BLX prostaff 6.1 95

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  1. Ducker

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    Just picked one up the other day and had the pleasure of taking out on the ball machine for a test run. I will post my feed back here and maybe a video in a few days. I only hit for about 1 hour today just to test it out but will probably be playing with it tomorow with my hitting partner.

    Strung at 52lbs w/ savage luxilon. put on an overgrip and pete dampener

    Observations from today: Decent spin, very easy to move around and whip around. Defently felt the low power but that is exactly what I want in a racquet. It allowed me to take full swings ont he ball and really rip some spin on the balls. Serve seemed a few MPH less on flat serves. Controll seemed really good I was hitting my spots on ground strokes and serves. Slice was good. Only thing worring me thus far is power on serves.

    I will post more tomorow.
     
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  2. Captain Tezuka

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    Hm seems a good review coming already. You going to test volleys, lobs, overheads etc? Although most peoplem don't bother with the last two. ;)

    Maybe you need to lead it up a bit to increase the power slightly?

    -Tezuka
     
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  3. Chyeaah

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    Lobs are nearly the same on each racquet, they require no spin and you just need to flick upwards or block.

    Overheads is 90% technique.

    You can't really test these two.
     
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  4. The Djoker

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    No spin on a lob, eh? Might want to revisit that...
     
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  5. Captain Tezuka

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    I guess so. :)

    -Tezuka

    P.S. Once you get in position for it yes Overheads are 90% technique. :) Funny how people seem to hit it hard when it's supposed to be the motion that produces the power behind the overhead. :D
     
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  6. Captain Tezuka

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    I think he mean a normal lob i.e. a flat open racquet that produces a normal (flat) lob. I'm sure Chyeeah knows you can have topspin, slice and what other spins there are out there lobs. :D :p

    -Tezuka
     
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  7. Ducker

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    Played 2 hours tonight with my usual hitting partner. I am not yet ready to give a final review but I will tell you what I think so far.

    First I really like the racquet! My concerns with it being too low powered were quickly gone. I got plenty of spin out of it I could swing easy with my body weight and keep consistant deep shots. At times I was having difficulty adjusting to how head light this thing is. Its really easy to manuvear but sometimes I found myself coming through tofast on the ball and mistiming my shots. I think it something I just need to work on myself getting used to this setup. Serve power was also a concern after the other day, but after being fully warm servers were great as ever. The head light balance was really allowing me to whip the head around the ball using my wrist. I felt like I got a tad bit more spin but i was really close. It was defently fun to serve with.

    Pros so far: Easy to manuever, great volleys, great serving, good spin on ground strokes. No vibrations, very good on the arm even if mishit slightly. Stable feel.

    Cons or worries: Maybe a tad bit too head light for my liking, I may experiement with just a tad bit of lead and 3+9 later on. I think its just a matter of getting used to how fast it whips through the contact point.

    I weighed mine today using my scale. W/ strings, dampener, and overgrip mine cape in @ 340grams

    I have to check but I think this is a bit higher than what it should be can anyone confirm im tired about to hit the bed.

    One more thing to note. Grip size seems to run a bit larger than im used to but its not to dramatic. Probably because i can from a donnay.
     
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  8. Captain Tezuka

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    Hm seems great. You mean using your forearm to pronate? Anyway seems like the Prostaff family need a bigger improvement from Wilson next year to allow more players to play with the racquet in stock form. A lot of people say the new grips on Wilson racquets are smaller and different from what they are used to. Seems you have a small grip size.

    Waiting for the final review whenever that is.

    -Tezuka
     
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  9. cknobman

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    Keep the comments coming Ducker, nice to hear what you think.

    Im supposed to be getting a demo from TW any day now and cant wait to give this frame a hit.
     
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  10. Captain Tezuka

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    Hm well then it'll be two reviews if he lets you use this thread or I'll check back here and see your thread. :)

    -Tezuka
     
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  11. corners

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    Ducker, 340 grams with strings and accessories is about 8 grams over published spec but within QC tolerances of most manufacturers. I'd be curious to know the balance of your frame too. If the head is coming around too quick for you put one gram of lead tape at 12 o'clock.

    BTW, could you tell us what your current racquet is and what your level is?
     
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  12. sunof tennis

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    My experience was similar to yours. It felt stable for a fairly light racquet. I did add a leather grip and would add some lead at 12. I liked the plush feeling of the racquet.
     
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  13. Captain Tezuka

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    Wouldn't it be better to add leather grip and overgrip + lead at 12. Then it should be better.
     
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  14. Ducker

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    I just measured, i did not give the correct number last night I was tired. Actually mine with over grip, dampener and strings weighs in at 345grams with a 6.5 head light balance.

    Taking it out now on the ball machine going to try to make a video if turns out good ill post it.

    Current level is 4.5 given to me by a teaching pro I hit with about 6months ago. My current racquet is the Donnay dual x gold 99.
     
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  15. Edo

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    Just in case we're up for comparison, I got 2 ps95's, replaced grip with leather, added overgrip and strung with luxilon BB, and here's what I got:

    Weight: 339gr
    Swingweight: 322
    Balance: 32.5cm

    I weighted the racquets before replacing grips and stringing, and they were 318gr, and here's how I got to 338: strings add 16gr (334gr), leather grip adds 1gr over stock grip (335), overgrip adds 4 gr = 339.
    However, yesterday I went with my friend to pick up his new ps 6.1 95, and it was 306 unstrung and 326 strung with stock grip + overgrip.. Bottom line, wilson truly sucks at quality control. I emailed them and a guy replied saying that their QC tolerates a +/- 6 gr gap from spec weight.. However, today I hit a few balls with my friends lighter ps and I definitely prefer mine, it was easier to hit deeper and heavier with much more consistency.
     
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  16. corners

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    Wow, yours is pretty well over spec. Strung with overgrip and dampener Wilson's target spec would be about 334 grams. The target balance would be about a little shorter (more headlight) too. That suggests to me that the frame you have probably has a little more mass in the head than average and so probably has a swingweight above average - maybe 310-315. But by how quick you describe it swinging it probably isn't too much higher than that.

    I've got a Gold 99 too, so I'd be interested in hearing any comparisons you might want to share when you get to writing more about the PS95. Your Gold probably specs out pretty close to that PS95, no?
     
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  17. Ducker

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    Quick question to you guys. If wilson tolerates a +/- 6 grams for QC, and mine is well over that. Could I send it in for a replacement? When I got to change strings ill weigh it naked and see what it comes up as.
     
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  18. Edo

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    I'm not sure.. I suppose you could email wilson customer support and ask.. I got a replay in less than 24 hours.
     
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  19. corners

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    I have no idea about qc returns but i wouldn't worry about the strings. Syngut will add 15 g max, poly or gut 17g max.
     
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  20. Ducker

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    Well I think I will give my review and final thoughts. Overall I love the racquet it was exactly what I was looking for when I picked it. Whats great about this racquet is that allows and is perfect for a player that wants this prostaff thin beam look but has a modern game. At the same time its spec allows it to be highly customized. You can make this stick what you want and its giving you a great foundation.

    *Entire review is based off my experience with the racquet in stock form + overgrip and dampener. I strung @ 52 with lux savage. I am a 4.5 level player with modern forehand and 2hnd backhand. Im 5'11 160lbs right handed.

    Ground Strokes: 8/10 - There is not much this stick cannot do. From the ground this racquet is quite low powered. Expect to swing fast and have decent technque to really get the most out of it. I rated the stick so high here because it performs well doing what it supose to do. The low power really allows you to dial in your shots exactly how you want them. Spin is great but thats because you will be swinging hard and the racquet has a extremely open pattern. I could of used a little more testing in this area if I restrung with something like wilson NXT control. For those of you with less racquet head speed NXT may make this stick perfect for you. Sweet spot felt of average size. I felt like it was really forgiving, I was suprised how shanks and off center shots were landing in. Off center shots were really effecting me much. I think having a small box beam really helps here. I really coudlnt tell that this racquet was a 95. I felt like I had a 99-100 in my hands.

    Volley: 9/10- The racquet really shines here. I could almost give it a 10/10. Highly manuveurable. Solid feel on contact. I had no problems with fast pace had volleys and the racquet took and controlled them beautifully.

    Serve: 8/10- The low power of the racquet will slightly drop your MPH here. But the control and placement is really great. Spin is great I was getting good kick on seconds. The lose of power really isnt too dramatic. My flat first serve down the T usualy hits the back fence off the bounce around chest height on a 6ft partner, I was just a bit lower now. My kick was as spinny as ever and I hit a kick up to my opponents back hand that was right at his forehead height that made me laugh a little bit. I did that one just freakishly perfect though.

    Overhead: 9/10- nothing special here performs like most racquets to tell the truth If it serves good its going to overhead just fine.

    Lobs/slice/dropshots ect- 9/10- No complaints here. Everything was good. The head light feel really allows a great access to spin. Topspin lobs were easy and reliable. Slice stayed low and deep. Drop shots I had a bit of trouble with but I just need more time with the racquet to feel it. The spins are there for the taking with this racquet.

    Overall- 9/10-- If you like a lower powered racquet where you can swing out this racquet is for you. It maybe the way I had it strung or not but this is to me a perfect control stick and its comfortable. If you have arm problems, shoulder problems, wrist problems, pick this thing up for a demo. I believe the basalt and amply feel technology is really at work. It felt good. Believe me I was swinging hard and put alot of pace and spin on these balls, I mishit and shank here and there because im not perfect just like everyone else, but this racquet did not ever make my body pay for it. The racquet is in a great place for customization. You can play a modern game, leave the racquet the way it is and get some really good spin and pace and amazing control+ manueverablilty. Or you can lead it up some and get that ps85 heavy players stick that I know some older folks love, but as an advantage your going to have a 95 frame.

    Im sure I left some stuff out in my haste to write this. If you guys have anyquestions feel free to ask. This place very simililar to a donnay dual x gold, maybe a bit more comfortable.
     
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  21. Captain Tezuka

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    Hm its good to hear that you rate it arm friendly as I seemed to have trouble with elbow however that maybe due to my light nflash at 9.2oz :p I'm also glad that the PS95 performs well at net it will help my doubles and singles netplay. :D Serve speed is dependant on technique well mostly. However I can see since its low powered you have to generate that much extra torque to match the previous speed. I'll grab a demo and let you guys know.

    -Tezuka
     
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  22. Ducker

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    When you do I suggest you atleast give it 2 days on the court it took me 2 days on the ball machine a 1 practice with a hitting partner. And then finally tonight I really got it dialed in when I played with my hitting partner.

    Im not sure why it too so long for me but Im glad I reserved my review until I had the feel for it in muscle memory.
     
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  23. Captain Tezuka

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    No worries there I have 2 training sessions with members of my team. I'll be practising apart from that and I'll have a chance to use it in matchplay on saturdays. Hm what do you think does it have enough plowthrough for you and the weight is it too light? I read through the TW reviews a lot of ppl found it too light and said that in stock form its useless so idk but ofc I need to demo first.
     
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  24. Ducker

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    Well mine weighs in at 345grams stock. Thats a good place for me. I dont like a really heavy reacquet anyway. I dont know what your physcial type is but the plowthrough was fine for me and thats why I give my stats. I want to be able whip the head around, I want to be able to flick my wrist when stretched out wide, ect. 345 is 12.17 ounces. Thats pretty heavy really. Thats a solid weight imo.

    Post your thoughts after you try it here im curious to know how you like it.
     
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  25. benjamins_80

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    I played a couple sets with this racquet today strung up with Lux Adrenaline. My initial reaction is just how much different this plays vs my Tfight 320. Which is to be expected considering they are totally different frames. What I wasn't expecting was the difference in trajectory of the ball. I am a 4.5 player and hit a pretty loopy topspin ball. I had a hard time getting any loop on my shots with this racquet. That is not necessarily a bad thing just different. My shots were much flatter and moving through the court a little quicker which was taking away time from my opponent but also less loop means less safety so a few more balls in the net.
    Those comments are in regard to my forehand which is my strength. I just could not get the two hand backhand dialed in for the life of me. I don't have a real penetrating backhand, just decent directional control and with my Tfight the ability to roll it in deep to keep my opponents beyond the baseline.
    This racquet was just so low powered that I was having trouble getting any depth on the backhand side.
    Volleys were great with this stick. In this aspect I liked the low power, I was really able to either drive my volleys or drop them over the net.
    Serves were surprisingly good with this stick. I imagine its from the headlight balance and lower swing weight that I was able to get some good racquet head speed and either spin my serve in with some nice slice or drop a flat bomb. Great directional control as well on serve.
    Overall I am not sure what to think on this racquet. I want to like it but I am not sure I can get away with a racquet that demands so much. You really have to be in position and strike it cleanly or you will drop it short and be in defense mode immediately.
    I guess this is where I am torn. Do I go for a racquet like this that forces better form and I take a step back to take two steps forward or stay with a more powerful stick that gives me a little wiggle room on my form and helps me out of jams when I am out of position? I am curious to hear peoples perspective on this.
     
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  26. rofl_copter3

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    Just got confirmation of my new blxps 95's shipping from tw... weight on them is exactly as advertised contrary to the comments about Wilson's quality control... can't wait to string them up and give them a go...

    Has anyone leaded them up with good results?
     
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  27. Edo

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    Like I said, mine are 339 strung, with leather grip and overgrip. They play great, while a couple days ago i hit with my friend's ps6.1 (326gr strung with overgrip) and I hated it. No power, no plowthrough, shots coming much shorter and with less control. So - to my taste - these correctly spec'd 6.1 95's need some customization in order to become beasts! I got lucky with mine, as I got to pick 2 heavier ones between 6 or 7 available
     
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  28. Ducker

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    Guess I got lucky too, our racquets come in about the same. I defently like this racquet at 345g strung. When I pick up a second one Im going to have them weight it so it comes out about the same.
     
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  29. Captain Tezuka

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    Yeah good to hear that it actually can go a bit heavier than advertised static weight. Will ask my pro shop to help me pick to heaviest I can go with and match the stick which they can do hopefully going for three sticks demos should come today. :D
     
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  30. Funbun

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    I realized that your guys' strung weights are pretty darn heavy. I thought the racquet was supposed to be around 326ish grams strung? At least according to the TW and Wilson website anyway.
     
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  31. Edo

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    Well,yeah,i weighted 7 or 8 of them before buying,and they ranged from 322 to 340 (strung)..i ended up getting 2 333 (it just felt good,both balance and swinghweight),swapped synthetic grip with leather,added overgrip and reached 339gr.
     
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  32. blipblop

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    Does anyone remember what I would consider the previous iteration of this racket - the Hyper ProStaff Tour 95?

    A comparison would be interesting. =)
     
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  33. FEDERERNADAL13

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    I got a sponsorship pack from Wilson, and, they were ALL 11.0 oz exactly!!! I guess Wilson takes care of their own ;)
     
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    I tried the BLX PS95 and it was a very precise-feeling racquet. It did provide some ball feedback but still felt a bit hollow. Volley was great. Very low powered even with 5g of lead in the hoop. You really need to be in good position to take a full swing at the ball to get good depth.
     
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  35. cknobman

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    I demoed this racquet last week and loved it.

    Swing-weight is sooooooo low I could generate absolutely lightning fast strokes with it!!!!!

    Precision was pinpoint and I had no worries of over hitting the ball.

    Serves: 9.5/10 - probably the best stick I have ever used for serving due to just how fast I could swing it. Very easy to get a hard flat serve in the box.

    Forehand: 8.5/10 - could swing all out and get plenty of top spin to keep the ball in. Good control. Did notice that it was unforgiving if you don't hit sweet-spot which is smaller than other racquets.

    Backhand: 7.5/10 - this was my least favorite stroke. I have a one handed backhand and my timing was off due to the low swing-weight. Combine that with a small sweet-spot and I found it a little hard to make solid aggressive backhands. On a good note I did find my backhand slice to be excellent. I think I could get my backhand better if I had more time to adjust but 1 week was not enough.

    Volley's: 9/10 - another great aspect of this racquet for me. It so easy to maneuver and so quick I found my volleys were much more solid and well placed just due to the fact my racquet was in the correct position more often. Hard shots did not seems to have any negative impact as I still found excellent stability.

    Intangibles - I wanted to comment on this specifically as my single favorite aspect of this racquet lies in this category. I am a 4.0 level player and as such my footwork and preparation is not the best (Im working on it, but as we all know these are always a work in progress). Often I find that when serving especially when the returner is very aggressive I am not 100% ready to deal with the shot. Sometimes I am not completely set so an aggressive return yields an easy point for the opponent. Also at net often my racquet is not in position for hard shot directly at me. This racquet helps alleviate those issue's (to a degree). Due to such high maneuverability and ease to swing I often found that even if I was slightly out of position or unprepared I still was able to get this puppy around and hit the ball. I played couple of singles matches with it and found quite a few times where this stick kept me in a point I otherwise would have lost due to how fast I could whip it around and get a ball back that normally would not have gone back.

    Ok I rambled a little bit there.

    Overall - 9/10 on this one for me and I am making the switch.

    I do feel that a few grams of lead in the hoop of this racquet might help my backhand a little.
     
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