I am a 4.0 level player that plays once a week in a pretty competitive league. I've been playing with the Wilson Blade 16x19 tennis racquet for little over a year and a half and wanted to try something new out. The Pro Staff 97 impressed me from the get go. I ordered it after demoing and had it strung up with Luxilon's ALU Power Rough at 52 pounds. The racquet really does feature all of the crucial ingredients (power, spin & control) needed to play high level tennis. As you can imagine this version is lighter and a lot easier to swing than that of the RF autograph version.
This racket is just the right weight and size. I have been using this racket for over a year and find that I have more power and speed on my serves and backhand slice. The follies are the best, especially against players that hit hard ground strokes. The court clears when I hit an overhead shot. Just be careful, you can hurt your opponent with the power of this racket.
As a ProStaff user for over 10 years, I really didn’t think it could get better until this racquet. I’ve been able to drive the ball harder and faster with much less exertion. I had been looking for a racquet that would allow me to plow through my shots without feeling it in my arm, and this is definitely the right frame. The swing weight seems to help with the smooth stroke and added maneuverability in the frame. With the added pop and power on this racquet I expected to lose some control, but there really is no difference. The control and feel were even better than my other PS. I also liked how the racquet was strung with a 16x19 string pattern for added spin potention. I didn’t notice as much spin on my ground strokes as much as my serve, which was a bonus. This racquet is definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a smaller head size with more power and equal control. I strung this with Champions Choice at mid tension.
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.
Good racket for someone with good foot work. Really need to focus on contact with the head size. Stable feel on contact and swings fast for its weight. Racket is for someone at the 4.5 level or better in my opinion who likes smaller head sizes.
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!
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 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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