New Stick - Wilson Pro Staff 5.8si Stretch 95sqin - Pics and Specs Inside, Need Info!

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Kalin, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Kalin

    Kalin Professional

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    Not getting any younger, faster or taller so decided to try a longer stick to see if it will agree with me this time. Have tried them before but never stuck with them for long.

    Here are some pics and specs of my new acquisition (these aren't my tiles!!):

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    - Wilson Pro Staff 5.8si Stretch
    - Paintjob reminiscent of the 6.1 Classic but more subdued red and gold instead of orange.
    - Semi-shiny, pearly finish, looks really nice.
    - Straight 21 mm beam, oval beam looks similar to the 6.1- between a box beam and a widebody
    - PWS
    - Weight 346 gr/12.2oz,
    - balance 31 cm or 14 points HL!
    - Swingweight, using TW's calculator, is at 336, smooth :)
    - Length - 70.9 cm or 27.9 inches; just a hair short of the 28 inches it is listed as.

    Any more info about this stick is rally appreciated. I did a lot of searches but learned precious little about it. I will try it out for the first time tomorrow, let's see. It's strung with some cheap Toa Synthetic Gut, just the way I like it!!
     
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  2. warreng

    warreng New User

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    Amazing. I own one of these. Bought it new in like 1995. It's still one of the best hitting sticks that I have for my flat style of hitting. Super stable through impact.

    I love it. Where did you get yours in such good condition?
     
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  3. Long Face

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    Uh the classic "spray" paint job... Looks nice.
     
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  4. NLBwell

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    I've got a pretty good memory for old rackets, but I don't remember that one at all. Great find and it seems like it might be a really nice hitting racket.
    Is it a pretty stiff racket like the 6.1 or 4.2?
     
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  5. Kalin

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    Apologies for resurrecting my own old thread but noticed there's been some replies I never addressed.

    Yes, the PS 5.8si Stretch does indeed play quite stiff but it is not harsh at all; just a very solid, non-flexing feeling. The old-school heavy & stiff racquets I've played with all feel very solid and the stiffness feels welcome- the PS 6.1, Prince Graphite II, this one, even the original heavy Profile ... much more substantial and, dare I say, friendly feel than a stiff but lighter stick.

    The racquet is great for hitting hard first serves; one can catch the ball at the very tip of the racquet and the ball just shoots out; the stiffness really helps here. Since it is 28" you can hit incredible angles with it even when hitting a simple flat serve or with just a bit of sidespin. When you get the timing right it is a killer serving stick. Just don't try to muscle it - at this lenght and weight the racquet can take care of itself.

    Great for hitting defensive slices and general defense. I had trouble flattening the forehand until I added 1.5 grams at 3 and 9 each (right on top of the PWS). But now that I've switched to what feel like heavier strings I may have to reduce it. The line between the head being too whippy and too heavy is fine with the longer racquet.

    It is indeed in good condition; need to find another one... I live in China so not too many of them around.
     
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  6. frinton

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    Beautiful stick... Looks like tons of fun!
     
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