By on December 07, 2009
Think of the Maxply McEnroe as three Dunlop racquets in one. It’s heavy like the 200G, has the Mid-Plus head size of the 300G, and is stiff like the 500G. These attributes give the frame a high degree of stability and power without sacrificing much control; the only issue was with the biggest hitters, who said that the stick had too much pop, often causing shots to land long. But for a stiff racquet, it has enough feel for touch volleys at net. Paying homage to its predecessor, Dunlop wrapped the handle in leather. The Maxply McEnroe is a throwback in another respect: It takes some muscle to bring through the strike zone. The heavy swing weight can make it difficult to generate racquet speed, and therefore topspin, with a Western grip. But if you drive through the ball with an Eastern forehand grip, your shots will have more sting.
You may remember the wood Maxply McEnroe, named after the game’s former enfant terrible. Mac has grown up—sort of—and he asked Dunlop to build a graphite version that’ll help him keep up with whippersnappers like Jim Courier on the senior tour.