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  1. JackB1

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    Any P1 users NOT using poly?. My demo had a full set of syngut and felt great.
    I am worried I will lose that great feel with poly, but I want to upgrade from plain
    old syngut. Maybe a low power multi or a hybrid with a multi mains and poly cross?
     
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    I tried with a full bed of multi and did not like. But I'm just not really a fan of multis. I'm hoping to try a gut/poly hybrid soon (when I'm done testing a Vantage VT221).
     
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    Try multi mains and gosen sheep crosses both at 56 - 58 lbs.

    It's quite good but only last me 3 hours each racquet.

    Or you can go pro line 2 mains 48 and excel crosses 50 lbs.

    This last me 6 hours b4 crosses snap
     
  4. mimo

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    xone or any other pro one users;

    can you tell me if you've used 17g cyclone on these sticks and how you liked it?

    also what tension would you recommend for a full bed of cyclone?

    thanks!
     
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    bumping this
     
  6. Shangri La

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    Happy with Silverstring 1.2 @ 48/45. Just strung up with Pacific classic gut/Silverstring at 52/48 and can't wait to hit with it!
     
  7. JackB1

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    depends on what power level you want. Middle of the road, I would string at 54/52.
    for more power 50/48. More control 57/55.
     
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    New Pro one user

    Count me in. I demoed Pro one some 6 months back but ended up going with Rad pro. After battling with Radpro for a month of two I went back to my trusted Gold 99. I recently got a pro one from TW sales section and then stung with BHBR17 at 52. Played 3 sets so far. Game is getting adapted to this new stick.

    My only complaint so far is this racquet feels so great in hand (with leather grip) that I want to kill the ball every time I strike it. Resulting in some arm pain due to usage. More of a usability issue.

    This is the best feeling racquet in had that I have ever held. It feels so solid but swings so easy. Also not much vibration.
     
  9. mimo

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    thanks for the response jack!

    have you found that when using a full bed of poly you seem to get better results by having different tensions for the mains and crosses?
     
  10. JackB1

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    just got my new Pro One from TW.....

    the spec sticker says 309 grams unstrung and now with strings, overgrip and dampener it weighs 335 grams in total..
    Does that sound right to you that strings, og and dampener added 20 grams? I am not going to cut out strings to check the unstrung weight right now, but this is definitely heavier than I wanted.

    Edit...I guess this is possible. I just weight a full set of poly (19 grams) + overgrip (7 grams) + dampener (2 grams) = total of 28 grams. That would make unstrung weight 310, which is almost exactly on spec.
     
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  11. Kal-El 34

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    how are you finding that to play? also what is your swingweight here? i find that to be the real key anyways... kind of like temperature and wind chill.... it's 5 degrees outside but feels like negative 20.... well to me that is negative 20 haha...
     
  12. Kal-El 34

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    i like to go right around that as well... 52/50 in my pta pro ones
     
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    String weight can vary depending on what type/gauge/tension of string you use. 3-4 grams difference is possible.

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  14. Kal-El 34

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    ^^^ suppawat good posting.. you still knocking your donnays or did you move to the angell?
     
  15. JackB1

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    not sure what the sw is yet, but I'll check it soon.

    not really liking the full poly (Volkl Cyclone Tour). I'm never really a fan of full poly though, much prefer hybrids. First time trying this string too. Feels very "plasticky" to me. It takes away some of the nice ball feel I had with the full syngut I had in my demo. Need to try something different when I restring.
    I want to find a setup that is on the soft side without getting too powerful.
     
  16. suppawat

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    Yes I am still playing Donnay Pro One 18x20 and the 105 sq.in prototype frame. The 105 is really nice, Formula power and much better control. All my Angell frames are borrowed for testing, so I didn't play Angell a lot as expected. The other frames I want to try are Head Graphene Speed Pro and Wilson Steam 99s. Have you tried those racquets?
     
  17. Kal-El 34

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    Ive never messed with volkl strings... I actually really like the donnay poly 17. Ive been playing solinco tour bite / barb wire combo and its great for me...
     
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    Do you have a pic of the 105? What will this end up being? Do you know? Ive been knocking some of the pro stock pro ones lately and they are so nice. Heavy but ridiculously solid and smooth through the ball
     
  19. JackB1

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    Kal, I finally got around to measuring the swingweight of my Pro One and it was 330. That's interesting because the static weight was 309. Where are all these 318 sw racquets that Donnay claims to be the average spec?. I don't think one exists that is under 320.
     
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    Here it is. I've got it in 2011. The JHT032 mold is similar to Pro One OS EXT except its standard length. I don't remember original weight and balance, but my friend commented that it was a bit hard to serve. I just got this frame back last month, and I put a lot of lead in the handle to make it more headlight. Now it's 355g strung, and play really nice. I am quite surprised how I can play so well with this oversized racquet. May be I am old enough for OS :)

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    Mine measured 322 SW with an overgrip and dampener.
     
  22. Kal-El 34

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    tried the steam 99s. great spin, but hated the feel of the frame.. not for me. wilson and i generally just don't get along

    have not tried the new speed yet, though it is on a list to demo. ive been swinging the donnay pt-924 pro ones lately and they are my go to right now... absolutely lethal
     
  23. JackB1

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    Wow. I find that a little hard to believe ? Wanna trade :)

    Where did u measure the swingweight ?
     
  24. ChicagoJack

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    Donnay website specs are 100% pure fiction. That's really hard to fathom from company that has the cohones to measure and indicate the specs on every single frame that rolls of the line with a qc sticker. Demonstrating, all at once, an admirable commitment to QC, yet an utter disdain for anybody who knows how to read and click a mouse.

    If the Donnay website listing of 318 is an average then there would be just as many 308's as there are 328's. No way is that possible. The TW listing of 327 for the average strung P1 is far more accurate.

    327 is a far more accurate SW average, making Tballs 322 totally believable.

    Jack
     
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    Hi Kal-El

    Yeah man, same here. Killer spin, didn't like the feel. If they can make a similar string pattern in a frame that isn't a 70 ra, but somewhere like 62-66 ra, that might be worth a serious look. In the current iteration my arm cant take full poly, and I fear gut poly in a radically open pattern just wouldn't be practical.

    Question about your pro stock frame(s), are they typical pro stock frames.. ie under spec with lead under the grommets? or just built heavy from the get go?

    -Jack
     
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    Kal

    Do you have a link to get more info on these?

    Cheers

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  27. Kal-El 34

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    on what? the steams are a pretty decent topic of discussion right now and the pt pro ones are out of pro stock and not retail, so there wont be much mention of them i don't think.

    suppawat and miami jack i think have probably hit with them but that is probably it as far as i know on the boards
     
  28. Kal-El 34

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    i havent taken it apart to check for the lead but they are heavy. i believe heavy from the get go. i am going to weigh them this week and get exact specs. the weight / balance / and PJ are noticably different from the retail though...
     
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  29. Kal-El 34

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    agree with you on this one
     
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    Hey Kal

    Not the Steams, the donnay pt-924 pro ones that you use. But I guess they are unobtanium

    I'm not bothering with the Steams, I'll just mess around with the string patterns now that I've got the stringing supplies I was waiting for.
     
  31. Kal-El 34

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    haha i would estimate the pro ones i have are around 350g or so strung... maybe more. i will post some more information once i have weighed it all out though
     
  32. suppawat

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    The PT-924 Pro One (Blake Pro) I have is 310g stock, 69RA, 97 sq.in, 18x20, 20mm, and dual core construction. In stock form, it's not so playable - low power, unstable. I tried several customizations. The best one is 365g strung - 5g in the head (3/9) and 25-30g in the handle. For string, the Weisscannon Dual Reality (22kg main, 24kg cross) works best for my flat hitting style. With this set up, it creates soft classic feel like Wilson Pro Staff, with nice pop, power, and plow-thru. I think the cross synthetic string makes the stringbed so special and old-school feel. It's pretty arm-friendly too. Try it.

    Compared to Pro One 18x20, the Pro One 18x20 is more ready to go in stock form, easier to play, and works well with many poly strings. I am going to stick with Pro One 18x20 for a while.
     
  33. Kal-El 34

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    mine seems a bit different. maybe mine is a newer issue where the lead is no longer necessary? Mine are all heavier than stock pro one 97 - or at least swing heavier. 67RA, 18x20, 20mm, and the head seems slightly larger than the stock pro one 97. they are solid as a rock though right out of the plastic bag.

    either that or maybe mine is of a different batch for a different pro I am not sure. The PJ on your blake racket is different from mine as mine is painted like a retail one with a few differences, and a glossy paint job. I am trying to get some more info as to their origins, but the ones I have are absolutely beautiful frames.
     
  34. Kal-El 34

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    pt-924 pro ones
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    next to retail
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    close up
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    from the side
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    the whole side view
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    thats all i could snap today... but at least you can see the differences.. now i just gotta get it to the machine and get weight, sw, and balance on these
     
  36. Hidious

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    The pro stocks have thinner beam? Sell them to me?
     
  37. Kal-El 34

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    haha... then what would i play with haha
     
  38. JackB1

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    anyone with a "lighter" Pro One want to swap racquets with me? I have a mint condition 4 1/2 with a swingweight of 330 and a static weight of 330 with overgrip and dampener.
     
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    Will be getting my n°3 and 4 27.5inches tomorrow in NY....
     
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    what is that?
     
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    have 2 now and will have 2 more tomorrow in 27.5 inches...
     
  42. Rgroves

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    Hey Kal-El,
    I live in NYC and just bought two Pro Ones from Roman. I have some questions about string set up. Any chance we could talk?
    Thanks,
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  43. Kal-El 34

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    of course.. shoot me an e-mail anytime

    or ask away in here so everyone can comment?
     
  44. Rgroves

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    Thanks, been using the Pro One for 2 weeks and having trouble getting the right feel. I'm coming from 20 years with the Wilson PS 85/Tour 90 leaded to 13.5 oz. I always strung the Wilsons with Gosen OG 17 between 58 & 62 and haven't played much for the last 4 years.

    I'm getting older, I'm not Sampras, and even Sampras doesn't play with that thing anymore. Roman convinced me to try the Donnays and for the most part I'm liking it. I'm adjusting to the lighter weight, but played in a tourney last week and was amazed how much spin the younger guys were creating. First string jobs were with multi mains 55 and poly crosses 52. Multi breaks after about 3.5 hours - poly chews through it. With this set up felt just sort of meh - I know poly isn't going to have the crispness of the syn gut but I'm searching and I need access to some more spin to compete. I have to get both restrung, do you have a suggestion for full poly?
    How about a brand at 50 lbs?
    What about these super low tensions at 35?
    Do you do stringing? If not I'll take them to ****.
    Thanks,
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    Multi mains w/ poly crosses is not a recommended setup for spin. You need to reverse it and use something a little harder and slicker for the crosses. Multi's are too soft and gummy and don't allow the poly to slide.

    I would suggest a copoly / syngut hybrid. One of my fav's is Prince Beast 17g / Babalot Nvy 17 at 52/54.
     
  46. Kal-El 34

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    agree with JackB here. I play Solinco Tour Bite / Solinco Barb Wire combo but that is both poly.

    I am partial to the Donnay X-Micron for hybrid purposes. Very soft and good durability for its type of string. If you have some tour bite, try that on the mains with something similar to that on a cross and you should be good to go. don't be afraid to try a full bed of a good co-poly either
     
  47. JackB1

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    I have a full setup of Volkl Cyclone Tour in my P1 now and it's pretty good. But I think a hybrid with something a little softer in the crosses with make your stringbed overall "feel" nicer. I can't say eneough good things about Nvy as a cross with poly mains. Cheap and does everything you want for a hybrid setup. Also, since you used to like full syngut, you could try that too. My P1 demo had a full set of Genesis syngut and felt amazing. Some other 4.0 player who was hitting with a Wilson 6.1 95 also tried it and was very impressed. "Feels really good" he said.
     
  48. Rgroves

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    Thanks guys. I've decided to try an adapt to new stuff. I'm having both string with full poly. One at 50lbs an one at 40lbs. We'll see how it goes, if not I'll have one stung with syn gut and one as a hybrid after. Time to try and catch up with the kids. :)
     
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    So I had my first decent hit with my new Pro One 18x20 this morning.

    Wow.

    So stable and came through the ball very nicely. Makes my IG Speed 18x20 and Prestige MP feel tinny in comparison.

    Having a better hit out tonight so will see how it goes then but loving the feel so far.

    Strung with Solinco Tour Bite 17 @ 55
     
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    I'm so glad I didn't sell my Donnays. I love the 25PMPs, but I just win more with the Donnay.

    I can dictate more, I can set up the point so much better, finishing at the net or from the back.

    Why do I torture myself so much? Played a league match today against a tough grinder, and just pushed him around and won 3&3. I lost to him twice last year 0&3 and 6-2 in the third with the PMPs.

    I wish you all could slap me when I reach for the Prestiges.! :)

    (thanks for allowing me the therapy)
     
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