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Dunlop - Hot Melt Pro

Published: 17 Jun 2006 - 05:28 by stevep05

Updated: 15 Oct 2007 - 06:14

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Have been using this racket for a month now, have to say I am completely unhappy with it and wish I had not bought it.  I can only say that everytime I hit the ball with it I get terrible feedback and it seems as if I have miss hit the ball.  I actually went back to using my old Prince over this racket but broke the prince last week so have been forced to use the Hot Melt.  Anyway, today I have taken delivery of a new Prince O3 so will hopefully be back to what I am used to.

Final nail in the coffin was when I played yesterday and the sttrings broke, right in the centre of the racket.  Not very impressive on a racket which is only 4wks old and been played with about 17 matches.

Anyone else had these problems with this racket.  The other problem I had with it is the vibration in my arm - never had this with any other racket.

 

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From SamBWFC - 15 Oct 2007 - 06:14

This is an old thread but glad it's come back up. The Dunlop Hot Melt Pro to me personally, is the best racket around. I haven't found anything better. I've even got a Dunlop ICE Custom Elite (Shabana's) and I don't find that as good either. I'll write a review on this later as there doesn't seem to be one on here yet.

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From dazza_16390 - 14 Oct 2007 - 09:06

ok let me get this straight, an dunlop hot melt pro for an o3??? what?? the prince has a smaller sweetspot and no power, however it has unbelieveable touch. The dunlop is a quality racket, durable, strong, nice feel and with the technifibre multifeel strings, unstoppable!!!

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From missing_record1 - 25 Aug 2006 - 00:42

RR, I agree, too much weight can cause problems. But I think the idea of "too much" depends on the person, not the racket. I am 6'4" and 195lbs so an extra 8 grams might make sense on that racket for me. I think the important thing about adding weight to a racket is to do it incrementally and let your body adjust to the new weight -- otherwise I agree you can develop arm or shoulder problems. I actually did get a sore shoulder when I first added the weight but after a few sessions felt fine.

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From rippa rit - 24 Aug 2006 - 07:37

EF - Just a word on the extra weight to the racket. 
I know of a player who was in the rep team and wanted to strengthen up his arm so added some weight, and the idea was good, but he then developed a "tennis elbow" - so just be cautious.

Because of the forearm pronation/supination in the squash technique that is probably where the weight can be a problem.  In tennis with a straighter arm action/shoulder rotation it is a different swing.

Enjoy!

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From missing_record1 - 23 Aug 2006 - 23:31

Just to experiment, I added 8 inches of lead tape (4 grams) to each of the 3 and 9 o'clock positions on the racket head and this has made the racket incredibly stable. It becomes a little heavy with the lead but you get used to it after a few games. I like it a lot now.

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From SamBWFC - 19 Aug 2006 - 08:32

I play with a Hot Melt pro and I do like it... I like the smaller head on the racket, then again I've never really played with any other rackets so I can't compare.

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From mrose - 18 Aug 2006 - 08:33

I like it, but i had to restring it first, maybe your racket will feel better with a decent restring aswell.

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From opetrescu - 15 Aug 2006 - 23:50

My wallglider broke and I returned the racquet and got a Prince More Game which has treated me quite well.

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From squash36 - 15 Jul 2006 - 11:47

i had one of them before i got a sponsor and i loved it, i played the best squash i've evr played with it

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From missing_record1 - 17 Jun 2006 - 05:58

It is a very flexible racket, and vibrates without a damper. It is very unforgiving on off-center hits. But I think it is a good racket when you get used to it. I can find nicks very easily with it.

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