I really enjoyed the FX 500 V1 but struggled with stability on the Tour. What is new in V2? Check out my Dunlop FX 500 Tour V2 Review.
Dunlop FX 500 Tour V2 Review
The previous Dunlop FX 500 was Dunlop's best power racquet (check out my other favorite power racquets here). How could you improve on it? The main downside of the FX 500 and its brother, the FX 500 Tour was the firm feel. I did most things well and I enjoyed the dense center pattern that allowed for good directional control. However, my arm felt slightly sore after playing it with a full bed of poly. As you can see in my Dunlop FX 500 V2 review, they have added Sonic Core w/Infinergy (foam) in the upper hoop to soften the feel. And the overall stiffness has been lowered a bit.
The downside of the FX 500 Tour compared to the FX 500 was the lack of stability. It has a smaller head size and the swing weight of all samples we measured at the office was around 315 strung. This is too low for a “Tour” racquet. So although the feel and comfort are improved also with the FX 500 Tour, the issue remains with the overall weight. I would have liked a higher swing weight and more weight in the head.
This can obviously be fixed with some minor customization. For example, adding some lead tape at 3 and 9 or 12 to increase the swing weight and twist weight of the racquet.
I strung my Dunlop FX 500 Tour with Toroline Caviar 1.24, which is one of my favorite softer polyester strings.
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Specifications Dunlop FX 500 Tour V2
|Head Size: 98 in / 632.26 cm|
|Length: 27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight:11.4oz / 323g|
|Balance: 12.79in / 32.49cm / 6 pts HL|
|Beam Width: 21mm / 23mm / 21mm|
|Composition: Sonic Core Infinergy/Graphite|
|Power Level: Low-Medium|
|Stroke Style: Medium-Full|
|Swing Speed: Medium-Fast|
|Grip Type: Dunlop Synthetic|
|String Tension: 45-65 pounds|
How does it play?
The lack of stability aside, this racquet takes up the battle against other 98 sq inch power racquets like the Yonex Ezone 98, Babolat Pure Drive 98 and HEAD Boom Pro. But with the other racquets you don't feel the need to customize, while with this one I personally feel it straight away. Yes, it can be a personal thing, but overall, a 315-strung swing weight is too lower for a 98 sq inch racquet to retain its stability and plow-through.
Other than that, it's a nice racquet. Easy to swing, has good power, and nice touch. For aggressive and advanced baseliners, this racquet can be a real weapon. However, in stock form, I prefer the Dunlop FX 500 V2.
Stroke by stroke
The Dunlop FX 500 Tour is the more controlled option in the new Dunlop FX family. The 98 sq inch head and denser string pattern allows you to take full swings with confidence. If you are a spin player, you should probably look into the Aero 98 or Dunlop SX, but the 500 Tour responds exceptionally well to flat strokes.
It is a little flimsy on some heavy reaction shots at the net, but nothing you can't get around.
Serving with it was very good, but not quite as much power as the FX 500, but it moves faster through the air than its big brother, which helps on for example kick serves.
I am not quite as convinced by the 500 Tour as I am by the regular 500. But maybe some customization can change my mind and make this into a favorite 98 sq inch power racquet. In stock form, I do prefer the more solid feel of the Ezone 98, for example. But this one is whippier and allows you to be more creative in its lighter form.
The feel and comfort is the biggest improvement on the 500 Tour V2. You feel connected to the ball on all shots and the arm doesn't complain. A nice racquet, the only real knock is that it is a little light for a Tour racquet and needs more mass in the head.
Have you tried the Dunlop FX 500 Tour? Please share your thoughts below!
Well, add some weight and report back. This review seems not ready to publish yet – and feels rushed out among other TN priorities.
I get that the equivalent racquets in other manufacturers’ lines don’t necessarily need weight added. But sometimes the brands also “bury” a different racquet in a somewhat unrelated line: like the Extreme Tour in Head’s Extreme/spin line. Or can you imagine reviewing the Wilson Ultra Tour without adding weight – and passing judgment like that? The Ultra is also Wilson’s “power” line and one could also say of the Ultra Tour that other brands’ power lines don’t need weight added like the Ultra Tour does.
I know it’s not a perfect analogy because of the kind of player’s racquet the UT is, but I think the point still holds up.
Might have been good to note also that 21-23-21 is a fairly thin beam for a “power” racquet. Closer e.g. to a Pure Strike than a Pure Drive.
“Rushed among other TN priorities” because I created a first impressions review without info about how it plays with lead tape? Many players don’t enjoy customizing frames and want me to focus on the stock frame first, so that is what I am trying to do. A 98 sq inch power racquet has a different beam profile than a 100 sq inch one. 21/23/21 is similar to Pure Drive 98, Extreme Tour, but a bit thinner than an Ezone 98 etc.