It features the same mid-plus head size as the RF97 (97”) but is packaged in a slightly lighter weight (11.1oz/315g unstrung). Still on the heavy side to maintain that punch experienced players want to get the ball through the court, but light enough to avoid wearing out your arm if you like to play long rallies.
For v13, we’ve made modern improvements without sacrificing the Pro Staff feel players know and love. Let’s break down each tech update here:
BRAID 45: This update to the classic Pro Staff carbon/aramid fiber (commonly known as graphite/Kevlar®) braid arranges the braid fibers at all-new 45 degree angles, allowing the braid to “breathe” more upon impact. The result is an enhanced pocketing feel without sacrificing the stability essential to create the “Pro Staff feel”. Note this update to the braid is not featured in the RF97 Autograph or junior models.
STRING MAPPING: We’ve tightened up the spacing between the strings in the center of the string bed, increasing precision and feel across the racket face. We recommend Luxilon ALU Power for these frames…125mm for Pro Staff RF97and Pro Staff 97, and 115mm for the other Pro Staff models. If you prefer a hybrid string set up, go with DUO Power. If you’re in the multifilament camp, NXT 16 all the way.
ERGONOMIC END CAP: Just like our other Wilson racket franchises, Pro Staff now features our ergonomic end cap at the bottom of the handle for maximum comfort and playability. The RF97 Autograph model, however, will continue to feature the traditional end cap.