It was just around this time last year when Solinco released two brand-new racquet lines. Known for its polyester strings, the manufacturer introduced the Blackout and Whiteout franchises to further its objective of becoming a complete tennis equipment company. Over the summer, extended length versions of those racquets arrived to expand the playability possibilities of each frame. Now, continuing its goal of suiting the needs of discerning players, come two new members of the Whiteout family.
For the uninitiated, the Whiteout is a 98 square-inch frame with a thin, constant and medium-firm beam designed for control and feel. It’s meant for players with faster swing speeds who can generate much of their own power. The first offerings housed a fairly spread 16x19 string pattern that provided a wide spin window and good pop. However, Solinco recognizes there’s a segment of players who prefer a frame with added precision that produces a more penetrating ball flight.
That’s the basis behind the new Whiteout 305 (18x20) and Whiteout 305 XTD (18x20). The tighter string pattern raises the level of command and has a lower launch angle. It’s generally not as adept at producing spin, but more capable of driving shots through the court.
The XTD model is particularly interesting, as having extra length in an 18x20 frame is something of a unicorn in the market. At 27.5 inches, it provides extra reach and leverage on shots such as serves and two-handed backhands for added power and plow through. The downside is the longer dimensions and additional swingweight generally make it trickier to maneuver.