FX? Stands for FORCE, this is a racquet with a big force, POWER!
This FX 500 racquet, FX standing for the Force series is the third main category of racquets from Dunlop. Their first line was the CX line (control) and the second was the SX line (spin). So now Dunlop offers three different types of racquets for different type of players and playstyles. These lines are almost comparable to what Babolat offers with their Pure Aero, Strike and Drive series, this FX being the copy of the Pure Drive. I tested both the FX 500 and the Pure Drive side by side and I can tell they play very simular. They even have the exact same specs in stock form. The feel is different but the playability is the same.
- Head size: 100 in² or 645 cm²
- Length: 27 inches or 68.5 cm
- Weight unstrung: 300 g or 10.6 oz
- Weight strung: 318 g or 11.2 oz
- Balance: 320 mm/7 pts HL
- Swingweight (strung): 314
- String Pattern: 16/19
- Beam Width: 23/26/23 mm
- Stiffness: 71 RA
- Power level: Medium (it’s a powerful frame)
Technologies used in this frame is the Sonic Core (material used in 10&2 o’clock to reduce vibrations), Flex Touch Resin (used in the shaft to soften impact), Power Boost Groove (grommet system that increases power level) simular to Babolats FSI tech. This racquet benefits from it’s open 16/19 string pattern to generate even more power and spin then you can imagine.
I felt when hitting the ball just like I do with these kind of frames that the ball could just fly long (very long) whenever it wanted. I couldn’t really control it when it happened so that was a really uncomfortable feeling. I am a fan of Dunlop racquets having used the CX line and tried to SX also so I enjoy the feeling. This racquet is a bit stiffer then the others with a RA of 71 but I actually didn’t have any trouble with pain which I could feel some when I hit with the Pure Drive.
This is a fun racquet and it’s mainly made for players needing some extra pace and power with shorter swings. This type of racquet doesn’t suit me becuase I can already create all that power by myself with a longer and faster stroke. I can see a lot of people enjoying this since it’s so easy to use, the racquet does the work for you. I had no troubles defending, attacking hitting volleys or anything, only issue is that it might be a tad to powerful but that’s the whole idea of this frame. Conclusion: easy power, depth, pop and spin. Read my Pure Drive or my Wilson Ultra review to find out more about these kinds of racquets.
That’s all for this review and I hoped you enjoyed it, please comment if there’s any questions I haven’t answered. Have a great day, bye!