Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0 Specs
Head Size: 115 in² / 741.93 cm²
Length: 27.5in / 69.85cm
Strung Weight: 9.5oz / 269g
Balance: 14.56in / 36.98cm / 6 pts HH
16 Mains / 18 Crosses
Wow! The Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0 is barely recognizable as a tennis racket. The 115 sq. inch head looks absolutely ridiculous and there’s some weird bridge in the V of the frame. I’m certainly not an advocate of the oversized head, I just don’t see the point, but I took on the playtest with the Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0, nonetheless.
Not only does the Srixon CS 10.0 have an oversized head, but it is also an extended length racket, at 69.85cm it is slightly longer than your average sized racket. This can help give players a little bit of extra leverage and create more power.
Although the shape of the racket is absolutely bizarre, the colour scheme actually looks quite good, something I’ve never said about a Dunlop before. The shiny black colour with white interspersed throughout is quite eye-catching, and a nice change from Dunlop’s normal crazed colour schemes.
Technology wise, the Srixon CS 10.0 has quite a few techy names included with it. Sonic Core VG introduces a silicon-based material in strategic parts of the frame to increase dampening and feel. Syncro Charge further increases the dampening effect, and the Straight String System reduces friction between the strings, resulting in extra spin.
The Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0 has some very interesting specs, because it is actually head heavy, something you rarely see these days. The Srixon CS 10.0 weighs in at just 252g unstrung which may explain why Dunlop have gone for a head heavy balance at 6PT HH with this racket.
With such a low mass, it was important that the racket had a little bit more weight in the head just to add some stability and increase power. The result of this head heavy balance is a swingweight of 321, which is huge given the racket only weighs 252g!
The Head Graphene 360 Speed PWR, which is Head’s equivalent racket has the same head size and roughly the same weight, but its swingweight is only 313. This is quite a big difference, and it should make the Dunlop just a little bit more stable.
The only people I can really see this racket appealing to are retirees who still enjoy tennis but don’t want to be carrying around a heavy racket. 252g is like playing tennis with a feather and is much too light for an adult in their prime.
It’s also not a good racket for a junior, because, despite its lightweight, it is not a racket that encourages players to develop their strokes. These rackets are a bit like a cheat for players with less developed strokes, where they can’t miss the strings and the ball springs back with extra power and spin.
The cheat only goes so far though, because once you have developed your strokes, the racket becomes useless, unable to control the spin and power you naturally generate. So, I do think the appeal of this racket is fairly limited, but there are some people out there who are going to enjoy the comfort and easy playability of the Srixon CS 10.0.
Groundstrokes – 6.5/10
This racket was never going to work for me, but it wasn’t designed to do so. Instead, you must approach this racket from the viewpoint of what it can give someone who is a bit older and looking for a racket that’s very easy to play with.
Generally, the Srixon CS 10.0 does this very well. It is very easy to swing with and provides excellent comfort on impact, so long as you keep things simple. This racket will perform much better in the hands of beginners to early intermediate players. Once the level goes up and you use some fast swings, this racket falls way out of its comfort zone and all control is lost.
Once I accepted you have to keep things pretty simple with the Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0, things got a little bit better and a few more balls started to land in court. The nice thing about this racket is that it’s so huge, if you get your feet somewhere near the ball, you’re very likely to find the middle of the strings. Again, this is something that might appeal to older players who are no longer moving at quite the pace they used to!
Off both sides, the Dunlop offers super easy spin and power. The Straight String System makes it very easy to go get a bit of topspin, although it is limited in how much it can give you. For me, I want there to be a lot of friction between the strings, because that helps to get the ball spinning much faster. The Dunlop works the other way, with little friction, meaning it is very easy to create spin, but you can’t get a great deal of controlled spin.
If you’re not looking to play at a particularly high-level then the Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0 is something I would consider if your only real concern is comfort and a racket that is easy to play with. Everything about this racket is geared to get the most out of slow swings, and it might give a little boost to some beginner players.
I get the idea of the massive head, but I just think it is a gimmick really. People don’t miss the middle of the racket that often, and it doesn’t really offer anything a smaller head can’t. The Srixon CS 10.0 is pretty comfortable, but so are many other rackets. I have given the Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0 6.5 out of 10. I just don’t see the point of it.
Volleys – 6/10
I felt like I was turning up at the net with a trampoline in my hands with the Srixon CS 10.0. Other than the fact it is a tennis racket, the Dunlop just wasn’t useful at the net. You can’t really fault it for being comfortable when hitting volleys at low speeds, but then the majority of rackets these days are pretty good at absorbing shocks.
This racket will only suit players who are looking to stick the racket in front of the ball and let the ball bounce off the strings to the other side. Anything more, and the Srixon CS 10.0 is not suitable.
Whenever I’m testing a racket like this one, Lawrence always seems to take great pleasure in blasting balls at me as hard as he can, smiling as the ball pings every way imaginable. I’m normally a pretty good volleyer, but I wasn’t able to get much of a rally going with the Srixon CS 10.0.
On the plus side, you can’t really miss the ball with Srixon. Seeing how most people don’t miss the ball very often, it’s not that useful. I gave the Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0 a 6 out of 10 at the net.
Serve – 7/10
On the serve, I actually found the Srixon to be a little better than some of its competitors. Obviously, at 252g, it’s extremely manoeuvrable, but you do notice the effects of the extra swingweight on the serve.
This gives you a little bit more stability, and you can get a little bit more power through the ball than with rackets like the Head Graphene 360 Speed PWR. This was easily the best part of the playtest in my opinion, although the Srixon still has very limited capabilities.
The Srixon is best suited to players with quite basic swings, keeping the racket going straight through the ball without too much wrist movement. Once you start to complicate things, the strings start to move way too much, and all control seems to be lost.
Keep things simple and the Dunlop isn’t too bad. It’s never going to get you playing a high level of tennis, but it will make your life very easy. Stand and deliver should be the slogan for this racket. I have given it a 7 out of 10 on serve.
Conclusion – 6.5/10
For me, this is just a gimmicky racket based on a flawed presumption that a big head will help you hit with a bit of power and spin without much racket head speed. It might do that, but there are also plenty of normal sized rackets that will do the same.
As these oversized rackets go, I didn’t think the Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0 was too bad. I liked that it was quite head heavy, which made you feel like you were hitting with something a little bit more substantial than its competitors.
The only people I can really see the Srixon suiting are older players who are looking for something extremely lightweight and easy to play with. That is the main characteristic of this stick – easy to play with. That is of course, when the level of play isn’t too high, at which point the CS 10.0 becomes a nightmare to play with.
Overall, I have given the Dunlop Srixon CS 10.0 a 6.5 out of 10. It has extremely limited capabilities, but as long as you don’t try to do too much with it, you will be able to play in relative comfort.
Review by: Will