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Comments: I purchased this racquet a few weeks ago, and have played with it about 4 times now. Always
used an open 16x19 before this racquet but just noticed that I don't use a whole lot of topspin on my groundstrokes so I
decided to go with a more control oriented string pattern this time around. Was using the Head Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0
and that racquet was rock solid, but just got a tad too heavy and too much power for me. I already struggle reeling in the
power as it was without that racquet. Things I have noticed about the F3.0 Tour so far is the definite increase in pin point
accuracy on my forehand and serves. The ball travels very close to where I am aiming as long as I hit the ball cleanly. I
have lost some of my bite on kick serves unfortunately, but that might be remedied by switching to a thinner gauge poly.
Right now I have the racquet strung with Vokyl Cyclone 17 at 52 lbs. Next string job I will move to either an 18g or even
19g to see if I can get increased spin and pop. I added a leather grip with overgrip and about 4 grams of lead at 3 and 9.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase so far. Still some adjustments need to be made but I can tell that I will play
with this racquet for a while and it will improve my game. I play at the 4.0 and 4.5 level, my game is kind is predicated off
my serve, and one or two shots after that. If I get into long rallies I will probably be in trouble as I end up getting impatient
and going for it all -- I play singles and doubles.
From: Preston, 9/15
Comments: Fantastic racquet. I've been playing with Prestiges and modified Radicals for quite some time, and
this one offers exactly what I was looking for: an easier-to-use-Prestige, but with more pop and finishing power than a
Radical. There is plenty of power on tap, and with a leather grip, I found the perfect combination of balance and static
weight, while maintaining the great maneuverability. I strung it up with a hybrid of a soft co-poly and a syn gut at medium
tension. I'll probably go higher next time, as the power can be a little hard to tame sometimes. Overall, I'm extremely happy
with these racquets, and would recommend to anyone looking for a Radical with more pop and finishing power.
From: Fred, 7/15
Comments: I'm a 4.0/4.5 tournament player and currently use the Prince Response 97 weighted to 12.2
10 pts HL. I've also used the Dunlop F2.0 Tour which has pretty much those exact specs stock after adding an overgrip
dampener. I was looking for something with the same balance, but a little lighter, and a bigger head size would be a plus. I
with this for about an hour. It has lots of control, but not a lot of zip on the ball. Shots certainly went where I intended
go, but not with a lot of penetration. This racquet also sounds noticeably different than any other with which I've hit. I
certainly play with this racquet and I'd certainly get over the sound it makes, but there was nothing here that would compel
switch from my modified PR 97s.
From: Schills, 4/15
Comments: These sticks are a big disappointment. I'm 5-5.5 ex-college player, and I still play in leagues.
lack power whatsoever. The sweet spot is small, and it plows through, but the groundstrokes are very flat and there is no
generate spin. I went back to my old Dunlops 500 Tour version. I wish I could send these back and get something more
From: Evgueni, 2/15
Comments: If you hit very flat forehands and slice backhands this racquet (or perhaps other 18x20s) is a must.
heavy stringbed lacks the springiness of the more open patterns and delivers a plush and accurate flat ball on the forehand
(mine strung at 49 lbs with Dunlop pearl) in part also due to the swingweight/mass and stiffness. I get point and shoot
serves as I
did with a Donnay Platinum 94 that I demoed a few years back. It is really accurate on serve, not the biggest kick or bite
but a joy with placement. A no fuss serving racquet. Backhand slices take on a more ballistic quality with less bite and for
slightly less than desired depth, but they zinged along a bit faster. I am extremely happy with this one as I found the S3.0
light for pressure situations and not the best for hitting a flat ball forehand hitting. It's stiff but not a tooth shaker and the
disperses mishits well. Thus far no tradeoffs on this racquet.
From: Scott, 9/14
Comments: I'd been using the Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 Tour for a few years -- weighted to 326 grams. So far, I
the weight of the F 3.0 Tour in stock form. Making the leap to the F 3.0 and it's been a good move. I'm a 40+ year old
plays with a semi-western forehand, one handed backhand and am an all-court player and doubles specialist with a NTRP
of 4.0. I play 6-8 tournaments a year. My string set up is a hybrid of Volkl Cyclone Tour 17g at 55 lbs and Babolat Orgin
60 lbs and a full set of Origin at 62 lbs. The racquet does feel quicker through contact and has the exact weight of my
racquets. I'm still getting use to the rounded head size and I prefer the thin beam of the Aerogel 300 Tour, but the F 3.0
ok. I'm getting a higher arch over the net with my forehand, but still getting use to the directional control of the F 3.0. I felt
could volley a bit more confidently and had a little more directional control with the Aerogels. However, I like the power
gained. So far, sticking with these frames. Volleying is a little more comfortable, however, I have to be good with my
From: TGS, 8/14
Comments: I'm not a huge fan of tight string pattern, but this racquet makes me think! I bought it from a friend
and he strung it with a full poly 1.25 52 lbs. It was impossible to hit a ball nicely, almost a wood stick. I changed for another
(Cyber Flash) 40 lbs and it showed a little bit your face but wasn't good enough. So I changed again for Tornado 41 lbs
was really good to swing with! Excellent groudstrokes and volleys; very stable, crisp, without feeling my arm already
From: Guga, 7/14
Comments: I have played with this racquet for about a year. It is very stable -- the control and feel are
and volleys are good. But during my longer matches I have noticed that it gets harder to generate power and spin on
groundstrokes, and serves have pop but its hard to generate good spin. I like this racquet but am going to try some other
Dunlops with wider string patterns and a bit more stiffness. I need something that does a little more work for me. I have
F4 Tour and it has great action on groundstrokes and serves, but absolutely no control/feel at the net. Next up: the Bio400
From: Frank, 6/14
Comments: Got my Dunlop F3.0 Tour (strung with Tecnifibre NRG2 17 53 lbs in the mains and 51 lbs in the
crosses) yesterday and used it for a competition the same evening. The racquet was simply amazing and at the moment
any racquet out there quiet like this one. The racquet provided a great level of controlled power with a crisp feel which
to take full swing at the ball without worrying about the ball missing mark. I was able to hit power shots more consistently,
allowing me to dominate a difficult opponent with ease using this racquet. Although it is not a heavy players racquet it was
and had little to no racquet twist against heavy balls. Keeping the ball deep in the court came with ease and serves were
heavy and gave good pop on all serves. Access to spin required a little more effort but nothing which affect how I usually
assume the reason for this was my string setup as this is a closer string pattern compared to my previous racquet. But
generation was on par with my previous racquet if not better for me. Apart from being so fast through the air compared to
racquets I have tested, the racquet was also extremely comfortable with minimal shock on the arm because after 3 hours
competition my arm was still feeling great and not experiencing the usual fatigue and post match muscle soreness. This is
racquet from Dunlop and I am over joyed with my purchase because this is the type of racquet where the more you use it
you fall in love with it. Great job Dunlop! I am a 4.5 level player with an eastern forehand and a one handed backhand. I can
all areas of the court but prefer to serve and play from the baseline, to use my groundstrokes and slice before working my
net. My previous racquet of choice was the Tecnifibre Tfight 320 and prior to choosing the Tecnifibre and Dunlop I have
most of the racquets released by Head, Babolat, Yonex and Wilson.
From: Anon, 6/14
Comments: I also used the Aerogel 4D version and comparing to this Bio version, I can state the following
my experience after using the bio during one hour:
Touch: more classic feel for the 4D and therefore bit more touch.
Serve: More pop with the Bio and more spin, perhaps a bit more placement with 4D
Forehands: I considered the 4D a very good choice for great forehands, placement and spin. The Bio is all that plus more
quiet faster trough the air.
Backhand: The previous version didn't feel so good on one handed backhands, it felt clumsy and had some trouble with
backhands -- that's why I ended up selling the raquet. I thought the raquet did everything very well except my one hand
The Bio doesn't feel clumsy and I have good results with my backhand. Usually it's a stroke I do well. So I'm very happy
backhand problem does not exist in the Dunlop Bio. Again this is my personal experience and based on one hour training.
Volleys: I guess the 4D had better touch however the Bio is faster and has more pop.
Slice: A bit more spin with Bio. Both perform well.
Stability: I think with the tension of 57 lbs using kirshbaum 1.25 and vibration dampener maybe I can put 3 grams more on
In conclusion mainly with forehands and volleys it reminds me of the 4D but with more pop and spin -- a more modern feel.
level is 4.0 and i recommend this racquet.
From: Alexandre, 4/14
Comments: The racquet reminds me quite a bit of the 4D 300. It seems like all the changes that are pointed
are more marketing and less actual change. Dunlop racquets in general seem to be lacking a bit behind the other big
but they serve me well. Their prices are good, and its more about the player than the racquet anyway.
From: Brian, 3/14
Comments: I've had this racquet for about two months now, and really like it. I've added silicone to the
lead to the 3 and 9 positions, to up the weight to 363 grams. Now, the plow through is good, and strung at 45 lbs there is
of power. I've switched from the aerogel 200 tour, and really like this racquet.
From: Brad, 2/14
Comments: I switched to an AeroPro Drive from a Dunlop 4D 300 Tour, because the Aero has a noticeably
sweetspot. The problem is that the Aero is too stiff, and when I compensated with softer strings, I had to spin all my shots
them to land in. The F 3.0 Tour feels like it combines the best qualities of the two racquets I listed above. I have enough
to put away balls with flat shots, yet I can still produce a good spin for loopy high-percentage shots. The stability is great
works exceptionally well for returns. Most importantly, my one-handed backhands are landing deeper with more spin, so
being pushed around as much. Having had the F 3.0 Tour for about 4 months, I feel like the "honeymoon period" has yet
as I keep discovering more things to like.
From: Anon, 1/14
Comments: This is my first Dunlop racquet and the F3.0 Tour is surprisingly good and I am very impressed!
Groundstrokes are effortless and the racquet has a very good balance of power and control. Topspin is excellent despite
pattern, and the racquet is not easily pushed away by hard hits at the net. Flat first serve is easy due to its headlight
balance and I
had no issue at all hitting the second serve with topspin. I feel like I am hitting harder with this frame than my usual 16X19
pattern racquets and the balls go even deeper. Though it is a control-oriented players raquet, I think the F3.0 Tour has tons
power with a full swing. One who used to play with a 16X19 tweener might feel the sweet spot smallish, but even off-center
go over the net with full swing. Very impressive racquet!
From: Ineso, 9/13
Comments: I used the 4D300 Tour for years so I'm pretty familiar with the 300 Tour series. Now, this 3.0 Tour
a definite stiffer more "modern" feel as compared to older Dunlop frames but it certainly still has "feel" as what Dunlop
known for having. Surprisingly good plow through considering its weight. The swing weight listed doesn't seem indicative
fast you can really swing this thing in my opinion. Currently using Solinco Tour Bite and Tecnfibre Multi Feel. I have now
to this bad boy and am not looking back.
From: Jon, 4.0, 8/13
Comments: I had the old 300 and wanted to get the modern version of this racquet. This F3 racquet is easy to
swing. It has good plow through. Volleys are crisp with good direction. Compared to the old 300, it is stable when your
hits a harder shot. The best part is that it is easy on your arms unlike most of the Wilson frames that I have tried before.
From: Arif, 7/13
Comments: I recently switched from the Wilson 6.1 18x20 BLX to this racquet. I really liked the 6.1 but, as I
rapidly approaching 50, I found it a tad heavy on serves and I could also use a larger head size. I was also looking for an
string pattern to reduce power and maintain the little control that I currently have. I tried a number of racquets but it came
to this and the Prince EXO tour 18x20. It was a tough decision and it really could have gone either way. In my hands, this
is very powerful (relative to the 6.1). Half swings and off centered shots are always deep. Serves have more pop and
stable. This racquet is not as stable as the 6.1 but it is more forgiving in a middle aged man's hands. I also found it to be
stiff and not as comfortable as the 6.1 (but that may be because I strung it too tight, 57 lbs Tecnifibre Black code).
weight and the head shape and size are worth the trade off for me. It is not perfect but I think it was a good switch in my
From: Anon, 7/13
Comments: I switched from a Babolat Aero Pro Drive, which I loved, but started to experience some arm
so I looked for a racquet with a more flexible RA and after demoing a number of racquets, this felt great. I love it. If I want
have to add spin, but that's a good thing. It has power and access to spin and has great control. A great racquet with no
From: Matt, 6/13
Comments: I switched from the Prince EXO Tour 18x20, before that played original Rebel 95. I like this racquet
better in every area over the EXO Tour. I did have to dial in the strings. I'm using Volkl Cyclone 17g. Started at 51lbs, now
to 48lbs and think that is the right spot for me. I'm a former college player, now in my 40s, have had shoulder surgery. So,
finding the right tension matters a lot. Biggest strengths are on serve and return. Very good on volleys. Good access to
I think that is more of a string issue. Slice is good, but the original Rebel 95 was better for slice. Overall, very optimistic
this stick. I have had it for a few weeks. Very good control and enough power. Best serving racquet I have hit. Last time I
a Dunlop, it was made out of wood. So, my choice was not brand loyalty. Good luck.
From: Anon, 4/13
Comments: Coming from the 4D 300 Tour, I suspected I wouldn't like this racquet since I heard Dunlop is
attempting to produce a more "modern" feel with this recent line. Objectively speaking, the feel of the F3.0 tour is
and more solid than the 4D. All my shots travel a little deeper with less effort. The sweet spot feels slightly larger and
higher towards the upper hoop than in previous 300 tours. All these improvements are to be expected with a heavier
qualities which set this apart from other racquets in this weight range are the head-light balance and ball trajectory. The
light balance works well with my flatter one-handed backhand and keeps the racquet maneuverable. Also, the trajectory is
similar to the 4D 300 Tour and other box frame player's racquets I've tried. My balls are not flying out of the court even
they land a little deeper. It really does feel like Dunlop has a produced a racket that lies between a player's racquet and a
I've only demoed this for 5 hours, but I can see this racquet has the potential to very quickly add more to my game. So far,
having trouble returning aggressively and hitting second serves confidently. I think I'll be picking up at least one of these
From: Anon, 3/13
Comments: Since my initial review, I have dropped the tension and added more lead tape at 3 and 9. What
a difference! The feel is exceptional, still a tad underpowered but definitely live-able. I really enjoyed it the second time out
From: Anon, 3/13
Comments: This is one of the better racquets to come from Dunlop. Very good control with some nice power.
racquet does have a solid feel with good touch and it serves really well. I didn't notice any tinny feel but that could be
the strings that are used.
From: Anon, 3/13
Comments: Based on the spec's and positive reviews, I thought this stick would be a perfect fit, I was wrong.
too light and tinny even at low tensions. Absolutely no power. Guess the feel is ok but couldn't get it past the service line.
going to pass on this one.
From: Anon, 3/13
Comments: This is a very strange racket. In low temperatures (under 10 degrees Celsius) it plays terrible. The
racquet feels much too stiff for a normal tennis player. In normal or high temperatures, it plays amazing.
From: Johannes, 3/13
Comments: I'm really not sure what all of the hype is about this racquet. I've been using the Prestige MP and
looking for a player's control racquet that had a little more pop and was less demanding than the Prestige. This racquet
did not fit
the bill at all. I couldn't get any pace behind my shots even when I had my full weight behind them, and the control was
lacking, too. It could've been the demo strings (Dunlop Silk), but I usually prefer multi strings over poly, so I'm not inclined
blame the strings. As soon as I picked up another racquet (the Donnay Pro One 97 16x19) it was like my game jumped a
Hitting with this racquet was very disappointing, because the weight and balance felt really nice before I started playing
My hitting partner (also a 4.5/5.0 player) hit with it as well and found it to be similarly lacking in both the power and control
departments. I'm not sure what this racquet is trying to be, but I found it to be sorely lacking in all departments. Also, I'm
female player with a semi-western forehand and a two-handed backhand.
From: Anon, 2/13
Comments: Coming from playing with the Biomimetic 300 Tour my first impression with the F 3.0 Tour was that
Dunlop has departed from its roots, and gone is that sweet feel and great ball dwell time. This new frame design is crisper
more snap and a lively string bed. I would hit with it for a while but go back to my trusty Bio 300 Tours. Then opponents
to tell me that my shots were more difficult for them when I played with the F 3.0 Tour. The spin generation from the 18x20
string bed is great yet there is still plenty of control. This is a "modern" frame and those looking for loads of feel will be
disappointed. But shot making is superb and ultimately it is about results. This is an awesome frame from Dunlop for the
modern game. It's very arm friendly with tons of power and control.
From: Thomas, 1/13
String type and tension: Isospeed Professional Classic @ 55 lbs
Comments: Power, precision, feel, comfort and maneuverability. Great racquet. Great job Dunlop!
From: Anon, 1/13
Comments: This is a really really nice racquet! My previous racquet of choice was the Head Youtek IG Speed
18x20. It was a great racquet but lacked the power, stability, and comfort. The Dunlop F 3.0 Tour is a weapon! It's perfect
attacking all-around player and also a defensive player! It has great power and control (the power of the Pure Drive but
more control due to the 18x20 string pattern), very comfortable, and easy to move around. I'm super happy with this
bought my first one 2 weeks ago, and now I bought 2 more of these bad boys! It's a really cool racquet! I very much
it to everyone!
From: Steven, 12/12
String type and tension: Dunlop Black Widow @ 50 lbs
Comments: I have been through many different sticks in the last few years, but I've stuck mostly to a beefed
London. I was skeptical on trying this mostly due my poor experience with Dunlop in the past, including the new
This is a game changer however and is way better than any of the more popular Babolat sticks out there. It has a
with power, control and maneurability. I do agree that a little weight in the mid and top part of the frame will make this so
better, but it is a phenomenal frame to customize. I even like the newer head shape and more open string pattern in the
the frame that allows a rather close string pattern to produce great spin. Lastly, I have a one handed backhand and I've
a stick that allowed me to have both a high net clearance with a top spin backhand as well as a much improved
From: Dan, 12/12
Comments: Before talking about this racquet I'd like to congratulate TW reviewers for their great job, and hope
guys would add the new version of the Bio 100 (the F 100 Classic) to your long reviewing list. Talking about this, it has nice
and control, but is not as solid as my Bio 100, making it harder to handle heavy shots and to hit my favorite running one-
down the line, On the good side, second serves had more pop with this.
From: Zika, 11/12
String type and tension: Luxilon ALU Power Rough @ 60 lbs
Comments: Very good racquet. I've played with it for about 2 hours now and my first impressions say that the
Tour is a solid improvement over its predecessor, which was also a sweet stick. It feels a lot like the former 3.0, but with a
slightly more muted--or in the words of the TW reviewers, "modern"-- which is a nice, subtle touch. It still feels quite crisp,
doesn't bludgeon through the ball as much as, say, Wilson Blade, but it does have incredible maneuverability similar to the
Pro Drive. My serves also felt much more powerful, gaining more power and consistency. If there was one gripe it would
be the lack of plow through I felt at times when rallying against heavier shots; I think the racquet is in need of some
customization-- lead tape at the 2 and 10 o'clock-- in order to perform at its best from the baseline. To sum up the rest,
are like butter, volleys are solid and effortless, and spin is sufficient. Here are my scores out of 10: Groundstrokes: 8,
Serve: 9.3, Feel: 9, Spin: 8.2.
From: Brian, 10/12
String type and tension: Gamma Zo Verve 17g
Comments: I played four sets of doubles with this frame this evening and it is one of the most impressive
demos I can remember. I have played mostly Dunlop frames over the past 40 years, and most recently the 200 4D AG. This
has a new feel for a Dunlop, but not like any of the other frames I have experimented with lately, either. I need to get with
and find out what string was in the frame because I normally play something soft like NRG or TNT and I wonder if I will like
in this frame. What would really be interesting to hear from the TW community is if this frame is so different than the
300 AG Tour, which is just 1/3 the price now.
From: John, 10/12