Babolat Pure Strike vs Wilson Blade 98

This article will look at the 16×19 and 18×20 versions of the Babolat Pure Strike and Wilson Blade 98 to see how they compare to each other.

The 16×19 version of the Blade 98 is currently endorsed by Simona Halep while the 16×19 version of the Pure Strike is endorsed by Cameron Norrie.

The 18×20 version of the Blade 98 is currently endorsed by Stefanos Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov while the 18×20 version of the Pure Strike is endorsed by Dominic Thiem.

Babolat Pure Strike vs Wilson Blade 98

Pure Strike 16×19 vs Blade 16×19

For our first racket comparison, we will be using the 16×19 Version of the Wilson Blade 98 V8 (or “B98”) and the 16×19 version of the Babolat Pure Strike (3rd Generation) (or “PS”).

Racket Specs Comparison (16×19 Versions)

Specs:PS 16×19 B98 16×19
Version:3rd GenerationV8
Racket:Babolat Pure StrikeWilson Blade 98 V8
Head Size:98in98in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:323g (11.4oz)320g (11.3oz)
Swingweight:327g317g
Balance:4 pts HL5 pts HL
Frame Stiffness:6661
Power:LowLow
Beam Width:21mm / 23mm / 21mm21mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphite
Colors:Coral and WhiteGreen and Black
String Pattern:16×1916×19
Grip Type:Babolat Syntec TeamWilson Pro Performance

Both of these tennis rackets have the exact same head size, racket length, and string pattern.

In terms of differences, as the B98 16×19 has a lower strung weight, a much lower swing weight, and a more head light balance, you will find that it is much easier to swing when compared with the PS 16×19.

The B98 16×19 also has a slightly thinner beam width but the difference in beam width isn’t that big.

The PS 16×19 has a higher stiffness rating (66) when compared with the B98 16×19 (61), with the B98 being a more arm friendly tennis racket to play with.

Pure Strike 18×20 vs Blade 18×20

For our second racket comparison, we will be using the 18×20 Version of the B98 and the 18×20 version of the B98.

Racket Specs Comparison (18×20 Versions)

Racket Specs:PS 18×20B98 18×20
Version:3rd GenerationV8
Design:Babolat Pure StrikeWilson Blade 98 V8
Head Size:98in98in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:323g (11.4oz)323g (11.4oz)
Swingweight:334g327g
Balance:4 pts HL4 pts HL
Frame Stiffness:6660
Power:LowLow
Beam Width:21mm / 23mm / 21mm21mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphite
Colors:Coral and WhiteGreen and Black
String Pattern:18×2018×20
Grip Type:Babolat Syntec TeamWilson Pro Performance

Both of these tennis rackets have the exact same head size, racket length, strung weight, string pattern, and balance.

In terms of differences, the B98 18×20 has a lower swing weight so it will be slightly more maneuverable than the PS 18×20.

The B98 18×20 also has a slightly thinner beam width but the difference isn’t huge in terms of the amount of control or power you get with both rackets.

Probably the biggest difference between the two rackets is their stiffness rating with the B98 18×20 (60) having a lower stiffness rating when compared with the PS 18×20 (66).