Dunlop Biomimetic M2, has anyone try it?

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  1. amx13

    amx13 Semi-Pro

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    Just wondering if any of you guys has tried the M2, besides the stiffness rating, the specs look really interesting. I currently play with the Prince Diablo MP, but dialling my one handed backhand with it its quite a challenge, so I think a 95 sqr. head would help with that.
    I would really like to give it a try, but since thereĀ“s no demo option where I live, I would hate to end up keeping a frame I wouldn't use, so any info would help.
     
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  2. Jeff Nuese

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    Im currently demoing this frame and think Im going to switch to it from the Prince EXO rebel. Entirely different from the rebel, whereas the rebel is plush and flexy, this new Dunlop M2 is stiff spinny and has power to spare. All shots have more firepower than my rebel, which is unusual for the 200 series frames from Dunlop. Reminds me of the old Wilson Hypercarbon 5.0 [black, red ] which I also enjoyed briefly. I give this stick a thumbs up, but be prepared that its nothing like previous versions of the 200 series
     
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  3. amx13

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    Thanks a lot Jeff!, did you feel any arm/elbow/shoulder discomfort because of the high stiffness of the frame?
     
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  4. Jeff Nuese

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    No elbow issues. I typically string in the low 40's and I would recommend stringing on the low side to prevent injury..took it out for a final session today, still undecided. I like the pop on the serve and the spin is nice , but Im having a hard time controlling shots, the feel isnt quite up to standard..I may end up selling my 2
     
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    I have demoed the M2.0 yesterday.This new Dunlop stick is quite stiff.I had it strung at 50 lbs with KB Pro line 2 and it still felt very stiff to my taste.The groundstroke felt like hitting with Babolat APD with more control.Stability is not so good with hard hitting ball but it's easy to get around due to the typical Dunlop head light balance.Power is enough to put the ball deep even it's a bit light for a player stick.I should have more feedback after a next session with it.
     
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  6. db10s

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    It felt like my old Aerostorm.
     
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  7. Jeff Nuese

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    I have now been hitting with the M2 for the week and can make a better evaluation. The likes are the power, maneuverability, and has nice control versus power ratio..I have found this stick to be tension sensitive. I originally had it strung in the low 40's with a comfort poly multi setup. It was a mistake, I couldnt keep the ball in the court, zero feel, total trampoline ..I thought with the high stiffness of the frame the low tension would enhance the playability....nope. I have since used full dunlop silk multi at 50 lbs. and it has made all the difference in the world...great response, crisp and precise and no elbow issues..Ive been demoing the f3 tour as well, nice good feel but I like the M2 better...just more bang for the buck imo
     
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  8. amx13

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    Thanks for the update Jeff, I usually go for a multi/synth gut on my frames, so your feedback is really encouraging, how about the plow compared to some other frames that you have tested? Right now I'm trying out a Bio 200 tour and wow, that thing is a total beast.
     
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  9. Jeff Nuese

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    I addded some lead at 3 and 9 to help with the plow,maybe 4 inches on each side??.. again this stick has plenty of power so trying to enhance the sweetspot isnt really an issue . Im really dialing in with the M2, great all around stick and surprisingly has a nice generous sweetspot for a 95 inch headsize. It reminds me more and more of the Wilson Hyper pro staff 5.0, I go back and forth between the M2 and the F3 tour, F3 tour has nicer feel but hard to get it going and underpowered,, plus surprisingly the control is better with the M2...go figure? I would suggest demoing this racket, really impressive.
     
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  10. fuzz nation

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    I'm a Volkl C10 user and while I understand that my model of racquet is rather soft, I was borderline stunned with the stiffness of the M2 I tried last week. I've used frames with 12+ oz. heft just about forever, including the old ProStaff 6.1 Classics - those old honeys had some serious backbone, too.

    The Dunlop I sampled was in a demo bundle that one of my students got from our pals at TW (and the crowd goes wild!!!), so I hit a couple of balls with it and whoa nellie. This demo was strung with a rather snug bed of multifiber, but I think that it felt especially stiff for me because it was rather a middleweight. A heavier racquet doesn't give me the same impression of stiffness because the ball doesn't push it around so much - very much the case with the cozy 6.1 Classics weighing in at 12.8 oz.

    If you don't want to go with something too stiff, I'd caution against grabbing one of these without test driving it first. I'd expect a one-handed backhand to potentially benefit from a racquet with a little more heft and stability than the Diablo midplus. That Prince is a nice hitter, but I'd designate that racquet as a light middleweight that also has some flex. That means that you need to work rather hard to put more pepper or spin on the ball with it.

    Plenty of options in the 95"-98" range to consider. If you like the flex in your Diablo, you ought to do okay with something just a little more hefty that also offers some flex. As for lead tape, just get some and experiment with it - you'll be an expert (like the rest of us) in no time!... and if it makes the racquet feel worse, you can just peel it off. If you don't want to pull the trigger on a new racquet yet, you could certainly try some lead on your Prince.

    Aside from the 10 series Volkls, I'll suggest a look at maybe the Pacific X Force Pro or X Feel Pro 95, and the Wilson BLX ProStaff, which could be a great alternative to your Diablo.
     
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