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Comments: I've played with the RF97 for about a year now, coming from the K90. At first, it didn't feel as pure
on groundstrokes, because the K90 series has a longer shaft/smaller head. Nothing will ever feel as good as the K90 series,
but as one ages, you need a little more forgiveness on the strike point, and the RF97 meets that need. It's better at volleys
than the K90 because it "feels" shorter in your hand and it has a bigger, more forgiving head. It's a little stiffer, and thus
has more power for groundstrokes and serves (a little bit like the old Ultra II). After about 3 months, I felt really comfortable
with it and can hit with more power and consistency than I did with the K90 series. So it's a keeper. I have a two-handed
backhand, semi-western forehand, am 62 years old and a 4.5/5.0 National Senior player.
From: Tim, 1/17
Comments: I have been playing with this racquet for a year and a half now, I really like how they updated this
racquet from the 90 line. It is much more powerful and forgiving, but still retains the classic Pro Staff feel and heft. I'm a
4.5-5.0 Tennis on Campus player who prefers doubles and the 97 very much -- it suits my needs. The 97 has lots of pace
and power, but it needs a consistent, solid technique and a strong, durable shoulder to wield it. The feel is not as
dampened as with the 90, so touch shots are slightly more difficult to pull off, but the forgiveness is great for fast net
exchanges. The weight and stability is great for returns and serves as well. I definitely recommend it for anyone of 4.5+
skill and prefers a classic feel to the modern tweener racquets.
From: Ash, 12/16
Comments: I love this racquet during the first hour of play, and then it feels heavy. I play a lot of tennis and it
seems as if I'm using a wooden racquet during the second hour of play. Great racquet though! But one has to have strong
arms in order to wield it. At my age now (I'm 41), I need something lighter. I currently use its lighter brother, the Pro Staff
97, and I found it to be much better in terms of weight. If you have strong arms, use it. Great racquet, but only in the first
hour of play for me.
From: Kyle, 10/16
Comments: This racquet is perfect! If you don't like it, maybe it is because you don't have good mechanics,
simple as that.
From: Fernando, 10/16
Comments: To me, this racquet felt like two racquets put together between the head and the handle. The
balance never felt right for me personally. It is a good racquet for serving but a little less control than the Pro Staff 85. It is
interesting to see how they redesigned it though.
From: Stuart, 9/16
Comments: People always say Roger's racquet is too heavy and not easy to control; but not for me.
After using Roger's new weapon for 1 year, I would say RF97 Autograph has become the best racquet I have ever played
with. I have another 2 of Roger's 90 square inch racquets -- 2004 nCode 6.1 Tour (340g) and 2012 Pro Staff 6.1 BLX
and never do I have trouble using these two 90 square inch racquets. Now this upgraded RF97 makes my game much
easier, and my friends across the net always ask me how I can play like this. I just say to them, "take some time to try
From: Scottie, 9/16
Comments: This is a beautiful racquet. Roger Federer is the greatest man with the greatest racquet. Buy it
now -- spin, pop, control -- everything is perfect!
From: James, 9/16
Comments: Giving this a try after using the Pro Staff 95S. The 95S is a superb serving machine -- kick serves
with serious jump are easy to find. The problem is that groundstrokes (too) often drift long. One of the reasons being that,
ironically, the "spin effect" is not that accessible in regular play -- it has to be added in with exagerated technique, rather
defeating the purpose. No such problem with the RF97 -- groundstrokes are wonderfully heavy with topspin produced
naturally. It is possible to hit the ball harder and harder and have an increase in accompanying spin at the same time with
this racquet, but it is very tricky with the 95S. One-handed backhands are straightforward with the RF97 -- the 95S does
not possess enough "heft" with the the swing path of the racquet tending to feel very vague: resulting in mis-timed shots.
The one area that is a struggle with the RF97 appears to be kick serves. It can produce big kick, I have seen it on
occasions -- it is just difficult to produce (un-like the 95S). Perhaps it's a question of pinpointing technique changes that I
need to make to produce it reliably with this racquet.
From: Simon, 8/16
Comments: This racquet is heavy! I am a very flat hitter and impart occasional topspin mainly on the forehand.
I enjoyed the crisp, fast swing of the Aeropro Drive GT which gave me lots of power and spin but it was too light and I
needed something more stable. The RF is very solid and stable and feels fantastic to hit with. It is definitely on the firmer
and stiffer side, which I enjoy. It is rock solid, never experience another racquet quite like it. It had great plow through and
made my shots heavier. The racquet also has a lot of spin, comparable to the APD in my opinion. After hitting for 30-45
minutes my arm started to tire and that's when my game fell apart. The racquet maybe isn't that heavy itself and is
headlight but as others have said, it has a big swingweight and over a course of 1.5 hours, it's not durable. I have tried but
it is just not for me. I've switched to the Radical Graphene Pro and although it doesn't have the stability or plow through, I
can go all day with that swingweight.
From: Anonymous, 8/16
Comments: After 30 years of playing with the Pro Staff 85 and 90 versions and other player's models, I tried
this one about 3 months ago. I love this racquet. This is my new stick and I will never buy anything else. Awesome racquet!
I am a 5.0 player with a one handed backhand.
From: Fernando, 8/16
Comments: I began my tennis "career" eleven years ago with a Head Prestige Mid Flexpoint, under the
assumption that a pro stick would educate me into playing like one; A Wilson 6.1. 18x20 would succeed and be a solid
companion for more than 5 years. Coaches kept mumbling something about topspin, and eventually I left the road of virtue
and tried out lighter, polarized spin racquets. But something didn't click. Serves were sub-par, volleys difficult, precision
shots impossible, sharp slices out of the question. With this one is said to myself: "I'll be back." And here we are: better
backhand slice than the 6.1 (never thougt is possible). The ball goes where you wanted it. It provides you with the topspin
you need to secure a shot, and that it; nothing like Nadal. You have to be concentrated 100%, stay on the accelerator, play
full throttle. This one is not for the timid. You really have to go for it. Then it will reward you oh so much. It is an attacker's
dream. It is not a classic control stick, it has much more power. You don't have to be eight foot tall and 280 pounds and
have hand like a gorilla to move this one. But this stick tells you immediatetly whether you apply second rate technique.
From: Andrew, 8/16
Comments: Now that I'm in my 40's I really appreciate the bigger more forgiving sweet spot and the terrific
feel. String with Gamma Zo tour 17 crosses, VS team 17 gut mains at 60 lbs, serve is ultra controlable, volleys have great
touch. As I grew up on ProStaff Original 85s and find the same feel and touch with added power and forgiveness. Now I
just need the all black version!
From: Netrat, 8/16
Comments: I demo'd this racquet for a week recently. In short, it's a demanding racquet that can do your
bidding on anything, if (big if) you have the skill and strength to wield this club. Massive plow through and a very solid
like the old school box beam racquets but with a lot more power. The weight will make it harder to impart topspin unless
you have the strength to generate racquet head speed. Frankly, I feel that the old 6.1 95 line was a more well-rounded
racquet. A little lighter, similar amount of power and just more versatile for a non-professional player. Don't get me wrong,
the RF97 is a fine racquet and I enjoyed demo'ing it, but if what Wilson says is true that it really is what Roger uses in
stock form, then this is a racquet designed specifically for one man and not the masses. Definitely worth a demo, but I
would recommend other racquets over this one, or at least wait until the RF97 goes on sale.
From: Steve, 8/16
Comments: @Boris, Same weight with a slightly more headlight balance (or thinner beam to increase speed
through the air) would have been slightly better for my personal liking. A tail leaded version of the 97S fits your
From: Anonymous, 8/16
Comments: I'm a 5.5/6.0 player. Demoed this racquet and played a few times for a couple of hours each time.
I found this racquet to be very similar to the Yonex VCore Duel G97 330. Stability, control and comfort were the best
features, especially at net where control was exceptional. Spin potential is there but I found it very difficult to generate the
kind of head racquet speed that I would have wanted to, and because of that, my shots were not dipping as much as I
would have liked and lacked a little bit of speed despite the massive plow through of the frame. On 2nd serve hard kickers
I would actually give the edge to this racquet over the Yonex one and ball was coming with a ton of pace and movement.
Where I did find an issue was with forehands on the run. That was the toughest shot to execute with this racquet along
the service returns. I felt I had to change the technique to shorten the swing to get the racquet into position, otherwise, I
would feel the drag of the balance and hit the shots late rather than in the preferred contact zone. Overall strengths are
comfort, control, stability, no arm issues, lots of pace! The only down side is the maneuverability. I think this maybe a good
play test for someone with short swings. Same weight with a slightly more headlight balance (or thinner beam to increase
speed through the air) would have been slightly better for my personal liking.
From: Boris, 7/16
Comments: I've been playing with the Fed racquet for a year now. It's a big stick and into the 3rd set I feel it
in my serves. That said, it's a fantastic racquet for control and power. Even off center shots come off clean because the
plow through makes the sweet spot seem bigger. The precision and control is very good; lots of depth and spin and
my spots became much easier. Hitting through the court is noticeable compared to a regular Prostaff 97. The RF just
faster and flatter on command. i don't know how long I will be able to wield the RF, but enjoying it now and it's worth a
serious test drive.
From: Stan, 8/16
Comments: Volleys are solid from anywhere on the court. Overheads easier than I was expecting at this swing
weight, racquet does all the work really. Racquet is much plusher than I imagined it would be for the stiffness rating. You
can really nail the corners and leave your opponent for dead with pace. I found the grip size slightly small for a 4, but
happy to tail weight it with a shrink wrap grip as I would like it to be a little more head light. Overall better than a PS85
down the line, for volleys, overheads, for pace. Easier to get moving than a K88. I liked the comfort compared to K90s.
A little too easy to overcook some shots but can fix that with a deader string or a hybrid. So far so good, and I can win a
lot of cheap points with heavy slice and net approaches.
From: Anonymous, 8/16
Comments: First, it literally took me 5 minutes to get used to the racquet, I really have no idea why people in
the comments are saying they just can't get used to it. I used to use a Babolat Aeropro Tour which is at 11.6 ounces but
amazingly the Aeropro Tour felt heavier than this 12.6 ounce RF97. My serves went from 115 mph with the RF97, which
was the same as the Aeropro Tour but I seem to get more of a curve from the RF97 with slice and topspin serves
to my Babolat. Forehands and backhands got a little bit of an increase in speed and power and most importantly,
Less topspin though compared to my Babolat. Strung with ALU Power Soft at 53 lbs.
From: Vasil, 8/16
Comments: This is the very best racquet ever. Why? It has everything: spin, feel, control, head light balance,
stability, and power. Of course, managing the right balance with string and tension, not to mention technique, has a lot to
do with that as well. When I first hit with this racquet, I was surprised by the power (strung with NRG2 16 mains and
Dunlop Explosive 17 crosses at 56/53 lbs), so the ball was flying on me a bit. Mainly this was due to laziness. For some
reason I hit flat at first, not trusting that I could access spin easily. When I woke up from my delusion and laziness, access
to spin turned out to be rather easy. When I did what I was supposed to (move, get into position, stay low, and step into
the ball), I got the response I desired. I guess I expected the racquet to do those things for me somehow. Unfortunately it
doesn't work that way. Who knows what I was thinking, if I was at all. Like the old Tour 90s, you have to work. If you do
work, this racquet will reward you in ways other racquets simply can't. Previously I had played with a Pro Staff 95 (leather
grip, some lead in the handle, and some lead at 10 and 2), but no matter how I tinkered with it I the sweet spot was always
small (it was so dead the closer you got to the hoop). Honestly, my K Six One Tour 90 had more of a sweet spot than the
95. The RF 97 has a tremendously large sweet spot, so it's very forgiving. This is another plus for those of us who don't hit
the ball in the middle of the string bed as much as we used to or move quite like we once did.
From: Brian, 7/16
Comments: I feel I should leave an update since I got so many comments about my shoulder injury which I
believe was from this racquet. I was the one who essentially injured my shoulder serving. Let me say this. I by no means
am a wimp, nor am I in a state of lacking condition. Many others have stated how grueling this racquet is to wield on
serves. Not even Federer is a power server. To be clear, when I compete, I often have played at a minimum of ITF level,
and have won at the open level. Having said that, I am no pro, nor am I Federer. I am 6'1", 190 lbs, mostly athletic
muscular, and I usually play with quite heavy racquets. In fact, one of my favorite frames ever weighed in at about 13
ounces after I had weighted it up. I am kind of offended that so many people including TW attributed my injury solely to me
or my form, and gave no fault to the racquet. In fact almost all of the TW review board commented on how heavy it was for
them, and how they would not consider using it (despite it being one of the most expensive/highly prestiged racquets on
this website) When you look at racquet specs, remember swing weight. Swing weight is very different than static weight.
For whatever reason this racquet swings very heavy in my opinion and I am allowed to have an opinion. (I know its
headlight measurements.) Go out and see for yourself. Having said all that, go back and read my comment. It was filled
with praises. This racquet is an unbelievable racquet stock. I feel this is one of the closest to pro form racquets you can
buy stock as an average person, compared to what most of the top pros have evidently been using. No weight is really
needed to give it that rock solid stability for taking balls early on the rise or handling heavy groundies. (Most pros
use customized and weighted racquets.) Heavy racquets are not the enemy. Quite the opposite. In fact, I am still
considering going back out to the court with this frame sometime to see how the shoulder feels. Unfortunately I have not
made a full recovery, even though this injury took place last year. I still get referred pain to that area after long hitting
sessions. I had never had even an idea of shoulder pain before this happened. (Only elbow.) Buyer should beware, this is a
magical stick, but pay your dues in conditioning and if you are coming from any lighter racquet, spend many days, hours,
drills at strengthening all your muscles, and especially your shoulder. Even then, remember that a very heavy racquet can
give your shoulder more injury/fatigue. Let's be reasonable here and not get caught up in it being the stick of the greatest
of all time to this point. Like my original comment said, it all but cured my elbow tendonitis which I developed from
underweighted racquets. I just don't want others to be sitting on the sidelines, when tennis is their main recreational
passion like me.
From: Anonymous, 7/16
Comments: I've been playing with this racquet for about 6 months now. Unlike most players, I only play
recreational once or twice a week at most. I'm not ranked nor do I know what level I play at. I play a modern game with a
good all-around the court play. I'm currently using a hybrid poly and mono setup before I even consider gut. Currently at
lbs tension. I can tell you this racquet gives you a lot of confidence. It's a solid racquet if strung correctly and used
properly, you will play one of your best games. First off, you have to load early with this racquet to get its full potential. It
can be very forgiving even if you miss the sweetspot and volleys are definitely excellent on this. It's tough to judge the
racquet because everyone is comparing it to the older Pro Staff models but you really can't because this is a beast of its
own to match the modern game. I personally love this racquet, it is heavy keep in mind so you better work out your arms
improve your technique because if you don't it will take a toll on you. Nevertheless, this RF 97 Autograph helped me
improve my game, my technique, my confidence, and most of all my tennis elbow. That's right, it did because of its weight
it really takes a shock from each hit and exudes confidence because it is the most stable racquet I have ever seen on
paper and laid my hands on.
From: Aaron, 7/16
Comments: This is a fantastic racquet. I added a little weight to the head, now the swing weight is 360 and
total weight is 13.2 ounces. If your playing ability is between a 4.0 to 7.0, light racquets are not the way to go (check out
any reputable racquet technician -- most of the pros we admire are playing with swing weights from 360 to 418, like Andy
Murray). So do your game and arm a favor and use a properly weighted racquet. This racquet does play stiff so 50 pounds
in the mains and 47 lbs in the crosses and plays really well. I'm a 6.0 and have been playing a long time!
From: Sreve, 7/16
Comments: I have been playing with this racquet for around 3 months now. Previously I used the K Factor 90
and the BLX Six One 90. This racquet is the same weight and same balance, but it feels lighter. The first thing you notice is
the more springy sweet spot and the greater access to spin. Overall, the RF97 is more forgiving than the 90 square inch
predecessors. The extra spin helps a lot on second serves and the feel on volleys is right up there. I have opted for a 4 1/2
grip whereas before I had 4 5/8s on the 90s. It seems that the bigger headsize demands a smaller grip. The racquet is still
heavy and similarly to the 90 versions, the best way to play with this racquet is to hit heavy, deep balls with spin, staying
aggressive and taking the ball early. I'm 6'3" and 210 pounds so I can't afford to run back and forth all day! It suits me very
From: Farid, 6/16
Comments: I have demoed this racquet on several occasions and my conclusion is that this is not a Pro Staff
racquet. It may have the Pro Staff name but it does not have the Pro Staff feel and control. I played with the PS 85 in high
school and college. I have used the K 90 tour, BLX tour 90, and BLX PS 90 and all of these racquets had the control and
feel of a Pro Staff. This racquet reminds me of the PS Classic blunder by Wilson. Now I am using the 2014 PS 90 and it is
very close to the PS 85. I know that the game of tennis is changing but this racket is garbage! I am an older 4.5 player that
use to be a 5.5 before I got old and fat.
From: William, 6/16
Comments: Hate this RF 97. Too heavy, about as maneuverable as a 2x4. Tried playing with the racquet for
well over a year, just couldn't make it work. Should never have tried for that long. On top of being heavy its very stiff, the
stiffness just means you are pounding your arm on mishits. I finally had to give up on this racquet when my arm started to
feel stiff after every play session. Despite the stiffness there isn't any exceptional feel from this racquet, its below average
in that regard.
From: Shane, 6/16
Comments: After reading (and demoing) that the newest Head Radical Pro was revamped and lost some of its
control, I started looking for a new racquet. At almost an ounce heavier, I was slightly worried about the weight, but after
playing several weeks, I'm loving this racquet. Lots of control, easy to generate deep shots with massive plow through,
extremely solid. I haven't found the stick to be very tiring, either. I use YTex Quadro Twist (co-poly), strung at 50 lbs due to
the stiffness of the racquet -- I would suggest that as well. I would suggest this racquet if the weight doesn't scare you.
From: Anonymous, 6/16
Comments: This is an update to my review from 5/16. I have now had ample opportunity to play with this
racquet in competitive matches as well as in a large tournament. I made the switch to gut mains. I am now using Klip
Legend 16g in the mains and Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 in the cross. It's the best string set up I have ever used. I have
settled at 53 lbs mains and 49 lbs crosses. This took care of the issue with the stiffness. I, as well as other reviewers,
have mentioned the weight. It does seem to play a bit heavier than the BLX 90 but at my last tournament I played 2 tough
3 set matches on the first day. Around the 2 hour mark in the second match, I started to gas out a bit and the weight was
noticeable but not bad enough to keep me from winning. Still on the down side, however, is the issue with the accuracy
big strokes. I still have not managed to bring the accuracy back. I have had to double the size of the target area, which is
causing me to play longer points. The exception to this is on net volley and slice shots. They are both a dream to play
with this stick. I was never really much of a slicer, but I am now winning a large number of points with pinpoint accurate
placement on slice shots. To be perfectly honest, I briefly find myself missing my BLX 90s, but this is usually after I lay a
shot 2 inches outside the side line knowing that I have laid thousands of the same shot just inside the same line. All prior
Fed racquets have simply taken each others place. I am having to adjust my game (in positive ways) to perform as well
with this one. FYI: I am in my mid 40s -- a 4.5 player (have been as high as 5.0). I've played school and college tennis,
leagues, tournaments, and recreational tennis. On average, I play 6-10 hours each week.
From: Anonymous, 6/16
Comments: I have been playing with this racquet for about a month now. I have always used a players
racquet, I am coming from the Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid. I gave this a try because I strung up a demo for one of the pros I
play with. Within 5 minutes of hitting I was sold. The plow through is absolutely incredible along with the large sweetspot. I
have always had a huge forehand, but if I choose to flatten it out with this racquet it is off the charts. With the weight of
racquet one handed slice backhands are automatic. I hit a one handed topspin backhand and it more penatrating than with
other racquets I have used. In 40 years of playing and college tennis also, this is by far the best racquet I have ever used
for overheads and volleys. It will absorb anything at the net, you will feel like you can't miss a volley or overhead. Like
everyone says it is a heavy racquet, in my opinion it's good for advanced players with some serious strokes -- and if you
have them, it is a must try for you!
From: Anonymous, 6/16
Comments: I recently purchased 2 of these. I am coming off of a decade of 6.1 Tour 90s, my favorite being
the BLX. I have played 4 matches and had a few "hits" without competition. I feel like I know the frame well enough to
confidently give an accurate review. I strung using the same set up that I have always used. This racquet is considerably
stiffer than Fed's previous versions. I love a plush, soft feel. I string using Signum Pro Poly Plasma 17L at 46 lbs in the
mains and Forten Competition Nylon 16 at 48 lbs as the cross. It is soft, plush, and leaves me feeling very connected to
the ball due to the ample dwell time. This is not the case with the RF Autograph. I will definitely be adjusting my string set
up, but since I am already as low as the SPPP mail will bare and I will be trying gut mains. I believe the stiffness issue will
be easily solved by tweaking my strings. This is the ONLY negative I have to report. I swing a western FH and 1HBH, both
with heavy topspin. My contact point is well ahead and my trajectory is generally flatter with a lower net clearance. This
has, in the past, given me issue with too many of my shots landing short of the service line on the other side of the net.
With no adjustment, I am landing the majority of my shots 2-3 feet deeper. Accuracy, in all respects, from serves to
groundstrokes to volleys was very slightly diminished, (maybe by 10% but still noticeable) but is improving with increased
use of the racquet. Having said this, mishits have been greatly reduced, especially on my stretched out forehands and
backhands. I am taking more high one-handed backhands with much more ease and confidence. Slice shots are a breeze
and as a huge bonus, my block back return of serve is actually "useful" rather than "utility." I regularly need to return 100
mph+ serves and this is easier with the Autograph. Hopefully this did not ramble on too long, but to conclude, I would
definitely recommend this stick and am very glad I switched.
From: Anonymous, 5/16
Comments: I used to play with only 18x20 frames because I loved the control on flat shots. This is the first
open patterned frame that allows me to have the best of both worlds. Strung with Kevlar/ALU Power at 53 lbs, I have no
durability issues either. Some lead tape up top was needed for me to make it 32 cm balance at 12.6 ounces. In stock form,
it was a hair to headlight. No arm or shoulder issues with the frame stiffness or Kevlar because I lift weights. This is the
most well-rounded frame I have ever used. I'm a 5.0 level baseliner.
From: Greg, 4/16
Comments: Regarding William's comment about the weight and balance difference in the RF97. I have found
the same problems with other Pro Staff models, it seems Wilson's quality control is not that great. I understand that
racquets are going to be different, but I have found that Wilson racquets can have huge weight and balance differences.
With a $219 price tag Wilson should be doing a better job.
From: Brian, 4/16
Comments: I have played with the Dunlop Biomimetic Max 200g for 2 years or more and cannot get a
replacement racquet. I demoed the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 and the Wawrinka Yonex VCORE Tour 97 (330g) and I
both racquets. I purchased both racquets and was extremely disappointed to find the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 I
weighed more than the racquet I purchased. I was shocked so I found another two people with the same racquet
racquet was heavier than mine and the other person. After questioning the other players, I found the older racquet
weighed more than the newer racquets. The newer racquets are 12HL and the older racquets are 9HL. This should
advertised and clearly stated! Very disappointed with the RF97. I now use the Wawrinka Yonex VCORE 97 (330g).
From: William, 3/16
Comments: I've played with a Prince Tour Diablo Mid for over 10 years. Mine weighs 352 grams. I don't
need to switch, but I wanted something a little more comfortable on the arm, as I had surgery to my elbow (not
related). I managed to get the RF97A dirt cheap as the person I bought it from couldn't play with it. He went with a
98. I went into hitting with the RF97A pretty easily. I have good technique, I'm a former UK county standard. The
impression was increased penetration with plow through and the power level is huge. Compared to my Diablo 93,
more bite on the ball due to a less dense 16 main section on a 93 square inch head. But what I really don't like is the
stiffness of this thing. It does not feel nice. I've swapped with a curious Blade user, and they're in totally different
universes. Blade is too light for me. Although compared to anything else out there, I would say the RF97A is unique.
6'2" in good shape, my serve is a strong weapon, but I find it a little more difficult to do kick serves with this frame.
it may be an issue more to do with the balance point for my personal tastes rather than overall mass. Each to their
Overall, it gives me too much power with my strokes. If you're a strong player, you don't need this kind of artificial
although it can be quite gratifying at times. My serve goes like stink with this thing. I like the stock balance of the
95. This one I don't. This is a very stable stock racquet however, and for a modern frame, of which most are too
is one of the most stable stock frames you can get. It's far too stiff for a full bed of poly however, and I do find it is
with it's characteristics on the basis of what it's strung with. For a single handed backhand, it helps a lot. But due to
balance point and weight, I personally can't generate as much top spin as I'd like. I think this could change if it were
head light. But bearing in mind, I do have injuries I've had surgery. Do I like it? It's likeable, but I don't like how stiff it
and it's too wide. I shank the frame sometimes which I never do on my backhand slice and slice serve. This is
compared to 19mm on my Diablo. Sounds tiny, but it's noticeable. I can get used to it over time, but I prefer a
beam which would assist with overall manoeuvrability too. Power level is similar to a Pure Drive from what I can
of it. I may go Pro Kennex, C10 Pro or for something that I know I can play very well with most days of the week, a
Original Graphite. I might look at the 100. The number of younger players who have developed wrist and arm
injuries that I
never developed to much later on, and I'm a big hitter, I can only attribute to stiffer frames and plank like high
less absorbent strings. It's unnecessary, and I feel Wilson ditching the Six One line was a big mistake. One of the
accessible lines of racquets. I feel this racquet will get a lot of attention because it's got that dudes name on it, but
are better frames out there. I will keep looking.
From: Danny, 3/16
Comments: I used the Babolat Aeropro Drive for two years since my freshmen year in high school.
looking for another racquet, I decided to try out this racquet by demoing from Tennis Warehouse, but I had never
actually switching to this racquet because tennis players at my school told me that the racquet was too heavy and
cause arm problems. However, I noticed that I played in a different style compared to my high school peers. They
handle with a semi-western to a western grip to add a lot of topspin to their shots, while I learned the traditional
holding the racquet with an eastern grip. So my Aeropro Drive was rather unsuitable to my game as much as this
During the demo, I really thought this stick was for me but I do admit that I was exhausted after playing with this
20 minutes. After getting used to it, I loved the feel which allowed me to improve on my volleys and my flat
I am still working on the serve but other than that, I am happy with the switch. I would encourage everyone to try it
even if you have no intention of switching. This stick demands the player to have a good technique, so I think it will
improve certain aspects in one's game. Some days I look at other traditional Wilson racquets (6.1 95), but this stick
probably the best one out since it has the biggest head size plus the connecting feel to the stick.
From: Anonymous, 2/16
Comments: I got this racquet when I was deciding to invest in a serious player racquet after 4-5
playing. My initial few weeks Pro Staff 97 was not fun, it hurt my arm, so I could never play for more than 90
minutes at a
stretch or consecutive days. I used to play with a lighter racquet. As my forehand, backhand preparation and swing
better, I started to use my core instead of just hitting with my arm, this racquet has become a lot of fun to play with.
most people complain and give up with this racquet because it doesn't let you get away with sloppy technique. You
definitely see the benefits in the plow through of the 97 RF. Hope this helps.
From: Neil, 2/16
Comments: I have been using a BLX Six.One 90 for the last 4 years. I loved it -- tons of power, a solid
good spin. Then in December I decided to get the RF97 Autograph. I purchased two racquets, strung them with
power string from LXN at 58 lbs. My first forehand groundstroke from the baseline had incredible power and
knew from that moment on that this was a different level of racquet. I'm a 4.0 level player who hits with a variety of
from D1 college students to 40 and over 4.0 league players. I noticed that the increased head size provides a
sweet spot when compared with previous Pro Staff and BLX models. The Autograph is a bit lighter than my BLX
strain on my arm. I never had arm problems until I popped the strings on my Autographs and had to go back to the
The racquet is very solid and has such a beautiful sound when you hit the ball. I broke strings after 5 weeks of
times a week. The increased head size is an added bonus and I rarely frame a shot or miss the sweetspot. If you
heavier racquet and hit hard groundstrokes with a ton of topspin I suggest this racquet. It hasn't faded in any sense
no shot I've gotten at a 4.0-5.0 level has even made the racquet shutter. This racquet is very solid, smooth and
recommend it for any player 3.5 and up who doesn't mind a heavy stick.
From: Will, 2/16
Comments: Follow up to an earlier review -- I have been playing with a full bed of Discho Iontec strung
lbs, and have to say it's terrific. Generally, I hate full poly setups because my arm is sensitive, but this has been
well for me. Plenty of ball pocketing, spin and power. I do not intend to go back to a hybrid setup anytime soon. Still
it's a great stick. Downsides are the grip is a bit large and the weight does tire you out sometimes.
From: Biggles, 2/16
Comments: Truly an amazing racquet! I could go on and on about the numerous positives this racquet
contributed to my game, but I'll keep it short and to the point. In every aspect of my game, be it serves,
slice, returns, etc., I saw immediate improvement. I typically use a heavy racquet (12.2 oz) so the transition wasn't
difficult. The RF97 offers the perfect balance between a traditional players frame and a modern frame. It added
spin to my game without sacrificing control, feel, and plowthrough. I never thought a racquet could have such a
impact until I played with the RF97 Autograph. Well done Wilson!
From: Jeremy, 2/16
Comments: This is the one. Used the Pro Staff 85 as junior in the '80s. I play with heavy topspin on
sides with a two-handed backhand. Have been playing the last several years with a Blade 98 18x20. Against heavy
hitters, there was the need to over swing to get the ball back deep. Led to too many errors. The RF 97 Autograph
similar swing weight, but my goodness the difference given the overall weight. If needed, I can shorten strokes to
fast, heavy balls, using my opponent's pace against them. If using long, fluid, loose strokes, the weight of the
12.6 oz. strung, will produce a very heavy, offensive ball, making up for slightly diminished racquet head speed,
to the Babalot's of the world. No worries about weight causing unpredictability. This racquet does what you tell it
and then some. Prepare early, organize feet, use legs and core the help produce shot, the RF 97 Autograph will
in spades. Also very arm friendly. Played several hours today, no arm fatigue whatsoever. Demoed this racquet
the now discontinued Wilson 6.1 (great racquet, but RF97 is better), Pro Kennex Ionic 5 (heavier, but softer, less
Pro Kennex Redondo 98 (similar to Blade 98, but softer), Babalot Pure Stike Tour (too unpredictable), and the
Response 97 (uncomfortably stiff). The winner -- Wilson RF 97 Autograph, with Babalot Addiction at 54 lbs. I
going down one grip size from normal. You can always build up grip with sleeve or extra overwrap. Thanks Roger
and Wilson for developing this amazing racquet.
From: Anonymous, 2/16
Comments: I am a 5.0 player that plays regularly with top NCAA players and Top ITF singles players. I
have time to play tournaments anymore so I am not ranked. I have played with the Pro Staff 85/90 all my life. I
this racquet. In my opinion, it is more stable that the PS90, but that does not mean that translates into a better
stick. I tried
both a 1/4 and 1/2 grip, and I will tell you that smaller is much better for swinging this stick. The 4 1/4 grip made a
difference in my timing as well. The slice backhand is great. Having said that I found myself swing late at the ball at
The racquet I used had Babolat RPM strings. I am sure that a combination of poly/gut probably suits better this
don't think I will change to this racquet. I prefer my PS 90 with some lead at the head instead. However for taller (I
5'10"+) and fit players, I think it is a great stick and one they could play for years without having to change frames.
From: Fernando, 2/16
Comments: I have not demoed or purchased this frame yet. First on my list of things to do for this
spring is to
demo, then buy this stick. I respect the comments and criticism of the posters below. I would also like to urge
wanting to demo this racquet to go ahead and do it. I have used Fed sticks since 2008, and have always used a
up. I also play tournament tennis and am a 4.5 -5.0 player. I routinely add a bit of weight to either match, adjust the
spot, or give more power to my set up. As a High School tennis coach, I routinely persuade players to switch to
racquets. Do the research and make your own decision. I feel for the poster below who is injured, as a few years
injured my knee and was down for quite a while. I know what he is going through. For me, it was the accumulation
years of higher level competition and too much hard court. For the injured poster below, it is entirely possible that
just time for that joint to go bad. I hope the lower weight frame will help him, we need all the players we can get out
From: Anonymous, 2/16
Comments: I'm a 52 year old 4.5 to 5.0 player who is 6' 170 lbs with a one handed backhand player
up playing with the PS85. Stopped playing with the PS85 a few years ago (the best stick around I only when you're
but a little unforgiving at other times), and moved to the Six.One, which I was never truly happy with. Tried a few
racquets along the way (K90, 88) with no success. Picked up a RF97A upon release but couldn't get to grips with
stiffness, board like feel and lack of manoeuvrability and sold it. After a few months I though I'd give it another try
picked up another. This one plays like a totally different racquet. Weight is 12.7oz, but much more headlight than
I now know I've found my stick. Like others have already stated, if you have sound technique this racquet does all
work for you. I'm now hitting with way more power, spin and penetration. Great plow through and plenty of
has made my game better. Against big hitters this racquet has all the stability you could wish for yet retains great
PS85 level great but which racquet does) feel for the ball. Strung with YTex Square X at 58 lbs. Now looking to buy
From: Ed, 1/16
Comments: I like this racquet, but it's not an easy one to swing so it takes good form to play well with
really had to focus on footwork. One can't be lazy and whip the racquet around at the last second to make up for
positioning. So it is a racquet best suited for somebody with good fundamentals to build on. On serve, again, you
great fundamentals to make it work properly. Because of the weight there is a narrow range of movement that will
this racquet optimally. I am 6'4" and pretty strong, so I'm learning to use it but it's taken time to adjust my play style
accordingly. I'm now working to set up as early as possible on ground strokes and start guiding the racquet forward
before the ball arrives. And, I have found this racquet works best when you can hit the ball in front of your body, so I
work hard to get to the ball, get set, guide the racquet forward, and swing for a target in front of my body. If I'm late
ball on the forehand, I try to setup while I'm running. Basically using this racquet properly requires working your
thinking ahead. There's a process for every shot and that process must be learned and followed. This racquet is
all aspects of the game you just need to have good fundamentals and you'll probably figure it out.
From: Shawn, 1/16
Comments: In response to the comment from the fellow with the shoulder injury: First, I am very, very
that you are hurt, and hope you recover quickly and fully. Second, yes, the RF is heavier than most frames out
but when I was a 5'6" 115 lb. 14-year-old, I played with a Kramer autograph that weighed over 13.25 oz, up to 9 sets
with no ill effects. Now undoubtedly, the RF and your current conditioning and service motion were an unfortunate
up, but there is nothing intrinsic to the frame (unlike the very high stiffness of early composite frames) that would
dangerous to players in general. I'm now 62, still only 5'8" and 150 lbs., and after well over a year, find the RF to be
the most comfortable frames available. I'm very sorry it did not work out for you. Be well, and I hope you are out
From: Rob, 1/16
Comments: My 15 year old, 145 lbs son plays with this racquet. He is a beanpole, weakling, though he
top 10 in the country and he is sponsored by Wilson. Not that his ranking has to do with anything other than you
know we did our due diligence in play testing all of Wilson's frames having access to every single stick they make
with string. This racquet, RF97, is without a doubt perfect for an attacking, first strike game style player especially if
have a big serve and one-hander. For a baseliner who has to hit 20-25 balls sometimes to win a point, no -- go with
lighter frame (but not too light). Jay Bosworth (pro racquet customizer) would absolutely confirm that heavy is the
go. You may not hear about the pro's specs but people don't believe they match what is on the rack. You are much
likely to get injured by a racquet that is too light than one that is too heavy. Think about a car collision, would you
in a smart car or an SUV? Same with a racquet colliding with a ball -- if the racquet is not heavy enough, your arm
shoulder take the brunt of that force. Over time, that is much more likely to cause damage than a granny stick.
feedback, see how many people complain about getting injured from hitting with this racquet. I only see one, of
there are several that are just not used to the weight, discount those people!
From: William, 1/16
Comments: I feel compelled to leave an updated review, since I cannot go play tennis right now
this racquet, and many of you may really rely on these reviews for valuable input as I have in the past. My story, I
gravitating towards heavier racquets since I play open level divisions, and many times the pace is just so high, you
feel the need for a racquet with heft and plow through to deliver ample returns on huge ground strokes rallies and
returns. Well, I stumbled upon this racquet, and I fell in love with that addicting plow through and heft that
pace from any angle. What this translates into, is a racquet that can really do it all. If you can get the racquet in
you can make the shot. All shots, except maybe excelling in mph's on serve, since it is so heavy and I could never
get my pronation timing right through the toss etc. I usually rely on a big serve as part of my game plan, so this was
disappointing, but easy to overlook since it does all the groundstrokes so well. It's no wonder how Federer looks so
relaxed and effortless with his volleys, net play, and change of angle/pace. The heft of the racquet does wonders,
course he is Federer. Well, over the course of a few months, I essentially sold off all my other racquets so I could
buy 3 or 4
of these for my bag. That is when the problems started. It first started as a slight soreness/fatigue in the shoulder.
that my elbow pain all but subsided, which I dealt with/played through for years. However, my shoulder started
more and more fatigued. I play 3-5 times per week, I am 6'1" and I am medium to muscular heavier athletic build.
thought my shoulder would just build more muscle over time to help wield this device, as with anything else. Sadly,
not, and I believe I injured it with this racquet to the extent of a possible rotator cuff tear. If you are Roger Federer
can pay a team of physios to keep you healthy and in an unbreakable fitness, and you can pay for brand new strings
time you go out on court, maybe this racquet is for you. You will need to perform your shoulder band exercises daily
practice intense shoulder health maintenance. Otherwise I would not recommend. Not because the racquet
underperforms, quite the opposite. This racquet performs everything well, just as TW numbers suggest, expect for
maneuverability. Over time those maneuverability issues catch up with you, on your serve, on overhead smashes,
returns, can cause you injury, especially if you have not played with ultra heavy racquets all your life! This racquet
improved most all of my strokes except the serve. But with that serve, is where my shoulder gave way. Even 10+
competitive play could not protect my shoulder from the abuse this racquet gave it!I tried all different kinds of
including ultra soft mains like Fed's setup suggest. This is an extremely string sensitive racquet, but not even
string experimentation, can hide the extreme heft and weight your body will lug around on every shot. This is not
mention if you need to play more than one match in a day or weekend which is nearly impossible etc. Now, I am out
injury and searching for other racquets to help me get back out!
From: Anonymous, 1/16
Note from TW: Sorry to hear about your issues with this racquet. However, we do want to note that this racquet does not have a history of causing injuries and wouldn't necessarily blame the racquet in this case.
Comments: I had this racquet on demo and played with it twice. I also own a Wilson 95 Classic. The
feels pretty similar, except that it's more forgiving. The RF97 is a players racquet with amazing feel and ability, if
that old school feel with a new school forgiveness -- this is it! I do want to say that the leather grip was really bad
demo, easily changed out if you don't like it.
From: Kent, 1/16
Comments: Insanely stable with power, feel and great directional control. You can hit monster serves
frame. I believe the best frame on the market for a one hand backhand. At times, as most reviewers of this frame
pointed out, forehands can be late due to the high static weight and healthy swing weight. You can eliminate these
maneuverability issues by hitting your groundstrokes on the rise. Let the frame do all the work. No need to flail
this baby. Fed helped design this frame and he hits all his groundstrokes on the rise, so it kinda makes sense.
From: Kevin, 1/16
Comments: Here is my 1 month review -- after some consistent use and time to try different string
playing styles here is my review. I normally play with Babolat racquets and don't generally prefer this brand,
is an amazing racquet. I play mens Open tourneys and train with top juniors. The weight of this racquet is much
than I had previously used (I went to heavier racquets for stability and plow when playing big baseliners etc.).
most string sensitive racquet I have ever owned, and I've owned most of the popular flagships. The basic concept
racquet is just as many have already said. If you can get the racquet, and yourself, in the right position it will do
you want it to. Any stroke will be rewarded with this racquet. It is very forgiving with the right strings. The perfect
modern power and trickery with the solidity and old school precision many desire. A sublimely comfortable
you must have different muscles to play with it, I found my elbow sensitivity went down, as my shoulder became
sore. After time you build your muscles up. I will not waste time saying what shots are good, and which are bad
racquet. Fact is, they are all perfect, if you are. So, I will mention strings. I started with multiple hybrids and setups
imitate what the Fedex and others use. However, I found my favorite setup for this racquet is actually a multi
X-One Biphase 17G at higher tensions like 60 Ibs, not 16G or 18G). More of the modern players should look at
frames like this. There is a reason lots of the top players use heavier or weighted sticks. Look at the great Federer,
not built like a tank, as I have watched him up close. If this is good enough for the best player of all time, it's good
for me! And good it is!
From: Reuben, 12/15
Comments: I have played with this racquet for about two weeks on demo. It is very stiff and my arm
reaction when I hit with it. I find it so different from the other racquets of this pedigree. There is the mass for power
has good control. I am going to stick with a previous model with 90 square inch head size. Federer has gone from
square inch head size to this 97, which is quite a change.
From: Stuart, 12/15
Comments: Like Tennis Warehouse playtester Mark said, I really had to train my arms to be able to
weight of this racquet. On volleys, I felt undefeatable with this, and my shots were so stable. Yet, the serves and
groundstrokes felt noticeably sluggish, and I came up to the net so much that my opponents kept lobbing me. If I
have a bit more muscle to my arms, this would be 90% perfect. I just don't like having to hit overheads with this.
From: Matthew, 12/15
Comments: I used the RF97 for the last 6 months. I weigh 165 lbs. For me, this is kind of an offensive
with a heavy weight. I used Wilson Revolve strung in it and my game has become dramatically better. My serve
accurate and my serve return and volley have been fantastic. However, few disadvantages are (because of the
weight), the fast swing might be limited and in the long run it could cause possible fatigue. My daily stroke speed
are excellent. I strongly recommended it for medium built players.
From: Than, 12/15
Comments: I have used the Wilson Pro Staff 90 for at least 10 years and recently switched to RF97. I
in the beginning and hit wonderful forehands with it. But in the long run, I can't hit my backhand properly. Its a good
racquet to block shots with but lousy to hit regular backhands with. I have now switched back to the 90 and my
is back. Never going to switch again.
From: KJell, 11/15
Comments: Here is my 1 year review: One of the great racquets of all time, but requires customization
consistency. Most pros play with racquets that are far heavier than stock. You can see the lead tape lining the
Novak's and Stan's racquets. I have heard that Ferrer's weighs 370 grams. One of Roger's own customized 90's
measured at 362.5g, 31.5cm from bottom balance. While the weight of the RF97 seems to be tightly quality
balance points are not. Both my two RF97s and those of a local coach with touring pros as clients are so different
form that they play like different racquets. However, if you use weight to bring them up to Roger's specs, as
does for Roger, you will experience what he does. I've brought my two frames into conformity at 361g, 31.5cm and
play great. I string with Volkl Cyclone 16 at 57 pounds tension. My opponents report an increase in the speed,
spin of my shots. I experience total comfort and lack of shock, even on framed balls (not that I ever hit the frame!).
Control is supreme, but feel is somewhat less direct than my old PS85s. Your control must come more from
the shape of your strokes than from direct feedback from the frame. The racquet dominates the ball. Your strokes
long and loose to take full advantage of this racquet. Volleys are powerful. Drop shots can be carved to spin in any
direction. It is rock solid on all shots. I can generate massive spin with it. There are really no downsides to this
me as I have it configured. I never feel that the racquet fails me in any way. If you are strong and aspire to play
Roger or Stan, this is it. I am a strong club player with a one-handed backhand, an all-court game, and an attacking
From: Rob, 11/15
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Comments: I am a medium build, level 3, all-court player using Babolat strings at 50 lbs and I don't feel
RF97 to be heavy. I used to play with Wilson 88, K90 and currently playing with Dunlop 2hundred Tour with a
of 356 and strung swing weight of 360 in stock form. I alternate my RF97 with my Dunlop 2hundred Tour. These
racquets are the breath of my life, particularly the Dunlop 2hundred Tour. The RF97 has the power, spin and control
slightly not as maneurable but manageable. My key when playing with RF97 is always early preparation.
From: Elcer, 11/15
Comments: Everyone told me the weight of this racquet is way too heavy -- hogwash! Play with it for a
and you will realize it's one of the best, if not the best racquet out there. I was playing with the Steam 99S then the
Staff 97, and the RF97 is miles above in spin and in solid feel. Shots really just rocket off this stick and the control is
phenomenal! Don't be a weeny and try it for yourself and discover all the "its too heavy" talk is just that -- talk.
From: John, 11/15
Comments: The weight didn't bother me as much as the lack of feel. It felt way too stiff on touch
shots. I must
say I was disappointed that it hit so much like a board. My Six.One's have so much more feel and control. They did
better at a looser tension like 42 lbs.
From: Cary, 11/15
Comments: My current racquet of choice is the Volkl PB Mid 10 and I am looking for a racquet which
little bit more power and good control. I played 10 hours with this Wilson using my standard strings (Luxilion ACE or
Signum Control). The RF has more power but I missed the control of the PB Mid 10. Often shots have been too long
short. For me the racquet is also too stiff. In addition the buttcapp is too big whereas the grip itself is almost too
Maybe that's the reason why I got wrist problems. So my search goes on. Next I will check the Volkl CPro 10.
From: Andreas, 11/15
Comments: This racquet has a much 'crisper' feel to it, compared to the PS 90s. Overall, mishits don't
register, and when you get the ball in the center the power is 10-15% more. A great stick, although I would say a
handed backhand is a must to fully enjoy it. The stability is unreal. Stung at recommended specs and feels great.
From: Anonymous, 11/15
Comments: This racquet is like a good, complex red wine; you need to converse with it. If you are used
light, tweener racquets which, supposedly, make it easier for you, you probably may not like this at first. But if your
technique is on par and you like taking the ball early, "throwing" the racquet and enjoy feeling the shot, then this
one of the best racquets you'll ever try. There is absolutely nothing this racquet is not good for, and your game will
more "spectacular" as you get more and more used to the racquet. Only thing, hope you have a one-handed
'cause that's a big part of the fun. Good technique on the OHB will reward you with immense shots. But again,
concentrate, and take the ball early. I suggest a gut-poly hybrid or an underpowered co-poly.
From: Fede, 11/15
Comments: This is an attacker's racquet. You don't want to use it to hit 20 shot rallies because it's
swing on the run all day. The RF97 hits a heavy ball. Flatten out a forehand with this stick and you'll feel that
watching the ball jet across the court and beyond the reach of your flailing opponent. I will say that every shot has
played with intention with the RF. It rewards racquet head speed and penalizes you if you decelerate your swing.
can be monstrous, but after 3 sets it can be a bit tiring to swing. I hit a 2-handed backhand and same story; swing
attacker's mentality to extract what the RF97 can do. Slices stay flat, low and go deep into the opposing court.
feel the impact even receiving a big serve. Like flying an airplane, you do need to stay ahead of this stick and swing
than with the lighter rackets being played with today. It's a great racquet as long as your mechanics and physicality
From: Stan, 10/15
Comments: This stick is not for weenies! When I was 8, I was trudging around the court with a 13
Budge autograph block of wood. No sympathy for anyone that "feels it" the next day in their forearm. That just
are out of shape and probably should be playing badminton. Man up, buy this and you will soon learn that you can
easier because your racquet is going to go through the ball and bear the brunt of the collision vs your arm (with the
sticks). The pros are not stupid nor are they The Rock. They're all your weight or under and probably don't bench
than 135 lbs. But they're smarter than you because you fall for "lighter, faster, more powerful" -- all of the
gimmicks. Choose a heavier stick, play around with the set up and the strings until you find something you like, and
arm (and shoulder) will thank you! It's really simple people!
From: Will, 10/15
Comments: For me, this is the worst buttcapp of all time. It makes the grip feel bigger than it is. Uses
system so leather will always creep up exposing the awful sharp edges. If you're not going to change the buttcapp
might want to get a smaller grip.
From: Chad, 10/15
Comments: This may be one of the most stable racquets that I have ever played with. The inherent
through is excellent on just about every shot. I feel as if I can play with the most aggressive hitters because of the
of the racquet. I use a combination of natural gut in the mains and Luxilon in the crosses strung at 55 lbs. This has
worked well for me. It is a heavy racquet, and I am noticeably sore (arm/medial epicondyle region) after a long
Fortunate for me, I am 6'3"and 200 lbs and can handle the weight fairly well. I am happy that I made the switch to
racquet, for I have become a better player.
From: Ken, 10/15
Comments: If you are an attacking style of player with a one handed backhand, this is a great frame for
Some will tell you it is too heavy. Nonsense. Yes, it is heavy but it is stable and will take the brunt of the force
your arm. For those that experience arm pain, I suggest you look at the set up you are using. Try loosening your
using poly or better yet, get rid of poly altogether and go back to hybrid or even better, all synthetic. If you want to
feel the ball and like to volley, polys should be avoided anyways. If you are a baseliner or have a two handed
this is not the stick for you. Find something you can swing all day. This racquet is a weapon in the hands of a player
knows how to put forward pressure on their opponent.
From: David, 10/15
Comments: I am a former 5.0 player and now a consistent 4.5. I've played with all the Federer
the Pro Staff and its equivalents (nCode, BLX, etc.) and for the past 3 years, settled back on the original Pro Staff
currently sold on TW for $119. To me, still the greatest racquet ever, but I just cant keep up with new style of play
especially when other players using Babolat and the like, hit balls with such ease. So I knew that I had to get a
racquet. I did not do the demo, I just bought the RF97 straight out and played with it yesterday for the first time.
feedback: In quick summary, you get 90% of the Pro Staff 85 traits, but with a far more powerful and forgiving
Not as sharp, not as maneuverable, not as easy to swing, but then again, nothing is. This is a very accurate
serves did not suffer, but my overheads were way off in terms of timing. I love the fact that this racquet can do
you. If you have good strokes, it has great plow through and hits very nice shots deep in the court. Volleys have
biggest improvements from what I can see. Exceptionally solid. For anyone who is playing with the Federer
thinking of switching, I would highly recommend this racket. Especially for one handed backhand players.
topspin shots to the backhand side was far easier with this racquet than with the 85, especially when you're on the
got it strung with a multi in the mains and poly in the crosses at 53 lbs -- it felt great.
From: Sam, 9/15
Comments: Incredible difference in my shots compared to my Steam 99S. I'd say 30% more speed and
more spin. The ball rockets off the strings. Incredible precision, like driving a Porsche. Rock steady on volleys. I
difference immediately and the Steam (my first try at a modern racquet) is a wonderful racquet. I've been playing
racquets (Davis Topspin) until now, so the weight some people talk about is not an issue for me -- wood racquets
heavier. In fact, the Steam 99S feels a bit too light. Also, playing with the wood racquets has forced me to have
mechanics. This would not be a good racquet for people who try to get power just from their arm and don't get their
body behind their shots. But if you have good mechanics, you'll do fine once you get used to it. I have it strung with
Luxilon Alu Big Banger at 55 lbs because my stringer and I had a misunderstanding. That sometimes makes it a tiny
harsh on my 56-year-old shoulder. I think it really needs gut, so when my second racquet arrives, I'll either go
hybrid or all
gut and compare.
From: Seth, 9/15
Comments: By far the best racquet ever made for a one hand backhand. Every slice, topspin or flat
is so penetrating and heavy it's just unreal. I can really see how Fed helped design this stick to help him handle high
backhand shots, to be able to to return them on the rise. Forehands have to be hit with purpose. You have to be
aggressive and you have to move those feet to get into optimum position. When you do, you are rewarded for sure.
Definitely the perfect frame for an attacking style of tennis. Serves and volleys are great as well. The entire racquet
a sweetspot. Initially it was difficult to maneuver coming from a mid K90, but after several months, I got used to it. I
believe the grip sizes are sized too big. To me the 4 3/8 felt like a 4 1/2. I usually use a 4 3/8 and switched to a 4
From: Kevin, 9/15
Comments: I almost gave up on this racquet but I am glad I did not. The most important variable is the
I initially strung it with lux at about 57 lbs. It felt like I was hitting with a cutting board. No feel, just heavy. Just
brutal. So I got it restrung with some softer strings however they ignored the tension I wanted and it felt only
and I was ready to give up on it. When a very knowledgable friend of mine played with it he said it was strung way
and he restrung himself at 48 and 52 with a combo, and now it feels fantastic. So much more feel and power. It is a
process for me, of putting less muscle on the ball and using the racquet to do it for me. My serve has more pop, I
having some trouble with my backhand as I really need to get over the ball otherwise it can fly. It is heavy and that
some getting use to. So my advice is be very cognizant of how you string it. The racquet is so stiff and heavy, that
should err on the looser side with softer strings. I have not played with a racquet before where how you string it can
such a major effect on the stick.
From: James, 9/15
Comments: This racquet is the reference for all others, there is no other racquet with the same
Thanks Roger for making it together with Wilson and making it available for the public. Since most other top-
play with prostock frames different from the models they endorse, not this one -- it is one of the very few frames
prostock properties and weight. It is heavy so if you can handle the weight and let the racquet do the talking you
will be in
the best shape and have a material advantage over all the other people using different frames. It's simply the best.
cannot handle the weight, stay away from it because it will make you feel unhappy. The lighter frames of this model
a lot less logical since they do not carry the same weight or construction.
From: Jim, 9/15
Comments: Ever hit a tennis ball with a refrigerator? Try this stick and you'll know what that feels like.
is an understatement. This stick is awesome against hard hitters -- extremely stable. Just put the stick out and
the ball or take a swing. Even the hardest hit balls won't twist this racquet in your hand. The stability is great for
flat winners from all over the court, but it's a bit tougher to generate spin than other racquets. Takes a bit to get
serving with this one -- the serve will probably be the last stroke that feels comfortable, (along with quick flips and
shots) but volleys you can hit solidly from minute one. A lot to lug around, a real tree stump, but if you can handle
weight, it's well worth it. FYI -- I played with the RD Power 10 Long and the Hyper ProStaff, I'm a previously 5.0,
now a 4.0
player who also competed in college many moons ago.
From: Jim, 9/15
Comments: The handbook for those switching from the old 90 Fed frames to the new Wilson 97s: 1.
Autograph is stiffer, therefore use softer strings. 2. The Autograph's swing weight feels much more than the 90's. 3.
Therefore, consider this lighter version to decrease the swingweight, use the same strings as the 90s since the
version has less power, and then add extra weight only if needed, e.g. the leather grip and 3 grams or so, of lead on
From: Pedro, 8/15
Comments: I wanted to echo many of the accurate reviews here and say that the frame is amazing, but
heavy. I used to play with the Tour 90 racquets with multifilament strings. Now, playing with this racquet and
strings, I almost feel like I'm playing a different sport. If you let the racquet do the work, you can absolutely blast
from the baseline. High, one-handed backhands are much easier to deal with. Groundstrokes feel like guided
But -- if you're not using your legs and relying on a lot of arm on your shots, you might have to spend much more
the weight room. Playing with this frame leaves me in awe of how Federer can execute some of his flickier shots.
downside of this frame for me was on the serve. I'm simply not strong enough to generate the racquet speed I'm
When you time the serve well, the ball is super fast and heavy. But don't expect to make last moment corrections
swing or chase after bad tosses -- there's just too much mass for that. I am going to hit the gym and keep playing
From: Dan, 8/15
Comments: Since the spec on paper is very similar, I tried this one to replace my BLX6.1 95 (18x20)
version. They hit very differently! Although having similar swing weight, the RF97 obviously swings slower than the
That said, you will have to be earlier for every step of your swing to get a similar outcome. Similar to Chris, it's
easier to hit
a forehand down the line than cross court, mostly I think it's due to the slower swing speed. This racquet really
to do every step right, and do it early. Definitely for more advanced players. Serve is solid once knowing how to
the mass. Very solid racquet, will still need to learn from this racquet.
From: Pat, 8/15
Comments: This is a great racquet. I switched from the Babolat Aeropro Drive 2013 and it felt good
moment I held it and hit my first shot. Definitely gives me more power. I need to adjust my style to continue getting
same spin though. I used RPM Blast 17g at 56 lbs and Wilson Pro Overgrip.
From: Sumit, 8/15
Comments: I am very happy with this racquet. Just one thing I noticed when playing outside vs. on clay
cant have as high tension on the strings when playing outside because the power becomes muted if the tension is
playing on clay. Go down a couple of pounds and you will be fine. I am using Wilson Ripspin in mine and it works
I also tried Signum Pro Poly Plasma in it and that string gives a better slice and serve. My tension is prety high
65 pounds and I like that because it gives me that extra control, the only thing is that my usually hard serve then
a little bit lowered powered. In my friend group, this racquet family with the new Red and Black Pro Staffs has been
revolutionary -- we all use everything from the PS97LS to the RF97 Autograph and they are all good! If you haven't
yet, buy it, you wont regret it! Good luck!
From: Kjell, 7/15
Comments: I'm a 4.5 player with a one handed backhand. I used the n90 since I was 14, and reluctantly
switched to the k90. I played around with the AeroPro Drive for a while too, but the k90 has been my go-to racquet
years. I was considering a bigger head size since I often miss-hit volleys, and decided to try the RF97. I strung it at
with Natural Gut/ALU Power, with the k90 I would do 51/49 lbs. I found the RF97 more head heavy and of course
power. The frame is more stable than the 90, a miss-hit hardly registers, where as the 90 might rotate in my hand. I
liked it for groundstokes and volleys, but I was having problems with the weight on my serve. My racquet head
the serve is much slower with this racquet, but I still need to do some adjusting. Overall, I hit more spin and more
with the RF and more margin for error.
From: Matt, 7/15
Comments: This racquet ia so amazing! I got this racquet today to demo and so far I'm very impressed.
current Babolat Pure Drive 2012 user and this new Wilson racquet is the bomb. It feels so great on serve,
etc. I'm very impressed with this racquet. Please don't let the weight scare you in trying it, its not as bad as it
Recommend it for someone who can handle a heavyweight racquet and wants a solid feel.
From: Florentino, 7/15
Comments: Here's an update and correction from my previous feedback: Having complained last week
my 2 RF97s were vastly different in weight and balance, I thought I owed it to Wilson to double check, so I bought
electronic scale that is accurate to .5 grams. It turns out that the racquet I thought was much lighter is, in fact, 2
heavier. My mistake. I think 2 grams different, which works out to about .5% is very good consistency, and I
Wilson for this. However, the problem comes in with the balance point. I currently have both racquets strung and
identically. The heavier frames weighs 363.5 grams, has 2 grams of lead in the hoop and the balance point is 12 1/8
from the bottom of the handle. The lighter racquet is 361.5 grams, has 2 grams of lead on the butt cap and the
point is about 12.5 inches from the bottom -- so still 3/8 of an inch less head light. I figure it will take about 6 to 10
grams on each to make them identical, for a total of about 370 grams. Since I have about 10 grams of overgrip and
medium rubber band for a dampener, this puts the weights pretty close to TW's stated strung weight for the
about 7 to 9 point head light, so I withdraw my complaint. I will state that without customization they do play very
differently, but averaged out, they are within 1% or so of spec., and, I like them very much.
From: Rob, 7/15
Comments: This is an amazing racquet if you are able to deal with the weight. It is very stable and solid
struck right. I moved from the PS90 (K-Factor) and initially the weight difference was a concern. But after just a
sessions with it, the weight difference was hardly noticeable. It is much more forgiving than the PS90 but not very
different in terms of the "classic" feel the PS90 offers. I would recommend the lighter version for those not used to
frames. So far I have tried stringing it with Dunlop Black Widow (17G), Ashaway Crossfire II (17G) and Tourna Big
Black 7 (17G). All were strung at 46 lbs. The Dunlop Black Widow and the Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 snapped after
sessions of doubles. I've just bought a second piece and this time, I decided to try the 16G Tourna Big Hitter Black
see how long these would last. All in all, a great frame by Wilson. I have always been a fan of the PS series and this
From: Prashant, 7/15
Comments: I'm a former college player and teaching pro. I used the PS 85 many years ago
college), and eventually a few of the PS 90 series. I tried Babolats twice, but didn't like the lightness, stiffness, and
plow through. So, I sold four of my old sticks and purchased two of the RF97 Autographs. I like the feel on
and volleys. Very solid. As I'm out of practice (and a little out of shape), getting my serve back will take a little time.
hit decent spin serves with power. But don't think I'll be blasting flat ones for awhile until I loosen up and get my
rotation back. It is more racquet to get through on the server compared to a Babolat Pure Drive. Polar opposites. If
liked the PS 90 series, then you should like these. To those who had issues with their racquets not matching in
weight and balance: I would suggest working with whoever you are buying from to match your sticks before buying.
do so, and have not noticed a difference yet. However, I had this issue with previous PS 90s and it is very
From: Will, 6/15
Comments: I love my RF97s, too. I have 3 of them. My one concern is how different they are from one
another weight and balance-wise. One stick is quite light and head light. My other two racquets are heavier by
ounces and head heavy by 0.5 cm. Is this typical?
From: Stan, 6/15
Comments: I have been using the RF97A since they first became available and intend to stick with it.
I do want to notify the community here that my two frames are very different in weight and balance. I've been
over 50 years and have never seen this much variation. In fact, the difference is so pronounced that it could easily
for a lot of the variation in the reviews below. My second frame felt lighter the instant I picked it up, and measured
inches more head light. It has noticeably less plow through, but is far easier to whip through serves or "late"
groundstrokes. I've tried to match them with lead (which has always been easy with past multiple racquets I've
had) but I
can't make it work with these. Don't get me wrong -- these are still great racquets, but they are so different that I
of them now only when a string breaks on the primary. I can't use them both in the same match without taking a
games to adjust, and the difference can really do a number on my serve. They are strung and gripped identically,
same swing on the same shot will produce balls that land far apart. If you are considering buying these, I suggest
request that your supplier provide you with frames that are weight and balance matched to the demo frame you
if possible get them to tell you precisely what they weigh in grams and the balance point, so you can order another
From: Rob, 6/15
Comments: I love this raquet. It's heavier than the Pro Staff 6.0 but my arm is now used to it. It's a lot
forgiving than the 6.0 and I feel I have so much more range of play with it. Serving has improved a lot more too I get
more control and because I can top spin better with it my second serve is going great. I used Wilson Duo NXT2 on
mains at 57 lbs and Lux on the crosses at 54 lbs.
From: Alesandro, 6/15
Comments: Has anyone tried this racquet with Head Intellitour 16? Do it and witness how divine your
From: Karan, 6/15
Comments: I have three generations of the PS90, and I love them all. But I don't think they are a match
RF97 at winning points. The RF has a bigger sweet spot and significantly more power without any loss of control.
plays stiffer, so if you can afford a hybrid setup, you should. Or at least go for a comfortable 17 gauge poly.
will feel boardy and uncomfortable. The grip size is indeed slightly larger than the PS90, but not enough to be an
Getting topspin on the second serve is a little harder, but again, not a deal breaker. Better than the PS90 at volleys,
serve and groundstrokes. Slice is a close call. The swing weight definitely feels high compared to the 90s, but you
realize it helps with the overall game. Bought this from someone who had strung it up with a stiff poly, and I hated
me some elbow pain as well. But after switching to a hybrid setup with some cheap natural gut in the mains and
in the crosses, it's been great. It may not have the PS90 softness, but it'll win you more matches. Definitely a
From: Biggles, 6/15
Comments: This racquet is heavy. This racquet is rock solid. This racquet shows no respect for the ball
mercilessly carves spin into its felt with polyester blades. All you have to do is stay smooth, stay relaxed, ride that
wave and when you fall off? Ask yourself -- "what would Federer do?"
From: Anton, 6/15
Comments: I am an average tennis player. Im not great and I am not rated. I switched over from the Six
this racquet and am using Luxilon ALU Power at 57 pounds with a 1/2 grip size. To start with some weaknesses, at
for my game, I found that this racquet makes it more difficult to generate topspin and can be especially hard when
spin it over the net when you get a really short ball. When playing against an opponent that hits the ball lighter and
this racquet does not perform to its full potential. However when playing against an opponent that hits hard this
excels. It generates a ton of power and you can dominate from the baseline. Depending on who I play against I
the RF97 or my Six One. The RF97 is unforgiving as well. When you make a bad hit it will hurt your arm, but when
you hit it
right it feels almost perfect. If you are used to a heavier racquet, and can move quickly to hit the ball in the right
are good about bending your knees when you hit, the RF97 will work incredibly.
From: Jason, 6/15
Comments: I've used the Hyper Carbon, NCode, and KFactor 90 (still use the NCode) for a while now
RF97 is very different from the traditional 90. Groundstrokes and serves have significantly more power and spin to
and is overall more maneuverable. The volleys are also extremely powerful, but the frame lacks the supple feel that
have. The extra spin and power also caused a slight decrease in precision and accuracy. In summary, it is a
racquet for players looking for a heavy, stable, and maneuverable racquet, but it does that some adjustments if you
with the 90s. Strung with Kirschbaum ProLine at 65 lbs.
From: Ash, 6/15
Comments: Compared to the k90, it is better in every aspect. It has power when you need it and it has
same pinpoint accuracy with more forgiveness, plus you are not tired at the end of the day. This is the racquet you
choose to play with from now on!
From: Dr70194, 6/15
Comments: If I were to write a book entitled "Instruction Manual for Those Switching from the 90
frames of Yesterday to the RF 97 of today" then the book would simply say this: consider softer strings. I have
VS Gut on the mains and Lux on the crosses for the past 10 years, like Fed. I tried this at 56 lbs and 53 lbs on the
Too much power. My serve had trouble finding the box. My groundstrokes kept landing 1-2 inches long. Going to
extreme grip didn't help, but just created more off-center shots. I had great difficulty hitting the slice backhand.
stocking up on more 90" frames, I then decided to try one more option. Technifibre X-One Biphase at 53 lbs. Wow!
hit my slice backhand. I can hit all 3 serves. My forehand is accurate, etc.! Perhaps a stiffer, thicker beam requires
softer string? I must say, I love the softer feel of synthetic gut! Makes playing more fun.
From: Pedro, 5/15
Comments: I just demoed this racquet. I am a loyal Pro Staff 90 user and sadly must say this has none
traits that made the Pro Staff 90 special to me. Very sad about this will pick up a few Pro Staff 90s while they are
From: Anon, 5/15
Comments: I have to agree with most of Grant's comments below. I too have played with almost every
of the Pro Staff 90, my favorite was the K90 version and the most recent PS90. The RF97 is a very different animal.
about the grip comment, the 4 3/8 does feel closer to 4 1/2. "The PS90 is like a 911 and the RF97 is more like a
car." However, like all muscle cars they are extremely sensitive to the tires you put on them. I have experimented
great number of high performance strings but I will focus on Luxilon, Solinco, Kylano, and Dunlop for this feedback.
my previous go to ALU Power 125 strung at 50 lbs felt a little odd on this racquet. I couldn't get the comfort I
got with the PS90. The Solinco Tour Bite strung at 52 lbs was just too stiff and non responsive, no feel but good
other previous go to string, the Kylano Tour Destiny strung at 50 lbs provided a nice pop and excellent launch angle
string bed, huge spin and ball pocketing. The Dunlop Black Widow, recommended by another player in the forum,
at 54 lbs felt a little to uncontrollable but definitely comfortable and plush; perhaps I will try this at 56 lbs. I also
got to try
the Kylano Nucleus at 54 lbs and it may be my favorite so far. Plush like the Black Widow but with the pop of the
and spin of the Tour Destiny. So at the time of this feedback, I have one racquet strung with ALU 125 which I really
now, it's just different than it was in the PS90. Another racquet strung with Tour Destiny which I use mostly
because of the
spin and pop I crave. And the third racquet is strung with Nucleus with is my most comfortable ride with great spin
those cold chilly days. I'm going to probably stay with one of these three strings on two racquets and use the third
a test racquet for new options and tensions. But I do prefer the European made strings such as the Luxilon and
they really do provide best feel and performance or handling and grip as in Grant's analogy of cars. So in
believe the RF97 is very string sensitive and prefers a top of the line solid string. Just for reference, I was a D1
now play three times a week with my 4.5-5.0 co-worker at our country club after long days of litagations. I have
mostly the Pro Staff and Prestige racquets in the past. Hope this helps those on the fence about this wonderful
really is a gem in the right hands with right string combo.
From: Tom, 5/15
Comments: I'm a former college player who used to hit with the Six.One 90 for more than 10 years. My
with this racquet after attempting to switch to it from my previous racquet has been, "complicated." I am a strong
closing in on 30 years old and I've used the old Federer racquet (six-one tour 90) for basically little more than a
wanted to switch racquets for a few years. Finally, I though that moving from a 90 to a RF97 would be feasable as
distribution and overall weight was suppose to be extremely similar. Wrong! It's closer to the 90 than anything I've
but there are some glaring issues. First off, the grip sizes seem to not be correct. I don't know if I just got a bad
3/8 grip size is closer to a 1/2 grip size. (before you think I'm crazy, I've gone through maybe 20-30 Six-One Tour
over the past decade and they all felt identical on the grip. (I also measured it and sure enough it's wrong). This was
unacceptable. But let's set that aside for a moment. Back to the weight and balance. The overall weight does feel
same, and it
should; it is afterall within a few grams of the 90. The weight distribution however doesn't feel the same compared
though Wilson sold this racquet as being the same HL balance as the 90. It 100% feels head heavier than the 90.
feel it right on the top frame of the racquet, not the sides. Stroke-wise let me compare the Six.One Tour 90 to this
RF97 has more power as one would expect, but the ball doesn't feel as "carve-able" as the 90. The RF97 can get
spots and definitely is more forgiving if you tend to hit the ball late. It's also easier to turn what should be a
offensive shot. Overall, the groundstrokes can present more power, but you do sacrifice feel. Let me mention the
specifically. I have a one-handed backhand and it's great compared to the 90. It's the one reason I'm still tinkering
this RF97 racquet. On groundstrokes, I would say there is some give and take overall. You will lose feel and a little
"carve-ability" compared to the 90 but you will be able to hit more offensive shots instead of having to rely solely
So I'd say on the forehand, the 90 wins, but the backhand for me, clearly the RF97 wins. Volley time -- similar to the
Yes, bigger sweet spot, but I don't notice it in volleys as much. The "carving" issue does crop up in volleys from
time. So I
would say on volleys, the edge goes to the 90. Now for the serve -- oh boy, this is where it gets interesting, and
why I'm very hesitant in switching completely over to the RF97. I'm a very strong server who regularly hits in the
serve, and can hit basically whatever I want on the second serve in the 90-100s with as much spin as I want (kick or
serve is my strength and sadly the RF97 is really poor compared to the 90 in this category. First serve is just
weight distribution, but not a problem on the first serve. Second serve however, it's a completely different story. I
lost a ton
precision and accuracy on the second serve and this is where that "carving" feeling really came into play. With the
90 I can
the ball where I want it. The best way I can describe it, the 90 is like driving a Prosche 911 on a track. In the right
put the car exactly where you want it. The RF97 is more like an American muscle car. It's going to be hilariously fun
(groundstrokes) then when you need to hit a precise corner, it just falls apart. Switch racquest at your own risk.
From: Grant, 5/15
Comments: This racquet has everything! I am a long time user of Wilson Pro Staff 90 and believe me
is revolutionary! It's so stable and the sweetspot is enormous compared to the 90. You'll hit clean shots all the time
feels unbelievable. Buy it, you wont regret it!
From: Kjell, 5/15
Comments: This is the best racquet I have played with in my life, and I am very picky. I am a heavy-
old user, 5.0 NTRP. 350-360 grams is my ideal weight for a racquet and 330-340 is my ideal swingweight. Having
Six.One Tour before that gave me control, decent power when using proper form and most importantly a smooth
its heft, transitioning to this larger headsize and wider beam size was a win-win for me. I am not expecting to
Federer, after all him using this racquet was one of the last things that I took into consideration, I just do not want to
a lot of lead to a light racquet and would rather have a heavy-stock racquet that can last me a long time. I feel that
become more aggressive and I am now going so much more to the net even though I don't have to in order to win
is prime, and if you can handle the weight serves will be a strength. You might have to work a little harder to add
serves, but that is ok. I will be buying another one soon, keep the BLX as a 3rd in my inventory and I am good for
happy and excited with this purchase. I recommend it for players who can dominate and use the perks of the extra
let the weight dominate them. If you are coming from a lighter frame, I recommend a demo. Good job Wilson!
From: Andrew, 5/15
Comments: I'm a 34 year old 4.5 player. Traditionally, I like heavier racquets; I've been using a Head
(unstrung) for the last year or so. I like it but I'm not in love with it, so I was excited to give the RF97 a try. What I'll
mimics a lot of the existing reviews out there already. It is A LOT of racquet. It was hard for me to handle while
some really heavy serves, especially up the 'T', but spin and placement were difficult. My forehand lacked the snap
I'm used to just because the racquet is so heavy. My two handed backhand held up fine, but again I had trouble
spin. With this racquet I had a really hard time generating spin on any of my shots (although different
certainly make a difference, as I was playing with a demo). Overall, if you're playing singles and you're name is not
you'll probably struggle with this racquet . This racquet is not for mere mortals. I can see where it would suit
the one handed backhand and plow through shots, but it's just too heavy to wield trading heavy blows from the
players. Now, doubles on the other hand, if you like to keep the ball low and heavy, and you love to chip and
volley this could be your racquet. Put away power around the net is excellent. As long as you make clean contact
all the work for you on volleys. This racquet will do well for guys that hit stiff, flat, low shots created by compact
if you're looking for any kind of whip/spin on shots where you like to 'load up' and take a rip at the ball you'll
keep looking IMO.
From: Lee, 5/15
Comments: Having toyed with this racquet a few times over the last couple of months I decided it was
my Babolat Pure Drives in the cupboard and really see how i got on. Yes, it is a beast to get in position at times but
effort. Service games are now easier as the power and placement are just better. While my forehand has not
backhand slice is a real weapon, and not just as a defensive shot. I am a 55 year old 4.5 level player and if I can get
added weight, then most others can too. I string with Tecnifibre Razor Code in the mains and HDX in the crosses at
From: Kevin, 5/15
Comments: Love this racquet. Smooth feel when hitting the ball because of the heavier weight. I would
From: Zander, 4/15
Comments: Chris, Granville and Troy's feedback are dead on. I'm not confident enough to play a 3-set
came down to it. Best updated Pro Staff so far to date.
From: KuDawgg, 4/15
Comments: It's such a difficult stick for mere mortals to get used to but the fantastic "true" swing and
you're on makes you actually love tennis that much more. Coming back to earth, the weight is a big problem for me
overall I have difficulty completing a 2 hour session with it. Happy I stuck with it and made the following 2
removed the leather grip (too hard for me) in favor of my usual Gamma replacement grip and one overgrip and
experimented with strings quite a bit. Even my trusty Luxilon 4G made the thing feel and hit like a heavy plank. I
the much more user friendly Tecnifibre X1 Biphase (17) and suddenly it's looking up. Much easier to hit the ball and I
weight so much. What I love about this stick: the rock solid feel gives you total confidence when you are on, the
on groundstrokes and the weight makes volleying very reliable. I did not serve as well (the weight for some reason
most on this stroke) but since the above string change, it's much better. Best in breed on touch shots, you know
surprises with this racquet.
From: D, 4/15
Comments: I'm a 60 year old 4.5 player and have played with the Fed racquets since the K90 --
feel of those, the purity of striking the ball with a small, heavy frame like a baseball bat. The RF 97 seems to be
beam), and feels to me like the old Wilson Ultra II. Stiffer frames require a faster swing, and a larger head makes
shorter. So after a couple of string sets, I'm getting used to it, and enjoying the "extra" work it does for me. I've
good volley, and it accentuates this strength by virtue of the extra 7 square inches. For sure, the RF 97 is a better
racquet, but nothing will ever feel as good as the 90 square inch sticks. There's so much power in the game now,
stiffness helps though. I will have to play with it in some tournaments this summer to come to a final conclusion.
From: Tim, 4/15
Comments: For those of you on the fence with this racquet, here are a couple points to keep in mind.
weight, which most find as a barrier to this racquet -- in my opinion, this racquet is more appealing to those with
strokes, those with snappy arm and wrist strokes will have to be very strong to manage this weight, but efficient
the patience it makes easier to achieve. I do not think big, fast, topspin strokes will like a racquet like this. Now
tweaking the weight, here are a couple thoughts. First the weight and balance are usually spec'd at the 3/8 grip
size. so as
grip increases the total weight increases from spec and the balance moves more HL. So the racquet actually feels
grip increases. I love big grips and usually add two over grips, this adds .33 oz. to the weight but as I said the head
Next try 18 ga. strings such as Luxilon TIMO as it will lower the weight by almost .3 oz., hopefully you can find a
strings do not pop too often, I break few strings so it is not an issue for me. These two factors make the racquet
12 oz. one like a Head Prestige or Radical Pro with a head size of 97 and 16x19 pattern, 18g a is very compatible. It
demo the above, but good luck with your evaluations and feedback would be cool on these issues.
From: Jess, 4/15
Comments: Awesome update! Just a tad too heavy for 3 sets for me. But great to practice with!
From: Ku, 4/15
Comments: I am a 5.0 player and have been hitting with this racquet for a couple of weeks. I've played
league doubles matches and a few singles matches with it. I have a technically sound backhand, and that's the shot
really shines on for me. I don't get any fatigue from the weight of the racquet. I can hit flat, topspin, and slice (slices
amazing!). Where I suffer is my forehand and serve. My forehand isn't as technically sound as my backhand, and I
This causes me to both not get racquet head speed on the ball (especially low balls) and also to fatigue. I have to
my body on this shot to avoid the issues. I have the same issue with my serve. I lost a lot of serve speed due to the
racquet and I also experience fatigue. I have to adjust my serve so that there are no hitches and I'm using my legs
problem. The racquet generates great spin and accuracy on the serve, as well as a heavy ball. The moral of the
story is that
racquet rewards good technique and punishes bad technique (arm shots) with lack of racquet head speed and
is an absolute gem at the net. It's a huge improvement of the Prestige Pro in this regard. It's easy to find the sweet
solid volleys of hard hit shots from the opponent.
From: Sam, 4/15
Comments: So very much wanted to like this. It wasn't necessarily the weight for me that was an issue
was distributed that made it difficult to play with. I didn't experience any arm pain but it was just too tough to get
for me. If you are used to heavy racquets, then I think this would be a must demo. But if you are coming from
would highly recommend trying other heavier racquets before trying this one. With that said, power is off the
of how stable it is, directional control seems to come a bit easier, but for me it was harder to keep the ball from
just too sluggish to wield.
From: Jay, 4/15
Comments: 219 dollars for a glorified ProStaff Classic 6.1. It plays almost identically to the classic but
has RF on the frame the price goes up. it has nothing in common with the Tour 90. It is a whole new racquet
new at the same time.
From: Julian, 4/15
Comments: I used to play with the Six.One 95 (16x18), I love heavy racquets, hence I wanted to try the
been playing with it for the last 4 months and unfortunately I've developed tennis elbow. I don't think that the
weight but rather the balance. I got 2 of these from 2 different stores, and both of them came to be almost identical
and balance. Although, the official specs state that this racquet is 9 pts HL strung and a 335 swing weight, both of
are 7 pts HL and a 339 swing weight. Compared to my Six.One 95 that is 10 pts HL strung (as advertised), this is a
difference that significantly impacts how the racquet feels. I am going back to the Six.One 95. I really wanted to
because it feels amazing when I was 100% set on every shot. But the moment I swung from not an ideal position, I
the weight and how head heavy this racquet is.
From: Mike, 4/15
Comments: I've been using the same racquets as Federer since he became number one in the world.
demoed the PS RF97 late last year I thought the racquet was not for me since I found it a little heavy to swing. A
decided to demo it again and still didn't like it. But I demoed it again for the third time two months ago and
clicked! I began to like it -- the extra power on my groundstrokes and serve, the Pro Staff control is there, and it's
net. Even my tennis friends noticed the big difference in my game. You definitely can't be pushed around with this
playing against hard hitters or big servers. If you have the right techniques, this racquet will elevate your game to
I'm so glad I didn't give up on this racquet and finally fell in love with this stick on my third demo. I'm a 4.5 player,
backhand, using Luxilon Alu Power 16 at 56 lbs.
From: Joe, 4/15
Comments: I have been playing with this racquet for two months now. Like everybody else, I have
the Wilson creations for the last 10 years a la Federer. This racquet does not vibrate or shudder when you use it and
head size seems to challenge the current Babolat market, in my opinion. The head is of a slightly strange oval
which I feel
has been designed to rebound the ball. The weighting is really perfect and there are no dead hands here. Any
racquet at 12
ounces is going to be a challenge, but you can't live without them. A clever tool for an aging genius and a great
From: Graham, 4/15
Comments: I have had the PS RF97 for over 3 months. Like many of the TW reviewers said, this is a
racquet. Since levels are arbitrary and relative, I have competed at the 4.5 NRTP level, and believe to have a
and serve, etc. Having said that, those shots are better executed with the RF97 better than any other racquet I
However it requires more time. I do not find this racquet as maneuverable as my previous racquets. All things will
necessary prep/setup/technique is done. Otherwise, this is my practice/wall hitting racquet. (My default racquet is
VCT89, previously the BLX 2012 PS 90.) I found the PS RF97 to be a great practice racquet, it forces one to do all
When the stars are aligned, this racquet is awesome.
From: GS, 3/15
Comments: Here's my 6-month review: This is my third review of this frame and we have completely
point. There is no shot I can't hit with it. It is slightly less precise than my old PS85s, but the extra power, spin, and
more than make up for that. I'm 5'8", 61 years old, with a strong upper body and good speed around the court. My
favorites are Laver, McEnroe, Sampras, and Federer, and I model my game on Fed's, although I don't run around my
that's my most consistent shot. This racquet works perfectly for me with this style. It is really exciting at my age to
best shots of my life. Serves like canon shots, forehands leaping off the baseline or diving at the feet of net-
katana strokes, and drop shots staying within a foot of the net...amazing. Volleys like a dream and can turn even
desperation blocks into aggressive angle returns. It is a unique frame and requires 1) full commitment to your shots
footwork and preparation 3) watch the ball through contact 4) Stay loose and smooth with your strokes. If you do
you will play well with any racquet, but for me this one produces truly amazing results. This racquet never hurts my
never feel like it let's me down. I string it with Volkl Cyclone at 57 lbs, and have gone down to a 4.25 grip with
Sensation over-grip, and no string dampener. I've put lead on every racquet I've used since 1984 -- except this one,
perfectly weighted (for me) stock. If you are a strong old-school all-courter, and take the time to learn this frame's
you will be richly rewarded.
From: Rob, 3/15
Comments: I played with this racquet and found it was a bit light compared to my Wilson Matrix. The
racquets have a definite feel to them and you feel assured of a good hit every time. Nice finish to it and the balance
From: George, 3/15
Comments: I'm a 4.5 player with an all court game, although I like to come to net whenever I can. I've
with a Blade 98 18x20 for the last year or so. I enjoy how the Blade plays, but of course I've been curious about this
since Federer showed up with his first blacked-out prototype. I've demoed the RF97 a half dozen times now, and
didn't notice the weight, to be honest. I've played with Wilson 6.1s in the past, and this frame seemed more nimble
those. What I did notice was the stiffness. Boy, is it stiff. Strangely, though, unlike other overtly stiff frames I've
feels very, very muted. It's neither as crisp nor as harsh as I expected. I did instantly miss the flex of the Blade,
gives me a
better, softer "feel" for how I'm hitting the ball. The only way I could tell I'd made exceptional contact with the RF97
sound. (It sounds like a cannon when you get it right.) Some people have described contact with the RF97 as
to me it
lacks feedback the same way 6.1's sometimes do. It's like the weight and stability of the racquet rob you of
generously compensating your off-center garbage. But, look, I hit quality shots with this thing that I'd really
struggle to hit
my Blades. Slice backhands are just unbelievable with the RF97. They leave the racquet face low and they stay low
Stretch volleys are a breeze, and I could direct them predictably to either corner just by angling my wrist prior to
racquet does the rest for you. Unconventional, sure, but tons of fun. My groundstrokes were okay. I didn't notice
appreciable increase in spin or power over the Blades except when I sliced under the ball. More of the shots I
long with the Blades did fall in with the RF97, and I attributed that to a dip in power (don't know if it was real or
definitely a control frame. When I switched back to the Blade mid-test I realized how blunt and deadened the RF97
comparison. I found the Blade punchier, softer, and almost as capable in most situations. If that sounds like a dig
expense, please know that I'm still considering it. It does some truly magical things that make it hard to say "No,
I'm just undecided about whether those things truly constitute an upgrade for my 4.5 game.
From: John, 3/15
Comments: I bought this racquet as a gift to myself after playing with my old racquet for well over 8
hesitant buying it at first because of other people complaining how heavy the swing weight is, so I didn't want to
money on a racquet that could disappoint. However, I went with my gut and ordered it anyway. I can feel how solid
when I hold it, and the weight is just perfect. Strung it with Luxilon ALU Power Rough at 59 lbs in the mains and
56 lbs in the crosses. This racquet is worth all the bucks because of the control and power it gives you when
need to get used to the weight.
From: TramuHuynh, 2/15
Comments: Still love the racquet after 3 months but I started developing tennis elbow and it is now
arm never got pain when I played with Yonex.
From: Shereef, 2/15
Comments: I'm a 5.5 level player, all court, western topspin forehand, double topspin backhand and
backhand, played with the original Pro Staff for years then switched to the Six One 95, and most recently a
Speed Pro. I
have my RF 97 strung with Kirschbaum Premium Syn gut in the mains at 52 lbs and Kirschbaum Spiky Black Shark
crosses. The lower tension in the mains softens the feel of the poly crosses and provides a little more power. The
noticed when compared to the Speed Pro was how much easy power came from the RF 97, much more action and
incredible from the baseline all the way to the net. I prefer a heavy racquet and this thing feels perfect, for me the
racquet I have ever played! If you are a fan of the original Pro Staff you should definitely give this one a try. Just
type and tension will greatly affect how it plays or any racquet for that matter.
From: John, 2/15
Comments: Pro Staff plushness with exceptional control and power! Started with Wilson Champions
per Federer's specs on the racquet and thought that was great! It produced good depth, control, and quality
reviewers, I found it was a bit more difficult to produce heavy topspin like I was used to on my antiquated Pro Staff
tried Gamma Glide Hybrid with Moto (Moto mains at 51 lbs, Glide crosses at 54.5 lbs), it was as if I had a different
combination produced good topspin on groundstrokes, good kick on serves, plush volleys, and exceptional slices.
didn't feel I needed to swing as hard as I thought I would to get good results. The racquet does feel heavy at times,
require getting used to, but once you find your groove, it really is fantastic! If a 12.6-13 ounce racquet is not your
work for you. If it is, don't expect to swing away immediately as you have with your favorite racquet. It takes time
what works, but once you do, it is as advertised by every positive comment in these reviews and TW's play testers.
From: Pep, 2/15
Comments: Extraordinary! It took me two weeks to "get" this racquet, but I just got home from a
that convinced me -- it's the best I've ever used. I'm a 4.0 and a twenty-year user of all the Wilson 6.1 line. Still,
enough to need some adjustment time. I played against a big server, and this thing absolutely neutralized his
and stability produced low, hard returns. Maneuverability? I won 8 out of 10 quick exchanges -- this stick simply
contact point, and volleying, as everyone here has said, is the stuff of dreams. Serve? Stay loose and let the RF97
Repeat this for groundstrokes, and enjoy the added pop and direction on your one-handed backhand. Whip a
unsure about this, but the one I attempted was a dead winner. Are others noticing groundstrokes coming out
I'm still catching the net cord now and then, but less and less often. Yes, it demands that you prepare intensely, but
you out of proportion to your effort. I hit at least four winners this evening that were "different" for me, that
surprised me. I
ended the evening saying to myself, "Why would I want less racquet than this?"
From: Len, 2/15
Comments: An absolutely amazing racquet -- it is so stable, it's unbelievable. It will return any
opponent throws you with ease and this stick makes me want to change my own play style to be more aggressive at
the volleys with this racquet are absolutely jaw dropping good -- the same with groundstrokes, it will take anything
unaffected by it. It's the best stick I've used in my life. For those of you that are unsure about this racquet due to its
weight, I was
stuck with the same decisions but I jumped the gun and went with this racquet and it sure didn't disappoint me. If
stroke technique that comes from the rotation of the core muscle then the weight really isn't a big issue and this is
person who previously played with the HEAD Rev Pro that weighs in at under 300g (a 50g increase in weight).
be much deeper inside the court, power is much more easy to access (even strung at 58 lbs), slices are sublime
feel to it, a bit harder to generate spin off serve but that comes in time with more practice with the stick. And
solid. Finally, as others have said, you have to be quite punctual with this racquet, if you are fashionably late, unlike
this one will condemn you for it.
From: KC, 2/15
Comments: Coming from an APD and then to a Radical MP, the RF97 is a truly incredible stick. My last
lacked stability and plow through, this racquet is as solid as they come. Groundstokes land deeper and penetrate
court, it is an
absolute rock at the net. Just keep the face open, step, punch and let it do the work. Serves are more consistent
pinpoint. The racquet was heavy at first, now I dont even notice the weight. Below someone said don't buy it if
like to play from the baseline and come in any chance I get but can stay back for as long as I want if I feel like it.
said its your best coach because it teaches you to be on time and commit to your shots, I 100% agree and it has
me to do
just that. I tried the recommended Champion's Choice hybrid strings by Wilson and ran the hybrid like Fed does
Cross with Poly). I'll take a full bed of Lux 4G at 50 lbs any day. I have never liked Wilson products other then their
bought two of these! It is an absolute must demo. I'm a 4.5 player with a semi-western forehand and two hander
From: Geoff, 2/15
Comments: A nice upgrade from the BLX90. No more mishitting on my backhand side. I strung it with
Power at 45 lbs and it was just perfect.
From: Ciodens, 1/15
Comments: Incredible racquet -- if you can stay loose it does things your opponent will not
From: Chas, 1/15
Comments: Amazing racquet overall! I'm a 6.0 player and can tell you that everything with this racquet
I've been playing for 26 years and this is one of the best racquets I have used so far. Serves really big,
both on FH and BH with good topspin and penetration. I felt an improvement on my one handed backhand in terms
and accuracy. Slice is heavy and deep. Volleys are solid and precise. This racquet does not feel heavy if you are a
with experience and know how to create racquet head speed by being relaxed. I can now see why Fed himself
with this racquet! Thanks Roger and Wilson for an amazing collection racquet!
From: Rafa, 1/15
Comments: I've been in the hunt for a while now for a change. I'm a USPTA Pro, 45 years old, top 150
age group, big hitter, one hander, and play a ton with many whipper snappers. I've tested basically all the tour level
+) from all major brands. I played with the Volkl PB Mid for a while and shifted to the stiffer world like many for the
My body was feeling it (in a bad way). I thought initially I need to go to a lighter, softer racquet, but when you
tour or pro level weights you quickly see what you give up. I craved the free power and stability of this RF97. Many
me out with cries of too much weight, but if you've been close to this weight (11.7-12.1) or so, you won't notice the
I love the 10+HL weight on this. The backhand is so sweet. You want power, it's absolutely there. Just stay smooth
Serves are total bombers. I don't see how other reviewers haven't dialed in their serve. Spin is very noticeable (I
Solinco Tour Bit). Control -- absolutely. Volleys -- I liked very much. Yes, it's a bit less maneuverable, but you also
swing much to get the ball moving. Comfort -- better than the super stiff ones for sure, but you will feel a bit sore
feeling a bit of tennis elbow before, not now. With overwrap and dampener this is 12.8 ounces. This is a game
for many, but this is not for kids or intermediates. Wilson should offer a double shot of Jack prior to checkout just
to see if
man-up for this stick! Kudos Fed. Nice job!
From: Jester, 1/15
Comments: Great racquet! But, as reviews have stated, it is heavy. After 2 sets of play, I had enough.
mine for the lighter version.
From: Ken, 1/15
Comments: I have owned and played with hundreds of racquets over the years and I have never owned
racquet or anything that pros play with. Now I understand why they sell for so much more than the regular stuff.
This RF 97
very unique and refined feel. Something like a good Napa wine ($150+) vs the regular $100 ones. It's very unique
lot of confidence on the court. Try it. It's good stuff.
From: Don, 1/15
Comments: I've been playing with this racquet for 2 months now. In one word: Solid. If you're a doubles
loves playing at the net, this racquet is exceptional due to its stability and minimal distortion, if any, on high velocity
balls. It's the same with return of serves. You will not get pushed around with this racquet. If you have a one-
this will add the additional stability and leverage you need. All these attributes come from its weight and balance.
you cannot hesitate or be indecisive with your strokes as this racquet quickly becomes less accurate if you don't
away to the stroke and get your timing right (i.e. otherwise you'll be late), that's why it's your best coach! I use a 4
you can find if you look around enough. I used to play with a Volkl PB 10 mid and the Pro Staff 90 2013 version.
good, stable racquets but this one edges them out. I string with Luxilon Alu Rough Big Banger.
-bed; 56 lbs. tension.
From: Christian, 12/14
Comments: I just demoed this RF 97 and it is great! I love hitting with it in every dimension. It took a
used to, all that control, spin, power, finesse. All fantastic once you know you can do almost anything with it.
From: Patrick, 12/14
Comments: Played with the RF97 tonight. It plays very similar to my 6.1 Classic. Everything is identical
RF97 felt a little more comfortable due to less stiffness. Definitely an upgrade to the 6.1 classic. Glad I bought it.
From: Txoov, 12/14
Comments: Having used this racquet for about 12 hours of hitting, I can attest to its greatness by
the best stick I've ever used. The feel is what impressed me most. It has such an incredible sound and feeling upon
this is attributed by the combination of the classic Wilson Pro Staff comfort and the higher stiffness rating, which
modernized approach. It's truly a bridge racquet between two times, blending smooth with crisp and raw with
is also spectacular. I found incredible control on my forehand, and my backhand slice was finding all sorts of
handed topspin backhand managed as well, but I had to shorten my follow through because the plow through on
so high. My serve lost some pop, and so did my defensive game, and this is probably because of the lack of
maneuverability. It's a
slower racquet, but this isn't a racquet for everyone's game: it's as simple as that. If you're purely a baseliner, there
for you to use this really, since it's so great at the net as well. I think the pros of this new ProStaff heavily outweigh
cons, so in
my mind, it's the greatest racquet I've ever had the pleasure of wielding. I can play my best tennis with it, and I hope
raise my level to unlock more of the potential this stick offers.
From: Brian, 12/14
Comments: Strings can obviously have a big impact on the power. When Roger moved to this racquet
string tension significantly, from 48/49 lbs to around 55/57 lbs (he uses a gut/poly hybrid, gut on the mains, and
couple of lbs looser on the crosses). Higher tension will take away some of the power. Would love to try that with
but haven't. Only tried the multifilament TW demo. Not sure what the tension was on the demo. Otherwise, I echo
sentiments of many on this racquet: solid plow through, control with power, much more forgiving than the old Fed
stick), but a lot of racquet to wield. Not as maneuverable as the 90.
From: PaulB, 12/14
Comments: This is a great overall racquet. I played with it for 2 months before I finally realized it was
I am used to the traditional Pro Staff 90. The RF97 is very accurate racquet yet the power of this racquet is for
the serve and volley tactic. It is a great baseline racquet but the more I played with it, the more I realized it had too
Overall, great racquet but I would definitely advise you to demo before you buy.
From: Mattyboy13, 12/14
Comments: This is one amazing racquet. It combines the traditional Wilson box-beam feel with an
feel that is somewhat firmer. The result is the best feeling stick I've ever used, feeling both plush and crisp, yet not
BLX iterations. The plow through is exceptional. I was sending shots long but after adjusting, my shots were deep
and control are good as well. It volleys like a dream. The one expected gripe is maneuverability: this isn't the fastest
racquet. The Pro Staff RF 97 is more suited towards players that play the whole court as opposed to purely baseline
often seek whippier, more topspin-friendly sticks. Not to say this racquet isn't good at the baseline -- it is, but it's
volleys and serving, thus it suits the all-court game best. I love this racquet, and I really think it's the best Pro Staff
From: Barron, 11/14
Comments: I've been hitting with this racquet for the last 3 weeks. There is something about the
racquet that I love. Seems to be perfectly balanced for my personal liking. Yes, it's on the heavy side however very
I've hit with the Wawrinka racquet which in comparison feels much slower to whip around. I've found that strung
Quadro Pro at 50 lbs gives very nice feel and very good control. You will not be pushed around with this racquet, it
heavy balls with ease as long as you read and move well. Heavy balls can be produced at will. Serves do take a bit
weight on the ball, however once you've adjusted it is precise and produce good movement on the ball. Return of
awesome! Worth a try to anyone who enjoys a heavier racquet and has good movement and preparation.
From: Shereef, 11/14
Comments: I think it is important to note that I just started picking up the game of tennis about one
this is my first racquet review. I currently play baseball and football in college so picking up the game comes fairly
considering the similar hand eye coordination required in baseball and tennis. I do have a considerable amount of
tennis and the equipment just purely from growing up and having my father been a former tennis professional.
mind, I have to say that this racquet is superb. I think that the racquet has exceptional plow through and an ability
shots unlike anther other racquet (Pro Staffs in general). I think it is important to note that with a dampener and
racquet does become a little heavy; but don't worry because you can and will get used to it. (Don't get rid of it
weight, worst scenario if you love the racquet get the lighter version). Overall, this racquet is tremendous around
volleys/half volleys while providing amazing feel and stability; while generating tons spin. Finally I would say that
racquet being a low level power racquet, I would have to disagree. I feel the racquet does provide great power and
with the added weight and 97 square inch head. Overall, a great racquet. There is a reason Federer is using it.
From: Jason, 11/14
Comments: Agree with John 11/14, below, but have to say that if you want to experience all the feel
racquet has to offer then string it below mid tension. Shines at around 50-52 lbs with a full bed of Alu Power.
From: Sean, 11/14
Comments: Breathtaking racquet, but your arm will feel it after a few hours. Adds about thirty percent
to deep forehands and backhands. Superb feel at the net and controllable. As a 5.0 this really has added two very
dimensions to my game in terms of negative to neutral shot recovery (cross court) and better penetration on the
This racquet requires the player to let go and have the weight do the work.
From: Michael, 11/14
Comments: This is a superb racquet with excellent plow through and produces solid and heavy shots
provides enough feel for delicate shots at the net or mid-court. If you buy this racquet give yourself a few weeks to
groove -- but after that you will find yourself hitting great top spin forehands and backhand and solid volleys. This
advanced players racquet because of the weight and the fact that you have to generate your own power and in
evolved version of the Pro Staff Original 6.0 (as used by Sampras, Edberg, Courier, etc.). On the string side of
things -- any
Wilson string will suffice and have it strung between 57-60 pounds to get the best results! Love it!
From: John, 11/14
Comments: I am a 4.0 player and have been playing Wilson Pro Staff racquets for 20 years. The RF
had a huge impact on my game. There is tremendous stability, power and precision. The spin potential is excellent.
groundstrokes are significantly heavier and deeper with this stick. It does take a while to get used to as this racquet
heavy. It is
relatively maneuverable as it is head light but the heft took me about 20 hours of play to really lock in. I can now
with better players and stay in points hitting a much heavier ball. I would highly recommend this raquet to advanced
sound strokes who like a heavier, more stable stick.
From: Dan, 11/14
Comments: I have officially renamed my RF97 "The Pancake." That is exactly what this racquet does to
contacts. Love the (one-handed) backhand shots especially when you try to hit a winner on the rise. What is even
unbelievable is the backhand slice. The weight makes the racquet so stable and excellent to control. The downside
swing weight. I found that with my forehand, I am generating less topspin and because of the weight my wrist has
brush through the ball. That, of course, won't be a problem for anyone with strength like Federer. After 4 weeks
racquet, it's back to the gym for more weights and my good old Prestige Mid.
From: James, 11/14
Comments: I'm an alpha male -- smart, handsome, strong; but one thing I can't do is play with this
frame. I did
want to admit it because of my big ego but after 4 weeks of agony I gave in. And I used to play with the PS85 and
From: Rooinek, 11/14
Comments: A lot of folks are comparing the RF97 to the PS85. It is only like the PS85 in that it is a
changer, solid, and arm-friendly. If you want an updated PS85, get the Wawrinka Yonex. That Yonex is a great
be my choice if it were not for the RF97. I have found that the combination of weight, power, and comfort in the
new enough that it's taking me some time to adjust. It usually takes me several months to adapt to a new frame and
my liking, and i'd say I'm about half way there with the RF97. I started using Champions Choice, but found that for
must be changed too often for me to afford, so I've gone back to my stand-by Volkl Cyclone 16. I get more
and more spin with the Cyclone. I'm at 53 lbs right now, but may go up in tension a bit. I have also reduced my grip
further. I'm down from the 4 5/8 I used as a kid to an actual 4 1/4 including over grip. This smaller grip allows me
freedom to snap this beast around for spin and serve pronation, while the weight and stability of the racquet mean
in my hand. The result is my serve is now harder than it has ever been. My first serve winning percentage is
am serving and volleying more and more, mainly because my opponents are having a lot of trouble getting the first
with any authority. I'm a bit down on second serve consistency, but that's improving. My volley put-away
and will improve as I get used to the power and hit fewer balls 'just out.' I'm still working on dialing in my ground
but the upside potential is huge. The backhand slice is no longer just to set up weak returns, but can easily be hit
winners. Topspin backhand (one-handed) is still a little flatter than I'd like, but hit well has come through so hard
opponents actually whiffed on one last Saturday -- back court to back court. Forehands are driving my opponents
baseline. I'm still working on handling the weight and power to create more spin for shorter shots with pace and
net clearance, but it's coming. I've always played an aggressive game, but I feel this racquet really puts the match
I hit my shots, I win. If I miss, I lose. My opponents still hit great shots and win points, of course, but a far higher
points are in my hands to take after the power and spin of the serve, volley, or ground stroke takes effect. In the
getting a new frame, I've always gone back and forth with my old one for a while, but I have not been tempted to
since getting the RF97. My preference has always been for heavy, comfortable racquets, and the Wilson grip
shape, so the
package 'feels' right to me. I don't disagree with the commentators who find it too heavy -- everything they say is
for a lot
of people it is. But if you can handle it, the upside potential is huge.
From: Rob, 11/14
Comments: I just grabbed a demo tonight and hit for a couple of hours. Had a Signum Pro orange
Hextreme) strung at 52 lbs. Yes, it is heavy, however good footwork and smooth long fast swings generate a ball so
of the ground. Beautiful balance all together. Volleys are solid and so is my one handed backhand. Serves I had a
I adjusted allowing more of the racquet heft to do the work and started hitting spots I'm going for. I think I need
the racquet to get a heavy kick serve. If you can handle the weight and generate smooth strokes, it truly performs.
work for you and it is not tiring or a too much to handle. Again, the trick is if you're able to use the weight to your
good foot work and smooth delivery.
From: Shereef, 11/4
Comments: Honestly, my comments with this racquet are the same as Jann down below. Everything is
even from the Six One 90 BLX ProStaff. But, I'm trying to adapt to the new one since it is more forgiving and I was
arm troubles with the 90. It's an investment that I hope will be worth it in the end.
From: Dave, 11/14
Comments: Well, there are racquets and then there are racquets, but there is only one RF97! Wow!
From: Ajit, 11/14
Comments: I finally tried out the RF97, unfortunately I'm not sharing the same feel-good experience as
players. In terms of power, this racquet is excellent, the 97 inch headsize does provide alot of power as compared
Six.One 90 I'm currently using. However, the swing weight is not of my taste. It's much heavier to swing with, and
feel and touch is not, in my opinion, comparable to the PS Six.One 90. I love my PS Six.One 90, it does have similar
as the RF97. The PS Six.One 90 is very headlight, in which it is very easy for maneuverability. Although it doesn't
power, it is possible to generate power depending on your swing technique. In conclusion, I felt it was clumsy for
the RF97, the swing weight is a bit too heavy, although the racquet gives more power in the Pro Staff series. Having
been playing with the PS Six.One 90 for some years now and am very satisfied with this racquet!
From: Jann, 11/14
Comments: Precision, stability, and aesthetics are all there. You just need to have the right technique
weight of the racquet to do the work for you. But on serve, technique is not enough. You will also need strength
from your core, legs, and shoulders to consistently achieve the racquet head speed and power potential of the
of a pitcher using a heavier weighed baseball trying to throw at the same speed as a regular baseball. Unless you
strength and endurance, your serve will become more vulnerable the longer your match plays. Volleys are easiest
For groundstrokes, if you do not have a full wrap around follow-through, which basically means you are exerting
the momentum of your swings prematurely, this racquet will tire you out. If you do, more than likely you can
From: Dave, 11/14
Comments: Interesting stick. I was a previous user of the PS 90 for a little while and loved most
stick except the small sweetspot, like most people. It was especially hard to serve with but the precision and feel
ordered this new stick without demoing as, on paper, it seemed perfect. It's a nice racquet but really it's nothing
beam is thick and stiff meaning it's very powerful and while it was a massive improvement in terms of the sweetspot
simply could not hit a forehand with it. I tried to persevere for 6 weeks or so but there is just no feel with the thick
weight combined with the power means if you're late just a tiny bit, the ball will just fly long. In an effort to find out if
the racquet regarding this unusual forehand issue, I demoed the Yonex 330g and that is an incredible stick. That is
like the 90 on steroids, not this Fed one. Underrated stick and the best I have ever hit with -- check the Yonex out.
From: Louie, 10/14
Comments: Very good frame in terms of feel, touch, and control for groundstrokes and great touch for
But, after 30 minutes of hard and continuous play, the racquet gets kind of hard to manage as its weight comes into
As an ex collegiate player I can handle it, but I d rather the weight be around 11.5 oz.
From: Jon, 10/14
Comments: I was originally afraid of using a raquet with more weight, I respect weight a lot. It can be
beneficial if and only when you are able to get to the ball well ahead. This means legs. If you don't have that type of
stick can be rather overwhelming. It can even severely damage your technique. You end up over pronating. Wrist
and tennis elbow is very likely to emerge. This is an amazing, amazing raquet. But it is essentially made for
game. If you
don't know what you are doing, forget this raquet. If you have the legs for it; there is no better sword in the game. It
everything to shreds.
From: Christian, 10/14
Comments: I purchased 2 RF97 Autograph racquets. However, the specs were different for each
(unstrung), Weight: 342g, Balance Point 12HL, SwingWeight: 300. R2 (unstrung), Weight: 339g, Balance Point
316. I didn't measure again after stringing the racquets. During my first week, the R1 felt similar to the ProStaff in
swingweight, that is, most of the weight felt in the handle. However, the R2, felt more Head Heavy. Surprisingly, I
much more! Both racquets were heavy and solid, but the R2 swingweight made my shots effortless. I had to adjust
beyond this, my one handed backhand was solid, and all my shots were heavy and I didn't even hit full speed. I
players to test heavier racquets because the stability you get is awesome, you don't need much effort to hit against
and so on because the weight of the racquet will take care for you. Your confidence goes sky high, even when I was
I never lost my confidence, because I was sure that all my shots would return to the opponent, even against good
4.5-5.0 level player. During the first week, I played a tournament (4.0 level) and got second place (4 matches in two
scorching sun). Hence, the racquet weight wasn't an issue for me. Last week, I matched my racquets to Weight:
7HL, SwingWeight 355. Needless to say, I made the racquets less HL and upped the swingweight. However, even
are the same, one of them feels different when swinging. Hence I am still tuning them up. Overall, I liked the
easier with this racquet. It is not like the PS85 in terms of feel, but no racquet will ever feel like PS85. So I guess it
on. The RF97 is a great racquet if you can handle the weight for long hours or matches, so forth. If you play for
time, it is definitely a GO. Until now, there are only a few lucky people that purchased the racquet, and everyone
that I have
against have asked hit a few balls with the RF97A. I am not thirsty anymore, because I always say: "You want to try
me a water bottle, I will let you try a few hits." I feel bad. But that's how bad people want to try this racquet. I played
tennis coach, and he has a Babolat AeroPro Drive, after hitting with mine for a few minutes, he cursed me. The
huge and after switching back to his racquet, he mishit the first 5 balls. For me it is a keeper because I could move
tournament without complaining about the racquet weight or anything else. The only downside to this racquet is
control. If you order two or more, make sure you ask racquets with similar specs, or ask if they can customize to
before shipping. Because over here in my hometown, there are only a few professionals that do these type of jobs
and it is
expensive trying to match them since it takes a while to narrow them down. Overall, I recommend this racquet, but I
recommend it that much since I don't wan't competitors having the same racquet and advantage that I am having.
From: Peter, 10/14
Comments: I've been using this racquet for 10-12 hours worth of playtime now and I've gone from
liking it a
now loving it. I used to use a Roddick Pure Drive, then went to a Wilson K Six.One95 for years, then tried a Babolat
couple of years but now decided to go back to something more like my K Six.One95. I had read a lot about "plow
stability but didn't fully grasp how big a deal it was until I spent some time with the APD. It never had that stable,
handle anything" feel that my Wilson had. Even when striking the ball well it always felt a little unstable and "flimsy"
better word. Now let me get to the RF97: With switching to the RF97 I've gained all of that stable feeling back and
what plow through is now. This racquet can take the heaviest ball and turn it around with no problem at all. On
crushes through the ball and gives me that stable and solid feeling I've been missing. On volleys and half volleys
makes for wonderful control and feel and also slices are excellent. The main adjustment, as many have mentioned is
the weight. This racquet isn't going to be for everyone as it's a beast. But if you can comfortably swing it for hours,
love it. If you're the type that finds yourself adding weight to racquets than definitely check this stick out. This is
doing to my APD which made me realize I just needed to toss it aside and go back to a racquet that's heavier to
you're not ready for the 12+ ounces than I would strongly recommend checking out the Pro Staff 97 as it sounds
like it has
characteristics in a more manageable weight. This stick feels like the racquet I've been weighting (haha get it?) for
been everything I want in a racquet. I love the slightly above mid size head and the balance feels spot on. It feels
head heavy than my K6 even though their balance ratings are the same (or maybe even slightly more head light on
think this is a good thing. This stick gives great access to power and spin while also maintaining a great feel. In
everything about this racquet and if you can handle the weight, so will you. If not, check out the lighter versions!
From: BK, 10/14
Comments: I have been using the Wilson BLX Six.One 95 for 3 years now. It's a great racquet and the
amazing. But I found off center shots to be a little unstable, so I would shank a lot of them. I tried the new Pro Staff
days ago and I was amazed at the feel and stability of the racquet. It is heavy, 11 grams heavier than my Six.One,
it gave me on off-center shots was amazing. I am not a volleyer but this racquet has changed that -- at the net
most of the
are mine. Spin generation is good, but you need decent technique. The plow through of this racquet is incredible
hitters and I was easily able to change direction of the ball or hit a heavy flat down the line winner. If you can get
think this is one of the best racquets Wilson has made, especially for those one handed backhand players out
From: Azan, 10/14
Comments: This is a stick for men, not boys. I play with a Babolat APD and tested the RF out and what
surprise. Like everybody says, this is not a lightweight racquet so if you are not strong and in shape, forget about it.
Groundstrokes are solid and deep. Great spin comes off the racquet. I had no troubles with the racquet head size.
firm and crisp. Serves were solid. I give this racquet an A+ overall. Loved it.
From: Christian, 10/14
Comments: My level is 5.5 and I have been playing tennis since age 5, now I am 44 and decided to try
is a modern frame with enough power capable of delivering a heavy and penetrating ball with tremendous power
situations of attack and defense, and of course, serve and volleys. Some feel uncomfortable with the weight of the
it's certainly a much more manageable than the K 88 which felt uncomfortable and I suffered much to move it, but
case with RF 97 having everything perfect.
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