Fed's RF 97 into a Prestige Pro - Expert Advice Needed

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  1. AbsolutTennis

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    Hello Friends !!!!

    I entered TW’s site TODAY in order to purchase 5 Prestige Pro’s (IG), and saw the banner with the new Wilson RF.

    Honestly I thought it would take much longer for the racquet to be available, and I have now put the purchase on hold, finding myself seriously thinking about getting the RF 97 instead of the Prestige.

    The one thing keeping me from pre-ordering them right now is the weight, and
    I really need your advice before deciding it.

    I am a LONG TIME POG user (mid and oversize) and had brief romances with the Radical 280 and more recently with the VCore Tour G (330). ALL of them at the very limit of weight my aging arm can afford… i.e. approximately 345 grams STRUNG.

    So, my idea is to buy the RF 97 frames, and GET RID of the leather grip (which I assume weighs about 20 grams) and use TWO overgrips, which, in my rough estimate, would bring the racquet to my 345-gram target (strung).

    Can you please tell me what would happen to the racquet’s BALANCE??

    Would it still be playable???

    IMPORTANT: I will not buy the lighter versions of the racuqet and lead them up, as the mass is just not there when I try to lead racquets up.

    I really thank you beforehand for your time and attention!!!!
     
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  2. Fed Kennedy

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    Dont do it. You will kill the racquet's performance by taking off the grip. You will also kill your arm. Either get the prestige or get the rf97 regular and request tw to pick you some heavy ones. I guarantee there are some 320g rf 97s floating out there.
     
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  3. Power Player

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    Yeah get the 315 pro staff and have tw customize it for you or DIY.

    Way easier.

    I have no idea why you are saying the mass is not there since this is what pros do. They lead up light pro stock racquets.
     
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  4. burn1986

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    Do you have to call TW to request modification on a new racquet, or is there somewhere on the website to select it?
     
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  5. Graphiteking

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    Have you demoed the Prestige Pro? If so and you like it, go with them. If you are interested in the rf97 my advice would be to wait and demo.
     
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  6. TennisLogic

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    this is the best advice here.
     
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  7. Lilguy1456

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    Yes...BUT!

    He obviously wants to force the square peg in the round whole. Ie, he MUST play with the RF autograph for some reason (we all know the reason) and is willing to sacrifice playability for the mystique of playing with the RF. Simple
     
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  8. West Coast Ace

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    I concur. Not sure about 5 - 3 seems like enough unless he's a pro - and in that case he wouldn't be on this site asking anonymous people for advice. The deal TW is having is amazing.

    A few people on these boards have allegedly hit the RF97 - so you can read their reviews; otherwise your choice is to wait until early Oct and hit both, side by side.
     
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  9. Vasuri

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    As others have advised, wait and demo.

    Also, if 345 gr is your max weight, then the 315 gr pro staff is better choice for your. The 315 unstrung racquet will weight about 338-340 gr strung with and og and dampener.
     
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  10. AbsolutTennis

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    Thanks Fed Kennedy !!! Sounds like an option. these racquets, @320 unstrung should play great. Thanks again!!!
     
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  11. AbsolutTennis

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    Thanks Power Player !!! I've tried before. It's just not there for me. It seems the racquets lack mass (plow through). Pro's lead up HEAVY racquets. The ones I have (Wawrinka's prestige; Kuerten's X2; Phillipousis; Becker) all are very heavy. "Stock-heavy" + weight). Thanks again !!!!
     
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  12. Power Player

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    Not sure, but they do have a customizer on site. So you could probably call and order a racquet and then ask about it.


    The Prestige Pro that is on sale is a pretty awesome racquet. I hit with one earlier this year and it felt great. For $119 a stick, I'd say that's a pretty nice deal for some folks.
     
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  13. robbo1970

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    You need to read Hankenstein's review of these reacquets.

    But if you had settled on the IG Prestige, go with that. Its a much nicer looking racquet (sorry but it is) and its clearly in your spec range. Too many changes to the RF 97 and it will lose the feel it is designed to provide.

    Or if you like POGs, just try the Classic 100.
     
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  14. AbsolutTennis

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    Perfect Lilguy1456… You nailed it… The mystique and Marketing actions… Thanks to you guys I DID not pre-order the racquet. I won't sacrifice playability. I was just trying to justify the emotional purchase over here. Thanks again !!!
     
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  15. AbsolutTennis

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    Hello West Coast Ace! Thanks for the input! Always appreciate people taking time to help. Not a pro anymore. 20+ yrs since my last pro / money tournament. Strong 5.0, Intermediate 5.5 , I would say. Can rally with top college kids. The fitness is no longer there to play points.

    The advice I ask is not about racquets, but specifically about "racquet science", which I am really trying to understand. The question is about removing the leather on the RF 97, and playing with two over grips. And what would happen to the racquet's balance...

    With my POG Oversizes I need 5 frames to play a tournament. I am staying away from poly strings, and I like to take them strung and not need the services offered at the site. Played a tournament two weeks ago, lost on the semis, had one racquet left. Broke one string per match. Used to brake Prince Topspin 15 every 40 minutes or so (with POG Mid).

    Your advice of reading reviews helped. ROBBO1970 suggested the same and I read Hankenstein's review. The review prevented me from pre-ordering the frames.

    Thanks again!!
     
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  16. AbsolutTennis

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    THANKS !!!
     
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  17. AbsolutTennis

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    THANKS !!!!
     
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  18. AbsolutTennis

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    Thanks Vasuri… I'll give it a thought !!!
     
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  19. AbsolutTennis

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    Thanks Robbo1970. I read Hankenstein's review, and what a turn off that was. I need exactly what the review says the racquet DOES NOT OFFER. Thanks again.
     
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  20. AbsolutTennis

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    Thanks !!! I had decided on the prestige pro based on the relation price and benefits. It'll probably be my option, although I tested a Pro Staff 95 S over the weekend and liked it a lot. Weighed it with strings, overgrip and dampener, and it reached the 342 grams mark (the guy had 3 grams of lead on the specific places Wilson has on the frame - @ 3 and 9 o'clock).
     
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