Category Archives: Solinco
As you know, Racquet Quest, LLC does not promote polyester string to most tennis players. We do, however, test any racquet string we can. This really helps us understand what happens during play and helps make a better performance selection for the player!
All of the information shown in the table is interesting but the most important data is Power Potential.
We have added three (3) Solinco strings to the Power Potential table, so take a look here
Solinco is not new to the tennis racquet business but the new offerings have some excellent features that I don’t remember on the previous ones we saw.
The two (2) racquets being reviewed are the Black Out 300XTD and White Out 305 XTD
Cleverly, one is all black and one is all white! I mention this because the graphics are minimal which I think is a very good design platform.
We will start the review with the Black Out. As you might have guessed the 300XTD is a 300-gram, 27.5-inch-long racquet having a 100-square-inch hitting area.
This racquet comes with three (3) butt caps for adding much-needed weight! Pop out the 0-gram standard and pop in a 5 or 10-gram replacement! When you pop out the butt cap you will see this is a non-filled (hollow) racquet, and, there is nothing wrong with that. You will also see that the grip pallet is a molded foam pallet, allowing for minor size and shape changes.
That is enough narrative. Take a look at the specifications below:
|Racquet Model||Solinco Black Out 300XTD|
|String||Volkl V-Star 18|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|String Bed Stiffness - RDC||42.0 Units|
|String Bed Stiffness -FlexFour||39.0 pounds|
|String Bed Stiffness - SBS||41.3 pounds|
|String Bed Stiffness - ERT||28 Kg/Cm|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||70 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||49.0|
|Racquet - In Plane Stiffness||377.4 lbs/Inch|
|Head Area, cm2||645.3|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||100.0|
|Beam Height @ Grip, mm||23.3|
|Beam Height @ Mid, mm||24.5|
|Beam Height @ Tip||23.7|
|Beam Width @ Grip, mm||16.0|
|Beam Width @ Throat, mm||15.7|
|Beam Width @ Mid, mm||11.0|
|Beam Width @ Tip, mm||12.8|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||7.70|
|Cross String Grid||10.68|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.822|
|Average Cross String Space||.562|
|Average Main String Space||.481
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||30|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||167.79|
|First Moment, Nm||.819|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||317|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||11.18|
|Swing Weight Calculated||344.3|
|Head Weight, %||46.2%|
|Center of Percussion||20.9|
|Dwell Time, ms||10.19|
|Efective Stiffness - lbs||25.0|