gives you consistent play for 10-12 hours before finally tapping out. This is a string you can leave in for a few weeks and when you pull it out, it will play the same. The feel is very comfortable and plush. An excellent everyday string, and you could easily use it as a go to setup in this racquet, which I would do if TB did not exist.
So far I have just used full poly jobs since I really like how deep and controlled I am hitting with them. I have Iontec getting strung up tonight. also have a pack of Genesis Thunderblast I want to try out.
I was curious what other setups folks use in these sticks..Considering giving a pack of Black Magic a run as well.
I will most likely have 3-4 Wilsons in the next few months (2 new BLX, 2 current BLX), and I wanted to string up 2 with a multi so I can have them in the bag at anytime, and then have 2 full poly. In other words, I am interested in all setups that people have had success with. Click here to read full article