Donnay Pro One 97 users club

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  1. atatu

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    Well, I'm back to my P1's....been using the Blade 98 lately as I have been playing lots of dubs and the Blade does volley a little cleaner. Today in my city league I had to a play singles and was getting hit off the court by a 55 year old with a Pure Drive. After losing the first set 6-2, I switched to the P1's and came back to win the second set 7-5. The P1 can match the PD for power, and it volleys a lot better.
     
  2. JackB1

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    I thought the new Blade was very powerful too? Some of the play testers said it was too powerful at times.
     
  3. atatu

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    I don't know, I just felt like the Blade was getting pushed around off the ground, it wasn't until I switched to the P1 that I had the confidence to hang in there on the baseline.
     
  4. JackB1

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    I am also trying the Blade 16x19 now and can see a lot of similarities with the Pro One. Both have nice feel and both have lots of weight in the hoop.
    Both have around a 330 swingweight. Both have pretty good power and both are in that middle ground of players/tweeners racquets, also they both lean more towards "player" than "tweener".

    How else would you compare them besides stability? For the record, I thought they were both among the most solid under 12 oz. sticks around, but the P1 is about 1/2 oz. heavier in static weight and that may give it a slight advantage in stability.
     
  5. suppawat

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    From a sweet zone VS. power map, it looks like both Pro One and Blade 16x19 2013 are similarly powerful.

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    And this is for Blade 18x20 2013 VS. Pro One 18x20 comparison. P1 18x20 is slightly more powerful with larger sweet zone.

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  6. ramos77

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    guys, if you had wilson NG mains and mosquito bite or another copoly in the crosses, what tension would you recommend on the pro one 16x19?
     
  7. The Dark Knight

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    Well I'm now a Donnay pro one 16x19 user.

    I'm in love with the stick although this is my honey moon period.

    I was playing with the 18x20 ......unbelievable control but not enough power.

    Strange thing is that the 18x20 version is stiffer than the 16x19 version.....and yet the 16x19 is so much more powerful.

    Serving is a dream with the 16x19 as well....I think way better than the 18x20.....

    The one downside of the 16x19 I found was there a sligh bit more vibration and a ping sound.....also not quite as stable as the 18x20.

    Other than that I think I found my holy grail......maybe an extended version in 97 inch would be even better.

    I'm using Kevlar in the mains and gut in the crosses and loving it :)
     
  8. ultradr

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    What tension and string did you use for 18x20 and 16x19, if I may ask?
     
  9. The Dark Knight

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    I was afraid you would ask. I do something unpopular.....

    Kevlar in the mains and pure VS gut in the crosses.....56 pounds.

    I LOVE it.

    I forget who makes the kevlar but the gut is babolat.
     
  10. Hominator

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    I recommend Dunlop Black Widow 17 at 50 or upper 40s. Black Widow has tremendous bite, yet plays quite soft, which helps with ball-pocketing.

    I don't think Roman stocks the string, so you may have to bring your own and have him (his guys) string it for you.
     
  11. Yaz

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    I have been using Silverstring 16L at 57 in the mains and Klip Legend 16 at 60 in the crosses. Great durability and playability for me.

    I was using Prince Premier Attack 16 in the crosses because of the price, but was only getting about 4-6 sets before they broke. Managed to play about 5 matches with the poly/gut and even then it didn't break. Had to cut it out because poly went dead.
     
  12. The Dark Knight

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    That Weiss cannon stuff is really great. I used to use scorpion I think was the name?? Hope I'm right....that's Weiss canon as well right ?

    I love the gut in the crosses .....isn't it great? Amazing feel. I would never play with anything else in the crosses . I used to use a full poly set up......I'm so over that.

    I know kevlar is not popular but with natural gut mix it just works really well for a long time. Seems to never go dead.

    Enuf string talk lol.......

    Have you noticed that the 18x20 and the 16x19 play completely differently ?

    I checked the specs and they are in fact different.....the 18x20 is stiffer and the balance is a bit more headlight on the 18x20. Swing weight is also slightly different .

    The 18x20 stick is not the same as the 16x19.....I'm surprised they didn't make two identical sticks and just change the pattern?
     
  13. Yaz

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    Yep, Silverstring is a Weiscannon product. I used full poly also until I got tennis elbow. Actually like the playability of the poly/gut much better. The poly tames the power of the gut, but I get much better feel than with the full poly or even the premiere attack. Plus my arm hasn't complained and I get the durability you mentioned so all in all it's working well for me despite the slightly higher cost.

    I also tried the 18x20 and thought the same thing. Was hoping for a slightly less powerful/more control version of the 16x19 but as you said it just felt boardy and didn't have the same plow. I was having some control issues with the 16x19, but managed to overcome it with thicker gauge string at a slightly higher tension.
     
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  14. Broly4

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    True, not many times I find the open pattern version to be the better, kind of seems a totally different racquet, if that makes any sense at all.
     
  15. The Dark Knight

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    Well I made a realization tonight.

    I like the 18x20 better for hard courts but the 16x19
    For clay.


    I lost my first match ever tonight with the 16x19.....well at least two sets....we played a third set for fun and I used the 18x20.......I won the set.

    The reason I think is the 18x20 has more control and because the surface is faster than clay I don't need the power of the 16x19.

    But on clay it's a different ball game. On clay the 18x20 just doesn't hit a heavy enough ball.

    These are the best sticks I have ever played with in my life .

    I was able to switch racquets seamlessly. So I will
    Keep both versions in my bag at all times .
     
  16. cengland7211

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    i have been using the wilson k blade 98s and saw about a week ago these were available. i used these in high school and loved them! i have a x dual pro 97 on demo and found a pro one 97 on **** at a good price so i bought it, just played with it tonight and love it, love the x dual pro too! i strung the pro one with volkl psycho at 58 lbs..great rackets! if any you guys have any you want to sell at a good price please let me know! i need atleast 2 more!
     
  17. Kal-El 34

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    sent you an email
     
  18. v205

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    Are you guys still happy with your new P1's? Please state 16x19 or 18x20. Thanks!

    I have 2 matched pairs (close to 310weight and 318balance unstrung) on their way.

    Been playing with my KBT for past few years without problem but came across a good deal for the matched P1 18x20 and though they may help with age... :)
     
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  19. ChicagoJack

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    Hi Vo2,

    I don't post in the club much anymore, mostly cuz I've said everything there is to say, but...yeah, I started playing with the Pro one two summers ago and still loving it. I've been playing tennis my whole life, well over 30 years and its the best racquet I've ever used by a wide margin. Comfort, from the solid core construction, power from the hi sw and moderately stiff flex, awesome control, string it with gut poly and it's very spiny too. That's the whole enchilada right there if you ask me.

    I much prefer the 16x19 version. If I was stuck on the idea of 18x20, I might prefer the IG prestige Mp. The prestige's lower stock sw and lower balance point make it a much easier swing. I find that I need to swing a bit faster with 18x20, so that sw is a big factor for me when I'm shopping in the 18x20 aisle. Quite a few p1 18x20 fans here, but the 16x19 just suits my game better.
     
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  20. RollTrackTake

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    I left the Pro One. I still think its a great racquet. Amazing power, arm friendly, served bombs!
    My only knock on the Pro One is that at times it felt sluggish for me. I attribute that mostly to my decline in physical fitness. I sold both my P1's this past summer after playing with them about twice a week for a year. In the last 3 months I've been back in the gym regularly so now I'm looking to trade for a Pro One 97 to see if my new found strength can wield the P1 any better!
     
  21. Xonemains

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    it feels sluggish for alot people who are use to lighter frames.

    If you just make your mind up earlier weather to hit a forehand or BH and set up way faster, you wont be late on your shots and it wont feel slow.

    Just play some very good players for a few weeks, you will get faster in no time. :)
     
  22. Xonemains

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    anybody here knows if Donnay will ever bring out a capped version of the P1?

    or am i just dreaming? :)
     
  23. v205

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    Received my matched pair of P1 97 18x20.

    310 315 67 (on factory label)
    311 315 67 ( " )

    Can't wait to get one strung and tested...
     
  24. lgbalfa

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    i almost got these but decided on the x-dual gold 94.

    the pro one is a great racquet though.
     
  25. atatu

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    I left the Pro One also for awhile and started using the Blade 16x19, but started having elbow problems, so I'm back to using the Pro One. I want to buy a 2014 version if I can to see if it swings a little easier.
     
  26. shogun90

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    I may be coming back to these as I've enjoyed the power and spin of the 2012 Pure Drive, however, starting to feel some elbow pain. I love serving with the Pro One but hope I can keep the groundstrokes in.
     
  27. RollTrackTake

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    I am thinking about coming back to the Pro One as well. I have turned a corner with my fitness and am now in the best shape I've been in for five years. I'm still working out hard to get to my goal. I sold 2 of my Pro One 97's but kept a third. It still has plastic on the handle sitting in my basement calling to me! I took out my Tecnifibre 315 LTD last weekend and played great with it for 2.5 hours. No fatigue and I was able to maintain my level of play the whole match. I have that racquet with lead on it about equal to a stock Pro One 97. So I will now be unwrapping my Pro One 97 more than a yeas after I originally bought it. And i'm looking to trade one of my 11oz tweeners to get another one! P1's are scarce though. None on the bay the last few weeks or the FS section on TT. I know of one online retailer stocking the new ones. Plus I anyone can get them from Donnay directly. The specs on the new P1's look about te same. So I'd rather the black pj than the new silver/black scheme. I wish TW was stocking the new ones or had a few more of the old ones laying around so I could utilize the trade in program. On to the for sale section & da bay.
     
  28. Tennisguy3000

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    Demoed the Donnay Pro One 97 18x20 the other day & really liked it. Can someone tell me if the weight modification system comes with the retail racquet and more importantly does it work on the Donnay Pro One 97 18x20?

    Thanks so much ;-)

    EDIT: The picture on the Donnay site shows it as being silver, is this the newest version? (the demo I tried was black)

    http://www.donnayusa.com/proone1820.php

    The TW version is also black: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Donnay_Pro_One_97_18x20/descpageRCDONNAY-DP197.html
     
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  29. JackB1

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    The new ones are silver.

    The weight mod kicks are extra.
     
  30. Tennisguy3000

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    Thanks Jack, is it just cosmetic or has their been any updates?

    P.S. Still enjoying the Head Speed Pro I got from you a while back, had a good match with it the other day ;-)
     
  31. JackB1

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    That's cool. There are lots and lots of "former JackB1" racquets circulating
    all over the owrld :)

    I think the new Pro One 97's are cosmetic updates, but they also added a new Pro One model...the MP.
     
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    TW has already said they had no plans to sell the new Donnay stock. Looks like they are liquidating and then discontinuing Donnay.
     
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    I wonder if the company will survive under a new name or if they will fold altogether. Their proprietary foam-filled technology enhances the feel of their racquets IMO. I tried a lot of their offerings from the X Orange to the Pro One and found them all to be good quality. Maybe another company will buy into the Xenecore if Donnay exits.
     
  36. mrravioli

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    Which version do you use? 16*19 or 18*20? Seems like the 16*19 pro one gets more admire here.
    I'm mostly a 16*19 user but recently beginning to appreciate the penetration from a denser string pattern as I could generate more spin in strokes now.
     
  37. RollTrackTake

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    I have one Pro One 16x19 left that I use occasionally. Love the feel and power. On the fence about selling it since I don't use it in competitive matches at this point. it may join the growing ranks of racquets in my collection that I really like but don't play my best tennis with. On the other hand, if I liquidate that group I can probably buy a few new offerings... (2015 Head ASP!) or at least a new set of golf clubs!
     
  38. ringwraith

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    Did any of you guys hit with the new wilson pro staff 97 (315 gram version)? Some report it plays similar to the Donnay Pro One.
     
  39. atatu

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    Haven't hit it yet, but that's what I'm counting on.
     
  40. Muriel123

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    Donnay tried to attract capital during its short run of the last few years. Basically, no one wanted to put anything into the company as it was very poorly run. They failed to raise any money once the got started. And now, there is no activity at all.
     
  41. Muriel123

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    Donnay is going, going gone.
     
  42. RollTrackTake

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    you have 18 posts total. 15 of them are trashing Donnay. Stop trolling. Enough is enough.
     
  43. mrravioli

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    Just got a Pro One 16*19 for my C10 Pro's backup. It says 31031567 in the throat. It feels very solid in hand even though my other sticks are generally 20-30g heavier than the Pro One. Maybe the heft is more concentrated in the hoop.
     
  44. Knife

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    Is it a 2014 P1? I mean the greyish coloured one. Any Donnay branding on it or only that hideous Xenecore?
     
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    No, I bought the old (2011?) version. Could you post some pic of the new P1? I think the old blackish PJ is quite fascinating and that's one of the reasons I bought one.
     
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  47. Muriel123

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    I am free to say what I like, when I like and there is nothing you can do about it. If 100% of my posts take a given position that you don't like, that's your problem. Donnay is now out of business and for good reason!
     
  48. John Kawasaki

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    They are not out of business. Two retailers here in the San Francisco Bay Area (Swetka's Tennis Shop in Mountain View and Rick's Tennis in Fremont) just received shipment of the new Pro One 97's and the Pro One Mid+ (new model). Not liking the product does not equate to being out of business. I agree they still have "issues" to overcome but some may still enjoy the product.
     
  49. joshtige600

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    Muriel123, would you care to at least tell us why you seem so angry at Donnay and think them so deserving of their fate? It would help us to understand where you are coming from. Did you have a bad experience with them?

    I own a few Donnays and I have to say they are all great performing racquets. My X-Dual Pro 18x20 is in my top 3 of all time. But I don't have any real experience with Donnay as 'business' per se.
     
  50. mrravioli

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    Played with the Pro One 16*19 for the first time this morning. It played very solid and powerful, somewhat like an enlarged version of KPS88 (but not as nice at net, IMO). I hit the first of my 3 shots long but after adjusting to the power level and relatively headheavy balance, I still regard it as an easier-playing racquet to my C10 Pro which is heavier and more flexible.

    I plan to add an leather grip to tweak the balance point a bit to my preference, and, if I decide to stay with the Pro One, try the intriguing customization kit. I'm also interested in the 18*20 version as it seems to tame the excessive power a bit for more control which would be ideal for me. However, I'm a bit concerned after reading that Chris from TW had the same experience and finally find the 18*20 Pro One to be a different racquet and prefer the 16*19 version. Any advice on it?
     
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