Wilson BLX Prostaff 95 review

Wes_Loves_Dunlop

Professional
I received the prostaff this morning and was matched to stock specs by TW. I added 2 6' strips of lead to the 12 o'clock position and a leather grip along with a wilson pro overgrip. It is strung with RPM blast at 53#

I have used the volkl PB 10 mid, Aerogel/4d/biomimetic 200, and K Six-One 95. My main racket has been the dunlop 200 series for about a year now, but I have always wanted a thin beamed midplus sized racket, and as soon as I found out about the prostaff 95, it was an instant buy for me. I loved the beam of the volkl, but I couldn't get over the grip shape.

Design: I didn't have much of an opinion about the paintjob design wise, but the quality of the paint is far better than what I would have expected from Wilson. The quality of the paint itself makes me like the paintjob.

Feel: This racket is one of the most comfortable rackets I have played with by far. The racket has such a soft but not mushy feel to it. Might be because of the low stiffness rating along with the thin beam, but this felt amazing.

Groundstrokes: Recently, I felt that I was playing pretty badly, didn't have the accuracy or power I wanted. This wasn't the fault of my racket, but the fact that I was practicing my strokes properly. I have not had a racket that I did not need some adjusting time for, but this racket and I meshed right from the start.

I played a set and some extra hitting and my shots were extremely accurate. The amount of spin I could hit with and the control I got were stellar. I was able to hit shots that I would feel iffy about with confidence tonight.

I have seen the TW review complaining about the low power, but that honestly was not an issue for me. I was hitting with plenty of depth on my forehand and backhand and only had short balls if I mi**** it. The only shot that did not click for me was my backhand slice, which is my favorite and safest shot. The ball just felt like it would fly straight into the net, but that might just need some adjusting on my part to the new racket.

Serves: Going along with what I said above about myself not playing well recently, I have resorted to hitting topspin/slice serves without really going for any flat serves because I wasn't confident in my serve. Since I got this new racket, I thought, 'why not go for it', and the result was amazing. I was hitting flat serves out wide on the ad side, aces down the middle, and I felt I could move the ball around the box well with no restraint.

Volleys:: This was the only actual issue I had with this racket. The racket did not feel very good when hitting volleys. I commented above that on groundstrokes, the plush feel felt amazing, but on volleys, it was just a bit much. It was mushy to the point where I couldn't really feel the ball. Again, this might just be an adjustment thing, but my two cents.

Overall: Overall, this racket hit home for me. I loved it from the start and the accuracy, power, and spin were spot on. Guess I might have to change my username...
 

ASH1485

Semi-Pro
I received the prostaff this morning and was matched to stock specs by TW. I added 2 6' strips of lead to the 12 o'clock position and a leather grip along with a wilson pro overgrip. It is strung with RPM blast at 53#

I have used the volkl PB 10 mid, Aerogel/4d/biomimetic 200, and K Six-One 95. My main racket has been the dunlop 200 series for about a year now, but I have always wanted a thin beamed midplus sized racket, and as soon as I found out about the prostaff 95, it was an instant buy for me. I loved the beam of the volkl, but I couldn't get over the grip shape.

Design: I didn't have much of an opinion about the paintjob design wise, but the quality of the paint is far better than what I would have expected from Wilson. The quality of the paint itself makes me like the paintjob.

Feel: This racket is one of the most comfortable rackets I have played with by far. The racket has such a soft but not mushy feel to it. Might be because of the low stiffness rating along with the thin beam, but this felt amazing.

Groundstrokes: Recently, I felt that I was playing pretty badly, didn't have the accuracy or power I wanted. This wasn't the fault of my racket, but the fact that I was practicing my strokes properly. I have not had a racket that I did not need some adjusting time for, but this racket and I meshed right from the start.

I played a set and some extra hitting and my shots were extremely accurate. The amount of spin I could hit with and the control I got were stellar. I was able to hit shots that I would feel iffy about with confidence tonight.

I have seen the TW review complaining about the low power, but that honestly was not an issue for me. I was hitting with plenty of depth on my forehand and backhand and only had short balls if I mi**** it. The only shot that did not click for me was my backhand slice, which is my favorite and safest shot. The ball just felt like it would fly straight into the net, but that might just need some adjusting on my part to the new racket.

Serves: Going along with what I said above about myself not playing well recently, I have resorted to hitting topspin/slice serves without really going for any flat serves because I wasn't confident in my serve. Since I got this new racket, I thought, 'why not go for it', and the result was amazing. I was hitting flat serves out wide on the ad side, aces down the middle, and I felt I could move the ball around the box well with no restraint.

Volleys:: This was the only actual issue I had with this racket. The racket did not feel very good when hitting volleys. I commented above that on groundstrokes, the plush feel felt amazing, but on volleys, it was just a bit much. It was mushy to the point where I couldn't really feel the ball. Again, this might just be an adjustment thing, but my two cents.

Overall: Overall, this racket hit home for me. I loved it from the start and the accuracy, power, and spin were spot on. Guess I might have to change my username...

wait till you get wrist or shoulder pain ... i hope you dont for sure.
 

ASH1485

Semi-Pro
Just wondering, how come you say he'll have wrist and shoulder pain?
I had wrist injury that kept me away from tennis for 6 months, 3 others of my friends ( who are 5.0 players ) had the same after using that racket with Poly strings. i believe some threads previously posted here mentioned that issue and many users had the same complain. I dont know if its the amplifeel thing but something is definately wrong with it.

i did love the racket and felt nothing played as beautiful, too bad i had to give up on it.
 

Lukhas

Legend
I'd rather believe that it's because of the poly strings personally. RA rating is of 62, that's far from being harsh like a Pure Drive (Roddick) or Aero Pro Drive, which both rate at a whooping 70. That kind of complain would have been more justified on the gold(pink)/black Blade BLX, which is known for being stiff feeling. Then RPM is a tricky string in some way: it is stiff for the arm, but it doesn't feel stiff at impact. EDIT: Almost. Pure Drive rates at 72; PD Roddick at 71.
 
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oldcity

Rookie
there is another thread going on this racquet. a couple of us have posted some experiences with different strings. I don't believe this racquet causes any injuries, its way too flexy.
 

cknobman

Legend
This racquet does not cause injuries, lol.

My team captain has been playing with this racquet exlusively for a year now and he has had no injuries with it. In fact he previously had a Wilson Blade 93 BLX and had a couple of shoulder problems with it which is part of why he switched racquets.

He strings with a hybrid/multi poly. Poly in the mains and multi in the crosses.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
I have demo-ed this racket twice and have always been suspicious about the wrist injury claims. Suspicious meaning I found the racket very comfortable.

I also have a friend who has played with this racket over 6 months now and just bought a 2nd one. He has reported no issues.

If anything, I could see the low swingweight causing discomfort if you A. blast the heck out of the ball, and/or B. play a lot of heavy hitters. But, you could fix the swingweight with a little lead tape.

So, I am a doubter about this racket causing wrist injury. I thought it was very comfortable.
 

corners

Legend
I have demo-ed this racket twice and have always been suspicious about the wrist injury claims. Suspicious meaning I found the racket very comfortable.

I also have a friend who has played with this racket over 6 months now and just bought a 2nd one. He has reported no issues.

If anything, I could see the low swingweight causing discomfort if you A. blast the heck out of the ball, and/or B. play a lot of heavy hitters. But, you could fix the swingweight with a little lead tape.

So, I am a doubter about this racket causing wrist injury. I thought it was very comfortable.
62 flex, and people are claiming that little strips of graphite/basalt glued to the handle are hurting their wrists! If anything, the low swingweight stock could be causing problems for people that are used to more plowthrough, but that's an easy fix with 3-4 grams of lead. I found the frame to be pretty soft, with a very flexible upper hoop that bent noticeably on serves struck near the tip. So, so frame, in my opinion. They need to go back to graphite/kevlar braiding. The basalt makes these racquets feel like any other stick. Not a Pro Staff without kevlar, IMHO.
 
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