ProStaff 6.0 95
"Definitely the more realistic head size of the two."
This is how one of our playtesters described the ProStaff 6.0 95 compared to the 85. Introduced in 1994, the 6.0 95 offers similar playing characteristics to the 6.0 85 but it gives the average Joe and Josephine an 11% larger hitting surface to work with. Because of it's larger head size, the 6.0 95 has a much broader player appeal than the 85.
On groundstrokes, the extra 10 square inches are immediately noticeable. Dan offers, "groundies had some extra juice and topspin was easier to produce with this racquet than I remember." Drew concurs, "the 95 is easier to play with in most respects - more power, more spin and easier to get around." A dissenting voice comes from Granville, who found the 95 too flexible. He comments, "the 95 seemed a bit too flexible, bordering on whippy. There was so much flex that I could feel the torque of off-center shots, thus robbing me of some needed power." Don offers, "while still a bit underpowered for me, I could play with the 6.0 95. It offers a solid, yet comfortable feel. Off-center hits are a little more forgiving, less jarring than the 85, and it's pretty maneuverable for a 12.3 ounce racquet. This racquet still requires a full swing and early preparation to ensure good pace and depth. Overall though, it's more user friendly for the masses. I definitely prefer it to the 6.0 85 or even the 6.1 95."
At net, the 6.0 95 offers control and stability but not much power. Mark says, "the larger head on the 95 and slight increase in power helped the most on volleys. Although neither head size offered as much power as I like on volleys, they were great on half-volleys. The weight, stability and low power level made it much easier to half-volley than with my Thunder 820." Dan continues, "volleys stuck well and control was outstanding. Touch angles and half-volleys found their mark, as long as the racquet was in front and my stroke stayed compact. Volleyers with long swings or visions of laziness at net should look elsewhere. The racquet will demand your undivided attention at net."
Serving with the 6.0 95 is less demanding than the 85. The larger head size makes spin serves less of an effort. Dan comments, "if you're mechanically sound, serving bombs with the 95 is no problem. Second serves get good kick, but because of the weight, generating adequate racquet head speed still requires some muscle. I had no trouble serving in the first set but my arm became fatigued toward the end of the second set. Players who are used to 11 ounce or lighter sticks will need to adapt to the 6.0 95's heavier weight." Most players agreed that the 95 was more comfortable on serves. Granville offers, "seemed most forgiving on serves and overheads. Very comfortable, with good power and control." Finally, Don describes the 95 on serves and overheads, "I might have hit a few bigger serves with the 85 when I found the sweetspot but served consistently better and hit cleaner overheads with the 95. While it requires good stroke mechanics, the 6.0 95 allows for some margin of error without too much penalty."
Approach shots, returns and reaction volleys are solid with the 6.0 95, again due to it's overall weight and stability. The increased hitting surface allows for more effective slice shots and the added maneuverability makes off-balance shots easier to handle.
The ProStaff 6.0 95 is best suited for 4.5-7.0 players who generate their own power and have developed sound strokes. It is effective for baseliners and serve/volley players alike - quite versatile for a player's racquet. As Drew says, "the 6.0 95 is a bit like a cross between the 6.0 85 and 6.1 95. Maybe it's the 6.0 for the rest of us."
Wilson Prostaff 6.0 95
|Granville||5.5 all-court player currently using a Wilson ProStaff 6.0 85 (as a result of playtesting)|
|Dan||5.5 all-court player currently using a Gamma Tradition 18 MP.|
|Mark||5.5 serve & volleyer currently using a Prince Thunder Ultralite Titanium Oversize.|
|Don||4.5-5.0 all-court player currently using a Yonex Super RD Tour 95.|
|Drew||4.5-5.0 baseliner currently using a Wilson ProStaff 6.0 85 (yep, him too)|
Play test racquets strung with Tecnifibre NRG2 17 at 58 pounds (Prostaff 6.0 85) and 60 pounds (Prostaff 6.0 95).
Review date: August 1999. If you found this review interesting or have further questions or comments please contact us.
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