This sleek stick whipped through the strike zone as smoothly as a straight razor through silk, delivering a crisp and clean response on ground strokes. It responded to power particularly well and provided plenty of spin. Explosive servers will appreciate its ability to crank authoritative first serves and create spin on the second serve. We found it easy to maneuver on volleys and overheads.
Likes: Probing players who take the ball on the rise and like to move forward should enjoy the 500 Tour, which may be the premier all-court performer in the Biomimetic family of frames. Dunlop claims the HM6 carbon in the racquet enhances feel; play testers reported exceptional feedback. The snazzy black-and-yellow frame should draw interest on its good looks alone, with its bumble bee-colored cosmetic befitting a frame with a prowess for stinging shotmaking.
Dislikes: Players with two-handed backhands may feel slightly squeezed the 500’s short shaft; it doesn’t provide a lot of space if you play with separation between your hands. This is a stiffer frame than the Biomimetic 300, 300 Tour or 200 Plus frames, which could be a concern for players who battle tennis elbow.
Bottom Line: If you own an ambitious swing and play aggressive tennis, this is a well-designed, all-court frame that delivers the power to push play forward and the precision to control rallies from the baseline.