Babolat Pure Aero vs Wilson Blade 98

The Babolat Pure Aero and Wilson Blade 98 are two of the most popular tennis rackets sold by Babolat and Wilson.

This is due in no small part to the endorsements from top tennis pros with the Pure Aero being endorsed by Rafael Nadal, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and the 2021 US Open Women’s Singles Finalist Leylah Fernandez, while the Blade 98 is endorsed by Emma Raducanu, Simona Halep, and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Babolat Pure Aero vs Wilson Blade 98

Babolat Pure Aero vs Wilson Blade 98

For this comparison will be using the Rafa version of the Babolat Pure Aero and the V8 16×19 version of the Wilson Blade 98.

There is also an 18×20 version of the Blade 98 but there is no 18×20 version of the Pure Aero Rafa so I will only be using the 16×19 version of the Blade 98 in my comparisons below.

NB: The Rafa version of the Pure Aero has the exact same specs as the regular yellow and black Pure Aero.

Racket Specs Comparison

Racket SpecsBabolat Pure AeroWilson Blade 98
Picture:Babolat Pure Aero RafaWilson Blade 98
Head Size:100in98in
Strung Weight:318g (11.2oz)320g (11.3oz)
Balance:4 pts HL5 pts HL
TW Stiffness Rating:6761
Beam Width:23mm / 26mm / 23mm21mm
Racket Colours:Yellow, Pink, and BlackGreen and Black
String Pattern:16 Mains * 19 Crosses16 Mains * 19 Crosses
Grip:Babolat Syntec ProWilson Pro Performance

Head Size

The most obvious difference between the two rackets is their head size with the head size of the Pure Aero (100in) being two inches bigger than the Blade 98 (98in).

A bigger head size will mean the sweet spot is slightly bigger on the Pure Aero when compared with the Blade 98 but the smaller head size on the Blade 98 will mean it has better control and will be better suited to players with a one handed backhand.

Racket Length

Both of these tennis rackets have a standard 27in racket length.

Racket Strung Weight, Swing Weight, and Balance

In terms of racket strung weight, there is very little difference between the two tennis rackets with the Blade 98 (320g) being slightly heavier than the Pure Aro Rafa (318g).

However, there is a much bigger difference in terms of the racket’s swing weight with the Blade 98 (317g) having a lighter swing weight than the Pure Aero (324g).

This is mainly due to the Blade 98 (5pts HL) having a more head light balance than the Pure Aero (4pts HL).

Racket Stiffness

The Babolat Pure Aero Rafa (67) has a higher stiffness rating than the Wilson Blade 98 V8 (61).

Speaking from my own experience playing with both of these tennis rackets, the Blade 98 felt a lot more comfortable to play with so if you have had tennis elbow issues in the past, I would recommend you go with the Blade 98 over the Pure Aero.

Beam Width

As you would expect from a 98in frame, the Blade 98 has a thinner beam width than the Pure Aero so if you want more control go with the Blade 98 but if you want more power then go with the Pure Aero.


Are these tennis rackets good for beginners?

I wouldn’t recommend either of these two tennis rackets for beginners as they are both too heavy and there are much better options for beginners out there e.g. Wilson Clash 100L.

Which Racket is better for One Handed Backhand Players?

In my opinion, the Blade 98 is by far the best for one handed backhand players.

Which Tennis Racket is more Arm Friendly?

The Blade 98 has a lower stiffness rating and I found it to be the more arm friendly of the two tennis rackets.

Is the Babolat Pure Aero a Stiff Tennis Racket?

Yes, the Babolat Pure Aero is a relatively stiff racket with a stiffness rating of 67.

What Tennis Pros use the Babolat Pure Aero and Wilson Blade 98 16×19?

The Babolat Pure Aero is endorsed by the following tennis pros on the ATP and WTA Tours: Rafael Nadal, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jennifer Brady, Danielle Collins, Leylah Fernandez, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Elise Mertens, while the Wilson Blade 98 16×19 is endorsed by Jenson Brooksby, Alex de Minaur, Paula Badosa, Amanda Anisimova, Simona Halep, Emma Raducanu, and Elina Svitolina.

Are the rackets Head Light or Head Heavy?

Both the Pure Aero and Blade 98 are Head Light Rackets.

Which is the better all round racket?

If you are an all court player then I would recommend the Blade 98 but if you like playing from the baseline then I would recommend the Pure Aero Rafa.