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Wilson ProStaff RF97L Tennis Racquet $109.34 + $9 Shipping (RRP $300) @ Tennis Direct eBay Store

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Cheapest price ever (excluding the 40% off glitch). Sorry about previous post.

Cheaper if you buy 2-3.

My thoughts on RF97L based on my experiences:

  • Best for the average intermediate-advanced player, RF97 (regular) is too heavy for most players anyway
  • Decent for beginners although better beginner racquets exist that are lighter/easier to use
  • Good control, feels more sturdy than the weight would suggest
  • Reasonably light, lighter than my main racquet (ProStaff 90)
  • Great power for what it is
  • Would recommend avoiding a pure bed of conventional multifilament string eg NRG2, X1-Biphase, NXT because there is quite a bit of power already in the frame. Best used with monofilaments like ALU Power, co-polys like Cyclone, as a hybrid setup with a mono or with a multi+mono string like Multifeel.
  • Pretty popular in my local club -> probably a decent racquet.

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Comments

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    No string?

    • +4 votes

      No strings attached

    • +2 votes

      Correct no string

      String Tension: 50-60 pounds "This racquet comes as a frame, please contact us for stringing options"
      This racquet does not come with a racquet cover, please contact us if you would like to buy one.

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        Thankyou for providing info that most others can't be arsed to find out themselves

      • +8 votes

        Contacted the seller for stringing options and he replied that "This racquet comes strung with Wilson Syngut free of charge."

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          I got the same response from the seller too.

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          Can confirm, mine arrived with Wilson Syngut Power 16G string (white with red W logo), tension seems to be around 52-54 pounds, judging by feel. I would have preferred around 57-58, but can't complain. Feels really nice for this price. Tempted to get another as a spare.

  • +1 vote

    Which is the best racquet for beginners?

    • +3 votes

      probably start them off with a balanced racquet with 100+sqinch head size

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      I'd like to know this too, with an emphasis on best cheap racquet.

      • +2 votes

        go used racquets first if you are a beginner, look up the models (Head, Wilson, Prince) that used to be priced $170 up when they first came out since they are a personal preference..if you need to have it re strung…beginners should go for synthetic gut first….do not use polyester strings

    • +4 votes

      https://www.tennisonly.com.au/Yonex_EZONE_DR_108/descpage-YD...
      https://www.tennisonly.com.a u/Yonex_Super_Grap_Overgrip_Black/descpage-YSOG.html
      The Ezone 108 comes already strung just add on 3 overgrips for $151.90 to make it over $150 for free shipping. I recommend this racquet, used to use it myself and the Super Grap overgrip is my overgrip of choice. Get these to put over your main grip and save money over replacement base grips which are 3x the price.
      With its easy power and high level of comfort, this is a great option for beginners and intermediates.It's 108 inches which is oversize(over the normal 100in) which gives margin for error around the sweet spot. Its relatively light at 255g unstrung. It was also named at best for power by Tennis Head UK Magazine. http://www.yonexusa.com/sports/tennis/news/tennis/ezone-dr-1...

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    Looked for some squash options and seems like it's 10% off for other items from the seller

  • +6 votes

    WILSOOON!

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    Website says $121.49 after 10% discount. How did you get $109.34 + shipping?

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      Use promo code in the checkout. It's an eBay promo code.

      The seller has already discounted it by 10% over their list price so it's 10% off + further 10% off.

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    Thanks OP. Grabbed one. Was looking for second racquet that's a bit heavier than my ultra light weight Head Radical Rev. PADDLE code worked for me.

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    Terrific racquet. Recommend it highly.

    Picked one up from Rebel in September to take away on holiday. Paid about $110 in-hand after 20 per cent off their listed price and cashback.

    Note, Wilson is selling this for $149 at present from its RRP of $299 so it commonly found at $149 and below at the moment. Could be a replacement model on the way.

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      Can I know the general consensus for stringing this racquet?
      Wh a t string and what's the tension, best for this racquet?

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        String and tension are very subjective I’m afraid. If you are not sure about strings, best to go with cheap string option such as synthetic gut at around 50lbs, have a hit until you know what you want. This racquet is quite stiff, using stiffer strings such as Polyester, some may get elbow pains.

  • +1 vote

    I have a Wilson prostaff 85 for club tennis. How does this compare?

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      I'll tell you about ProStaff 90 vs ProStaff 97L. I have played with the Sampy 85 briefly, it's similar enough. I'll speak about what I really know:

      • ProStaff 97L is nowhere near as stable as ProStaff 90, it's harder to counter players packing a lot of power.
      • ProStaff 97L is easier on your stamina. It costs less to hot every shot, almost feels effortless.
      • ProStaff 97L better for flat serves, found it not as nuisanced as my ProStaff 90 for spin serves
      • ProStaff 97L is easier to generate power via swing speed, so IMHO it's better vs low power players and worse vs high power players

      If you are coming from a ProStaff 85, a regular ProStaff 97 might be less jarring but if you have injuries a ProStaff 97L might be good for you. Just remember to turn up the string tension or reconsider your string choice over your ProStaff 85.

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        Thanks for the advice. What head size is Roger Federer using these days?

        Yeah my club players don't hit the ball hard so I need to generate my own pace and with my body getting older I think 97L is a wise choice

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          Federer's progression has been ProStaff 85 -> 90 -> 97.

          If you get the regular 97 it will play more like the 85.

          I've talked to injured/older players in my club and they go for the 97L or similar racquets.

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        Addition of weight to the head with lead tape at around 9 and 3 o’clock will help a lot with stability.
        Edit this can also help with tennis elbow.

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    Very nice deal, cheers. I was looking for a Wilson for some time now.

    I also plat Squash; any recommendations there? I don't know a lot of brands for squash Racquet

  • +1 vote

    Fantastic Deal - Just a small warning though. This is a light racket and with a very high stiffness rating (70). Not the ideal combination for arm friendliness. You might want to use softer strings in this one.

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      I was going to ask about the stiffness rating, yeah 70 is getting into babolat territory! As I said above a bit of extra weight in the head can really help dampen a stiff frame. Two handed backhand players will generally have less trouble with tennis elbow than one handlers.

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    @StrayfireX - Just to clarify, your title says 'Pro Staff RF97L' the model from the ebay link notes this as 'Pro Staff 97L'. I'm not the expert on racquet models and was initially going to make a purchase but then i noticed that the RF97 series only come in 'Autograph' versions (ie Pro Staff RF97 Autograph) hence doing a bit of googling noticed that Pro Staff 97 and Pro Staff RF97 are 2 different models with differing price and performance offerings. Could you confirm the model in your title is correct?

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      This is the 2018 ProStaff 97L. Unstrung weight 290g.

      This is not the ProStaff RF97 with an unstrung weight of 330g.

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    Mine came in the mail.

    It had strings. No case.

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    This deal is still available using Coupon code PINS10.

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    Mine arrived yesterday! Thank you

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