Offering the feel and precision players expect from the Pro Staff family, but with user-friendly maneuverability, the updated Wilson Pro Staff 97 v13 impressed our playtesters around the globe. New technologies include a Braid 45 construction for enhanced feel and stability, string mapping with a denser hitting area for a more controlled, precise response and a new ergo (slightly flared) butt cap. Covering multiple continents, we were able to get feedback from players familiar with the Pro Staff family, as well as those new to the line. Many testers noted an improved feel, with slightly more ball pocketing in the stringbed, and no one could argue with the fact that this racquet offered supreme control and pinpoint accuracy on both groundstrokes and returns. Volleys and serves garnered more mixed opinions, with some experiencing zero issues and others needing to make some adjustments. All in all, fans of the Pro Staff 97 line preferred this updated model to versions past, and newcomers were able to find notable standout features. Intermediate to advanced players who want to experience the magic of a Pro Staff should find this update a good entry point into the line.
Highlighted by a design that pays tribute to the historic Pro Staff series, the Pro Staff 97 v13 features a new Braid 45 construction that increases precision by adjusting the angle of the double braided fibers for enhanced feel and stability. Two additional upgrades to this racket include a denser string bed that improves consistency on every shot and a new end cap that is used across Wilson's other performance racket lines for improved comfort and ergonomics. Perhaps most appealing for longtime fans of the Pro Staff franchise is the presence of red and yellow pinstripes along the throat, an ode to previous designs of this iconic series through the years. The design also features a unique exposed carbon fiber weave with gloss finish above the 3 & 9 of the frame for a slick touch.