Donnay X-Platinum 94 = Magic

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  1. Kal-El 34

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    I have been tinkering around with this bad boy for a few weeks now and have fallen back in love with the thin beamed monster. I do not know why this was not put into production.

    It literally almost feels like I am cheating while using this racket. The control is amazing, feel is spot on, and nice access to power. It shares the same black hexagonal grommets that the x-black 94 uses, but is 330g unstrung, an a lot more flexible than the black.

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  2. Power Player

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    Platinum is an awesome stick. The butt caps got loose and vibrated the entire frame pretty badly, but they played great.
     
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  3. Kal-El 34

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    yea i have noticed that with the x-series from time to time. either a small piece of rolled tape or crazy glue it in there and problem solved.
     
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  4. corners

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    Kal-El, I recall you played the X-Dual Platinum 94 for some time. What's the difference between the production X-Dual and this unreleased X version?
     
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  5. jjs891

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    Kal-El

    Are you still liking the Angell or sticking with pro one?

    What's your main stick at this time? Just curious. Thanks.
     
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    I have a couple of the X-Dark Red 94s...it's insane how perfect it feels. I just wish they kept making the thin beams and small head size.
     
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    That is a nice looking racquet...especially with the leather grip, wow.
     
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  8. tennisfreak73

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    have you tried the silver? if so how does it stack up? i've been using the silver for a couple months now and absolutely love it. tons of control, pin point precision, and decent plow through. if you use a powerful string setup you can definitely control it.
     
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  9. Kal-El 34

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    yes i still enjoy the angell frame... really nice playing stick

    i have been using the pro one for some time now and got the x-platinum as just something to throw in the bag...

    then i hit with it :) it's a little more flexible than the dual platinum, which i already liked..

    put it this way... it's everything i liked about the x, the dual, and the pro all mixed into one stick...

    as far as comparing the the silver there is no comparison. the silver is lighter, and more powerful by a long shot. the x-platinum is a heavy beast at 330. it swings easy though as most of the weight is in the handle it seems. very agile at the net, and beautiful playing.
     
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  10. corners

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    Kal-El, why did Donnay pull the X line and replace it with the X Dual? The X line got such positive reviews it's puzzling why they would so quickly replace it.
     
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  11. Arthuro

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    Yeah the X platinum was a great racquet. Soft, great touch and lots of push through.
     
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    Kal-El, is that Zo Twist on the mains?
     
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  13. Kal-El 34

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    i too wondered why they pulled the x series so quickly. the duals are a nice line too though. i much prefer the cosmetics of the x series though.

    the platinums pictures are strung with luxilon 4g mains / donnay co poly crosses. actually a rather nice playing combo
     
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    I saw this on the Donnay shop.

    The SW does not make sense - everything else looks sweet.
    Can you comment on the swingweight? Is the frame stable and the ball heavy enough?
     
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  15. Matchball

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    Arthuro, can you compare the plow through with another frame..?
    Thanks !
     
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  16. corners

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    I agree regarding the cosmetics. The only thing negative about the X series paint is that it's so glossy that even tiny scratches show quite a bit. I imagine that after even a year of serious play they would appear matte.

    I find the dual line to be too muted. The X series had a nice crispness to it.
     
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  17. paul_tennis

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    I've never tried a Donnay and I'm considering trying the X-Platinium 94.

    Kal-El How does it compares to the K90 in the feel department?
     
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  18. corners

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    Notice that Kal-El is talking about the X Platinum in this thread, a racquet that was ever released to the public. The X-Dual Platinum is the one now on the market. (Kal-El liked that frame too and wrote a pretty glowing review about it.)

    I'm interested in that comparison too.
     
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  19. paul_tennis

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    Yes but if you make a deep search on the web you can find them brand new :)
    And I'm still looking forward Kal-El answer!
     
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  20. Arthuro

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    Sure...I think it is one of the top flex and comfort racquets I have played with. I decided to not go with Donnay only after I got sponsored, so compared to:

    1. The Wilson K Blade Tour: The Donnay has more plow through and better touch by far. You don't have the pop feeling of the wilson frames, but it pockets and accelerates much better in my opinion.

    2. The Prince 2009 Rebel: This is a close call. The Donnay has a better stock feel with the leather and solidness of the frame. With about 8 grams of lead, the Prince stick rose to the challenge, but the feel of the Donnay was superior.

    3. The Prince 2012 Rebel: Same as the 2009. If find that the specs I have now with the Exo3 ports gives me more HL advantage, more spin, etc, but again the Donnay outperforms stock.

    Overall: The Donnay is a superior stock frame and customization is easy because of the grommets and but caps. When I posted about them 2 years ago, there was not much interest. I was actually trying to sell one really cheap, but no interest. I think this racquet will inevitably be the one that got away because it is a great frame. I looks gorgeous, and plays like a soft and solid players racquet.
     
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  21. v-verb

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    I've got 2 of Kal's X-Plats waiting for me at the post office - can't wait to try them!
     
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  22. Kal-El 34

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    it's ok i still have 6 :)
     
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  23. paul_tennis

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    Kal-El How does it compares to the K90 in the feel department?

    Thanks!
     
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  24. Kal-El 34

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    i've had kind of a love hate relationship with wilson. the k90 was one i did enjoy a hit with, though i liked the kps88 more. It is a different kind of feel. The K90 is thin, not as thin as the thin donnays, but close. The pro one swings like a normal beamed racket, think radical or prestige, but has the feel of the thin beamers. The feel on the pro ones are very, very good. I prefer the feel of the pro ones. A little more access to power, and no loss on control. Plus the extra juice i got on my serve just pushed it over the top
     
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    Thanks a lot, this is such good insight ! Your comparison with the KBlade is very useful, too, cause I play with them lately. Will probably buy 1 of those platinums to fool around with :)

    However, I really still don't understand the listed 295 SW !!
     
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  26. Kal-El 34

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    i think 296 sw is a bit low, but it does swing light as most of the weight is in the handle...
     
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  27. v-verb

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    I think I'll have to drop Kal an email because I'm thinking in the future I'll be looking to expand my Donnay's to a thin beam 16 x 18 or whatever Donnay has in a 16 main racquet - just to check it out. And I'll want to buy some grommet sets for my X-Plats

    In the meantime the X-Platinum 94 is SUPERB! Think a POG Mid but easier to swing in an 18 x 20 stringbed, with about the same spin potential, about same power, far less vibration when hitting, better control than a POG...

    I'm pretty impressed with Donnay. I think the more people try them, the more we'll see them on the courts this summer.

    They are that good IMO!!!
     
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  28. v-verb

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    So had a 2 hr doubles match this aft. What a racquet...made my POGs, which I love, seem big and bulky.

    Groundstrokes and volleys were powerful and precise. Serves had a lot of spin but not the velocity I like - have to work on that as the racquet just slices through the air so would increase racquet head speed = faster serves theoretically. I did hit 5 aces so that was pretty damn nice. Most of them were spin related though, not scorchers.

    Wishlist? More open stringbed, perhaps 16 x 18. Other than that, it's perfect.

    Arm comfort? Perfect. No wrist or arm strain even though I hammered a few groundstrokes and tried to hammer some serves.

    Fantastic stick, thanks Kal!
     
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  29. Arthuro

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    yeah, it is nice
     
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    more plats

    Any more x-dual plats for sale ... looking for L3?
     
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  32. v-verb

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    I put the 10g buttcap in the racquet. Yes it's heavier but the head swings effortlessly and RHS seems higher. can't wait to hit with it.

    Any one try a 10 g cap in theirs yet?
     
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    X-Plat Grommets

    Does anyone know where I would be able to get grommets for the x-plats?
     
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  34. v-verb

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    try http://www.donnayusa.com/shop/ and ask them what grommets work. Kal knows but I forgot what he said.
    Congrats on getting the X-Plats - amazing sticks!
     
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    almost 25 grams
     
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  36. Tropikal_Knights

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    Kal

    we have discussed the platinum before I dont know if you remember but it was when I was deciding whether to purchase one or not. Well been playing with it for about a year now and my impressions and questions are as follows.

    Preface: previous racqs were all prestige mids from the flexpoint to the latest innegra.

    Increased topspin for sure. My shot really jumps off the court now and the angles are just insane. Beat many higher ranked players with it. Less depth on the slices though and on defensive shots. Which is unfortunate. And against hard hitters face a problem redirecting their shots if they are hugging the baseline the shots that is.

    So what I want to know is whether it is due to the thin beam of the dual x platinum mid as compared to the prestige or is it the weight difference.

    I am asking this as I see the 330 grams unstrung x platinum you have on this thread and I am positively intrigued by that.

    I wish I had a chance to play with the xred as well as I have only heard great things about that. When you have the time I would appreciate a reply. Thanks ever so much.
     
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