Wilson Blade 98 vs Head Radical MP

The Wilson Blade 98 and the Head Radical MP are two of the most popular 98in head size tennis rackets sold by Wilson and Head.

The Wilson Blade 98 is endorsed by a number of different ATP/WTA tennis players including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Simona Halep, and Emma Raducanu, while the Head Radical MP is endorsed by Jannik Sinner and Bianca Andreescu.

This article will look at the racket specs of these tennis rackets so you can see how they compare to each other.

Wilson Blade 98 vs Head Radical MP

Wilson Blade 98 vs Head Radical MP

For this comparison, we will be looking at the 16×19 versions of the Wilson Blade 98 V8 and the Head Radical MP (2021).

Racket Specs

Racket Specs:Wilson Blade 98Head Radical MP
Version:V82021
Racket:Wilson Blade 98Head Radical MP 2021
Head Size:98in98in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:320g (11.3oz)318g (11.2oz)
Swingweight:317g326g
Balance:5 Pts HL4 pts HL
Stiffness:6165
Power:LowLow to Medium
Beam Width:21.0 mm20mm / 23mm / 21mm
Racket Colours:Green and BlackOrange and Silver
String Pattern:16×1916×19
Grip Type:Wilson Pro PerformanceHead Hydrosorb Pro

Head Size and Racket Length

Both the Wilson Blade 98 and the Head Radical MP have a 98in head size and a 27in racket length.

Strung Weight, Swing Weight, and Balance

The Blade 98 (320g) has a slightly heavier strung weight when compared with the Radical MP (318g) but the difference is very small.

However, the Blade 98 (317g) has a lower swing weight than the Radical MP (326g) so the Blade 98 will be more maneuverable than the Radical MP (especially at the net).

One of the reasons why the Blade 98 has a lower swing weight than the Radical MP is because the Blade 98 (5pts HL) has a more head light balance than the Radical MP (4pts HL).

Stiffness Rating

The Head Radical MP (65) has a higher stiffness rating than the Blade 98 (61) which means the Wilson Blade 98 should be the more arm friendly tennis racket.

Beam Width

The Blade 98 has a thinner beam width than the Radical MP so you should get more control from the Blade 98 but more power from the Radical MP.

String Pattern

Both the Radical MP and the Blade 98 have a 16×19 string pattern which is a good string pattern to use if you want some help adding some top spin to your shots.

Availability

As both of these tennis rackets are very popular, you will have no trouble finding them on online shops such as Tennis Warehouse, and Tennis-Point.

Racket Recommendations

I wouldn’t recommend either of these two tennis rackets to beginner tennis players as they are too heavy and have relatively small sweet spots so as a beginner you will struggle to play well with these tennis rackets.

Instead, I would recommend going with a lighter tennis racket like a Wilson Clash 100 or a Babolat Pure Drive as they are both more beginner friendly tennis rackets.

If you are at the intermediate to advanced level, then using one of these tennis rackets makes a lot more sense as at this level you should have developed a full swing and have good technique on your groundstrokes.

My recommendation for intermediate to advanced tennis players would be to go with the Wilson Blade 98 as it has a lower swing weight, a lower stiffness rating, and a more head light balance.

However, if you struggle with getting power on your shots then the Head Radical MP may be the better option for you as the Blade 98 is a low powered tennis racket.