My New tennis racket (RF97A black)

Martin B.

New User
Didn't spend much time looking at the video, but it doesn't look like you're using your body very much. A lot of arm in it. Turn your torso to help generate power. You don't have to do a loop (WTA style I believe). That is how I was taught as well, but I am trying to transition to a more ATP style with a shorter backswing.
It`s like a lazy forehand i do when we don`t play points. When im playing a match i put some body into it, actually also using too much force and too fast swing from low to high that i frame the ball but i`ve already said it in the previous posts. This racket definitely doesn`t need you to force it, it does things itself especially when you flatten the shot it. But let`s come back to the cross court forehand topic. I am pretty sure some of the guys including me probably are never gonna be that good at doing it like Federer does it because think about it... when he does it his wrist is super laggy and loose which leads to a very whippy motion which for topspin generation is amazing and i`d say the only way to generate topspin with eastern forehand or extreme eastern which is actually a lot better and easier but the thing is the possibility of you framing the ball with this technique is so much higher than just using Nadal-like crosscourt forehand technique. The thing is the racket is too heavy for that and i don`t like the idea of having my shoulder hurt. For now I feel the racket very light and i have the strength needed to control it. Maybe i should film myself when i play points and post a video of a point here or at least of a forehand :) . Please keep going guys, its interesting.
 

Dansan

Rookie
Took the leather grips off of mine and added synthetic. A great deal less stress on my wrist and it made the overall weight a bit less. Became much easier to serve. Not sure this will solve your issue but it made a big difference with my frames. Have 7 and they all have synthetic grips with Wilson pro over grips.
I swapped the leather grip on mine with a babolat skin feel synthetic grip, added a small amount of lead at 12 to get it a bit more head heavy. I really didn't like how head light it was, all the weight was in the handle and throat just making my mechanics feel awkward. It's probably more like 3/4 pts HL now, and the weight is down just slightly because that leather grip weighed a lot.

Doing this really made a difference for me and changed the balance, I love the way it feels now. Swings more like a pendulum. I have settled on using gosen og sheep micro 16g syngut mains at 59 lbs with red code wax 17g cross at 55.5 lbs. It's a poor mans champions choice that lasts longer. Why is the RF such an addictive frame?
 

Martin B.

New User
I swapped the leather grip on mine with a babolat skin feel synthetic grip, added a small amount of lead at 12 to get it a bit more head heavy. I really didn't like how head light it was, all the weight was in the handle and throat just making my mechanics feel awkward. It's probably more like 3/4 pts HL now, and the weight is down just slightly because that leather grip weighed a lot.

Doing this really made a difference for me and changed the balance, I love the way it feels now. Swings more like a pendulum. I have settled on using gosen og sheep micro 16g syngut mains at 59 lbs with red code wax 17g cross at 55.5 lbs. It's a poor mans champions choice that lasts longer. Why is the RF such an addictive frame?
Honestly, why in the world do people buy this racket and try to make it so much more head heavy for the price of weight loss ? The racket is heavy enough and has an easy access to power.Changing this beauty's balance in such way.... isn't it going to become less skill based and hard to keep the balls from going out?
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Honestly, why in the world do people buy this racket and try to make it so much more head heavy for the price of weight loss ? The racket is heavy enough and has an easy access to power.Changing this beauty's balance in such way.... isn't it going to become less skill based and hard to keep the balls from going out?
Roger Federer has weight at 12 o’clock on that frame if that tells you anything. Taking some of the weight off of the handle by removing the leather grip and replacing it with synthetic has made my RF97’s a bit easier to serve with and more maneuverable at the net. By decreasing the weight at the handle it increases the racquet head speed through the arch of the swing. With a Pro Over grip and the synthetic grip it is also more comfortable i.e. easier on the wrist/elbow. It’s all about preference and you don’t have to play with the specs exactly as they come to find what is best suited for ones game.
 
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Martin B.

New User
Roger Federer has weight at 12 o’clock on that frame if that tells you anything. Taking some of the weight off of the handle by removing the leather grip and replacing it with synthetic has made my RF97’s a bit easier to serve with and more maneuverable at the net. By decreasing the weight at the handle it increases the racquet head speed through the arch of the swing. With a Pro Over grip and the synthetic grip it is also more comfortable i.e. easier on the wrist/elbow. It’s all about preference and you don’t have to play pwith the specs exactly as they come to find what is best suited for ones game.
He has 3g. Not a big difference. And also be didn't remove weight from inside the handle. He put silicone. How does it become more manueverable at 4pts hl. ..i have had a 289g racket which was 4 pts hl and i use two overgrips above the main grip just to make it heavier and more headlight. It is 334g now and way more manueverable. It is the Wilson ncode six one 95 Team. And it feels still that at 334g it's so light that it isn't able to take strong balls like the RF97 does due to its weight mainly and last due to its stiffness.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
He has 3g. Not a big difference. And also be didn't remove weight from inside the handle. He put silicone. How does it become more manueverable at 4pts hl. ..i have had a 289g racket which was 4 pts hl and i use two overgrips above the main grip just to make it heavier and more headlight. It is 334g now and way more manueverable. It is the Wilson ncode six one 95 Team. And it feels still that at 334g it's so light that it isn't able to take strong balls like the RF97 does due to its weight mainly and last due to its stiffness.
Taking overall weight off of the frame makes it a more maneuverable and it is much easier to serve. The subtle changes I make with the RF97 make it play different. If you haven’t tried that and are convinced the stock specs are the holy grail you should give it a try. 3g, for me, makes a tremendous difference in how the frame plays.
*Take 6” of 1/4 lead tape and put on each side of the hoop at 12’ o’clock and let us know if that feels different. That’s 3g.
*Then add two 6” strips under the Overwrap on two sides of the grip the next time out.
You will get an idea of how 3g in different places on the frame can make a big difference. No harm done, take the lead back off after testing.
 
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Martin B.

New User
Taking overall weight off of the frame makes it a more maneuverable and it is much easier to serve. The subtle changes I make with the RF97 make it play different. If you haven’t tried that and are convinced the stock specs are the holy grail you should give it a try. 3g, for me, makes a tremendous difference in how the frame plays.
*Take 6” of 1/4 lead tape and put on each side of the hoop at 12’ o’clock and let us know if that feels different. That’s 3g.
*Then add two 6” strips under the Overwrap on two sides of the grip the next time out.
You will get an idea of how 3g in different places on the frame can make a big difference. No harm done, take the lead back off after testing.
I am curious to try that. But in no way i meant to say that 3g doesn`t make a difference :) Even 1g does make a huge difference, i`ve seen it.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
I am curious to try that. But in no way i meant to say that 3g doesn`t make a difference :) Even 1g does make a huge difference, i`ve seen it.
Agreed, so taking a leather grip off and replacing it with a much lighter synthetic grip brings about some different results.
 

Martin B.

New User
Agreed, so taking a leather grip off and replacing it with a much lighter synthetic grip brings about some different results.
I`ts close to the end of the season in Bulgaria. We still have temperatures around 25C degrees but maybe past second half of November things will change. I remember one year we had close to 30C in December ! It was 2014. So i`m more likely to try it out next season :) . But if i do i`ll reply to your post in this thread. Hopefully by that time i would have already moved to Ireland so seasons will finish earlier there too unless i go to indoors.
 

Alexh22

Rookie
I was about to get the black and white version also because of the sale but kind of overspent because i really like the simplicity of the all black one. By the way even though many people report problems with the paintjob i don`t encounter any. On Wilson`s site you can see reviews with attatched pictures of rackets (used only for 10 matches) on which the paint has chipped a lot. You think it could be due to someone trying to make an anti advertisementl ?
In all fairness the new Wilson rubberized paint is really cheap and it wears off at the throat because of being held by hand between points. I have seen worse on a ps97s.
 

JEDI MASTER

Rookie
In all fairness the new Wilson rubberized paint is really cheap and it wears off at the throat because of being held by hand between points. I have seen worse on a ps97s.
I play 3x a week... I've had my red one since it's release...no issue of the paint wearing off...
 

Martin B.

New User
In all fairness the new Wilson rubberized paint is really cheap and it wears off at the throat because of being held by hand between points. I have seen worse on a ps97s.
I've played probably between 20-30 times with mine and still no issues. I think they have fixed that from Wilson or the people that have posted pictures on the reviews of the main Wilson site are playing with too long nails.
 
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Martin B.

New User
No problem with my red RF97A either. Red one actually feels better than the black to me, not sure why.
They say it`s les manuevarable and more head heavy feeling than the black one. I tend to believe that. I am loving the black one. I hate relying on the racket`s weight only and love smashing the ball with power on the forehand side.
 

Rally

Semi-Pro
They say it`s les manuevarable and more head heavy feeling than the black one. I tend to believe that. I am loving the black one. I hate relying on the racket`s weight only and love smashing the ball with power on the forehand side.
With Wilson's atrocious factory tolerances it's tough to tell for sure.

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Crashbaby

Rookie
I tried a skin feel grip and it only dropped by 5 grams and changed the balance to 321mm. Federer plays at 324mm balance and 366 grams total weight last I read, so not as head light as most think. I would have to add weight at 12 to get to this balance even with the lighter grip. If you wanted any inkling of what Fed actually swings you would have to add weight to the top of this frame, there is no getting around that. Not saying Fed spec is usable for most of us. But the fact is not many people have ever swung an Rf97 at Rodgers true specs. Me included. :)
 

joah310

Rookie
I recently bought the red RF97 for $7 at a thrift store and I am loving it right now. Tons of weight behind my shots. Out of curiosity, I modded a normal ps97 red one to similar specs to the rf97 and also am digging that. it's less crisp but the flex is nice. I think its an improvement over stock ps97, didn't quite like it.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I recently bought the red RF97 for $7 at a thrift store and I am loving it right now. Tons of weight behind my shots. Out of curiosity, I modded a normal ps97 red one to similar specs to the rf97 and also am digging that. it's less crisp but the flex is nice. I think its an improvement over stock ps97, didn't quite like it.
Congrats on a great racquet and a great deal.
 
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Hello to everybody :giggle: ! This is my first post here. A week ago i bought a new racket and its the RF97 autograph Black edition. I bought it from Tennis warehouse Europe and it arrived in 4 days (I am from Bulgaria). I will upload some pictures of the racket so you can all see it :). Unstrung ; Throat ; Throat2 ; Strung; Strung with grip . I`ve used the ncode ncode six one 95 both Team and the 333grams version. I was playing with the heavier before transitioning to the RF97A. I`ve measured all specifications and it comes exactly at 9.5HL balance and 357grams strung. For now i`ve tried it only with Luxilon ALU power Rought on mains and Wilson sensation on crosses (25/24kg) and still i have played with it only for a week but i already can say that this racket feels amazing ! It also feels very manueverable for its weight. It is exactly 362 grams with the overgrip on. It makes me concentrate a lot more on the length of my strokes and proper technique. Serves are very accurate with it also.

Expect further updates and let me know your opinions if possible :) .
nice dude but i'm a babolat guy sorry (my bad)
 

Fairhit

Semi-Pro
Are they matched? If not, that would explain why they play differently.

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It seems that is a common opinion regardless of specs, I'd say there's more people that prefers the black and red one over the black one, even if they're matched.
 

braxeyez

New User
I have 2 red-blacks and 1 tuxedo. I tried the black one also but didn`t find it worthy of spending extra 200 euros.

The red one is my favourite, heavy and powerful.
 
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