The Yonex Ezone 98 and Babolat Pure Aero are two of the most popular rackets amongst recreational tennis players as they both offer tons of power and spin.
In this article, I will be looking at the racket specs of the Ezone 98 and the Pure Aero to see how these two rackets compare to each another.
Yonex Ezone 98 vs Babolat Pure Aero Comparison
In the comparison below I have used the 2022 version of the Ezone 98 (or “E98”) and the 2023 version of the Pure Aero (or “PA”).
|Strung Weight:||323g (11.39oz)||324g (11.43oz)|
|Unstrung Weight:||305g (10.76oz)||300g (10.58oz)|
|Swing weight:||318g (11.22oz)||322g (11.36oz)|
|Balance:||6pts HL||4pts HL|
|TW Stiffness Rating:||65||65|
|Power:||Low – Medium||Low – Medium|
|Player Level:||Intermediate – Advanced||Intermediate – Advanced|
|Beam Width:||23.5mm, 24.5mm, 19.5mm||23mm, 26mm, 23mm|
|Colors:||Blue and Black||Black and Yellow|
|String Pattern:||16 x 19||16 x 19|
|Main Skips:||8T, 8H||8T, 8H|
|Grip Type:||Yonex Synthetic Grip||Babolat Syntec Pro Grip|
The Yonex Ezone 98 (98in) has a head size that is 2 inches smaller than the Babolat Pure Aero (100in), so the Pure Aero will have a slightly smaller sweet spot and give you some more free power.
Both tennis rackets have a standard racket length of 27 inches.
The strung weight of the E98 (323g) is 1g lighter than the strung weight of the PA (324g), but the difference is very small so you won’t notice much of a difference.
Both the E98 and the PA would be considered to be heavy frames, so they are not really suitable for beginners.
The E98 has an unstrung weight of 305g, while the PA has an unstrung weight of 300g.
The E98 has a swing weight of 318g, which is 4g lighter than the PA (322g).
The E98 has a 6pts HL balance, while the PA has a 4pts HL balance, so this combined with the lower swing weight of the E98 will make it the more maneuverable of the two rackets.
Frame Stiffness Rating
Both frames have a stiffness rating of 65, which puts them in the mid-range in terms of stiffness.
Power and Control
The E98 and PA are both low-medium powered tennis rackets with the PA being the more powerful of the two tennis rackets.
In terms of control, you get more from the Ezone 98.
Both rackets are best suited to Intermediate to Advanced tennis players who have no issues generating their own power on their shots.
The E98 (23.5mm/24.5mm/19.5mm) has a thinner beam width when compared with the PA (23mm/26mm/23mm) so you will get more power from PA but more control from the E98.
Both frames have a 16 x 19 string pattern, which will help players add more spin to their shots.
The E98 has a standard Yonex Synthetic grip, while the PA has a standard Babolat Syntec Pro Grip.
Tennis Pros Endorsing these rackets
The E98 is endorsed by Jessica Pegula, Lloyd Harris, Naomi Osaka, Nick Kyrgios, and Steve Johnson, while the PA is endorsed by Rafael Nadal, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Leylah Fernandez.