|Wilson BLX Six.One|
The six.one is no doubt a players racket but unlike its big brother, the Six.One Tour, is a considerably more forgiving stick. With a 8pt headlight balance it feels a lot lighter than its weight of 12.2oz and with a 95 sq inch headsize also offers a bigger sweetspot to aim for.
Its heavier weight subsequently gives it a very solid feel on groundstrokes and also keeps the racket from twisting when returning big serves and putting away volleys.
Hitting deep, penetrating shots consistently on both the forehand and backhand sides is a breeze for players with decent technique and enough strength to handle the mass of this stick.
Control is certainly a key strength of this frame as it will allow a player with decent skill level to place shots with precision. Power levels, which can sometimes be sacrificed for more control in players rackets, are also good which makes serving with it a joy.
The open 16x18 string pattern makes it a very spin friendly racket, which will definitely appeal to today's players who looking to rip the cover off the ball, yet keep the ball safely in the court.
Theis BLX version of the classic pro staff 6.1 mold, which harks back to the early 90s, has a softer, more cushioned feel to it compared to the k factor version it replaces thanks to the Basalt construction which is specifically meant for boosting such traits.
Even with its more forgiving nature compared to more hardcore players sticks, those moving up from a tweener frame, however, may take some time to adapt to this racket due to its weight.
When I started using this mold a long time ago (during the nCode version), my single-handed backhand did suffer initially as i was not strong enough to generate enough swingspeed to create sufficient topspin, but that was solved as my muscles grew stronger as they adapted (some protein after playing also helps).
A long list of pros using this stick is also a key indicator of the pedigree the six.one has and over the years has also garnered a large fan base who look forward to every update that Wilson come up with.
This is definitely a worthwhile frame to demo for intermediate players looking to upgrade their game with more control yet without sacrificing power to get it.
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- Racquet Specifications
- Headsize:95 sq. in.
- Length:27.00 in.
- Weight (strung):12.20 oz.
- Stiffness :67
- Balance: 8 pts Head Light
- Cross Section:22mm Straight Beam
- String Pattern:16x18
- Grip:Wilson Pro Hybrid Grip