Wilson 6.1 95 16X18 2014 - my review

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Just thought I would talk about this racket. I previously used the 2012 pro staff 90. I didn't really need to "upgrade", but I got a great deal on this racket and I know that in a few years I will. I just needed a leather grip and some weight in the handle to match it to my 90.

First off, one of the easiest rackets to string, nice little grooves for the strings to be diverted away from the grommets. I tried a 1.25mm string which was quite soft, and whilst it felt almost similar to my 90, it wasn't so controllable. My thoughts are based on the 1.33 mm concept string strung at 53lbs compare to the 90.

Serving - as good if not better than my 90. I tried a few other rackets(prestige pro, dunlop 200g, prince 97) but they just weren't getting the heaviness on the second serve. Little bit more pop than the 90 but not much difference.

Returns - Better, just as stable but more forgiving.

Groundstrokes - My backhand is better, I can still hit penetrating slices without the ball floating. My forehand is flatter with this racket, less spin (contd later).

Volleys - Better than the 90, more forgiving.

Feel - Not quite hollow like the babolats etc, but not as dense as my 90. It is also stiffer. Seemed similar to the RF97 in fact along with all its other attributes, in fact I can't tell the difference from memory (played months ago with it).

My only issue is that it is slower through the air on my forehand side. As a result, the ball is a little flatter and I slow my swing down so it is still penetrating but with less margin. Should I add more weight in the handle? Will that make it faster?

Overall, not sure why this racket isn't that popular, it seems to do everything well. Also, I was worried about the string pattern, but the thicker gauge really helps with the control.
 

Fintft

Legend
The 6.1 95 has always been the most popular Wilson model among the pros that use this brand.

I prefer the open string pattern, 16X18, over the 18X20 and a very thin full bed natural gut (to add more spin and help prevent the balls from sailing long).

I don't quite follow this:

My only issue is that it is slower through the air on my forehand side. As a result, the ball is a little flatter and I slow my swing down so it is still penetrating but with less margin.
Do you have a western grip and do the windshield whipper or something? I got an E grip and hit flat.
 
It is a pretty popular frame... kind of a player's power stick. Pretty complete overall... maybe not amazing for returns but not bad either. Serves are fun with this one.

It is one of those frames you have to know how to unlock to reach its potential. Too much power for me but a very nice stick I always point others to.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
It is a pretty popular frame... kind of a player's power stick. Pretty complete overall... maybe not amazing for returns but not bad either. Serves are fun with this one.

It is one of those frames you have to know how to unlock to reach its potential. Too much power for me but a very nice stick I always point others to.
Yeah it was pretty uncontrollable off the forehand side at first. So I stuck in a thick poly. Helped it a lot.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
The 6.1 95 has always been the most popular Wilson model among the pros that use this brand.

I prefer the open string pattern, 16X18, over the 18X20 and a very thin full bed natural gut (to add more spin and help prevent the balls from sailing long).

I don't quite follow this:



Do you have a western grip and do the windshield whipper or something? I got an E grip and hit flat.
I hit a mainly spinny forehand sort of eastern/sw.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Yeah Ive got a SW forehand... I didnt have problems on the forehand but on the backhand I could never fully unload and it trampolined too much for me. I like it dead and zero sproing.
Different strokes as they say. It felt similar to the rf97, a bit loosey goosey on the forehand.
 

Fintft

Legend
I hit a mainly spinny forehand sort of eastern/sw.
Well I can partially understand you when you say that:

Aretium said:
"My only issue is that it is slower through the air on my forehand side. As a result, the ball is a little flatter and I slow my swing down so it is still penetrating but with less margin."

But I can better understand this:
It is one of those frames you have to know how to unlock to reach its potential.
Like lately I've been swinging it slower, but this week I kinda got back on track, swinging faster and more relaxed (especially on the FH but also on a couple of 1HBH DTL).
 

Lucas2015

Professional
Feel - Not quite hollow like the babolats etc, but not as dense as my 90.
Can you compare it to all the previous 6.1 95 ?
Im asking because the feel of PSC - HPS- Ncode dropped a little bit in K 95 and I dint buy any Blx (2010 and 2012) because of that... So where would the 2014 be in your opinion in terms of solidness?
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Can you compare it to all the previous 6.1 95 ?
Im asking because the feel of PSC - HPS- Ncode dropped a little bit in K 95 and I dint buy any Blx (2010 and 2012) because of that... So where would the 2014 be in your opinion in terms of solidness?
Can't say mate, first one I used. I heard the k 95 had great feel? Apparently this one is cleaner than previous models and not muddy.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Can you compare it to all the previous 6.1 95 ?
Im asking because the feel of PSC - HPS- Ncode dropped a little bit in K 95 and I dint buy any Blx (2010 and 2012) because of that... So where would the 2014 be in your opinion in terms of solidness?
In terms of solidness, I have never played with a more solid racket in stock form..
 

Lucas2015

Professional
K 95 is a nice powerful and solid frame, but only compared to the Rock solid previous versions is that you can notice the little drop in quality.

Try an Ncode six one 95 and you will understand :D
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
K 95 is a nice powerful and solid frame, but only compared to the Rock solid previous versions is that you can notice the little drop in quality.

Try an Ncode six one 95 and you will understand :D
Interestingly, I only just remembered I played with an ncode 95 with an 18X20 pattern years ago, only for a session though. From what I remember it felt a lot deader than my 90, I couldn't generate as much spin and it was a bit slower, but it was strung very high with syn gut which I don't like. From my memory, it is definitely similar to the new racket. Maybe when the K rackets came out, wilson quality control dropped too???
 

Lucas2015

Professional
well that dead feeling must be what everyone says about the Ncode ("muted"), even more in 18x20.
Its not crisp like K 95.
But it felt so solid to me... like the PSC and HPS.
I own them and I play my best with K, but I dont know why the others feel better like if they were made of higher quality graphite :p
Perhaps its just me... many say the BLX 2010 is the best
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
well that dead feeling must be what everyone says about the Ncode ("muted"), even more in 18x20.
Its not crisp like K 95.
But it felt so solid to me... like the PSC and HPS.
I own them and I play my best with K, but I dont know why the others feel better like if they were made of higher quality graphite :p
Perhaps its just me... many say the BLX 2010 is the best
Everyone has different needs. I believe most of the rackets play very similarly apart from the psc and hps. But you can add a bit of weight to make them play similarly. The feel is subjective, this 2014 is actually very nice, its crisp but still pockets the bell very well.

On a side note, I'm not sure if i am losing tension somehow on the stringer, but I am still spraying forehands and missing by 2 metres long. It's weird, my backhand and serve are fine. The string I am using might be too soft...
 

Aretium

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I fixed my long forehands, maybe a combination of acclimatising to the racket, but I also, strangely, I added 6 pounds on the first cross for the knot. Not sure if it helped, but everything was going in. Strange.
 
I fixed my long forehands, maybe a combination of acclimatising to the racket, but I also, strangely, I added 6 pounds on the first cross for the knot. Not sure if it helped, but everything was going in. Strange.
it is a great frame. tons of power but if you can control it... rewards galore.
 

Aretium

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it is a great frame. tons of power but if you can control it... rewards galore.
Honestly, I got as much power from my 90, maybe because the ball I produce with the 6.1 is spinnier. Don't notice a big difference on serve either. The problem I was having was strange, I was missing forehands by 3 metres +, seem to have no problem anymore. Overall a lot more forgiveness and more pocketing with the 6.1 than my 90. That's even with a 1.33mm string at 58 lbs! (Though I think it is very soft). Was doubtful over the last few weeks but looks like the rewards are coming.

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wings56

Hall of Fame
I've played with the ncode for years...just grabbed a couple kfactors off the bay and it wasn't for me. ... hence the reason for my for sale post lol
 

Wilhelm

Hall of Fame
I have been using the 2014 16x18 since it came out. The frame fits me so well I tend to forget about it entirely. Honestly, I am amazed about how few players seem to be using it.

Is the string pattern preference (lots of guys here seem to prefer 18x20) also related to court surface? Because since I play mostly on clay, the 16x18 spin advantage is kind of huge..
 

Aretium

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I have been using the 2014 16x18 since it came out. The frame fits me so well I tend to forget about it entirely. Honestly, I am amazed about how few players seem to be using it.

Is the string pattern preference (lots of guys here seem to prefer 18x20) also related to court surface? Because since I play mostly on clay, the 16x18 spin advantage is kind of huge..
Don't think so. The 18X20 i played with wasn't too different to be honest. I played with an 18X20 dunlop and it was a nightmare, great for flat shots but I actually really struggled with the launch angle, LOADS of balls into the net. Different strokes and all that...
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
It did feel stiffer yet less solid if that makes any sense. It had a stiff hollow feeling is the best way I can describe it.
Yeah, I think I know what you mean. I recommend the 2014 6.1 though it is being discontinued, does not feel hollow at all and plays super stable.
 

wings56

Hall of Fame
Yeah, I think I know what you mean. I recommend the 2014 6.1 though it is being discontinued, does not feel hollow at all and plays super stable.
I just bought a couple that are being shipped to me! Someone said on one of their posts that it is the only thing that appears to have been an improvement since the Ncode.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
I played 95 6.1 16x18 for awhile but switched to Volkl o10 series about 3 years ago. 6.1 is a great racket though. I found the 16x18 string bed a bit lively and recommend 16G poly at least in the mains or go with all 16g poly. Poly mains will tone down the string bed. 16g poly will be more controllable than 17g.
 
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