Head Extreme Tour 360+ versus Dunlop CX 200

enJin_

New User
Of all the racquets currently available, these two might be one of the most closely matched pairs, spec-wise: 98", 16x19, 11.4 oz, 6 pts HL, 317-318 sw, 64-65 stiffness, with the biggest (slight) difference being the beam width.

Can anyone that has played with both give a comparison of these two racquets? I recently got the Extreme Tour and while I love many things about it, I just cannot get used to that grip shape, despite Head's best efforts to make it more square-shaped (coming from a Wilson). I do prefer Dunlop's grip shape, and if the CX 200 feels anything like the Extreme Tour I just might make the switch..
 

JoaoN

Semi-Pro
Played with both, they are really close to each other, CX200 has a thinner and constant beam, which, in my experience makes it a bit less stable.
 

Crocodile

Legend
I prefer the feel of the Dunlop CX to the Head Extreme Tour. The Extreme feel a little plasticky compared to the Dunlop.
 

jdx2112

Semi-Pro
I enjoyed hitting with the extreme tour but haven’t tried the CX…spec wise though I’m not sure the CX gives me more than my gravity tour…
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
The new CX (2021, red) has a better feel.
The Head has a very dry feel -- nothing good or satisfying about it.
Feel aside, the Extreme Tour has a much higher power, much better consistency. For match play, the Extreme Tour is a better racquet.
 

enJin_

New User
The new CX (2021, red) has a better feel.
The Head has a very dry feel -- nothing good or satisfying about it.
Feel aside, the Extreme Tour has a much higher power, much better consistency. For match play, the Extreme Tour is a better racquet.
Maybe the consistency issue with the CX 200 has to do with the strange string pattern? The crosses are super dense in the center but much more spaced out toward the tip/throat - just based on pictures it looks unlike anything I've seen.

If Dunlop would just make the crosses consistently and evenly spaced out this racquet could be one of the best in its class..
 

jdx2112

Semi-Pro
The new CX (2021, red) has a better feel.
The Head has a very dry feel -- nothing good or satisfying about it.
Feel aside, the Extreme Tour has a much higher power, much better consistency. For match play, the Extreme Tour is a better racquet.
As a happy Gravity Tour user, the Extreme Tour is one of the few racquets I’ve considered switching to.
 
The weird cross density of the CX line does not negatively affect playability. I currently play the OS and it’s the best hitting frame for me. Love the control and I’m coming from 18x20. Great spin from the evenly spaced 16 mains, great control from the dense crosses in the sweetspot.
 
The CX Tour has a more plush feel and like others mention is definitely a platform racquet. I love the 18x20 for control and comfort. I would suggest lowering the tension down into the low 40s to boost the power but overall, I think it's one of the most comfortable 95 sq inch racquet and I have tried pretty much all of the new ones out there. Great for volleys and serves but needs some lead tape to give it some oomph.
 

Notorious_Junkballer

Professional
The CX Tour has a more plush feel and like others mention is definitely a platform racquet. I love the 18x20 for control and comfort. I would suggest lowering the tension down into the low 40s to boost the power but overall, I think it's one of the most comfortable 95 sq inch racquet and I have tried pretty much all of the new ones out there. Great for volleys and serves but needs some lead tape to give it some oomph.
But this was about the regular CX 200 which is 98 sqinch and 16x19.
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
Maybe the consistency issue with the CX 200 has to do with the strange string pattern? The crosses are super dense in the center but much more spaced out toward the tip/throat - just based on pictures it looks unlike anything I've seen.

If Dunlop would just make the crosses consistently and evenly spaced out this racquet could be one of the best in its class..
It may be. I must say that their variable spacing works wonders in their 100" frames (CV 3.0 ). I get so much more control / predictability with that pattern, compared to other 100" racquets I've tried. Not sure how to explain why cx200 is less consistent than Head Extreme Tour.
 

Fluffy_Skye

New User
As a happy Gravity Tour user, the Extreme Tour is one of the few racquets I’ve considered switching to.
I'm using the extreme tour and considering the gravity tour lol. The gravity tour has a bigger head-size and more head-heavy. Is the difference in maneuverability noticeable due to this difference?
 

JoaoN

Semi-Pro
I'm using the extreme tour and considering the gravity tour lol. The gravity tour has a bigger head-size and more head-heavy. Is the difference in maneuverability noticeable due to this difference?
I tried both, in my experience, the gravity tour is way less maneuverable than the extreme tour.
 

jdx2112

Semi-Pro
I'm using the extreme tour and considering the gravity tour lol. The gravity tour has a bigger head-size and more head-heavy. Is the difference in maneuverability noticeable due to this difference?
The difference is significant. But I don’t have issues with the Tour’s maneuverability. It’s static weight is low enough for me. But the extreme tour is headlight and whippy. But to do that means reducing some of the power out of head. It trades plow through for head speed snd a tad more stiffness.
 

Fluffy_Skye

New User
I tried both, in my experience, the gravity tour is way less maneuverable than the extreme tour.
Good to know! Then the gravity is not for me. I like the plushy feel of the extreme tour. I heard people describe the cx 200 as crisp. I don’t know what crisp means but I like to feel little to no vibration on my hand, which is probably what people call muted or dampened? In this case, would you say cx 200 is not as plushy and dampened as the extreme tour? Also I think extreme tour is pretty solid on impact. Is cx 200 less solid due to the thinner beam? Thanks!
 

JoaoN

Semi-Pro
Good to know! Then the gravity is not for me. I like the plushy feel of the extreme tour. I heard people describe the cx 200 as crisp. I don’t know what crisp means but I like to feel little to no vibration on my hand, which is probably what people call muted or dampened? In this case, would you say cx 200 is not as plushy and dampened as the extreme tour? Also I think extreme tour is pretty solid on impact. Is cx 200 less solid due to the thinner beam? Thanks!
For my game, a felt the CX200 just a bit less stable, but the ET is not a very stable frame to begin with, as i feel it lacks mass in the head. But you can fix this easily with a feel grams of lead.
 

JoaoN

Semi-Pro
The difference is significant. But I don’t have issues with the Tour’s maneuverability. It’s static weight is low enough for me. But the extreme tour is headlight and whippy. But to do that means reducing some of the power out of head. It trades plow through for head speed snd a tad more stiffness.
Agree with everthing. I do feel the gravity tour is very polarized, which i don't really like. Loved the feel and power, but couldn't maneuver it at net or on serves.
 

jdx2112

Semi-Pro
For my game, a felt the CX200 just a bit less stable, but the ET is not a very stable frame to begin with, as i feel it lacks mass in the head. But you can fix this easily with a feel grams of lead.
A lot of people talk about adding lead to the head, but if you alter the balance too much, the racquet starts to lose its uniqueness.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
I can easily cast another vote for the CX. It has an old-school wood racquet feel, with power and spin of a modern tour racquet added.
 

TennisHound

Legend
For my game, a felt the CX200 just a bit less stable, but the ET is not a very stable frame to begin with, as i feel it lacks mass in the head. But you can fix this easily with a feel grams of lead.
I think you hit the nail on the head - which frame performs better with weight, since they both require weight to get the most out of it.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I own and was a play tester for the first-generation CX 200, and I hit the Extreme Tour for one session. I did not directly compare them, but I can share my impressions. Both frames will perform better with some extra weight. The CX200 has a low launch angle and feels underpowered without more weight. The Extreme Tour is more spin friendly and can be used in stock form if you have a very fast swing and lots of topspin, but it feels insubstantial in the head. The CX 200 has good dampening technology and provides a good blend between comfort and feedback, but it can be a bit harsh if you catch the ball too far off center. The ET is less dampened but I never found it uncomfortable. The CX 200 is more of a Pro Staff competitor for someone who wants a good all-court racquet with control. Although the Extreme Tour is more controlled than the regular G360+ Extreme or the Pure Aero, it’s still more of a baseline / spin player frame for guys who want a bit lower power level than the 100” offerings. I hope this helps.
 
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