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Thursday, January 20, 2011 Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Tennis Racquet

With unveiling the new Dunlop Biomimetic line, the primary interest is in the new series of racquets. The initial release of the Biomimetic line is scheduled for November 1, 2010, and will showcase today’s featured frame, the Dunlop Biomimetic 600. The initial racquet release will be showcased by Dunlop’s Tour Staff at the 2011 Australian Open. The new Dunlop Biomimetic 600 frame is currently seen on tour in the hand of Tommy Robredo, as it has since Wimbledon. If any of you have been paying attention to Robredo in the last few years, since the release of the new Aerogel 4D line, he has been playing a primarily blacked out Dunlop frame, but this changed at Wimbledon when he showed up with a new, black and white Biomimetic frame. Being the first of the Tour Staff to make the switch, it’s difficult to know how much of an adjustment it was from his previous blacked out frame. Coming in as the tweener of the Biomimetic series, the 600 features a matte black and white paintjob and comes in with these specs: Head Size: 102 sq. in.Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Tennis Racquet Weight: 9.98 oz. Length: 27 in. Balance: 4 pts head light Beam Width: 25-25-22.5 mm String Pattern: 16x19 All of the new Biomimetic racquets feature three new technologies, Aeroskin, HM6 Carbon, and Gecko-Tac grips. According to Dunlop, this one is designed for intermediate to advanced level players looking for a bit more forgiveness and power. Featuring tweener specs in a 102sq. in. headsize along with a relatively light 10oz weight. 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. With specs similar to one of the most popular tweener frames, the Volkl V1 Classic, the new Dunlop Biomimetic 600 bridges the cap between power and control. The stiffer flex will provide a nice amount of power for the baseline players while the frame still retains touch for those that venture to the net. While the retail specs seem a bit on the light side for tour level play, the frame will definitely find popularity with all court players who win with consistency. The power provided will also allow these players to go for their shots when the opportunity arises. With a high level of maneuverability, this frame is designed to do a little bit of everything well. The Biomimetic 600 is the perfect racquet for a player like Robredo who has the ability to win from anywhere on the court.


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