Here’s the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Pro GT-X. So many consonants, so little time. This is a head-light racket weighing in at 130 grams, which is on the light side. This is one of the older “4D” Dunlop models, yet strangely I haven’t spotted this one around the courts yet.
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Paul from PDH Sports makes a good point in this review of the Dunlop Blackstorm Titanium: though this is priced as a midrange racket, it still plays nicely and is quality construction. Over and over on the PSA tour we’ll see players preferring to play with older rackets — even (and perhaps especially) world #1 Ramy Ashour — just because they are used to them or who knows why. But the bottom line is you don’t necessarily need to buy the latest and greatest top-of-the line racket to play squash well.
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Here is the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Ultimate. Dunlop has moved on from the “4D” branding / technology but this racket seems to be readily available still. Looks like this is 135 grams so a bit on the light side, and head-light as well.
This is the Dunlop Aerogel Rush squash racket. It’s an older model that’s targeted towards doubles players.
I’m posting about it because I’ve seen it crop up a couple times recently. I first learned about from from Clarke on Twitter.
I’ve also seen from my Amazon reports than a few people have ended up buying this racket after visiting my site, even though I’ve never posted about it. So it must be a popular one or a favorite that people are looking for.
The manufacturer’s description says this is head heavy and weighs in at 167 grams (strung), which makes sense for a doubles racket. Anyway the racket has been discontinued but it is still available on Amazon.
Now there’s also a racket called the Dunlop Blackstorm Graphite 500. What’s the “500″ for, you ask? A good question. I have not been able to find any information anywhere about the difference between the 500 and the non-500. Maybe when you buy the 500, you get 500 style points. To simplify matters, the 500 is only available in Germany.
Prior to this I was using the Dunlop Hotmelt Pro. I had been using that for years. I finally got down to my last Hotmelt and thought it might be a good time to find a new racket. I tried a few at my club’s pro shop and narrowed it down to either the Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130 or the Pro GTX 130.
I was tempted to go for the Evolution 130, but the sweet spot felt much further up the string bed than I’m used to. I thought that could be pretty handy, after adjusting to it, when having a tight rally up and down the wall.
Still, the sweet spot on the Pro GTX 130 just felt so familiar. The same was true of the weight and balance — it all felt so familiar. I went ahead and bought it.
Later I found out why the racket felt so familiar. I laid it on top of my last Hotmelt Pro and saw they were pretty much identical frame shapes. In fact I couldn’t really tell them apart in terms of frame shape, weight or balance. So I guess it makes sense that I went with this racket in the end.