My RF 97A review

ShooterMcMarco

Hall of Fame
I'll start off by saying I own a small collection of Wilsons and have played with each model throughout the last 10 years which includes: the Original Prostaff 85 and 95, Ncode 95, K Factor 90, Prostaff 95 Blx, and the Wilson Six.One 95s. All grips are 4 1/4. The PS 95 Blx is my current choice at the moment. My RF97A weighed in at 358 grams / 12.62 oz with a Wilson Pro Overgrip, a Sampras O dampener and Topspin Cyberflash strung at 58 lbs.

I played for one hour before rain poured down and here are my findings:

Groundstrokes:

Like most reviews posted thus far, this racquet has no shortage of plow. At times, it felt like you would have to hit within an inch of the edge of the string bed in order to feel torsional instability. When timed correctly, the sweetspot felt more solid than plush, and plays stiffer than any of the legacy Original Pro Staff models. Off the ground, the racquet was very playable for me and I didn't feel like I had to put in any more effort using it than any of the other models I own. I felt like the racquet swung around much quicker than the K90, so for the hour that I played, I "sheared" a lot more balls than I did make quality contact. A heavy penetrating ball was the reward for the occasions where I timed it right.

Volleys:

In short, super solid. I feel like this racquet actually simplified my volley technique because just squaring up with the ball is enough to do damage. Fancy follow-through techniques aren't neccessary with this stick. Low balls, high balls you name it, this thing will be stable for any of those shots when you can maneuver it quickly enough. I was under the impression from other reviews that it might move like a tank at net, but that wasn't the case at all for me.

Summary:

I didn't get a chance to hit serves because that's when it started pouring. Once I play some sets with the racquet, I'll have a better idea to decide if I'm going to make a full-time switch and purchase multiple. The cosmetic looks far better in person and even if I don't switch to it fully, it's still nice to have! I will add more to this review once I hit serves and play more with it. My initial impression thus far, is that it truly is a blend of modern/old school elements...though for me it was more towards the modern end of the spectrum. Thanks for reading and happy hitting.

Here is a short clip of my playing style (not with my shiny new 97A though): http://youtu.be/RuL8DZFUcaE
 
Thanks for the review! I'll be looking forward for the followup on other strokes, such as serving.

I couldn't get myself to pre-order one, as I must demo it before purchasing... but with all these positive reviews it has become a must demo and a must buy.
 

cmendez79

Semi-Pro
I'll start off by saying I own a small collection of Wilsons and have played with each model throughout the last 10 years which includes: the Original Prostaff 85 and 95, Ncode 95, K Factor 90, Prostaff 95 Blx, and the Wilson Six.One 95s. All grips are 4 1/4. The PS 95 Blx is my current choice at the moment. My RF97A weighed in at 358 grams / 12.62 oz with a Wilson Pro Overgrip, a Sampras O dampener and Topspin Cyberflash strung at 58 lbs.



I played for one hour before rain poured down and here are my findings:



Groundstrokes:



Like most reviews posted thus far, this racquet has no shortage of plow. At times, it felt like you would have to hit within an inch of the edge of the string bed in order to feel torsional instability. When timed correctly, the sweetspot felt more solid than plush, and plays stiffer than any of the legacy Original Pro Staff models. Off the ground, the racquet was very playable for me and I didn't feel like I had to put in any more effort using it than any of the other models I own. I felt like the racquet swung around much quicker than the K90, so for the hour that I played, I "sheared" a lot more balls than I did make quality contact. A heavy penetrating ball was the reward for the occasions where I timed it right.



Volleys:



In short, super solid. I feel like this racquet actually simplified my volley technique because just squaring up with the ball is enough to do damage. Fancy follow-through techniques aren't neccessary with this stick. Low balls, high balls you name it, this thing will be stable for any of those shots when you can maneuver it quickly enough. I was under the impression from other reviews that it might move like a tank at net, but that wasn't the case at all for me.



Summary:



I didn't get a chance to hit serves because that's when it started pouring. Once I play some sets with the racquet, I'll have a better idea to decide if I'm going to make a full-time switch and purchase multiple. The cosmetic looks far better in person and even if I don't switch to it fully, it's still nice to have! I will add more to this review once I hit serves and play more with it. My initial impression thus far, is that it truly is a blend of modern/old school elements...though for me it was more towards the modern end of the spectrum. Thanks for reading and happy hitting.



Here is a short clip of my playing style (not with my shiny new 97A though): http://youtu.be/RuL8DZFUcaE

What balance do you have with the overgrip and dampener?
 
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