HPS 6.0 Pics and Short Review

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  1. Gabs011

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    Since I am a fan of rare racquets I thought that I would share my latest racquet with you guys. Here are some pics and a short review.

    Groundies and volleys with the racquet were a dream. The powerful to control ratio was ideal. I have used the Yonex RDX 500 previous to this racquet which I found too low powered for my liking. When you strike the ball in the sweetspot the feeling is second to none. Also I just love the box beam, which I have never used before.

    Many people have said that the feel is not up there with the PS 6.0 95. I have not tried this particular masterpiece however I have to say the feel of the HPS 6.0 is exceptional. On serves it could do with a tad more power however all in all a wonderful racket.

    I didn't like the shiny paintjob of the Hyper ProStaff 6.1 but the matte finish of the HPS 6.0 is in my opinion very classy.

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  2. 888

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    Glad to hear about your recent purchase. I agree with you that the HPS is exceptional, and I too liked the matte finish on the frame. Just out of curiosity where did you get it?
     
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  3. Ash Doyle

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    As far as I know, this racquet is actually a standard ProStaff 6.0 95 given a HPS paintjob. Other than that there is nothing different about this racquet compared to a regular 6.0 95. It is a paintjob racquet. TW awhile back sold some of these that were leftovers from the Wilson Pro Room.
     
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  4. Gabs011

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    I got the racquet in Hungary from a local tennis shop. I got it new for roughly $120. That includes getting it strung with Iso-Speed Control (54 lbs). Not too bad a deal I reckon :D
     
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  5. kreative

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    heh heh, not bad at all. grats on your new purchase. nice frame. i also dig the classy matte paintjob over it's shiny hyper 6.1 brother.
     
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  6. 888

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    Ash, I know that TW got some PS 6.0 95's that had tour 95 pj's but the HPS 6.0 is a different racquet. Gabs, correct me if I'm wrong but if I remember correctly the HPS has a flat box beam which is different than the 6.0's straight beam.
     
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    Here is a clueless question: Did the leather grip come as standard or did you have to buy it. The thing is that I honestly thought that it came with a synthetic grip.
     
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  8. Ash Doyle

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    TW, at different times, had both ps6.0 95's painted as tour 95s and HPS.

    The PS6.0 does have a flat box beam.

    I use PS6.0 95s, and I really regret not buying a couple of these when TW had them.
     
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  9. Gabs011

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    Davai - yes the leather grip comes as standard. You are probably thinking of the hyper pro staff 6.1 which looks very similar buts plays completely different.

    888 - As far as I know, the HPS 6.0 and the PS 6.0 95 share the same mold but feature a slightly different material composition.
     
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  10. Keifers

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    Gabs011, thanks for the pics and your mini-review. It's good to see one up close. Can you tell us the weight and balance of your frame? And can you estimate its swingweight?

    I hope BreakPoint will chime in here -- he's the resident expert on Pro Staff 6.0s, 6.1s at al. I seem to recall that he said this racquet has some Hyper Carbon in the (upper?) hoop, so is not just a painted 6.0 95. But let's see what he says.
     
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    Ash Doyle, I'm with you. I use the 6.0 95 and I would have liked to get one or two of these too. Now waiting for Wilson to move on from the current n61 cosmetics -- I'm almost certain Gilles Muller (who eliminated Roddick at the USO and Nadal at Wimbledon) uses a 6.0 95 in n61 colors. Can anyone think of any others?
     
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    Sorry Ash, I just looked at my PS 6.0 95 and it is indeed a flat box beam.
     
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  13. Ash Doyle

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    888, nothing to apologize for. I'm curious to hear from anyone that says this is a different racquet from the standard PS 6.0 95; however, I'm certain TW offered this racquet and written in the description it was stated it was the same racquet except the paintjob. The only problem with my story is that I can't find the write-up on TW now (I can still find the Tour95 paintjob racquet, though; but I know I'm not confusing this one because because I came very close to buying the HPS paintjob one)
     
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    Yes Keifers, the hps 6.0 has a little hyper carbon in the upper hoop and has a swingweight of 312 whereas the prostaff original has a swingweight of 317.
    Keifers don't tell anyone about the new paintjobs, then every1 will buy them lol.
     
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    And I was already hoping that HPS 6.1 too had a leather grip, but no luck there I suppose. BTW how do the two rackets compare to each other; I have never tried the HPS 6.0 but the 6.1 I have, and it felt good compared to it's specs and what I was expecting. However whatever Hyper Carbon was on the frame there was is probably gone - that's how badly scratched it is - a rgular tank but it plays well.
     
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    You're right, La Bomba. Better not to talk about the new pjs too early.
     
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  17. Gabs011

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    Davai from my experience the 6.1 was slightly harsher on the arm, however had more power than the 6.0 . The similarity of the paintjobs is very misleading as they are two very dissimilar racquets. This is not to say that one is better than the other, just what you prefer. The 6.1 was better at serving but I found the 6.0 better for groundies.
     
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  18. CocoTheMonkey

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    Keifers:

    Do you know anyone inside TW that could email us the day before they put on sale nCode 6.0 paintjobs? 'cause I can't check TW site every day the next two years :(
     
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    Agreed that the 6.1 was harsh on the arm, I could only use mine for a backup.

    Though it was hard to break, smashed it against the ground 3 times, then had to put it over my knee....

    I was having a bad day.... :(

    Pistol
     
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  20. theJuniorACE

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    how is it on the arm?
    would u consider it a stiff racquet or a flexible1?
    sorry to bother, just curious,

    thanks,
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  21. Gabs011

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    theJuniorACE - I am not just saying this because I bought this racquet but it is special IMO. Many Wilson racquets I find too stiff, while for example the RDX 500 is pretty flexy. I was looking for a racquet that is in between somewhere and the HPS 6.0 definitely fulfills this for me.
     
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  22. BreakPoint

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    Ash,
    The HPS 6.0 95 Tour is indeed a slightly different racquet from the PS 6.0 95. They are from the exact same mold but the HPS has some HyperCarbon added to the hoop which stiffens the hoop while eliminating some of that sweet PS 6.0 feel. It's also slightly lighter and has a lower swingweight of 312 versus 317 for the standard black PS 6.0 95. The TW description you're thinking of that said it was the exact same racquet as the PS 6.0 95 is the PS Tour 90/95 paintjob. That one did come from the Wilson Pro Room and was left over when Wilson sponsored pros moved on to the nSix-One red and white paintjobs. Since Wilson no longer had any use for PS 6.0 95's with the PS Tour 90/95 black/yellow paintjobs, they gave them to TW to dump. On the other hand, the HPS 6.0 95 Tour was NOT a Pro Room paintjob but an actual retail model that Wilson sold only in Europe. Federer used one (or paintjob thereof) in 2002/2003 before moving on to the PS Tour 90. Look here: [​IMG]

    Gabs011,
    If you like the HPS 6.0 95 Tour, you really ought to try the PS 6.0 95. It's even better! Almost the same but better. Still has the box beam (as all of Federer's racquets have had), but has an even sweeter feel when you hit the sweetspot. You mentioned you'd like more power on serves, and the PS 6.0 95 has it! I found I could serve much harder with the PS 6.0 95 than I could with the HPS 6.0 95 Tour. :D

    To all those that regret not buying the HPS 6.0 95 Tour when TW had them - DON"T! The PS 6.0 95 is better and TW still sells them. :D

    To all those comparing the HPS 6.0 95 Tour with the HPS 6.1 95 - DON'T! They are completely different racquets!! The HPS 6.1 is a successor to the PS 6.1 Classic - much stiffer, flat oval beam, powerful, heavy, harsh feel, etc. The HPS 6.0 is a derivative of the PS 6.0 Original - flexy, box beam, low powered, lots of feel, etc. They only share the same funky red, yellow, and black paintjob, one glossy, one matte, that's it!

    To those of you waiting for the PS 6.0 95 with nCode nSix-One red and white paintjobs - I wouldn't hold my breathe. There are very few of these in existence and I doubt many were ever made. Not too many pros are using these anymore. Muller might be the only one. Thus, I doubt Wilson will have many left over to give to TW once they switch to the next paintjob, which may be many years from now since the nSix-One's are selling very well so I doubt they will discontinue them anytime soon.

    I hope I answered as many questions as I could.
     
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  23. Keifers

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    CocoTheMonkey, unfortunately, I don't know anyone inside TW that could do that. Try not to be too anxious about this. It's only speculation at this point -- no real information at all about when this might occur.

    If you'd like to, give me your grip size and e-mail address. I'll do my best to let you know if and when I get the news.
     
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  24. BreakPoint

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    Oh, yes, the HPS 6.0 95 Tour does come stock with a leather grip.
     
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  25. Keifers

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    Gabs011, any chance you could tell us the weight and balance of your new racquet? And can you estimate its swingweight? Many thanks.
     
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  26. BreakPoint

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    Here's the HPS 6.0 95 Tour that TW sold in 2003. Notice it says it plays "like", but not the "same" as, the PS 6.0 95. Also note the lower swingweight of 312 and higher stiffness of 68, as compared to 317 and 67, respectively, for the PS 6.0 95 Original.
    http://web.archive.org/web/20030618123941/www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCWILSON-TOUR95.html

    Here's the PS 6.0 95 with the PS Tour 90/95 paintjob that TW sold in 2004. Notice it says it is "identical" to the PS 6.0 95 Original. Also notice the swingweight is 317 and stiffness is 67, same as for the PS 6.0 95.
    http://web.archive.org/web/20041023233617/www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCWILSON-TOUR95.html
     
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  27. Gabs011

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    Keifers, I will go back to the shop tomorrow when I play tennis to find out the weight and balance. As for an estimation of swingweight, I'd say slightly above 315. To me it seems higher than the 312 that was listed by TW. However, I could be wrong of course.

    BreakPoint - thanks for all the comparative info on the PS 6.0 95 and the HPS 6.0. It's really great to have someone who basically knows everything there is to know about a classic racquet. By the way, one of the reasons I got the HPS 6.0 is that I continously read your praises for the PS 6.0 95 and this was the closest I could get.
     
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  28. hedonist

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    Is it possible to buy it online?
     
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    Another difference i noticed was the headsize between the hps 6.1 and the hps 6.0..
    The hps 6.0 was significantly smaller than the hps 6.1 and i thought they are supposed to be 95 head size..
    And when comparing the hps 6.0 with a pro staff tour 90(yellow/black) the hps 6.0 was only a little longer and wider than the tour 90....Leads me to believe the hps 6.0 is more of a 92 o3 93 head size instead of 95..

    Curious question,
    isn't box beam and straight beam the same thing?
     
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    Gabs011,
    You're welcome! I hope you continue to enjoy your HPS 6.0 95 Tour. If you can't find a PS 6.0 95, it really is the next best thing. However, if you really want a real PS 6.0 95 Original, you can always order one from TW. :D

    To others that still want a HPS 6.0 95 Tour.
    Since these are no longer made, and if the PS 6.0 95 Original does not appeal to you, the current next best thing is the Asian nSix-One Tour. Yes, it has a smaller head at 90 sq.in., but it has a similar feel and swing with its thin box beam. The static weight is slightly less (about 0.2 oz. or 5 to 6 grams less) but it's balanced a bit less headlight, about 7 to 8 pts. HL, so it has a slightly higher swingweight of about 322 or 323. It also has the HyperCarbon in the hoop just like the HPS 6.0 95 Tour so it has a similar muted feel on impact. Maneuverability is still very good since the head is smaller. If you like the HPS 6.0 95 Tour, the Asian nSix-One Tour should feel very familiar to you.

    I've been trying to get TW to try and convince Wilson to allow TW to bring them in and sell them but so far no luck. Wilson, has so far not relented. Perhaps if more people hounded Wilson and/or TW, they might get the hint, and will finally allow TW to sell them (just like they did with the European HPS 6.0 95 Tour in 2003 ).
     
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  31. BreakPoint

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    No, a box beam is literally that, a box, meaning it has four flat sides and four sharp corners, like with anything that is rectangular or square. It is the shape of the beam.

    A straight beam just means that it's the same width all the way from the top of the head all the way down to the handle. For example, the PS 6.0 95 is 20mm wide on the entire frame from top to bottom, so it's straight since it doesn't bulge or taper anywhere. Whereas, the Yonex RDX 500 Mid's beam width varies from 20mm at the head to 18mm in the throat, or the PK Heritage Type S which tapers from 24mm at the head to 17.5mm at the shaft.

    The HPS 6.1 has a flat beam, not box beam. They are not the same thing. A flat beam just means that it's somewhat flat on two sides, not all four sides like on a box beam. A flat beam is typically rounded on the two sides that are not flat so that it is really oval in shape, and not rectangular or square as with a box beam. So flat beam also describes the shape of the beam, not the width as with a straight beam.

    I hope that helps to explain the difference.
     
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  32. La Bomba

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    BreakPoint, why aren't any pros (besides muller) using the 6.0 95 if it is so good?
     
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  33. Speedy_tennis

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    is a 6.0 95 with hps pj? this racket was only avaiable in europe?
     
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  34. hedonist

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    two versions!!!

    Wilson produced two versions of the HPS 6.0!!!

    One version is 346g strung, that is about 330g unstrung. It was available at TW and is the follower of the PS 6.095. The other version is 340g unstrung. It is a mixture between the PS 6.085 (strungweight) and the PS 6.095 (headsize). I do not know if one is the HPS 6.0 Tour and the other is the (only) HPS 6.0. I have a picture:

    [img=http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/9127/hps605ta.th.jpg]

    Maybe this is the racquet Federer played and Muller still has under his paintjob? I have a new one in gripsize 4 1/2 and I want to sell or trade it (for the other version). I live in Switzerland. You can contact me at wps60@gmx.net.
     
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  35. BreakPoint

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    Why are so many pros using the Pure Drive if it's so bad? Pros pretty much use whatever company pays them the most money. Witness James Blake. He's going from a Dunlop M-Fil 200 (or something similar) to an O3 Tour (or something similar)? Talk about night and day!! Yup, money talks.

    Besides, pros need something heavier and with more power like the nSix-One 95. We're not pros, our requirements for a racquet are completely different from the pros (unless, of course, your regular hitting partners and competitive matches are against guys ranked in the Top 100 on the ATP Tour).

    Also, not that many pros use the nSix-One Tour nor the RDX 500 Mid either but both still sell like crazy. And hardly any pros use ProKennex or Volkl racquets but many people still swear by them. Most pros use paintjobs anyway which are not like any racquets you can buy, so does it really matter what the pros appear to be using?

    You should NEVER consider what a pro is using (or what you think he's using) in choosing a racquet. Choose the racquet that works best for your own game. Unless your game and skills and competition are at the same level as that pro, doing otherwise is just plain dumb.
     
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  36. BreakPoint

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    Hmmm....I was unaware of a heavier version. Have you weighed it yourself on a scale? How can we be sure that 340g on the cardboard is strung or unstrung weight? Is there anything written on the frame itself?
     
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    Kreative how are you liking the one you got from me? Jayserinos99 said you were still using it.
     
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  38. hedonist

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    There is nothing written on the frame, but I weighted it and it is 340g unstrung indeed.
     
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    Breakpoint i am thinking of getting a 6.0 original 95 or 85, unfortunately i can't demo and i hope i dont make the wrong decision, what is the difference in power level of the ncode 95 16x18, 6.0 85 and 95, can you please grade each racquet on a scale of 100 for power.
     
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    LaBomba,
    I would have to choose one racquet as a basis and compare the others to it for this to make any sense. So if the nCode 95 16x18 had a power rating of 100, I would say the PS 6.0 95 has about 75% of that power or a rating of 75, and the PS 6.0 85 has about 80% of that power or a rating of 80.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  41. That's quite interesting. Is the frame 340g with or without the paper insert in the head?

    Don't worry about any pro using either(?) version. Sure, they will use the mold, but they will worry about more than 10g. If anything, they would use a lighter version that is more easily modified and matched to their spec; case in point, yours truly, Roger Federer. Federer never used in competition a 95. The frame that he does in fact use must apparently be made lighter than a true 6.0 85-based frame. That's because his weight and balance are apparently close to stock, while swingweight is reportedly higher. To achieve that, the frame's mass must be pulled toward the ends of the frame.

    Here's a picture of a 6.0 95 27.5" with Hyper cosmetic. It's about 360g unstrung.

    http://photobucket.com/albums/v72/mmmmmilk/some%20frames%20and%20stuff%20that%20goes%20in%20or%20on%20frames/?action=view&current=wilsonprostaff60951.jpg
     
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  42. I saw a picture of a college player (Stanford?) using what appeared to be a 6.0 95 with nCode cosmetic. I think the picture was in something that came with my issue of Tennis a few months ago. A quick search yielded this pic of KC Corkery:

    http://gostanford.collegesports.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/100205aab.html
     
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    The frame is 340g (unstrung) without the paper. It has the same weight as the Tour 90 or the ncode Tour 90. Headsize is 95sq.in., string pattern are 16x18.

    Btw the frame is also called HPS 6.0 Tour. I just saw it on the other side of the paper. It is/was an official wilson frame, that was available in Europe. It is neither a custom/paintjob nor a fake. I have two more pictures.

    [img=http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/4514/hps6023uz.th.jpg]

    [img=http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/2308/hps6034ay.th.jpg]
     
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  44. ian mercier

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    I owned and used the Hyper Pro Staff 6.0 Tour for about two years. I also played with the Pro Staff 6.0 Original (95). I'm one of the folks who actually liked the HPS better than the original, only because of the variation in the stiffness of the racquet. The racquet played like a dream but had no power. I would say it was as demanding as the Tour 90 and the NCode Tour, despite having 5 sq. in. over those two.

    It was a very light swinging frame, even with its heavy static weight, which meant that it was a fantastic volleying stick. Some of my best memories are playing with that frame, strung with a hybrid wilson gut/ALU job. Unfortunately, I sold them after jumping on the NCode bandwagon. Probably a mistake, but I wasn't good enough to use the HPS 6.0 (or the NCode Tour).

    I also second Break's point about it playing different than the HPS 6.1 - these racquets are nothing alike. The 6.0 has tons more feel and is a very low-powered racquet (maybe even lower than the original 6.0). So, if you have a big swing, you might love this frame. It is similar in most ways to the original 6.0, but has a slightly different feel based on the fact that the frame stiffness is different (located differently) than the original.
     
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  45. BreakPoint

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    Yes, it is. I think I mentioned that several times in my previous posts in this thread. :D
     
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  46. BreakPoint

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    That's very interesting! I've seen KC Corkery play several times in person up close (but not lately), and he used to use what I thought for sure was a standard HPS 6.1 95 because it had the glossy red paintjob. If he had indeed been using a real HPS 6.1, I doubt he would have been able to make the switch to a PS 6.0 95. However, it's possible that I was wrong and his racquet actually had a matte finish which would mean he actually used a HPS 6.0 95 Tour or maybe he had a custom version of the HPS 6.0 95 Tour or PS 6.0 95 with the glossy red and yellow HPS 6.1 paintjob? If he had always used a PS 6.0 95 or HPS 6.0 95 Tour, then I could see him transitioning to the PS/HPS 6.0 95 with the nCode paintjob as above.

    I say this because I found this other pic of him using what appears to be a Tour 90/95 black with yellow inside hoop paintjob.
    http://gostanford.collegesports.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/102404aae.html
    Now if this was actuallly a PS 6.0 95 with the PS Tour 90/95 paintjob like TW sold here last year, then it would confirm that he's been a PS 6.0 95 user all along and that he now likely still uses a PS 6.0 95 but only with the newer nCode red and white paintjob as you said above. However, it's always possible that he switched to a real Tour 90 for a while since it's got the same box beam and similar PS 6.0 feel or perhaps it's a HPS 6.1 with a Tour 95 paintjob? Who knows? :confused:

    BTW, if you click through these pics (click on pic to enlarge), it does look to me like he's using a real HPS 6.1 with the glossy paint and the indentations at the top of the throat. But the pics aren't that clear so I might be wrong.

    http://www.printroom.com/ViewFoundPhoto.asp?userid=stanford&stype=0&sword=Corkery

    On second thought, after clicking though most of the pics, Pic #31, clearly shows that he's using a PS 6.0 95 with the Tour 90/95 paintjob, just like the one TW sold last year.

    Ah ha!! Pics #55 & #56 clearly show he's using a PS 6.0 95 with the nCode paintjob! Box beam, so NOT n6.1 95; large head, so NOT n6.1 Tour; no indentations at the top of the throat, so it MUST be either a PS 6.0 95 (likely) or HPS 6.1 95 Tour.

    So I guess there are indeed more of these around than just in the hands of Gilles Muller. So there might be a glimmer of hope that Wilson made enough of these to have a few left over for TW to get rid of once they move on to the next paintjob, whenever that may be. :confused: Perhaps TW can get them even sooner? :D
     
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  47. kreative

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    Hey LH, lovin' it, though I'll prolly lower the tension when the strings pop. It could use a little more pop.
     
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    nice matte finish
     
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  49. In all of the decent pics of the frame, it looks like a 6.0 95. It can't be a Hyper, this guy has enough in him. Those are some sick jump shots.

    If there's at least a couple of sponsored pros and/or college players using the 6.0 95, then there might very well be a few other lower-profile juniors also using it, possibly making Wilson produce excess frames in advance, though having the frame's No. 2 player be in college has to make you kind of desperate. :) I admit, after playing with my heavy extended frame some more, I have found it to be quite decent. I think the extra length pushes the hitting area up just as much, in a way making it seem more like a midsize frame. I sometimes can't stand frames that feel like the throat bridge is so close to my hand. The frame also feels softer and more flexible with the added weight.
     
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  50. La Bomba

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    PrestigeClassic where did u get those PS 6.0 85 with hps cosmetic? Have you sold them?
     
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