I've purchased two of these fine racquets, and both have performed beautifully with hybrid strings. I'm a long-time "A" player who is a bit of a "racquet junkie." I've tried lighter and heavier racquets. This Wilson is just the right weight for me and maximizes the trade-off between power, consistency/control, and maneuverability.
Up until this racquet came out, my son was using a Wilson 95 6.1 BLX racquet. This racquet, with its better swing weight ratio and a more forgiving sweet spot helped to bring his game up to the next level.
Strung with a hybrid set up of Gamma Poly mains at 52 lbs. and synthetic crosses at 57 lbs. Strung weight was 337 grams. Superb feel, substantial weight and plow through on every stroke. Generous sweetspot. Easy to dial in your strokes, I came from using a Wilson nBlade and the transition to the PS 97 was seamless. Nice blend of power and control. Worthy of the Pro Staff name although the feel is modern classic. Highly recommended for all court play.
Have been trying new racquets for the last three years and thought it must be me. Then played with this and wow all aspects of my game came back. As a 3.5 , I find it improved all my shots. Thought I was over the hill at 56 yrs. Not now!
The swing weight for this racquet is right where I like it and makes it a breeze to whip the racquet through contact for great depth on baseline shots. Absolutely sublime for touch shots. Absolutely no complaints about this racquet. Just about as perfect as it can get.
Accuracy, spin, and depth. What more could you ask for.
I have been using pro staff 95 and bought this racquet to have an extra sweet spot for my one handed backhand. I use hybrid stringing same as my 95.
Unlike the mentioned swing weight and strung weight.Both swingweight and strung weight are almost identical to my 95. atleast it feels like it than the mentioned specs. so guys who are looking at this stats, please note my comments.
This stick is very powerful for serves. Extra 2 sq in makes a lot of difference for the sweetspot. Played around 4 hrs with it. Feels great.
Would string it with more tension next time as the racquet generates a lot of power already.
I was using Head Prestige Pro but was looking for a faster swinging racquet with decent spin potential. This one delivers! It's a bit lighter though the swingweight is higher than previous PS95 and pretty similar to my Prestige Pro (after adding leather grip & overgrip). This racquet gives me confidence to 'just swing it', on both wings. Great racquet head speed, good power & control, surprisingly lots of spin, and still ranks high on "feel" department. The old PS95 felt like a wooden racquet to me (dead / no power), but this is a modern version of Pro Staff and I like it much more.
Downside? Maybe it could be a few grams heavier, but that could make it more sluggish. I really like it as is so I won't bother adding lead tapes at the moment. I borrowed a friend's RF Autograph version... that one is just a really sweet racquet but it's heavier to swing and more demanding.
Have been playing with the PS 95 for two years and demoed this 97 for a casual match this past weekend. Was able to drive the ball better but with the control I'm used to. Serve was good except for topspin, but that may be the strings in the demo. Worth trying out.
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