Anyone still using a Dunlop 200GMW?

basil J

Hall of Fame
This was my favorite for years. I have not hit with one in quite a few years. I played last night with a friend's frame, and I could not believe how low powered this frame is. Granted it was old, but in great shape, strung with full poly at 45#, I really had to swing out to get any depth or pace. I don't remember working this hard back in the day(mid 2000's). I always found this frame comfortable with point & shoot accuracy. He had no issue with depth or spin, but his shots were not very hard. Anyways, I was wondering that a frame with such a devoted following back in the day, if anyone still used theses as their main stick? I just don't see it working with modern players, heavy topspin baseline play?
 

ariwibowo

Rookie
Just recently played with my Hot Melt 200G strung with Syn Gut at 50lbs. A really nice frame for hitting session from the baseline. Add 3g of lead at 3 and 9.
 

MomentumGT

Semi-Pro
It's not my main stick but I keep it in the rotation of all my 200g models. My go to tournament/ league play is the aerogel 200. Just broke the strings on the Revolution Pro and was thinking of stringing up the Mfil then dusting off the Muscle Weave after that.
 

Dakota60

Rookie
Love these! Still in my regular rotation and in fact, also looking for a pair of the 90 sq in version of the Muscleweave if anyone has any leads!
 

Crocodile

Legend
Playing with a Dunlop MW 200 today highlights how frames have evolved over time. Even switching to a biomimetic 200, you can feel a power and comfort difference and they are very low powered in today’s terms as well. Interestingly I was hitting with a Dunlop 200G in immaculate condition about 3 months ago and it was quite powerful and comfortable but that was because of its mass and beam construction irrespective of its smaller hitting area. It did have a less focussed feel compared to the MW or more modern players sticks. What it also highlights is how enduring something like a C10 Pro. Is with it’s lively feel.
 

BillKid

Hall of Fame
This was my favorite for years. I have not hit with one in quite a few years. I played last night with a friend's frame, and I could not believe how low powered this frame is. Granted it was old, but in great shape, strung with full poly at 45#, I really had to swing out to get any depth or pace. I don't remember working this hard back in the day(mid 2000's). I always found this frame comfortable with point & shoot accuracy. He had no issue with depth or spin, but his shots were not very hard. Anyways, I was wondering that a frame with such a devoted following back in the day, if anyone still used theses as their main stick? I just don't see it working with modern players, heavy topspin baseline play?
Do poly strings work well on these low powered frames?
 

ohplease

Professional
This was my favorite for years. I have not hit with one in quite a few years. I played last night with a friend's frame, and I could not believe how low powered this frame is. Granted it was old, but in great shape, strung with full poly at 45#, I really had to swing out to get any depth or pace. I don't remember working this hard back in the day(mid 2000's). I always found this frame comfortable with point & shoot accuracy. He had no issue with depth or spin, but his shots were not very hard. Anyways, I was wondering that a frame with such a devoted following back in the day, if anyone still used theses as their main stick? I just don't see it working with modern players, heavy topspin baseline play?
Beyond just getting older - the game has changed. I used to play sticks like the MW200G, Volkl Tour 10 mids, Flexpoint Radical Tours, etc. back in the day. Now I use a Prince Beast 100, and spent a long time with the Volkl V1 Classic.

When most people were using lower powered sticks, you could get away with hitting more short balls (cause the odds of running into someone who could consistently make you pay for hitting short were lower). If you put someone on the defensive the odds of them turning the point around with one swing was low. Now? Most people are using more forgiving and higher powered frames - so short balls are punished more often, more definitively, and folks are much more willing to take a big swing in supposedly defensive positions nowadays. And the margin on your side is smaller, too, which means you cough up short balls more often, have a harder time on defense, etc.

Against someone at a lower level than me, I might be willing to try something like the 200g. Against someone at an equal or higher level - no way, not today.
 

MomentumGT

Semi-Pro
I'd be curious to how the cx200 18 x 20 measures up against the 200G MW?
I just picked up the cx200 18x20 and comparing it to the MW you definitely feel the difference. CX has a noticeable bigger sweet spot and overall feels more user friendly especially on the defensive end like another poster stated. The racquets of old do have a more solid feel especially when hitting big flat balls tho. Never really thought any of my 200gs had small sweet spots till I got the Srixon 2.0 and cx200 18x20 but what I really liked was that you can still feel the lineage of the old 200gs when hitting the newer versions
 
Beyond just getting older - the game has changed. I used to play sticks like the MW200G, Volkl Tour 10 mids, Flexpoint Radical Tours, etc. back in the day. Now I use a Prince Beast 100, and spent a long time with the Volkl V1 Classic.

When most people were using lower powered sticks, you could get away with hitting more short balls (cause the odds of running into someone who could consistently make you pay for hitting short were lower). If you put someone on the defensive the odds of them turning the point around with one swing was low. Now? Most people are using more forgiving and higher powered frames - so short balls are punished more often, more definitively, and folks are much more willing to take a big swing in supposedly defensive positions nowadays. And the margin on your side is smaller, too, which means you cough up short balls more often, have a harder time on defense, etc.

Against someone at a lower level than me, I might be willing to try something like the 200g. Against someone at an equal or higher level - no way, not today.

I agree generally but having hit with both the mw200 mid 90 and the more common mw200 against guys both younger and higher ranked i feel i up my footwork and Focus vs using my usual PT57A and yonex Vcore 95d.
But its true it takes effort...
The hoop is somewhat soft so i added 4 grams at 12 yet still a minor issue imo..
 
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