Dunlop Hotmelt 200g

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Played with this stick today, first time I've used a dense string pattern for aaaages.
Feel is amazing, like butter, feels better than my Prostaff 90. Flex
1st serves where great, again maybe better than my 90 for control and pace was there in bundles.
Volleys - perfect, again maybe better than the 90, slightly more forgiving.

Here is the issue, I kept the balance pretty similar to spec, but leaded it up to be around the same weight as my 90. After customisation, it was more headlight than previously but still not as HL as my 90.
Interestingly, I struggled with depth control, I had to flatten my strokes more, which ended up with less depth control and my shots where going long. I also anticipated this, and strung with 5lbs differential. Was this the issue? I will string it up normally next time. I don't have any issues with weight up to around 350grams, but I might take the lead out of the head, and make it lighter and more HL, to help the whipiness.

If I can sort the groundstrokes out, I might switch, the feel is butter. Yes it is an old racket.

Aside the few issues, great racket, should be great for doubles.
 

StanAO14

Rookie
I have still one I'm my closet. When I was a teenager I played with it and loved it. It is a Great all court frame. Very precise/ touch/ feel and whippy in stock because of it's relatively low SW and HL balance. I would still play with it if I would be playing every day, because it is not an easy frame, but it definetely rewards the player who Moves well and hits through the ball. Great directional control. Has your issue maybe to do with the different string patterns?
 

StanAO14

Rookie
No, or you should look at later versions of the 200- series. Like the biomimetic M2.0, but these are Actually Nothing like the Muscle Weave or hotmelt 200G (much stiffer and ticker beam). I would advise you to take a look at the Angell TC 95 custom frame with 16x19 pattern. Racquet is designed by the man who also designed the dunlop 200G MW and hotmelt.
 

Alan_Hill

Rookie
No, or you should look at later versions of the 200- series. Like the biomimetic M2.0, but these are Actually Nothing like the Muscle Weave or hotmelt 200G (much stiffer and ticker beam). I would advise you to take a look at the Angell TC 95 custom frame with 16x19 pattern. Racquet is designed by the man who also designed the dunlop 200G MW and hotmelt.
The tc95 16x19 has very very open pattern. It's a different stick
I still have 4 200G. Very nice classic stick
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
It actually took me some research to find out about this stick as only the basic specs are printed on the racket, weight isn't and the name on the side "200G" looks like 2006.
 

Bogdan_TT

Professional
The Hotmelt 200g is my coach's racquet. He's former ATP, has been using this stick for the past 10 years, at least, and he's using it stock. He hits impressive shots with it.

I've been playing with it myself, and compared it with my tc95 330g 63ra 18x20 377sw. They feel almost the same, the only difference being that the HM200g kind of feels heavier, but really maneuvrable (the stock sw is clearly lower than 377) while the tc95 feels more solid.

The strings were different, him using cheap powerful strings while me yonex poly tour pro at 24/22kg, lower powered than his.

Anyway, they're quite similar (hm is box beam though), which is not really surprising as they've been designed by the same guy. Really sweet frame.

Edit: one more thing - the HM200g is very fast through the air. Much faster than the TC95, which has some kind of drag, in comparison.
 

Alan_Hill

Rookie
The Hotmelt 200g is my coach's racquet. He's former ATP, has been using this stick for the past 10 years, at least, and he's using it stock. He hits impressive shots with it.

I've been playing with it myself, and compared it with my tc95 330g 63ra 18x20 377sw. They feel almost the same, the only difference being that the HM200g kind of feels heavier, but really maneuvrable (the stock sw is clearly lower than 377) while the tc95 feels more solid.

The strings were different, him using cheap powerful strings while me yonex poly tour pro at 24/22kg, lower powered than his.

Anyway, they're quite similar (hm is box beam though), which is not really surprising as they've been designed by the same guy. Really sweet frame.

Edit: one more thing - the HM200g is very fast through the air. Much faster than the TC95, which has some kind of drag, in comparison.
I have both 200G and TC95 both version.
The Dunlop in stock form swingweight around 315, very fast through the air.
TC95 I feel hit through the ball much more, Dunlop is whippy, need lead for heavy shot .
 
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