Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 Specs
Head Size: 98in²/630cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Weight: 11.3oz / 320g
Unstrung Weight:10.8oz / 305g
Balance: 33,02cm / 4 pts HL
Unstrung Balance: 32cm / 7 pts HL
String Pattern:16 Mains / 19 Crosses
I’ve generally got on really well with all the Dunlops that I’ve tried and find that they suit the kind of tennis I like to play and the feel that I look for. I was a big fan of the Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour and would recommend it to anyone looking for a more classic, pro-style racket.
The (equally long named) Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 2.0 is a slightly lighter, more modern style racket, so I was excited to see how Dunlop did with a slightly different style of racket. Seriously, what’s with these names? Prince have a racket called the Beast and all Dunlop manage is Srixon Revo CV 3.0.
Terrible names aside, the one thing I seem to find with the Dunlops is good stability, something I look for in a racket and I was hoping that even in a racket with a lower swingweight, this would still be the case.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the crazy Dunlop colour schemes. The Srixon Revo CV 3.0 looks slightly nicer than the Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour, but I cannot say I’m a big fan of the Dunlop designs.
I understand that they have to stand out but they’re a little bit crazy for me. Nevertheless, that wouldn’t stop me from buying the Revo CX 2.0 Tour, so I was hoping that I would be equally dazzled by the Srixon Revo CV 3.0.
I’ve been told interesting stories about this racket. I often hear it’s like a cross between the Babolat Pure Drive and the Babolat Pure Strike. In my mind, this equates to the Babolat Pure Aero, so my curiosity was peaked, and I decided it was one I must pick up for a good playtest.
Dunlop’s Srixon Revo CV 3.0 includes three pieces of Dunlop technology in its V-Energy Shaft II, Sonic Core VG and Synchro Charge. The V-Energy Shaft II technology increase the stiffness in the shaft, giving the racket a little bit more power, something I always enjoy, and the Sonic Core VG uses a rubbery material which Dunlop says improves feel. Last but not least, Dunlop have introduced yet more feel with Syncro Charge, which should give the racket more feel when you miss the sweetspot. So, lots of goodies included in this one!
When I picked the Srixon Revo CV 3.0, I must say, it felt fairly unremarkable. It’s similar to the Pure Drive in many ways, and indeed, virtually all the specs are the same in the two rackets.
As I started to warm up, I did notice the similarities between the Srixon Revo CV 3.0 and the Pure Drive, but it did seem like the Srixon Revo CV 3.0 has a slightly more dampened feel. This was something I complained about with the Pure Drive, so I was quite encouraged that this would be a great playtest.
For those people that love a maneuverable racket, it must be said that the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 is super fast and makes hitting groundstrokes extremely easy. You’re not going to struggle to generate great racket head speed with this racket and the best part is, it is very comfortable, so don’t worry about putting too much pressure on your joints!
On the backhand side, I was having great fun swinging through the ball as fast as I could with the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0, and it rewards you with easy access to spin and a very comfortable contact. I did feel like the Srixon Revo CV 3.0 was a little bit more stable on contact than the Pure Drive, but it still wasn’t quite as stable as I would have liked.
This meant that some of the power I was generating throughout the stroke was being lost and I often dropped the ball a little bit short. It wasn’t a huge problem and many people would rather have access to the easy power and spin of the Srixon Revo CV 3.0 than that extra stability that a slightly heavier racket gives you.
On the forehand side, I was able to get a lot of topspin, which was needed to keep the ball in the court, but I did struggle more when it came to flattening the ball out. When I wanted to hit a big, flat forehand, the ball often pinged long, and in the end, I just had to settle for hitting a heavy topspin ball.
The easy power and spin of this racket led me to believe it would work well for someone who enjoys counter-attacking. You can sit in the point, using your opponent’s power with this racket and barely use up any energy. When it’s time to hit a pass though, the Srixon Revo CV 3.0 has a ton of maneuverability and easy power to ensure you ping the ball off for a winner before your opponent knows what’s hit him.
I wouldn’t call this racket a blend of the Pure Drive and Pure Strike, it’s more just a Pure Drive with a little more stability. Like the Pure Drive, I felt it was unspectacular, but it still did everything pretty well. I’ve given it an 8 out of 10 on groundstrokes, it’s got a bit of everything.
I was hoping that the slightly more dampened feel of the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 would make it a little better at volleying than the Pure Drive, which I personally didn’t get along with at the net.
The early signs were quite good, as I strolled to the net and hit a great pick up off my feet and followed it up with a couple more good volleys.
The Srixon Revo CV 3.0 is super easy to get into position and this really helps when the balls being fired at you really quickly. The best part of this racket is that it does have some decent control blended in with its power and spin and this means it is quite comfortable at the net.
I don’t think a racket of this weight is ever going to be unbelievable at the net, and it’s not the kind of racket you would see a big strong serve and volleyer playing with, but it does have the qualities to do a job for all-rounders and baseliners who find themselves lost at the net.
I’ll stick to my original opinion that I think this racket will do well in the hands of a counter-attacker, but it is also a pretty good volleying racket. So, if the counter-attacker does find himself at the net, he can rest assured he won’t be let down.
A decent little all-rounder at the net, I gave the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 a 7.5 out of 10. It outperformed my expectations at the net, and I certainly wouldn’t be scared of coming in with this racket.
Serving with the Babolat Pure Drive was my favourite part of the playtest, but I’d say groundstrokes were the best part of my Srixon Revo CV 3.0 playtest.
It’s not a bad serving racket, but it just lacks a little bit of the feel that I felt you get with the Pure Drive. You do however get the same spin and power potential, so you will not be disappointed when you look at the speed gun with this racket!
The easy spin this racket offers really helped out my second serve, and I felt like I was putting my opponent under pressure with this shot, and even getting a few cheap points. The only negative to that was it was quite easy to get too much spin sometimes and I would double-fault into the net.
Much like the Pure Drive, I would probably string this with a spin-oriented string, just to try and add a little more solidity to the contact. This would also solve my problem of getting too much spin.
I could see a lot of intermediate players being able to maximize their serve with this racket by adding a little bit of pace and spin. The easy maneuverability encourages you to swing fast and that’s the best way to keep improving.
Overall, I gave the Srixon Revo CV 3.0 another 7.5 out of 10 on the serve. It was a good performer, I would have just liked a little more feel.
Conclusion – 7.5/10
The Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 is a very decent, all-round racket, that is well worth trying if you’re looking for something around the 300g mark. It has a good blend of power, spin, and control and is a reasonable volleyer.
I think this would make a good racket for a counter-attacker because of the easy power it gives you. It’s very easy to sit back and let your opponent attack with this racket, as you effortlessly stay in the point and wait for your chance to attack.
For myself, I would look for something that feels a little bit more stable than the Srixon Revo CV 3.0, bit for what it is, I did get along with it pretty well. If I was to play with this racket on a more permanent basis then I would string it up with something like Big Banger Original with a high tension, but each to their own!
Overall, I have given the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 a 7.5 out of 10. It is a very solid modern player’s racket and it gives players a nice boost of easy power and spin.
Review by: Will