Donnay Formula 100

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  1. JackB1

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    you don't think I will be able to get at least $125 for a almost new F100?

    if its everything that the TW says it is, then it will stay in the bag.
     
  2. JackB1

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    Nah...I'm done with Volkl and Head racquets. I just can't get comfortable with those rectangular grips. There are just too many other great choices out there for me.
     
  3. Power Player

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    I'm calling it the brown bear racquet..crazy pj.
     
  4. JackB1

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    Which one are you referring to? The Organix V1?
     
  5. Power Player

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    Yeah it has a crazy brown pj.
     
  6. JackB1

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    You say crazy, I say butt-ugly :)

    Its been out for a while. Its waaaaaay too light and I never gelled with any of the V1's. Better for guys with traditional flatter strokes that prefer 10.5 oz sticks. Not for me.
     
  7. ArliHawk

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    That's the only drawback with the Organix V1-the butt uglyaint job. Maybe it's better in person?
     
  8. Xonemains

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    ALRIGHT JackB1, thanks for taking one for the team.

    Alot of people will be waiting for your thoughts and if you do decide to switch,

    i guess alot of other people will jump into the water as well just for the sake of trying it.
     
  9. Amp1

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    So I got my hands on a formula 100 from the local dealer and took it for a play test today.

    I did a playtest with rebel 98, warrior, radical mp, prestige mp last month and picked up rebel 98, which is my playing racket right now.

    F100 is an interesting racket specially for people in the 3.5-4.5 range. It was very easy to play with. The shot that really improved for me was my one handed backhand. Was also hitting slices really well, and was easily able to fetch bouncy balls and get them in with good depth. the racket also has good control. Only hit for an hour, so not ready to pass a verdict, but very likable racket so far. I am more of a driver, but my partner who is a heavy topsin player really liked it.

    Comparing it with Warrior is an interesting comparison. I had really liked warrior when play testing, but decided on Rebel 98 because I felt I was holding back with warrior. They seem very similar, but formula 100 has a relatively narrower beam that helped with the slice. I also liked it's looks better. Will be playing a set with it tomorrow so will report back. They both swing and feel very similar
     
  10. JackB1

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    I also got my F100 today and plan on playing with it tomorrow. It looks almost identical to the Warrior with a different paint job. Beam looks slightly thicker. Weight was an even 325 grams with overgrip.
    Feels slightly lighter dry swinging than the Warrior.

    Amp1, I also am testing the Rebel 98 along with the F100. The Rebel98 is a very nice racquet. It is deadly accurate and hits flatter easier than the Warrior, probably due to a tighter drill pattern in the center. The sweetspot is noticeably smaller than the Warrior, but feels awesome when you nail a shot perfectly. I agree it has more control than the Warrior meaning you can swing away a little more. Its also softer feeling with lots of arm friendly flex. The Rebel 98 feels slightly "too light" to me, but is great for quick volleys. I may try adding some weight at some point. More to come...
     
  11. RollTrackTake

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    Jack if you don't like it I'll take it off your hands;) I played with the F100 again today and still like it a lot. On days when I'm not dialed in (tired) it's very easy to generate power off the ground and on serve. I still don't think it offers a whole lot more or less than the Wilson BLX Pro Open. I still need to give it some more playing time to fully evaluate the racquet. Looking forward to others thoughts, opinions and string setups.
     
  12. JackB1

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    Ok I'll keep u in mind. Gonna hit with it today :)
     
  13. Power Player

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    Awesome jack..enjoy it.

    I think the donnay could be a great stick if you want a little more boom and control coming from the prince, but lets see what you think.
     
  14. Dgdavid

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    That is what I am looking for! Have a good hit Jack.
     
  15. RollTrackTake

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    It's a great racquet and because I can play at 80% and still win matches at 4.0, I like the F100. PowerPlayer has inspired me to finally settle down with 1 racquet and refine my game. I still have yet to hit the PD 2012. After I demo that I'm picking one stick and that's it for the foreseeable future
     
  16. Dgdavid

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    We'll all settle down with one stick in the next 3-4 weeks and then...Power Player will switch. I can see it now!
     
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    Wow..awesome man..glad I could help.

    Yah s I could pull the ultimate troll and switch..haha..but nah, I have demoed about everything and I always come back to Babs.
     
  18. JackB1

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    The Donnay actually has about the same amount of power as the Warrior and maybe even a little less.
     
  19. JackB1

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    I tried the Formula 100 today and liked the Warrior much better. I will post my review shortly.
     
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  20. Amp1

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    Played for a couple of hours more and liked it enough to order one. For me it is between the warrior and the exo3 rebel. Controllable power, easier swing and good control. Found it really easy to keep balls in play.

    My arm was a bit sore today. The demo was strung with poly and I was the first to hit it with it, so that may have something to do with it. Was comfortable on the court.

    Jack, curious to hear your comments on it.
     
  21. JackB1

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    OK, here are my thoughts on the Formula 100....

    The headshape and specs are almost identical to my Warrior 100.
    I really like the F100s cosmetics and the racquet looks great in person. At first hit, I didn't like it much. Felt a little pingy and I felt some vibration in the frame's hoop. Couldn't put my finger on it, but it definitely wasn't "love at first hit". It could be the strings...I have Babolat RPM Blast in the mains and NRG in the crosses at 53/56. Power was good, but not as much as my Warrior. It felt a little heavier and more solid than the Warrior, but wasn't as nice feeling on hits outside of center. Reminded me very much of the Volkl Organix 8-300. Didn't like the sound on impact....wasn't a satisfying sound to me...kind of tinny sounding. Groundstrokes were pretty nice. Lots of topspin to be had with this frame. I wouldn't recommend it too flatter hitters though. It really seems to suit loopy topspin strokes best. Serves were OK, but not as booming as my Warrior.
    This racquet also reminds me of a Pure Drive. Beam looks thicker than the Warrior. Definitely a baseline basher type of stick. After reading all the glowing reviews the TW crew gave it, I was expecting more. It wasn't bad...just didn't really wow me in any way but I couldn't wait to go back to my Warrior. I could see how some would like it, but it definitely wasn't a racquet that I had any desire to further investigate. It's already been sold. I may have warmed up to it, but 99% of the time, my first instincts are usually correct. I need to have a certain level of satisfaction after my initial hit with a new stick in order to keep pursuing it, and that just wasn't there with the F100. The specs, swingweight and power were all in my wheelhouse, but nothing else really clicked for me. I may have been too quick in moving on, but I am so satisfied with the Warrior right now, there was no hard feelings at all. Interesting playtest and it just shows me how individual racquet preferences are. The TW testers were lukewarm on the Warrior, which I loved and they were gushing over the Formula 100, which I didn't really care for.
     
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  22. RollTrackTake

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    Different strokes for different folks......literally. If you blacked out the F100, Pro Open & BB DC Pro I would be hard pressed to tell the difference in playability. I do think the Babs (PD & APD) are distinct. I still haven't gotten my hands on a Warrior long enough to feel it out
     
  23. JackB1

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    I agree the F100, Pro Open & DCP are VERY similar. But personally, I feel the Warrior is superior to those 3.
     
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    Thank you for the the review, I have been interested in trying this stick, so it is great info.

    Seems like you really click with the Warrior, have you ever hit with the original O3 white? I would be interested how the Warrior is in comparison to that classic.
     
  25. RollTrackTake

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    Anyone use lead tape on the Formula 100 yet? I've used it in my last few doubles matches and feel it could use some lead to aid in plow through. I like the racquet stock, I want to love it. I'm also going to be tinkering with string setups. Going to try a poly at low tension. Then a hybrid. Thinking Lux Savage & Forten Sweet 16.
     
  26. vinnieSE

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    Doesn´t the Formula 100 support the custom kit? It would allow you to quite easily slide in weights at 3g each in the headguard. Does TW carry the kits?
     
  27. El Diablo

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    ^^ Formula 100 can use the interchangeable buttcaps (as can all Donnay) and the slide weights at 3:00 and 9:00. Donnay said they might in the future produce a headguard that will accept the weights at 12:00.
     
  28. tlimster

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    Anyone else try this racket lately? Just went out and hit with it this afternoon and it is growing on me.
     
  29. RollTrackTake

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    I haven't found a rhythm with this racquet still. I'm holding on to one because I like the power & comfort combo. I just can't get the feel, control & power where I need them to be. It's all just off for me. I haven't tried a new string setup & lately it hasn't gotten used much. There is still a chance I'll use it for doubles but it has to beat out the Pro Open & now I'm testing the Warrior for the same purpose. If anyone has any string tension combos they like please share. I love B5E in my Pro Open. That's what I'll probably go with next.
     
  30. t-swede

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    how much would the formula weigh in at with the 10g buttcap and both 3g slides ?

    cheers the swede
     
  31. klementine

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    Yeah, just saw that. Miss the enthusiasm and recklessness, maybe not ;) .

    Woah... good call. We're about to see this prognostication come to fruition.

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    Anybody settle with the Formula100? Likes-dislikes/comments after 2-3 months of usage?

    Really interested, especially if it's lower on the power-tweener spectrum and comfortable.
     
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    All I can say is... AT LAST!
     
  33. RollTrackTake

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    I've still got an F100 in the bag and pull it out every other week when I play a casual pick up match. Still have MSV Focus Hex in at what was 50lbs. I really need to try some B5E or this Iontec stuff and reevaluate the racquet. I still hold out hope because it's so comfortable and I like the aesthetic of it. Power wise I don't think it's on the low side of the tweener section. I'd put it up there with the Warrior & Pro Open.
    Likes: Comfort, serve, cosmetic, power
    Dislikes: iffy on control, lack of feel and other common tweener gripes (floating slices, plow through= meh, etc...)
     
  34. JackB1

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    My F100 had a bit of a buzzy/twangy feel on impact to it. Do you notice this as well?
     
  35. jackcrawford

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    Yes, it felt like an aluminum racquet to me.
     
  36. RollTrackTake

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    On serve if I miss & hit in the upper part of the hoop I get that feeling. Other than that it feels solid. But I just don't get a precise feel of where the balls going with the F100. Most likely it's the strings or just me
     
  37. JackB1

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    Isn't it weird how all the TW testers gave it such glowing reviews and you can't find a half dozen guys here that like it?. Everyone seems to have the same "just OK" opinion of it.
     
  38. Dgdavid

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    Jack, are you still upset about the Warrior 100 review by any chance ;-)
     
  39. JackB1

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    Not at all :)

    The Warrior review was reasonable, but people forget its just 4 opinions.
    I may or may not have the same tastes as them.
     
  40. RollTrackTake

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    yeah. curious. I think it has the characteristics of being a very good fit for me. I just didn't love it at first hit. I should ask TW what string setups they used. I don't like racquets that are 'string sensitive' but I do want to give it a fair shot. Full bed of B5E is probably the next (and maybe last) setup I try in the formula 100.
     
  41. Xonemains

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    This is the only racquet that i havent tried and want to badly.

    its got mixed reviews form everybody. you dont know if its good or bad.

    im gonna get a bunch of my 5.0's buddys, and 1 teaching pro together one day and compare it to the pure drive. then the debate will be over.
     
  42. ollinger

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    I was in NYC all day today and stopped in at P*****n Sporting Goods; they carry Donnay and the sales guy told me the Formula 100s are flying off the shelves, with good feedback from customers.
     
  43. JackB1

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    why would you trust a "sporting goods store sales guy"?
     
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    Ummm, because I'd already told him I was already using a different Donnay and was not there to buy a racquet. This was a college kid, not much guile.
     
  45. JackB1

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    That's cool, but like they say "consider the source".

    I have a hard time believing ANY Donnay's "flying off the shelves", unless they were heavily discounted. Babolats, Wilson's and Heads probably account for 90% of all racquet sales at almost every racquet store in the country.
     
  46. ollinger

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    Shall I consider the source right now? A guy who swears by a different racquet every other week? The salesguy was a kid who knew I was happy with what I had, didn't really have a reason to lie to me.
     
  47. JackB1

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    Hey I'm not personally recommending anything here, so no need to get all defensive about it. I just have a hard time believing his comment based on the relative obscurity of Donnay and the lack of any other proof of this everywhere else I look. I like Donnay and think they make a high quality product and think they are being smart with their new direction and getting away from the ultra thin beams an all.

    I'm not going to argue with you about the credibility of this guys comment because I don't know him and don't know what he's basing his comment on?
    Could be true...could be false. I hope it's true because Donnay deserves more recognition. I wish they would distribute more to the big tennis stores. I live in a pretty big city (Atlanta) and had to drive an hour to pick up a Formula 100.
     
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  48. li0scc0

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    Formula 100 is great...but if you want a good deal check out the X27 Dual. It is the exact same racquet, but a different paintjob. sometimes you can find them used for less than half the price of a used Formula.
    Both are tough to find used for sure.
     
  49. Miami Tiburon

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    Both the Donnay Formula and the Pro One have been selling very well . Donnay has had a hard time keeping them in stock just recently have they been able to catch up to the demand . Both very nice frames and with positive reviews on TW .
     
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    I've switched to this racket after a professional racket fitting/hitting session, against my preferences because I am not a fan of the cosmetics. I have been using the Volkl Powerbridge 10 Mid, and before that the Babolat Pure Storm Tour.

    I cannot, however, argue with the results. More power and action on serve so far, better power on my forehand, and much better volleys. I'm still dialing in my backhand, and the slice is not as good. But I can see my opponents struggling a bit more in rallies. I don't have any problems hitting the ball flat with this stick. With string, overgrip and dampener and weighted to match, it comes out to 11.7/6pts HL. I think the feel is different than other rackets because of the dual core -- it gives the racket a kind of "dead" feel. I've been fiddling with polys at different tensions and so far no arm pain whatsoever, which was not the case with the Babolat, which is why I switched to the Volkl originally. The Volkl didn't have any arm pain either, and it feels quite different because of the flex, is better on low balls. Also, when I crank a forehand it gives a crazy spin, but it's less powerful on rally balls. I've decided to get rid of all of them and just commit to the Donnay and see where it takes me. The close second runner up was the APDGT. The Pure Drive GT was overall more powerful and I couldn't control it as well.
     

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