By Bill Gray and Bruce Levine on May 20, 2010
The Tour version of the 4D 2Hundred has been tweaked with a more open string pattern. It’s now 16-by-18 for added spin potential, instead of the previous closed 18-by-20 pattern preferred by flat hitters. Dunlop made the switch to accommodate American players, who, according to the brand's research, prefer this configuration 5-to-1. But what remains consistent is the Tour’s outstanding control and touch, which its core audience of high-level players demands. You don’t have to be able to take a set off a touring pro to get the most out of this stick, but you’d better be able to make him or her sweat as a sparring partner. The 2Hundred Tour requires finely tuned stroke mechanics and a long, fluid swing to provide pace. If you fit that bill, you’ll be delighted by its comfort and stability, thanks to the addition of 4D braiding, four layers of graphite braided into a single layer at the 3 and 9 o’clock and 5 and 7 o’clock positions on the frame.
Bottom Line: It’s great for accomplished baseline bashers and all-courters with an NTRP rating of at least 5.0.
The heaviest racquet in the 2Hundred series, the 2Hundred Tour is designed for advanced players who prefer the feel of a heavier frame but who also require a solid, stable, control orientated racquet. The open 16 x 18 string pattern enables players to gen