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 Wilson Blade 98 is endorsed by tennis pros like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Simona Halep, and Emma Raducanu, while the Wilson 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

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

Racket Specs – Blade 98 vs Pro Staff 97

Racket Specs:Wilson Blade 98Wilson Pro Staff 97
Version:V8V13
Racket: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
Racket Colours:Green and BlackBlack
String Pattern:16×1916×19
Grip Type:Wilson Pro PerformanceWilson Pro Performance

Head Size and Racket Length

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone but the Blade 98 has a head size of 98in while the Pro Staff 97 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 tennis rackets have a standard 27in racket length.

Strung Weight, Swing Weight, and Balance

The Pro Staff 97 (332g (11.7oz)) has a much higher strung weight when compared with the Blade 98 (320g (11.3oz)) so the Pro Staff 97 will feel heavier in your hand.

However, the swing weight of the Pro Staff 97 (321g) is much closer to that of the Blade 98 (317g).

This is mainly due to the Pro Staff (7 pts HL) having a more head light balance than the Blade 98 (5 pts HL).

Stiffness Rating

The Wilson Pro Staff 97 (66) is a relatively stiff tennis racket when compared to the Wilson Blade 98 (61) so the Blade 98 will definitely be the more arm friendly of the two tennis 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 Pro Staff 97 and Blade 98 have a 16×19 string pattern so they will be a good option for tennis players who like hitting lots of topspin balls from the baseline

Availability

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

Racket Recommendations

If you are a beginner to intermediate tennis player then I would not recommend that you play with either of these two tennis 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 tennis 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 Wilson Blade 98 rather than the Wilson Pro Staff 97 as I believe the lower swing weight and stiffness rating will suit a larger proportion of tennis players.