I feel the same about the reg Beast 98 vs the PD. I also liked the blade v7 but choose the Beast 98 as I thought it was every bit as comfortable with a little more pop.Ok. I am well-known for preaching the gospel of heavy racquets and being a tweener hater. I am a Wilson and Dunlop guy, but I have been a fan of the Prince ports for a long time because I have seen how much they help with tennis elbow. I’ve never understood the complaints about feel since the choice of string has always had a bigger impact for me.
I normally use a RF97A, but I decided to try the O3 Beast 98. All I can say is, that for me, I consider this to be an easier to use Pure Drive. It has a little less power than a PD and a little more control. The frame is very wide in the hitting zone which is perfect for topspin. The big upside is how soft the strinG bed is compared to a Pure Aero or Pure Drive. Absolutely zero arm issues. Sure it whistles a bit when you swing it. I consider that to be a good feedback indicator that my racquet head speed is where it needs to be.
It does not have the plow of my RF97A, and it does hit a spinnier but less penetrating ball. But, the stability and power for a frame in this weight class is outstanding. And, it has an advantage over my RF97A— I can accelerate this frame ridiculously easy. It’s almost too fast for the 322 SW.
I’m switching to it for the time-being. I really don’t understand why this frame wasn’t more popular. Anyone wanting a 98” PD or PA doesn’t need to look any further.