Wilson Prostaff 6.0 95 as a modern racket?

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  1. gplracer

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    There is so much talk about the reissue of the prostaff 85 and talk about it not being suited to the modern game. I wonder how the 95 version of the racket stacks up? I know it is not widely regarded as a racket on the same level as the 85 but how would it be as a racket in the modern game?
     
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  2. Tar Heel Tennis

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    I hit with one yesterday for the first time. Although much lighter than my 390g KPS88s, I liked the ease of hitting with this frame. The guy who owns it said he would consider selling it to me...I'd like to give this a try weighted more like my frames....I bet I would really enjoy it!
     
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  3. bluetrain4

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    With all of the 95s on the market, I don't see how the PS 95 wouldn't hold up well.
     
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    The great thing about the PS 6.0 95 is how headlight it is!I don't think any other 95 is14 points head light unstrung:)
    This makes for a really easy swing,even if it is not exactly light at roughly 350 grams strung plus an overgrip.As a result you can tune it to your own desire.In addition it slightly thinner in width than say a BLX Six One 95 and it also has a box beam.
    It plays great in my opinion, so it should stand up to all the other modern rackets
     
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  5. luishcorreia

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    I just bough one trough the TW classified foruns! I should receive it next week.

    I think for 4.0 players and beyond its a up to date racquet.
     
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  6. Mick

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    i bought 4 of them years ago from tennis-warehouse before it was discontinued and only used one of them.

    don't know where the other two are but i found one of the unused ones :)
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  7. Dave M

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    I went out to buy an 85 and bought a pair of 95s instead many years ago, loved them and if i hadn't of bought a grip size that felt too large i'd probably never ofmoved them on.I played with them and the 6.1 for years always prefered the 6.0
     
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    I always read your posts just to see what racquets you've bought a dozen of and can't find most of. :D

    -SF
     
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  9. dr325i

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    390g, cool!
    Can we take a look at a video of you hitting with that thing early in the match, then 1 hour later?
    What is the point of a 390g racket?

    Thanks!
     
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    Dolgopolov uses it, so that pretty much answers it.
     
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    I have used these since I was 18 (37 now) and I do love them but I also am beginning to find them lacking power compared to more modern stuff and now that I am a bit older I am finding that lack of power a, albeit small, problem.

    The feel is great, I have one stock and one lightly leaded and I cannot say which I prefer as I am findinng the leaded one a bit hefty and as stock, well as I said, power is required

    I have not found anything yet that I would swap them for but I am looking...
     
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    To crush the ball so it won't ever come back. Watch some videos of Sampras during his prime. :)

    BTW, almost everyone used to play with 390g and heavier racquets back during the wood era, including women and children. :shock:
     
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  13. BreakPoint

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    Are you sure? The PS 6.0 95 was introduced in 1994 (17 years ago).
     
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  14. Mick

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    haha. i only can't find the unused ones since i have no intention of ever using or reselling them. i just like the idea of knowing that i have them :D
     
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    Right. When the game was much slower and played a lot differently. Everybody forgets to add that part in.
     
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  16. BreakPoint

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    But the laws of physics hasn't changed, has it?

    A 14 oz. racquet will crush a 2 oz. ball much more than an 11 oz. racquet will. It's just simple physics.
     
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  17. Power Player

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    Of course. I agree 100% with that.

    But the game moves so fast now that setting up to get that racquet moving is a lot more difficult.
     
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  18. stevewcosta

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    What would be one reason why it wouldn't be good for this "modern game?" It's better than 99% of the "modern" racquets.
     
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    > A 14 oz. racquet will crush a 2 oz. ball much more than an 11 oz. racquet
    > will. It's just simple physics.

    It depends on where the mass is. I have 17 oz frames where the swingweight is around 320. I'd guess that you could find an 11 oz or 11+ oz frame with a higher swingweight that hits a heavier ball.

    There's a Pro Staff 95 for sale on the strings forum with a K95 paintjob so it sounds like there may be a few pros out there that still use it while selling K95s or BLX95s.
     
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  20. gplracer

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    It has been so long.... I do not remember what this racket hit like. Back in the day I played with the 85 as a junior. Later my friend had the 95 and played with it. I seem to remember people saying it did not really hit like the 85 version. I think the upper hoop was more flexible. The thing is people keep saying "light" rackets. It seems like most of the pros play with rackets that weigh the same as they did 10 years ago. It is just that the stock version of the racket has gone down in weight. Heck a lot of pros appear do not even play with the newer rackets. They are playing with older rackets that are painted.
     
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  21. movdqa

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    My view is that the pros are playing with lighter racquets but with swingweights in the 330 area. There are some very good hard hitters in the 350+ area.
     
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  22. gplracer

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    Movdqa I would agree with that assessment. I think that is about on the money. You said you are moving away from your kps88. Is that due to the headsize?
     
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  23. AndrewD

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    At the club level the game isn't played much differently to the way it's always been played. Most points are won on errors, rallies average 4 shots, feet don't move well enough and we still think that the guy who hits the ball hardest is best when the truth is, at our level, control trumps power.

    The 6.0 95 is a perfectly viable racquet for the modern club player and I'm sure it's as capable at the pro level as it ever was (although it was never as popular with the pros as the 6.1 95 or 6.0 85). Honestly, if you think the Prestige MP is still relevant then so is the 6.0 95.

    Personally, I wish I'd taken the opportunity to buy a couple of them when they were still available.
     
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    > You said you are moving away from your kps88. Is that due to the headsize?

    That's a big part of it.

    One other part of it is the ability to hit serves as big as the KPS with significantly less static weight. Adding static weight in the handle may not make a big difference in the effort to hit groundstrokes and volleys but it does make a difference in the serving effort. The motion from where the elbow is bent launching the racquet up to meet the ball requires effort in accelerating the additional mass in the handle. I do not believe that accelerating this additional mass results in more force to the serve but it can put a lot of additional stress on the arm and/or shoulder. My experiments with heavy static weight racquets with low swingweights resulted in added arm stress with small if any additional benefits in serving power.

    One thing in playing with pro stock racquets is the discovery that a lot of players that receive pro stock racquets use frames around 11.9 to 12.2 oz strung. My guess was that most pros used frames in the 12.5 to 13 oz area but this may have been swayed by what players like Soderling, Federer, Djokovich used. Obviously Nadal didn't fit my idea that big hitters used 12.5 to 13 oz frames.

    So I'm behind the times in using high static weight racquets at 13+ ounces. My feeling is that there are practical benefits to using something from 12.1 to 12.45 ounces with a swingweight from 330 to 355. That weight range includes an overgrip and maybe a vibration dampener. This would compare to 13.0 to 13.3 ounces in my KPS frames.

    There are retail frames in the 11-11.9 oz area with pretty decent swingweights and I wonder if there are many pros that actually use frames in the mid-11 ounce area. Pro1tennis at the big auction site is selling seven TGK238.4s and I think that they come in at 316 grams unstrung or 11.65 ounces strung. That's a pretty low static weight from what I've seen.
     
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    You're such a tease!!!
     
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  26. Mick

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    haha. sorry. it was a phase that i went through. nowadays, i am more into playing tennis than collecting tennis racquets.
     
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    no as I am slightly prematurely senile! I may indeed have been 20ish when I bought mine
     
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  28. chippy17

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    coudl you point me in the direction of the PS that is for sale?
     
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    It is in the strings forum (use google) in the for sale section.
     
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    Those are some very interesting observations! But if you are considering going from 13+ to 12.5- oz rackets while maintaining the same relatively high swingweight, you will have to accept a less head-light balance. How do you feel about that? I'm very happy with my modern 13 oz, ~10 pts head-light racket, the Dunlop 4D200 Tour, but occasionally when I've been serving a lot I feel some shoulder discomfort. Lastly I felt a sudden pain in the base of my thumb after playing and serving a lot (practicing my serve with a bucket of balls...). Nothing some rest and ice won't cure, and I might just as well get similar problems with a lighter racket (overuse = overuse...) but in the light of what you are saying interesting nevertheless... What alternative, lighter rackets are you considering, seeing that we come form the same original preference?
     
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  31. movdqa

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    I'm playing around with Pro Stock racquets at the moment but am considering retail sticks too.

    I am okay with going down to 6 or 7 points headlight which is where the KPS is today. Here's an example:

    Take the Head MG Radical Midplus ($90 at TW). 27 inches, 11 oz, 2 pts head light, 315 swingweight. Using the TW automated customization tool, it can be modified to 12.4 oz, 10 points headlight, 345 swingweight by adding 0.16 oz at 27 inches, 0.13 oz at 26.6 inches and 1.11 oz at 0.8 inches.

    It can be modified to 12.2 oz, 8 points headlight, 345 swingweight by adding 0.16 oz at 27 inches, 0.14 oz at 26.6 inches and 0.9 oz at 0.8 inches.

    The Head YOUTEK Radical Midplus is 11 oz, 2 points headlight and has a SW of 324. Adding 0.14 oz at 26.8 inches, 0.07 oz at 26.4 inches and 0.99 oz at 0.8 inches would result in a static weight of 12.2 oz, 10 points headlight and a swingweight of 345.

    The Babolat Pure Storm GT could be customized to 12.23 oz, 10 points headlight and 345 SW.

    The Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 could be customized to 12.1 oz, 10 points headlight, SW 345.

    So there are ways to do this with retail frames. I think that it will take a little time to find what I want given the added variables of flex and strings.

    The key is in finding a retail frame that's already lightweight that isn't stiff as a board - basically a frame that screams out for customization. It seems to me that the Pro Stock racquets are made this way - very light hairpin, with silicone added in the handle and lead in from 11:00 to 1:00.

    One final example that I've been thinking about for a while for a super-flexible solution:

    PK Redondo MP (57 RA) -> 12.31 static weight, 8 points headlight, 345 SW. Basically the flex of a PT57A at 1/3rd the price by just adding 0.21 oz of lead between 11:00 and 1:00.
     
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    The Aerogel 4D 200 Tour is already a monster of a frame at 352 SW. It can be modified to 12.8 oz, 10 points headlight, 353 swingweight by adding half an ounce to the handle.

    You can get a Federer/Nadal SW of 355 with the Babolat AeroPro Drive GT with a static weight of only 12.4 ounces and a 10 points headlight balance. The only issue that I'd have with that is that it would be a super-stiff solution. There are very light frames that can be customized to high swingweights with relatively low static weights but most of them are very stiff.
     
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    I have a friend that is a 5.5 and he uses a 6.1 team. I asked why he does not use the regular 6.1 and he stated that he likes to weigh down the head with tape.
     
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    ^^ The most obvious choices are radicals...old style instincts and the Dunlop 300 series.
     
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    Ah, thanks!
    I forgot that Sampras was posting on this forum...

    Whatever man, read what I posted again, then think about it...
     
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  36. Power Player

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    That has nothing to do with what I said.

    He was talking about 390 gram racquets. You are talking about a classic graphite Wilson 6.0 weighing an ounce less that of course can be used by any club player. The 95 is still being used on the tour under PJs I am quite sure.

    It's still a demanding frame compared to the newer sticks though. I had a PC600 and a youtek Prestige mid. The newer sticks just hit with more power, even the modern classics like the Prestige mid.
     
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  37. CDestroyer

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    If Federer goes to a new racquet it will be a BLX. Maybe Wilson will release a BLX Prostaff 95 with a box beam.
     
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    And I would suggest you do the same.

    If a 70lb. 10 year-old kid can handle a 390g racquet, why can't a 200lb. 30 year-old man?
     
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    It's just an plain heavy racquet, it would probably be like hitting with a k90 but with a 95 head size
     
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  40. Venetian

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    "Handle" and "play effective, competitive modern tennis with" are two different things.
     
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    The guy knows nothing about tennis and math...so far he proved that.
    The more he posts here (and he's done it a lot), the more he shows his flaws...

    I can bet ANY money that 99% of amateur players cannot "use" the 390g frame in the match play and would be MUCH more effective with a 340g frame. THey believe they can do it, I believed I could do it with a 360g frame and I am playing a level higher now with a 330g frame...
     
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    Yeah, you're right. I know absolutely nothing about tennis and math. Which means I know 100 times more about both tennis and math than you do. :oops:
     
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  43. CDestroyer

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    I totally agree with your asessment of 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 level players will for the most part play a higher quality match with a 330g frame than a 390g frame.

    BP just likes to argue and get the last word in. He wont admit when he is wrong, thinks he knows everything about everything, and he is frequently wrong.
     
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    Exactly. Thank you sir.
     
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  45. BreakPoint

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    Only if you want to run side to side along the baseline all day long hitting the ball back and forth like a pusher instead of crushing the ball with one shot and winning the point outright. :)
    Yet, no one has yet been able to prove it. :-?
     
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  46. BreakPoint

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    But who said everyone has to necessarily play "modern tennis" to win? :confused:

    McEnroe still plays his ultra-old-school style of tennis and can still beat 99% of his opponents that play "modern tennis". :shock:
     
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  47. CDestroyer

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    And he is full of himself. Real cool dude.
     
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  48. BreakPoint

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    Have you ever played with a PS 6.0 95? That racquet is not heavy at all. It's only about 12.5oz. (354g) strung with overgrip and is so headlight that it swings like a feather.
     
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    12.5 is heavy now a days, A lot of racquets are around the 10-11 area.
     
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  50. BreakPoint

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    So then you haven't played with a PS 6.0 95? Because it swings like a 11.5 or lighter racquet. :)
     
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