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String Review: Dunlop Silk

Sunday, July 24, 2011 /by

By Bruce Levine and Richard Pagliaro

DunlopSilk Gauge: 16g (sets and reels), 17g (sets and reels)
Price: $19.95 (sets), $259.95 (reel)
Type: Multifilament 
Composition: Pure DuPont PA66 multi-filament central core; fibers bonded with thermo elastic PU resin; super-bonded polymer outer coating.
NTRP: 2.0-7.0

Observations:

—As its name suggests, the Dunlop Silk is easy on the arm and provided ample power for playtesters of all skill levels.
—An ideal string for all-court players, serve-and-volleyers and aggressive baseliners.
—Did not offer the spin potential of polyester strings, however this is a softer string and is not designed for such use.
—A versatile, comfortable string that can be blended with polyester or used on its own.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a multifilament string that places a premium on power and comfort, the Dunlop Silk delivers in both areas. Though no multifilament string can completely replicate gut, the Silk does offer some gut-like characteristics at a lower cost. Durability is a concern: Some playtesters experienced breakage after two weeks of play, so proceed with caution. But the string is very gentle on the arm and elbow and appealed to a wide-range of playtesters, particularly all-courters who change speeds on their shots.

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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