Clarifying my thoughts on Solinco Confidential

Clarifying my thoughts on Solinco Confidential

"It's sharp, it's wirey, it's stiff - and it's doing everything that I want it to do"

With the state on lockdown and the courts closed, I had some extra time on my hands to go all out on the Solinco Confidential review video

What a relief to be done with that.

A lot of the subscribers want me to crank out more videos - and trust me I wish I could too. In reality, the Confidential episode took a full month to complete in my spare time.

Don’t get me wrong. Staying up late and getting up early to crank out a few extra hours editing was worth it, but yeah, it feels good to wrap up a project like that.

But the case wasn't closed.

If you watched the episode, you’ll know that time wasn’t on our side - and we ran out of it. Just when I was ready to wrap my head around this string, everything shuttered.

One instagrammer even commented “doesn’t sound like you were too into Confidential?”

I mean, he was partially right. I never even had a chance to get into it - to really wrap my head around it.

That’s when I realized I needed to clarify my recent findings. 

Two weeks after that final night in the video, the outdoor courts opened back up - and I’ve been able to get an additional 8 or 9 sessions on Solinco Confidential 18.

Here is what I found. 

Comfort

Make no mistake - this isn’t a comfort string, so be careful. But comfort was never an issue, either. I never got a twinge of anything in my arm. 

At about 10 hours on the string, it still feels good. 

I've pushed it to about 16 hours, a formidable number for 18 gauge, and it's probably time to call it quits.

Power

You guys know I love a powerful string, I need a little extra help in that category. The power showed its head more and more as time went on. 

And I liked it. 

I noticed balls started to get bigger, heavier, and bounce higher. 

Launch Angle

Compared to my normal setup of Tour Bite Soft - Confidential had an impressively low launch angle. 

The biggest benefit of a low launch angle in my opinion is more forward momentum of the ball - translating into better penetration through the court.

It also helped keep things more in control when getting closer to the net where I often blow a topspin forehand long because it's too loopy.

What about that notching?

In the video I was worried about the notching.

Notching causes the string bed to lock which can bring out a harshness in strings.

But even with the notching, Confidential in the thin 18 gauge is still going after 10 hours.

Control

If I made one thing clear in the video it was control. 

“It’s sharp, it’s wirey, it’s stiff - and it’s doing everything I want it to do.”

Control, without a doubt, is one of the highlight features of Confidential.

'Nuff said about that.

Spin

This 4 sided string is straight up lethal. 

"What are you playing with?", was something I heard over and over.

But it was seen and felt most on the topspin serve. I was able to really get into it and swing with no fear of it going long.

It almost felt like it couldn't go long.

Feel

Coming fresh off of Tour Bite - one of the livelier polys in Solinco’s line - it was easy to spot the more muted feel of Confidential right from the start.

No, it wasn’t close to the extreme muted feel of Poly Tour Spin G, but it had a muted profile. 

But, it was balanced.

And that’s one of the things I praise Solinco for is balance.

Their high performance poly strings like Tour Bite, Hyper-G, and now Confidential still have “Power” written on the front of the package as one of the main features - and they deliver on the promise.

What's the key to this string?

As time passed, balls started to get bigger. Jump higher, and cause more mishits for my opponent. 

I was swinging bigger, and more free.

Finally, I was starting to unlock this string - and it made me think.

After 10 episodes of The String Bar, Solinco Confidential in 18 gauge is one of the best and won't be forgotten.

The thing with Confidential, if I had to narrow it down to one thing. Is that even at the thin 18 gauge and the low tension of 43 lbs - this string still held it together beautifully.

It was confidence inspiring.

Confid-ence. Maybe that’s what they named the string after.


What do you think?

Hope to see everyone back out there, soon.

 


5 comments


  • Dave Stohs

    Hey Andy and Team,
    Just played my first set with Confidential this evening. Having used 4G soft in my last set up, this was a welcome power upgrade. I agree with the comments that describe the first few shots feeling unpredictable, but as Andy N. noted, stepping into ground strokes and getting aggressive with blocking is well rewarded with this string. I may use Hyper G next time but I am glad to be using Confidential and I do have to say that it lives up to the Power and Spin hype. My opponents really get thrown off by the shorter shots due to how this string tosses so differently between short and long shots.


  • Henry

    College player here. Solid string, but not a good as Tourbite or Hypger G in my opinion. Above all, I actually found it less predictable than both TB and HG. TB has that stiff, super-connected-to-the-ball, lively feel; HG has that muted, more controlled feel. But with those two, I feel like I know what’s going to happen. Although I usually break strings in about 1hr of play, I find that Confidential changes dramatically over time. Found myself double-faulting a little more toward that 45 minute mark (it became hard to predict). Did you ever experience this?


  • Michael

    Would you consider reviewing Volk Cyclone and Volk Cyclone Tour? 🎾


  • Vacation Rob

    Andy I hear you, I didn’t quite grasp it in my time. First hit in that video and I was like wow it has a stiffness to it, then over the next weeks I thought it had more comfort than TB. Serves were standout with this string.

    It’s not only this string, last night my normal setup TB Soft 18 that I know pretty well seemed to feel like rubber in the heat, and I couldn’t full swing without fear of launching. Only had one match on the bed and was expecting it to be firmer but it must have lost tension sitting in the bag for a week.

    Thanks for your thoughts, and hope you continue to play some great tennis!


  • Andy Nnewihe

    I am a fan of your string reviews, well done. In terms of confidential, it is an ongoing journey. The first 30 minutes, the string felt way too stiff and underpowered. It started getting better but I cut it out after a few sessions. I bought a used racquet that came prestrung with confidential. My opponent said I was getting more spin than my hyper G racquet. I still wasn’t gelling completely – the 95 degree weather didn’t help. But then I noticed it was really solid on both my first and second serve. If I was intentional about my groundstrokes and stepped into my shots, I was hitting offensive groundstrokes on shots that I’d normally just block back. It is an interesting string and time will tell if it is a keeper.


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