Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS Specs
Head Size: 98 in² / 632 cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 306g / 10,8oz
Unstrung Weight: 290g/10,2oz
Balance: 33,48cm / 3 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
The Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS is a slightly lighter version of the very impressive Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200, and aims to bring the controlled power of the CX 200 with some added manoeuvrability. We really enjoyed the Srixon Revo CX 200 so we were hoping that the LS would be a great racket for developing players and young juniors.
The CX 200 LS comes in at 290g, so should be easy to manoeuvre, but heavy enough to give you some kind of stability on contact. Sometimes you can go a little bit too light with your choice of racket, but 290g is about perfect for someone looking to develop their swings.
If the CX200 LS is anything like its heavier counterparts, then it should offer intermediate players a great platform from which to progress their strokes. It’s not likely to be the most powerful of lightweight rackets, but it should give a nice blend of power, spin, and control (Tennis’ Holy Trinity!)
The CX 200 LS has some great Dunlop technology that we found worked nicely in the CX 200 and the CX 200+, working to dampen the shocks on impact and keep those rackets arm friendly. The CX 200 LS is quite a bit lighter than those two rackets, so I was expecting it to be super comfortable with the help of Infinergy and Sonic Core.
I must admit that I’m quite a fan of Dunlop rackets, I tend to find they suit me nicely and I really like the feel. The Srixon CX 200+ was one that I particularly liked, and if the CX 200 LS could show anything like that kind of performance I would be extremely impressed.
Sub 300g rackets are a little bit too light for me, but if I am going to play with one, I much prefer that it focuses on control and feel. Too often you get light rackets that are very pingy and don’t offer any control.
I just find that these rackets aren’t great options for intermediate players because you want something that encourages you to swing through the ball with plenty of speed. If you know the racket can control the ball, then you feel more confident in your swings. Racket head speed is so important to hitting great shots, and when you have a pingy, “powerful” racket you don’t develop those fast swings as quickly.
So, I was quite looking forward to seeing what the CX 200 LS could offer and how it would perform with my very fast forehand and not so fast backhand (I’ve been playing 20 years and still working on that one!) To get the most out of my Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS I went with my normal string setup of Babolat RPM Blast at 52lbs
Groundstrokes – 7.5/10
I found the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS to be just what I wanted on the groundstrokes. It reminded me of some of my favorite sub 300g rackets like the Babolat Pure Strike Team, the Wilson Pro Staff 97L, and the Yonex V Core Pro 97 (290). That’s because it has a sensible blend of power, spin, and control all in a package that is easy to manoeuvre. I probably bore people by going on and on about balance in a racket, but it’s true. You’re not going to play good tennis with a racket that isn’t optimally balanced. I find that many of the lighter rackets fail when it comes to this aspect, but the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS gives you all the things you could want in order to improve your game.
Basically, I found the CX 200 LS to have all the great qualities of the CX 200 and the CX 200+, the only difference is the weight which makes it less effective when playing against more advanced big hitters. Although you do lose a little bit of performance with the weight reduction, you do get excellent manoeuvrability and comfort. This stick is wonderfully comfortable to play with and makes playing tennis a lot easier on your joints.
Off both the forehand and backhand side, I found I was able to generate good racket head speed, hitting through the ball nicely and keeping the ball deep. The feel is a little bit muted, which is something I personally like. I don’t want to feel the strings moving around all the time, and really enjoyed this aspect of the playtest. If a comfortable, slightly dampened feel is what you look for then the CX 200 LS might be ideal.
If I had to point out one area that might be considered a weakness with this racket, then I might say that people could think it is underpowered. It is much more of a control and feel oriented racket so if you look for something very powerful then this isn’t the stick for you.
I think the perfect player for this racket is someone with relatively advanced strokes who needs a slightly lighter racket. A strong junior or older player who doesn’t want something too heavy would enjoy the player’s racket performance of the CX 200 LS.
I was hitting with the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS at quite a high level and managed to get good performance out of this lightweight racket. This is not often the case with sub 300g rackets, and it resulted in an enjoyable playtest. The CX 200 LS has a good blend of power, spin, and control, and I gave it a 7.5 out of 10 from the back of the court.
Volleys – 7.5/10
The key characteristic of the CX 200 LS at the net is manoeuvrability. It’s vitally important to feel comfortable getting your racket into position at the net, and the CX 200 LS makes this easy. As an added bonus, the control-oriented nature of this racket makes it more solid at the net than many of its competitors and this results in a good volleying experience.
We found the 315g CX Tour to be excellent at the net, offering a good blend of manoeuvrability and stability, and the CX 200 LS does a similarly good job. Of course, being 25g lighter, the CX 200 LS leans more to manoeuvrability than stability, but, given its weight, it felt quite solid.
Just as I found on the groundstrokes, the CX 200 LS seemed like a “developing pro’s racket”. By this, I mean that it is light enough for younger players and beginners to play with, but it has more of the characteristics of an advanced players racket.
It’s not just a racket where you let the ball hit the strings and the racket does the rest, you’ve got to swing through to get the most out of this stick and the more you can do that, the better performance you’re going to get. This makes it a good racket to grow with. As you move from beginner to intermediate to a more advanced level, this racket will keep giving you the performance you need.
Of course, once you reach a certain level you might want to trade up to something a bit heavier, but you can play to a very good level with the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS. This clearly showed as I managed to get some pretty good performance out of the CX 200LS at the net, despite playing with it at a pretty advanced level.
The Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS showed itself to be a good all-round racket with a very strong performance at the net. I gave it a 7.5 out of 10 for the volleys and felt comfortable whenever I came to the net.
Serve – 7/10
When you’re a developing player the serve can be quite a tricky shot to master. You certainly don’t want anything that is too heavy on this shot, because you want to get as much racket head speed as you possibly can. At 290g, the CX 200 LS is light enough to really help you out with this but it retains enough stability to turn that racket head speed into power and spin.
It’s not the most powerful racket on the serve but the CX 200 LS makes up for that with good levels of control. This allowed me to swing through with a lot of confidence and maximize the power I produced naturally. If you’re someone who looks for a big power boost on serve then you’re not going to find it with this racket, but it might give you a boost in your serve percentages.
I particularly enjoyed the feel of this stick on serve and felt like I was able to pick my spots nicely. My leftie serve; out wide to the ad side, was particularly effective, as I generated enough spin to get it moving off the court, but not so much spin that I lost control.
I did miss the extra power that a heavier racket can give you, but that was to be expected. You can’t expect a 290g racket to give you everything a heavier racket does.
For intermediate players, the added manoeuvrability of this racket is what counts, and I found that it gives you very good performance considering that.
This was marginally my least favorite area of the playtest, so I gave the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS a 7 out of 10 for the serve. This really isn’t a bad score at all for a 290g racket, and it capped what was a very good playtest.
Overall – 7.5/10
Overall, this is a great intermediate or junior racket. It has the easy manoeuvrability that you want from a 290g racket, but it also has some of the more advanced characteristics of a heavier racket. This makes the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS a great option for anyone who has desires of advancing their tennis quickly. The CX 200 LS is a racket that will encourage your development and grow with you.
Throughout the playtest, I was impressed by the levels of control this racket gave me, but it didn’t come at the cost of power. I was able to use the easy manoeuvrability of this stick to attack the ball; the excellent racket stability (in proportion to its weight) turning that racket head speed into good power.
If there was one area where I might say it was a little underpowered, it would be the serve, but it did make up for that by offering a lot of control. Throughout the playtest I was able to hit a good number of first serves into play and place the ball well, putting my opponent under pressure.
All in all, this was a great playtest, and I would definitely encourage juniors and intermediate players to take a look at the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 LS. Overall, I gave the CX 200 LS a 7.5 out of 10 which is a top score for a racket under 300g.
Review by: Will