Donnay Pro One 97 users club

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  1. badmice1

    badmice1 New User

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    I came from the prestige family and I can verify that I can hit the ball with ball depth. The swing weight + balance takes time to get used to (very small impact on groundstrokes, but swings heavier on serves). As others have mentioned in the past, the swing weight will remind you of the ig radical.

    I agree with JackB1 that it takes some fine-tuning with strings but if you are looking to hit with more depth and plow this is definitely the stick for you.
     
  2. Deuce Bag

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    Adding the 10g butt cap helped me alleviate that "sluggish" feel some people talk about. I can see where they are coming from with this comment, when you compare it to some other racquets. It's just a balance you need to get used too.

    Also added a 3g slide weight at the tip. This bought back the balance to how I like it plus give the added bonus of more plow through, due to the extra weight at the tip of the racquet.

    Even though there has been an extra 13g added to my setup it feels a lighter swing weight than a stock standard frame.
     
  3. Deuce Bag

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    I meant to also add that after contacting Tennis Warehouse regarding the delivery time frame for the 18x20 version of the Pro One. They informed me they are expecting them on the 16th of July.
     
  4. badmice1

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    What is your static weight after adding the 13g? I swapped out the sponge grip for TW leathers, and my two sticks came in at 12.1g and 12.2g respectively.
     
  5. Deuce Bag

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    I will check that out for you badmice1 at my stringers shop as I don't have an accurate weighing machine and get back to you.
     
  6. mrtrinh

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    what are your fav string set ups on the pro one? Just recently tried beast/premierlt at 50/54. i have found my perfect set up for this racket. perfect blend of power/spin/control
     
  7. k-n.c

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    how about a wilson blx pro tour compare to the Pro one 18x20?:)
    I am thinking to get one..
     
  8. RollTrackTake

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    B5E/Forten Sweet 16 54/58
     
  9. Xonemains

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    my fav set up was X-one 16/gosen micro 16 , 54/56, but keep blowing the multi mains in about 3 hours in match or 2 hours doing drills.

    so now just my sig. still pretty good though. the poly mains last about 8-10 hours before they snap as well.
     
  10. Xonemains

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    hey mrtrinh, do you use 2 stick till they die, then use the newer ones? or do you have all 4 of them in rotation?
     
  11. shogun90

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    Played with BHBR @58#'s one piece. Enjoyed the additional control and spin. I think I've found a setup that works for my game.
     
  12. ChicagoJack

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    Somebody in here (can't find it now) was asking about the two extended length frames, the white and yellow. I just figured out any Donnay frame could be extended length if you order thru G&G. They can get frames in the raw state at the full 28". The pallet can be cut down to any spec you want. That's a big deal for me, really big. The fishing hole for frames in my spec range is pretty small, I suddenly have a whole lot more extended length frames to choose from.
     
  13. mrtrinh

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    I only use 2. I mainly play recreational now but occasionally will play in a tournament. The other 2 are basically there until my current rackets are unuseable which probably won't happened for a couple years. I love the pro ones so much I'd thought I'd stock up while they're still available, never know what's going to happen to them in a few years
     
  14. RollTrackTake

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    +1. That's why I got 4. Apparently with Donnay who knows what future availability will be. Going to try a full bed of Iontec black up next. Really like the Iontec as a hybrid.
     
  15. Eightmarky

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    I love full BHBR in this frame. I play @ 56 lbs. I tried a BHBR/X1 hybrid with BHBR in the mains and couldn't keep the ball in play. The full poly really makes a difference for me.
     
  16. shogun90

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    Using the racquetTune app, after 2 tough doubles sets, the stringbed tension measured 48.5#, unfortunately I didn't measure it right after I strung the racquet.
     
  17. Xonemains

    Xonemains Semi-Pro

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    sounds like someone will be owning an extended length P1 soon.

    please comeback here and tell us your thoughts, thats gonna be one powerful beast!
     
  18. mavsman149

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    xonemains i see that you played with the yt pp as well...i am currently using that stick but have recently had elbow problems could you compare the ytpp with the pro one? Thanks!
     
  19. Xonemains

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    Hi mavsman, ok, you've ask the right person, lol

    firstly, the YTPP looks better and the paint does not peel off the racquet like the P1. if looks are not your thing, read on.

    i think they both are 95 head size, i put them together and they look the exactly the same. the YTPP has abit more control and swings faster in stock form. the YTPP needs lead at 12 0r 3 & 9. for extra power. its a fine stick, but is lacking easy power that the P1 provides. the problem is, its dam stiff!! some like it, some dont. i didnt mind it till my elbow started hurting abit as well. so i went back to the MG Models after like 7 months. YTPP is better at the net though.

    the P1 on the other hand is similar flex rating but plays very very comfortable.
    it has this feel that the not many other racquets have, its very sweet, full and rich. spin is the same, but controlled power!! is what you get form the P1.
    its not string sensitive, you can string it with anything and still feel good. i dont need to tell you about the serves, its huge! heavy baseline exchanges are what this black beast is made for. but coming to the net, its very very good and stable. overall, IMO, the P1 is just a much better racquet. i haven't tried the IGPP yet. i wont be switching for awhile unless something magical comes out.

    hope this helps

    Serves - P1 > YTPP (this is light and day)
    Volleys - YTPP > P1
    groundies - P1 > YTPP
    Spin - same
    comfort - P1 > YTPP
    Maneuverability - YTPP > P1 (once leaded up, YTPP is quite heavy)
    slice- P1 > YTPP
    returns > same (YTPP is abit faster in stock)
    power - P1 > YTPP
    stability - P1 > YTPP
    control - YTPP > P1
    Feel - P1 > YTPP

    im 5.0 with big FH :)
     
  20. mavsman149

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    thanks xonemains sounds like youre probably just a better version of me on the court since I'm a 4.5 with a big fh haha.....I'll demo this asap!
     
  21. Xonemains

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    no worries mavsman, just buy some extra strings:)

    we both know that, Big FH = plenty of broken strings, especially with the P1, its a string eater man! LOL
     
  22. dexian

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    Can you guys feel the difference in flex when the RA is 68 and 66?
     
  23. Faithfulfather

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    I can't but I'm only a 3.5.
     
  24. rader023

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    Sorry if that has been mentioned before, but my wife is demoing this and loves it. My one question is that the specs on the racquet say 50 +/- 10 lbs. But the website and this thread seem to have 55 has optimum. Just wondering the deal and what you would recommend for an intermediate player as far as tension for a poly or multi. Thanks everyone!
     
  25. Praetorian

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    I would think you'd probably need to experiment a little as every player is different. Personally I've haven't found a poly i liked - just to stiff for my liking. I like multi's like x-1 biphase, and PPA strung at mid tensions. You'll probably get the counter argument that claims nothing but poly, which is an equally valid viewpoint.
     
  26. dexian

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    I am about the same ranking. It's all good :)
     
  27. RollTrackTake

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    Going to go with a full bed of B5E at 54lbs. Hybrid with poly mains/syn gut crosses may be a touch too powerful. Anyone have a full poly job they'd recommend? I saw BHBR a few posts up.
     
  28. LuxLou

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    I Really wanted to like this frame but during the demo period I could not get over the ping During match play (with a djoko dampener). Maybe it was the string (gosen), or maybe I didn't give it enough time to adjust and dial it in. You have to dime the sweet spot to get the rackets full characteristics imo. Idk but I shouldn't have read this thread beforehand because otherwise it probly wouldn't have bothered me..
     
  29. ChicagoJack

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    Wow. I know it's just the honeymoon phase, but this is the best honeymoon ever. My recent racquet history is the 2012 PD+, LM Prestige, Volkl Tour 10 Gen 1 & 2. I don't know if it's the specs or balance or what, but I found a groove with this frame almost instantly. Felt so comfortable with my demo, I actually scooped my first delivery right off the front porch on the way to a team match, hit with it during warm ups, and left my regular sticks in the bag.

    Just got two more, and just finished matching them up. With leather and overgrip, I have all three at exactly 12.oz and 8.5 HL. A bit lighter than I am used to, but cannot ignore the results. Finding it easier to roll over my BH. I actually have guys occasional serving to my FH, needing to mix things up, because I've been hitting my BH returns so cleanly, and that's usually the weakest part of my game. Feels awesome. hits like buttah. I shall dub thee "the velvet hammer".

    Jack
     
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  30. ChicagoJack

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    BHBR is really awesome, just about the most spin friendly full poly set up there is. Funny thing about this string tho, i much prefer the 16 over the 17. The 17 feels a bit wild to me, get a much better sense of control with the 16g.
     
  31. Xonemains

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    thats just unusual, the racquet pings like any other stick out there, and with a damperner, its disappears. Mayb you got a bad string set up or something. Oh well, guess the P1 dosent please everyone
     
  32. Xonemains

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    LOL, iv always called mine "Darth Vadars" => the force is good with this one
     
  33. Xonemains

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    Hey Jack,

    how much more power does your XL provides over the stock P1?
     
  34. ChicagoJack

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    Hi Xonemains,

    I'm playing with stock right now, picked up 3 used from TT classifieds. Been playing extended length for years, just for that little "extra nasty" on serves. But I'm serving the best I ever have with the P1 at standard length, so that clears the whole table for me in terms specs and where I want to go from here. I'm getting the big serve, without the extra length, and the standard length is allowing me to dial in my groundies without my usual new frame adjustment period.

    It's been a real game changer for me. I'm not oft to tell war stories, but I played a set against my longtime hitting/doubles partner today. He's a 5.5, former satelite player. (I've no idea why he slums it with me) I usually just try to make sure that he gets in a good match, and leaves having had a good long work out. This time we traded breaks a few times, I had my chances late but couldn't convert, lost 7-5. I lost, but this may have been my best ever set of tennis. He knows my game really well, seen me serve thousands of balls. Today he pointed to the P1 and said "your serves are scary with that thing" he said there were a dozen kicks that went over his head, and I counted 6 un returnable firsts. It's on court results like this, that let me know it's not just all in my head, it's not just new stick euphoria.

    Regarding extended length, I'm handy at doing my own mods, actually make a few extra $ doing that here and there. Will at some point add additional length, (will report back) get the customization kit, get my strings dialed in etc. Right now I'm just playing with whatever strings the former users/sellers have on there. The one with the full bed of 18g Black Widow is my fave by a wide gap... just pure genius to put that in a P1. More pop than GutM / PolyX (crazy i know) but with enough spin to keep those nice arcs diving into the court.

    - Jack
     
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  35. Magic of tennis

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    What is TT stands for? I might buy used P1 as well
     
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    Well, I had my first hit tonight with the Pro One. I have to say it was better than I thought it was going to be. I only used it for about 45 minutes and it impressed me. At this point, all I can do is compare it to my main racquet which is the BB London.
    I am a London user and to me, it feels more powerful and has more plow than the London. It feels crisper to the London's more muted feel. I was getting more spin from the London and hitting a slightly flatter ball with the Pro One. I was having problems dialing in the power and was hitting alot of balls long. Once I did dial in, it was fun and I was hammering the ball.

    I passed it around and here some observations from some others:
    -APDGT user: was immediately and unintentionally flattening out his shots and was not adjusting well. He actually did not like the racquet.
    -Wilson 6.1 K95 user with exclusively flat, traditional and powerful strokes:
    could not control the racquet and with the exception of a crazy backhand winner. He literally had no control.
    -Wilson 6.1 K95 user with very compact strokes: liked it alot and was hitting pretty well
    -Head Speed 315 user: hit long great deal of shots off the bat, but was able to dial in and hit pretty well in the end. He actually did not want to put it down. Like me, he thought it was fun stick.
     
  38. ChicagoJack

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    Hi Canadad -

    Super awesome, thanks for sharing. I'm curious, what is your string set up on the London and the P1?

    -Jack
     
  39. canadad

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    Hey Jack, I always string my London's in the mid 50's with poly in the mains and some sort of multi in the crosses. I am tinkering with set-ups. I just got the P1 in a trade and it seems to be strung mid 50's as well with Babolat VS Natural Thermogut in the mains and Weiss Cannon Silverstring in the crosses. Loving the natural gut, if only I could afford to use it all the time. Also, according to the previous owner, it is an 1/8th of an inch longer. So it is 27 and an 1/8 inches long, which to me is kind of funny, I mean an 1/8 seems such a tiny amount.
     
  40. ChicagoJack

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    Wow. that London (with poly mains) must be pretty damp feeling, if the P1 (with gut mains) plays crisper. I've played with the VS Mains / Scorpion Xs you have and that's a waay sweet setup, and actually just a few bucks more than a premium multi. That 1/8 of an inch long thing... yeah kinda funny if the previous owner requested that. Not funny at all if that's a QC flub!

    Jack
     
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  41. Xonemains

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    LOL! That's funny. I guess you now know where to find cheap racquets now:)
     
  42. Xonemains

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    Hi canadad,

    Just curious, What did the APDGT user not like about the P1?

    Most APD users that have tried my sticks quite like it.

    Was he hitting too many winners with it?
     
  43. Xonemains

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    Hey Jack,

    Seems like you are doing well with the P1. Hope the honeymoon stays for good.

    Yeah, sometimes you play guys that puts your ego back in place. Those satelite boys are animals man. You have to play a perfect game just to get a close set.

    Anyhow, if you do somehow find a better frame than the P1. you better let me know ok!!! Don't forget!!! Cheers buddy:)
     
  44. falc02

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    Question for Xonemains!

    Hi Xonemains,

    Just a quick question, based on your other posts you have played with both the Donnay Platinum 99 and the Donnay Pro One 97 (16x19), are you able to provide a quick contrast (pro's/cons), I am thinking (most likely) I am going to change as well.

    Any advice/information is greatly appreciated.

    I am currently finding a lack of power/topspin in my shots with the platinum 99's.

    The other racquet I was looking at was the Volkl C10 Pro (2012).

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind Regards,
    FALC.
     
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  45. Eightmarky

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    I made the switch from an APDGT+/APDC+ and have not looked back. This racket plus a soft powerful poly is heaven.
     
  46. Xonemains

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    Hey Falc02,

    Don't really want to talk to a queenslander ATM. Still hurting from that State of Origin series:) LOL

    I haven't play with the platinum at all. I hope Suppawat or K-el is still reading. But I'm sure someone should be able to chime in on this one.

    P1 is similar to your old IGRP. But just dosent flex as much upon big groundies. This makes a huge difference in control. My mate bought a few of the IGRP's as well, had same flex problem as you, I think he sold them now.

    So I guess the search continues for you, isn't it fun? Just abit costly though
     
  47. Xonemains

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    Hi 8marky, so you came from a extended length model as well, same as C-Jack.

    Did it take long to adjust to the standard 27 inch? Or not much difference at all because the P1 is already not that headlight?
     
  48. Eightmarky

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    It took me about 10 min to dial in and I also swapped in the 5 gram buttcap to get more headlight. All the groundie performance of the extended length is there but the P1 is so much better at net.
     
  49. RollTrackTake

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    Playing 3 days in a row for 3+ hours a day outdoors in the summer heat + humidity = Pro 1 failure for me. Wednesday I was fresh off a couple days rest, played great. Thursday my body was sore from playing and my usual 1 hr weights/cardio workout. Played good but not great. I kept my swing at an even moderate pace. Did not try to whip it fast as much. Friday started hitting ok. Then deteriorated fast. To the point where I was just slicing forehands & backhands to keep the ball in play & points going. The racquet still didn't feel noticeably heavier but i could feel soreness in my right forearm. Very frustrating. Not sure what I should do to remedy this. More tennis specific exercises? play/drill more in the heat to help build up strength? Take the 10 gram buttcap out? Or just use a lighter racquet? Any advice?
     
  50. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

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    I loved the Pro 1 but ultimately gave it up because I couldn't get past the sluggish feel of it. Felt more head heavy than the specs say. Much prefer my current fab, the Organix x8 315.
     

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