I'll have to hit with the 93 again to get an idea of the stiffness. It's been a while. But as far as the Blade 98 vs the Steam 99S, I'd have to give a slight nod to the Blade 98. The Steam 99S does feel a bit softer than the RA indicates, but I can feel the tenderness in my arm after a hit with it. It's deceptively stiff.