Dunlop Biometric 200 Plus Tennis Racquet Review

May 20th, 2011 by Graham Theriault

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Dunlop Biometric 200 Plus

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
- a thin beam (20 mm), attractive paint scheme, somewhat weighty racquet with slick dimples on the frame called Aeroskin, designed to reduce drag upon swinging.   Also a 100 sq inch slightly rectangular head.  At 11.5 oz it isn't overly heavy but it feels solid and meaty in your hands.  Let's put it this way, after feeling it in my hands and then reading the specs, I expected it to way more than it did.  And it's much lighter than it's brother the Biometric 200, it reports in at 11.9 oz and 95 square inches.

GROUNDSTROKES:
- Hitting with the Dunlop Biometric 200 Plus was tricky at times.  It was always solid but often felt “dead” to me.  It's response sometimes seemed numb and even sounded muffled upon hits.  Perhaps it was the unique carbon technology Dunlop is famous for and I hadn't yet gotten used to it's extreme dampening characteristics.  It took some time to reign in the power level of the 200 Plus.  It's rated low but I personally had to dial back the power.  I felt some catapulting on forehands but backhands were solid and provided good depth on flat shots and sliced with ease.

VOLLEYS:
- Volley proved very solid and stable and rated at (65) for stiffness, combined with the HM6 graphite carbon technology, both sides felt secure and dependable.  I was able to block back hard passing shots and the deceptively hefty-feel provided confidence at the net.

SERVES/RETURN OF SERVES:
- Serving took me a while to master with the Biometric 200 Plus.  I adjusted my ball-toss a little higher and allowed the 200 a little more time to come into the strike zone and was quickly hitting lasers with it.  The stiffness caressed second serve spin serves easily and with a slight adjustment of a grip was hitting kickers.  Even though the swing weight is rated relatively fast at 317, again it feels a little heavier for some reason to me but once adjusted it can serve well.
- Returns were similar feeling to the ground strokes.  On the forehand the ball tended to overshoot unless more topspin is used and  and adjustment can made for that.  On the backhand, I had no problems unleashing cross courts shots and could easily slice or block back big serves.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:
- The Dunlop Biometric 200 Plus is a solid racquet, medium powered, stable on volleys and loves extra topspin on forehands.  It has a different feel on serves (getting used to the weight/balance 4 pts HL), but once you get the hang of it, it can provide power and spin with accuracy.  Quite honestly, if you like hitting a lot of flat shots, this isn't the racquet for you.  If you love topspin shots with a rather conservatively deadened feel then check out the the 200 plus.