Info on Wilson Pro Staff 7.5.

Hi everybody,

does anybody have any info (tecnical details too) on Wilson Pro Staff 7.5 racquet and the type of player and the type of game it fits better? I think it's a frame of 1980's.

Regards,

Francesco
 
Blue.
Is it very different than wilson pro staff 6.0 (Sampras model) or 6.1 classic (Edberg model)? Obvously i'm talking about commercial racquets, not the customized racquets for pros ...

Francesco
 

gteter

New User
I have been playing a Wilson Pro Staff 7.5, 110 sq in for the past 15 years or so. I have tried to replace it with a new updated racquet for the past year and have demo'd over 20 racquets, but keep coming back to mine. The following information was provided to me by Wilson concerning this racquet: 1. Very close to the Classic 6.1 concerning power. 2. 7.5 is more head-light. 3. 7.5 is a little more flexible. 4. Wt.: 12.1 Balance: 10pts head-light Strings: 18by19.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Wilson PS 7.5 95 used the same mold as the PSC 6.1 95. Extremely headlight, believe 12 pts. Cured my TE. Still own the 95 and 110
 

MarkSolaris

New User
Recently acquired one of this, tested it with old strings that came with it, felt absolutely underpowered. Must be the strings I think. Found new grommets for it, and planning to restring it with soft co-poly at mid 40's. I am attracted to the low flex size and shape of the racket, read lots of positive reviews on the whole prostaff line, so feel the need to explore it more.

Can anyone who has tested it make comparison of this racquet or comment more?

Cheers
 

goran_ace

Hall of Fame
From what I remember about that racket 'underpowered' hits the nail right on the head. Too flexible and not enough weight. It felt flimsy, like a toy compared to the 6.1 and 4.2 classic which both felt just rock solid. Remember Wilson slapped the name Pro Staff on a lot of rackets back in the 90's and not all of them were good.
 

MarkSolaris

New User
Just wanted to add update to the tread here. Last summer I restrung the Wilson 7.5 (95in, blue) with co-poly Tourna Big Hitter Blue Strings 17 and tested it on clay courts. I also added more weight to it so it came up to around 360 grams, keeping it about 10 times headlight. This time I found the racquet very pleasant to hit with, though during the matches still felt somewhat underpowered, yet much better then when I tried it the first time with the old strings. It was kind of average on the serve, though comfort was the main feature of this setup and now I quite like the racquet. I am thinking of stringing it with more powerful string to compensate for the luck of power and yet keep the same comfort I experienced with it. Wandering if anyone could give a tip on choice of string for this type of racquet. Also would be nice to hear if anyone still hits with it and what are their experiences.
 

BRS1076

New User
Here are the details from the TW Racquet Finder:

Head Size: 95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.
Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 12.00 oz / 340 g
Balance: 13pts HL
Swing Weight: 297
Stiffness: 54

I used this racquet in the 90s and came back to it after POGs were giving me shoulder and arm issues. I switched to a modified PS95 (2014) last fall.

It's a very flexible racquet and easy to swing. It's very arm friendly. However, you have to take a full/long swing or else you will generate no pace. Since it is so light, it is easy to fan the ball to generate topspin. Great slice too. Very maneuverable at the net.

I tend to think that it is better suited to one-handed backhand. The frame has a lot of fiberglass, so it does feel a bit flexy like a hockey stick. I like that kind of feel on a one-handed backhand, but I felt that for a two, I wanted something that felt more solid like 2"x4" lumber. When I didn't take a full cut at a two-handed backhand, I felt like I was merely pushing the ball. Stiffer racquets like the PS 6.1 allow you take a shorter swing at the ball when pressed and still generate the necessary pace to get back in the point.

I would say this Pro Staff 7.5 is more for serve-and-volley players or players that tend to come into the net.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Here are the details from the TW Racquet Finder:

Head Size: 95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.
Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 12.00 oz / 340 g
Balance: 13pts HL
Swing Weight: 297
Stiffness: 54

I used this racquet in the 90s and came back to it after POGs were giving me shoulder and arm issues. I switched to a modified PS95 (2014) last fall.

It's a very flexible racquet and easy to swing. It's very arm friendly. However, you have to take a full/long swing or else you will generate no pace. Since it is so light, it is easy to fan the ball to generate topspin. Great slice too. Very maneuverable at the net.

I tend to think that it is better suited to one-handed backhand. The frame has a lot of fiberglass, so it does feel a bit flexy like a hockey stick. I like that kind of feel on a one-handed backhand, but I felt that for a two, I wanted something that felt more solid like 2"x4" lumber. When I didn't take a full cut at a two-handed backhand, I felt like I was merely pushing the ball. Stiffer racquets like the PS 6.1 allow you take a shorter swing at the ball when pressed and still generate the necessary pace to get back in the point.

I would say this Pro Staff 7.5 is more for serve-and-volley players or players that tend to come into the net.

Mark Woodforde used this racquet with a custom 12x16 pattern. Could be a PJ. Odd, my PS 7.5 95 weighs 13 oz stock.
 

MarkSolaris

New User
After researching different strings I have come to conclusion that one of the strings to compliment this racquet might be Ashaway Dynamite Soft 18 strung at lower tension @ around 38lbs. Apart from blue color that would match the color of the racquet nicely, the main characteristic of this string seems to be the power, so my assumption is it should compensate for low powered side that the racquet is known for. Theoretically this should be a perfect arm friendly setup too, although I haven't tested this string as of yet, but might give it a try soon. The other option might be to do a hybrid, Dynamite with a soft co-poly, although I am not sure which one, or what should be the mains and what crosses in order to create best setup. Any views on this?
 

BRS1076

New User
Mark Woodforde used this racquet with a custom 12x16 pattern. Could be a PJ. Odd, my PS 7.5 95 weighs 13 oz stock.

I still have three ProStaff 7.5s. I haven't measured them, but the balances of each one is definitely slightly different and one is definitely heavier than the other two. Maybe a result of mixing in fiberglass instead of kevlar?
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I still have three ProStaff 7.5s. I haven't measured them, but the balances of each one is definitely slightly different and one is definitely heavier than the other two. Maybe a result of mixing in fiberglass instead of kevlar?

Result of Wilson's QC. Also, these racquets may still be offered in different weights, Medium and Light. Just failed to tell us.
 
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penguin

Professional
After researching different strings I have come to conclusion that one of the strings to compliment this racquet might be Ashaway Dynamite Soft 18 strung at lower tension @ around 38lbs. Apart from blue color that would match the color of the racquet nicely, the main characteristic of this string seems to be the power, so my assumption is it should compensate for low powered side that the racquet is known for. Theoretically this should be a perfect arm friendly setup too, although I haven't tested this string as of yet, but might give it a try soon. The other option might be to do a hybrid, Dynamite with a soft co-poly, although I am not sure which one, or what should be the mains and what crosses in order to create best setup. Any views on this?

hi, did you do this in the end? if so how was it?
 

MarkSolaris

New User
hi, did you do this in the end? if so how was it?

Hi, yes I strung a full set of Ashaway Dynamite 18 @ a lower tension (38/40lbs). I liked the strings in all aspects apart from the fact that they moved a lot. Fitting couple dozens of Babolat elastocross string savers somewhat helped to overcome the issue, but they still moved, though not as much as without them. With this setup the power was decent and the control was quite good too. I probably wouldn't do this again just because of excessive string movement.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Hi, yes I strung a full set of Ashaway Dynamite 18 @ a lower tension (38/40lbs). I liked the strings in all aspects apart from the fact that they moved a lot. Fitting couple dozens of Babolat elastocross string savers somewhat helped to overcome the issue, but they still moved, though not as much as without them. With this setup the power was decent and the control was quite good too. I probably wouldn't do this again just because of excessive string movement.
Maybe a poly main will give more snapback
 

MarkSolaris

New User
Well eventually I had it strung it with Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 Strings (full setup). With this setup I found even more power, moderate topspin, reasonable comfort and almost no movement at all. The only other thing that I can think of is a full setup of natural gut, strung at a lower tension, could perhaps complement this racket even better (that is if one likes gut). The fact is that I stopped using it as I discovered even more comfortable racket (Volkl Organix 10 Mid). Just to mention that the comfort is priority for me due to shoulder issue that I have. Since then I stopped using all other rackets from my collection and it's been the case for several months now. Currently I am selling it here at TW.
 

insiderman

Semi-Pro
That mould (95" version specifically here speaking)... was one of the top #3 of all time~! Wilson used that successfully for the; 7.5 / 6.1 / 4.2 & some other special "creations" for various markets, etc. - all in various string patterns (16x18 was the most common - but also 18x20 for retail, were found) and grommets were interchangeable plus a player could easily transgress from one to another as they wanted more of '?' etc... All in all, the dynamics of the actual geometry for that mould were legendary... yet, he construction was VERY expensive (no matter the version) to produce - ahhh... the good Ol' days!
 
Still hitting with your 7.5?

Got a Pro Staff 7.5 the blue metallic one, probably the same that you are discussing here, (theres a previous version, black with purple and green details called Classic Si, same lay out paint as the 6.1 Classic, probably is a kevlar/graphite compost and more stiff frame) Anyway.. i got one of the 7.5 in mint old new stock condition with sealed grip and banner on string bed, paid a little expensive, the same as the recent new racquets... i bought one of these after testing a lot of recent frames and dislike all due the stiffness ra, also this was the racquet that i payed the best tennis of my life in the late 90's early 2000's... so.. what not get one of these again as unfortunately i don't have my old ones...

I returning to Tennis this year, I waiting mine arrives, i wish my feeling be right and i like the racquet today as i liked many years ago hehehe...

Probably will because a 95sq headsize, 340 strung, very head light, around 50's RA, 16x18 can't be a bad racquet, a firm syn gut or a natural gut at high tensions maybe will work like a charm on this frame, in fact, these are the specs of a great low powered players frame with some room to do little adjustments on balance if you wanna more SW and less headlight, the specs of this frame is everything that i miss on the new racquets from this days... I think i will probably like it in stock form :)

I will post my review here soon...
How do you like it ? Does it feel flexible to you ?
 

capellano

New User
Here are the details from the TW Racquet Finder:

Head Size: 95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.
Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 12.00 oz / 340 g
Balance: 13pts HL
Swing Weight: 297
Stiffness: 54

I used this racquet in the 90s and came back to it after POGs were giving me shoulder and arm issues. I switched to a modified PS95 (2014) last fall.

It's a very flexible racquet and easy to swing. It's very arm friendly. However, you have to take a full/long swing or else you will generate no pace. Since it is so light, it is easy to fan the ball to generate topspin. Great slice too. Very maneuverable at the net.

I tend to think that it is better suited to one-handed backhand. The frame has a lot of fiberglass, so it does feel a bit flexy like a hockey stick. I like that kind of feel on a one-handed backhand, but I felt that for a two, I wanted something that felt more solid like 2"x4" lumber. When I didn't take a full cut at a two-handed backhand, I felt like I was merely pushing the ball. Stiffer racquets like the PS 6.1 allow you take a shorter swing at the ball when pressed and still generate the necessary pace to get back in the point.

I would say this Pro Staff 7.5 is more for serve-and-volley players or players that tend to come into the net.
I have the 7.5 mentioned in
. I am landing the ball beyond the service line more consistently & improving my technique. I no longer pat at the ball but can swing with freedom to a nice high finish. Timing has improved a lot. Perhaps the low swing weight helps me to quickly manoeuvre the frame into position to take a good cut at the ball. Such a joy to have more confidence in going for your targets. The flexible frame lends itself to improved touch on delicate shots. In my opinion control trumps power. The guy in the video recommended gut. What sort of tension and string do you think works best? I am using natural gut mains and crosses, at a lower tension. Does the open string pattern help with consistency?
 
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Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I have the 7.5 mentioned in
. I can swing with freedom, finish high and not have to worry about the ball going out. Yes you need good technique & fitness. The low swing weight helps me to quickly manoeuvre the frame into position to take a good cut at the ball. Such a joy to have more confidence in going for your targets. The flexible frame lends itself to improved touch on delicate shots. In my opinion control trumps power.
Saved my elbow, RA 54
 

chrischris

G.O.A.T.
Tried a couple of these last weekend. Strung with Signum poly plasma pro orange mains and Xone biphase 16 gauge crosses 48 lbs.
Liked the flex and the feel. The racket needs some lead IMO. Will set it up with 4 grams or more at 3 and 9 and under the grip.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Tried a couple of these last weekend. Strung with Signum poly plasma pro orange mains and Xone biphase 16 gauge crosses 48 lbs.
Liked the flex and the feel. The racket needs some lead IMO. Will set it up with 4 grams or more at 3 and 9 and under the grip.
The 95 is pretty headlight. Still have it and the 110. Flexiest Wilsons I ever used.
 

chrischris

G.O.A.T.
Took mine out for a swing last night again...leaded at 3 and 9.. Newly strung fullbed Xone biphase 17 gauge. 48 lbs. Hot conditions. Felt great. Nice flex and good feel pop was good not great but may string at round 44 lbs next time...
 
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