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Dunlop DNA 16g 
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  • Web Description: Dunlop DNA 16g
  • Color(s): Natural
  • Composition: DuPont PA66 and PBT Fiber
  • Gauge: 16g (1.30mm)
  • Length: 40'
  • Type: Multifilament
  • Sport: Tennis
Premium multifilament string delivering power with enhanced durability. This string features a unique PBT fiber coil, which spirals around the central core giving the string extra power and durability while still retaining feel and comfort.

The Bottom Line: Dunlop offers players a new multi-filament string with power and durability as the featured highlights. DNA is constructed with a PBT fiber coil, which spirals around the central core to provide the added power and durability. PU (polyurethane) is also present in the string, which becomes evident when it clouds after the string has been used. DNA is also aimed at keeping players comfortable while they play and retaining feel.

During the playtest, I felt as though DNA really delivered power, comfort and feel. From the baseline, there were many times when the ball got jumpy on me, especially as points got more heated. I had to compensate with a lot of spin and at times, take pace off the ball. If this string were strung higher than mid-range, then it may play better at a faster pace. My volleys were aggressive at net, and I had success when the ball came at my feet as the extra power helped the ball travel over the net. When I served with DNA, I had excellent pop on the ball and great accuracy as well. I could also generate a great amount of spin on my serves as I was using an open string pattern racquet. This is a great string for players who like synthetic gut strings, but are looking for more durability, power and comfort without switching racquets. This is also a good string for younger players that could use some extra pop without the pains of polyester.

Grinding it out from the baseline: DNA gave me a lot of extra power from the baseline, but with that power came great comfort and feel. I could generate a lot of spin with my open string pattern racquet, which let the balls bounce very high in an aggressive manner. When I was pushed wide or had shots out of my strike zone, DNA helped to compensate with extra power to make my shots more effective.

Applying the pressure at net: DNA was very lively at net, which made the volleys that I missed travel beyond the baseline. It helped me play aggressively and put shots away, which also helped me play aggressively from the baseline. When my opponents hit balls at my feet, DNA put some extra power behind my volleys to not only get them back over the net, but to do it effectively.

Sweet Spot: DNA provided a great feel all over the court. The sweet spot seemed bigger than that of a typical multi-filament string and very forgiving. When I connected in the middle of the sweet spot, I had great results and accuracy. When I met the ball off-center, I did not notice too much of a drop in the level of play.

Serving up aces and returning winners: DNA was awesome on my first serves. It put some great pop behind my serve and also allowed me to hit my spots very accurately and consistently. When I decided to take some pace off and hit a kick, I had plenty of action on the ball to keep it out of my opponent's strike zones.

When my opponent was hitting big serves, I had a tough time taking big hacks at the ball consistently. If I was a little late on it, DNA let me know. When I made contact in my strike zone, DNA also let me know with a winner. I had a great time on second serves as DNA let me punch them back nice and low or swing away and start the point off on the offensive.

*Dave Emkey, NTRP Rating 5.0

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