News on PS97 paintjob sand future of Prostaff line.

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  1. Roddickulous

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    The 95's aren't selling well either. The Pro Staff 95 Spin is one of their top selling racquets though.

    Racquets break down over time. As a teaching professional, I'm appalled that you don't know this. It looks bad on our industry to have a member of the USPTA saying that racquets last for years and years when really the max you should play with a racquet is two, maybe three years. If I were you, spend some time getting to know your local tennis shop and learn from them.
     
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  2. Roddickulous

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    Racquets break down over time. The sound they make when you hit the ball changes. They get more "buzz" to them over time. For someone playing at a 4.5 level playing an average of 12+ hours a week, I could totally see that.
     
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  3. dr325i

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    Ridiculous!
    Pros use their sticks longer than 10 months. There is ABSOLUTELY no way that any of us can do what you claim within 10 months of non-abusive racket use...
     
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  4. SFrazeur

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    For most players under the 4.0 level a racquet will last players 3-5 years easily. People normally get bored and just want a new stick before it even begins to wear out. 2.5/3.0 players can easily go 5+ years.

    Graphite does break down over time. However, not to the extent it would have a real world effect on low/medium level rec players.
     
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  5. SFrazeur

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    How are they breaking down on you?
     
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  6. Bartelby

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    My racquet's on strike. It refuses to hit a good forehand.
     
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  7. Silent

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    I hate when that happens.

    The 2014 Pro Staff 95 is $170 down from $200 at my local store. Maybe I should get a couple.
     
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  8. Bartelby

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    It could go lower in the next month or two but it's always a risk.


     
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  9. HRB

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    Played with one for years...it was called PRESTIGE PRO! Nice choice Rog...wish mine was black.
     
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  10. BreakPoint

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    I find that very hard to believe. Especially considering that every generation of the Tour 90, except the current one (probably due to Federer never having used it publicly), has been a "Best Seller" here on TW, and also because I've seen so many people using it over the past 12 years. Demand for used ones have also been very strong over the years. And they must sell well enough that Wilson came out with Asian versions of them.
     
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  11. YarikA99

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    I find it hard to believe that they would kill the ProStaff's yet they would keep the six one line and the steam line. Almost nobody plays with a steam nowadays especially the Steam 105s and the Juice 100ul.

    We should start a petition to only keep the ProStaff 90 and 95 (no one cares about the 100l or 100ls) :twisted:
     
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  12. pug

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    I don't know, Del Potro played/plays with his Kfactors for several years, and he is definitely a 4.5 or maybe even better :)
     
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  13. Blitzball

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    The things is, the 90's only sold so well because they were used by Federer. Imagine how many of the 97's he'll sell. I'm pretty sure this new line will be the best-selling out of all the lines ever sponsored by him.
     
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  14. unclenimrod

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    Losing the 90 is a travesty…especially because this NEW 90 is the best since…well I think the best feeling since the 85. Wilson wilson wilson…please send me the last 10,000 you have. I'll take care of them for you.
     
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  15. RanchDressing

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    Wilson changed the layup of the fibers in the mould to be more like the old ones... The previous 90's have fibers laid in an X pattern (albiet at a 90* angle from each other) up and down the frame... If that makes sense. In comparison to the new one which is like the ps85 it's basically a +. The fibers run either parallel to the frame as you look at it from a face side or perpendicular.

    So yes, you are correct in that it should structurally be more similar to the 85's. Buy em up while you can.
     
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  16. unclenimrod

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    RanchDressing: if you cut one of them open to figure that out I will be disappointed.

    Kidding. Or i mean…i'm not kidding…but I know you didn't do that.

    For real tho…clearly the new pro staffs will sell like hotcakes for the first several months. But the 90s did not sell ONLY because of Fed…they are unbelievably precise racquets. Every time I let someone borrow my stock BLX90 who has even decent strokes they love it. There are the usual "it wears me out" and such…but the racquets are so sick. I can't imagine the 10,000 stat is correct, though I have no evidence to back that up.
     
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  17. BreakPoint

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    I don't think that's it. I think it's because all of the other previous versions of the Tour 90's all contained other "stuff" in addition to the graphite/kevlar braid.

    HPS Tour 90 contained HyperCarbon (Double Braid)
    nCode 90 contained HyperCarbon and nCode (SiO2 molecules)
    K90 contained nCode
    BLX 90 contained Basalt and nCode
    BLX PS 90 contained Basalt
    2014 PS 90 - they took out most of the Basalt and left just the braided graphite/kevlar.

    I think that's why this current version feels the most like the PS 6.0 85.
     
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  18. Imago

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    Amen to that!
     
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  19. Roddickulous

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    I got that directly from Wilson, so it's true.

    I live in one of the biggest tennis markets in the states and we sell FIVE 90's a year, and maybe 6 95's. I can't keep the Steam 105S in stock enough! Junior players really like the Juice 100UL as a first full length racquet.

    To everyone:
    I'm sorry for your sake the 90 is going away, but you're just going to have to accept it. You guys buying the 90 have been the bane of Wilson's existence. Get over it :)
     
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  20. Vcore89

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    Means I'll just have to hold on to 2 PS90 2014! Hmmm, guess, I'll have to revert to 85s (from TW)!;)
     
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  21. PhotoBlue

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    The bumper guards wear out and then that exposes the frame underneath, ten the frame starts wearing out down until the fibers inside the racquet.
     
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  22. aimr75

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    Ever thought about replacement bumper guards ? :???:
     
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    switch bumper guard and grommets?? :confused:
     
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    Change can be a tough thing to accept when you're older.

    But a lot of these guys with their 90s probably got over their 65s at some point too.
     
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  25. BMcFarlan

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    I won't lie - went out and bought another 2013 BLX PS90 following this post. While I'll enjoy it, I still hope the line doesn't die.

    And BTW I'm pretty sure Del Potro is the bane of Wilson's existence. At least we are paying THEM for our irrelevant and clearly unplayable 90" frames.
     
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  26. BMcFarlan

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    Also - with guys like Dimitrov and Dolgo (along with others) coming up strong with the next wave of players using the box-beam 95 model, how can Wilson justify killing that series? With the Juice and Steam are they focusing on jumping out of the players market and into the 3.5 senior arena? I know the Head Ti7 was simply revolutionary but that doesn't mean there's no demand for a racket that can handle a full swing.
     
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  27. Engelworks

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    Both of them use a paintjob of the 95S, which apparently wilson is keeping.
     
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  28. SublimeTennis

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    I LOVE my 90, I don't play it because of Fed but because it is the most accurate racquet, it's like it has a radar on it. I can put a shot wherever I want. Only problem is fierce rallies, I'll shank occasionally or mishit. Power is not an issue. I play my 6.1 95, was going to get a Blade 98 and weight up the handle to make it more like the 90 spec wise, maybe I'll wait, I hope they don't screw this one up, clearly it won't be Feds racquet but I hope it's close.

    Talked to a guy at my Tennis shop and he said it's coming in October, that it's 12oz, 12 points HL, thin beam, sounds like a 97 Pro Staff.
     
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  29. rh310

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    I love my TFight 315 Ltd 16, but that's a tempting set of specs for sure.
     
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  30. BMcFarlan

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    That being true there would still be some demand for a similar frame, and Wilson seems to be offering a variety of options at the 95" size. Are sales poor enough to kill that?

    Also - watching the swing of most club and league guys out there they aren't hitting the ball like Rafa. Most still have a flatter trajectory that would play well with a classic model. While their triangular string and S racket may be good and popular now, it just doesn't seem like enough validation to eliminate the Pro Staff models entirely.
     
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  31. unclenimrod

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    BMcFarlan: While this is true…a lot of club players do seem to carry at least one classic stick with them, I would guess Wilson isn't altogether that interested in established tennis players. Guys at club level with actual classic strokes can hit with anything. You can play good flat tennis with a bungalow…excuse me babolat racquet. But I have yet to come across a person who is new to tennis who is being taught flat strokes…and kids are all using extreme grips…so are juniors. Who buys the bulk of tennis racquets? Classic club players aren't purchasing new racquets as often, as a group, as new tennis players are. Might as well cater to the larger market.
     
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  32. BMcFarlan

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    And 12 years ago when I was a young coach I always had a couple Kramers and Budges in my bag. I guess 90s will be the new old.

    Assuming the RF97 plays similar to a classic frame I'm sure when I'm done with my current round of 90s the related model will do. Or I'll just go on that auction site and buy up all the Aurther Ashe IIs out there to go WAY back box-beam style.
     
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  33. BreakPoint

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    Nope, they are not.

    Dimitrov uses a custom 93 that is not sold to the public.

    Dolgopolov uses a PS 6.0 95 Original with a custom string pattern and a paintjob, of course.
     
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  34. Bartelby

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    You know they can just keep on producing the same 90 on a one off basis every couple of years and sell it into speciality retailers like this one, so I think they'll keep people happy.
     
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  35. BMcFarlan

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    So 95 and 93 for two of Wilson's top young guys and likely their future franchise names, and they are knocking out their Pro Staff and/or box-beam design?

    I don't get it. The Juice looks like it was designed over drinks on Easter brunch and that's more profitable than the Pro Staffs?
     
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  36. BreakPoint

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    Well, those pros can continue using their current racquets and Wilson can just paint them to look like whatever new racquet they want to sell. :(
     
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  37. mach2joe

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    When I am not hitting well I blame the racquet! :lol:
     
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  38. Engelworks

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    Dimitrov and Dolgopolov are both using paintjobs of the 95S. Also, according to the OP and that order-form picture, the 95S is being carried over.

    So why did you disagree with my post? I'm guessing you misread it and thought I said they use the actual 95S racquet (which I agree they don't).

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=8479138&postcount=58
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=8479173&postcount=43
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=8464797&postcount=155
     
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  39. Roddickulous

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    The Juice 100S is their #1 selling racquet, followed by the Steam 99S, Juice 108, Blade 98S, and Steam 105S. The only pro staff in their top ten sales is the 95S.
     
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  40. BreakPoint

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    Yes, the way you worded it sounds like you meant they both use the 95S with paintjobs on them.

    What you wanted to say is that they both use racquets that have the PS 95S paintjob on them. When you say - "Both of them use a paintjob of the 95S...", that means they use a 95S with paintjobs on them.
     
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  41. aimr75

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    Wow BP, youd think most can understand what the guy really meant.. no need to be that freakin pedantic
     
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  42. BreakPoint

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    I didn't know what he really meant until he clarified it with his last post.
     
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  43. aimr75

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    A bit of common sense BP. come on. No need to correct people just for the sake of it
     
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  44. Vcore89

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    A totally different custom-built racquet? By no way it is the Wilson ROK?
     
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  45. BreakPoint

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    I didn't know that he knew that Dimitrov and Dolgopolov are not using the PS 95S.

    When you say - "John Doe is using a paintjob OF racquet X." That means John Doe is using racquet X with a paintjob.

    Example: Djokovic is using a paintjob of the LM Radical MP or Del Potro is using a paintjob of the PS 6.1 Classic, etc.
     
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  46. BreakPoint

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    Yes, it's custom because it's not sold to the public. It's basically a ProStaff with a 93 sq. in. head size. Not a ROK at all.
     
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  47. Blitzball

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    So if I say I want a racquet with a paintjob of the Blade 98s, that means I want a Blade 98s? I didn't know I wanted that racquet.
     
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  48. aimr75

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    If you have a frame with a paint job that is painted to emulate a frame with a paint job that is painted in a paint job that purports to be the aforementioned frame with said paint job, what do you get? ;)
     
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  49. lolminraise

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    When is this racket supposed to be released? Probably not until the start of 2015? Or maybe soon after Wimbledon?
     
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    supposedly in October
     

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