Racquet Review: Dunlop Biomimetic 5.0 (F Tour, M)

by: Justin diFeliciantonio February 24, 2013

Dunlop Biomimetic 5.0 (M)

MSRP: $210
Head Size: 100 sq. in.
Length: 27 in.
Weight: 11.18 oz. (F Tour) ; 10.3 oz. (M)
Balance: 4 pts. HL (F Tour) ; 1 pt. HL (M)
Beam Width: 25-25-22mm
String Pattern: 16x19
Construction: Stiff
Swingweight: 318 (F Tour) ; 305 (M)
Ideal Swing: Medium to Long
NTRP: 4.0 to 5.0 (F Tour) ; 3.5 to 4.5 (M)

The Pitch
The Dunlop Biomimetic F5.0 Tour—racquet of choice for Nicolas Almagro—and M5.0 now feature Biofibre, a plant-like material that improves stability and feel, according to the company. Like the 2.0 series, the racquets also include Aeroskin Cx, an aerodynamic surface–frame application that’s designed to reduce wind drag and thus speed up players’ swings.

How It Tested
The F Tour is a model weapon for competent players who employ aggressive styles at the baseline. Playtesters felt at home with the stick’s weight and balance, which they said provided them with plenty of pop and depth on groundstrokes. Whipping the ball into heavy, spin-laden arcs was straight forward, too, many said, given the head’s sufficient string bed area and open, 16x19 pattern. Yet, up at net, the F Tour left something to be desired: While it could stand up to hard-hit balls, net masters criticized the stick’s feedback on finesse and half volleys. (“It was hard to dig out low volleys,” said one 4.0 playtester.) All-courters and doubles mavens, then, might profit more from testing other frames. For a lighter and more evenly balanced version of the Tour, try the M5.0. Intermediate baseliners who found the former too taxing to swing liked the M’s extra maneuverability.

Bottom Line
A grinder’s deluxe, with heft (F Tour) or without it (M), for developed players with topspin-heavy styles of play.

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