Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour review
I was very excited to test and review the new Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour tennis racquet. I was pretty curious to see how this new technology would stand against the previous Dunlop models (AeroGel 4D). I was immediately impressed by the paint job the Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour had, the black, metallic silver, grey, and yellow really made the frame stand out. I also noticed the textured parts of the frame, the “shark skin” texture was created to reduce drag and increase reacquet head speed to get more powerful shots from all parts of the court.
I took a bunch of practice swings in my living room to see how the Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour frame felt swinging through the air. The frame felt pretty normal, nothing special but nothing terrible either. One thing I did notice was the weight distribution of the Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour, since it was only 3 points head light, and I’m used to about 8 points head light, I thought the 500 Tour was pretty well balanced. Aside from how much I liked the balance, I did not like the weight feel; the specs for this Dunlop is 11 ounces, it really felt closer to 10 ounces. It just felt really light and lacked the solid feel that I prefer in a tennis racket.
Warming up with Dunlop’s Biomimetic 500 Tour was almost impressive, as some balls would scream awesomeness while other were pretty bland. I tried to get some addiontal power by flattening my forehand and backhand out but that did not give me the pace I was looking for. Going full speed and playing points, the Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour did not preform as I wanted. When taking big cuts at the ball, the pace would lack but there was plenty of control available. With the openness of the stringbed – 16×19 – spin was accessible but not hugely impressive.
The one thing that bothered me the most while reviewing the Biomimetic 500 Tour, was the sound the frame would make at contact. It was exceptionally loud compared to previous models. When the ball would come in contact from the forehand side at full pace, it would almost sound like I was hitting with a tin can. I’m not sure if it’s the technology the racket has but I was more distracted by the sound than anything else. The Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour’s sound made me like the racquet less.
My favorite thing about reviewing this Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour racquet was how favorable it was to the arm. I did not feel a single twinge of vibration on any part of my arm. A definite bonus for the player looking for an arm friendly tennis racket. I was really impressed how Dunlop reduced the vibration throughout the entire frame which led to no pain in the arm.
Overall, my review of the Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour is not extremely positive, however; this frame certainly hold some potential for a specific group of tennis players. I would have to say that this Dunlop is better suited for the tennis player looking for some extra power – because he or she cannot produce the swing speed needed for power – and in search for an arm friend tennis racket. It has potential to be a good players racquet, it’s just needs some customizations. Is this the worst tennis racquet on the market right now? Not even close. Is it the best tennis racquet on the market right now? Not a chance. The Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour resides in the “pretty good” tennis racquet category for me. Like I said, it’s good for the players looking to add power to their game without having to swing harder.
Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour Racquet Specs:
Head Size: 100 sq. in.
Strung Weight: 11oz
Balance: 3 pts HL
String Pattern:16 Mains & 18 Crosses