In its third iteration, the Wilson PRO STAFF 97CV Tennis Racquet (Unstrung) receives new technology and an all black cosmetic to match the design of Federer’s RF97CV Autograph. The Pro Staff 97CV has been updated with Countervail, a special carbon fiber material that Wilson says reduces impact vibration and lessens fatigue on your arm.
The TW playtesters immediately found similarities with the previous version and enjoyed hitting serves and volleys with this racquet. They all agreed that the Pro Staff 97 Countervail Black was easy to swing, and the great spin potential made it easy to keep their shots in the court. The most noticeable change our playtesters found was the feel, which the playtesters described as more muted than the feel of previous versions.
They also experienced erratic feedback at times from the stringbed, which had a negative impact on their consistency from the baseline. Ultimately, our playtesters found the Wilson Pro Staff 97, Countervail Black, to be a more user-friendly racquet than the popular Pro Staff RF97 Autograph.