Old Pro Staff 97S

QuentinFederer

Professional
Hi everyone, I am thinking about picking up the older 97S and would like to know how people feel it compares to the RF97, PS90 2014, hyper 6.1 18/20, PS95 2014?
I'm a fan of the classic feeling Wilson rackets and it'd be interesting to see how the 97S compares. I've not tried out any spin effect rackets yet, does the 18/17 pattern feel especially different to a standard 16/19 or 18/20?
 

Anton

Legend
Big difference is that it is softer, with flex you feel and less powerful than all of those...except maybe PS95 2014. Also balance is even...doesn't quite work many people find and add some weight into handle
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
Have you tried both the new and old 97S? If so, what are the main differences other than the balance point?
"New version not as much free power, not as much spin, but a much better racquet IMO.
Gone, is the weird string spacing; like the #3-4 gap that goes from 1.1 cm at the head out to 1.5 at the throat. Easier to string as well because of this, I believe.
If you like the more traditional Pro Staff's you'll probably like this one.
The previous 97S didn't click with me, and I worked with it of a couple of months.
I went on to the RF(2014), which was much better to me than the first 97S, but after trying this new version of the 97S, it is what I was hoping for out of those other 2 racquets. It actually still feels like a Pro Staff.
As far as being a "spin" racquet, not so much. The RF and the old 97S have more spin and more power. This new 97S makes you feel really connected to the ball, which is what I prefer.
It is extremely stable and predictable."

These were my comments in this thread. It's good to read through this one for other peoples' reactions.

https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...ew-ps97s-yet-peterfig-or-anybody-else.572599/
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
"New version not as much free power, not as much spin, but a much better racquet IMO.
Gone, is the weird string spacing; like the #3-4 gap that goes from 1.1 cm at the head out to 1.5 at the throat. Easier to string as well because of this, I believe.
If you like the more traditional Pro Staff's you'll probably like this one.
The previous 97S didn't click with me, and I worked with it of a couple of months.
I went on to the RF(2014), which was much better to me than the first 97S, but after trying this new version of the 97S, it is what I was hoping for out of those other 2 racquets. It actually still feels like a Pro Staff.
As far as being a "spin" racquet, not so much. The RF and the old 97S have more spin and more power. This new 97S makes you feel really connected to the ball, which is what I prefer.
It is extremely stable and predictable."

These were my comments in this thread. It's good to read through this one for other peoples' reactions.

https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...ew-ps97s-yet-peterfig-or-anybody-else.572599/
Thanks for the info! I'll read that thread. How do you find the 97S's to perform on serve, specifically compared to the RF97? Out of the Wilsons that I own the RF97 works best for me on serve.
 

Sander001

Hall of Fame
Hi everyone, I am thinking about picking up the older 97S and would like to know how people feel it compares to the RF97, PS90 2014, hyper 6.1 18/20, PS95 2014?
I'm a fan of the classic feeling Wilson rackets and it'd be interesting to see how the 97S compares. I've not tried out any spin effect rackets yet, does the 18/17 pattern feel especially different to a standard 16/19 or 18/20?
I've tried a few 97S' and one of them felt brilliant, like the old Pro Staff 85, very connected to the ball with incredible feedback, sweet feel, superb comfort. I've tried(and owned) other 97S' and had nowhere near the same feel.

I have not tried the 2016 97S.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I love the old 97S and liken it to a Pro Staff 90 feel-wise with a whole lot more of oomph and spin.

I quite like the 18x17 string pattern in this frame, but opinions really diverge on this one.

I would recommend a demo if you're interested, perhaps side by side with the new one.
 

Max79

New User
"New version not as much free power, not as much spin, but a much better racquet IMO.
Gone, is the weird string spacing; like the #3-4 gap that goes from 1.1 cm at the head out to 1.5 at the throat. Easier to string as well because of this, I believe.
If you like the more traditional Pro Staff's you'll probably like this one.
The previous 97S didn't click with me, and I worked with it of a couple of months.
I went on to the RF(2014), which was much better to me than the first 97S, but after trying this new version of the 97S, it is what I was hoping for out of those other 2 racquets. It actually still feels like a Pro Staff.
As far as being a "spin" racquet, not so much. The RF and the old 97S have more spin and more power. This new 97S makes you feel really connected to the ball, which is what I prefer.
It is extremely stable and predictable."

These were my comments in this thread. It's good to read through this one for other peoples' reactions.

https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...ew-ps97s-yet-peterfig-or-anybody-else.572599/



the difference in maneuverability between the old and the new is remarkable?
compared to a blade which is moving more quickly?
thanks for the info
 
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