Donnay lighting it up......

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  1. Egoista

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    Right so been playing with the Donnay Platinum 94 amongst other racquets recently including Prestige, Babolat, Dunlop and after the prestiges have to say am enjoying the PLatinum.

    It gives me alot of spin, control and fast racquet speed. Only issue is being unstable at times if i am not in correct position against a real hard hitter.

    Unfortunately cracked the one I own and need to get another racq.

    My game is pure topspin based, semi-western and hit reasonably hard.


    My conundrum. Do I get another platinum or go for the Donnay X dual Gold 94 this time. I wanted to try out a 16*19 string pattern (as the platinum is 18*20) for the first time as heard you get more access to spin. Primarily interested in the Gold for more spin potential, control and good racquet speed. I have enjoyed the platinum tremendously and just hope that if I go for the Gold will it be too much of a difference?

    * It is 4pts head light vs 7pts of the platinum. And weighs 0.4 grams less than the Platinum.
    So wanted to know if this would make the racquet too head heavy(and thus affect my racquet speed) and/0r will the racquet cause Tennis Elbow as it is lighter than the platinum?

    Since their is no TW review on the Platinum even now and I cannot do a direct comparison with the Gold I wanted the opinion of some racquet Gurus on both racquets and/or people who have used both.

    Which is better in terms of :

    1. Spin

    2. Groundstrokes

    3.Slice

    4. Comfort

    5. Touch/feel

    Feel free to let loose with some opinions on which racq I should go for.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Egoista

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    bump bump...........
     
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  3. Egoista

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    come on peeps a little help needed here............
     
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  4. BreakPoint

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    Sorry, can't help you as I didn't like either racquet. I thought the first X-series racquets were much better. For example, the X-Dark Red 94 was awesome, and the X-Blue 94 and X-Black 94 were great, too.
     
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  5. tball

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    Cannot comment on 94s ... have not played with them.
    Between 99s, gold was much better for me than the platinum: more spin, more power, lighter and more manoeuverable.
     
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  6. spinovic

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    I think the Silver 99 is a pretty nice racquet. Soft, with decent pop. Light, but easy to tweak a little with the customization kit.

    I've always assumed the gold was very similar to the Silver, just 0.2-3 ounces heavier in stock form. Could be wrong though, since I haven't played. That's why I went with the silver...figured with the kit, it would be easier to add weight, but impossible to take any away from the gold.
     
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  7. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    well, I can't comment on the 94, but I have only good things to say about the Platinum 99

    certainly no stability issues..

    Apparently, the Gold is a "good thing", but I have never seen one, so..

    don't listen to BreakPoint, the original X series are perfectly good racquets, but they are pretty soft, I prefer the X-Dual, more power without loss of control
     
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  8. mhj202

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    Look through posts and threads by Kal-El 34. He's a teaching pro who has used and owned pretty much all of the Donnays and provides excellent insight into the various models.
     
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  9. Egoista

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    hey...I have heard that from some but unfortunately Donnay discontinued those .....
     
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  10. Egoista

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    Thanks for the insight but due to think the 4pts headlight of the Gold vs the 7pts Head light platinum will make a difference in racquet swing speed?

    I am just wary of that..........
     
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  11. Egoista

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    appreciate the insight.........I normally play with midsize racqs hence going for 94....Well I loved the platinum but just have a few questions on the Gold as you can tell........but it seems people think it is not bad at all...............just hope the lightness and head light issues do not make it a no go...in comparison to the platinum
     
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  12. BreakPoint

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    What's wrong with soft racquets? That's what makes the X-series so good - they have a sweet, flexy, but very solid feel due to being filled and not hollow. And softer racquets give you better feel on touch shots, more control, and better access to spin, in addition to being less damaging to your arm/wrist/shoulder.
     
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  13. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Successful. Troll is Successful!

    there's nothing wrong with soft racquets, of course, and the earlier X sticks are great.

    but the X-Duals are also terrific, and hardly Babolat like (mine are 61, I think)

    but I knew you couldn't resist :)
     
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  14. THE FIGHTER

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    lead up around 3 and 9 of the hoop and counter weight. i noticed the plat 94 is a little unstable at first also.
     
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  15. THE FIGHTER

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    but wait, considering im in the market for another platinum 94, go for the gold instead.
     
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  16. Egoista

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    hahahah Im sure there are many platinums available in the market...........so dont worry hahahahah
     
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  17. Steve Huff

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    I thought Donnays had a way to change the weights on them via handle weights. Couldn't you make them about the same? 16 x 19 should give you more spin.
     
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  18. Egoista

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    Thanks. I was never a fan of the racquet customization kit and regardless I do not like too much weight in the hoop due to shoulder issues. I need a light racq....The spin potential is a definitive plus sign as I have only ever played with prestiges well at least for the last decade .....before that wilsons....and for the last two years platinum
     
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  19. Egoista

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    Could someone enlighten me please where the Gold in comparison to Platinum would feel Head heavy or not?

    As the Platinum is 7pts Head light which I assume the weight is more evenly distributed and the Gold is 4pts Head Light which I assume means that the weight is more in the hoop of the racq?

    If that is the case will it affect my racquet speed and hitting ability as due to my shoulder problems my racquet speed has gone down abit.....

    thanks
     
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  20. Egoista

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    Bump ........
     
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