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Comments: This is a follow up from my comments from 10/13. This stick definitely needs some tweaking. 8 inches
of lead at the top of the racquet at 12 o'clock. Now it plays perfect! Gives it the perfect amount of power and no dead spots on the
racquet now. Dunlop is notorious for racquets that are dead at the top of the head of racquet.
Comments: Excellent control and comfort,with super forgiving. Low powered compared to my Babolat PDGT.
Comments: I'm a 3.5 level player and think this is a very solid stick. Very similar to the Dunlop 200 Max G
(McEnroe). Although, I found this one to have more plough through on my back hands than the 200 Max g. Serves have ample
power. Control is great. Does not play like a 100 sq in head. 18x20 pattern gives perfect amount of control. Groundstrokes are
powerful, yet precise. Feel like I can put balls wherever I want on court. Great at the net as well. Overall, an awesome racquet for
3.5 level players and above. My favorite racquet to date!
Comments: A solid feeling, comfortable racquet. Jay used the right word "damp," as it does have a dampened feel
to it, and there is more power to this racquet than the specs would suggest. Despite the weight, I am finding this to be a user
friendly stick, no problems finding enough depth on groundstrokes. As it's not a rocket launcher, you have the confidence to go
for depth on your shots. The 200 plus is a reliable good all around stick that is not too demanding to use, providing it's not too
windy. Thanks to TW, I have found an ideal stick for my level and playing style. String type and tension: MSV Focus Hex, mains
and Technifibre X Code HD 16,@53lbs
Comments: Bought 2 of these and they are amazing all around with good pop, stability, feel and amazing control.
So damp and arm friendly.
Comments: I found this frame to play more like a powerful and forgiving players stick. The TW description lists the
power as low and some of the playtesters indicated that it has a small sweetspot. I have the frame strung with Wilson Syn Gut
Extreme 16 at mid range (Thanks TW!) and at that tension it plays very lively and the sweetspot is very easy to find. This frame is
easy to swing, easy on the arm, very stable and is a dream to hit with. This is my first 18x20 frame in quite a while and I am
impressed on how easy it is to produce spin and I am using a 16G syn gut. My frame came with the spec info printed on the frame
-- 8 points HL (compared to the the 4 points HL listed in the TW specs) and the static weight was 11.65oz in my case. Enjoy!
Comments: I just bought two Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Plus without demoing because I live in Australia. Upon
receiving them, I immediately changed the grip to a leather grip then added 2 grams each to 3 and 9 on the racquet, then 2 grams
at 12 and 2 grams at 10 and 2. Total weight now is 360 grams. After my customization, my first impression after 2 sets against
my mate were: 9/10 groundies, 9/10 volleys, 9/10 serve. This racquet has the ultimate feel, control, power and maneuverability.
The control was very prominent with this racquet and I was able to direct my shots to wherever I want, which made my opponent
defensive all the time. You should try this racquet and my customization set up. Looking ahead, I might try to experiment this new
racquet to the weight and balance of my Dunlop 4D 200 Tour which has a swing weight of 356. Currently, I am using this racquet
since I bought two from TW 3 years ago. And I have not changed to any other racquet since then until now. Sadly, this racquet is
now out of production. The bottom line with my new racquet, I really love the feel and my directional shots that I can hit with my
Comments: I've been playing the 200 plus now for a couple of years and am extremely happy with it. I had to make
a switch from the Federer racquet because of arm problems and this one has saved me. I've had absolutely no arm issues since
switching frames and I was a little concerned about the adjustment, but the swing weight wasn't that different, so the adjustment
was fast. There are a lot of great frames out there and I think the strings make a huge difference. I went through a lot of
combinations of string and tensions but finally settled on the Luxilon Adrenaline 17s strung at 57 pounds. They're amazing
strings. Extremely durable, but very easy on the arm. I also get tons of spin and great feel around the net with these. I think I've
sold quite a few of these racquets and strings over the last couple years having friends in the market for a stick try mine. I also
coach the local high school teams and have had several of the kids hit with it and they've all loved it. I just bought two more today
because the price is unbeatable and now my daughter will be making the switch to this frame too. She's loved mine since I got it.
She's a very competitive high school player. Now she can have her own. You'll never find a racquet that fits everyone, but I found
mine and am very happy.
Comments: Well its been six months and today I officially changed
racquets and quit using the Dunlop. My initial sessions with the Bio
200 Plus were encouraging and there are many things to like about the
racquet. I mentioned during the initial review that I was concerned
once I swapped out synthetic gut for polyester string, I'd find it too
low powered. That was one big problem I had that contributed to the
switch. A far bigger problem was that I got a second Bio 200 Plus as
a backup and it hit NOTHING like the first one, and had the sweetspot
that literally felt like the size of a tennis ball. In fact I should have
sent it back as it weighed about 12 grams MORE than the original did,
much of that headweight. In an effort to make both racquets have the
same weight and balance, I added lead and they became very clunky
sticks that made racquet head speed, and therefore spin, way below my
standards. Extremely disappointed in Dunlop's quality control. Probably
going to look at a Pro Kennex 5g.
Comments: It is nice when a racquet plays almost exactly as you thought it would, based on the specs, and this one
does. My favorite racquet ever was the Babolat Pure Control Team (100 square inch head, 63 flex, 21 mm beam, 16x20 11.7
ounces). I sold them about a two years ago as they were worn out and have yet to find a racquet that plays the same. This is
probably the closest thing. Good spin for being as dense as it is, phenomenal directional control, and as far as stability, which I've
read mixed comments on here, no problems whatsoever. If anything it was more stable than I expected. Sweet spot was also
larger than I expected, although not huge. Once I got used to the slice, it was amazing for approach shots. I used synthetic gut
today and actually found the power level to be just a tad less than I expected to get even with poly. I am a little concerned that
when I switch to poly it will be too low powered, so I'll have to tinker with much lower tensions than 59, probably even going as
low as 54. I will say I had a hard time "hooking" crosscourt forehands and getting those sharp angles that have become easy for
me with an open pattern, but my down the line shots were better and probably the best I've ever hit.
Feel is dampened and the racket feels somewhat flexy and cushy, while
the string bed feels a little on the stiff side, so it is a good match.
Comments: Extensively demoed both the 300 and 200+. I liked them both, but very glad that I went with the
200+. With this racquet I can swing away on the forehand with excellent placement and huge power. At the same time it is quite
forgiving; miss-hits still make it over. The low power means lack of depth, but this will keep your singles opponent running. Good
for volleys, but you have to swing on it. That goes for just about every shot if you go for it, this racquet rewards. The feel is great,
and with the Silk it is easy on my arm. Love it for serves, and can generate plenty of power even without a big swing. As others
have mentioned, I do have problems with the backhand slice. Usually reserve this for when I am out of position--without a full
swing it tends to float however I did not have this problem with the 300.
Comments: I had a hit with a demo of this racquet strung with Dunlop Silk. I liked the muted feeling of the frame
but felt it lacked power. I think it it could possibly by strung too tightly. Stability was okay but I need more weight in in the head. It
is definitely a nice looking frame but the overall weight too light for me.
Comments: Just received my 200 plus from TW yesterday. I have only played with it once, but so far so good.
Started out a little slow but after a few games and getting use to the weight, and the strings breaking in a little, it felt great. My
shots were more powerful and the control is very good. You do have to take a full stroke to get the most out of it, but when you
do, the results are fantastic. And the racquet has enough mass to block and return powerful shots with ease. The racquet feels
pretty evenly balanced. It's not heavy, but definitely has some weight to it and feels solid and very stable. I like it a lot and can tell
its one of those racquets that the more you play with the more amazing it will get. I've also hit with the 200 Lite, and it was a very
nice racquet as well, totally different but has that great Dunlop feel and swings faster than the 200 Plus, but seems to lack a little
mass in the head. I've been playing with the Bio 500 Tour and love everything about that racquet as well. There are some
similarities but the string pattern and the slightly less weight of the 500 make it far more lively and maneuverable then the 200
Plus. Once again, all different racquets, but all great in their own way. I'm going to have a hard time deciding which one to stick
with but I plan on giving the 200 Plus a long try. It's more of a "players" racquet then what I'm use to, but I think in the long run it
can be a game changer - for the better.
Comments: I demoed this racquet today, and its the best feeling racquet I ever tried. I use an old m-fil 200, this
racquet had much more feel than my racquet with a poly string, and I use all vs gut in my Dunlop m-fil. The balance is a bit more
head heavy than the old version.
It did not feel like an oversized racquet, although I would prefer a standard size head. A smaller head size version just came out
and I plan to try it if it feels as good as this 100 head size. If feel is the most important factor for you in a players racquet this one
is the best I tried, (Wilson blx blade, Head prestige, Tecnifiber 325, next best that I tried.)
Comments: Played it with the bio 300 tour. Both were very "weak" and sensitive to torsional stability and gave me a
hard time returning serves. The 200 plus had a somewhat small sweetspot and my one handed backhand tended to lose length
and direction. Control was much better with the 300 tour. The sliced backhand was hard to get accuracy with. The only stroke that
worked for me was the forehand when I had time to set up the stroke. All in all quite disappointing test.
Comments: Went for a demo last night. Tried 3 of the new Dunlops (200 plus, 300 & 300 tour) vs my 2008 pure
The 200 plus felt too powerful. It had a lot of heft, which didn't suit my game, I'm thinking it could be because the brand new
demo Dunlop silk strings haven't been worn it yet. It was also the slowest of the 4.
Comments: This is my new racquet and I've been hitting with it for two weeks. I'm an avid Wilson Prostaff 6.1 user
since the classic up till the K Factor. My favorite was the Hyper ProStaff 6.1. This racket is a lot more maneuverable than the
KFactor however less stable. The weight difference is probably the main factor in the difference between the two. The string bed
of 18x20 is very firm, which gives a lot of control even with a multifilament. When I used multi's in my Kfactor it was often too
lively. It was not the case with this racquet. Serving with this racquet is a lot of fun since it produces so much spin despite the
18x20 pattern. I just hit my kick as hard as I can and it always spins right in with depth. I could never get as much bite on the ball
with my KFactor 6.1. Overall this was a great stick, I'm glad I made the change.
Comments: Can you tell me the brand of poly used for the TW review?
Comments:Really nice racket for returns and groudstrokes. Power/control wise it is between the Head YouTek
Prestige MP and YT Prestige Pro. It is very solid and nice on returns and volleys too. Unfortunately I just couldn't serve with it
without a lot of adjustments, otherwise very impressive.
Comments: Just demoed. This is the best D 200 offered yet. If you have smooth strokes you will enjoy the endless
possibilities with this racket. Slice shots and touch were effortless. I was pleasantly surprised with how well this racquet handles
shots on the dead run. Serving is a dream. Don't even bother with this stick if you can't bring it with your groundies. I chose this
stick over blx 95, Bab pure storm GT Tour, and Head Prestige. Awesome cosmetics too! Best Dunlop offering ever.
Comments: Racquet looks great. My First serve was amazing, when I got it in (which was pretty often); it was either
an ace or a sure winner. That, however is all that I liked about it. This is designed for the higher rated players; in fact it has the
feel of most tour player sticks. Compares closely to the six.one tour. I could not hit a groundstroke, the weight of the racquet is
not un-manageable, but the balance drove me crazy. Could not find any timing on any shots and was essentially muscling every
shot back. Even when I was able to find the sweet spot and time a ball, it felt like it had a hollow ping (to quote a friend for lack of
a way to describe it myself).
Comments: New demo. Strings are brand new, which actually may not be a good thing. I think looser feeling strings
would be better, maybe a hybrid. New strings made the racquet seem stiffer than it actually is. Comfort seems to be ok.
On to the racquet. A nice design. Had a couple of people mention how they like the look. While the 300 is fairly similar to the past
300's this 200Plus is quite different. I never got a chance to use Nikolay Davydenko's Prince Ozone Pro Tour so no comparison to
that. It is quite different than the 4D 200. With the 4D I really got used to that right away and was ready to roll. No way would I
play a match with this one unless I had a couple of weeks with it first. There were shots in the first hour that I had trouble getting
around and I was hitting a bunch of shots in the net.
Pros- Volleys felt great. Racquet is very stable. I don't see why one would need lead even at the 5.5 level. There is an adjustment
period but once you start aiming higher above the net it can reward with lots of power. 18/20 pattern but it had more juice than I
expected. For the stronger more advanced players looking for a larger headsize it should be a popular racquet.
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