Wilson updates the Pro Staff 97 with a more flexible feel and the same elegant design of Federer’s RF 97 Autograph. With the addition of Countervail, this racquet is designed to reduce impact vibration and the resulting muscle fatigue. As the lighter, faster version of Federer’s RF 97 Autograph, this stick will give you a more user-friendly entry point into the legendary feel and precision of the Pro Staff universe. Although the target specs remain the same, this version of the Pro Staff 97 has been meticulously reengineered with the elegant stylings and innovative paint finish that Federer chose for his RF 97. On court this 11.7 ounce stick not only offers decent stability at impact, but at 7 points head light, it whips through contact with surprising ease. The crisp feel is punctuated by exceptional vibration dampening and excellent ball feedback, two things made possible by some quintessential Pro Staff ingredients: a Braided Graphite layup coupled with a wonderfully thin 21.5mm beam. Factor in the open 16×19 string pattern and you have enough spin potential to paint the lines. At net you will find the Pro Staff 97 moves into position quickly and delivers an impressive level of stability for a sub 12 ounce racquet. Touch artists will love the feel and responsiveness on droppers. With this update Wilson keeps a good thing going. Intermediate and advanced ball strikers looking for a speedy player’s racquet with controllable power and amazing feel will not be disappointed here. The fact that Roger Federer helped with the design is a very nice bonus.