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Thursday, January 20, 2011 Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite Tennis Racquet

The new Dunlop Biomimetic line was introduced a few weeks ago, and since then the primary focus on the line is of course on the racquets. The feature racquet this time is the new Biomimetic 600 Lite, the lightest and most powerful racquet of the initial release line. The new racquets are set to be released on November 1, 2010. The new Biomimetic line, including bags, is set to be shown off by the Dunlop players at the Australian Open in 2011. Sharing a similar name to the Biomimetic 600, the two racquets are designed for very different tennis players. Weighing 0.3 ounces lighter than the 600, the Lite is designed for a shorter stroke. The increased power is due to a larger headsize as well as a quarter inch extended length. This frame will see play on the WTA Tour in the hand of Dominika Cibulkova, who will be switching from her current Aerogel 4D Super Lite. While more control oriented than her old frame, the Biomimetic 600 Lite is the closest successor in the initial line. The frame weighs in at almost two ounces heavier than the Super Lite, but still provides plenty of power thanks to the new Biomimetic technologies. Cibulkova is still currently using her Aerogel 4D frame but plans to make the switch during the off-season to lessen the adjustment pains. The new 600 Lite features a matte white and black paintjob and comes in with these specs: Head Size: 105 sq. in. Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite Tennis Racquet Weight: 9.7 oz. Length: 27.25 in. Balance: Even Beam Width: 22-26-24 mm String Pattern: 16x19 All of the new Biomimetic racquets feature three new technologies, Aeroskin, HM6 Carbon, and Gecko-Tac grips. Designed for game improvers through advanced players, the 600 Lite will be the Biomimetic frame of choice for players with a more compact swing. The Aeroskin technology is inspired by the skin of a shark and uses small bumps along the red graphics of the frame, creating small areas of turbulence around the frame as it moves through the air. This localized turbulence allows the racquet to get through the air with less resistance. The quicker racquet head speed means greater power and maneuverability. The HM6 graphite comes from the honeycomb structure seen in a typical beehive and Formula 1 race cars. These are sheets of carbon that are formed using a network of hexagonal shaped units to create a stronger carbon sheet. The HM6 sheets are woven in along with Dunlop’s Aerogel graphite primarily in the throat area of the frame. The cell structure consists of approximately 95% air, helping to dampen out unwanted vibration from reaching your hand. This means greater comfort and enhanced feel from all parts of the court. Gecko-Tac is a new grip developed by Dunlop based on the pads on a Gecko. The grip features a surface treatment for greater tack, giving the player more control of the racquet and ensuring a comfortable grip. The surface is also perforated for moisture wicking, so the grip never loses its comfortable, tacky feel. Despite its moderate 105 sq. in. headsize, the new Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite packs a lot of punch. This one is out to compete with one of the most popular racquets in the smaller oversize category, the Prince EXO3 Red, and from the look of it, the reigning king has reason to fear. The 600 Lite is also the only racquet in the initial release line to be available in a 4” grip, making it an excellent choice as a transition racquet for a junior just moving into adult length frames. By providing a nice blend of control with some added pop, the 600 Lite should be popular among juniors and adults alike. The slight head heavy balance lends to powerful and stable groundstrokes despite the lower overall weight. The first six Biomimetic racquets are scheduled to be released on November 1, 2010, with the Dunlop staff switching by the Australian Open in 2011.


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