Dunlop Revelation Tour Pro Mid-Plus
July 1995

Specifications

The Tour Pro is a composite frame, with fairly narrow beams (22mm at top head, 24mm at center head, 21mm at shoulders, and 20mm at the handle). Flex is a quite soft 24, signifying a low power level.

In keeping with it's "player's" category, weight is higher than normal these days, our test model tipping the scales at 326g (11.5oz), with 7-point head light balance of 320mm (12 5/8 in.) from the handle.

A note on specifications: in the "player's" category, weight will tend to be higher, as more advanced players generally take a full-body swing at the ball, and also face higher incoming ball speeds. Both of these conditions require a heavier frame to control the faster shots coming and going, and to have enough mass to diminish frame twisting on off-center hits. A head light balance point is generally preferred for maneuverability at net and to achieve quicker racquet movement on topspin swings and serves.

The Tour Pro comes with Dunlop's excellent ISIS shock absorption system and deep bumper guard, and uses the Revelation ribbed grip (see Fine Points).

Tour Pro in Play

The Tour Pro has fabulous feel and control from the baseline, the mass and weight distribution giving a rock-solid feel to big-swinging groundies, and the narrow throat flexing just enough to take up the jolt of high incoming ball speeds. It was possible to swing as hard as we wanted and still feel in control of the ball from the backcourt.

And it is necessary to swing, by the way, as the low shaft flex makes for little help coming your way from the frame. "Player's racquet" is the correct nomenclature for the Tour Pro, as lower ability-level player won't be able to crack an egg with it.

At net, the Tour Pro has the same assured feel it shows from the baseline, with very solid, controlled volleying. It was possible to take most of the sting out of rocket-like passing shots and still have good placement control. Executing touch, angle and drop volleys was a cinch, the Tour Pro having a very comfortable, confident feel in close.

It's a little weighty in the head for the fastest doubles exchanges, but that's easily compensated for with a little lead tape. What it offers, though, is rock-solid stability and control of high incoming ball speeds.

Serves and overheads are a little bit of a problem, also due to the barely head-light balance, as the Tour Pro is just a little slow up to the ball. Stronger players than me (and there are plenty, let me tell you!) may not have as much trouble pulling it up, but the balance point could come just a hair more to the handle for my taste.

Power levels on serve and smash are admirable once you get it moving, though, and spin application is oustanding, especially on kick serves, which went jumping every which way. The weighting makes for fine leverage on these strokes, provided once again that you're able to get the racquet moving.

Fine Points

The Tour Pro has the same outstanding bumper guard we've come to expect from Dunlop, with fine string groove depth. We really wish we'd see more of this type of thing in this category, as aggressive players tend to dig out more low volleys and generally tear up the bumper more than your average Joe.

The Tour Pro also uses Dunlop's excellent ISIS frame shock absorption system. On the Tour Pro, it seems to offer more feel than before, while still keeping unwanted shock from reaching my sometimes tender elbow (being editor of Racquetech keeps me hitting so much and with so many different things that my arm screams in protest at times).

Once again, however, we take issue with the grip. The Tour Pro uses Dunlop's Revelation ribbed grip. The rib builds up the handle a bit more than we'd like, and the rest of the grip is too thin to provide adequate comfort for the hand. I also have trouble believing that everyone wants this type of grip on their racquet.

Dunlop's Cushioned Replacement Grip would be a better choice, we think, for the entire line.

In Conclusion

Dunlop's Revelation Tour Pro is as good a "player's racquet" as we've ever tried. Power is just high enough, without loss of control on even the biggest swings, and an assured feel is left behind on all shots.

A slight change in balance and a better grip are all we'd even attempt to change about the Tour Pro, and those are easily accomplished. We wouldn't change a thing about how the frame is designed.

Editor's note: Since this review was written, Dunlop has made cosmetic changes to the Revelation Tour Pro and some specifications may have been altered.

This review is copyrighted by RacqueTech magazine. RacqueTech is no longer being published. Thanks, Tennis Warehouse Staff.

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