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Dunlop Biometric 200 Plus Tennis Racquet Review

May 20th, 2011 by Graham Theriault

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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 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

 

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Babolat Pure Storm LTD GT Tennis Racquet Review

May 18th, 2011 by Graham Theriault

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

-  This is a beautiful player’s frame.  Right away I noticed the thin 19 mm beam, egg-shaped small head size (95 sq inches), supple leather grip and overall appealing paint job.  It felt somewhat heavy yet swinging it felt quick and responsive.

GROUNDSTROKES:

-  Upon hitting with the Pure Storm Ltd, I noticed the precision it displayed on forehand shots.  Easy access to spin yet could really perform flat shots without a hiccup.  The maneuverability  of this racquet shined on the backhand as well.  It weighs in at 11.9 oz and has a relatively quick swing weight (rated at 305) and is rated at 12 pts head-light which gives the neck of the frame a real meaty feel to it.  This racquet had exceptional plow-through characteristics and although the stiffness is…

 

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Volkl Power Bridge 10 Light Tennis Racquet Review

May 17th, 2011 by Marc Pinckney

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The Power Bridge series of racquets is Volkl’s try at recapturing the share of the ‘players’ frame market that they used to have back in the day. The flagship Power Bridge 10 has a 93 square inch head, as does this light version. The Light weighs 10.9 ounces strung compared to the 12.1 heft of the regular model. Both frames are the standard 27 inches and have the fairly full 18 mains with 20 crosses string pattern.

 

Can you say old school or almost old school? This frame is fairly stiff and for sure reminds one of the old 90-95 square head racquets made by Prince and Wilson and Volkl before the materials became super light. Remember the old Volkl Tour 10 models and the Pro Staff 85 used by Pete Sampras? This racquet feels the same way when you start to hit with it. It has nice heft and balance and it is relatively easy to accelerate the racquet quickly on ground strokes and serves. Warming up and even

 

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Dunlop Biomimetic 300 Tour Tennis Racquet Review

May 17th, 2011 by Matt Copland

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My first experience with this racquet was playing a competitive set. It is a little lighter than the racquet I am accustomed to playing with at 11.3 oz. The head size is 97in2, right in my comfort zone. I like racquets in the mid plus range because they still allow you to maintain control over the ball even with off-center hits. When I started out I felt I had control over the ball right away, but as soon as I wanted to do a little extra with the ball there was no response. The racquet felt dead with a very small sweet spot. If it were just slightly heavier it would improve the feel of stability and allow you to hit out at the ball a little harder.


Yet overall, the more I played with the racquet the more comfortable I became with it. If you’re satisfied with keeping your swing to a sensible level and you work hard on getting into the right position every time, this racquet will work for you. It is fun to

 

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Dunlop Aerogel 4D 100 Tennis Racquet Review

May 15th, 2011 by Marc Pinckney

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This racquet should come with a warning tag. Something along the lines of “objects may be closer than they appear in the mirror” and/or “car is driven by a professional driver on a closed track-please do not try this at home in your living room”. Ya, I realize that last one is a little of a mix. But here is the deal. For a true 5.0 + player, with long swings and good fitness, and no history of arm problems, this racquet, if properly set up, may be an excellent choice. I can hear my 11th grade English teacher yelling at me about my use of commas here, but everything I have to say about this racquet is qualified.

When you pick this racquet up you can tell that it is serious equipment. It has a 90 square inch head, is the standard 27 inches long and weighs 11.6 ounces strung. It has a nice subdued cosmetic appearance, with…

 

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Babolat Aero Storm GT Tennis Racquet Review

May 15th, 2011 by Greg C

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I picked up the new Babolat Aero Storm GT racquet the other day from DO IT TENNIS and headed for the Courts to mix it up a little in some doubles play.

The first thing I noticed was that it felt very well-balanced.  The label says this 98” racquet is 7 points Head-Light—but it felt as if it was more evenly balanced—at least until I started doing some ground-strokes…  WOW—does this racquet come-around FAST!  It only weighs 10.7 ounces (unstrung), and with the “Aero Modular” Technology, combined with the…

 

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Babolat Pure Storm Tennis Racquet Review

May 14th, 2011 by Matt Copland

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When I first played with this racquet I felt I could do no wrong. It felt great in my hand and the overall balance of the racquet seemed perfect. Seemingly, I could swing as hard as I wanted and the ball did exactly what I intended. I felt I had total control over the ball and this would be the racquet for my future.  Then I started to look at the specs of the racquet to see why I liked the racquet so much in the beginning. The head size was 95 in2, the size I like; then I…

 

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Head YOUTEK IG Speed MP 315 (16x19) Tennis Racquet Review

May 14th, 2011 by Graham Theriault

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: - This racquet is flat-out gorgeous in my opinion.  Head kept this racquet classy yet flashy and the clear bumper is an awesome touch.  The beam is relatively thin (20mm) and the racquet felt quick and whippy.  The weight felt in the standard MP range of around 11.5 oz realm and it seemed very maneuverable. 

GROUNDSTROKES: - This racquet was not very forgiving. You had to pin point your impact upon hitting with the IG Speed MP.  At 100 sq inches, it's sweet spot seemed small for me but when I did, man did this thing hit some sweet shots.  Lots of topspin and…

 

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Babolat Aero Pro Drive Tennis Racquet Review

May 14th, 2011 by Greg C

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I had the opportunity to play test the new Babolat Aero Pro Drive racquet, a racquet Babolat describes as an “expert” player racquet.  Although a bit anxious about being described an “expert”, I decided to give it a go—and the personnel at “Do It Tennis” were very encouraging! The Aero Pro Drive is a relatively light-weight racquet—at 10.6 oz—and is balanced to generate racquet-head speed (7 pts. head-light).  It's 100 sq. inch headsize is the same as my regular racquet, but, interestingly, looks a bit smaller.  It might just be the aerodynamic shape of the hoop (& throat) that makes it appear different.  Or maybe it's the very cool Yellow/Black/White graphics! When I first held the Aero Pro Drive it felt as if it were heavier than 10.6 oz.—I even checked the label to verify it's weight.  But after a few strokes I realized how…

 

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Prince EXO3 Tour 100 Tennis Racquet Review

May 13th, 2011 by Marc Pinckney

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Prince EXO3 Tour 100

In law school professors often rebut and deflect  particularly vague or off track comments by students, with the comment ‘that is a distinction without a difference’. When I first hit with this frame that was an initial thought, especially since I had recently hit with and reviewed the same racquet model in the 18 main\20 crosses configuration. But as I played with this racquet for a longer period of time, and listened to the comments of my students and other people who hit with it, I realized that the 16 main\18 cross configuration was really a huge difference in this instance. This model is…

 

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