PRO STAFF 97L
The Pro Staff 97L is designed for players looking for lighter, manageable access to the Pro Staff line. This includes those either new to the game or junior players (ages 14-16) whose muscles haven’t fully developed. The 97L features all the same, new technology as the 97, but its lighter weight (10.2oz/290g unstrung) will make it easier for these players to make contact in front of their body, and the racket’s slightly thicker frame (23mm vs 97’s 21.5mm) will provide additional power and stability as they develop their strokes.
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.