The Dunlop Pro GTX 130.
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I started using the Dunlop Pro GTX 130 back in 2011 and used it for a long stretch. Prior to this I was using the original 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.
Dunlop Biomimetic Pro GT-X 130 Classic
Spotted this frame in January 2017. It’s referred to as the “Classic”. I think maybe Dunlop has brought back this frame into production. I’ve only seen it so far at RacquetGuys in Canada, and on amazon.com — but the underlying seller there is also RacquetGuys, so they seem to be the only ones that have it stocked so far. According to RacquetGuys, the strung (all-in) weight of the Classic is about 10 grams more than the original, even though they’re both advertised by Dunlop as 130 grams unstrung.
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