Yonex Ezone 98 vs Wilson Blade 98

The Yonex Ezone 98 and Wilson Blade 98 are good all-round tennis rackets that are popular with tennis pros as well as with recreational players.

The Ezone 98 is endorsed by the 2022 Wimbledon Singles Finalist Nick Kyrgios while the Blade 98 is endorsed by the winner of 2022 Monte Carlo Masters Stefanos Tsitsipas.

This article will look at the racket specs of both tennis rackets to see how they compare to each other.

Yonex Ezone 98 vs Wilson Blade 98

Yonex Ezone 98 vs Wilson Blade 98

For this comparison, we will be using the Yonex Ezone 98 2022 (7th gen) and the Wilson Blade 98 V8 (16×19) versions of the tennis rackets.

There is also an 18×20 version of the Blade 98 but as the Ezone 98 only has a 16×19 version, I have not included the 18×20 version of the Blade 98 in my comparisons below.

Racket Specs

Racket SpecsYonex Ezone 98Wilson Blade 98
Version:2022 (7th gen)V8
Racket:Yonex Ezone 98Wilson Blade 98 V8
Head Size:98in98in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:323g (11.4oz)320g (11.3oz)
Balance:6 pts HL5 Pts HL
Swingweight:318g317g
Stiffness:6561
Beam Width:23.5mm / 24.5mm / 19.5mm21.0 mm
Racket Colours:Blue and BlackGreen and Black
String Pattern:16 Mains * 19 Crosses16 Mains * 19 Crosses
Grip Type:Yonex Synthetic GripWilson Pro Performance

In terms of racket specs, both tennis rackets share a lot of similarities as they both have a 98in head size, a racket length of 27in, a 16×19 string pattern, and a head light balance.

They also have a similar strung weight (323g vs 320g), swing weight (318g vs 317g), and balance (6 pts HL vs 5 pts HL).

Two of the main differences between the two rackets are their stiffness rating and beam width with the Yonex Ezone 98 having a higher stiffness rating and a thicker beam width when compared with the Wilson Blade 98.

Racket Recommendations

If you are still undecided on which of these two tennis rackets to buy, I have listed some recommendations below based on different skill levels and playing styles.

Beginners

In my opinion, neither of these two tennis rackets is ideal for beginners as they are relatively heavy tennis rackets that require a full swing and good technique to get the most out of them.

If you still want to get one of these two tennis rackets, then I would recommend the Ezone 98 over the Blade 98 as it is easier to generate power with the Ezone 98 and it is slightly more forgiving on off center shots.

However, I still think a beginner would be better off going with a lighter tennis racket like the Wilson Clash 100L or the Yonex Ezone 100.

Intermediate Players

For intermediate tennis players, I would again recommend the Ezone 98 over the Blade 98 as I think the Blade 98 is too low-powered and control-oriented for the average intermediate player to get enough power on their shots.

Advanced Players

For advanced tennis players, then I think the Blade 98 will be the best option as the extra control you get is well worth it (assuming you can generate your own power).

All Court Players

If you are an all court players who like to come to the net a lot then the Wilson Blade 98 is by far the better option for you as it has great touch and feel on volleys.

Baseliners

Both tennis rackets work great from the baseline but I think the Yonex Ezone 98 is the better option as it has a thicker beam width which makes it easier to generate power from the baseline.