Bought this racquet on the initial release, now finally getting an opportunity for a little review. It’s loaded with power with superb response and feel.The slightly extended length really helps for additional pace and depth on one’s shots. This frame is a little stiffer due to the beam size and the heavy swingweight, but it really does produce tons of power. There is a reason Kei Nishikori uses this racquet on the ATP Tour. I would recommend a stiffer, soft poly strung somewhere in the mid 50’s for a nice blend of power & control. If you play with a player’s frame this is a good option.
I tried this racquet after using the ProStaff 97RF for about 6 months. At first I just wanted to try the newest Burn frame, but I really ended up liking this racquet. For the weight and stiffness of the frame, the racquet is surprisingly maneuverable. The slightly extended length made me feel like I could get some extra strength and power on my serves and ground strokes. I expected to be able to plow through flat serves, but this racquet was also great for spin and kick serves. The control was great on the volleys, but I felt it was lacking in other areas. On my returns I thought this racquet gave a little too much power, and my shots were starting to fly. Overall the racquet wasn’t as comfortable as I would’ve liked, and the effort to swing was more than the ProStaff. I expected more control from the small head size as well. Overall a pretty good racquet, but I would probably stick with the ProStaff.
I rarely take the time to leave racquet reviews but I’ve had such a positive experience with this racquet that I wanted to share my feedback.
The Wilson Burn 95 has an exceptional amount of control, feel, and power for a 95 square inch racquet. My current racquet of choice is the Babolat Pure Control Tour Plus (98 inch head size; 27.5 inch length) and the Wilson Burn 95 performs better in nearly every category.
I’ve always felt that Wilson racquets have the best feel at contact which in my opinion provides a competitive advantage because the player is in synchrony with the ball. I would almost characterize it as a higher level of proprioception, which is defined in the dictionary as “The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.” In other words, Wilson racquets always took me to another level in terms of feeling as one with the ball and court.
Rating: 5 / 5
I frequently practice with a retired ATP player who is in his late 40’s and I felt this would provide a great opportunity to see how the Wilson Burn 95 would hold up during our hitting session. The bottom line is the Burn 95 held up extremely well to heavy hitting (my Babolat POP sensor was reading consistently in the 50 mph range for average forehand / backhand ball speed, very similar to my Pure Control Tour Plus). Initially I was concerned about the low static weight of the racquet (334 grams strung, however with a Wilson Pro Overgrip the weight is in the 340 gram range). The racquet felt very stable at ball contact.
My only negative critique of this racquet is I’ve recently played a series of USTA Men’s Open events on Har-Tru courts against other NTRP 4.5 and 5.0 players. While the Burn 95 racquet holds up extremely well during heavy hitting, I found myself having difficulty making last-second adjustments on the clay court which affected my ability to return groundstrokes with requisite pace and depth. It had more to do with adjusting to the bounce on the Har-Tru surface rather than the speed of my opponent’s ball. In contrast, on hard court with Burn 95 I am able to return my opponent / hitting partner’s groundstrokes with conviction, whether taking the ball early on the baseline or hitting a higher trajectory, topspin ball from behind the baseline.
Hard Court Rating: 5 / 5
Clay Court Rating: 3.5 / 5
I have always been a baseliner, and volleys have never been the strongest area of my game. However, my net game immediately improved with this racquet due to the extra level of feel compared to my Babolat. Racquets can and do make a difference, and I had more confidence at net with the Burn 95.
Rating: 5 / 5
This is one of the best racquets I’ve ever used on serve. The 0.25” added length allows for greater tip speed on serve and I was able to place the ball well with ease around the service box (i.e. down the T, body serve, out wide).
My kick second serve also had very good action on the ball.
I would HIGHLY recommend this racquet and I thank Wilson for making such an exceptional frame. While I cannot give the Burn 95 enough accolades, the only drawback for me is my experience with match play on the slow Har-Tru courts where I started to get pushed around with the longer baseline rallies. I would attribute this to the smaller headsize of the racquet and difficulty making last-second adjustments based on the bounce. This could be the only reason why I may not switch to the Burn 95 from my Babolat Pure Control 98". My overall rating for the Burn 95 would be 9.5 / 10.
I should probably make a brief comparison of the Burn 95 (27.25”, endorsed by Nishikori ) to the Burn FST 95 (27”, endorsed by Del Potro). Overall I would take the Burn 95 hands down over its FST cousin, the FST has a different feel but it didn’t have the level of power that the Nishikori model has. I didn’t feel there was any compromise or sacrifice with the Burn 95 that I lost over the FST.
In closing, the Burn 95 is a worthy replacement for previous Wilson racquets ranging from the the legendary Wilson Pro Staff Six.One 90 to the popular Six.One 95 series. It also follows the Wilson lineage back to the Hammer line as used by Lindsay Davenport and Justin Henin-Hardenne.
I would strongly encourage the other racquet manufacturers outside Babolat to offer extended length racquets as there is an unmet customer demand among competitive players. Why let Babolat have nearly 100% market share in this category? I would love to see an extended 27.5” Wilson Blade 98 or an extended 27.5” Yonex 98” frame.