The Wilson Blade 98 and the Head Speed MP are both very popular amongst intermediate to advanced recreational tennis players.
This article will hopefully help you to figure out which of these two tennis rackets will suit your game better.
Wilson Blade 98 vs Head Speed MP Comparison
For this racket comparison, we will be using the 2022 Version of the Head Speed MP (or “SMP”) and the V8 of the Wilson Blade 98 (or “B98”).
I have included the 16×19 version of the B98 as it is more similar to the SMP than the 18×20 version of the B98.
|Specs:||Blade 98||Speed MP|
|Strung Weight:||320g (11.3oz)||315g (11.1oz)|
|Balance:||5 Pts HL||4 pts HL|
|Power:||Low to Medium||Low to Medium|
|Beam Width:||21.0 mm||23.0 mm|
|Colors:||Green and Black||Black and White|
|Grip Type:||Wilson Pro Performance||Head Hydrosorb Pro|
Length and Head Size
The obvious difference between the two rackets is their head size with the SMP having a 100 sq in head size and the B98 having a 98 sq in head size.
Generally speaking, players with a one handed backhand tend to gravitate to rackets with a sub 100 sq in head size while players with a two handed backhand prefer a racket with at least a 100 sq head size.
In terms of racket length, both rackets are a standard 27 inches long.
The B98 (5 pts HL) is slightly more head light than the SMP (4 pts HL) so again it will favor players with a single handed backhand.
Strung Weight and Swing Weight
The two tennis rackets have a similar strung weight with the B98 (320g) being slightly heavier than the SMP (315g).
However, this is reversed when you look at the swing weight of the two rackets as the SMP (323g), feels much heavier to swing due to it having a less head light balance when compared with the B98 (317g).
However, I would definitely have to give the edge to the B98 in terms of which racket is the most comfortable to play with.
The Blade 98 has a thinner beam width than the Speed MP so you will definitely find it easier to get power with the Speed MP when compared with the Blade 98.
However, the B98 is the winner in terms of which racket has more control.
If you looking for some help from your tennis racket in terms of power then the SMP will give you more help than the B98.
Both of these tennis rackets have a 16×19 string pattern so they will be good for players who like to hit balls with lots of topspin from the baseline
I am not a big fan of the design of the V8 versions of the B98 as I much preferred the design of the V7 Blades.
In my opinion, the SMP has a nicer design and is more aesthetically pleasing.
If you are a beginner to intermediate tennis player then I would recommend that you go for the SMP over the B98 as it is easier to generate power and it has a larger sweet spot.
If you are more of an advanced tennis player who can generate their own power then the extra control you get with the B98 makes it a much better racket (especially if you use a one handed backhand).
In terms of different playing styles, the B98 will suit players with an all-court game while the SMP is best suited to players who like to play from the baseline.