Originally Posted by Kal-El 34
if you can handle the extra weight i would give the platinum look. you will get a little extra free power with the golds, but i like the benefit of more control. Power is a nice bonus, but you will win a lot of matches putting a few more quality shots in the court each point. aside from the extra power, i enjoyed the platinum 99 better in every aspect. In the 99 specs, I actually preferred the silver 99 with some tweaks over the gold.
Haven't tried the 99 but took my new X-Platinum 94. Apart from 5 minutes to adjust my strokes to an 18 x 20 string pattern (from a 14 x 18 on my POG mid), the X-Plat 94 was flawless. I haven't hit that consistently ever.
Groundies, overheads, volleys - Superb. I didn't get to serve but hopefully I'll do that this week.
BTW it may be heavy at 335 g unstrung, but the weight wasn't felt at all as it swings so effortlessly.
Donnay puts out an amazing racquet.