Recently, I raved about the potential of the Donnay Formula 100 racquet becoming a new favorite of mine (but I also noted having issues with the depth on my backhand). Move over Donnay, the Dunlop Biomimetric F5.0 Tour has quickly moved into that second spot behind my Babolat Pure Drive GT.
I strung up the F5.0 Tour with some Black Shark at 60 pounds (yes, I like tight poly strings!) and had an absolute blast hitting with this racquet. I found I could swing freely and had great access to spin and power. Balls that I thought I was missing by a couple inches were landing in. And my backhand was not a problem as I could swing fast and free through my backhand. I could control the ball and play consistent or rip the ball and flatten out or even access some heavy spin for defense.
At the net, I enjoyed the extra pop I found to have on my volleys. It was easy to be precise and catch balls out in front. It felt like perfection on my overheads – every overhead I hit felt crisp. On my serves, I was able to execute big first serves and hit my targets, as well as use my spin and kick on second serves. I took both racquets out for doubles and began with the Donnay Formula 100 as I had really enjoyed its performance at the net and on my serve. Everything was fine except I wasn’t executing my backhand returns. I couldn’t seem to whip around fast enough to keep the ball in and off the bigger first serves, my chips were floating wide or long. I was so frustrated that I switched to the Dunlop F5.0 Tour mid-return game and was able to get my backhand return going again.
This Dunlop packs a lot of power, but I’m finding that it is helping me put balls away on a slower court. As I mentioned before, I’m using a very spin-friendly polyester strung higher than average, but it works perfectly for me, just enough control and it doesn’t put any strain on my arm. I don’t feel like my power is being withheld, where as with the Donnay, I felt like I had to work harder to penetrate the court. I am enjoying this racquet, especially in singles and will continue to play around with the Donnay 100, but for now, I’m going to try to channel my inner Nico Almagro and enjoy this Dunlop as my new favorite toy on the court.
Play with heart,