Wilson Clash 98 vs Wilson Blade 98 V8

The Wilson Clash 98 and Wilson Blade 98 V8 are two of the top selling Wilson tennis rackets on the market today and are very popular amongst recreational players. This article will look at the specs of both rackets to see which racket is better and what kind of tennis players these rackets would suit.

The Wilson Clash 98 is its first version whereas the Wilson Blade 98 is currently the 8th version in the Blade 98 series of Rackets. The Blade 98 is endorsed by tennis pros including Alex Di Minaur, Simone Halep, Elina Svitolina, Paula Badosa, Jelena Ostapenko and Emma Raducanu. To the best of my knowledge, no WTA or ATP Pros currently endorse or use the Clash 98 (leave a comment below if you know of any players using or endorsing the Clash 98).

Comparison of the Wilson Clash 98 and Wilson Blade 98 V8

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be using the 16×19 version of each racket as the Wilson Clash 98 does not have an 18×20 version.

Racket Specs – Wilson Clash 98 and Wilson Blade 98 V8

In terms of specs, both rackets are very similar as both have a 98in head size, have a racket length of 27in and a 16×19 string pattern. In terms of differences between the two rackets, the Clash 98 is slightly heavier than the Blade 98 in terms of Strung Weight and Swingweight but the differences in weight are not huge so they will both feel reasonable similar to hold in your hand.

The Clash 98 is also more head light, has a lower stiffness rating and a thicker beam than the Blade 98. As the Clash 98 is more head light than the Blade 98, it will be slightly more manoeuvrable and the lower stiffness rating of the Clash 98 will mean that it is the most arm friendly. The Clash 98’s thicker beam will help generate more power than the Blade 98 but this will be at the cost of less control.

Wilson Clash 98Wilson Blade 98 Version 8
Wilson Clash 98Racket Name:Wilson Blade 98 16×19 v8
98inHead Size:98in
27inLength:27in
326g (11.5oz)Strung Weight:320g (11.3oz)
310g (10.9oz)Unstrung Weight:305g (10.8oz)
9 pts HLBalance:5 pts HL
12 pts HLUnstrung Balance:7 pts HL
326Swingweight:317
55Stiffness:61
24mmBeam Width:21mm
GraphiteComposition:Braided Graphite
Black, Grey and RedRacket Colours:Green and Black
16 Mains / 19 CrossesString Pattern:16 Mains / 19 Crosses
21-26kg / 48-58lbString Tension Range:22-27kg / 50-60lb
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Recommendations

If you are undecided which of these two rackets will best suit you, I have listed some recommendations below based on different player types.

Beginners

If you are a beginner then you probably would be better off going for the Clash 108 rather than the Clash 98 or Blade 98. However, if you really want to get one of these rackets then I would recommend the Clash 98 as this will give you some extra power than the Blade 98 and will be more forgiving of off centre hits.

Intermediate Players

I would recommend the Clash 98 if you are an intermediate tennis player (especially if you haven’t developed a full swing yet) as you won’t get much free power if you go with the Blade 98.

Advanced Players

If you have a full swing and you are able to generate your own pace on the ball then I would highly recommend the Blade 98 as it will give you increased control over your shots.

One Handed Backhand Players

Although both rackets would work well with a one handed backhand, I would have to give the edge to the Blade 98 as the additional control you get really helps you hit your one handed backhand with power and accuracy.

Players with Tennis Elbow

Both rackets are good rackets for players that have had tennis elbow issues in the past but with a stiffness rating of 55, the Clash 98 is the most arm friendly racket of the two.

Wilson Clash 98 vs Wilson Blade 98
Wilson Clash 98 vs Wilson Blade 98 V8

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