For 2018, Wilson adds a sleek black and white cosmetic to the Pro Staff 97 Countervail. As the lighter, faster version of Federer’s RF97 Autograph, this racquet will give you a more user-friendly entry point into the legendary feel and precision of the Pro Staff universe. To help with comfort, the Pro Staff 97 is made with Countervail, a material technology designed to reduce impact vibration and the resulting muscle fatigue. On court, this 11.7 ounce racquet 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 cosmetic 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.