Wilson Pro Staff 100: hybrid experiment gone wrong - initial impressions

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  1. Someone Else

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    First of all, the Pro Staff 100 racquets I have seen pictures of, all have the
    "100" written as a number on the frame, but on my racquet it is written as letters, "hundred".
    Also, the words "Six One" do not appear anywhere on the racquet.
    What gives?:

    http://i45.tinypic.com/wu5o1s.jpg

    http://i46.tinypic.com/2nhi3p3.jpg


    Anyways, on to my mini-review...

    As some of you might know from my previous postings, I have three
    Yonex racquets and I never thought I would play another brand.
    But then I got a Wilson Juice 100 BLX racquet as a gift which came
    strung with a full bed of Luxilon M2 Pro - a racquet which I really liked.
    So I thought, why not, if Wilson racquets are this good, I will try
    another one, so I purchased a Pro Staff Six.One 100.

    I picked up the Pro Staff 100 this week, which I had hybrid-strung
    with Isospeed Axon Multi 1.25 mm @ 25 kg / 55 lbs in the mains and red
    Tecnifibre X-One BiPhase 1.30 mm @ 24 kg / 53 lbs
    in the crosses. I chose this combination because I already have one
    racquet with a full bed of each, so I decided to combine these two
    strings in a third racquet to see what would happen.
    I had a chance to briefly play the racquet today,
    and I must say, I am disappointed.

    Since the racquet is brand new and I have not tried it with any other strings,
    I am not sure if the poor performance I am experiencing is due to the racquet
    itself or my choice of strings and tension.
    Unfortunately the racquet just feels flimsy, weak and hollow.
    There is good control but a complete lack of power for my taste.
    The size of the sweetspot is unimpressive. Soft shots and volleying felt good,
    but for hard hitting and baseline play the racquet simply lacked stability and power.
    It was not an arm-friendly racquet either. Not very dampening at all.
    Maybe the low weight of the Pro Staff 100 (285 g) also plays a role, but it just does not feel solid.
    My Juice 100 on the other hand, (tension unknown, racquet was a gift) feels so much better,
    more stable and comfortable and provides more power and even more control.
    I will try to switch the strings around and use X-One in the mains combined with a real
    co-poly string in the crosses next time in my Pro Staff 100,
    but so far my first hybrid experiment has been a total disappointment.
    I am even thinking of selling the racquet.

    Any questions, suggestions or comments?
    I want to hear from others who have tried or who own a Pro Staff 100,
    to see if you share my experience and opinions of this racquet.
     
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  2. rlau

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    If you read the reviews of this racquet, most people seem to think it is just too light. I therefore suggest adding some weight (using lead, silicone or a heavier leather grip) to bring it up to at least 305/310 grams unstrung. Also, I would try it with a string combo you like in order to make a fair comparison.
     
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  3. trilix

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    This is a racquet that screams to be customized with lead...
    Also wrap a leather grip on it.
     
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  4. TNT34

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    My 2012 Pro Staff six.one 100 racquets don't look like the one in your photo. Have the cosmetics changed or did you get it from those nice men on the bay?

    The first several times I played with the PS 100 I hated it because it was so low powered. I eventually came to like it after going to a lower string tension. I also learned how to take advantage of the power that is there by hitting with more wrist (faster racquet head speed) and trying to hit a shade higher in the sweetspot.

    That said, I like the 2012/2013 PS95 much better. It has a bit more heft, and is more head-lite so if you do add lead it doesn't turn into a hammer.

    The Pro Staff racquets play totally different from the Juice or the Steam or the Blade, or even the regular BLX racquets, but surely you already know that. I like the PS line because they feel the least stiff to me. But that does come at the cost of lower power.

    Good luck.
     
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  5. mykoh

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    ^^

    yeah i thought it should say "six.one 100" instead of "one hundred". really hope i'm wrong here.

    anyway, you should definitely lead it up before you come to any concrete conclusions. i added close to 30g to my PS95 and it does not feel hollow or flimsy at all.
     
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  6. trilix

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    You have the 2013 Paintjob.
    You can verify this on the Wilson website.
     
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  7. Someone Else

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    I purchased my racquet brand new from a reputable online retailer.
    According to trilix the comestics have changed and I have the new 2013
    paintjob, as verified on Wilson's site.
     
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  8. The Isomotion31

    The Isomotion31 Semi-Pro

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    A friend of mine demo'd the 2012 six.one 100 and let me use it in practice. I fell in love. Perfect control for me and I was able to just wail on the ball with heavy spin while getting the feeling that I was generating my own pace.

    I ordered one from Tennis Warehouse and received it on Wednesday. It has been raining and I have been working. Now I have to go down to SoCal for work and will not be back until Sunday.....I have sent a feeler out to my team and a friend(who will be coming back from Vegas) to hit on Sunday...Hopefully.
     
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  9. YesTennis

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    Just wondering where you added the lead, and what your current spec are since the mods. Also, what string are you using in the racquet? Thanks in advance.
     
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  10. Someone Else

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    What effect will adding weight to the racquet have?
    I am a beginner and I do not have any experience modding racquets.
     
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  11. Muppet

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    http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/customization.php

    Lead in different places has different effects. This webpage is a good start. You can skip the swingweight calculation and still get meaningful results.
     
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    Somehow I doubt the low unstrung weight of the Pro Staff 100 (285 g) alone
    is to blame for the weak, unstable and flimsy feel, because my Yonex EZone Xi 107
    has a lower unstrung weight of 280 grams and it still feels much more
    solid and stable than the Pro Staff. I am guessing material and design
    has a bigger influence than weight alone.

    Also, I assume the lack of power I am experiencing is due to the high tension (25 kg / 24 kg).
    The recommend tension range for the Pro Staff 100 is 24 to 28 kg, but is there anything wrong
    with going lower than the manufacturer's recommend range?
     
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