Wilson Six One 95/ Pro Tour??

#1
hi,
there are so many racquets now i'm going crazy. never had wilson before. got two rdx500MPs i love, looking for a bit more plough-through and just something a bit different to play with occasionally too. thinking pro tour, but what are the key differences in the way these play? does the closed pattern of the pro tour make so much difference? i hit flat, which means i normally gravitate towards open string racquet to promote whatever spin i do put on the ball. i'd probably string with weisscanon silverstring somewhere around 56.
cheers all/
 
#2
so ok to get it going, two questions

1) i hit flat. would you go for an open pattern to get the most out of any spin you do hit, or tight and concentrate on control?

2) i'm looking to improve all the time, a heavier racquet will force me to hone my strokes. the pro tour is a heavier swingweight than the RDX500s, which is good as i'm looking to do more damage from the baseline. would it be better to step up even more to the 12oz-ish BLX 95?

3) i am going to demo both, but these 1) and 2) are questions for people with more experience than me. cheers.
 
#3
I've demo'd both. From my view, the 6.1 95 is a little heavier and has a slightly more flexible head. The Pro Tour is a little more manuverable and seems to cut through the air a little better. I hit well with both racquets, each for about 30 minutes after which my aged and battled (more than just tennis) joints started complaining.

The Pro Tour's dense string pattern adds control and a stiffer feal to the racquet. If you're a flat hitter and need extra control to keep the ball in, this would help. You can also hit topspin with the Pro Tour if you need it. But, the 6.1 95 generates more spin with the same swing. So, if you want to generate more spin with the same swing, the 6.1 will do that better than the Pro Tour.
 
#4
I've demo'd both. From my view, the 6.1 95 is a little heavier and has a slightly more flexible head. The Pro Tour is a little more manuverable and seems to cut through the air a little better. I hit well with both racquets, each for about 30 minutes after which my aged and battled (more than just tennis) joints started complaining.

The Pro Tour's dense string pattern adds control and a stiffer feal to the racquet. If you're a flat hitter and need extra control to keep the ball in, this would help. You can also hit topspin with the Pro Tour if you need it. But, the 6.1 95 generates more spin with the same swing. So, if you want to generate more spin with the same swing, the 6.1 will do that better than the Pro Tour.
wow, thanks for the in-depth reply Limpinhitter.

i think i am a naturally flat hitter who has been trying to convince himself that he should be using more spin because that's the way the game at the top level is headed. i think this means that i've become more conservative in my game- i'm afraid of hitting the ball long with the RDXs, which means i'm hitting a shorter ball with more spin on it. this means i'm getting bullied against better players with the added frustration of not really playing my natural game.

so i'm going to give the pro tour a bash. it's a little lighter and i'm still not ready for a 12oz plus racquet, a little smaller so it'll shore up my technique, and extra control should mean i can work on getting back to the more aggressive style i had, especially on my forehand.
 
#5
I'm a wimpy little skinny kid on my school's tennis team (123lbs), but I can really rip that ball hard and still get it in. That was when I used the Kblade 98 though.

Now I use the BLX six.one 95 16x18. I hit someone in the balls when I slammed it before haha. And I can still whip the ball hard.
 
#6
wow, thanks for the in-depth reply Limpinhitter.

i think i am a naturally flat hitter who has been trying to convince himself that he should be using more spin because that's the way the game at the top level is headed. i think this means that i've become more conservative in my game- i'm afraid of hitting the ball long with the RDXs, which means i'm hitting a shorter ball with more spin on it. this means i'm getting bullied against better players with the added frustration of not really playing my natural game.

so i'm going to give the pro tour a bash. it's a little lighter and i'm still not ready for a 12oz plus racquet, a little smaller so it'll shore up my technique, and extra control should mean i can work on getting back to the more aggressive style i had, especially on my forehand.
I used to be a pretty flat hitter. It has a lower margin for error, but, much more penetrating and depth consistency. Flat, lower trajectory, penetrating shots are a secret weapon against those "loopers" who put a lot of arch on their shots because they can't get underneath the ball as easily against a flat skidding shot the way they need to to time their shots properly. They do better hitting against each other. In my dotage, I've become a bit of a looper myself just to give me more time to get back into position. LOL!

Having said that, the tension range on the Pro Tour is 50-60. If you can, my advice is to get the demo strung at 55 or less. It will de-tune to about 53 after a good hitting session. Then, you'll be able to really test it. Unless you're a really big hitter who can flex tighter, denser strings, any tighter than that is going to feel boardy and dead with that 18/20 string pattern.
 
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#8
Are you at all interested in the kpro tour? mine will be up for sale here soon.
i think, from the reviews, that the BLX is a more cushioned feel, and i would like that for the sake of ease on the arm. i'm also in the UK!! but many thanks for the offer (and good work on getting the promo into the thread:))
 
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