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 while the 18×20 version of the Pure Strike is endorsed by Dominic Thiem.

Babolat Pure Strike vs Wilson Blade 98

Babolat Pure Strike 16×19 vs Wilson Blade 16×19

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

Racket Specs Comparison (16×19 Versions)

Racket Specs:Babolat Pure Strike 16×19Wilson Blade 98 16×19
Version:3rd GenerationV8
Racket:Babolat Pure StrikeWilson Blade 98 V8
Head Size:98in98in
Racket Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:323g (11.4oz)320g (11.3oz)
Swingweight:327g317g
Balance:4 pts HL5 pts HL
Stiffness:6661
Power:LowLow
Beam Width:21mm / 23mm / 21mm21mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphite
Racket Colours: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 Blade 98 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 Pure Strike 16×19.

The Blade 98 16×19 also has a slightly thinner beam width but the difference in beam width isn’t that big.

The Pure Strike 16×19 has a higher stiffness rating (66) when compared with the Blade 98 16×19 (61), with the Blade 98 being a more arm friendly tennis racket to play with.

Babolat Pure Strike 18×20 vs Wilson Blade 18×20

For our second racket comparison, we will be using the 18×20 Version of the Wilson Blade 98 V8 and the 18×20 version of the Babolat Pure Strike (3rd Generation).

Racket Specs Comparison (18×20 Versions)

Racket Specs:Babolat Pure Strike 18×20Wilson Blade 98 18×20
Version:3rd GenerationV8
Racket:Babolat Pure StrikeWilson Blade 98 V8
Head Size:98in98in
Racket Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:323g (11.4oz)323g (11.4oz)
Swingweight:334g327g
Balance:4 pts HL4 pts HL
Stiffness:6660
Power:LowLow
Beam Width:21mm / 23mm / 21mm21mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphite
Racket Colours: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 Blade 98 18×20 has a lower swing weight so it will be slightly more maneuverable than the Pure Strike 18×20.

The Blade 98 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 Blade 98 18×20 (60) having a lower stiffness rating when compared with the Pure Strike 18×20 (66).

FAQ

What tennis pros endorse the Babolat Pure Stike 16×19?

The Babolat Pure Stike 16×19 is endorsed by Cameron Norrie and Alize Cornet.

What tennis pros endorse the Babolat Pure Stike 18×20?

The Babolat Pure Stike 18×20 is endorsed by Dominic Thiem.

What tennis pros endorse the Wilson Blade 98 16×19?

The Wilson Blade 98 16×19 is endorsed by Alex de Minaur, Paula Badosa, Amanda Anisimova, Simona Halep, Jenson Brooksby, Emma Raducanu, and Elina Svitolina.

What tennis pros endorse the Wilson Blade 98 18×20?

The Wilson Blade 98 18×20 is endorsed by Aryna Sabalenka, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Pablo Carreno Busta, Madison Keys, Sebastian Korda, David Goffin, Tommy Paul, Karen Khachanov, Milos Raonic, Lorenzo Sonego, Jelena Ostapenko, and Shelby Rogers.