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Thursday, July 26, 2012 Cibulkova Triumphs with Dunlop

Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite

Dunlop’s WTA pro Dominika Cibulkova proved size is irrelevant by recently capturing the Mercury Insurance Open title with the help of her Biomimetic 600 Lite frame. At only 5’3,” she needs as much added power as possible, and she’s picked the perfect racquet to get the job done.

The Biomimetic 600 Lite is perfect for Cibulkova, but with 19 racquets in Dunlop’s successful Biomimetic line, there are weight and head size variations for players of every size and level. Check them out here.

Specs - The 600 Lite weighs in at a, well, “lite” 9.6 oz. (272g), with a 4-point head light balance of 13 1/8” (332mm) on its 27 ¼” length. Flex is a firm 70 on the Babolat RDC, and swing weight is a low 276. The head size, at 105 square inches, bridges the gap between mid-plus and oversize. Beam widths vary from 24-26mm along the frame, and all of this implies a fast-swinging, stiff feel on court.

Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite

Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite

In Play - The 600 Lite swings with ease from the baseline, and accelerates quickly up the back of the ball on topspin shots. The stiffness helps create power and enhances stability on miss-hits, particularly those high on the string face. The frame moves quickly overhead on the serve, allowing you to easily create kick or slice spin.

The lightness helps maneuverability at net, but lacks the touch and feel of a softer-flex racquet. However, it’s divine on swing volleys – a shot that’s become popular with the younger generation of players.

Fine Points - Dunlop says they “learned from nature” in creating the Biomimetic line, so we’ll assume they’re going for a “zebra” look with the white and black paint job. It’s an excellent combination of bright and subdued, and the 3-D green holographic image on the butt cap is both futuristic and cool.

“Aeroskin” has been applied at strategic points along the frame to direct airflow, allowing the 600 Lite to cut through the air. The Gecko-Tac grip has fine tackiness, but is just a little on the thin side. The butt cap has good width at the bottom, and flares perfectly for those who like to hold the racquet low on serves.

Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite
Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite It almost seems like Dunlop built the Biomimetic 600 Lite around Cibulkova’s game: a lightweight, powerful frame that allows you to whip balls from the baseline, crush swinging volleys, and create pace on the serve. Players of smaller stature or simply those looking to get a little extra power would be wise to add it to their demo list alongside the Babolat Pure Drive Lite, Head YouTek IG Extreme S, Head YouTek IG Instinct S, or Prince EXO3 Red 105.


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