Dunlop Revelation Tour Pro Mid-Plus
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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