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Comments: Quite possibly the best racquet of all time. These are still fantastic to play with and only marginally
different. They are solid yet forgiving and beyond compare for hitting serves or volleys, or one-handed backhands. They may take
a little extra concentration to play with but once you're used to it, you wont notice any downside at all.
Comments: I went from the Prestige Mid (2009) to the Pro Staff 85. I used it to play against a 4.0 player and
demolished him 6-1 6-2. He could not return my serves for his life. The small head size makes it easy to be really accurate,
however you really need to concentrate on the ball. It's super good on the return if you just get the racquet back and just block it.
I was pulled off the court on my backhand side and still managed to smash a 90mph backhand around the net. Cant wait to play
with it tonight.
Comments: My instructor recommended me this one to be my replacement for my Prince OG long body which was
no longer in production. It took some adjustment going down from 100 to 85. Due to tighter string formation, I needed to push
more for depth. In the beginning, my preparation was often too late especially on my back hand side. I could not be lazy with this
stick. It was very demanding. Control was by far the best. I could change the direction of incoming balls like I never had done
before. Balls rarely went out due it's head size. Serving was one of the best parts. I did not need to muscle it since I could place
the ball where I aimed for, but kick serve was almost impossible for me due to string formation. Serving return was very good
because of the mass. Sometimes I did not even need to swing. I just used its very stable mass to return the balls. I needed to use
lots of back hand slice because I could not set up quick enough. Off center hits were my biggest problem since it produced lots of
force that came to my elbow. It made me scared to miss hit the balls.
Comments: I have a Saint Vincent, Chinese and 2 Taiwanese models of this frame. Pulled the Saint Vincent and
Chinese models out of storage and gave them a whirl. Insane. I've been hitting with the N90, K90, BLX90, BXPS90 and PS88 for the
past few years but this PS85 beats them all. To preserve my vintage PS85's, I bought 3 of the new re-issued PS85 from TW. I can't
believe how easy it is to hit with this frame. I'm a 5.5 player. So quick through the air, great feel, amazing plow through, this is by
far one of the best racquets of all time. Serves and volleys are beastly, one hand backhand slices are deadly, and I'm able to
generate loads of topspin on forehand and backhand shots. I'm not sure about the complaints of the sweet spot and head being
too small, I have a much easier time hitting with this than with any of the other frames I mentioned as well as the numerous
modern frames I've honeymooned with the APD, Head Prestige MP, Dunlop 300 Tour, Head Extreme, Head Radical Pro, etc. It's
truly a revelation for me. I'm selling my BLXPS90's, will always keep my K90's and PS88's but this PS85 is the frame for me.
Comments: Just bought one. Eeegads, what a beast! I am a 4.0 player and I play with the Prostaff 90, love that
racquet! I string my own with NXT 16 in the mains and Babolat Hurricane 16 in the crosses. I did the same with this. This racquet
will let you know if you need work. It's not easy. I am not saying I don't like it, it's just not easy. I bought it to help me learn, and I
believe it will.
Comments: Unlike most racquets, this beauty requires a brain. While the KPS88 was slightly designed heavier to
accommodate the modern evolution of the game, the PS85 remains the perfect tool to master proper technique. Train with the
PS85 when your technique gets sloppy/lazy again, it will transition perfectly back with the KPS88 or BLXPS90 for some serious
hitting. Cons: Backhand top spin is tough. Pros: Evrything else is great. I used it with Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17g at 60.5lbs.
Comments: Wow - what a racquet! I tried this years ago when I was a junior but stuck with Prince racquets (the
Graphite Mid). I just wish that I had chosen this racquet when I was younger. Recently I have used the Wilson nCode tour, the
modern Prince Graphite, the Yonex xi98, and this one is by far my favorite. The 85' head doesn't feel as small as it sounds, and
the fact that it is headlight means that it doesn't seem heavy for the most part. It is fast at the net and easy to flick shots around. I
struggled with the new technologies, finding them too powerful for my long swing. This one lets me hit through the ball with
confidence, and I still have control and confidence to hit the ball without fear of it going long. If you are even considering playing
with this, then I would say go for it! You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
Comments: These are one of the best racquets, if not the best, racquet of all time.
Comments: Great racquet! This model cannot be beaten! Sharp, precise groundstrokes. The perfect classic old
Comments: This is one great racquet, maybe the best of all time. You can play a modern style or old school power
tennis. Super control and put away power. One of the best volley sticks to touch a tennis ball in history. No new technology can
touch this gem. I have tried many newer frames and they are all good, but with a good player this is a weapon. Can you tell I like
this ProStaff 6.0. Try one.
Comments: I played with the PS 85 from '84 through the mid-nineties. I usually played with a good deal of lead
tape at 3:00 and 9:00. I went years without worrying about holding serve, except against much better players. Then I switched
because I felt I no longer had the power needed against the newer frames. People were just blocking back serves that used to
rattle their racquets. Since then I have been searching for a racquet exactly the same as, but with more power than, the 85. My
current racquets are as close as I've come; the Volkl PB10 Mids, with a bit of lead at 9, 12, and 3. This week, I tried both the
current Tour 90 and the old 85. If the current 6.1 Tour 90 BLX had been out when I bought the Volkls, I probably would have
bought it instead. It has a bit better control and a little less pop, but not enough difference to make me replace the Volkls now.
But the old 85 just feels right. I've played with all the famous frames from Kramer Autographs, MaxPlay Fortes, T2000s, Head
Master, Vilas wood, Head Radicals, all the way up to the current Babolats and Heads. Dozens of shapes, sizes, materials and
strings. While I think the extra power and forgiveness of the current racquets makes them the logical choice if winning = money.
No experience has ever felt more like tennis heaven than a backhand slicing right down the sideline (exactly where I wanted it), or
a drop-shot pick up landing 8 inches from the net in the opposite corner - from the good old 85. To me, it is without a doubt the
greatest frame ever made for its buttery feel, response to customization, and absolute obedience to your commands. If there was
an IROC for Tennis, it should be played with PS 85s! So now that my opponents are once again blocking back some of my best
serves, I need to decide if I want to live with those few extra shanks and few extra returns that may lose a match, in return for the
sweet sensation of perfect placement when I do everything right. Happy choice!
Comments: I currently own 7 of them. One from the 90's with a white butt cap and the other 6 ordered lately from
TW. I admit that I am addicted to the feel on this 85. It serves well, hits like rocket from either backhand or forehand. I've sold all
my other racquets and never have an eye on technology-oriented racquets. Thank you for bring the 85 back!
Comments: I found this racquet difficult to play with. I'm a 5.0 player currently using a Volkl C10, and play with a
lot of topspin off both sides. It really excelled on the backhand slices, but outside of that I found it too demanding for my game.
Perhaps if I hit the ball flatter I would have felt more confidence in my ability to use this racquet. Great racquet, just not for
everybody. I found it difficult to get any depth when trying to hit with heavy spin from the baseline. From the serve and net it
performed adequately, but it didn't blow me away.
Comments: Let's just put it this way, before I bought this racquet in November, I had lost six matches in a row.
Since the purchase, I have won 5 in a row and have only lost 2 sets. The ball now goes where I want it to go, and I have never had
a racquet place balls so amazingly on the lines like it does, time and time again. Even mis-hits come across like knuckleballesque
winners! Simply put, a perfectly made frame and highly recommended for improving your game. And while it's a personal thing,
60 pounds seems to be the tension for great control. Apply your own power with proper swing mechanics!
Comments: Yep, I am a believer. The Pro Staff 6.0 85 is my weapon of choice. Recently I had a little tennis elbow
so I demo'ed the IG Radical Pro, AeroPro Drive, Blade, and a couple others, thinking a new racquet would solve all my problems.
But instead I relized if it isn't broke, you do not have to fix it, just perfect it. So, I do a few more push ups, crunches and jumping
rope. My arm feels better swinging my old school stick. Consistently moving feet to get into position, this racquet makes me keep
my technique. I string my 85 at 45 lbs mains with 16 gauge Unifibre natural gut and 53 lbs crosses with 18 gauge Kirshbaum Pro
Line 2. None compare to the Pro Staff 85 as far as feel, effortless plowthrough and pin point accuracy.
Comments: This is some racquet! I was playing until recently with a Prince Original Graphite Mid and then with a
Head Youtek IG Prestige Mid. The PS 6.0 combines the best of these racquets; the comfort of the POG and the control of the
Prestige. The hysterical press this racquet has received (except on TW) is sheer nonsense. It seems that the norm today is topspin
addiction played with a racquet with a head the size of a satellite dish. However, where I differ with TW's reviews is that I would
actually recommend this racquet to someone learning the game. I am a part-time coach and the way I see it there is a strong
correlation between the performance of this racquet and playing textbook tennis. It is important for the future of the game that
Wilson keeps making it and TW keeps selling it.
Comments: I got this racquet for Christmas! I've yet to use it but love the appearance and find it fantastic in its
structure. I love it! It's great!
Comments: I'm a former college and satellite player killed in the 80s by rotator cuff injuries before they had good
surgery. This thing without doubt still remains the most comfortable, truest racquet ever made. If you time it right, the ball just
explodes. It forces you to prepare early and swing smoothly. It's great on serves, volleys and groundstrokes, except one handed
heavy topspin backhands (slice, flat, and mild top one handers are great). It requires you to volley returns on fast serves, and you
can't really swing, but its weight and stability makes volleyed returns penetrate anyway and with astonishing control. All that said,
I still can't see it as a match racquet for almost anybody who isn't playing several hours a day and is seriously talented to boot.
As another reviewer says below, nobody uses this even on the senior tour except Sampras, and that includes guys like Courier
played with it on tour. Nobody old or just human can handle tough shots with this thing consistently under pressure. Don't kid
yourself, practice with it and drool over it if you want, but unless you move like Federer, stay away from it in open level matches,
as it's too demanding and you'll shank two for every one you groove. The similar Federer racquet is actually much more forgiving
and even he still shanks many more shots than other top players and has trouble in the wind.
Comments: I've played with all the new models (Babolat AeroPro Drive, Wilson PS 6.1, Head Youtek IG, and Dunlop
Biomimetic F3.0). None of them compares to the Pro Staff 85. At first, I read all the discussion about how great this racquet is. I
thought to myself, "If it's on sale I'll buy one just for testing." At first, I was skeptical of the 85 square inch head. I'm thinking I
must be crazy! But after 15 minutes, the 85 square inch felt like 105 square inch on my forehand side. I kept hitting for 2 hours
nonstop just to see if this racquet would hurt my arm and you know what? It didn't! I'm a convert of this racquet. I've ordered 4
more, just in case it disappears!
Comments: Ok people here's the lowdown on the PS85...it is simply the greatest racquet ever made! Like many
players out there I have been playing with numerous racquets over the last 4-5 years trying to find the perfect one. Well, I just
ordered 2 of these to see if I can still play with them after using them for over 10 years. As soon as I started hitting with my new
PS85's, I said to myself, ''Why did I ever leave you?'' This racquet is that good. I actually ''shank'' less balls now than I did with
previous 100 sq. inch racquets because of the thin beam and I have to focus on hitting the ball. Thank you TW for the re-make of
these babies and thanks to Wilson also.
Comments: Wilson has introduced new racquets, but they not for me. This racquet has never failed me for all the
years I've played. I've tried so many other brands but I always come back to this one. My first and only love is this racquet.
Comments: Now I have been testing my Pro Staff 85 for the first time on the tennis court since I got it. I am so
pleased. I can do so much more with the ball compared to my K PS 88. Maybe the K PS has more plow through, but man the Pro
Staff 85 is so amazingly maneuverable somehow. I think I have found the ultimate racquet and I recommend this racquet for
everybody who can handle a pretty heavy stick. My serve was excellent and I was able to get so much spin with it. I play with
Kirschbaum Pro Line II with the tension at 60 pounds and that feels just awesome. Please, if you have been looking for a super-
racquet, buy this one. I am from Sweden and I ordered all the way from here and I am so pleased. I'm going to order one more
before the summer. I thought the K PS was the greatest stick until now, but man I was totally wrong. It's a great stick, but the Pro
Staff 85 is so much more fun and great.
Comments: I ordered this racquet feeling somewhat skeptical. I was mainly planning to use it for practice in order
to improve my control, but after a few weeks with this baby, I have no desire to touch another racquet. I am a 4.5 leftie with a big
serve and a one-handed backhand and, as many reviewers point out, there is just nothing like the control you get with this stick.
For me, I am able to generate more power than I did with my AeroPros because of the mass and confidence I feel with this racquet.
You can really cut through the ball and take a full swing without fear of going long all the time. If you don't feel confident in your
ability to create your own power than this is not the stick for you. However, if you tend towards shortening your swing with newer
racquets to compensate for too much trampolining and poor feel, buy this stick and you won't be disappointed. The feel and
control are just unrivaled.
Comments: I must say something about this beautiful piece of work. Just bouncing a tennis ball against the floor at
home is amazing with it. I have played with the K PS 88 for a while and when I compare the stability with the Pro Staff 85 just by
bouncing I can tell its a big difference. The 85 is incredible and tomorrow I test it on the tennis court. I am so excited.
Comments: I needed to string this VERY low (41lbs) and add 10 grams to 12 o'clock as well as replace the leather
grip to even play with this. I can see why they discontinued this stick. I play with a full western forehand grip and two handed
backhand, both of which are normally heavy topspin strokes. However, if you have classical strokes and use an eastern or
continental forehand grip with a one handed backhand this is the stick for you. But if you play a modern game of power and spin
go for a more modern 100sq inch head size such as the Juice or Babolat AeroPro.
Comments: I am a beginning/intermediate level player. I tried the other popular racquets like the Babolat Pure
Drive, Prince EXO3 Tour, etc., and felt a loss of control. I read the reviews and purchased this racquet. I strung it with the new
Luxilon 4G at 57lbs. The result was amazing control and placement. Like a chisel you can curve out each shot. The smaller head
means less trampoline effect and more control. This setup allows me to go for my full swing without worrying about overpowering
the shot. I play with a lot more confidence now and this racquet has taken my game to another level. My recommendation is to
buy this racquet and practice, practice, practice.
Comments: I normally play with the ProStaff 6.0 95, and I thought it was really great until I tried the new 85
version. It played extremly well, with awesome control, volleys were amazing, serve was right on target, and the backhand
slice was amazing. My topspin backhand was a little off because of the small stringbed but I guess I just need to practice more.
Overall, it's a great racquet and I'm really glad I purchased it.
Comments: I played with this racquet in college and I got back into tennis a few years ago after a 20 year break. In
my return I have tinkered with racquets and strings. I played with the Roddick Pure Drive when I first came back, then I switched to
the Wilson K Factor 6.1 and then finally to Dunlops. I played and owned all versions of the 200, 4D and Bio. In my search I was
always trying to reproduce the feeling of my Wilson Pro Staff Midsize from the 80's. I've been happy with the Dunlop Bio 200. I
bought the Wilson Pro Staff 85 just to see how it felt. I've played with it now for a week and I can't believe how good it feels. The
control, the touch and even the power is great. It just feels right in the hand with a great balance. When hitting there is just
enough flex and the right amount of heft. The racquet does a lot of the work for you. It doesn't give you the spin or power of a
modern 100 sq. inch stiff (Babolat type) racquet, but if you have the right mechanics this racquet is far more rewarding and your
game will find new levels of control and touch. I am going to pick up a second.
Comments: I have the K88, K90, nCode 90, and the 85 blew these 3 out of the water! It just felt...perfect! Not sure
if it was the adrenaline of picking up the tool of my heros or feeling the mass of the racquet just drive the ball right where I
wanted it, or seeing a real kick on my kick serves, but man if I didn't have the arsenal previously listed, I'd pick up 3 more,
especially at the GREAT TW price! Thanks TW for bringing this baby back!
Comments: I just bought this racquet out of curiosity, but man, this was the biggest blessing ever. What struck me
the most about this racquet when I first received it was how thin the beam was. I love the look with its thin beam, propotional look
and an absolutely beautiful, simple paint job. I think I was lucky in the sense that the racquet actually fits me perfectly. It provides
a fast heavy forehand and backhand due to the weight, and it's so fast on the volleys becuase of how head light it is. I highly
recommend at least demo'ing this racquet.
Comments: It was a nice experience shipping my PS 85 from Tennis Warehouse USA to Australia (went
very smoothly). I have been using the Tour 90s for several years and I was worried that the 85 would be hard to use in comparison
due to other people's remarks about this racquet. However, as soon as I unwrapped my PS 85 and put it in my hand, it felt
beautiful and light. It played beautifully as well. It is so maneuverable, precise, and easy to use compared to the Tour 90s. If you
play an offensive game, hitting the ball on the rise, coming to the net, ending points quickly, hitting with relatively long swings,
and decent technique, this is the racquet for you. Whilst some people will prefer a more modern forgiving racquet, this stick is
not missing any essential new technology as some people may have you believe. It's a fun racquet to use and I believe it would
help someone improve their technique if they don't quite have it yet. Believe me, you don't have to be an old school pro to use this
racquet. In my opinion, this classical PS 85 is better than the modern Tour 90s. It has more control, is easier to use, and hits a
more penetrating shot.
Comments: This isn't a modern racquet, but it will vastly improve almost any good player's game. Practice with it
but use something else in a sanctioned match. It will teach you the two key things: preparation and relaxation. You have to be
ready almost before your opponent hits the ball, and you have to be smooth and relaxed. Then, the ball does exactly what you
want. And that crisp sound! Nothing comes close. If you're not perfectly balanced though, it's shank city. That sort of flow and
prep are simply too difficult in a 5.0 or higher match for anybody without the time to practice three hours a day. You don't even
see guys on the senior tour using this except Sampras. Enough said.
Comments: I'm a skinny, tall middle-aged guy who started playing a few years ago. I play club tennis and singles
on USTA 3.5 and 4.0 teams, with a modern SW forehand and 1HBH. I'm a very strong 3.5, weak 4.0. The Prince Original Graphite
OS has been my main racquet since I started playing a few years ago. I wanted to try something with a smaller headsize but same
classic look and feel as the POG, so I bought two of these. I love them. The sweet spot is actually bigger than on the POG despite
a headsize being 20+% smaller (thanks, TW University!). I am serving, volleying and hitting overheads much better with this
compared to the POG. I'm also more easily hitting forehands through the court with weight. The one tradeoff with the POG is
probably on blocked serve returns, on which the POG OS may be the best racquet ever made. It's a fit for me and I look forward to
adding more offensive tools to my game based on this racquet's strengths.
Comments: Boy, oh boy. I have played with just about every racquet there is. From Agassi's 107 head size Radicals,
Nadal's 100 head size Aeropro Drive for several years, Pure Storm Ltd., Ncode 95, Kfactor 95, BLX 95, everything! A few months
ago, I demo'ed 4 racquets. Nadal's, Roddick's, Fed's new stick (the Pro Staff 90), and this gem, the Pro Staff 85. Despite the small
head size, in terms of response from the stringbed and control off the strings, no other racquet even comes close. Don't be fooled
by modern sticks. Every control-oriented "player's racquet" released in the last 3 decades have been trying to emulate the Pro Staff
85. Why go for an emulation when you can get the real thing? Be warned though, you really have to know what you are doing with
this stick. It forces you to watch the ball all the way to your strings and hit it in the center, which you ought to be doing anyway,
but with modern racquets, you can get away with it and still hit a decent shot. Not with this. But the incredible control achieved
with this racquet simply can't be compared. Tilden used to say the best feeling in the world is hitting a ball in the center of the
strings and seeing it go exactly where you want it. If you are a good player, or a player interested in improving their game and
technique, give this stick a try. Don't be discouraged if you shank at the beginning. You get good with this stick, you'll never need
Comments: I'm excited to try this racquet. I have always played with the Pro Staff but am very used to the St.
Vincent models. However, they are hard to find these days. After test playing with a few Babolat's, including the brand new Pure
Drive GT this week, I concluded that I personally do not like the 100 sq in head sized sticks and I feel that they are a crutch for
today's players. The Pro Staff 85 is an amazing stick. It always has been and after trying a lot of newer sticks, I still love it. I can't
wait to try the new production of this classic.
Comments: There really isn't much one can say about the Wilson Pro Staff 85 other than it is a superb racquet.
However, I agree with one of the Tennis Warehouse reviewer's point that your string set up will have the greatest effect on your
experience with the Pro Staff 85. You don't need to radically change your string setup but, if you're used to lightweight, big heads
with 60+ lbs poly, you will want to bring the tension down 5% at first because you get significantly less power than a 95+ square
inch. The Pro Staff 85's mass is enough to put good pace on the ball without taking a huge swing though. The balance keeps you
from getting tired, and makes this stick so easy to turn, I can stand right up on top of the net against hard hitters with confidence.
Serves seem to be better but I think that's just because this racquet forces you to really focus on that ball. Topspin/slice is just as
easy with the proper string setup as it is with a 100= square inch head size racquet. In fact, since I'm playing with a little less
tension than in my old Prince O3 White, and that the pattern is more open, I find I'm getting better results with spin.
Comments: I play singles and doubles about 15 hours per week and am using this with Luxilon Big Banger in the
mains at 54 lbs, and Prince Duraflex in the crosses at 49 lbs. I am playing both serve and volley and the modern, "You gotta spin
it, to win it." style of tennis. The Pro Staff 85 is a little lighter than I'm used to and have taped it up to a swingweight of 335, (my
previous stick was a heavily customized, 100 square inch Prince O3 that weighted 13.5 ounces with a 365 swingweight). No cliche
comes to mind that describes how well this racquet is performing for me. First serve pace and accuracy are excellent and a huge
boost to my confidence. Second serve kickers down the middle are effortless and look just like they do on tv when Federer pulls
that shot out. I switched from a two-handed to a one-handed backhand after playing with this a bit and it seems like the Pro Staff
85 was designed specifically for it. If strung correctly and your technique is sound, you can coax just as much spin out of this
racquet as with any modern midplus. Where the Pro Staff 85 really shines above all however, is the volley. Think of where you want
the ball to go, and it just happens. Overall, This has to be the finest, most confidence building tennis racquet ever made and I'll be
happy passing the ones I bought down to my son when I'm too old to run around the court.
Comments: I have tried many of racquets from seniors' favorite 100+ square inch head size, tweener, player, to
even Prestige Classic 600 with the hope that those racquets would ease my game. I ended up with this Pro Staff 85 and continental
grip and look no further for a better one. I do not agree that this racquet is for muscular 4.0+ players only. All you need is not
muscle but proper techniques to get the hidden power out of this one. Yes, it is hefty but easy to swing. The head size is not
really a problem, indeed. If shank, don't blame the stick. Move your feet. If you do not play for a living, why don't you give it a try.
The learning curve is somehow steep but worth it.
Comments: Thanks for bringing this racquet back Tennis Warehouse! I've been using this racquet since it was
introduced back in the 80s and was down to my last three well worn frames. I've been on the fence about updating frames for
years and glad I didn't have to. I love the honesty of this racquet, there are no free shots and it demands I keep myself in position
and moving. I love the crisp feel, power, and control the raquet offers and know I'm a better player technically having used this
racquet for so long. There's no problem hitting heavy topspin or slice.
Comments: Ok, so I'm a racquet-aholic! I've played with most of the Prestige Mid line and
I've played with the NCode Tour 90, PS Tour 90, and the K90. The NCode and the PS being my
favorite. I've heard that this is low powered, heavy, and old school, though I was very tempted
to try it out. Well all I have to say is that this stick is amazing! Best feel ever, easy to swing,
awesome at volleys, and a great game builder. Though I am stronger than most tennis players
because I do Crossfit, most players should not be intimidated by this stick. Give it time, and
you will be handsomely rewarded! I have one, and I plan on buying at least one more!!!
Comments: I've played with this racquet for the last 15 years and it is the greatest ever!
Don't fool yourself and try to go for the latest greatest new racquets because once you
play with this you will never be able to play with anything else.
Comments: I switched to this racquet about 3 months ago. I have played tennis for about 10
years now, using mostly the Babolat Pure/AeoPro Drive racquets since I started. Switching to
this racquet has revitalized my game. I used to play a very heavy topspin counterpunching
game, which ultimately led me to chronic rotator cuff injuries. With this new racquet choice, I
have also adapted to train towards a new playing style. I still play the majority of points from
the baseline, but I am a lot more aggressive and have no problem finishing points at the net.
This racquet gave me such a solid feeling on volleys and my serve that I had never personally
experienced with other racquets. I never would've thought that I would switch to this
racquet, but it's one of the best choices I have made in this game, and I am a new player
because of it.
Comments: Wow! I love this racquet. I am a recreational player and I was worried 85 might be too small a head size
for a player of my limited abilities but, I bought it anyway, because it's a classic. I had no cause for concern. If I just keep my eye
on the ball I can unload with this baby and know the ball will stay in play. For the first half hour I played with it I thought I'd never
hit a ball out again. As others have mentioned it feels incredibly light and maneuverable for how heavy it is. I was surprised by the
lack of plow-through but the control and feel you get more than make up for it, IMO. It seems a lot livelier than the KFactor 6.1 90
and just has a good feel.. I'm 6'3" 180 lbs and I like to take a big, full swing and when you do it right with this racquet it feels so
good. It's a joy to play with, so fun.
Comments: This is the best racquet!!! I've got all the other new models but I am so glad TW has brought this
racquet back. I've ordered 6 (the limit) because I'll reorder again and get another 6. I've played with this racquet for over 20 years
and I've had so many arm problems with the new racquets. There is nothing wrong with my stroke or form. Don't look anywhere
else, and just learn to use this one and you won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't. My only regret was that they stopped making
it when I needed this the most!!!
Comments: I've always wanted to test this racquet. I bought this racquet and tested this along side my K6.1 16x18
and Kblade. This is my first time out with it. Whoever said this stick is demanding is right on the dot. Played 3 hours and 3 sets on
and off between my 3 sticks. I put lead tape at 3 and 9 o'clock. This PS85 is rock solid! Awesome feel, and not forgiving at all. I
felt my swing speed get very low. The feel and plow through is solid. Returns were easy with the mass of the stick. Compared to
the other 2 rackets, this is as stable and solid as any stick I have played with. I will continue to use this stick to improve my game.
Thanks Wilson and TW for releasing this beast again!
Comments: At first testing this racquet I did have some trouble with it, like shanking the ball. But after a week with
this racquet its probably the best racquet I've ever held!! You just have to get use to it. If you like tight tensions such as 60 or 61,
go down to like 58 lbs with a poly. It's a better feel on your arm and your strokes. This racquet is the best!
Comments: Finest stick ever built. Hands down. I played with one in HS and college and after
breaking them all (I had a temper back then) I found they were only avaiablle on Ebay at insane
prices. I've cycled though so many sticks since then and there is simply nothing better. The
only thing that would be better is a re-release of the 95.
Comments: This racquet is superb. The 85 sq inches did not bother me one single bit.
Once I got used to the swing weight, I was hitting groundstroke winners easily. My
singlehanded backhand actually improved and I am hitting much heavier balls with
Comments: Simply the best stick ever made! Its precision is unmatched, there is no other racquet on
today's market that has better feel and control. Dont get fooled by the specs, it feels lighter, gives nice kick to my
serve, just a joy to play with... Not too stiff, the headsize is just enough, on contact it feels like a dream!
Comments: Pro Staff 6.0 85 is an incredible racquet! Demoed it with
the PS Tour 90. I can't put the PS85 down. The balance and weight is
right where I like it. The PS90 feels a bit more head heavy. I
prefer hitting with the 85 better than the 90. A full swing and use
of good techniques are required as the racquet is so heavy and the
head is so small. It is a very unforgiving racquet. Beginners need
not apply. One will not be able to use this racquet using bad
technique like forearm, wrist flipping or squash techniques like one
can do with lighter racquets. It is truly a player's racquet!
PS85 hits a heavy penetrating ball with good techniques (think Pete
Sampras). It rewards the player with unmatched accuracy and feel.
Volleys feel easy and natural as the racquet can be easily maneuvered
into position because of its headlight balance. I immediately ordered one and now it is my primary racquet.
Comments: I began playing this year, and I purchased this racket thinking that I could adjust to
anything, since I am
young. It did take a little getting used to: the weight was a bit heavy, and my fingers blistered. With all that aside, I am
so glad I
have this racket because with a heavier racket I am now able to hit tha ball with more power and confidence that it will
play. I have the Pro Staff 95 version, and now I would consider purchasing the original 85 version.
Comments: PS85 is like an old friend, have tried all the new frames and all their bells and
whistles and smokescreens, this is the real deal. I always return to it, simply the best
racquet ever made, unequivocally. Not for the beginner for sure, but for those who have
used it since it's inception, sheer magic, and I am not the least bit embarrassed for all the
superlatives used in this review.
Comments: Just bought a second hand PS 85 and played like 15-20 sets. It's a great racquet! Used to
play with Wilson N-code Six-One Tour but this one is better, especially for serving and volleying. And I suspect mine
might be a St.Vincent! Weak points: quite hard to hit topspin, everything is pretty much flat. And it lacks power
compared to N-code.
Comments: I switched from the Head Prestige Mid to the Pro Staff after my freshman year in college...
After college, I became a tennis pro for Club Med Vacation resorts, and was given rackets from a variety of companies...
I always came back to the pro staff. More power on my serve, more control on my ground strokes, more spin on my
slice backhand and most importantly, more control at the net! When they brought this stick back, I bought 4 of them...
Two are strung, and the other two are sitting in my closet.
Comments: I took off the leather grip and used a tourna grip on a 4 5/8. This makes the handle feels
like 4 1/2 and
took about 0.5 oz off the racket. For me, this gives me two things: a lighter racket and a more even balance. I played
match with this last week because it was a fun match so I thought I would give this puppy a try. I am hooked. Never
thought a 4.0
like me can handle this racket. But I could do everything well except backhand slice. People say I have more spin with
this than the
EXO3 tour 16x18.
Comments: Not sure what other positive feedback I can add that hasn't already been said, but this
racquet is truly
one of a kind. Responsive, perfect balance, solid weight, and wonderful for serving. Gut mains with poly crosses in
play like a dream.
Comments: Honestly speaking, I've bought this stick, just because I love tennis and I wanted to have a
racquet at home (a piece of history). I would never think I would be able to use it. Many people complain that the
racquet is heavy
and demanding and it is true. But I realize that heavy and demanding is good. Heavy means a good plow through of the
and demanding means you have to play with good technique all the time. Because of this, I improve my technique and I
tennis as never before. And one more thing, from the first moment I picked up this racquet I instantly started using
backhand. This racquet is just build for that.
Comments: I realize the fan base for this racquet & I respect it. That said I think last years was a better
because of the plow through even though it's overly heavy. This racquet
has no plow through, the frame is a little too small for my taste and is also very heavy. I will
say if you like the feel of a mid size racquet but don't want to mess around with lead tape to
higher the swing weight so you can get the plow through you should try out the volkl power
bridge 10 mid best racquet I ever played with I have no desire to play with anything else.
Comments: New edition is more flexible to previous model. It has more comfort, but less power. I'm not
tennis player, but I can't find any way to hit winner from the back of the court. I needed to add a lot of lead tape to 3
Comments: This is the racquet for me. I am glad it's finally back. I've been playing for over 20 years. I
use to play in
the tennis circuit for about 5 years until injuries forced me to retire. This was always my racquet of choice. I am glad
is still being produced. The quality is a little off but it's better than the other new stuff. Thank you TW.
Comments: This racquet is the best. To compare with the BLX tour 90 is more precise and stiffness 62 is
there. If you watch the ball to your string bed, you can't miss and you can place the ball where ever you want. It is easy
with this frame. I put average string in it at first (MSV Focus Hex and Wilson Sensation 1.18/1.30). It was strung on
23/21 kg. This
string setup is perfect. Past 4 years I had about 40 racquets(Babolat, Wilson, Tecnifibre, Dunlop, Head, etc) and my last
the Wilson BLX tour 90. But, the Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85 is like from heaven.Actually, yesterday I bought another 5
frames. If you
are 4.5+ and you play with a one handed backhand like me, do not hesitate, and buy this heaven frame.
Comments: I think people are looking at this the wrong way (i.e., good or bad). It was the premier
racquet of its
time, and still holds up relatively well to the competition. But to compare it in terms of better or worse makes no sense.
comparing a Ferrari from the 60s to the sports cars of today. In terms of performance, the Ferrari cannot compete. Still,
love to have that Ferrari. And like this sports car analogy, you could use these sticks to make your tennis game better.
This is how
you do it: Buy a modern racquet that is somewhat similar in terms of weight, beam width, and balance. Then, practice a
the Pro Staff 85s. Your game will sharpen considerably, as there are no free rides with this stick. You must prepare
early, step in,
and hit through the ball. When you finally switch back to the modern racquet, a few weeks before a major tournament,
hitting like a champ.
Comments: I played with the Original Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85 for about 12 years and was so disappointed
stopped making it. The last few years since I have played with the Dunlop 200 and the Babolat Roddick Pure Drive and
plus some Prince frames, the Yonex that Hewitt used to use and who knows what else. Last night I played for a serious
for the first time since I got these new 85's (just used it for lessons in the days before) and after an hour or so to adjust
I was just
hitting the ball so clean. Power, spin, depth, placement, angles; it all came back. I could rip the ball when I had time,
flick it deep
from defensive positions, punish high volleys, basically hit shots that I have not been able to make consistently for
racquet always fit my game. Really I developed my game while using it. Nothing else really fits. This frame does.
Comments: Hi all, thank you Wilson and TW for bringing this AWESOME racquet back to
the world! I have passed down all my sticks to my daughter. My daughter uses this sticks for competitions and has won
national age group competitions with it than her K6 One Tour, BLX 6 One Tour (all sponsored by Wilson). Pro
Staff 6.0 85 is definitely a stick for one with good technique, timing. Physical aspect can be built. Many people has been
convince my daughter to switch racquet, saying it is not for girls, it is too heavy for her. She will get injured. But, on the
she is getting stronger with this stick.
Comments: I consider myself an accomplished tennis players who could have gone pro if desired,
however my style
didn't suit this racquet. I am old school but still couldn't gel with this racquet. Arm injury re-ignited and felt this
too much concentration just to avoid mishitting on frame. This racquet is from a past era and should be kept as a
your kids. Don't kid yourself and think you will be playing serious matches with this, unless you S&V full time. Solid as
a rock and
great for S&V, but that's about it. Suits a synthetic gut or natural gut string, don't even think of using poly strings with
unless you string them at 30lbs.However, having said all that, there is something primeval about this racquet that
brings out the
beast in me and I keep wanting to use it just to see if I can get it working.
Comments: Did I find this to be a heavy racquet? No, it feels like 10-10.5 oz; don't be fooled by the spec
strung); this is the racquet of choice for players with big serve, full and fast swing; very easy to generate huge kick
won't be disappointed if you are a hard hitting style player.
Comments: I have used the Wilson K 90 and BLX 90 prior to using this racquet, and I must say, this is
the cream of
the crop out of the three. More head light makes the racquet a lot more maneuverable than the former two. There is a
decrease in power comparatively, but the added control makes up for it. I feel as though not attempting to use this
racquet due to
the small head size might be more of a mental thing than anything else. Get that part out of your mind and it's a dream
Don't be intimidated. If I can hit the sweet spot fairly consistently as a 3.5 player, then you, more likely than not, can
racquet before this one was the Pure Drive Roddick GT Plus, (100 sq. in.) and the transition wasn't bad at all. But, I will
say that the
weight could be an issue for some. Getting pass the small head size mentally is one thing, but not physically being able
to use the
racquet due to a lack of required physical strength is another. A lot of the other reviews focus on how great the
racquet is, which
it indeed is. I guess my take-home message is don't be afraid to use it. Demo it. You never know.
Comments: I've ordered 6 of these racquets (Maximum allowed). I've given up on the newer models. I've
KFactor 90 (all models--previous to newer version) and I must tell you, I still prefer this racquet. I started having arm
and etc with the newer models. I stopped having arm problem once I switched to these racquets. I've playing with these
since Tennis Warehouse first reintroduced it this year. I guess you can say, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it!" NOTE: Please
do not put
polyester on this racquet! Please use a soft string (i.e Tecnifibre X-ONE BiPhase).
Comments: This is the best racquet in the world. Thank you, TW. I am a old school player from the '80s.
many of the originals from the St. Vincent days, but I don't want to use them, they are not easy to find and very
Also, I like to have my racquet strung at 73-75 lbs, to which most people's eyes become big and say wow! Today's
game is great
but I think itss missing and need more sever and volley, not just stay on the baseline to see who can hit the
ball the hardest. I also add the weight to the 85 to make it at 400 grams. So, at 400g and 75 lbs strung hitting the ball
baseline is hard and not so easy, but serve and come to the net and it is no problem. So for the sever and volleyer this
is the only
racquet you will need. P.S. TW please make the grommets for the Wilson 85, thank you.
Comments: This is a must buy racquet either for gaming or for collection. Do not worry about the
weight, actually it
feels lighter. If you used to play golf, then no problem for you to find the sweet spot on this smallest racquet available
current market. And you will appreciate it, the feeling is just like change from normal club to blade club.
Comments: It is a great racquet with the best buttery sweet spot feel and sound ever created. I decided
it with the KFactor Tour 90 and BLX Tour 90. The result is simply a deep appreciation for each of the racquet for what is
85 is more demanding on my elbow as I was starting to feel it creeping back. Upon switching to the Kk90, the buttery
diminished slightly but I was able to hit with less off center compare to the 85 and my elbow started to feel better. I
extra 5 sq. in. makes a lot of difference. I next juggle the 85 with the blx90 and getting similar result earlier with the
the only difference is that the k90 is more connected to ball than the blx90. In a nutshell, TWis spot on when it rated
the 85 at 80
overall point, k90 at 85 overall and the blx90 at 84 overall. Plainly stated, these TW guys/gals know their tennis
business period. This is basically my plan for the future, use the 85 for the first set, the k90 for the second set and the
the third set. If there is ever a fourth and fifth set, I would use my Wilson Hammer 4.0 110 sq/in stick. Basically the
come out much if ever. To sum up my 85 experience, I love the racquet but feel that the k90 and blx90 are far more
for me. recommend anyone thinking about the 85 to demo it before purchasing one.
Comments:About 20 years ago I bought this racquet for the first time, after 15 minutes hitting I got the
right, found the sweet spot, and holy cow!
I could hit shots and angles that I thought were impossible. Something about this frame that is truly unique. However,
it is not for
me. If I want to win a match, I don't even look at it.I don't have the physics, nor the technique, nor the tactical
intelligence to be
able to get the best out of this frame in a match. But for a nice sunday afternoon hitting, I don't know anything more
Comments: I have the Wilson BLX Tour 90, the Pro Staff 85 St Vincent, and this new reissue Pro Staff
Warehouse. These racquets play different mainly due to the flexibility, larger head size of the BLX and weight
balance points. I have changed the original leather grip that came with St Vincent and the racquet is 6 grams lighter
reissue ones and BLX. On serve, it is easier for me to generate pace with the St Vincent. The BLX flat serves slowest
three while kick serves are best with this new Pro Staff 85. On all other strokes, the reissue version is easier to
maneuver like the
BLX due to the lighter head. Because of the head size, the BLX is the most forgiving racquet. An off sweet spot feels
the BLX than with the Pro Staffs. But, who likes to have a good off centered shot, anyway? Hence I do not consider the
BLX to have
this property as an advantage. My main racquet now is the reissue Pro Staff with the St Vincent as the spare.
Comments: To compare with Wilson K Pro Staff 88, it is lighter, softer and more head
light. I will try lead tape at 3 and 9 o'clock. But at all, the best
frame in history is still the best one. Thanks Wilson for this re-
edition. I can sell my wilson K Pro Staff 88. It is too stiff for my wrist.
Comments: I got the racquet today and tested it! When I first held this racquet, it felt a little on the heavy
usually play in the rage of 11.5-11.7oz strung. Add Tourna and out I go to the courts. It took me a few games to break
strings as well as get a feel for the smaller head size. I shank more balls the first few games than I had the entire week!
the strings are set and my arms warmed up. This is one sweet racquet! When you hit it on the sweet spot, it's like no
out there. It is buttery smooth and has awesome control.
Comments: My hitting partner and I both bought one of these for kicks,
and we had a fantastic time hitting with the 85's this week. Here is a
stick that feels great, and rewards you for concentrating and executing
well-timed shots (and punishes you for trying to take shortcuts).
Blocking back heavy shots is no problem, and it's surprisingly
maneuverable for its weight. Personally I'm just not good enough of a
player to be consistent with the 85 in match play, but I can definitely
Comments: I played with the 85 in high school and recently bought one to relive the memories. I quickly
remembered why I switched frames. The frame is demanding and unforgiving. However, whenever you are on and make
great contact it rewards you. It was a short walk down memory lane.
Comments: I was too late when the first batch was re-issued, by the time I wanted to buy two rackets,
they were all
sold out. This time around, I made sure I got on the bandwagon early and got two matched and all I can say is wow! I'm
Wilson decided to re-issue this amazing stick, it is truly a legendary racquet. Pinpoint accuracy on serves, ground
strokes way too
solid and penetrating, slice backhand beyond razor sharp and volleys are just effortless. In my opinion, this is not for
but if you're 5.0 and up, this is it!
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