Quick review: Dunlop Biomimetic M 3.0

Dunlop Biomimetic M 3.0

What’s new

  • The beam moves away from the traditional box beam shape to be a more aerodynamic design.
  • The head of the racquets is more of a tear drop shape to help create more power.
  • Grommet strips sit flush to the frame, reducing drag in the air and increasing maneuverability.
  • The handles are longer to accommodate those with two-handed backhands.
  • Biofibre: Natural fibers, extracted from plants, are placed in the throat and handle of the racquet to increase stability and reduce shock, improving feel and control.
  • MoS2: A grommet technology inspired by snake skin, MoS2 grommets are designed to reduce string friction to allow for more string movement and resulting in more power and greater durability.
  • Aeroskin CX: Inspired by sharkskin, this technology features a dimpled texture on strategic places on the frame. This updated use of Aeroskin reduces drag by up to 36 percent, an 11 percent increase from previous Aeroskin Technology, according to Dunlop.

In a nutshell

Overall, there is some added pop from M 3.0 compared with previous iterations, but the racquet does offer plenty of control without sacrificing feel and comfort.

How it breaks down

Dunlop was successful in amping up the power level of the M 3.0, and our testers did find some added power when compared to other Dunlops. Brittany likes to dictate play from the baseline and has played with the previous Biomimetic 300. She said, “With the new M 3.0 I felt both the control and crisp feel were still present, but there was some added power.”

The only issues came when forced to generate all the pace. “When I had to create my own pace I found some power when the ball hit in the sweetspot, but I found the sweetspot to be quite small,” Brittany explained.

The extra control provided by the M 3.0 was beneficial when it came to net play. Siobhan, also an aggressive baseliner and frequent doubles player, says volleying was the highlight of the racquet.

“I really enjoyed the touch, feel and control,” she explained. I was able to be quite offensive with volleys.”

Control was again noticed when it came to serves, with Jason reporting, “I found it easy to serve with, but the spin was surprisingly just OK considering the open string pattern and the fact that I could generate tons of racquet head speed. I did feel like I could control the direction of my serves well.”

Mark compared this racquet to a variety of control-oriented racquets: ”The M 3.0 reminds me of a firmer, open patterned Head Radical Midplus, a firmer IG Radical Pro, an open patterned K Blade 98 or a slightly lighter Donnay Pro One (newer editions), and it’s similar to the Volkl Power Bridge 9.”

Though we found more power from the Biomimetic M 3.0 than the Biomimetic 300, our testers struggled with a small sweetspot. Despite these issues, the M 3.0 was a consistent performer across categories with maneuverability, control and comfort being standout aspects. That’s what our testers had to say. Check out our customer feedback for more opinions, and if this sounds like a potential racquet for you, demo one today.

Read the complete written review here.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Length 27 inches 69 centimeters
Head Size 98 square inches 632 square centimeters
Weight 11 ounces 312 grams
Balance Point 13.25 inches34 centimeters 2 Pts Head Light
Construction 22mm / 22mm / 22.5mm
Composition BioFibre
String Pattern 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
BABOLAT RDC RATINGS
Score Grade
Flex Rating 66 Range: 0-100
Swing Weight 318 Range: 200-400

Heather Watson: A great year for Great Britain!

With 2012 being a great year for Andy Murray and Britain, Heather Watson continues the success into the second half of the year this weekend. Celebrations all round for Watson, Britain and Dunlop after her stellar performance at the Japan Open, winning in a closely contested final against Taiwanese player Chang Kai-chen, 7-5, 5-7, 7-6.

Heather Watson kisses her champion's trophy. Photo courtesy of JIJI PRESS/AFP/GettyImages

Winning the tournament this weekend started a chain of events for Heather Watson, as not only did she become the number one British women’s tennis player, but she is Britain’s first winner of a WTA Tour singles title in 24 years. In a grinding final, Watson took three hours and 11 minutes to take the crown. Returning 4-5, 40-0 down, Watson managed to save four match points and then steal the tiebreak from her defeated opponent, 7-4.

Success for Heather Watson! Photo courtesy of JIJI PRESS/AFP/GettyImages

About her match, Watson said, “I’ve worked so hard for this moment. Britain has been breaking quite a few records recently, so I’m happy I could break another one today. I’m proud to do this for my country.”

Watson plays with the new Dunlop Biomimetic M 3.0 which we playtested recently here at Tennis Warehouse. This racquet is an update to Dunlop’s 300 series, with improved technologies for increased racquet head speed and better access to power. Comfort was really high, particularly on groundstrokes and serves. Touch and feel at net were also enjoyed by our entire playtesting team (check out the video here and the written review here). In the string department, Watson also reps Dunlop with her Black Widow string. One of our playtesters did a review on this string and found it to offer exceptional comfort, great power for a poly based string and excellent bite from it’s heptagonal shape (check out the video and the written review here).

With that great weekend, and a stunner of a year for Britain in 2012, let’s see what else they have for us in the upcoming months as the year comes to an end.

Cheers!

Siobhan