The Wilson Pro Staff 97 and Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330 are control focused rackets that are very popular with intermediate to advanced tennis players who want a tennis racket that gives them tons of control and feel on their shots.
In 2021, Yonex launched the VCORE Pro 97H 330 to replace the previous Yonex VCORE Pro 97 330 model rackets.
The 97H 330 has a slightly heavier swing weight, lower stiffness rating and a thinner beam when compared with the older 97 330 models which means that the VCORE Pro 97H 330 has more control and is more arm friendly.
The Wilson Pro Staff 97 is a lighter version of the Popular Wilson Pro Staff 97 Autograph tennis racket that is endorsed by Roger Federer.
The Wilson Pro Staff 97 Autograph is more suited to recreational players than Federer’s previous racket (Wilson Six One 90) but the RF97 still is not the easiest tennis racket to play with as it is still too heavy for the vast majority of recreational tennis players.
In terms of tennis pros endorsing these two rackets, the Wilson Pro Staff 97 is endorsed by Roberto Bautista Agut, Grigor Dimitrov, Reilly Opelka, Ons Jabeur, Petra Kvitova and Andrea Petkovic while the Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330 is endorsed by Hubert Hurkacz and Stan Wawrinka.
Table of Contents
- Comparison of the Wilson Pro Staff 97 vs Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330
- Racket Recommendations
- Final Thoughts
Comparison of the Wilson Pro Staff 97 vs Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330
For this comparison, we will be looking at the 2021 versions of both the Wilson Pro Staff 97 and the Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330.
Racket Specs – Wilson Pro Staff 97 vs Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330
In terms of rackets specs, both rackets are very similar as both have a 97in head size, have a racket length of 27in, a balance of 7pts HL and a 16×19 string pattern.
One of the biggest differences between the two rackets is the weight, with the Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330 having a strung weight that is 17g heavier than the Wilson Pro Staff 97 and a swing weight that is 16g heavier.
This extra weight of Pro 97H 330 means it is better suited to more advanced players who can generate their own power on their shots.
The Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330 has a lower stiffness rating than the Pro Staff 97 and although the Pro Staff 97 has a slightly thicker beam width, the Pro 97H 330 is the more arm friendly racket of the two rackets.
|Wilson Pro Staff 97||Racket Name:||Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330|
|332g (11.7oz)||Strung Weight:||349g (12.3oz)|
|7 pts HL||Balance:||7 pts HL|
|66 RA||Stiffness:||61 RA|
|Black and White||Racket Colours:||Black, Green and Purple|
|16 Mains * 19 Crosses||String Pattern:||16 Mains * 19 Crosses|
|23-27kg / 50-60lb||String Tension Range:||20-27kg / 45-60lb|
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If you are undecided about whether it is better to buy the Wilson Pro Staff 97 or the Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330, then I have listed some recommendations below based on different player levels and playing styles.
Which Racket is Better for Beginners
Both of these rackets are not suitable for beginners as they are way too heavy. As a beginner, you will be much better off if you buy a lighter racket such as a Wilson Clash 100 that will help you generate more power on your shots and will be more forgiving if you don’t hit the ball in the sweet spot every time.
Which Racket is Better for Intermediate Players
In my opinion, neither of these two rackets is ideal for an intermediate tennis player but if I had to pick one that was better suited, I would choose the Pro Staff 97 as I think its weight is a bit more manageable for an intermediate player to play with.
Which Racket is Better for Advanced Players
I think advanced players will love both these rackets as they offer great control and feel on your shots. Which one of these rackets you go for will probably depend on what racket weight you like to play with.
If you previously played with the Pro Staff RF97 Autograph then the Pro Staff 97 will offer a similar feel but in a lighter frame.
Which Racket is Better for All Court Players/Serve and Volleyers
Both rackets work well for this style of play but I would have to give the edge to the Pro Staff 97 as I felt it was a better tennis racket at the net.
However, the difference isn’t huge and probably had more to do with the fact that I am used to playing with Wilson Pro Staff rackets.
Which Racket is Better for Aggressive Baseliner/Counterpunchers
If you are an advanced player who can generate your own power from the baseline then the Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330 will be the best option for you as it offered slightly more control when hitting my baseline groundstrokes.
I hope you enjoyed our article comparing the Wilson Pro Staff 97 to the Yonex VCORE Pro 97H 330. You may also enjoy our article on tennis rackets similar to the RF97 or our guide to string patterns in tennis.