Both the Wilson Blade 100 and Blade 100L are part of Wilson’s Blade series of tennis rackets and are a good option for beginner to intermediate players who are looking for a solid racket that gives plenty of power and spin.
Both rackets have similar aesthetics and racket specs but there are some key differences that may affect your decision on which of these two rackets is best for you.
Wilson Blade 100 vs 100l Comparison
For this racket comparison, I used the V8 Versions of both the Blade 100 (or “B100”) and the Blade 100L (or “B100L”).
|Specs:||Blade 100||Blade 100l|
|Strung Weight:||316g (11.1oz)||301g (10.6oz)|
|Balance:||4 pts HL||1 pts HL|
|String Pattern:||16 x 19||16 x 19|
|String Tension Range:||22-27kg / 50-60lb||22-27kg / 50-60lb|
|Price:||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Strung Weight and Swing Weight
As you would expect, the B100L is the lighter of the two rackets in terms of strung weight (316g (11.1oz) vs 301g (10.6oz)) and swing weight (327g vs 314g).
If you are a beginner then in my opinion, the B100L will be a better option for you in terms of weight as it will be much easier to swing.
Head Size and Length
Both rackets have the exact same head size (100in) and length (27in).
Both rackets have a head-light balance with the Blade 100 (4 pts HL) being more head-light than the Blade 100L (1 pts HL).
As the Blade 100 has a heavier swing weight, there isn’t a huge difference between the two frames in terms of maneuverability.
However, I would give the B100 a slight edge over the B100L in this regard.
Both frame have the exact same stiffness rating (69) so you are not going to feel much of a difference in terms of arm friendliness.
If you are looking for an arm friendly tennis racket then you can check out our guide on the best tennis rackets for tennis elbow.
The B100 (22mm) has a slightly thinner beam width than the B100L (22.5mm) so you will get slightly more control from the B100 but slightly more power from the B100L.
Both the B100 and the B100L are low to medium powered rackets but you definitely get more help from the B100L in terms of free power.
However, both frames offer a decent amount of power as long as you have a medium to full swing.
Both tennis rackets have an open 16×19 string pattern so you will find that they are good at generating topspin so you can hit the ball higher and harder over the net with the assurance that the spin will see your balls land in.
The V8 version of these rackets has the exact same design so this won’t be a deciding factor when choosing which of these two rackets you are going to buy.
Although there isn’t a huge difference between the two rackets, I would definitely recommend the B100L for beginners and the B100 for intermediate tennis players.
Also if you are at a more advanced level, then you may be better off going with the Wilson Blade 98 as I think it is one of the best rackets for advanced players to use (especially if you hit with a one handed backhand).