Next Generation of Pro Staff is Here; Pro Staff RF 97 Review

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  1. dr325i

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    Ater 50k posts and non-stop starring at the screen, no wonder you're getting blind. The PWS are clearly visible in the picture you attached...
     
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  2. movdqa

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    Thanks for the review. The video had it looking almost orange (close to the grip color). The pictures here show it as being more red.

    I have the feeling that this won't be the frame for me though. I had trouble with the stiffness of the K90 and later the KPS88 and the RF is right around the KPS88 but with lower swingweight. I think that I'd have to add quite a bit of lead to get this up to my specs and I don't think that there will be an XL options to be had.

    I wouldn't mind hitting a few balls with it but I don't think that I'm into racquets this light anymore.
     
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  3. Geoff

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    Hi Drak!

    Great review (not that I expected anything less!)! Your previous reviews are always spot on for me. You were the one who deserved to do this review in my opinion for the TW community. I appreciate all of your help that you have provided to me through the years on these boards and in personal contact. You are always very gracious with your time in answering questions (no matter how stupid they are!). Keep up the great work and enjoy Cincinnati!
     
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  4. TobyTopspin

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    Same with me! That's why I went with that stick (and the killer deal I got). The 16X19 is very underrated, but a lot of the fan boys on here are not going to use it since no one on the tour uses it. Oh well more for me :)

    I'm looking forward to a hit with the 97. I loved the 85, KPS88, and the 90s, but I always wanted a little more room for error. It should be a fun hit.
     
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  5. morten

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    Hm... Tempting.. But when can we expect it here at TW?
     
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  6. ericsson

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    Nice review Drak, keep up the good work! ;-)
     
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  7. bad_call

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    still hitting "home runs" with the 99S...lol
     
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  8. Power Player

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    Yes I have the same question.
     
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  9. BHBeguile

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    Thanks, drak! Any info/perspective on the lighter RF would be greatly appreciated (when you get a chance; you must have your hands full right now).
     
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  10. MikeHitsHard93

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    I'm assuming you're agreeing with me, but can't quite tell
     
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  11. sureshs

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    It is hidden by the paint
     
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  12. BHud

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    MikeHitsHard93 is from Michigan...leave it at that. Thanks for the review drakulie!
     
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    Nice review thanks drak.

    LOL @ the haters. Even if drak was doing this for ulterior motives once demos get in the hands of the hundreds of people in line the truth would come out.
     
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  14. McLovin

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    Any word on the flex for the 315g version? 340g would have been a perfect fit for me...20 years ago...
     
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  15. dman72

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    Looks like this will be very close in spec to his actual frame. I wonder if the materials are the same or cheaper.
     
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  16. Pro_Tour_630

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    so if it does have the PWS then it is not an H22, :confused:
     
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    Great to read the review! I am also interested in the 315 grams version. Does anyone know if the lighter version comes with a leather grip?

    Hoping it is not too different feel wise versus the autograph version, just a bit lighter so as to have more room to customize.
     
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  18. MikeHitsHard93

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    Not sure what that has to do with anything.
     
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  20. dr325i

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    Definitely not an H22, may be derived from it, though...
     
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  21. dgoran

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    But is it better than 300g... (you're welcome lee)

    Does it come complete with metal shanks in the handle :) (you owe me Tim)

    And finally, problem we all will face is that due to air tight Wilson qc some of us will receive it at 350g unstrung while some will have it at 330g.
    I guess Wilson should just paint all versions the same that way they can always claim closest to the pin :) (that idea is for free Wilson)
     
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  22. Power Player

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    Good point..you could request the light Fed autograph using TW spec selection, have it at the 315 weight since Wilson QC sucks and everyone on the courts would believe it to be the true FedStick and forfeit as soon as you unveil it.
     
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  23. dgoran

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    "I be like"
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  24. TennisLogic

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    I am also curious to read about how it compares to the 6.1 classic. Specs are very close indeed.
     
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  25. tarkowski

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    It seems like it is based on it. The throat is long like the H22 (longer than the 6.1 series), but it does look a little different. And it also has PWS. So this frame looks pretty unique in the family, but perhaps closest to a stiffer H22?

    Thanks again Drak for posting. It's always great to read your insights!
     
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  26. nickellwood

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    Hey does anyone know when this racket will be available in Europe?
     
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  27. bad_call

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    lol...yeah who's got the "home run" koolaid ? the 99S delirium is starting to wear off so need another dose... :)
     
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  28. sureshs

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    It is already available in Europe since Federer is using it.

    Seriously, I think it will be around the same date, Oct 1. There is a TW Europe blog and it says get ready to order, so I assume it is around the same time.
     
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  29. MikeHitsHard93

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    Lol yup. I haven't seen drakulie post here in months, and every time Wilson brings out their "next big thing", he makes a glorified review.
     
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  30. darklore009

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    thanks for providing us with the specs and the review. I really motivated to go buy it and play with it the rest of my life. Although I'll take out the PS90 once in awhile to take me to a memory lane.
     
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  31. BreakPoint

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    Sure, if you had a microscope.

    Yes, because the PWS on Federer's new racquet is SO CLEARLY VISIBLE. :???:

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    Now here's what proper PWS looks like:

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  32. bad_call

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    lol...please pass the kool aid.
     
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  33. Tennis sensation

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    Thanks drakulie
     
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  34. Power Player

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    Personally I love the Drakulie threads. Really good reviews.

    Also, what got me into his reviews was his review of the Microgel Prestige. I was just finding out all the millions of sticks available in my return to tennis so it really helped to read that type of detail.

    Another goat poast is his review of the Sampras PS.

    Sure he may be a little biased towards wilson because he likes their frames compared to Babolat, but its not like he made a 30 page thread about the Juice Spin version.

    A drakulie review is one, maybe two a year. I enjoy them.
     
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  35. meltedsteam

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    No need to make such generalizations about such a diverse region. I am sure I could generalize about whatever region you are from, and would those generalizations be accurate? Whatever accounts of a small portion of a large state you have come across are not giving you an accurate representation of the region.
     
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  36. RF97

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    Saw this on Tennis.com - a lot better IMO......

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  37. Sander001

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    Or a decent monitor :twisted:
     
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  38. BreakPoint

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    My monitor is just fine.

    If you already know it's there, it's easier to see because you know it's there.

    If you don't know if it's there, it's not as easy to see.

    But you must be right, the PWS on the new RF97 is even more clearly visible than the ones on the PS Tour 90 if you only had "a decent monitor". :rolleyes:


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  39. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    ^^^

    Picture 1 = Far away

    Picture 2 = In your face

    Not really a fair comparison. Also, the box beam helps too.

    How is it that we're arguing about PWS now?
     
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  40. Sander001

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    No, just admit you have poor vision or an old monitor; no need to retcon your story or build a city of strawmen, just let it go for once! Why must you pollute everything with your nonsense and try to derail every thread you enter?
     
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  41. TennisLogic

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    The last one looks best. I really like the red in it. that's the most red they should have had.
     
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  42. BreakPoint

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    OK, here's one of the Tour 90 from even further away. Do you find it easier or harder to see the PWS compared to the new RF97?


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  43. BreakPoint

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    Because you keep polluting and derailing them! :-?

    Let it go. It's not my eyesight nor my monitor. Just admit the PWS is harder to see on the RF97 than on previous versions of the Tour 90.
     
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  44. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    ... Didn't I also say that the box beam helps announce the PWS?

    Oh right, I did...
     
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  45. BreakPoint

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    Or how about the fact that the PWS is much bigger on the previous versions of the Tour 90s than on the new RF97, which is barely there?
     
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  46. Power Player

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    Omg he is going to ruin every thread on this racquet while playing the victim card.

    Incredible.
     
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  47. meltedsteam

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    You guys aren't helping though. It is harder to see it's there vs other pws racquets. Not sure that point is with more than a post, but to each their own.
     
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    Who cares?

    The inconsequential things you lot argue over is just insane.
     
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  49. meltedsteam

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    Welcome to the internet
     
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  50. sureshs

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    Is the paint pattern causing an optical illusion?
     

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