The Pro Staff 97 gets a cosmetic and technological update, but keeps its key specifications intact. The result is an easy swinging, comfortable players racquet.
Everyone loves the sleek, black tuxedo influenced design of Roger Federer's Pro Staff RF97, so smartly Wilson has capitalized on this winning design and used the same paint finish for their update to the Pro Staff 97. Along with the cosmetic update, Wilson has also integrated Countervail technology into the racquet's layup of Braided Graphite. According to Wilson, Countervail is a material technology that maximizes a player’s energy, reduces muscle fatigue and shortens recovery time. The addition of Countervail definitely gives this updated version of the Pro Staff 97 a slightly more muted feel than it's predecessor. However, this frame still posses plenty of great feedback and feel thanks to the Braided Graphite technology.
Wilson has kept most of the key specifications the same with this update. The 11.1 ounce (315 gram) unstrung weight, provides plenty of weight of shot and the 10 point headlight balance (310 millimetres) keeps things nice and maneuverable. The 97 square inch head provides the racquet with an ample sweetspot and the 16x19 string pattern provides good spin potential. A 21.5 millimetre straight beam width contributes to the racquet's conformable feel and relatively low flex rating of 65 RA.
The Pro Staff 97 CV is a great update and should appeal to fans of the previous generations of the racquet as well as those looking for a racquet that looks as great as it plays.
- Head Size: 97 sq. inches / 625 sq. cm
- Length: 27 inches / 68.58 cm
- Weight: 11.1 oz / 315 g unstrung
- Balance: 10 pts head light / 310mm unstrung
- Swing Weight: 320 strung
- Beam width: 21.5mm / 21.5mm / 21.5mm
- Flex: 65 RA
- Tension Range: 50-60 lbs / 23-27 kg
- String Pattern: 16/19
Braided Graphite provides a pure, solid and consistent feel that players have loved for decades. This strong construction also dampens vibration and enhances touch and control.
With its groundbreaking carbon layer integrated into the frame, Countervail is a material technology that maximizes a player’s energy, reduces muscle fatigue and shortens recovery time.
A timeless racquet style developed over 30 years ago. Features a head light balance, thin beam, braided graphite construction and perimeter weight system at 3 and 9 o'clock for torsional stability. Known for providing amazing control and feel.