By Bill Gray and Bruce Levine\ on October 25, 2010
When the Biomimetic 600 launches late this year, it will help change your perception of Dunlop, a brand associated with turning out elite frames for card-carrying 5.0-and-up players. This is a Dunlop for intermediates with medium swings who are looking for more control and maneuverability. Dunlop claims thousands of tiny nubs placed at strategic locations throughout the frame allow air to flow over the racquet, creating less aerodynamic drag, the way dimples make a golf ball travel farther than it would without them. That may be true, but we prefer the explanation offered up by one of our testers: “I can whip this thing around like a fly swatter,” she exclaimed, comparing it to her own racquet, an earlier 600 incarnation. It’s great for all-courters with low-to-high, one-handed strokes, but two-handed backhanders might feel that it lacks a little of the substance they need to rifle down-the-line winners.
Bottom Line: For players looking to improve strategic placement, but who hate heavy lifting.
The Biomimetic 600 is a new addition to the range with a 102 square inch head bridging the gap between mid and oversize specifications. Combined with a stiff powerful frame, this makes it ideal for intermediate through to advanced players.