rogers new frame update,

The KPS88 didn't bug my arm because I didn't play with it long enough for it to. It was too stiff for me in that it made it too powerful and didn't have the more flexy feel that I like. The heavy weight also made it hard to control and maneuver.

Sampras used the St. Vincents, which were stiffer than the China versions. They probably had a stiffness rating around 66-67. I prefer the TW re-issue version which are very comfortable at only 62 RA. However, it is very low powered due to it high flex and low swingweight.

IMO, the KPS88 felt stiffer to me than the K90.
The KPS88 is definitely stiffer than the K90 - I own both.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
They rate the same in RA..does the KPS88 bug your arm or what?

The RF97 could be more like a K90 in terms of stiff feel as well.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Or maybe the KPS88 was not that bad on the arm. That's what Im getting at more than anything.
I used them for a few years and had to move away from them because of arm problems. I had arm problems with the K90 but it was a different kind of problem. Mishits on the K90 would twang my arm - it didn't happen very often but it was annoying when it did - and I didn't like it that my two K90s were so different. The KPS88s were a lot more solid but more stiff too but I could hit with them regularly; until I couldn't. So I need to stick to around 62 and under on flex and it can't be a stiff 62 either (like the YTs).

Is a soft 67 comparable to a soft-medium 62? I think that reading comparisons by people that know both frames are useful. I get the feeling that Drak didn't play with or like the K90/KPS88 frames and that this is why he isn't responding to requests for comparisons. BHBH has though so it would be nice if he could borrow an RF97 for a few hours.
 
I used them for a few years and had to move away from them because of arm problems. I had arm problems with the K90 but it was a different kind of problem. Mishits on the K90 would twang my arm - it didn't happen very often but it was annoying when it did - and I didn't like it that my two K90s were so different. The KPS88s were a lot more solid but more stiff too but I could hit with them regularly; until I couldn't. So I need to stick to around 62 and under on flex and it can't be a stiff 62 either (like the YTs).

Is a soft 67 comparable to a soft-medium 62? I think that reading comparisons by people that know both frames are useful. I get the feeling that Drak didn't play with or like the K90/KPS88 frames and that this is why he isn't responding to requests for comparisons. BHBH has though so it would be nice if he could borrow an RF97 for a few hours.
The KPS88 having the higher swing weight is inherently harder on the body (to swing), but it's definitely stiffer. And yes, if I swing out and don't keep my head with the ball on a shot I will feel it.

That said (and this is probably best suited for another forum), but after switching up my diet (going more alkaline), I no longer have any pain. I've also taken up yoga to increase flexibility, and it's made a huge difference in not just tennis, but also in my work. Conditioning and flexibility is key; a softer string if need be; but I find that diet is an even bigger factor.
 

Chuonfood

Semi-Pro
no, just no.
The reason I said it is because by the way Drakulie described the feel on his video closely resembles my feel when I hit with the Blade 93: solid, stable, very little vibration, and good power for it's head size. Their weight is not that different either, but in the HL dept. the 93 is lower.

So care to elaborate on YOUR answer?
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
The reason I said it is because by the way Drakulie described the feel on his video closely resembles my feel when I hit with the Blade 93: solid, stable, very little vibration, and good power for it's head size. Their weight is not that different either, but in the HL dept. the 93 is lower.

So care to elaborate on YOUR answer?
He said it felt like a classic Pro Staff. The Blade 93 feels nothing like a Pro Staff.
 

JoelDali

G.O.A.T.
This raquet is absolutely nothing like an 85, a 90 or an 88.

The historic Pro Staff stiff scalpel precision instrument lineage is officially over.

I predict beat up K90s will sell for $1000+ in 2020.

The official death of the Pro Staff has arrived.
 
This raquet is absolutely nothing like an 85, a 90 or an 88.

The historic Pro Staff stiff scalpel precision instrument lineage is officially over.

I predict beat up K90s will sell for $1000+ in 2020.

The official death of the Pro Staff has arrived.
Too funny…actually, I think I'm crying :(
Still think they should've released a 90 with the new racquets (spec'd like the K of course…muhahah) as a way to hedge their bet. And so RF could go back to it if he wants.
Time will tell - need to see what folks think of the new stick…give it a chance. But yeah, I'm guessing I'll be hoarding K90's.
 
This raquet is absolutely nothing like an 85, a 90 or an 88.

The historic Pro Staff stiff scalpel precision instrument lineage is officially over.

I predict beat up K90s will sell for $1000+ in 2020.

The official death of the Pro Staff has arrived.
I thought it died with the 90?

The 90 hit like hammers, and the 88 even more so.
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
^^ In the match today vs Ferrer, Fed shanked BHs and dumped volleys into the net with the RF 97. I am not impressed. I suspect strongly that the correct level of Basalt for complete shankelimination (tm) can only be attained with a 65 sq. inch head. Wilson must stop bowing to pressure and start going the right way in head size - down. And that will be the racquet that Wilson finally hits a home run with.
 

Chace

Hall of Fame
^^ In the match today vs Ferrer, Fed shanked BHs and dumped volleys into the net with the RF 97. I am not impressed. I suspect strongly that the correct level of Basalt for complete shankelimination (tm) can only be attained with a 65 sq. inch head. Wilson must stop bowing to pressure and start going the right way in head size - down. And that will be the racquet that Wilson finally hits a home run with.
Rumor has it, ok I heard it from fedace, that Wilson is working with federer on another prototype. Supposedly it's a 65 sq inch head, the frame is wood with an extreme amount of basalt crystals mixed in.
 

RFRF

Semi-Pro
Thanks!

It's been cool to be part of this fun ride and really enjoyed working on the cosmetics of this new frame ( ... and some other upcoming "stuff" :shock: :shock: :shock: ). I do hope you guys get a chance to demo / hit with the RF97 frame. I read and watched Drakulie's review and he's pretty spot on with how I would describe the playability. Just putting aside of my involvement with Wilson, I'm really excited to personally play with this racquet as it suits my game so well and it's such a nice next step from the PS90s I've been playing with.
i feel u, iv been using prestige classic since 1993 and ps 85 before that and thought i could never go to a bigger head but after demoing a 98 blade i loved it, a lots less shanks on the serve and a great feel, if i didn't see rog playing with it i would have never tried it, congrats again and good luck with coming up with more great future designs.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
The 93 blade doesn't feel like a PS 6.0 85 or Yonex 89T? You must have never hit with them.
The Blade 93 feels much stiffer and more powerful than the PS 6.9 85 to me. My arm can't handle the Blade 93 but it can handle the PS 6.0 95 no problem. The PS 6.0 85 also has a much sweeter feel than the Blade 93.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Rumor has it, ok I heard it from fedace, that Wilson is working with federer on another prototype. Supposedly it's a 65 sq inch head, the frame is wood with an extreme amount of basalt crystals mixed in.
Voila!

Here it is:


 
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