Racket review: Wilson Pro Staff Six.One 90 BLX
Originally published on: 19/07/12 00:00
Name: Wilson Pro Staff Six.one 90 BLX
Suitable for: (Very?) Advanced player
tennishead award: Testers’ choice, Best for feel
Head size: 90sq.in
Unstrung weight: 339g
Length: 27 inches
String pattern: 16×19
Hold off on the technical jargon – what will it do for my game?
Roger Federer's racket of choice is a fabulously sophisticated frame – just take a look at that suave leather grip – but, make no mistake, you have to be playing regularly and be of a very useful standard to get the most out of it. The 90-square-inch head and very thin 17mm beam mean you have to hit through the ball to generate power, but the control of this set-up means you can really rip your groundies without worrying about taking down the back fence. The feel is simply wonderful and there’s oodles of feedback to be had when you find the right spot – which is why you really should be good enough to consistently find the money on the rather stingy string-bed if you’re going to benefit from a racket like this. Master the ball in a manner remotely similar to the Swiss and you’ll get a great response, not least because the combination of the thin beam, braided graphite, basalt fibres and Wilson’s Amplifeel technology really do deliver. Silky soft.
Go on then, give us the technical bit
Amplifeel handle technology provides an even cleaner and enhanced feel in the racket, also allowing for a more customised approach to the individual player. BLX technology incorporates Basalt – a natural volcanic rock – into the frame in the form of fine gold fibres, each with incredible vibration resistance. These new fibres are woven longitudinally with braided graphite to create one of the most advanced composites in the industry.
This could feel beautiful in your hand or, quite frankly, horrible.
Where can I find out more?