By on December 07, 2009
We hate to see it going, but serve-and-volley tennis is becoming as rare as a WTA tour player silently bashing the ball. Alas, even Roger Federer is staying put behind the baseline to deal with today’s big returners. But we love the gun-and-run style, so if you’re the kind of advanced player who gets antsy trading shots from the backcourt, and you have the size and strength, this could be your stick of choice. Sure, you’ll need to BYOP (bring your own power) with strokes longer than Michael Phelps’, but those who meet the criteria will be rewarded with bullet first serves and touch volleys that will send your opponents scrambling desperately. And while it’s an advanced stick, it’s still comfortable to swing: Compared with last year’s 1Hundred, Dunlop has added an extra layer of carbon that acts as a shock absorber.
“You have to swing out, but you’ll see the ball actually stay in the court most of the time”; “I had to strike the ball exactly”; “Pinpoint accuracy, solid feel, great on the arm.”