Babolat Pure Storm GT vs Wilson BLX Pro Staff 6.1 95

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  1. Nikae

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    Has anyone played with both?

    How would you compare them in
    -power level
    -spin potential

    I play on clay only, so spin is important to me, but I like to do a lot of drop shots, angle shots and change direction of the ball very often.
     
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  2. TimothyO

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    Demo'd the Babolat extensively, owned the Wilson.

    PS 95 has the edge on precision and a solid feel.

    Pure Storm has the edge on spin.

    Both were comfortable but I had to sell the Pro Staff since Wilson put metal shanks in the handle. Over time they have have caused pain in my hand. Not sure why they put metal bars in the handle but it seems kind of dumb imo.
     
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  3. Long Face

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    I own and play both.

    The Babolat Pure Storm is slightly lighter, with a more muted feel. The "Woofer" grommets helps softening impact and increase power, but further mutes the feel.

    The Pro Staff Six.One 95 is a more "honest" racquet. I like it better.
     
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  4. KenC

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    One thing the PST has that the 95 doesn't is great comfort. You are less likely to end up with a sore arm and shoulder with the PST. I also think that if a PST is weighted up a bit around the handle and throat area it would have the same plow thru and power of the 95 and play just as well without the dangers of arm/shoulder aches.
     
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  5. sunof tennis

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    I definitely respectfully disagree with this statement. The BLXProStaff 95 is a very soft and plush racquet. If you are referring to the regular 6.1 95 or the old PS 95, I would agree. The only thing the new PS95 needs is some more weight.
     
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  6. ThomasTerrible

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    I can only say that the 95 is great for slices and short angles. It's thin beamed and gives pretty good feel.. Compared to the Storm I can't say though.

    I also don't agree that it's uncomfortable. It's pretty flexy and gives a nice feel. It's not very powerful though, so if your opponent is hitting nukes at you, it can of course feel a bit weak...
     
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  7. KenC

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    My bad, I was thinking of the regular 6.1 95 which is usually compared to the PST. The new PS 95 should be compared to the Pure Storm Limited GT. The new PS 95 really needs to be leaded up before it starts to hit like the PST, and the PST needs to be leaded up before it hits like the 6.1 95.
     
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  8. Nikae

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    I wasn't talking about PST guys, just 295g PSGT :)
     
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  9. BudFox

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    Have been playing with the Pure Storm GT for about a year. Recently demoed the Pro Staff Six.One 95 fairly extensively during my search for a new stick.

    Let me start by saying these racquets are nothing like the other. The Pure Storm carries it's weight in the head, being 1 pt HL while the Pro Staff is 7 pts. HL. This is a major, major difference. The swingweight on the Pro Staff is much lower, forcing the user to generate much of the power whereas the Pure Storm will give you more power from the weight in the head.

    The Pro Staff is more of a player's stick (although some "purists" would still consider it a stretch to call it one) while the Pure Storm is closer to being a standard Babolat that has a slightly smaller head size.

    If you're dead set on getting either of these I would say first consider your rating. If you're not a solid 3.5 or higher, I don't think I be able to sleep at night if I were to recommend you play with the Pro Staff. The next is the power you're able to generate. If you want more without going to an all-out Babolat style (Aero or Pure Drive), go with the Pure Storm.

    If you want a Babolat similar to the Pro Staff, look into the Pure Storm LTD GT. If you want a Wilson similar to the Pure Storm, look into the BLX Blade 98.

    For the record, I switched from the Pure Storm to the Pure Storm LTD GT while looking for less power and more control. The LTD and Pro Staff were incredibly similar, but something about the LTD felt more comfortable to me. Can't explain it - maybe maneuverability, but I knew it when I played.

    Good luck in your search, be patient and don't rule anything out before trying it.
     
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  10. Nikae

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    Thanks for long reply. I was able to test both, and decided to go with PS 95.
    In stock form PS 95 was totally unplayable, but after I placed some lead tape around 2 and 10 I never looked back.
    I am at least solid 3.5, maybe better, according to people from this forums who saw my old videos (and I have made progress since then).
    I came to conclusion that at my level, control and placement is more important then power, that's why I chose this racket.
     
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  11. 2ManyAces

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    bump, this is exactly what I need.
     
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