From Prostaff 90 to ?

Xzebetz

New User
Hello,
I currently play with a Prostaff 90 Blx sixOne.

have been playing with it since 2012 or so.

After 9 years im thinking of buying a new racquet.

Im really considering the RF97.

How does it play compared to the Prostaff 90?
 

joah310

Professional
Rf97 is a completely different beast from the ps 90. As says above something from the prestige line seems closest, I haven't tried the prince phantom 93, but that might be a good option too
 

lim

Semi-Pro
PS90s can still easily be had on fleeeabay. The 360+ prestige mid should be an easy transition plus this version has a nice crisp feel & 16x19 pattern like the PS. The extra 3 sq in head size + tear drop shape is also more forgiving imo.
 
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Prince Phantom 93P 14x18. Magnificent racket; way more forgiving than the 93 headsize would suggest. Control is great and spin is even better. Decent at flattening out the ball too; not as good as an 18x20 93 P but still good.

Volkl still makes the Power Bridge 10 Mid, that one might be a good transition from the PS90.
 

socallefty

Legend
Let me guess - OP thinks Federer is the GOAT. Switch to the RF97 and you will start beating any pesky lefties that have been troubling you with their FH to your BH.
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
Let me guess - OP thinks Federer is the GOAT. Switch to the RF97 and you will start beating any pesky lefties that have been troubling you with their FH to your BH.
How would you know what the OP is thinking? Maybe he assumed that they played the same?
People can’t ask a simple question without being attacked with a smart@ss comment?
 

TennisHound

Legend
Hello,
I currently play with a Prostaff 90 Blx sixOne.

have been playing with it since 2012 or so.

After 9 years im thinking of buying a new racquet.

Im really considering the RF97.

How does it play compared to the Prostaff 90?
You could try something completely different like a Pure Aero or Pure Drive.
 
Depends on how big of a change you want. The RF keeps the PWS and layup, but it’s a more of a club than a scalpel. More power, more stability, more forgiving, less maneuverable. The prestige mid is probably the closest to a PS90 available now.
 

Xzebetz

New User
PS90s can still easily be had on fleeeabay. The 360+ prestige mid should be an easy transition plus this version has a nice crisp feel & 16x19 pattern like the PS. The extra 3 sq in head size + tear drop shape is also more forgiving imo.
Still have 4 PS90´s. Just considering changing after 9 years. Not sure, cause I really like the PS90.
 

Xzebetz

New User
You could try something completely different like a Pure Aero or Pure Drive.
I am also considering a complete change. But I really like the PS90 type of racquet. I played with the aero pro drive back in 2009. And never got use to it. Is the Pure Aero similar? Pure Drive could be an option. Also considering Yonex Vcore Pro.
 

Xzebetz

New User
Depends on how big of a change you want. The RF keeps the PWS and layup, but it’s a more of a club than a scalpel. More power, more stability, more forgiving, less maneuverable. The prestige mid is probably the closest to a PS90 available now.
Well, I played with the first RF97 racquet and did like it, but liked the PS90´s more. So I didnt change. But it seems they made a lot of changes? Now there are 3 versions and the heaviest is 360 grams unstringed? Dunno if that is to heavy compared the PS90..
 

golden chicken

Hall of Fame
I demoed an RF97 a couple of years ago. Compared to my Tour 90s, it felt clunky and slow. I also demoed a Pure Strike Tour at the same time, and liked it better, but not enough to stray from my Tour 90s.
 

TennisHound

Legend
I am also considering a complete change. But I really like the PS90 type of racquet. I played with the aero pro drive back in 2009. And never got use to it. Is the Pure Aero similar? Pure Drive could be an option. Also considering Yonex Vcore Pro.
Yep, If you like that type of racquet, the you should keep with what you like. The 90 is heavy, thin beamed, smaller head, and is easy to swing, good on put aways, and excellent on volleys. It’s gonna be hard to match that in today’s market.

The PA is not better than the APD. The PD would be closer to the APD, but neither of these have any solid mass behind their shots.

A 95” (or Vcore 97) may be closer to what you’re looking for, however you may have add weight to get the mass behind your shots.

The RF97 is bigger and clubbier than the PS90 in every way. It’s got all the benefits of a heavy racquet, but is a challenge to swing. No part of it is fast.
 
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stingstang

Professional
There’s nothing like a PS90. Keep them for fun / practise and try something new. The current Blade 98’s, Head Pro Tour 2.0, Gravity Pro, Prince Phantom all get good reviews.

I love 90’s and still have a few I hit with sometimes but I never liked the RF97. Too much of a tank.
 
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joohan

Guest
One of my favourite frames (BLX PS90, that is), really hard to replace. It's heavy but swings fast and plays a bit bigger than 90sq.inch. Angell TC90 has been suggested and it's not a bad choice but it plays smaller than 90sq.inch. Used to have both, moved TC90 on, kept the PS90. Better feel and performance. Volkl Powerbridge Mid has the same attributes, although it's less stable. Nothing a bit of lead here and there wouldn't take care of.

Oh and if you'd consider venturing off of thin, small frames - Fischer VT98Pro is my main frame now. 330g unstrung, fast, solid as a rock with no lead needed (tapered beam which took some getting used to, coming from the likes of PS90) and, most of all, the best feeling mold out there (personal opinion). I believe Pacific offers something along those lines, not sure how supply lines work in US, though.
 
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BRS1076

New User
I switched from the 2014 PS90 to the Phantom 93P (18x20). The PS90 is heavier but more compact, so I felt like strokes with the PS90 finished "faster" with more plow through. I also felt that the PS90 was less likely to twist on off-center shots. The 93P was a bit more forgiving especially for a 1HBH drive, and I do feel like it was easier to generate slice. I also felt like I had more margin for error on kick serves. The 18x20 is pretty tight, so polys in the 93P seem to last much longer than they did in the PS90.

I prefer the 2018 version of the Phantom 93P as opposed to the 2020 version. The 2018 felt a bit crisp and provided a little more feedback from the stringbed. The 2020 version felt more plush and had a slightly different launch angle that gave me a little more air under my shots.

I am kind of kicking myself for not grabbing a Dunlop CX 200 Tour 18x20 when the first version dropped below $100. I would have liked to compare that to the PS90 and 93P.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Probably won't help,
I had a PS90 didn't really like it gave to a friend. (This is why my idea probably sux).
I went to RF97 after few other frames and I liked it but found it hit erratic needed more spin to control.
Went to Six.One 95 18x20 reissue. These are still made but the variant depends on region. It has with as much control as PS90, but a little more modern, good plow and launch. But it's more rigid.
 

Karstic

Rookie
I am currently trying to transition from the PS90 (2014) to the RF97, and as was said above, it is a completely different beast. It probably has more in common with the 6.1 95 than the PS90, which is probably why that line was discontinued at the time it was introduced. Several years ago I playtested several racquets including the original RF97. One of the frames I tested at the time was the original Prince Textreme Tour 95, which I thought would be an easy transition from the 90. It was what the ProStaff 95 should have been but wasn't. Give it some consideration.
 

Karstic

Rookie
It's been a while since I hit with the 6.1 95 (K-factor model with 4g lead at 3 & 9.) I need to string one up and compare. Maybe this weekend. I never hit with the original 6.0 PS95, but people who did tell me that the 2012 model didn't compare. Too light and unstable.
 
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