Henman Racquet

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  1. BHiC

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    Just thought it was interesting and something that is worth sharing here - for people curious about how Tim Henman's racquet played, he used the same mold as the current Dunlop Biomimetic F 2.0 Tour. I do not know anything about his particular specs, all I know is the that the Dunlop F 2.0 and M 2.0 molds have been around for a while as Dunlop pro stocks, and the F 2.0 mold was used by both Henman (Dunlop owns Slazenger) and Mardy Fish when he was with Dunlop.
     
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  2. makinao

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    Which Henman racquet are you talking about? The B&W Pro Braided? The black and gold Trinity? The X1 (which he reportedly never really used)? A Wilson 6.1 (which reportedly he used all along underneath a paint job)?
     
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  3. thejackal

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    6.1 with no PWS, in all likelihood.

    robredo mightve had something similar too
     
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  4. magnut

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    The retail Slazenger B&W pro braided was a sweet stick. I have no idea if he actually used it though. My early matches when he started making his mark he had a PS 6.1 classic blacked out.
     
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    TH played his whole career with a SMU 6.1 Pro Staff without external PWS made by SunHosan in various paintjobs. Comp. Braided CF/Kev.
     
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  6. jimbo333

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    Yes, this is correct, but I've just looked at the new F2.0 and it does indeed look to be the same mold. If true I think this is the first time that this particular Dunlop Pro Stock mold has been used for a retail Dunlop racket?
     
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  7. High street sw19

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    Yeah maybe they copied it but it won't play the same as it's for sure a cheaper lay up.
     
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  8. BHiC

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    Yes, that is correct. I had a chance to speak with someone who was on the development team that literally helps design Dunlop racquets and string, and he stated that this was the first time that these molds have been released to the public.
     
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    Different string pattern tho
     
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    i can't get used to these new dunlop codes...so confusing = no buy
     
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  11. BHiC

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    Good point, it looks like his racquet was a 16x19 pattern, which means he was playing with a customized M 2.0 as opposed to F 2.0 Tour. Thanks for pointing that out.

    The new codes are rather simple, just divide the old number by 100 (with a few exceptions)

    F 2.0 Tour = 200
    M 2.0 = 200 lite
    F 3.0 Tour = 300 Tour
    M 3.0 = 300
    S 3.0 Lite = 300 Lite
    F 5.0 Tour = 500 Tour
    M 5.0 = 500
    S 5.0 Lite = 500 Lite
    M 6.0 = 600
    S 6.0 Lite = 600 Lite
    S 8.0 Lite = nothing comparable in biomimetic line

    Hope that helps.
     
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  12. magnut

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    The specs look pretty sweet on this racquet. A little stiff but not too bad. It sure is ugly though. Looks like a motorcross bike or a cheap walmart racquet. I wish these manufacturers would just keep things clean and simple.
     
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  13. BHiC

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    Yeah, I didn't like the F 2.0 when I first tried it but now I am loving it with some lead at 10 and 2. Imo it doesn't play like a 67 stiffness racquet, don't know where tennis warehouse got that number from. According to Dunlop the stiffness is 63.
     
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    Yes of course, the Pro Stock's were 16x18, I forgot about that!
     
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    If Dunlop/Slazenger would re-release the Pro Braid Trinity, it'd be game over. I'd buy 6 and be done with anything else. That PJ was my favorite of all time. Mostly black with a little gold/silver on a couple points on the hoop. So classic.
     
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  16. skycadet

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    The Dunlop Biomimetic M2.0 caught my eye for the same reason everyone is discussing on this site.. the type of mold used. I'm a big Slazenger fan and I have owned most of the Tim Henman stock version out there. Pro braided x3 ( black and white) Trinity x6, X 1 x2, NX Type One X2, and the Quad Flex 305 x 6. Tim Henman definately used a modded version of the 6.1 pro staff, even at his latest game ( at the Royal Albert hall ) he used the same stick but in the latest Slazenger V98 tour ( Black and Orange ) paint job. Having said of all that, I'm VERY TEMPTED to get a pair of the Dunlop M2.0 as this would be the closest I can get to an actual version that Henman used ( sadly minus the Slazenger logos ). The specs looked good and I'm a big fan of a 95sq inch head. Sad to say that Slazenger have only lately produced decent rackets with a 97/98 sq inch head and I just can't seem to get used that small change.

    By the way I love the Type NX one paint job but hated the stock version specs. If only they produced a 95 sq inch stick with the same mold as the one used by Henman. Oh well .. gone off track here
     
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  17. Seth

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    Wasn't Henman's actual frame extended?
     
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  18. skycadet

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    That's absouletly correct. By half an inch apparently. I think theirs a video of Henman talking to Chris from TW about his racket set up. Not sure exactly where the video can be found here but I do know it's somewhere on YouTube. I'm not sure why he extended it :confused:. Maybe to get that extra " reach" on volleys? :shock:
     
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  19. RJYU

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    Actually 1 cm to be exact.
     
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