This article will look at the specs of both rackets to see which is better and what kind of tennis players these rackets would suit.
The Clash 98 is in its 2nd version whereas the Blade 98 is currently in its 8th version.
Wilson Clash 98 vs Wilson Blade 98 V8
For this comparison, I will be using the 16×19 version of the Wilson Blade 98 V8 (or “WB98”) and the Wilson Clash 98 V2 (or WC98″) which has a 16×20 string pattern.
In terms of specs, both rackets are very similar as both have a 98in head size, a racket length of 27in, and a head light balance.
In terms of differences between the two rackets, the WC98 is slightly heavier than the WB98 in terms of Strung Weight (326g vs 320g) and Swing Weight (327 vs 317) but the differences in weight are not huge so they will both feel reasonably similar to swing with.
The WC98 is also more head light, has a lower stiffness rating, and has a thicker beam width than the Blade 98.
As the Clash 98 is more head light, it will also be slightly more maneuverable and the lower stiffness rating of the WC98 will mean that it is more arm-friendly.
The WC98’s thicker beam width will also help generate more power than the WB98 but this will be at the cost of less control.
|Wilson Clash 98||VS||Wilson Blade 98 16×19|
|326g (11.5oz)||Strung Weight:||320g (11.3oz)|
|8 pts HL||Balance:||5 pts HL|
|Black, Grey, and Red||Racket Colours:||Green and Black|
|16 Mains / 20 Crosses||String Pattern:||16 Mains / 19 Crosses|
|21-26kg / 48-58lb||String Tension Range:||22-27kg / 50-60lb|
|Check Price on Amazon||Price:||Check Price on Amazon|
If you are undecided about which of these two rackets will best suit you, I have listed some recommendations below based on different player types.
If you are a beginner then you probably would be better off going for the Clash 108 rather than the WC98 or WB98 as I think they are too heavy for most beginners.
However, if you really want to get one of these rackets then I would recommend the WC98 as this will give you some extra power and will be more forgiving of off center hits.
I would recommend the WC98 if you are an intermediate player (especially if you haven’t developed a full swing yet) as you won’t get much free power if you go with the WB98.
If you have a full swing and you are able to generate your own pace on the ball then I would highly recommend the WB98 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 WB98 as the additional control you get really helps you hit your one handed backhand with more power and accuracy.
Players with Elbow/Arm Issues
Both rackets are good for players that have had elbow or arm issues in the past but with a stiffness rating of 60, the WC98 is the more arm friendly racket.