Is Wilson Discontinuing the Pro Staff 97?

gplracer

Hall of Fame
The new Wilson catalog only lists the Pro Staff Countervail 97. There is no mention of the Pro Staff 97. My son says the Pro Staff 97 Countervail feels more dead than his 4 year old Pro Staff 97 rackets.
 

DanS

Semi-Pro
The new Wilson catalog only lists the Pro Staff Countervail 97. There is no mention of the Pro Staff 97. My son says the Pro Staff 97 Countervail feels more dead than his 4 year old Pro Staff 97 rackets.
That really doesn't surprise me that much. Seems like they are all in with Countervail. If you have the means, I'd stock up on some if he likes it that much! Hide them and give him a new one for Christmas every year! That's what I call killing two birds with one stone! lol
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
The Pro Staff 97 is only available with Countervail. The RF97 Pro Staff is without Countervail.
 

DanS

Semi-Pro
TW still has the Pro Staff 97.
You are correct. It's the all black paint job (which I love), but they probably won't be restocking it after the new models start coming in. You're probably on a countdown until around September or so until they run out.
 

NickShot

Rookie
Is the black PS97 the same as orange/black PS97? I know they are supposed to be the same, but sometimes manufacturers will tweak weight distribution slightly anyway.

Twistweight on orange/black PS97 is very high, I am hoping it was lowered a little to increase maneuverability.

An example is the newer versions of Volkl C10 Pro, that have a higher twistweight than the original, despite being sold as a paint job update only.
 

SeeItHitIt

Semi-Pro
Is the black PS97 the same as orange/black PS97? I know they are supposed to be the same, but sometimes manufacturers will tweak weight distribution slightly anyway.

Twistweight on orange/black PS97 is very high, I am hoping it was lowered a little to increase maneuverability.

An example is the newer versions of Volkl C10 Pro, that have a higher twistweight than the original, despite being sold as a paint job update only.
A good question. I've never even hit an all black 97, or an orange/black one for that matter. Still stuck on tweaked arsenal of 3 red/black and a red/black rf97. I honestly assumed they were just paint jobs (the easier way to update a line with no R&D).
 

DanS

Semi-Pro
Is the black PS97 the same as orange/black PS97? I know they are supposed to be the same, but sometimes manufacturers will tweak weight distribution slightly anyway.

Twistweight on orange/black PS97 is very high, I am hoping it was lowered a little to increase maneuverability.

An example is the newer versions of Volkl C10 Pro, that have a higher twistweight than the original, despite being sold as a paint job update only.
It's the same frame, but I believe you are referring to the version with red/black velvet paint. The orange accents are on the Burn line. I tried the countervail version of the PS97 as well. I actually liked the way it was balanced a little better (It felt a little more head light), but I didn't like the overly muted feel of the countervail.
 

NickShot

Rookie
A good question. I've never even hit an all black 97, or an orange/black one for that matter. Still stuck on tweaked arsenal of 3 red/black and a red/black rf97. I honestly assumed they were just paint jobs (the easier way to update a line with no R&D).
Actually, I have not played the orange/black one either. But the red/black one plays great, just a little sluggish for me.
Most likely they are all the same, and then there will be variances between each individual frame from the manufacturing process.
 

NickShot

Rookie
It's the same frame, but I believe you are referring to the version with red/black velvet paint. The orange accents are on the Burn line. I tried the countervail version of the PS97 as well. I actually liked the way it was balanced a little better (It felt a little more head light), but I didn't like the overly muted feel of the countervail.
Yeah that is the one I mean. It is a very orangy red though. Too bad the cv mutes the frame so much, I like how the first PS97 is very crisp.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
The new Wilson catalog only lists the Pro Staff Countervail 97. There is no mention of the Pro Staff 97. My son says the Pro Staff 97 Countervail feels more dead than his 4 year old Pro Staff 97 rackets.
a good time to teach your son about the little compromises one needs to make in life, far more important than the trivial racquet differences
 

Paragon

New User
Hey guys so i chatted with wilson and they told me they are discontinuing the Pro Staff 97 and 97s saying that more people like the 97CV than the regular which i think is bs. so now they are only going to have 3 pro staffs. autograph, 97cv and 97L
 

gplracer

Hall of Fame
That sucks! I figured they would say and do that. My son said the Pro Staff 97 CV felt more dead than his batch of Pro Staff 97 rackets he has had for three years. He has 5 and we go through about 25 sets a string a year so that is a lot of stringing.

You know the newer is always better.

Wilson did the same marketing ploy when they introduced Amplifeel. Then they came out with the Pro Staff 97 with braided graphite like it was in the past. Now the new amplifeel is CV. Thank you Wilson for taking a good product and messing with it. And then trying to tell us everyone likes it better.
 
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