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 in its 2nd version whereas the Wilson Blade 98 is currently in its 8th version in the Blade 98 series of Rackets. The Blade 98 is endorsed by tennis pros including Alex Di Minaur, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Paula Badosa, Jelena Ostapenko and Emma Raducanu.
Comparison of the Wilson Clash 98 and Wilson Blade 98 V8
For this comparison, we will be using the 16×19 version of the Wilson Blade 98 V8 and the Wilson Clash 98 V2 which has a 16×20 string pattern.
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, and 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 maneuverable 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 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 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.
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.
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 60, the Clash 98 is the most arm friendly racket of the two.