Below is some general information on the Head Speed Pro (or “HSP”) and Wilson Pro Staff 97 (or “PS97”) tennis rackets including their brand, version, composition, and colors.
|Composition:||Graphene 360+/Graphite||Graphite braided with aramid|
|Color(s):||Black and White||Black|
Main Differences: The Speed Pro has a bigger head size (100in vs 97in), a less HL balance (6pts HL vs 7 pts HL), a more closed string pattern (18×20 vs 16×19), a slightly lighter strung weight (326g vs 332g), a heavier swing weight (326 vs 321), a lower frame stiffness rating (62 vs 66), and a thicker beam width (23mm vs 21.5mm).
|Racket Specs:||HSP||PS97||% Difference|
|Head Size (sq cm)||645||625||3.10%|
|Head Size (sq in)||100||97||3.00%|
|String Pattern||18×20||16 x 19||–|
|HL or HH1||HL||HL||–|
|Strung Balance (cm)||32.49||32||1.51%|
|Strung Balance (pts)||6||7||16.67%|
|Strung Weight (grams)||326||332||1.84%|
|Strung Weight (ounces)||11.5||11.7||1.74%|
|Unstrung Weight (grams)||310||315||1.61%|
|Unstrung Weight (ounces)||10.9||11.11||1.93%|
|Beam Width (mm)||23||21.5||6.98%|
1 Head Light or Head Heavy
Pros and Cons
Below are what I think are the main pros and cons of these two tennis rackets.
|Pros:||Good stability, control, and feel||Offers tons of control, has decent maneuverability, and is a great racket to use on slices, volleys, and drop shots.|
|Cons:||A relatively heavy frame that beginner to intermediate players will struggle to play well with||A low-powered frame that is best suited to advanced tennis players|
Head to Head
Below are my recommendations in terms of which racket is better in terms of Power, Control, Spin, and Arm Friendliness.
Below are our my recommendations for recreational players at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Pro Player Endorsements
The Pro Staff 97 is currently endorsed by Grigor Dimitrov, Ons Jabeur, Petra Kvitova, Reilly Opelka, and Roberto Bautista Agut, while the Speed Pro is endorsed by Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco.