Review

Wilson Pro Staff 97 Racquet Review

 

Introducing the second generation of the Pro Staff 97 – the lighter, faster version of Federer’s RF 97 Autograph. With this update, Wilson gives you a more user-friendly entry point into the legendary feel and precision of the Pro Staff universe. Although the target specs remain the same, this version of the Pro Staff 97 has been meticulously reengineered with the elegant stylings and innovative paint finish that Federer chose for his RF 97. On

On court this 11.7 ounce stick not only supplies decent stability at impact, but at 7 points head light it whips through contact with surprising ease. The crisp feel is punctuated by exceptional vibration dampening and excellent ball feedback, two things made possible by some quintessential Pro Staff ingredients: a Braided Graphite layup coupled with

The crisp feel is punctuated by exceptional vibration dampening and excellent ball feedback, two things made possible by some quintessential Pro Staff ingredients: a Braided Graphite layup coupled with wonderfully thin 21.5mm beam. Factor in the open 16×19 string pattern and you have enough spin potential to paint the lines. At net the Pro Staff 97 moves into position quickly and delivers an impressive level of stability for a sub 12 ounce racquet. Touch artists will love the feel and responsiveness on droppers. With this update Wilson keeps a good thing going. Intermediate and advanced ball strikers looking for a speedy player’s racquet with controllable power and amazing feel will not be disappointed. The fact that Roger Federer helped with the design is a very nice bonus.

The fact that Roger Federer helped with the design is a very nice bonus.

September 29, 2017 / by / in
Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph (Roger Federer) Racquet Review

 

Wilson adds another chapter to the legendary Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph – a racquet specially engineered for Roger Federer, the man who helped design it. Although it has the same target specs and outstanding playability as the original RF 97, Wilson and Federer have created an update for the ages. From its sleek black matte finish to the small silhouette of Federer and laser engraved graphics, the RF 97 is Wilson’s most scrupulously detailed frame. Even the racquet’s texture has been redesigned to match Federer’s preference – a nuance that makes for easier adjustments as the racquet is spun and repositioned in response to incoming heat. Like its predecessor, this update deploys Wilson’s timeless Pro Staff formula, including a braided graphite layup, headlight balance, thin beam and Perimeter Weighting System. Toss in a thin leather grip and the result is a truly classic feel. Unlike the iconic 6.0 85, this re-engineered Pro Staff has a slightly wider, more angular beam, giving it a decidedly more powerful delivery than most traditional player’s racquets. At 12.6 ounces strung, Federer’s Pro Staff gives you massive plow-through and

From its sleek black matte finish to the small silhouette of Federer and laser engraved graphics, the RF 97 is Wilson’s most scrupulously detailed frame. Even the racquet’s texture has been redesigned to match Federer’s preference – a nuance that makes for easier adjustments as the racquet is spun and repositioned in response to incoming heat. Like its predecessor, this update deploys Wilson’s timeless Pro Staff formula, including a braided graphite layup, headlight balance, thin beam and Perimeter Weighting System. Toss in a thin leather grip and the result is a truly classic feel. Unlike the iconic 6.0 85, this re-engineered Pro Staff has a slightly wider, more angular beam, giving it a decidedly more powerful delivery than most traditional player’s racquets. At 12.6 ounces strung, Federer’s Pro Staff gives you massive plow-through and

At 12.6 ounces strung, Federer’s Pro Staff gives you massive plow-through and tour level stability, allowing you to redirect heavy pace with impressive ease. Our playtest team noted a high level of precision on full cuts, with some genuine put-away power when the mass was fully deployed. Thanks to its headlight balance (9 points!), the RF 97 feels surprisingly fast for its 12 plus ounces – a feature that will give topspin players the kind of whippy and explosive acceleration that makes for big spin. On volleys, the RF 97 is not only unfazed by heavy pace, but it possesses enough feel to drop the ball on a dime. As one of the of the most finely crafted player’s racquets Wilson has built, this heavily anticipated

On volleys, the RF 97 is not only unfazed by heavy pace, but it possesses enough feel to drop the ball on a dime. As one of the of the most finely crafted player’s racquets Wilson has built, this heavily anticipated follow- up to the original RF 97 is destined to become an instant classic.

September 28, 2017 / by / in