Wilson Blade 98 vs Ultra 100

Wilson has recently released new versions of their popular Blade 98 (V8) and Ultra 100 (V4) tennis rackets.

And in this article, I will be looking at the specs of both rackets to see how these two rackets compare to each another.

Wilson Blade 98 vs Ultra 100

Wilson Blade 98 vs Ultra 100 Comparison

In the comparison below I have used the V8 version of the Wilson Blade 98 (or “B98”) and the V4 version of the Wilson Ultra 100 (or “U100”).

Racket Specs

Specs:Blade 98Ultra 100
Version:V8V4
Design:Wilson Blade 98 V8Wilson Ultra 100 V4
Head Size:98in100in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:320g318g
Unstrung Weight:305g300g
Swing Weight:317g317g
Balance:5 pts HL4 pts HL
TW Stiffness Rating:6170
Power:Low to MediumLow to Medium
Player Level:AdvancedAdvanced
Beam Width:21mm/21mm/21mm24mm/26.5mm/25mm
Colors:Green and BlackBlue and Black
String Pattern:16 x 1916 x 19
Main Skips:8T,8H8T,8H
Grip Type:Pro Performance GripPro Performance Grip

Head Size

The Wilson Blade 98 (98in) has a head size that is two inches smaller than the Wilson Ultra 100 (100in), so the Ultra 100 will have more power, a bigger sweet spot, and be more forgiving on off-center shots.

Racket Length

The B98 and U100 have a standard racket length of 27 inches.

Strung Weight

The stung weight of the B98 (320g) is 2g heavier than the strung weight of the U100 (318g), but the difference is very small.

Both the B98 and the U100 would be considered to be relatively heavy tennis rackets.

Unstrung Weight

The B98 has an unstrung weight of 305g, while the U100 has an unstrung weight of 300g.

Swing weight

Both the B98 and U100 have a swing weight of 317g.

Balance

The B98 has a 5pts HL balance, while the U100 has a 4pts HL balance, which will suit players who have a full swing and good technique.

Stiffness Rating

The B98 (61) has a much lower stiffness rating when compared with the U100 (70).

The B98 is definitely the more arm friendly of the two tennis rackets.

Power

The B98 and U100 are both Low to Medium powered tennis rackets, so they will be better suited to advanced tennis players who have developed a full swing and have good technique on their groundstrokes.

Player Level

As mentioned above, the U100 and B98 are best suited to advanced players.

Beam Width

The B98 (21mm) has a thinner beam width when compared with the U100 (24mm/26.5mm/25mm), so you will get more control from the B98 but more power from the U100.

String Pattern

Both tennis rackets have a 16 x 19 string pattern, which will help you to generate spin on your shots.

Grip Type

Both tennis rackets have a Wilson Pro Performance Grip, which is standard for most Wilson tennis rackets.