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Wilson Pro Staff V14

by TN

The Wilson Pro Staff V14 racquets are here. They are not here with me literally, but available for sale. Let’s have a look!

Wilson Pro Staff V14

This is not a review of the Wilson Pro Staff V14 because I have not yet tested these racquets. But I hope to do so soon.

The big debate around the new Pro Staffs for 2023 is the design. The brown/copper tones seem polarizing when you read comments on various social media. Most Pro Staff fans seem to prefer the traditional all-black design that the V13 did so well. I think it was gutsy by Wilson to try something new as they ushered in a new era of the Pro Staff, post-Federer.

That is why there is no RF 97 V14. This makes sense because the RF97 Autograph remained the same and came in different cosmetics. On the other hand, plenty of fans of that racquet would have liked to update the cosmetic.

Instead of the Roger Federer autograph, we have a new type of PS racquet – called Pro Staff X.

You can buy the 2023 Pro Staffs at Wilson’s official website or from our friends at Tennis Warehouse, Tennis Only, and Tennis Warehouse Europe.

Tech

This is how the technology in the new Pro Staffs is described:

According to Wilson, V14 brings back that classic Pro Staff feel with Paradigm Bending, a layup technology that optimizes the flex between hoop and shaft. This racquet also has FORTYFIVE technology, which strategically aligns the graphite fibers at a 45-degree angle to increase lateral bending through impact. Like the previous generation, this racquet also has String Mapping, which combines denser spacing in the center for control with wider spacing at the margins for greater comfort outside the sweetspot.

Specs

Let’s have a look at the specs of Wilson’s flagship line. Beginning with the most popular model, the 97 sq inch, 315g.

Wilson Pro Staff 97 V14

Head Size: 97 in / 625.81 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:11.7oz / 332g
Balance: 12.6in / 32cm / 7 pts HL
Swingweight: 332
Stiffness: 66
Beam Width: 21.5mm / 21.5mm / 21.5mm
Composition: Graphite braided with aramid
Power Level: Low
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Racquet Colors: Rust
Grip Type: Wilson Pro Performance
String Pattern:

16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 50-60 pounds

Pro Staff X

This is a new 100 sq inch, more forgiving racquet in the silo. It can be interesting to compare to the Six One 100.

Head Size: 100 in / 645.16 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:11.7oz / 332g
Balance: 12.59in / 31.98cm / 7 pts HL
Swingweight: 322
Stiffness: 66
Beam Width: 21.5mm / 21.5mm / 21.5mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors: Rust
Grip Type: Wilson Pro Performance
String Pattern:

16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 50-60 pounds

Pro Staff 97L

This is the lighter option for players who still prefer the 97 sq inch head size.

Head Size: 97 in / 625.81 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:10.8oz / 306g
Balance: 13.12in / 33.32cm / 3 pts HL
Swingweight: 313
Stiffness: 68
Beam Width: 23.5mm / 23.5mm / 23.5mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors:Rust
Grip Type: Wilson Pro Performance
String Pattern:

16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 50-60 pounds

Wilson Pro Staff 97 UL

The lightest 97 sq inch head-size racquet on the market? Not sure a small head size and ultra-light racquets go together but that is another story.

Head Size: 97 in / 625.81 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:10oz / 283g
Balance: 13in / 33.02cm / 4 pts HL
Swingweight: 301
Stiffness: 67
Beam Width: 23.5mm / 23.5mm / 23.5mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors:Rust
Grip Type: Wilson Pro Performance
String Pattern:

16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 50-60 pounds

Wilson Pro Staff Six One 100

Comparing this one to the X will be interesting as they look fairly similar on paper. But the mold is different, so they will probably behave quite differently.

Head Size: 100 in / 645.16 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:11.4oz / 323g
Balance: 12.85in / 32.64cm / 5 pts HL
Swingweight: 326
Stiffness: 65
Beam Width: 22.5mm / 22.5mm / 22.5mm
Composition: Braided Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors: Rust
Grip Type: Wilson Pro Performance
String Pattern:

16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,7H,9H
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 50-60 pounds

Are you excited about the new Pro Staffs?

I don’t know Wilson’s sales numbers (obviously), but I would bet that this has been their best-selling line for quite a while (although the Blade is also hugely popular, of course). It is the Federer effect. Will it diminish now that Federer has retired? Time will tell. But the Pro Staff is a classic line offering great control and feel for the ambitious tennis player. I hope to get my hands of a few of the models from the new line to see how they play.

I will keep you posted when I do and, as always, first impressions go up on my Patreon.

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3 comments

Rob Freeman March 2, 2023 - 00:01 - 00:01

* ´Paradigm Bending´. LOL
* ´FORTYFIVE technology´. LOL
* ´String Mapping´. LOL

These tennis racquet companies are mugging-off the general public EVERY year now.
People are going to fall for this absolute BS as usual.

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Chris March 5, 2023 - 21:20 - 21:20

When is the review for the v14 coming?

Reply
TN March 6, 2023 - 10:58 - 10:58

It is already up on my Patreon. Coming soon on YouTube.

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