The Dunlop Sonic Core Revelation 125 is focused on one thing, explosive power. With that said, I put this racquet to the test and found it pretty versatile all around!
(Below is our video review of the Dunlop Sonic Core Revelation 125. If you'd prefer to read our review, it continues under the video)
The first thing I noticed (and really liked) was the weight distribution of this racquet. The Revelation 125 has a light weighting of 125 grams (unstrung) and it has an extra head light balance point.
This combination allowed me to vary the pace and speed of my swing with ease, and digging the ball out of the back corners with a bit of wrist also proved to be very easy.
I was also really surprised to find that I didn’t have to put in a huge amount of work to access power too considering the weight.
Dunlop created this racquet with a thicker beam and a large head size which is definitely a contributing factor, however, it does have a stiff feel to it, similar to the 135 gram version of this racquet (the Dunlop Sonic Core Revelation 135).
Needless to say the Revelation 125 was very fast to play with, especially on the volley.
I could play quick volleys with a really short, deceptive swing meaning that I could take it in short or hit it to the back of the court with a pretty similar swing.
It was quite effortless to consistently volley at pretty much any pace, I’d say this is the perfect racquet for player who likes to volley with a short swing.
Again, in comparison to the 135 gram version of this racquet, the 125 gives access to a much faster head speed through the ball, meaning you can take the ball in short and fast without needing a big swing.
I would note that you won’t get any freebies from this racquet, if you’re taking the ball in short you have to do it with purpose and make sure to hit that sweet spot.
To test maneuverability, I hit some figure of 8 routines and incorporated a few winners and crash nicks (both straight and cross court).
The Revelation 125 certainly passes the maneuverability test. It has fantastic levels of dynamic speed and I really felt like I could hit figure of eights all day with it.
It’s very fast to play with and a lot of fun too. You can chop shots in with a flurry of pace and deception or you can take it in really soft to bring your opponent further into the front.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
If you’re an intermediate or advanced-level player with a fast-paced playing style and a short swing who loves to take the ball early, volley, and dictate the pace of play, the Sonic Core Revelation 125 will suit you down to a 'T'.
It’s perfect if you like to use a bit of wrist and deception and want to move your opponent from corner to corner without giving away your next shot.
With that said, if you want power you’ve got to work for it a bit more than you would when using a racquet with a little more weight in the head, but, the speed at which you can play at more than makes up for it.
I’d give it a 9/10 for maneuverability, an 8/10 for control, a 7.5/10 for power, and an 8/10 for feel.
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