Perfect for those club players at home on the baseline

Racket review: Wilson Pro Staff 97LS


Originally published on 30/05/15

One of the spin-offs from Wilson's long-awaited RF97 range engineered especially for Roger Federer, the 97LS is a far more forgiving frame than the Swiss' 340g monster – but at 290g means it's no flyweight in this category.

That extra heft pays dividends in the power stakes, while the topsy-turvy 18×16 string pattern provides plenty of spin potential while still maintaining control on a good-sized sweet spot.

The pay-off for that 50g drop from the pro frame is sensation – the 97LS can feel pretty dulled at times, particularly for off-centre hits.

One of our testers made the point that a lot of frames felt this way in the past, making it a potential candidate for former players looking to get back into the game after a few years on the sidelines.


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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.