Donnay X-Dual Core Platinum 99 or Platinum 94?

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Which racket do you like more?

  1. Platinum 99

    24 vote(s)
    37.5%
  2. Platinum 94

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    62.5%
  1. athleticstennis

    athleticstennis Rookie

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    I have a donnay blue 99 and I am very interested in the plat 99. If someone wants the blue 99 and doesn`t want to continue with the plat 99 for whatever reason we can arrange a trade
     
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  2. i_heart_ib

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    Hmm...that's what scares me. Im coming back from an injury, so I dont want to take any risks with another injury.

    Does anybody else who has tried the Platinum have any insight on how it feels on your joints?
     
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  3. Power Player

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    My god man, just demo the racquet.
     
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  4. Agent Orynge

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    I second this motion. Do we have a third?
     
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  5. Readers

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    ...

    88(90)

    99

    need I say more?
     
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  6. Limpinhitter

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    I just picked up a Dual Gold 99 demo. Can't wait to hit with it. It's prestrung from Donnay. Does anyone know what string Donnay prestrings these frames with? The mains look like a Luxilon'ish grey poly. The crosses look similar to Babolat synthetic gut natural.
     
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  7. JGads

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    Whatever it is, it's awful. Plays way too mushy. They do themselves a huge disservice by giving people that string to try. But if it's from Donnay, they don't mind if you restring demos. Are they demoing the Duals now?
     
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  8. Limpinhitter

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    I didn't get it from Donnay. I got it from a local shop. I was told it was a factory string job. It's got the Donnay logo on it that this shop wouldn't do, so, I'm sure it came that way. Anyway, it looks like a hybrid of some kind of immitation Luxilon/synthetic.

    I'm looking for a stick with the comfort and feel of my 4D 300T's, with a little more weight, and a little more pop/sweet-spot in the upper hoop where I make contact on serves and bh's.

    Now to get a chance to use it. Lately, there's been no one around to hit. I guess it's too hot for the country club panzies. Reminds my why I took up golf back in the 80's.
     
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  9. Power Player

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    I had the 4d 300 and am a big fan of Dunlop racquets. I much prefer the donnays though for power. The feel of Dunlops is top notch, but the donnay dual cores have their own magic that is not as muted as the Dunlops, but still as good.

    You will get a lot more pop out of the donnay. The demo string job will not give you a good idea of the feel though..so keep that in mind.
     
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  10. Limpinhitter

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    OK, I demo'd the Donnay Dual Gold 99 over the weekend.

    Bottom line is that the racquet was too light for me, but more importantly, too light for the stiff, tightly strung string that came with it from the factory. The combination of a tight, stiff, poly hybrid, and a light weight racquet resulted in a boardy feel that prevented me from being able to make a very meaningful assessment of the racquet.

    Volleys were very stable, and the feel and touch was very good considering the string job. But, full swings like groundies and serves were boardy and dead by what I think was the wrong string job for this racquet.

    I wish I could be more helpful. I still want to give the Dual Plat 99 a try if the shop gets a demo in. But, I suspect that if those come with the same string job, it will still be too stiff and too tight for that frame as well.

    JMHO!
     
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  11. Readers

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    You seems to be only played with X-series and just assumed the X-duals have the same head shape, which they do NOT.
     
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  12. Don't Let It Bounce

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    I feel the same way about long, narrow frames. Yeah, the longer mains add some power while the short crosses rein things in, so I can see people liking it, but if I go bigger I'd rather get the higher twistweight and forgiveness of a wider stringbed. For this reason I've taken to measuring the actual width and length of stringbeds, whenever I get around to it.

    I have access to a bunch of Donnay demo frames and have gotten around to it. The X-Duals are a little rounder than the X-series, and the X-series 94's are a little rounder than the X-series 99's.

    stringbed length and width in mm, est. size using area of ellipse formula, ratio of length to width (~1.39 is Volkl-oval, ~1.31 is Prince-round)

    X-Red 94: 322 236 92.5 1.36
    X-Red 99: 332 241 97.4 1.38

    X-Dual 99: 330 244 98.0 1.35

    I don't have measurements for an X-Dual 94. Note that the X-Dual Gold looks much rounder than the others in some photos I've seen, but it measured out the same as the Silver and the Platinum. The photos are apparently distorted.
     
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  13. Readers

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    I am holding a gold 99, a blue 99, and a BLX pro open 2010, the difference between gold and blue measured to 6mm.

    What's interesting is when it come to pro open and gold 99, if you are looking at center cross, due to PWS, gold 99 is actually wider than BLX pro open, which is a considered to have a more rounded head shape, when measured from inside. Although if looking at the longest cross of pro open(which is not the middle one due to PWS), it's about 3-4mm longer than gold.
     
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  14. ZeroSkid

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    Don't be an idiot and buy this racquet, I bought this racquet, I was too blinded by the look and the thin beam. It is not a good racquet at all.
     
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  15. Player#1

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    I love the x-blue 94... I thought the platinum was just an updated model of it.

    How much differently do the blue 94 and plat 94 play?
     
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  16. Lambo

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    The platinum 94 is just like a head prestige mid in many ways just more easy to play with
     
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  17. jason586

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    I have a Platinum 99 on the way that I picked up for a GREAT price. It was supposed to be here today but was delayed, so I will not get it until Wednesday.

    I was using the MG Prestige MP. The SW and static weight was perfect, but it did not have the pop I needed. So, I've been using the i.prestige MP, but it is a little too heavy to swing the longer I have to swing it. I could also use a little more pop on winners from the i.prestige. From what I've read, it looks like the Platinum 99 could be the answer. I also picked up an NCode 6.1 95 16x18 a week ago that I've been playing with side-by-side with the i.prestige. The 6.1 definitely has more pop and is more stable than the i.prestige, but I am having some control issues which I think is partly due to the more open pattern than I'm using to and stringing too low with Black Magic at 52lbs. I plan on trying a Vantage 95" as well.
     
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  18. paulorenzo

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    i've been using a 99 for a few months. it took me a couple months to get comfortable with it after switching from a kps88.

    i'm playing fairly well with it now. good direction and depth control. usually able to swing out fairly well using a not so fresh hybrid stringbed without the ball sailing. hitting defensive gets took some adjustment. one really had to get the 88 swinging when in a defensive position to prevent the ball from falling short. naturally they were sailing at first with the 99. i honestly havent noticed a difference between the 88 and 99 with spin production, despite the 99's more closed stringbed. i bought a 94, waiting for it to get here. i'm hoping to find a happy medium between the 99 and 88. i also hope to be able to swing out more fully without fear of the ball going out, like i did with the 88.

    i have a 99 weighted to approx 12.8 oz, perhaps more— leather grip, 10oz buttcap weight, two 3oz slide weights at 3 and 9. i havent had a chance to weigh it, i'm actually surprised at the approximation i'm coming up with. it seems off, it means it would weigh more than my 88. i'll know for sure once i get a 9v battery. i plan on weighting the 94 similarly.
     
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  19. sixone90

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    A bit OT, but I've always wondered if anyone has broken a Donnay and cut it up? Because Donnay advertise it to have a solid core and just wondered if it really is solid and not hollow
     
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  20. ZeroSkid

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    both lack stability, plow through, feel, power, and spin, I highly recommend you don't get either (owned the 99)
     
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  21. paulorenzo

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    here you go

     
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  22. paulorenzo

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    my take on the comments regarding the lack of stability, feel, spin, etc:

    raw, the 99 is a bit too light in the head, despite being upwards of 12oz strung. coming from a kps88, i definitely noticed the difference. added some weight to 3 and 9. it fixed the stability but felt almost as club-like as the 88, so i tailweighted the racquet and made the racquet more headlight without losing weight or making the racquet less stable.

    spin, despite the 99 being a more closed pattern, is just as present in the plat 99 as my 16x19 kps88. i think that's a huge plus considering one shouldn't expect to get massive spin from an 18x19/20 in the first place.

    i really liked the feel of the donnays. i consider the feel of donnays in general a more lively version of foam filled prostaffs or a more comfortable version of head prestiges/radicals.



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    anyway, i've been hitting with the 94 for the last couple of days.
    it's more solid feeling than my 99, despite my 99 being 365g.

    everything else was as expected, but with more control. i've been swinging freely without fear of my shot sailing too many times, which was my only qualm with the 99.


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