Wilson Pro Staff 97 v13

I've played before with Yonex HD, Angel TC95, Babolat Pure Strike v3 and v2 , Pure Aero etc ...I'm racquethollic.
I feel WPF v13 very stable but underpowered ...maybe I need to try more strings setup.
So ... I have 2 questions :
1. what Wilson can do for a real upgrade ?
2. if you are not sure that WPF97 is perfect for you ...what racquet do you think it will be your next choice ?
 

Alexh22

Professional
They have tried years to arrive at this point. Not a lot they can do on this platform. The prostaff 97 is a low power stick but decent enough. Did you try the rf97 ?
 
They have tried years to arrive at this point. Not a lot they can do on this platform. The prostaff 97 is a low power stick but decent enough. Did you try the rf97 ?
Of course...I believe RF97 red/black version is perfect...but...I cant play in competitions ( 5 games during a weekend )
 

Ryebread

Rookie
Weight:
Strung — 11.2 oz / 318 g Unstrung — 10.6 oz / 300 g​

I hear ya.

demo the head speed mp 360+
this is VERY light. swing weight isn't everything

but yea, If you're asking, I guess I was focusing on flexible vs. stiff.
MP is good, it's very light, as a 300 gram stick, and it's EXTREMELY PLUSH.
 

Suarly

New User
That's right. But in my experience what hurts my shoulder the most are racquets with higher swingweight even when static weight is lower
 

Ryebread

Rookie
That's right. But in my experience what hurts my shoulder the most are racquets with higher swingweight even when static weight is lower
noted,
I guess you need more feedback from others.
my view is that when someone askes about a health concern, and I consider the racket is too stiff - I say to move on.
this ps isn't the most stiff racket in their lineup. it's a good racket for sure. but it's stiff!
 

Suarly

New User
Just to clarify, I am talking about the v13 model, which is 65 RA. Its weight is 315 unstrung. I demoed it and it is very plush. The stiff one is the L97 model, which is around 70RA.

My concern is if my shoulder could handle those 315 grames(around 335 strung with overgrip) in the long run.
I have to say that I am nor extremely fit.
 

Fxanimator1

Hall of Fame
I've played before with Yonex HD, Angel TC95, Babolat Pure Strike v3 and v2 , Pure Aero etc ...I'm racquethollic.
I feel WPF v13 very stable but underpowered ...maybe I need to try more strings setup.
So ... I have 2 questions :
1. what Wilson can do for a real upgrade ?
2. if you are not sure that WPF97 is perfect for you ...what racquet do you think it will be your next choice ?
Been through all of that. Now using Head Prestige Mid, no regrets.
 
pro staff 97 is not stiff. It is medium flex. Use synthetic gut/multifilaments to avoid shoulder issues. I use only syn gut. Poly doesn't do anything for me. I get as much spin as I want with syn gut without the downsides of poly - fast dropping tensions, stiff feel hurting wrists, shoulders, forearm tendons, etc.

Poly is best paired with natural gut to get that extreme contrast (and bite?). But natural gut is expensive. I think poly is so overpriced too. It is so cheap to make. Poly in vehicle bushings are similar. So cheap to make but don't work well in street applications.

I use the Pro staff 97 v.10 original 2014-15 and the Prince textreme tour 100 and though the prince is more forgiving I am drawn to the PS for its control and stability. But the prince is a great platform too.

To those with body part issues, try syn gut.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I have a demo of this racquet that I tried alongside the Radical Pro. I played with it once and put it down. I used to play the original PS 97 with the red-and-black paint scheme for a while, and it felt more solid and powerful than the v13. The v13 feels very plush but also underpowered, at least strung with poly (looks like 4G in the demo). It could play very nice and arm-friendly with gut or a multifilament and maybe a touch of extra weight on the hoop. The Radical Pro suits me more in stock form though.
 

Ryebread

Rookie
the ps 97 v13 may be 65 on paper, but with a full bed of poly, it's quite stiff IMO.
nice racquet overall, seriously! but if injury was on my mind, I would stay away.

the 97L is a lot more stiff, yes.

so the 97 feels more plush, but compare with other options, and it's a skip.
sweet spot is quite small. smaller than some 95's I've hit!
 
It's true ...so small sweet spot ...If in that day I'm not in shape I'm dead.... so many miss hits...my frame is bleeding right now :)
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
Head G360+ Prestige MP is a great racket that feels soft and plays like a scalpel. The HL balance makes it super easy to swing and is arm-friendly. I like it a lot more than the regular Pro Staff V13,
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
Hi guys,

Would you recommend the Pro Staff 97 v13 for someone with shoulder issues?
No. It's too low powered. You'll have to add lots of weight to the hoop to beef up the plow and stability. And by doing this, it will make it hard to use for someone with shoulder issues.
 

ariwibowo

New User
pro staff 97 is not stiff. It is medium flex. Use synthetic gut/multifilaments to avoid shoulder issues. I use only syn gut. Poly doesn't do anything for me. I get as much spin as I want with syn gut without the downsides of poly - fast dropping tensions, stiff feel hurting wrists, shoulders, forearm tendons, etc.

Poly is best paired with natural gut to get that extreme contrast (and bite?). But natural gut is expensive. I think poly is so overpriced too. It is so cheap to make. Poly in vehicle bushings are similar. So cheap to make but don't work well in street applications.

I use the Pro staff 97 v.10 original 2014-15 and the Prince textreme tour 100 and though the prince is more forgiving I am drawn to the PS for its control and stability. But the prince is a great platform too.

To those with body part issues, try syn gut.
I too cant get away from PS97 v10 due to its power and plow through. Ever since using it from 2017, last year started having wrist pain after strung it with Prince Syn gut 16 gauge at 55lbs. Before that was using Multi 17 gauge at 56lbs but the control goes off quickly as the tension dropped.
 

ariwibowo

New User
I've played before with Yonex HD, Angel TC95, Babolat Pure Strike v3 and v2 , Pure Aero etc ...I'm racquethollic.
I feel WPF v13 very stable but underpowered ...maybe I need to try more strings setup.
So ... I have 2 questions :
1. what Wilson can do for a real upgrade ?
2. if you are not sure that WPF97 is perfect for you ...what racquet do you think it will be your next choice ?
If you feel v13 underpowered, should try v10/v11/v12 without countervail, they are pretty powerful. The new v13 string design is too reduce the stiffness feel without countervail.
 
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