Wilson Blade 98 vs Pro Staff 97

This article will look at the Wilson Blade 98 and the Wilson Pro Staff 97 to see how these tennis rackets compare to each other.

The Blade 98 is endorsed by tennis pros like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Simona Halep, and Emma Raducanu, while the Pro Staff 97 is endorsed by Grigor Dimitrov, Ons Jabeur, and Petra Kvitova.

These rackets are also popular with recreational players, especially those who like to hit a single handed backhand.

Wilson Blade 98 vs Pro Staff 97

Wilson Blade 98 vs Pro Staff 97 Comparison

Both of these tennis rackets have many different versions but for this comparison, we will be looking at the Wilson Blade V8 16×19 (or “B98”) and the Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13 (or “PS97”).

Racket Specs

Specs:Blade 98Pro Staff 97
Version:V8V13
Design:Wilson Blade 98Wilson Pro Staff 97
Head Size:98in97in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:320g (11.3oz)332g (11.7oz)
Swingweight:317g321g
Balance:5 Pts HL7 pts HL
Stiffness:6166
Power:LowLow
Beam Width:21.0 mm21.5 mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphite
Colors:Green and BlackBlack
String Pattern:16×1916×19
Grip Type:Wilson Pro PerformanceWilson Pro Performance
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Head Size and Length

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone but the B98 has a head size of 98in while the PS97 has a head size of 97in.

Having played with 97in and 98in tennis rackets in the past, there isn’t a huge difference between the two but I have always felt like the sweet spot on 98in frames is slightly bigger than on 97in frames.

Both rackets have a standard 27in racket length.

Strung Weight, Swing Weight, and Balance

The PS97 (332g (11.7oz)) has a much higher strung weight when compared with the B98 (320g (11.3oz)) so the PS97 will feel heavier in your hand.

However, the swing weight of the PS97 (321g) is much closer to that of the B98 (317g).

This is mainly due to the PS97 (7 pts HL) having a more head light balance than the B98 (5 pts HL).

Stiffness Rating

The PS97 (66) is a relatively stiff frame when compared to the B98 (61) so the B98 will definitely be the more arm friendly of the two rackets.

Beam Width

The Blade 98 has a slightly thinner beam width than the Pro Staff 97 but the difference is very small so both have a similar amount of control and power potential.

String Pattern

Both the PS97 and B98 have a 16×19 string pattern so they will be a good option for players who like hitting lots of topspin balls from the baseline

Availability

Both of these rackets are available to buy on online shops such as Tennis Warehouse, and Tennis-Point.

Racket Recommendations

If you are a beginner to intermediate player then I would not recommend that you play with either of these two rackets as they are heavy rackets that require you to have good technique to get the most out of them.

If you are more of an advanced player who has a full swing and who can generate their own power then either of these two tennis rackets will be a good option (especially if you play with a one handed backhand.

However, I would recommend that most advanced tennis players pick the B98 rather than the PS97 as I believe the lower swing weight and stiffness rating will suit a larger proportion of tennis players.