A midsize racquet made for aggressive baseliners who needs excellent feel and great precision exactly like Kevin Anderson
This is the review of the Dunlop CX 200 Tour 16×19 (string pattern). This racquet is the little brother of Kevin Anderson’s racquet of choice, the CX 200 Tour 18×20 which is a little bit heavier and got a more dense string pattern and therefore more difficult to use. The CX racquet line is mostly made for players looking for control and that can generate their own power and spin. It’s made for an aggressive baseliner who needs precision and feel to dominate the point and place their shots well inside the lines. It features two different technologies, the first is the SonicCore that will reduce shocks from the racquet by 37% resulting in a more comfortable feel at impact with the ball. The second “tech” is the PowerGrid which essentially is the crosses being placed closer to each other creating a larger sweetspot more towards the top of the racquet.
- Head size: 95 in² or 613 cm²
- Length: 27 inches or 68,6 cm
- Weight unstrung: 310 g or 10,9 oz
- Balance: 310 mm or 10 pts HL
- Swingweight: 317
- String Pattern: 16/19
- Beam Width: 20,5/20,5/20,5 mm
- Stiffness: 64 RA
- Power level: Low
I played with the racquet in stock form (no customization) and with a leather grip both strung with a double polyester hybrid consisting with Head Lynx Tour and Head Sonic Pro at 24 and 25 kilos. I liked playing with the leather grip on since it gave me more weight and stability while at the sime time making the racquet more head light and easier to swing and generate spin. I had no issues with pain or anything really, I did go down one kilo on my strings just to give me a little bit more power and comfort because this frame really doesn’t give you anything for free.
How does it play?
The CX 200 Tour is an unforgiving racquet with it’s 95 sq² head but compared to a Head Prestige Pro with the same headsize it’s still more forgiving in my taste. Don’t get me wrong, any frame hits will make a bad shot but it will still land inside the court most of the times. As long as you hit the middle of the racquet, the sweetspot, you will have no problem what so ever. It has great precision, feel, spin but no power, power and forgivness are the only things you don’t get, but if you’re an advanced player with good technique and footwork that won’t be a problem. Just have this in mind before purchasing this racquet, am I a tournament or maybe an advanced player with good enough technique to handle a 95 sq² racquet with some weight on it? If yes, go ahead and buy it, if no then maybe look into the Dunlop CX 200 which is a little bit more forgiving with it’s 98 sq² head and lower static weight.
I use this racquet on a daily basis, it’s my go to racquet for the moment and I am very satisfyed with it right now. I definitely recommend this one for you all that want a low powered aggressive racquet, great job on this one Dunlop! That’s all for this review and I hoped you’d liked it and this gave you an idea of how the racquet actually plays! Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and that’s all, bye!