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Dunlop said they learned from nature when they introduced their Biomimetic racquet line last year. Well, it appears they went back to school for 2012’s new Biomimetic F, M and S series (the letter designations signify Fast, Medium or Slow swing speeds).
Re-Engineering the Line - Dunlop took some of the exciting developments of last year’s Biomimetic line and enhanced them for 2012. Aeroskin Cx, an aerodynamic aid inspired by sharkskin, has been strategically placed on the frame to improve swing speed by up to 11 percent over last year’s models (according to Dunlop, that means up to 36 percent better than traditional frames). Higher swing speeds will aid in power, spin generation, and maneuverability at net. Aeroskin Cx has been specifically designed for each racquet in the line, as Dunlop’s wind tunnel testing has shown that different swing speeds produce turbulence in varying areas of the frame, and Aeroskin Cx is placed accordingly.
|MoS2 grommets are made of molybdenite, a mineral with an incredibly low coefficient of friction (according to Dunlop, it’s like rubbing wet ice against itself). MoS2 is similar to snake skin (self-lubricating), allowing for smoother string movement within the grommet barrel. If the strings can “slide” inside the grommet, the reduced friction has a twofold benefit: greater power (Dunlop estimates a 27 percent improvement), and less stress on the grommets themselves (Dunlop states a 40 percent increase in durability of the grommets). CX grommets, unique to the 3.0 series, are nearly flush-mounted with the frame’s beam, allowing for an 8 percent improvement in aerodynamics in this area of the frame alone. Improved airflow will allow for greater racquet speed.|
Biofibre is a new Biomimetic technology for 2012, placing plant stem fibers in the throat and handle of the racquet. Strong but flexible, it allows for an 18 percent increase in stability and shock absorption for improved comfort and control.
The beams and head shape of the 3.0 series have been redesigned for 2012. True Oval is Dunlop’s name for a more rounded head shape providing a larger and wider sweet spot and greater spin-generating ability. The increase in head width from the center upwards gives the player more room to “brush” the ball on the forward swing, increasing the ability to create spin. Longer strings in this area will also increase the frame’s “trampoline effect” for improved ball pocketing and power.
The original 300 series’ beams – a traditional “box” shape – provided solid feel and stability, but they were also an aerodynamic drag (no pun intended). The new 3.0 beams feature an aerodynamic “wing” shape for a smaller frontal area (portion of the frame directly going at the air). With a smaller cross-section being buffeted by the wind, racquet speed is increased for greater power and maneuverability.
Picking a New Biomimetic Frame - Stronger-hitting players would do well to examine the Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour like ATP pro, Tim Smyczek (right). It has all the things advanced players should love: high weight, head-light balance, dense string pattern and mid-plus head size combine to make this an outstanding control frame.
The Biomimetic M series is for players with medium swing speeds: those wanting a bit more help in the power department, but still not needing a full-bore “game improvement” frame. If your swing is not quite strong enough for the 3.0 Tour, Dunlop has a great alternative for you with the M 3.0. Only 1/3 oz. lighter, it hovers just at the 11 oz. strung level, making it easier to get around. The open string pattern helps provide more power and access to spin for your slightly lower racquet speeds. The M 3.0 has has been Heather Watson's (above left) secret weapon as the 20-year-old has worked her way up to become the top-ranked British woman on the WTA. It's also the choice of lefty Spaniard Fernando Verdasco (left).
The M 6.0 sports a sub-10 oz. unstrung weight and 102 square inch head combined with a mid-wide 25mm beam to help mid-speed swingers move the racquet with extra speed and power. The head-light balance makes for great maneuverability at net, something intermediate doubles players should love.
If you’re looking for even more assistance in the racquet speed department, Dunlop has 3 Biomimetic choices for you. Juniors looking to “play up” into the Biomimetic series should be eager to swing the S 3.0 Lite. A 98 square inch head and 22mm beam will aid in control, while the 9 1/3 oz. unstrung weight will allow developing players the ability to generate racquet head speed without a lot of muscle. The S 6.0 Lite should be a staple choice for players with slower swing speeds, as it has all the requisite qualities. The 105 square inch head is powerful without being unwieldy; its mid-wide beam will play solidly and in control; and its 9.7 oz. unstrung weight will be fast and maneuverable while allowing ample room for customization.
Finally, the Big Daddy Biomimetic frame is the S 8.0 Lite. With 115 square inches of racquet head, widebody beams, and firm flex, this is one solid and powerful frame. The sub 9-ounce weight makes it easy to swing quickly and move at net for players at a 3.5 level and below.
Dunlop has noticeably improved their Biomimetic line of frames for 2012. Changes in head shape and profile, combined with reapplication of established Biomimetic technologies and a clearer separation of performance qualities to allow any player to select the best racquet for their playing style.
Check out the Tennis Express Demo Program for your chance to try one of the new Dunlop Biomimetic racquets!
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