The Wilson Blade 98 and Head Gravity Pro are both very popular with advanced recreational players as they offer a good mix of power, spin, and control.
The Blade 98 is endorsed by tennis pros like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Simona Halep, and Emma Raducanu while the Gravity Pro is endorsed by Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev.
This article will look at the specs of both rackets to see how they differ from each other.
Wilson Blade 98 vs Head Gravity Pro Comparison
For this racket comparison, we will be using the 2021 Version of the Head Gravity Pro (or “HGP”) and the Wilson Blade 98 V8 18×20 (or “B98”).
There is also a 16×19 version of the Blade 98 but this has very similar specs to the 18×20 version detailed below.
|Specs:||Gravity Pro||Blade 98|
|Strung Weight:||332g (11.7oz)||323g (11.4oz)|
|Balance Point:||6 Pts HL||4 pts HL|
|Beam Width:||20.0 mm||21.0 mm|
|Colors:||Black and Purple||Black and Green|
|Grip Type:||Hydrosorb Pro||Pro Performance|
Strung Weight and Swing Weight
The HGP is the heavier of the two tennis rackets in terms of strung and swing weight.
The weight range of these rackets means they are better suited to more advanced tennis players as they will be too heavy for most beginner to intermediate players.
Both tennis rackets have a standard racket length of 27in.
The Blade 98 has a 98in head size while the Gravity Pro has a more standard 100in head size.
A 98in head size is best if you have a one handed backhand while a 100in head size is a good option for players who hit a two handed backhand.
Like many modern tennis rackets, both rackets have a head light balance (or “HL”) with the HGP being slightly more HL than the B98.
Having an HL tennis racket will make it easier to maneuver these rackets at the net when compared with a head heavy (or “HH”) tennis racket.
Both the HGP and the B98 have relatively low stiffness ratings of 62 and 60 so both would be considered to be arm friendly rackets.
The HGP has a thinner beam width than the B98 so it definitely will be harder to generate power with the HGP when compared to the B98.
Both tennis rackets would be considered to be low powered rackets but the B98 provides a little more power than the HGP so if you think you need some help generating power on your shots then the B98 will be the better option.
Both of these rackets have an 18×20 string pattern so they will both be good at providing control on your shots.
The HGP and B98 are available to buy on most online tennis shops like Tennis Warehouse, and Tennis-Point.
I wouldn’t recommend either of these two rackets to a beginner or intermediate tennis player as they are relatively heavy rackets that are better suited to advanced players who have developed a full swing.