Expert Review: Solinco Whiteout 305 (98) Racquet
This review is my honest opinion of the tennis racquet, which I tested for one week in October of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the tennis racquet, which I tested for one week in October of 2022.
I love the design of the Solinco Whiteout 305. It feels very firm and smooth on the swing. I love the thin beam. It’s definitely geared towards an all-around player who likes to have more control in his game.
About the racquet I tested
- Model: 2022 Solinco Whiteout 305
- Grip Size: 4 ⅜ in
- String and Tension: Solinco Hyper G 53 lbs
- Head size: 98 in sq
- Racquet Length: 27 in
- Any Customizations: Luxilon Vibration Dampener
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 210lbs
- Previous Racquet Played With: Babolat Pure Aero 2019
- Experience: 23 years of tennis
- NTRP/UTR Rating: 5, 8.5
- When I tested it: October 2022
- Days tested: 1 week
- Court Surfaces: Indoor Hard Court
- Match Play/Practice Session/Both: Practice Session
- Where I’ve used it: University of Utah Tennis Facility
How it performs
What I was looking for
I’m a big fan of the Solinco string, so I wanted to see if their racquets can live up to their string which can produce easy power and spin in my game.
Why I chose to test this gear
I wanted to test the Solinco racquet since they are new in the market. The whiteout looks very clean with a minimal look—which I like.
What I love about it
- Control/Maneuverability: The design with the thinner beam helps provide some quick swing speed, aiding with the control and movement of the racquet.
- Feel: The Solinco White Out came out with some technology called the 40T Carbon on the three and six o’clock of the racquet, reducing movement in the racquet on the contact of the ball.
- Stability: Solinco also added a Foam Tech that helps reduce vibration, which provides smooth contact with the ball.
- Volley: The Volleys felt relatively smooth. I had some mishits, but once I got used to it I felt like I could finesse my shots more and hit with clean depth when I was at the net.
- Groundstrokes: The groundstrokes felt smooth. The racquet felt very well balanced, making my swing feel effortless but making it feel familiar in my hand.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Power: It has too much power in my opinion, but that could be part of the string. I felt like they sailed long on every two or three balls.
- Other: I’m not a big fan of the Hyper G with this racquet. I felt like it didn’t compliment it well; it made the racquet feel a little flat when trying to add spin to it.
- Serves: I felt like I couldn’t get much precision and direction on my shots. Most felt like they were going long or too short. Felt like a disadvantage when playing with it.
Favorite moment with this gear
I just love the feel of the racquet; it felt well balanced and the swing felt nice. I felt very confident in my hands, which I think is important in testing a racquet.
Value for the money vs. other options
It’s not a bad option, considering the retail price. It's a fairly competitive price for a new racquet. I think it’s fairly similar to the Pure Strike, which is currently going for lower. It’s also similar to the Wilson Blade, which goes for higher. Honestly, if one is open to trying a new brand of racquet, it’s not a bad option. For me, personally, I would stick with a brand I trust, like Babolat.
A great looking racquet definitely has that “make a statement” look. Visually, this racquet looks awesome. As far as playability, it's worth taking a look at. I think it can work for the right player and the right string. Though it’s not for beginners.