Roger Federer joins us for the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph v13 Tennis Racquet Review

shadow01

Semi-Pro
That was awesome!!

Is that Michelle blushing throughout? :D
I saw it also ;) - but she is always smiling!

I've demoed the Pro Staff a few years ago, and it wasn't for me then. With all of the hype around the racquet and all of the comments describing the way the racquet plays - I'm going to demo it again once demo's become available.
 

Addxyz

Professional
Everyone says it's only a cosmetic change with the v12, but I wonder if there's a small difference. Obviously, small sample size from here:


There's a difference in serve speeds / spin rate. Maybe TW can try a v12 vs a v13 and have Playsight give data?
 

Sweets3450

New User
Great interview Michelle! Would have loved to hear a bit more about the technical development from the 90 to the 97, the beam construction, thickness, what he tried and what didn't work, etc, as he never is never asked those questions.
 

Dragy

Legend
Why didn't he say racquet is irrelevant I'd beat any of you with a stool or frying pan? Some BS about need to trust your weapon in tough situations... Hilarious!
 

Dragy

Legend
because he has a contract with Wilson?
if he had a contract with a frying pan manufacturer, he would probably say that
He would say “well I really need that precise and consistent response of high-quality steel. Of course many play with graphite racquets and elastic strings, but that level of mushyness just not giving me enough confidence, so I cooperated with frying pan engineers to create this masterpiece”.

But that’s not the point. It could be any manufacturer. The racquet specs are important and worth the time and thought process to pick.
 

blablavla

G.O.A.T.
He would say “well I really need that precise and consistent response of high-quality steel. Of course many play with graphite racquets and elastic strings, but that level of mushyness just not giving me enough confidence, so I cooperated with frying pan engineers to create this masterpiece”.
and we would have debates on whether he plays pro stock frying pan or retail stock
how to customize the frying pan to Fed specs
 

weelie

Semi-Pro
Why didn't he say racquet is irrelevant I'd beat any of you with a stool or frying pan? Some BS about need to trust your weapon in tough situations... Hilarious!
Well, I though he hated the tuxedo one, felt the paint affected the playability? So, it can be real, in that pros are superstitious, minute details matter to them.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
For a listen of the full chat, be sure to check this week's podcast:
(video will be available later this week ;) )

➤TW: https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/podcast/?ccode=TTEPISODE63
➤SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4bj6IaIPyYCnn9Gt770eTc?si=gLOhXhGhT2CvzGH6XZCQgw
➤STITCHER: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=453304&refid=stpr
➤iTUNES: (should be on iTUNES any minute now!) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talk-tennis/id1475845728#episodeGuid=talktennis.podbean.com/1cb2c487-673a-3957-85d3-dd28a53fde3d


Enjoy!
Michelle, TW
 
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tarkowski

Professional
Hey, just a question on one of the things Chris mentioned in the video about the yoke of the Tour 90/nCode 90 shrinking in size when moving to the KFactor. Is this true? Or is it just that the leather grip was shortened, making the yoke appear smaller? Pictures I see on line make me think all Tour 90's have the same geometry. I know the drill pattern changed in the KFactor and the stick felt more polarized (to me) than the nCode and felt faster. But is there something to the yoke size? I've long since sold the nCode and no longer have it for comparison.

Thanks!
 
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