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Racquet Review: Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Plus

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 /by

D By Bruce Levine and Richard Pagliaro

Price: $210
Head Size: 100 square inches
Length: 27 inches
Weight: 11 oz.
Balance: 4 points headlight
Ideal Swing: Long
String Pattern: 18 mains/20 crosses
Beam Width: 20 mm/20 mm/20 mm
NTRP: 4.5-7.0

How It Tested: Players taking big cuts from the baseline said the 200 Plus hit for depth while providing control and comfort. Nikolay Davydenko switched to this frame after the 2010 U.S. Open, but even if you’re not blessed with his sharp strokes and sense of timing, advanced players can swing through the ball with confidence that it will stay in play. Dunlop’s Aeroskin technology is incorporated into the frame which, according to the brand, reduces aerodynamic drag and makes the racquet move faster through the air. Players with shorter swings sometimes saw shots fall short, particularly on service returns. The racquet’s maneuverability is an asset at net and on serve.  The tighter 18 x 20 string pattern and 100-square inch head size offer enhanced control. 
 
Likes: A control frame that provides ample feedback to skilled players. In the right hands, this racquet plays well from all areas of the court. Its weight enables players to combat the heaviest hitters while maintaining stability on off-center hits.
 
Dislikes: The frame is designed for players with longer swings; if your swing is short, you may feel power deficiency. Its weight caused maneuverability issues for some intermediate players, who were not as effective flicking retrieval shots when stretched out for wide balls.

Bottom Line: This is a great stick for advanced players. It’s well-balanced, stable and very responsive from all areas of the court. Offering a denser string patter than the Biomimetic 300, the frame has enough weight to bring the ball back with pace against the heaviest hitters. If you’re a 4.5 NTRP or higher, this is a racquet well worth play testing. But if you don’t have a full swing, this likely isn’t your thing.

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.

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