Solinco Whiteout 18×20 Review

by Jonas Eriksson

The Whiteout impressed me in its original 16×19 version, but the string bed played a little lively. Here is my Solinco Whiteout 18×20 Review.

Solinco Whiteout 18×20 Review

The Solinco Whiteout surprised me with a great feel. The racquet was made in consultation with Roman Prokes, so I shouldn’t have been so surprised. The specs are pretty much what you expect of a 98 sq inch control racquet these days.

It is foam-filled, arm-friendly, a little muted, and offers more power than traditional control racquets, and works for a wide range of players looking for confidence on aggressive strikes. The denser string pattern of the 18×20 controls the launch angle better and gives the racquet less of a trampoline effect.

But your choice of strings is important. I first tried it with the Solinco Hyper-G Soft, which is a lively and soft polyester string. This produced a slightly more erratic response than for example, Tour Bite or Confidential would. I then tested it with the new Tecnifibre Razor Soft, and it gave me better control and an excellent feel.

Where to buy the Solinco Whiteout 18×20

You can find the 18×20 version at Tennis Warehouse, but as far as I can see there is only the 16×19 version at Tennis Warehouse Europe and Tennis Only. I haven’t checked other retailers (and I do appreciate if you purchase tennis stuff through my links as we get a small commission at no extra cost to you), but I assume it might be a US thing for now.


The stiffness of this racquet is not felt. It feels rather arm-friendly and offers a nice sensation on impact.

Head Size: 98 in / 632.26 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.4oz / 323g
Balance: 13in / 33.02cm / 4 pts HL
Swingweight: 324
Stiffness: 66
Beam Width: 21.7mm / 21.7mm / 21.7mm
Composition: 40T Carbon/Graphite
Power Level: Low
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Racquet Colors: White
Grip Type: Solinco Synthetic
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,10T,8H,10H
(Two Pieces, No Shared Holes)


The Solinco Whiteout belongs in the modern control racquet category with racquets like:

Dunlop CX 200
Wilson Blade 98
Tecnifibre TF40
Babolat Pure Strike VS
HEAD Radical MP

How does it play?

The Solinco Whiteout 18×20 is a great rival to the abovementioned racquets. For example, I think it offers a tad more power than the Blade, and it still plays with an excellent feel. The mid-60 stiffness rating can be a worry to some players, but I felt no soreness or issues at all. The foam makes the racquet well-dampened, but I didn’t find it overly muted where it is difficult to estimate the ball depth. It’s still a racquet where you need to provide the power. Not as much as in a Prestige or even Pro Staff, but it requires a good player to achieve consistent depth and spin.

The players who tested this racquet alongside me preferred it to industry bestsellers like the Blade 98 or Radical MP. The sensation when striking the ball was the thing that impressed them the most. This racquet plays somewhere between the first Tecnifibre TF40 and the second-gen.

The racquet doesn’t stand out in any one area to me, but it offers a great combination of control/power/spin/feel for players who are looking for a modern control racquet that gives them a bit more depth and power. Not quite Babolat Pure Strike style, but somewhere in between that and a Pro Staff 97.

Overall, an excellent modern control racquet that should win players over.

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Norm Weigel April 28, 2023 - 20:44

Please consider a comparison review between ReString Zero and Grapplesnake Tour M8. Thanks, Norm Weigel

Nitipalm May 10, 2023 - 05:51

What’s the difference with tf40 18m , and which is the better racket?

Tommis August 22, 2023 - 07:14

Pretty nice racquet, but the frame of mine cracked within a few hours of hitting. Using the TF40 18m now and really enjoying it.

Cam March 23, 2024 - 01:28

I in no way find this review similar to my experience with the racquet – a first for me with Tennis Nerd – were my specs off? This racquet is.a slightly less powerful and far more controlled Babolats VS with essentially the most effective slice I’ve ever had and effects I’ve never experienced before this racquet. The effects this racket can produce on the ball are second to none in my few decades of tennis experience . It’s a revolution if you play around with it. To get the effect that I prefer with this racquet took a lot of experiments – I have settled on confidential in the mains at 51pounds.and 17 gauge and an 18 gauge Hyper G at 49.pounds in the cross. This does affect the lateral control of the ball a little bit, but the trade-off is a massive string movement that creates a fantastic effect. I’ve never felt in any other racket. I have been crashing opponents I have been even with for years because I am able to comfortably change the pace and spin the ball off the court – this racquet has uncompromising feel and with the right string – it’s hard to miss. I could probably drop the cross tension even another 2 lb. My mains always break first but the truth is the playability for me is only about 4 to 6 hours before my thinner gauge cross simply loses too much tension. For players that want more hours out of their string, obviously another setup will work great, but for competitors this is not important – we want and this racket offers something. I don’t think any other racket on the market does – The string movement on these whiteouts produces something completely unique and I hope more players get to discover it – I loaned my setup to my opponent yesterday and discovered that the hard way.

E April 7, 2024 - 21:17

Awsome review thanks


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