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Monday, July 30, 2012 The Wilson BLX Juice Lives Up to Its Name

Wilson BLX Juice

It’s time for some Juice! No, not orange juice, apple juice, or grape juice. We’re talking about the popular new tennis racquet with the catchiest name on the market: the Wilson BLX Juice. Also available in an Oversize and Pro version, we’ve chosen to highlight the 100 sq. in. mid-plus model used by Victoria Azarenka and Feliciano Lopez. Read more to see how this flashy new racquet lives up to its name!

Specs - Weighing in at 10.6 oz. (301g), the BLX Juice 100  falls into the “tweener” category, meaning it can be appropriate for players of all levels. It has a very firm flex of 71 on the Babolat Racquet Diagnostic Center (RDC), and a low swing weight of 276. With these specs, the Juice 100 should swing fast and have a solid feel.

Wilson BLX Juice

Wilson BLX Juice

In Play - Though the Juice 100 is head light, there is a noticeable feel of weight at the very tip; as if the frame’s mass is polarized (i.e. the weight is placed at the very bottom and tip of the racquet). It swings strong and solidly as a result. Along with the open 16x18 string pattern, the stiffness increases power and spin, creating balls that jump off the court.

The Juice 100 is maneuverable at net, but its stiffness isn’t quite as comfortable there as at the baseline. Serves and overheads are packed full of power, although it seems slightly harder to get the racquet over head than imagined.

Fine Points - The bumper guard has a nice, deep string groove, and it showed very little wear after quite a few hours of hard play. The Pro Hybrid grip is a tad short on cushioning, but the edge feel is excellent with well-defined bevels for semi-Western and Continental grips.

The butt cap has good width at the bottom, and flares out perfectly for players who like to hold the racquet low on serves.

What can you say about the paint job? Busy without being garish, the light blue, navy, yellow and white design definitely stands out in a crowd. The firm flex is a consideration for those with sore arms, but Wilson’s AmpliFeel system along with forgiving string should minimize any unwanted jolt.

Wilson BLX Juice
Wilson BLX Juice

Wilson has provided a fantastic, universally effective frame with the BLX Juice 100. Very interesting weighting creates more power and spin than the specs would imply, complementing the modern game. If you’re looking at a Babolat Pure Drive or Aero Pro Drive, Head YouTek IG Extreme, Gamma RZR 100 or such, you’ll want to put the Juice on your demo list.

Have you tried out the BLX Juice? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!


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