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Introducing the newest update to Wilson's Pro Staff Tennis Racquet line - The Wilson Pro Staff 97 hits the market with a new sleek cosmetic update in a lighter weight version of Roger Federer's new 2016 racquet. The new Wilson Pro Staff 97 allows for an easier to swing, offering a crisp comfortable feel with an excellent blend of control and power.
The specifications of this Pro Staff 97 racquet is very similar to the previous model. Expect added pop with the 97 square inch head, and a slightly wider 21.5mm beam. With the Braided Graphite + Kevlar Pro Staff construction, one can expect the same great feel and control of this legendary flat beam. The new Pro Staff 97 weighs in at 11.7 ounces strung and 325 swingweight - perfect for players seeking a very maneuverable racquet with added spin potential.
For Optimal String Performance Wilson Recommends:
Power:Wilson NXT Power
Control:Wilson NXT Control
Headsize: 97 sq. in.
Length: 27.00 in.
Weight (strung): 11.70 oz.
Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 66
Balance: 12.625 in. Head Light (7pts)
Cross Section: 21.5 Flat Beam
Swingweight: 325 kg*sq. cm
String Pattern: 16x19
Grip: Wilson Synthetic
Braided Graphite + Kevlar provides a pure, solid, and consistent feel that players have loved for decades. This strong construction also dampens vibration and enhances touch and control.
Smart Sensor Ready
This features provides the opportunity for you to add your smart sensor to the end of this racquet handle. With the smart sensor technology you can track your shots and strokes, and then analyze your play in real time.
I ended up buying this racquet - Wilson has moved on from making my old one, the Six-one team. I've reached a point where I'm about at 4.0 level and have figured out how not to arm everything, and a heavier racquet helps in this regard. I like the crisp feel and weight of the racquet. It is the kind of racquet where if you do not hit the ball properly it's not going to help you and you end up with low power and hitting it into the net. The demo had nylon strings so it wasn't my usual setup, but I'm looking forward to loading up my favorite string on the new racquet and playing this weekend.
5 Starssimliar performance to previous version
Roger from IL wrote (September 02, 2016):
I am a 4.0 athlete that played in high school. I play with the 2014 version of the Pro Staff 97, so I decided to try out the latest update. The detail of the engraved, lasered graphics is very eye-catching. The performance of the racquet is very similar to the previous iteration, featuring a lively stringbed with a steady, comfortable response. I've struggled a little up at the net; stability is adequate. Strung my racquet up with Wilson NXT and Luxilon 4G at 54lbs.