Racquet Review: Solinco Pro 8
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
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.