A long time disciple of the Pro Staff racquet family—I’ve been playing with these frames for many years. I decided to demo out the Pro Staff 97 autograph when that initially got released, but it did not match my play style and was too heavy. After going back to the drawing board, I decided to give the Pro Staff 97s a try. This is my favorite racquet within the Pro Staff family. The thinner beam width allowed for better flex and added feel from this frame. Also enjoyed the extra weight from the butt cap. The 18x17 string pattern gives this racquet a nice amp in spin without sacrificing too much control.
After demo’ing the ProStaff RF97, I wanted to try a lighter version that maybe had some added spin potential because of some arm pain. The 97LS was perfect in this regard. My arm pain essentially vanished, and this racquet had all of the same power and control of the regular RF 97. Being 2 ounces lighter, I found that this racquet provided an effortless swing and great maneuverability as well. I loved the amount of control I experienced at the net, and the pace that was added to my serve. I felt like I hadn’t been hitting balls as deep in the court, and this racquet definitely helped me with that. The added spin from the more open string pattern was just a bonus with this racquet. Definitely recommend this racquet for any baseline player who wants to gain power and spin with a lighter frame. I strung this with Luxilon Big Banger at 52lbs, but really any polyester string would be fine. I’m a 53 year old 4.5 interclub player.
This racquet has the same great qualities of the regular 97, but with even more potential. If you thought that the 97 had too much power, than this is definitely the racquet to try. I will say that when I first demo’d this racquet, it took a little time to adjust to this frame. I had never tried the 18x17 string pattern, so it was definitely a different experience for me. After adjusting to the frame I realized that this racquet was very easy to use, with effortless ground strokes, volleys, and serves. The spin effect helped me gain topspin on almost all of my shots. As I said before, if you had been a user of the regular 97, this racquet is worth trying out. The slightly lighter frame and thinner beam add to the maneuverability in this racquet. I noticed a similar swing weight, potential to plow through shots, feel, and power. I would just say this racquet allowed me to swing faster and harder, gain more depth on my shots, and the spin effect helped to add topspin. I strung this with a polyester string, Luxilon 4G, because of the string pattern.
I'm used to an 18X20 string pattern, but thought I'd try an 18X17 and see how it felt. Likes: Weight, flex, thin beam. Had difficulty dialing into it. I launched balls long for a little while. This is even balance, I'm use to more head light so getting racket head speed with this frame took a little getting use to. Good frame, just not for me.
As a big fan of WilsonG+笻s Spin Effect technology, I made it a point to demo out the Pro Staff 97S. Having never hit with an 18x17 string pattern, I did notice a little bit of an adjustment period for my game. This racquet definitely classifies as a traditional players frame. As expected, I didnG+笻t generate as much power as I would have liked from the 97 square inch. frame, but control and precision were on point. I felt that the 97S had a little more comfort and featured a little more flex than the traditional RF 97.
I've been using the Pro Staff 95 for a couple of years weighted in the handle and head and find this racquet to be an excellent replacement. It is more stable than the PS 95 and has excellent plow through without loss of control. The even balance was fairly easy to get accustomed to though I may experiment with adding weight to the handle to make the balance more head light.
Has a wider beam, higher swing weight, and generates somewhat more power. But it's clearly lass maneuverable than its predecessor, the PS 95S. Would recommend to test the regular 97 and the 95S. The 97S is somewhere in between the other two. Have not been impressed by this update. If you really want a PS with spin effect go for the 95S. It does that clearly better. And is on sale.
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