Dunlop, an Australian-based company, has been in the sports industry for years, manufacturing products from tennis shoes to tennis rackets. Continuing their tradition of producing top of the line products for performance players, Dunlop iintroducing their newest technology for tennis rackets, the Aerogel technology. Aerogel is a light solid with the strength of up to 4,000 times its own weight, creating a solid feel on ball contact and a reduction in vibration within the racket frame. The Aerogel 300 is a 98 sq. in. frame with a weight of 10.22 oz unstrung that offers a stiffer frame with a solid feel as well as control on shots, fitted for players seeking control and response from their racket.
I enjoyed hitting at the baseline the most with the Aerogel 300. Each shot felt solid. I felt comfortable placing the ball with depth and angle from the baseline with decent and consistent pace. The Aerogel 300 also offers great control, which worked well to force my opponent into the defensive position and allowing me to take the offensive. The 98 sq. in. headsize proved to be forgiving on most mishits and did not create a lot of vibration that was too hard on the arm. Though the Aerogel 300 leaned towards the control spectrum, the light weight compared to other control rackets allowed for greater headspeed that oftentimes put a bit more pop in my shots than anticipated. All in all, the Aerogel 300 performed great at the baseline.
The Aerogel 300 comes in a 16×19 string pattern, which is a bit more open. The string pattern allowed for decent feel on my volleys. There was a bite on the shots that allowed for both feel and spin on the ball. The stable frame proved to be maneuverable at the net without much recoil on hits. With great feel and stability, getting angles off volleys was simple. When blocking a difficult shot, however, the Aerogel 300 did not pack a punch, leaving the ball floating and me in a vulnerable position. On the other hand, volleys with spin on them either won the point or set me up for the next shot. The stability of the racket was decent and was easy on the arm. Again, the Aerogel 300 was a solid performer.
While serving, the focus was still placement of the ball rather than brute force. The Aerogel 300 did not produce tremendous power for the serve, but was capable of producing spin and control. The light weight racket was easy to swing up in order to obtain a better reach and spin on my serves. I felt that my kick serves got a bit more of a pop to them than before. However, on my second serves, the lack of power proved to be dangerous. ( Maybe it was me and not the racket!)
Built for control, the Aerogel 300 allowed me to choose where to place the ball. On the wider serves, it was easy to whip the racket due to its light weight, and return the ball with decent spin and direction. For the most part, I was able to get the ball off the racket with enough speed and spin to put my opponent into a defensive position. On the faster and harder serves, I was able to block them and return the ball with good direction and depth that gave me time to recover and prepare for the next shot.
Dunlop’s Aerogel 300 performed reliably at the baseline and net with its comfort, feel, and maneuverability. Though serving required an added effort for power when needed, the control of the serves proved to be more efficient. The dominant feature was the immense amount of feel I received while playing with this racket. The responsiveness of the Aerogel 300 was a very likeable feature. Players who are seeking a light- weight racket with a lot of feel and response on all shots will find a comfortable playing style with plenty of variety in the Aerogel 300.
Reviewed by: Michael Tan