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Dunlop Revelation Tour Pro + 1.00 Review

Play Test Results Chart
(Scores are determined by averaging individual play test scores)

Technical Specifications

Length28 inches71.1 centimeters
Head Size95 square inches613 square centimeters
Weight10.8 ounces309 grams
Balance Point12.875 inches33 centimeters
Shaft Width24mm
Composition 65% Graphite, 35% High Modulus Graphite

Babolat RDC Ratings

Score
Grade
Flex Rating55Range: 0-100
Swing Weight311Range: 200-400
Power34C
Control68A
Manueverability79A

The Review

Question: Why did Dunlop make the Revelation Superlong Tour Pro + 1.00 28 inches long?

Answer: Because the name wouldn't fit on a 27 inch racquet.

Bonus Question: The Dunlop Revelation Superlong Tour Pro + 1.00 is most similar to which of the following Dunlop racquets:

Answer: Well, lets see... The Revelation Superlong 1.00 would be a good guess. It's the same length and has almost the same name, but it's a lot more powerful than the Tour Pro + 1.00. The Revelation Tour has a similar name, but it's 27 inches long and head heavy. the Revelation 200G Pro Mid+ is similar in balance to the Tour Pro + 1.00, but it's name is too different. The Super Revelation has been discontinued so there's no point in even mentioning it. The Revelation yadda yadda yadda +12 is a figment of my imagination, so if you picked it you're way off base. That means the correct answer (as far as I can tell) is the Revelation Tour Pro Mid+. The Tour Pro + 1.00 is actually a one inch longer version of the Tour Pro Mid+. Similar design, similar balance, similar name, and similar cosmetics. They just added an inch so the name would fit on the racquet.

So, you may be asking yourself, why all the hub-bub about the racquet name? Dunlop has been using the same names over and over for years now (all the other racquet companies do it too) so why gripe about it now? It's because Dunlop has come out with a great racquet in the Tour Pro + 1.00 and I think it's a shame that it's going to be lost in Dunlop's Forest of Racquets With The Same Name. I think a lot of people who would like the way this racquet plays aren't going to try it because they've already tried a Revelation, or they've already tried a Tour Pro (or a Pro Tour or Tour), or they've already tried a + 1.00, and they don't want to try the same racquet again. This racquet is good enough to have it's own name.

Let me get off my soap box for a minute here and give you the skinny on the racquet. It's a lightweight, head light, highly maneuverable "player's racquet". By "player's racquet", I mean it's a low power, high control racquet designed for players who can hit the ball hard and are playing against players who also hit the ball hard. This racquet won't give you much help in the power department, but it will help every other part of your game.

The biggest advantage the Tour Pro + 1.00 has over other "players's racquets" is the manueverability it offers. This racquet is lighter in the head than any other control racquet we've tested. The Dunlop Revelation 200G Pro is a very maneuverable "player's racquet", but even it's not as maneuverable as this one. The Wilson ProStaff Classic 6.1 and the Prince Precision Equipe both feel very sluggish compared to this racquet. The only racquet I've tried that compared in maneuverability was the Prince ThunderStorm, but it's a super light, power racquet.

The maneuverability of the Tour Pro + 1.00 comes into play in a couple of different ways. The first is on groundstrokes. Because the head is so light it's easy to generate a lot of racquet head speed, which translates into a lot of spin with the right swing. This fast swing speed could be a problem if the racquet was too stiff because there would be too much power, but the Tour Pro + 1.00 is flexible enough that you can take a full swing and still keep the ball in the court. The Tour Pro + 1.00 also has enough overall weight that it feels as solid as some other less maneuverable racquets (Wilson ProStaff 6.0, Prince Precision 690).

The maneuverability of the Tour Pro + 1.00 is even more valuable at the net. A number of our play testers thought it was the best volleying racquet they had ever used. In the past you had two choices. You could use a heavier, control racquet that would give you good feel at the net, but wasn't very maneuverable, or you could use a light weight, powerful racquet that gave you good manueverabilty, but no touch. The Tour Pro + 1.00 combines the feel of the control racquets with the maneuverability of the power racquets to give you the best of both worlds.

Our play testers liked the placement and spin they could produce on serves and overheads, but they did notice a lack of power. It's easy to get the racquet back quick on overheads with this racquet but you're going to have to generate a lot of racquet head speed if you want a lot of power on serves or overheads.

It's not very often that a racquet comes along that can be considered exceptional. The Dunlop Tour Pro + 1.00 is an exceptional racquet, and what makes it even more impressive is that the racquet doesn't depend on any new technology for it's success. It is an inch longer than most "player's racquets", but these days longer racquets are nothing new. This is simply a well designed, well constructed tennis racquet that should appeal to a large number of tennis players (not all of them, but a lot). Anyone looking for control or maneuverability should definitely try the Dunlop Tour Pro + 1.00 before making a selection, because this racquet could redefine the term "player's racquet".

Play-test racquets were strung with Prince Synthetic Gut 16 gauge (white) at 60 pounds.

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