Wilson Pro Staff 95 Racquet Customer feedback

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Comments: I've had the predecessor, the PS 95 BLX, and I liked it very much. When this one went on sale, I didn't hesitate at all. I've got it strung with the Volkl Cyclone 18 gauge at 50 lbs -- not being a string breaker, I deciced to go for a thinner string. As usual, I got a size 3 and put double overgrips on it, mostly because it adds a few points of headlightness -- I like them at about 10-12 pts headlight strung. This one, as compared to my old 95 BLX, is about the same weight but 2-3 points more headlight (a part explaination may be that the 18 gauge is slightly lighter than 17). My racquet currently weighs just over 350 grams (about 12.4 ounces) and it's about 12 pts headlight. I like the feel and balance of the thing, and I get great control off full swings. Slices are really good, and if you really go for it and hit cleanly, you're rewarded with great precision. Backhands (mine's one handed) have superb feel due to the easy swinging and the low balance point. The negative sides are that it's a bit unstable at net and on off center hits, or if you don't dedicate yourself to the swing. Serves also lack a fair bit of pace, though slide and kick serves are quite easy to hit. To sum it up, I find this a good racquet for all court players with full strokes, but due to the lack of power, it demands of you to stay on the throttle to hit through your opponent. Of course, a bit of lead tape around the hoop would up the power. For me though, this would sacrifice balance and speed, and it's not something I'd want to do.
From: Thomas, 8/15

Comments: I played with the Juice 100, and I like that racquet a lot but I felt like if I took a full cut at the ball it would hit the fence. So I decided to give the PS95 a try. I love it! Precision and control -- just what power players need. Love the open string pattern, the weight is just right, and my shots have never been heavier or more lethal. I can put the ball right where I want it, and the slices and dropshots are awesome too. I string it with a hybrid -- Pacific PMX 16 in the mains and Luxilon Adrenaline in the crosses. Great stick!
From: Justin, 5/15

Comments: This is an extremely well-balanced racquet. I typically need to modify almost every racquet that I've played with - some more than others - but I just really liked this one in stock form. It suits my game well as an aggressive attacking player. I use 18 RPM Blast strung at 48 lbs.
From: Richard, 5/15

Comments: It is a great racquet for intermediate and advanced players while beginners should stay away. This racquet is for players that have dependable shots because it is not forgiving and difficult to create power with. I think adding weight will spoil it as the manufacturer does zillions of tests during the production process and presents the 'best adjusted' one to the market. It's still difficult to play with for intermediate players but it makes you push your limits as you know that you have one of the best racquets in your hand, and if you are still missing or your shots are not placed where you want them, you are the one to blame, not the racquet.
From: Hunkar, 5/15

Comments: I'm a solid 4.0 player. I like everything about this racquet except for the lack of power and any mishits are unforgiving. It's very similar to its ancestor, original 6.0.
From: J.C., 5/15

Comments: I demo'd this racquet and it doesn't have any feel in my opinion. I am a 4.0 player. I am surprised at all of the positive reviews.
From: John, 4/15

Comments: If you want to add more plow through and you have pretty good core strength and technique you can try what I did. I added 4 two-inch nails in the foam; just remove the butt cap and slip them in. Then I added 4 inches of lead tape at the 3 and 9 covering the painted increments. I found this balances it out pretty well and starts to play more like the Six One 95.
From: Cody, 2/15

Comments: Just picked up the game again after 7 years out. I was using the Hyper Carbon PS95 6.0 which I love. I played this one today and just love the PS feel. I need to add a little weight but will be enjoying these sticks for a while now. 10/10
From: Mark, 1/15

Comments: I think everyone will agree with the excellent feel, control and maneuverability of this racquet. I found soft shaped polys like MSV Hex, Solinco Tour Bite, Signum Pro Tornado, etc. really complimented this racquet which helped me in boosting the power and spin without losing any control. Maneuverability helped me in generating lot of power on serve, but may be not as much as Wilson Juice or Babolat Pure Drive. It lacks a bi tof plow through so on defense I struggle a bit. But I am 5.0 all court player who likes to finish at net so feel is very important to me.
From: Vishal, 12/14

Comments: I have been using PS95 now for a couple of months and I believe that you need to experiment with different types of strings and weights at 3 and 9 (PWS). I came from the K6.1 95 to this racquet and absolutely hated the PS95. I decided to give the PS95 another go again as the K6.1 95 is simply too heavy for me now, a 40 year old playing recreational tennis, probaly a 3.0 player. You do need good shot mechanics for the PS95 and in return, it will benefit you if you like taking big cuts at the ball. My current setup is Babolat RPM and 4 grams at each PWS location, totalling 8 grams. The racquet is pretty evenly balanced now and it reminds me of my PS85 days!
From: Anon, 11/14

Comments: Apologies in advance as this is a bit long! I'm a 3.5 player, played competitively in high school and then took 15 years off! Now back to playing twice a week in a friendly rec. league. I'm a baseline player with a primarily slice backhand and occasional 2-handed backhand that I'm trying to render more consistent. I demoed a lot of racquets, came down to the Babolat Pure Control and the PS95. Pure Control was excellent, had pretty feel for a Babolat and great power, but ultimately, while I really wanted to like the Babolat, there always seemed to be something insulating me from feeling the ball. On the other hand, as has been mentioned by lots of others, the PS95 was unbeatable for control, precision, and feel. Yes, it definitely lacks power and has a smallish sweetspot compared to some more modern sticks, but in my case, where I have some decent technique hidden under layers of unforced errors. I am appreciating the forgiving, lower power that lets me take a full stroke and work out the (many) kinks in my game. I also really appreciate the lightweight, "whippy" feel of the racquet -- particularly when I'm reaching to return a down-the-line winner on my backhand, I'm always impressed by the maneuverability. I'm not up to speed on all the tennis lingo, but as I'm a car guy, I'm going to use a car analogy: the Pro Staff 95 is exactly like a modern throwback sportscar, specifically a Scion FR-S. If you google that car and read what people say, it's totally analogous to the Pro Staff: The Scion is classically balanced, it's low (indeed, some will say too low) on power, but the handling, precision, and steering feel, are dang near perfect. And that's the trade-off. For the same money there are more powerful cars, but they're blunt instruments, whereas the Scion rewards good technique. Just like hitting a perfect groundstroke or placing a volley. Because you have to work a little harder, when you get it right, it's that much more rewarding. Hope that makes sense. Get the PS95, work on your technique, take full strokes; get better!
From: Dan, 11/14

Comments: I have been playing with the Pro Staff 95 for about 2 months, twice a week. I found it to lack plow through and have a small sweetspot. Shots hit outside of the sweetspot, which appears to be situated well below the midpoint of the stringbed, will land substantially shorter and lose lots of pace and spin. Maneuverability is great and so is the directional control and feel but the racquet lacks power and is unforgiving, which is why I switched to Blade 98. The mentioned problems might be fixable with weights at 12 or 10 and 2, as suggested by other customers, but this would up the total weight of the racquet too much for my taste. Had it strung with a soft spin poly at 54/50/46 lbs with little improvement in power over the tension range. I used to play competitively on regional level as a junior and have recently taken up tennis at 30+ years after a 15- year break.
From: Bona, 10/14

Comments: This is adding on to my previous review below. So after about 1 1/2 months trying and experimenting with lead placement, I found my perfect setup. Strip the base grip, add 18 grams of weight on the handle, replace base grip with Wilson leather grip. Then add about 2 grams at each of 1-1:30, 10-10:30, 9 and 3 o'clock (I use Tourna 1/4). As for string, still deciding between Luxilon 4G or a hybrid of Luxilon Timo (mains) Wilson NXT (crosses). I was so happy with this set up as it makes the balance so headlight, but there is torsional stability and enough plough through. I can now effortlessly power drive my shots with insane top spin as the racquet is now heavier but also headlight enough that whipping it feels so natural. Defensive wise, it's still lightning quick that I can return serves or hard shots simply by putting some racquet mass and being in position.
From: Indra, 9/14

Comments: With a bit of lead modification, this racquet plays extremely similar to the Tour 90 with a lot more foregiveness on mishits. After adding 16 grams under the grommet to 10-11-12-1-2 o'clock region, and a Head leather grip, the whole racquet feels absolutely so solid on groundies. The spin potential is as good as ever on Wilson Pro Staff racquets, and directional control is amazing too. Strung with Yonex Poly Tour Pro at 56 lbs, also Luxilon Alu Power at 57 lbs.
From: Anakin, 9/14

Comments: I play with long groundstrokes and a single-handed backhand. I wanted to move from Pro Staff 90 since my eyes begin to waver and need a bigger sweet spot to play with. I tried the PS 95S but the torsional stability was so poor I opted for the PS 95. In stock form it is fast, whippy and manoeuvrable. I am very happy with this racquet except for two facts -- one, it is too light it feels like a fan against heavy balls, especially when on full stretch or when I'm out of position. Two, the balance is not headlight enough, It's kind of difficult to maneuver my racquet into place so I could go with my strokes "buttcap first." So I have tried placing weight in different places of the racquet to emulate that PS90 feel, balance and above all stability. I felt like I bring out the best out of this racquet with this setup: 1) replace the stock base grip with a wilson leather grip and 2) on the handle under the base grip, place around 18 +/- 2 grams of lead 5 inches from the buttcap. I am still considering whether to add more lead at 3/9 o'clock and/or 12 o'clock for stability and power, knowing that lead placement there comes at the expense of maneuverability have a pair of these, and I string one with Luxilon 4G at 53 lbs mains 51 lbs crosses and string the second with a hybrid of Lux Timo mains at 53 lbs and Wilson NXT at 58 lbs.
From: Indra, 8/14

Comments: I'm a 4.0 player with full groundstrokes and a one-handed backhand. I was a Six.One 95 user looking for a lighter option. Tried the Babolat APD but it hurt my arm. Demoed many racquets in the 11 to 11.5 ounce range (strung) but felt pushed around. Against light hitters the PS95 is excellent: whippy, accurate, great feel and extremely fun to play with. However, against heavy hitters the PS95 is just too light can feel like a flap of cardboard when impacting a heavy ball on the stretch. The sweet spot is small and serve power is low. I should confess that some of these "drawbacks" actually improved my technique by forcing me to hit more precisely. Unlike stiff, thick-beamed racquets that allow people to crush winners with strokes only an ax murderer could love, the PS95 keeps me honest. The challenge for me was how to modify this racquet to make it work against harder hitters and on serve. I added a Head leather grip and 2.5 grams of lead tape centered at 12 o'clock, spanning from about 10 to 2. I also added 1/2 gram each at 3 and 9 o'clock, just enough to stabilize it. The racquet now weighs 12 onces with an over grip and dampener and it's perfect. Strung with Luxilon ALU Power at 51 lbs.
From: Alex, 8/14

Comments: I played with old-school, control-orientated racquets for most of my teenage and college years (Prestiges, T-fights, Tours), when I was still fighting fit and fast on the uptake. Ten years later, coming back into the game and revisiting these tried and true sticks, I noticed that I was arriving late on too many occasions, and I kept erring on the side of depth and pace. So, following the lead of my old tennis buddies (we're all still 5.0 and above), I started playtesting racquets that are being advertised as the implements of the "modern game" (bigger head size, thicker beam, open string pattern, more pop, you know the deal). I'm a heck of a lot slower than I used to be, but my swing is still pretty fast, and I want to give every ball my best and all. Result: the Prince Warrior and Head Speed Pro launched 50% of my balls into orbit. Sure, my service game traveled back into time it was going so fast, but my slices and volleys consistently floated away from me, and spin -- well, there was plenty of it, but excessive topspin, I noticed, still rubs my moral fibre the wrong way, going against everything I love about the game. And my arm hurt, even if I had to hold back on my swings to keep the ball in, something I had never experienced before on a tennis court. So, picked up the Wilson Pro Staff 95. Oboy, a whole new ballpark. Solid. Crisp. Incredibly comfortable. But most importantly (for me personally that is, having sacrificed speed and agility over the years) - it's swing weight and head-light balance make this Pro Staff a much, much more forgiving frame. It whips and cracks and every time the opposition launches an attack, it makes you want to shout "Whoopie, git along little dogies". It's exceedingly maneuverable, yet rigid and authoritarian enough from the baseline and around the net, inviting you to take big swings at the ball - and let's face it, 95 sqi is plenty enough real estate to find the sweet-spot if you are a 4.0 and above player. You can put serves on a dime (even a nickel) without sacrificing a lot of pace. The overall response from the frame (I don't believe in marketing speak like amplifeel, or inverted drill holes, and whatnot) is excellent, very buttery, as they say. Moral of the story: I lost 6-4/6-4 to a guy wielding the unwieldy Head Speed Pro. Week later, packing the WPs 95, I beat him 6- 1/6-2. Victory was sweet because the Wilson (unlike the Speed, whose blind power just takes over your entire game) made me feel as if I myself had contributed to the win - it makes you work for it, but it has your back when you miss that all- important deadline with the apex of the ball. It's lightning fast through the air, so it buys you the time you need to rally around the cause and settle into your next shot. Case in point: even at the peak of my humble tennis career (5.5, 2 tournaments per week, per season), I had always struggled with the one-handed BH return on flat first serves, opting for a deep and consolidating chip most of the time. Ten years on, ten pound later, and with no ranking to speak of anymore, playing with the Wilson Pro Staff 95, so help me god, I found myself returning powerful serves with a graceful and infinitely more effective full-swing one-handed backhand. Magic!
From: Jay, 7/14

Comments: I also tried the 95S and 99S, both of them play so well when the string is new, but after 4 hours of play it will lose the snap back action because the string are too loose. It still has the good spin but it totally lost the control. The Pro Staff 95 doesn't have as much spin as the S version, but it plays a lot more consistent. It's a good racquet, with good spin, and supreme feel! I swear I was smiling when I first hit with this racquet, the feel was too sweet!
From: Jack, 5/14

Comments: Great racquet! It hits well, has good control and feel. There is more power than the 90s and 85. Strung with Luxilon 4g, which I recommend.
From: Lawrence, 5/14

Comments: Our local pro shop got this one in yesterday and they allowed me to take it out for a spin. I was one of the first to review the BLX Pro Staff 95 a few years ago so I thought I should do this one as well. I'm not sure there is much to distinguish this one (the new Wilson Pro Staff 95) from the somewhat older BLX Pro Staff 95. There is by specification a little different swing weight (new is 308 and the old is 306). The new one is made from Graphite, Kevlar and Basalt and the older one is just the BLX. I was really hoping that this newer version would be an upgrade from the original 6.0 95 -- perhaps 11.9 oz rather than 12.2, 18 or 17.5mm in a straight beam pattern rather than the 19mm in the 6.0 along with the same string pattern. But there just isn't that much difference from the BLX Pro Staff 95 of a few years ago other than the aesthetics of paint. On the court, I couldn't tell any real difference. The weight felt the same, the stroke preparation and ball hitting capability didn't really feel different at all. The set up for both was 4 3/8 grip, string was Babolat RPM 17g with a Babolat dampener and 3 grams of lead tape at the 3 and 9pm locations (PWS bumps). It's a nice stick. It feels good in my hand. But, so does the BLX Pro Staff 95. Why pay $209 when you can still buy the older one for $129 (as of today anyway). If you've got unlimited funds and tennis is your only vice (which describes all of us on this site, right?) then you can certainly spend your money any way you see fit. For the rest of us that have the tennis addiction but need our money to go slightly further -- then just buy the older stick while it lasts. You might look slightly outdated but the stick will play the same. I'm still holding out hope that they bring out an updated version of the Pro Staff 6.0 95 racquet someday. Skill level: 4.5 Style of play: eastern forehand and one handed backhand.
From: David, 1/14

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