The Official Wilson Pro Staff 95s Fan Club

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  1. asifallasleep

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    Ok, i've been using a Wilson 90 for the last 15 years. I've honeymooned with various sticks, but i've always come back to my 90's. Well, the racquet that has made me finally move on is the 2014 Wilson Pro Staff 95s. This may be the best frame i've ever hit with. Leather grip and 1 gram of lead in the buttcap = perfection.

    So fast thru the air with just enough plow thru, wicked spin, crazy touch and feel, the ball just explodes off the string bed. so maneuverable, the weight is ideal as i could change strokes on the fly. i could never do that with my k90.
    Exceptional topspin off both sides, this stick even retained the knife thru butter backhand slice and i could easily flatten the ball out for insane winners. Talk about an extension of one's hand!! I could do whatever I wanted with the ball, with ease.

    I'm not sure about the folks who said it was too low powered, i found easy access to tons of power. It may be because i'm coming from my K90's.

    If you're a thin box beam 90 user or even a PS88 or PS85 user, you owe it to yourself to demo this amazing stick if you've ever flirted with the idea of moving up in racquet head size, check this stick out.

    The stick i purchased had lux 4g in it @ what i believe to be around 50lbs. Just ordered two more strung with Volkl Cyclone 16g at 48lbs. My usual specs unless i'm doing a vs gut / lux hybrid.
     
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  2. Isn_fish

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    Will also join the club in the next days! =)
     
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  3. bruinduke

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    Wow! Talk about rubbing it in-but glad it's working out. I may have to give this racquet another try.
     
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  4. Alexc2505

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    Almost identical path myself , from a 90 to the 95S based on Chris TW's review and I haven't regretted it for a second it does everything so well I feel like I'm cheating :) Interested in your stringing recommendations though
     
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  5. chrisberchris

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    How heavy is the racquet now? I am waiting on mine to arrive and I am going to put it up to 350g. After using the blade tour for almost 4 years, I'm getting excited to play with something different
     
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  6. asifallasleep

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    double post so deleted one
     
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  7. asifallasleep

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    I wouldn't recommend the full bed of Lux as suggested on the 95s. Felt soft when hitting but my shoulder says otherwise this am. It was in the frame when I bought it.

    Going to re-string it with Volkl Cyclone 16g @ 48lbs which was my usual setup in my K90's if i wasn't doing the Fed gut/lux hybrid. Many have stated that the 95s breaks strings really quickly so i'll have to see how it goes. I've never been a string breaker.
     
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  8. shogun90

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    I just received one this week strung with 4G. I will test it out for my singles match on Sunday. I usually play a Technifibre 315 Ltd 16M. Looking forward to more spin!
     
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  9. Sup2Dresq

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    Chris went to the six.one 95s right? Think he even said it wasn't as responsive as his 95s.
     
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  10. parasailing

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    I am getting a demo of the racquet so I will see how it compares to the regular 95. I like what I saw in the regular 95 version and it definitely is very easy to swing and still pretty solid at stock weight though a little lead at 3 and 9 does help make it a bit more solid.
     
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  11. asifallasleep

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    I initially had 6 grams lead at 3 & 9 but one of the strips fell off. So i took them all off and actually hit better. Was able to get even more racquet head speed.

    Just the leather grip and 1 gram in the buttcap. I think it's a very stable frame even in the hoop area.

    I was overpowering my friend who uses a K90. We usually go head to head with our K90's but this stick was amazing.
     
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  12. TheSwissMaestro

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    Love the ps 95-s, I'm a long time ps90 user for about 8 years. switch to blx ps95 last year. Demoed this racket when it came out and bought it the next day. always have my specs with lux 4g(1.30) 16 gauge at 46 tension. Also used the same specs on ps95-s and its perfect with wilson leather grip under my overgrip(no lead added) but had to forced myself to switched to 15gauge strings(wilson ripspin) because 4g 16 gauge only last one set for me. Still getting used to ripsin strings right now but it feels really good. Might lower the tension more to 44lbs from 46 lbs. This racket helped me out a lot with groundstrokes especially my onehander backhand.
     
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  13. corners

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    I'm very encouraged by these reports of longtime Tour 90 players successfully switching to this frame.
     
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  14. Chuonfood

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    I'm having a tough time choosing this or the 6.1 95s...grrr..
     
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  15. thejuice

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    Bought a second one yesterday so I can have two different strings and tensions to decide which I like most. I played with my first one, string with 4G 15g at 57lbs and it feels great but I just didn't feel any extra spin (no more than my F2.0Ts strung with Black Widow 16g). It has a Head Calfskin leather grip on it with an overgrip. My second one is now strung with 16g Red Code at 52lbs with a Fairway leather grip (found one locally!!!) and going to put an overgrip on it and take it for a spin tomorrow.
     
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  16. shogun90

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    Tried the racquet with 3 gms at 12 and felt a little sluggish, took it off and felt better but my strokes were still a little off, I think I will throw on a leather grip and try it that way. It was strung with 4G, it felt very muted, I have the take the dampener off because it felt like mush. I think it would do better with a crisper string.
     
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  17. syke

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    lol... looks there are a couple having similar issues..
     
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    True but I am one of several that have thrown on a leather grip and discovered a much different (in a really good way) racquet.
     
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    I usually like my racquets to be around 350g, as I normally play with the blade tour, but now I'm not sure if I need to add any weight to the hoop after reading these reports. I am adding a leather grip for sure though. I wish the racquet would hurry up and arrive
     
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  20. NickJ

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    I am in this club. Got my 95S a couple of weeks ago but due to work only used it the once and loved it! Used to use PS Original 95 6.0 exclusively for about 15-20yrs and this is the closest I've found to that magical frame. Tried allsorts over the years, Slazenger Pro Braided, Dunlop MuscleWeave, Babolat Pure Storm GT but none have 'felt' the same.
    Currently has the Wilson RipSpin in it but may try my old faithful Luxilon Big Banger or maybe Technifibre Black Code as recommended by a friend. Either way, will be sticking with this frame from now on, unless Wilson discontinue it!
     
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  21. mad dog1

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    i tried a demo in stock form and felt it was a little sluggish, too. it was a friend's demo so i have no idea if it was over the published specs though.
     
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  22. Racer41c

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    Yes! exactly. I have 3g in the butt cap and it really improved the racquet for me. I'm coming from Prestige MP and Pro so I'm used to a bit more heft.

    Looking forward to some different string setups, I too have the 4G at 51 and have all the same experiences already mentioned.
     
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  23. PeterFig

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    Playing with the 95S with a TW leather grip and Wilson RipSpin @54lb .... loving it! I think I will try a bit of a lower tension next time though ... maybe 51lb. That's what I was stringing my PS90's around using a hybrid setup. I'm really liking the RipSpin in this racquet - it's crisp but not harsh and produces really nice spin.
     
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  24. syke

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    Slap on a leather grip and give it a try without any additional weight at the top…

    350g is easily achievable with an OG and Dampener..
     
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  25. Devilito

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    leather, OG and full poly put mine at exactly 350
     
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  26. chrisberchris

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    Awesome! Thanks!
     
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    Where are you guys getting demos from? I've been calling Tennis Warehouse since it was released and this week is the first time the demo option has been available on their site. They only have 1/4 & 3/8 grips with multi strings as an option though.
     
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  28. Isn_fish

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    Hi PeterFig,

    which gauge are you using? 15G or 16G?

    thanks!
     
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  29. BHud

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    Not sure what you're talking about? I've demoed a 4-1/2 twice in the past month...obtained through the normal process?
     
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  30. asifallasleep

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    I keep trying different setups so last night i removed the leather grip and used the racquet stock with the sublime grip and 1 gram in the buttcap. Still a great stick. IMO the key especially if you're playing stock is insane racquet head speed off both wings. If you maintain the speed the racquet is solid in all areas. My friend was hitting with a Pure Strike and we were both crushing the ball. I had no stability issues in the head at all. My frame stock weighs in at 11.9 with the overgrip, 12.0 with the 1 gram in the buttcap. Thats a pretty good weight IMO. Definitely not tweener territory. My K90's weighed in at 13.0. Kinda nice at least for now hitting with a slightly lighter frame.
     
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  31. Jim1564

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    Concerning the weight, I also found that putting on a leather grip and and overgrip brings the racquet up to around 350 grams. Nice weight for this racquet, I think. I tried lead tape at 3 and 9 o'clock with a lighter grip, but I didn't notice any improvement in play and I didn't like the higher swingweight. Personally, I play better with this racquet when it's more head light. I highly recommend those people who are experimenting with adding weight to the head to increase plow through and stability that they also experiment with more weight in the handle area and seeing how that changes things. Results might surprise you.

    I've had this racquet since it was released and it's a string-eating monster. I string it myself and I've been able to experiment with a different setup every few days and so far the best for me as been the Forten Thin Blend Kevlar set, a hybrid of 18g "soft" Kevlar and Forten Sweet 17. This was the first time I've used Kevlar in this racquet and I was surprised how good it felt and how well I played with it. I didn't notice anything overly stiff or harmful about the string. In fact, some poly I've tried felt worse, but I am a little worried about using Kevlar too much for fear of hurting my joints and I'm still looking for the perfect setup for me.

    I'm not sure what the norm for the length of time before Thin Blends break is, but my mains broke after six days of hitting 1 to 2 hours a day. I do hit with a lot of spin and was playing against other such people and we did practice a fair amount of serves and returns of serves, but still I think the six day lifespan says more about the 95S than it does about me and my partners' hitting abilities.

    I tried out some cheap Gosen 15L nylon today and it just felt awful. Ha, at 25 dollars for a reel, I shouldn't be too surprised how dull and lacking in feel they were. Maybe I'll try a hybrid with a high quality multifilament cross and see how that works. I sure need to find something to help defray the cost of having to string so often.

    Anyone got a decent, bargain priced 15G synthetic they can recommend?

    Fantastic racquet, by the way. I'm yet another person successfully moving away from the Wilson Tour 90 series. I've been waiting years for this kind of racquet.
     
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  32. chrisberchris

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    I am planning on stringing mine with tourna bhbr16 on the mains and bab synth gut on the cross. I usually string my blade tours at 59 mains and 57 cross, but I think I will go up to 61 mains and 59 cross for the ps95s.
     
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  33. asifallasleep

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    How often would you break strings in your 90's? The strings in my 90's never broke. I'd cut them out when i wanted to have them restrung. So i've never been a string breaker. I've hit with my 95s 3 times thus far. Wondering how long the strings will last for me. I only have one frame and am waiting on delivery for my other 2. I want to put my K90's and PS88's in storage so i'm not tempted to go back and forth with racquets.
     
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    Weird. I check everyday wanting to demo it, but have yet to see a 1/2 grip available.
     
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  35. PeterFig

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    Actually I'm using the 17's .... so far I have about 10+ hours on them including an almost 2hr hitting session yesterday against a guy who hits very hard and flat (ranked ~800 in the world right now). No major notching either as far as I can see.

    I'm actually pretty impressed with these strings both in terms of playability and durability.

    I do like experimenting with different strings so I think I will try some Alu Power Feel 18's next - I know, they are thin!!!
     
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  36. Isn_fish

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    Thanks!
    I've strung mine with Tecnifibre Razor code 17, and just hit some services yesterday (about 20 minutes). I'll have a training session today and will be able to grant some feedback later on.
    the strange thing is that specs, strung, with prince calfskin leather and overgrip, only 339gr! added some 3 grams on by the buttcap as I really like my sticks very head light.

    ps: I also do have a luxilon alu power feel reel, but will keep It with my Tfight's 315 =)
    It would break my heart to have a luxilon set broken in a few hours... haha
     
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  37. Devilito

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    i have a seriously hard time believing you have 10+ hours on a prostaff 95s with 17g string against an ATP ranked player with no major notching. Unless you're talking aircraft cable. I don't even see how that is physically possible unless you're using those flat walmart foam balls meant for kids.
     
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    Geesh - tough crowd. How about some photographic evidence (from the centre of the stringed)?

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    and string info:

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  39. PeterFig

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    I'm with you on the very head light preference - I have a long swing at the ball (too long) so a headlight racquet is nice for me to be able to actually catch up to the ball :)
     
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  40. SCRAP IRON

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    I started this club (unofficially). "Devilto" showed me a picture of the PS 95s back in early December, because I didn't believe it existed. Since then, I did some searching and I received a demo before any of us dudes that are not in the tennis business. I first hit with it in early January and I put down the "Savage Banana" from Prince as well as retiring my Blade 98s and I am now using the racket that I believe is the most responsive "player's" frame in the world...

    Enjoy your new toy fellas!


    P.S. - Get ready to string this baby more frequently.
     
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  41. Devilito

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    still don't see how that's possible heh. That looks like a fresh string job. You can even read the text on the string. After I hit 1 hour, strings are notched and you cant read anything printed on the stringbed.
     
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    I'm not sure what to tell you my friend. I am just contributing to this thread with some of my experience with the PS95S and also the strings I'm using with it. I have no agenda here or reason to fib - just adding to the discussion.

    As for the "you can even read the text" bit - if you notice that text is near the frame and not in the sweetspot. The first photo is of the sweetspot and it's worn off there, but I'm quite happy about that since I try to hit the ball there ;)
     
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  43. Isn_fish

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    Have tested the racket yesterday, 1 and a 1/2 hours.
    Loved the additional spin, nice pace during heavy hitting (but missed some weight on light fluctuating balls), and noticiable improvement on kick serves.
    I've missed some power on flat serves, but gained regularity on it.
    My friend who was playing with me "complained" about the increase in spin on my backhand and backhand also.
    The feel, compared to my Tfight 315 is different, a little more "muted",
    but It is also a good "feeling" racket.
    the downside for me were the volleys, were I missed some stability, but I believe that with some training It'll be back to normal.
    Also, the racket is a really string eater. My tecnifibre razor code 1.25 is almost gone, probably won't last 20 minutes more....

    but overall, I'll probably buy 2 more of then. Loved It! (and a 1.35 string reel) =)
     
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    this issue with breaking strings so easily has stopped me buying one. 2 of them is not enough in a match situation. can't really restring your frames inbetween games or points can you!
     
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    Quite right sir!
     
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    Are you guys breaking poly in this racquet?
     
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  47. mawashi

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    How in the world do these strings look as good as they do after 10 hrs???

    All the polys I've used show notching, wear and maybe a bit of yellow fuzz in 1 hr not 10.

    Just asking lol!
     
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  48. Sparky

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    Quite right. I agree.
     
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  49. PeterFig

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    I'm just as impressed as the next guy with the RipSpins. I too thought they would have snapped by now with all I had read about the SpinEffect racquets and string longevity. Now mind you I hit a fairly flat ball (... hence trying the SpinEffect frames). However I still take a pretty big cut at the ball and am far from a "pusher" so I'm pleasantly surprised with these strings.

    Now that I've said all this - watch me snap the strings on the next time out on court - that's just how things usually work :)
     
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  50. mawashi

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    Now that's what I'm hoping to hear lol! I hit fairly flat too but I value feel over durability however, very few strings last longer then 4 hrs before they go dead.

    If you have tried tour bite and black magic how would these strings rate pls?
     
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