New racket- dunlop 200g

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  1. HLM2

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    Heres my recently bought Dunlop 200g racket. I purchased it used but its in good shape. Heres some pics:

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    A few things. For those who are familiar with the racket, what material are the sides of the frame made of? The throat and upper hoop are solid black, while the sides seem to be laminated with white and have sparkling silver strands. You can see it in pics 3 and 4, how the black material changes over.

    Also, I got this racquet in 4 and 1/2 grip size, while I normally use 3/8 + an overgrip. 4 and 1/2 without an overgrip is just 1/16ths of an inch larger (in theory at least), so I should be fine right? I have used it and the handle feels noticably larger, not sure how it affects me yet.

    Its a nice solid racquet, I havn't done too much hitting with it yet, those who have it, care to share?
    Thanks
     
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  2. HLM2

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  3. soggyramen

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    it's an ok racquet for me. it's hard to find these days too
     
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  4. nickb

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    Looks in good shape...what string you got in there?

    Nick
     
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  5. HLM2

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    I think its technifibre NRG.
    Can people share their opinions about this racquet? I don't really like the feel of it so far. Its stable but has no good feel to it.
     
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  6. Azrael

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    I borrowed the HM from a friend of mine for about a week when I was looking around for racquets. It was strung with a full bed of PSGD at 53 lb, had a Tournagrip, and a #64 rubber band for vibration dampening. I absolutely loved it. Then I found the Aerogel 200 (which is much easier to find, and had a softer feel to it IMO). Had I not tried the AG200, I definitely would have gotten the HM.

    Regarding groundstrokes, the 60 RA stiffness didn't seem right to me (felt stiffer), but provided nice pop either way (numbers don't mean everything)--not too much and not too little. Spin factor wasn't all that great, but I'm a flat hitter anyway so it didn't matter much to me. Control was excellent, and depth control was almost too easy.
    And as noted above, the racquet was rather stable. I must disagree, however, that it lacked feel. The stick was crisp and told me exactly where I had hit the ball in the stringbed, whether the ball was going to fly or drop into the net.

    Serving was nice. The pop from the HM really helped my flat serves (considering I'm not that tall at 5'9"). Kick was mediocre, but directional control was phenomenal. Slice serves were the worst of the bunch IMO. Since the serves lacked a bit in net clearance in the first place, a heavy/pure slice serve didn't seem very practical. Nor did it have any sort of crazy slice, which would be pretty cool.

    Returns were equally pleasing. Against fast, hard servers, I felt that I could only block back returns since maneuverability isn't exactly one of its strong points. When given the chance, aggressive returns were great.

    Volleys were fun. Stable as a rock. Pushed the volleys deep and with pace.


    IMO you should give the HM200G some time.

    Sorry for the long post, but I really liked this racquet. It would be a shame if you gave up on it.
     
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  7. HLM2

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    I previously tried out a friends and really liked the lively and crisp feel to it. This one however really does not feel crisp at all. Could it be the strings? Do most people string this frame at a lower tension? I might try restringing and see how it plays.
     
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  8. nickb

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    Get it restrung....sounds like the strings are dead...they could be years old

    Nick
     
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  9. Jonny S&V

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    Ditto. Although I thought the 200g was a good racquet, I thought the M-fil 200 was even better. I felt that it was a little more mushy then the 200g, which is good for me because my best and favorite shot is the drop shot.
     
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  10. tsmcauliffe

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    You don't like the feel to bad. I can sell the XL version or you should just switch to the AG200 they are great.
     
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  11. nickb

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    Yeah I agree...the Mfils are very nice sticks...great for the price. The Mfil 200is one of the best racquets for volleys I have ever had....rock solid and great touch/feel.

    Nick
     
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  12. badmice2

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    I really didnt like the MFil; is not a "daily stick" where i was confortable with it day in and out (i sold mine). I actually own 3 HM and have had good results with them. In addition, i also own 2 Muscle Weaves, which are the prime Dunlop sticks...there just isnt any comparison with the MW and all other versions.

    I've hit with the AG a couple of times and found that it closely resembles the MW; however, the heft gives the extra "umph" for groundies.
     
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  13. HLM2

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    Yea the strings are very old apparently so you think this could be the problem?
    Also, can anyone answer my question about what the material is on the centers of the racquet frame?
     
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  14. badmice2

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    if you're refering to the part over the Dunlop logo, that's the Muscle Weave technology.

    Also if you noticed, the head of the racket (10-2 oclock) and lower part of the loop (5-7, all the way down to the neck) has a matted color/coding to it, that's the HotMelt technology the added to re-enforce the frame.


    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/technologies.html
     
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