Wilson Staff 95 - I need your help identifying this

Hello fellow players

I was fortunate enough to stumble across this beauty at a barn sale the other day, but I cannot seem to find out much about it.

It is a Wilson Staff 95 PWS High Beam Series, but I cannot find out when it was made or what the specifications are. I can find some vague mentions on various sites, but no specs and the pictures I find, do not look like mine.

I am on vacation right now, but as soon as I get home, I am getting it restrung and re-gripped, so I can get it playing. My main racket is a Pro Staff 95 and, as far as I can tell, this is a similar, albeit heavier and stiffer, predescessor to that one. By the looks of the paint job, I would guess it to be somewhere in the mid-to-late nineties, but that is purely guesswork. I love the Pro Staff and I would like nothing more than to get this one into my regular rotation. I feel a collection coming...

Is there anybody out there who can help me get some more detail on this racket? The specs and vintage is of particular interest to me. I have included a couple of pictures of the racket from different angles. If I have omitted a crucial part, please let me know and I will take more right away.

Thanks a lot everybody!









 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
Welcome to the equipment nostalgia section, where obscurity is neither a sin nor a handicap! :)

The "Staff" model designation doesn't really narrow things down much, as it co-existed and co-evolved with the "Pro-Staff", even though Wilson made many more "Pro-Staff" than they did "Staff". However, I don't see "Staff" written anywhere on the example you have shown, and I've never come across a "Staff" that also said "Pro Comp" on its shaft. Are you sure this is a matching cover for your racquet? Typically the color theme and fonts would match if they came together.

Can't help you with the specs either way, but the butt cap code indicates that this frame was made in 1993, by a Taiwanese firm that also made the "Odyssey Comp" for Wilson in the late '80s. My best guess is that this was a department store model, made for recreational players; which doesn't mean that it won't impress you with its performance. The equally humble "Odyssey Comp" is one of my all time favorites!

By the way, if you are also new to Photobucket, you should read up on what people have been saying about them over the past few weeks, so that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into (I am assuming that you are not one of those who decided to pay the $400 a year ransom).
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
The "High Beam" series of Wilson composite 95's was current in the mid-to-late 1990's, were very basic wider-beamed, constant beam width (not tapered, like the concurrent Ultra FPK, Ultra Kevlar, and Ultra Graphite 95's), mostly G-F composite layup without bumper guards, and mostly SMU's for chain department or sporting good stores at cheaper (like USD 50) price point.
 

cedm

New User
These were $50 pre-strungs that first released in about 1989 which is when I got mine - my first widebody. For a cheap consumer racquet, they played great and it served duty as my guest racquet for years. I never met anyone that didn't enjoy playing with it. I could not a mean forehand slice with it. Mine weighs in at 12.6oz strung. Mine is a brown-highlighted racquet though I know they came in different schemes.
 
Hello everyone

Thank you so much for your replies; they are immensely useful.

I am not sure at all that the sleeve matches the racket, and it would indeed appear that it does not. Even though the racket somewhat more modest than expected, I will give it a try and a restringing.

I cannot wait to see how it plays :)
 
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