Wilson Clash 98 vs Babolat Pure Strike

The Wilson Clash 98 and Babolat Pure Strike are popular options for players who are looking for a better mix of power and control than you get from rackets like the Clash 100 and the Pure Drive.

In this article, I will look at the specs of both rackets to see how they compare to each other, so you can get a better idea as to which may suit your game better.

Two tennis rackets with the words "Wilson Clash 98 vs Babolat Pure Strike" between them.

Racket Specs Comparison – Clash 98 vs Pure Strike

Main Differences: The Clash 98 has a more head light balance (8 pts HL vs 4 pts HL), a slightly heavier strung weight (326g vs 323g), a lower frame stiffness rating (60 vs 66), a thicker beam width (24mm vs 21mm / 23mm / 21mm), and a less open string pattern (16 x 20 vs 18 x 20).

Similarities: Both rackets have the same head size (98in), racket length (27in), and, swing weight (327).

NB: For the below comparison I used the 16×19 version of the Pure Strike.

Racket Specs:Clash 98Pure Strike 16×19
Version:V23rd Gen
Design:Wilson Clash 98 V2Babolat Pure Strike
Head Size (sq cm):632cm632cm
Head Size (sq in):98in98in
Length (cm):68.58cm68.58cm
Length (in):27in27in
String Pattern:16 x 2016 x 19
Strung Balance (cm):31.75cm33cm
Strung Balance (pts):8 pts HL4 pts HL
Strung Weight (grams):326g323g
Strung Weight (ounces):11.5oz11.4oz
Swing Weight:327327
Unstrung Weight (grams):310g305g
Unstrung Weight (ounces):10.93oz10.8oz
Frame Stiffness:6066
Beam Width (mm):24mm21mm / 23mm / 21mm

1 Head Light or Head Heavy

Head to Head

The Clash 98 wins in terms of power and arm friendliness, while the Pure Strike 98 wins in terms of control and spin.

H2HClash 98PS 16×19
PowerWinner Grey
SpinWinner Grey
Arm FriendlinessWinner

Player Recommendations

The Clash 98 is ideal for intermediate to advanced players, while the PS 16×19 is best used by advanced players as it is less forgiving than the Clash.

Player LevelClash 98PS 16×19

Pro Player Endorsements

The Pure Strike range of tennis rackets is endorsed by Dominic Thiem, Cameron Norrie, and Alize Cornet, while the Clash 98 is not currently endorsed by any pro tennis player as it is targeted more at recreational players.

Where can you buy these rackets?

The rackets are for sale in most good online tennis shops and through the official Babolat and Wilson websites.