Racquet Review: Solinco Pro 8

by: Richard Pagliaro | March 14, 2011

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Tags: The Pro Shop

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email


Sol By Bruce Levine and Richard Pagliaro

Price: $180
Head Size: 98 square inches
Length: 27 inches
Weight: 10.6 oz.
Balance: 3 points head light
Ideal Swing: Medium to long
String Pattern: 18 mains/20 crosses
NTRP: 4.0-7.0

How It Tested: Having made its mark as a noted player in the string market, Solinco launched its Pro racquet line in the U.S. after the 2010 U.S. Open. Playtesters noted this racquet’s versatility as well as its all-around sound performance from the backcourt, frontcourt and on serve. Advanced playtesters reported crisp response emanating from the sweet spot.

Likes: Stability is a key component of this stick. With its carbon nickel-mesh technology designed to enhance strength on impact, the Pro 8 holds up to fire from the heaviest hitters without significant twisting on contact. And in an era where bold, bright colors are in vogue, the gunmetal grey frame is a distinctive cosmetic, highlighting the carbon nickel-mesh in the hoop.
Dislikes: Like a player without a major weakness but devoid of a devastating shot, this is a solid all-around racquet that satisfies, but lacks a single quality that will blow you away.

Bottom Line: A racquet suitable for baseliners or serve-and-volleyers. Weighing in at 10.6 oz. with a swing weight of 303, the Pro 8 is an ideal candidate for customization and can grow along with a player’s capacity to handle more heft.

TENNIS racquet advisor Bruce Levine is a former touring pro who has coached on both the men’s and women’s tours. Bruce is the general manager of Courtside Racquet Club in Lebanon, N.J., has worked as a full-time teaching pro for 30 years and lectures nationally on racquets and equipment.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Gear Q&A: Plus and Minus

Which is better: The standard or extended Yonex VCORE SV 98?

US Open Notebook: Gear trends we discovered at the season's final Slam

Five takeaways from discussions with the game's top manufacturers

Racquet Preview: Dunlop/Srixon CX and CZ Series

The first two releases from the new partnership