Best String for the Wilson pro staff 97

#1
Good day chaps, Oz here from London ! Just purchased the wilson pro staff 97 opted to keep the stock string (wilson sensation nxt) not impressed , sore arm , found it ironic they called is sensation as I found the string dead. In two minds babolat rpm blast or vs touch . has any experimented yet ? Cheers
 

dgoran

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#2
If sensation gave you arm trouble you don't even want to think about any poly especially in that arm shredder of a racquet..That racquet is very stiff I would go with gut or even softer multi (try maxim touch) or change racquets
 
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Mementi

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#3
If sensation gave you arm trouble you don't even want to think about any poly especially in that arm shredder of a racquet..That racquet is very stiff I would go with gut or even softer multi (try maxim touch) or change racquets
I agree. Change rackets or lower your tension.
 

Imago

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#4
I've just got my RF97 factory strung with Sensation @ 32 kg mains/23 kg crosses. Will restring with Intense Heat 1.25 Natural @ 26 kg.
 
#5
I put babolat vs touch @55lbs arm felt a lot better really nice blend of power and control and comfort , shoulder felt better but my hip is sore , I was so excited about the pro staff 97 after using it for 3 weeks I don't think we are going to get on ;( thinking about switching to the apd or the speed mp , thoughts ???
 

oble

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#6
Wilson Sensations are quite lively, comfortable strings but it still shouldn't give you sore arms even when it's dead cuz it's a fairly soft string (not the softest multi but I have plenty of experience with dead-ish Sensations from well-used Wilson demo sticks). Either the stick is not meant for you or your technique is really off.

Is the racquet too heavy or too light for you? Too stiff, perhaps? If it's the stiffness causing problems, switching to an APD or Speed MP is not going to help.

On the other hand, the sore hip sounds like a technique issue. This is the first time I hear a racquet/string combination causing a sore hip :shock:
 
#7
I use to play with the pro staff 95 then with the APD 2013 with RPM blast strung at 55lbs no problems at all , I think the frame is too stiff and heavy for me , going on **** ! :cry:
The question is stick to what worked (apd) or experiment.
 
#8
I've just got my RF97 factory strung with Sensation @ 32 kg mains/23 kg crosses. Will restring with Intense Heat 1.25 Natural @ 26 kg.
Wow that is way too high even if it's a multi and not a poly. Based on what some have suggested that this is a stiffer racquet, I will probably string mine at 50lbs and go from there. My GSP is stiffer and has tighter string pattern so 50lbs should be a good start since I string my GSP at 48lbs.
 

oble

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#9
I use to play with the pro staff 95 then with the APD 2013 with RPM blast strung at 55lbs no problems at all , I think the frame is too stiff and heavy for me , going on **** ! :cry:
The question is stick to what worked (apd) or experiment.
Interesting.. The stiffness of the PS97 should be somewhere between the PS95 and the APD. Weight is very similar to the PS95.

I guess the racquet really isn't for you. :(
 

SpinToWin

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#10
I use to play with the pro staff 95 then with the APD 2013 with RPM blast strung at 55lbs no problems at all , I think the frame is too stiff and heavy for me , going on **** ! :cry:
The question is stick to what worked (apd) or experiment.
RPM Blast + APD is likely to come back to haunt you in form of elbow pains. I assume that you used the same tension (55lbs) for the racquet as you did for the APD. Problem is that this is a (modern) player's racquet and these need lower tensions with poly unless you weight them up significantly. If you've started experiencing elbow pain, I would definitely recommend looking for something other than an APD.
 

MisterP

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#11
I use to play with the pro staff 95 then with the APD 2013 with RPM blast strung at 55lbs no problems at all , I think the frame is too stiff and heavy for me , going on **** ! :cry:
The question is stick to what worked (apd) or experiment.
Why not experiment some more? I think NXT in a full bed is a terrible option for a modern racquet anyway. I would try a nice soft multi like Vanquish in the crosses and a good poly like Tour Bite in the mains. Low 50s for the TB. And a little higher for the Vanquish.

If that hurts you, then it's likely the frame.
 
#12
Good day chaps, Oz here from London ! Just purchased the wilson pro staff 97 opted to keep the stock string (wilson sensation nxt) not impressed , sore arm , found it ironic they called is sensation as I found the string dead. In two minds babolat rpm blast or vs touch . has any experimented yet ? Cheers
Sensation has to be one of the worst POS strings ever made. I would hybrid VS Touch and RPM, with gut in the mains. Keep it at the same tension as your old racket, even if it was a 90. Ball pocketing is a very big issue with this racket, and if you go over 55# you'll lose the ball pocketing. Fed has gone from 57/54 at Cincinnati to 54/52 at USO. Don't know what he is doing in Shanghai.
 

Sander001

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#14
I put babolat vs touch @55lbs arm felt a lot better really nice blend of power and control and comfort , shoulder felt better but my hip is sore , I was so excited about the pro staff 97 after using it for 3 weeks I don't think we are going to get on ;( thinking about switching to the apd or the speed mp , thoughts ???
Are you certain that the racquet caused your hip to be sore?
 
#15
I think I am loading my hip more to generate more power , I thought the PS 97 would be the bridge between the control you get from a 95 and the power from 100. Interesting point about tension and ball pocketing ! Completely agree about the wilson string being bad. When it comes down to it we are all different the PS97 is probably a dream for a lot of players for me no .. Waiting for my new bank card to arrive so I can order a speed mp for a demo
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
#16
I got mine strung with Luxilon Savage at 48 and it felt ok, but it only lasted for a few hours before it popped. I strung it up with Tecnifibre Poly Code at 51 after that and it feels awesome now, plus it's been two weeks and it hasn't popped yet, so that's awesome. The racquet feels ridiculously solid strung at 51, awesome control, but still great pop and spin.
 

Mac33

Professional
#17
Ball pocketing is a very big issue with this racket, ]


When I swung hard with the RF 97 the ball would not pocket on the strings period. I hit some of the most wild forehands I've ever hit. My friend thought I was doing it on purpose,but no I wasn't.

When I swing on the forehand at moderate pace the string grips/pockets the ball well.

On off centre hits this racquet is a injury waiting to happen.
 
#18
I think I am loading my hip more to generate more power , I thought the PS 97 would be the bridge between the control you get from a 95 and the power from 100. Interesting point about tension and ball pocketing ! Completely agree about the wilson string being bad. When it comes down to it we are all different the PS97 is probably a dream for a lot of players for me no .. Waiting for my new bank card to arrive so I can order a speed mp for a demo
Having played with the Speed MP, it is definitely a nice racquet but you will need to add some lead to increase the stability of the racquet. I will update once I get a chance to hit with the PS 97 and provide a comparison.
 
#19
The Apd has been ordered strung with my usual setup RPM blast @55lbs can't wait to be reunited with it !! Just coming back to a comment regarding the stiffness ratting on the apd vs PS97 similar on paper very different in reality apd TW stiffness rating 69 PS97 TW stiffness rating 66 Hope everyone had a good weekend !!
 
#22
The PS97 is a very comfortable racquet imo. I use a full bed of Alu Power around 48 and it feels very nice to me. And I've had shoulder problems in the past. I did add a little weight in the hoop and an overgrip which imo helps a lot with the way this frames feels. In stock form I didn't care for it too much.
 
#23
The PS97 is a very comfortable racquet imo. I use a full bed of Alu Power around 48 and it feels very nice to me. And I've had shoulder problems in the past. I did add a little weight in the hoop and an overgrip which imo helps a lot with the way this frames feels. In stock form I didn't care for it too much.
How long do ALU Power strings last?
 
#26
Wilson Revolve 1.25/ Wilson Syn Gut Power 1.30
52/54-54/56

Solinco Hyper G 52lbs
Wilson Revolve 52lbs

All of these set ups $7.50-$12.00
 
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#27
I recently tested it twice
First time with Revolve 16, it was perfect at net, a stability out of this world. A bit stiff in the backcourt though
Retested it with another string (dont know which one, it was greyish) and it felt .... unstable ! Quite disappointing
 
#28
Solinco Hyper G 1.25 @ 52 is the best I have found in this frame. Have played Max Power 1.25 @ 52 and it played really well with more control. A bit stiffer but played well.
 
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#33
@USPTARF97
i went with 57lbs fb babo.origin
i took a shoot in the dark with the origin, but i knew it was a multi type of string, so i tend to go higher when dealing with softer strings and the open pattern of the racquet also,,

i currently have b.xcel/h.sonic.pro, 16g/17g, 57/52 lbs
 
#34
Full bed Multifeel plays great at 59lbs but gets shredded pretty fast. I’m trying out crossing with a soft poly like Revolve at lower tension for a bit more durability and will see how that feels.
 
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