Donnay x-dual Platinum 94 - string choice?

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  1. Double_Bagel

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    Hi,

    Planning on buying a X-Dual Platinum 94 and have no idea which strings would be most suitable.

    I'm not a string breaker, and enjoy a string with plenty of touch and feel. So, a soft co-poly with pop and feel, or even a good Syn-gut or multi wouldn't be out of the question. The last thing I want is a boardy rocket-launcher.

    Interested to hear any recommendations for what works in these possibly string-sensitive frames.
     
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  2. sixone90

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    Donnay X-Copoly @ 53lbs
     
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  3. Double_Bagel

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    Is that the string the demos come strung with? Not sure which Donnay string (could be a hybrid) which the demos come with, but apparently it's pretty ordinary.
     
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    Kirschbaum Competition mains (48), Babolat Xcel crosses (52).
     
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  5. Double_Bagel

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    Ordered it strung with Dunlop DNA 17 multi @ 50. I'll see how it plays this weekend.
     
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  6. Double_Bagel

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    Hits like a dream with the DNA. Can swing for the fences without it going long, and can put plenty of heat on the ball yet still retains great feel, placement and touch. A bit more spin than I was expecting too, given the small head size and 18x20 pattern. Perhaps the solid frame coupled with the soft multi is a good combo. Feels awfully meaty and supple; like swinging a T-bone steak at the ball :)
     
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  7. Egoista

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    Which rac did you play with before the platinum?....did you find it at all stiff or vibrations on shots?
     
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  8. Double_Bagel

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    Been playing with a number of racquets of late - leaded-up Volkl PB10 mid, Blade 93. TFlight 320 Vo2 max and a YTPP.

    The Donnay is more solid-feeling than all of them. Very little vibration at all on the Donnay. You do get some in the usual spots, such as mis-hitting a serve at the top of the hoop, but nowhere near as jarring as on the other racquets I mentioned.

    Bear in mind I have a multi in the Donnay, and full poly beds in the others, which probably soaks up a lot of vibration in the Donnay. I'm keen to put a co-poly into it and see how it plays.
     
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  9. Egoista

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    My feel on the platinum was increased spin, faster racq speed but unstable sometimes against a real hard hitter esp when I was not in the correct position. PLus some vibration noted from the platinum.

    However, my game improved and I enjoyed the racq. Now though am going to get a Gold 94 most probably just deciding on whether or not the gold being 4pts head light vs the platinum being 7pts head light will make the Gold too head heavy for me. Just debating that cause I have shoulder issues and need a racq not head heavy to generate good racq speed.
     
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  10. Double_Bagel

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    Well said Egoista. I too noticed those aspects when hitting with the Plat 94. I agree too, that when not prepared/set up correctly (I.e. not enough time to run to position and set up a return against a big hitter) I did tend to spray some shots.

    About the Gold 94, isn't the Gold a lighter racquet than the Platinum? I believe their swingweight is significantly less IIRC, though I could be wrong.
     
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  11. Egoista

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    Yups the Gold is a lighter racquet but being 4pts head light I was wondering if that would make it head heavy and a pain to swing....

    Are you generating insane amounts of spin as of yet with the platinum as it takes a bit of time to get used to it? How are your slices with it.....Noticed less pop on the serve?
     
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  12. Double_Bagel

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    It's got a multi in it, and I've been having difficulty slicing.

    Spin though is surprisingly good for such a small, tight racquet-face and with a multi as well no less.

    It was one of those racquets that I picked up and started drilling shots with, so that made me happy. Can hit some real bombs on the forehand wing, but the backhand wing I needed to close up my racquet face and consciously brush up the ball a bit more to get spin and depth, which it did after I made those adjustments. Serve is solid though - then again, having the multi in it gives me some free power. Be interesting with a poly, though I am worried about making it too firm/harsh or taking away the lovely feel of it. Perhaps a softer poly or co-poly could be possible?
     
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  13. Egoista

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    Well I have tried all sorts of polys in it from solinco to weiscannon to Gamma Zo Tour Rough and so far have stuck to Tourna BHBR 17G. And love the Zo tour. Ordered 10 new sets of different polys to try with my new racquet so lets see how it goes.

    But yes I noticed great for FHS but my backhand suffered in regards to depth . HAd to adjust big time but still feel I have to be in great position to hit BHS with this. But I must say great stick surprising not many people on TW play with this or Donnay.
     
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  14. DrewRafter8

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    I play with the Platinum 99 and have tried multitudes of strings in it. They all have played well, there's really not a string that I've hated in it. I've yet to find a string in it that really gave me a WOW factor. Tour Bite is great, I'm experimenting with the soft version next as I serve and volley and am playing more singles these days. I've been impressed with all the Donnay Dual Core's that I've picked up.
     
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    What tension works well with a poly? I had the Dunlop DNA multi strung at 50 and it played beautiful. FYI, that's in the plat 94.

    What's a good tension for a poly? Drop it right down to low 40's?
     
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  16. spinovic

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    I haven't tried the Platinum, but my wife has the X-Dual Silver 99 and it is a very soft, comfortable feeling stick. I always figured the Gold and Platinum versions would have a similar feeling. The only thing I like better in terms of feel is the TFight 315.
     
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  17. Double_Bagel

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    Cheers Spinovic! (Love the name btw).

    The silver is quite a bit lighter in spec isn't it?

    I actually have a Gold 99 on its way. I'll throw string in that and have a hit when it arrives and report back to this thread :)
     
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