Racket Specs Comparison – Wilson Clash 98 vs Blade 98
Main Differences: The Blade 98 has a lower strung weight (11.3oz vs 11.5oz), a less head light balance (5 pts HL vs 8 pts HL), a lower swing weight (317 vs 327), a slightly higher stiffness rating (61 vs 60), a thinner beam width (21mm vs 24mm), and a more open string pattern (16 x 19 vs 16 x 20).
As the Clash 98 is more head light, it will also be slightly more maneuverable and the lower stiffness rating will mean that it is more arm-friendly.
The Clash 98’s thicker beam width will also help generate more power than the Blade 98 but this will be at the cost of less control.
|Wilson Clash 98
|Wilson Blade 98
|8 pts HL
|5 pts HL
|Black, Grey, and Red
|Green and Black
|16 Mains / 20 Crosses
|16 Mains / 19 Crosses
|21-26kg / 48-58lb
|String Tension Range:
|22-27kg / 50-60lb
|Check Price on Amazon
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Below is a short video summarising the differences between the two rackets.
Player Level Recommendations
The Clash 98 is best suited to intermediate to advanced players, while the Blade 98 is only suitable for advanced players as it is a low powered frame.
If you are a beginner then you probably will be better off going for a lighter racket e.g Wilson Ultra 100 V4 rather than either of these two rackets as I think they are far too heavy and unforgiving for most beginners to play with.
However, if you are a beginner who really wants to get one of these rackets then I would recommend the Clash 98 as this will give you some extra help with power and will be the more forgiving of the two frames.
I would recommend the Clash 98 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 Blade 98.
If you have a full swing and you are able to generate your own power then I would highly recommend the Blade 98 as it gives tons of control and is great on slices and serves.
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 more power and accuracy.
Players with Elbow or Arm Issues
Both rackets are good for players who have had elbow or arm issues in the past but with a frame stiffness rating of 60 and a more head light balance, the Clash 98 is definitely the more arm friendly racket.