Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour Specs
Head Size: 97 sq. in. / 626 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.5cm
Strung Weight:323g / 11.4oz
Balance: 33.3cm / 3 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
With the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour, Dunlop has given us a racket that provides a middle ground between an advanced, control oriented frame and more intermediate, powerful frame. This makes the CV 3.0 F Tour a good prospect for anyone looking to make the step from a more beginner racket to a more advanced racket.
Having playtested rackets like the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 200 Tour, we know that Dunlop makes some excellent rackets when it comes to control, but would they have the same expertise at making more powerful rackets?
The initial signs were good, with the Revo CV 3.0 F Tour proving to be very comfortable and arm friendly in the warm-up. It didn’t take too much time to adjust to and I found I settled into a great length early on.
The comfort is provided by Synchro Charge which absorbs some of the shocks that this stiff frame might produce. As we’ve seen with other racket brands, these new technologies can lead to a more muted feel on the rackets, but generally, it’s a compromise we’re willing to take.
To combat this, Sonic Core technology is included to try and add a bit more of a pocketing effect and thus increase the feel of the racket. On a personal level, this is not something I’m too worried about, I actually quite like the stiff feel, but I know for many people, this is important. This did seem to work to some extent, but I do think that’s just the way modern rackets have gone, prioritizing comfort over feel.
Whatever Dunlop are trying to achieve, the comfort vs feel balance of the Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour worked nicely for me and I felt like there was minimal pressure on my wrists, arms, and elbows.
I’d been doing a playtest on Luxilon LXN Smart String, so I thought I’d string this stick up with that at 54lbs. This string is designed to play soft on slow swings to give you extra feel, but hard on fuller swings to give you the control, and so should offer a best of both worlds scenario. Because the Revo CV 3.0 F Tour is a bit more powerful than I am used to I went quite tight at 54lbs just to try and give it a bit more control.
The Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F started out nicely during the warmup, but how would it fare when we upped the pace and really put this racket through its paces?
Groundstrokes – 7/10
When we started to get into things and I upped the intensity and pace, it became quite clear to me the Revo CV 3.0 F isn’t the kind of racket I go for. It has a lot of power potential, but you have to put a lot of effort into controlling that power. I found that I was forced to back off the power a bit and add more topspin to keep my consistency, and this isn’t something I enjoy doing.
If we approach this racket as we described it at the beginning though, as a middle point between a beginner racket and an advanced racket, it does offer quite a lot. It’s certainly got more control than a beginner type racket, and it gives you a lot more easy power than a more advanced racket.
While I had to slow down my strokes and focus on spin with the Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour, players with intermediate strokes might find that this stick has the ideal balance for their swings. It certainly makes playing quite effortless and comfortable, which can be a nice change from the stiffer, control oriented sticks.
Style-wise, I found it hard to figure out who this racket might suit. My first thoughts were that it was much too erratic for anyone looking to play counter-attacking tennis, but then it can also give you great power from difficult positions to get you out of trouble.
On average though, I think the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour is best suited to someone who likes to attack with easy power and keep their opponent on the run. The Revo allows you to do this without expending too much energy.
If you’ve got some really fast, intricate strokes, then you might find that this racket just doesn’t have the kind of control you need. This was the story for me off the forehand side where I really struggled for consistency. There were a lot of shanks and a lot of errors.
I think the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour is best suited to someone with medium speed strokes who likes to play on the front foot. The Revo will offer these players plenty of power and spin without having to use up too much energy.
We gave it a 7 out of 10 for the groundstrokes.
Volleys – 6.5/10
I found there was a big distinction between the easy volleys and the difficult volleys with the Revo CV 3.0 F Tour.
On the easy volleys, it was great, I was able to inject pace into the ball and punch it into the gaps with plenty of control. However, on the difficult volleys, where I had to try and take pace off the ball, I found things much more difficult.
Obviously difficult volleys are harder than easy volleys! But, the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour didn’t have the stability I wanted when it came to the more difficult volleys and I felt I lacked a lot of control. This would certainly be an issue for me if I was playing doubles. I’m a big fan of putting in a terrible second serve and then having to dig out a difficult half volley and the Revo CV 3.0 F Tour doesn’t allow for that.
This was the main thing that convinced me the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour just isn’t a particularly good option for advanced players. It’s got Tour in its name, but it’s not a Tour-level racket. It does enough for baseliners who don’t come to the net too frequently but I wouldn’t want to be spending much time at the net with this stick.
I was a little disappointed with the Revo’s performance at the net and gave it a 6.5 out of 10.
Serve – 8/10
The Dunlop was fast and powerful and the result was a lot of free points on serve. When things are going well on my serve it can be a big weapon, and I felt like this racket really helped me get the most out of it. It’s obviously got plenty of power, but on this ocassion I felt like I wasn’t sacrificing too much on control.
On the second serve, I was able to get good spin which allowed me to control the ball into court without giving my opponent anything to attack. This gave me even more confidence to go for the first serve, knowing that I was going to make the second serve. I hardly lost any points all day on serve during this playtest and you’ve got to give credit to the Revo for that.
The biggest problem for me with the serve is when I start to lose racket head speed, but with this stick, you’re encouraged to go after the ball, and this really helped me. I think all styles of servers would be able to get good performance out of the Revo, especially those who play at an intermediate/ advanced level.
This was definitely the best part of this playtest and I gave the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour an 8 out of 10 on the serve.
Overall – 7.5/10
The Revo CV 3.0 F Tour didn’t blow me away but at the same time, it put in a reasonable performance. It’s not the kind of racket I particularly like playing with, and I don’t think it will suit players with really fast strokes.
It is much better suited to baseliners who look to attack with medium length strokes, picking up easy power and spin, and using it to maneuver their opponents around the court. I found it to be a little bit unpredictable on the groundstrokes, which caused me to lose confidence when I went really hard at the ball, which is what makes me think this racket doesn’t work so well with fast strokes.
The Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour isn’t particularly comfortable at the net, lacking stability on the most difficult volleys. If you’re a singles player who rarely ventures to the net, then this stick will do what you need it to do, but other than that, I wouldn’t want to rely on it too much.
It was a completely different story when it came to the serve though, where I found I got excellent performance from the Dunlop. It’s fast and powerful, and I felt I was able to get the power I needed without sacrificing control. This resulted in a great serving performance from me and a good score for the Revo.
Overall, I don’t see the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour appealing to a wide variety of players, but, for the style of player that it does suit, it can be a very good racket. The Revo gets a 7.5 out of 10 from us.
Review by: Will