This article will compare the Head Prestige Pro vs Wilson Pro Staff 97 to see how they compare to each other in terms of racket specs and playability.
The Wilson Pro Staff 97 is endorsed by top tennis pros on the ATP and WTA Tours including Grigor Dimitrov, Ons Jabeur, and Petra Kvitova while the Head Prestige Pro is endorsed by Aslan Karatsev and Marin Cilic.
Both of these tennis rackets are low-powered and heavy rackets that are best used by advanced tennis players and are not suited to beginner to intermediate players.
Head Prestige Pro vs Wilson Pro Staff 97
In the below racket comparison we will be looking at the 2021 version of the Head Prestige Pro and Version 13 of the Wilson Pro Staff 97.
Racket Specs – Prestige Pro vs Pro Staff 97
|Racket Specs:||Head Prestige Pro||Wilson Pro Staff 97|
|Strung Weight:||337g (11.9oz)||332g (11.7oz)|
|Balance:||6 Pts HL||7 pts HL|
|Beam Width:||20.0 mm||21.5 mm|
|Racket Colours:||Black and Red||Black|
|Grip Type:||Head Hydrosorb Pro||Wilson Pro Performance|
Head Size and Racket Length
The Pro Staff 97 (97in) has a slightly smaller head size when compared with the Prestige Pro (98in) so you will find that the Prestige Pro will have a slightly larger sweet spot.
Both rackets have a standard 27in racket length and are not extended.
Strung Weight, Swing Weight, and Balance
Both of these tennis rackets would be considered heavy with the Prestige Pro having a strung weight of 337g (11.9oz) and the Pro Staff 97 having a strung weight of 332g (11.7oz).
The Pro Staff 97 (321g) has a lighter swing weight when compared with the Prestige Pro (325g) and this combined with its more head light balance (7pts HL vs 6pts HL) will mean the Pro Staff 97 will be more maneuverable than the Prestige Pro.
The Prestige Pro (60) has a relatively low stiffness rating for a racket of this type and when compared with the stiffness rating of the Pro Staff 97 (66).
If you want to find out more about how a racket’s stiffness rating can affect how arm friendly a tennis racket is, then check out our guide on the best tennis rackets for tennis elbow.
The Prestige Pro (20.0mm) has a thinner beam width than the Pro Staff 97 (21.5mm) so you will find that you get more control but less power from the Prestige Pro.
The Pro Staff 97 has a 16×19 string pattern while the Prestige Pro has a more control-oriented string pattern of 18×20.
A 16×19 string pattern will give you more topspin on your shots which will allow you to hit your shots harder while an 18×20 string pattern will give you more control.
For more information on string patterns, check out our guide on tennis racket string patterns.
I would only recommend these tennis rackets to advanced players who have already developed a full swing and have good technique on their ground strokes, serve, volley, etc…
In my opinion, beginner to intermediate players will only hurt their progress if they try and play with either of these two tennis rackets as they are too heavy for most recreational tennis players to play with.
Both rackets are also not very forgiving and have relatively small sweet spots so a beginner to intermediate player would be better off going for a lighter and more forgiving racket like the Wilson Pro Staff 97L or Head Boom MP.