2014 six.one 95 16x18, first impressions

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I ordered them based on assumptions and reviews, having hit with other six.ones over the years. They arrived from TW this afternoon, and I'm sitting here staring at them waiting for Saturday when I can go test them out.

Observations:
1. The paint job is much nicer looking in person than on film. I was a little reluctant to order them based on the pictures, but like others I don't find the paint job offensive in person. I like it.
2. No headcovers. That's pretty disappointing. Most racquets I've ordered come at least with a nylon sleeve to put them in, even if not padded, to keep them from getting dinged up bouncing around in my bag. Pretty cheap, Wilson.
3. Even with TW racquet matching, the sticks aren't an exact match, though they were able to match the swingweight exactly and the static weights are within a gram. I know I'm being picky, but TW was able to match my Dunlop, Becker, and Volkl frames perfectly, so I guess Wilson QC really must be lacking. Anyone buying should probably pay for the service.

I'm not commenting on swingweight, feel, or anything else until I hit with them this weekend, but I'm pretty excited and wanted to share with others interested in the racquet.
 

snoflewis

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I was in your shoes last week actually. Ordered off assumptions and some reviews Haha.

#1 and #3 i totally agree. But the pj is starting to look bland and a bit cheesy with the pearl white and gloss white mix. Better than the 2012 version regardless. All 4 of mine are above weight and more head heavy than printed specs. Ive never gotten anything with the major brand of rackets so no surprise there.

The rackets for me were as close as ive felt to the psc 6.1. Havent had too much experience with it yet but Very excited to see what this racket offers.
 

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Interesting post. Would like to continue hearing feedback on this racquet. I still play with my HPS 6.1 95s 16x18, although I also have an NCode 6.1 95 that usually sits in my bag. Might be time to get some new racquets but I'm debating whether to go with the new 6.1s or if I should try something different (but similar) like the Yonex VCore Tour 97s or perhaps wait until October for the new Pro Staffs to come out - will likely get the lighter version though, not sure if I can handle the RF autograph version as my main stick, although will definitely get one to add to my collection :)
 

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Mine both came in about 4 grams heavy of Wilson's spec printed on them, at 11.84 and 11.87oz (around 336 grams), with both at 12 points headlight unstrung, so not too far off spec, and within 2 grams of the specs on TW's site depending on what string they used to weigh them strung.
 

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So... first hit. Quick. Crisp. Played a very solid set of doubles. I struggled with serves and my forehand - all timing issues. The feel is solid. The spin is nothing to write home about, but more to follow on that, as I had them strung with synthetic gut and I normally hybrid Proline X and some synthetic or multi. I suspect the hybrid will change that.

I like the feel. It is crisp. It is not, however, enough like my other sticks to immediately play well with it. More to come.
 

hoodjem

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So... first hit. Quick. Crisp. Played a very solid set of doubles. I struggled with serves and my forehand - all timing issues. The feel is solid. The spin is nothing to write home about, but more to follow on that, as I had them strung with synthetic gut and I normally hybrid Proline X and some synthetic or multi. I suspect the hybrid will change that.

I like the feel. It is crisp. It is not, however, enough like my other sticks to immediately play well with it. More to come.
Did you demo the PS95 (16 x 19)?

I suspect the timing issues relate to the extra weight: 12.3 vs. 11.6 oz.
 

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Did you demo the PS95 (16 x 19)?

I suspect the timing issues relate to the extra weight: 12.3 vs. 11.6 oz.
You're right. I practiced serves for a while after I played, and I really need to focus on letting the racquet do the work. Forehands will be the same. That's not a bad thing. I just have a bad habit or two to deal with.
 

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The jump in weight is less than you may think. My Dunlops have leather grips and weigh about 15g more than the regular. The Beckers are 320 grams unstrung. Both are less headlight than the Wilson. The Becker actually feels a little more sluggish.

I'm sure it the experiment will be a good one, though. I've also played with the M-Fil 200 and Prince Equipe 95 [a clone of the Wilson 95] in the past, both heavier racquets than the 6.1 95.

I hit again this morning. I really like this racquet a lot on the backhand side. On the forehand side, it should allow me to do what I expected it to do, which is swing more smoothly and still find depth. That's what I tried to do this morning, and it worked fairly well. It is an adjustment, but I think it'll be worth it.
 
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