The Yonex Vcore Pro 97 and Wilson Blade 98 tennis rackets are two control oriented rackets that work great for players who hit a one handed backhand.
In this article, I will look at the racket specs of the Vcore Pro 97 and the Blade 98 to see how these two tennis rackets compare to each another.
Yonex Vcore Pro 97 vs Wilson Blade 98
In the comparison below I have used the 2021 version of the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 310 (or “YVP97”) and the 8th version of the Wilson Blade 98 16 x19 (or “WB98”).
Racket Specs Comparison
|Specs||Vcore Pro 97 310||Blade 98|
|Strung Weight:||326g (11.50oz)||320g (11.29oz)|
|Unstrung Weight:||310g (10.93oz)||305g (10.76oz)|
|Swing weight:||316g (11.15oz)||317g (11.18oz)|
|Balance:||7pts HL||5pts HL|
|TW Stiffness Rating:||60||61|
|Player Level:||Advanced||Intermediate to Advanced|
|Main Color(s):||Green, Black, and Purple||Green|
|String Pattern:||16 x 19||16 x 19|
|Grip Type:||Yonex Synthetic||Wilson Pro Performance|
The Vcore Pro 97 310 (97in) has a head size that is 1 inch smaller than the Blade 98 16×19 (98in), which means the Wilson Blade 98 will have a slightly bigger sweet spot but the difference isn’t going to be huge.
The YVP97 and WB98 have a standard racket length of 27 inches.
The strung weight of the YVP97 (326g) is 6g heavier than the strung weight of the WB98 (320g), with both rackets being considered relatively heavy tennis rackets to play with (especially for beginners).
The YVP97 has an unstrung weight of 310g, while the WB98 has an unstrung weight of 305g.
The YVP97 has a swing weight of 316g, which is 1g lighter than the WB98 (317g) so you will feel very little difference between the two rackets in terms of swing weight.
The YVP97 has a 7pts Head Light (HL) balance, while the WB98 has a lower head light balance of 5pts HL.
The more HL balance of the YVP97 helps it to be just as maneuverable as the WB98 at the net.
The YVP97 (60) has a slightly lower stiffness rating when compared with the WB98 (61), with both tennis rackets being arm friendly and comfortable to play with.
Power and Control
You will get slightly more power from the Blade 98 but they are both relatively low-powered frames so you will need a full and fast swing if you want to go for those winners.
Recommended Player Level
If you are a beginner to an intermediate player then I wouldn’t recommend either of these two rackets as I think you will be better off going with a racket with a bigger head size and a lower weight like the Wilson Clash 100 or the Yonex Ezone 100.
However, if you are an advanced player then you will enjoy these rackets more as they both offer tons of control and are perfect for players who hit a single handed backhand.
Both tennis rackets have a beam width of 21mm, which means you will get lots of control but very little help in terms of free power.
Both tennis rackets have a 16 x 19 string pattern which is great if you struggle to add spin to your shots.
The YVP97 comes with a Yonex Synthetic grip, while the WB98 comes with a Wilson Pro Performance Grip as standard.