Donnay - too confusing

vkartikv

Hall of Fame
I haven't been keeping up with recent developments in racquet tech(since 2011) until about a week or so ago. Shocked to see the # of donnays out there - red, extreme red, flaming red and what not. Wouldn't one mid and a couple of midpluses with different string patterns suffice??
 

VGP

Legend
I like the marketing of the line of Donnay frames.

You check out the specs, especially the ones in your preferred range, and remember the color(s) and head size(s) of the frame(s) that represent those characteristics.

It's about as basic as the Prince CTS line of frames in the late 80s/early 90s.
 

shaysrebelII

Professional
I like the marketing of the line of Donnay frames.

You check out the specs, especially the ones in your preferred range, and remember the color(s) and head size(s) of the frame(s) that represent those characteristics.

It's about as basic as the Prince CTS line of frames in the late 80s/early 90s.
+1. I find it way easier to remember a color than a snappy catch phrase like 'Extreme' or 'Rebel' (not picking on Head and Prince, just using them as examples of a broader trend).

To me, the Donnay way of doing things is a lot easier. That is, until they run out of colors and we're all stuck with the Mauve 94.
 

TonyB

Hall of Fame
Honestly, although I love my Donnay X-Dark Red, I'm afraid they will most definitely eliminate several of the frames in their lineup next year. I can't possibly imagine their sales are robust enough to justify maintaining all of those different frames. They'll cut the line down to maybe half of what it currently is.

Unfortunately, that probably means that MOST of the X-series frames will be gone in a year or so. The Dual series will stay around longer, but they will probably get rid of some of those models also.
 

louis netman

Hall of Fame
kartik- these frames suck bigtime. the swappable stuff is neato, but the frames simply feel like crap. perhaps it's the crappy poly strings on the demos, but my playtest results gave this stuff terrible ratings. thin and cool, but feels terrible! hoping you are well!
 
kartik- these frames suck bigtime. the swappable stuff is neato, but the frames simply feel like crap. perhaps it's the crappy poly strings on the demos, but my playtest results gave this stuff terrible ratings. thin and cool, but feels terrible! hoping you are well!
I'd disagree...
I demod the X- Orange, White and XDual Silver 99 and all 3 were very nice frames. Both good craftsmanship and solid feeling on the court. Of course no frame is going to suit everyone, but I was very impressed. I ended buying an XP Dual myself. All of the Donnays I demoed were very comfortable and had great spin and control. The weight and balance of the X Dual silver 99 suited me best, but my swing wasnt long/fast enough at the time to really get the most out of the frame. I definitely liked the thin beam construction and the unique weighting kit system too.

Maybe the string job was bad on yours, or maybe it just didnt suit your tastes?
 

stevewcosta

Professional
kartik- these frames suck bigtime. the swappable stuff is neato, but the frames simply feel like crap. perhaps it's the crappy poly strings on the demos, but my playtest results gave this stuff terrible ratings. thin and cool, but feels terrible! hoping you are well!
I agree. Felt disconnected, especially compared to the ProStaff. I've tried many of them (X-red, black, blue, dark red) and owned the Dual Gold 99. I think they should have had a more box shape while maintaining the thin beam. Simply didn't get that ball pocketing/ball crushing feel...too dampened like most of the frames.
 

HiroProtagonist

Professional
kartik- these frames suck bigtime. the swappable stuff is neato, but the frames simply feel like crap. perhaps it's the crappy poly strings on the demos, but my playtest results gave this stuff terrible ratings. thin and cool, but feels terrible! hoping you are well!
I completely disagree, I've only played three sets with the Gold 94 but I was blown away by the feel, the depth control, and the touch on volleys. Felt to me like the frame response of a ProStaff and stringbed response of an EXO3 Tour.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Researchers have found the same issue with online dating websites, i.e., people have a harder time making a decision when confronted with a very large number of choices because it arouses more fear of choosing the wrong one, with a nagging feeling that there's something out there that might be a bit better.
 

vkartikv

Hall of Fame
kartik- these frames suck bigtime. the swappable stuff is neato, but the frames simply feel like crap. perhaps it's the crappy poly strings on the demos, but my playtest results gave this stuff terrible ratings. thin and cool, but feels terrible! hoping you are well!
I was afraid that might be the case. The last donnay i tried was the rusedski which was very comparable to the slax pro x1. The 17mm beams were very entycing but I may have to pass on them.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Researchers have found the same issue with online dating websites, i.e., people have a harder time making a decision when confronted with a very large number of choices because it arouses more fear of choosing the wrong one, with a nagging feeling that there's something out there that might be a bit better.
I was thinking about that. I know some girls at my office who use those sites and it seems like they never go on dates and just do it for vaildation of self esteem.

I am actually really interested in this type of thing...where do researchers see this going? To me, the internet makes marriage a lot less of a must for young kids growing up...but I could be wrong.

Anyway, yeah...lots of Donnays..lots of options..they released the dual cores so fast after the X series that it makes you wonder if the X series will last.
 

sansaephanh

Professional
I completely disagree, I've only played three sets with the Gold 94 but I was blown away by the feel, the depth control, and the touch on volleys. Felt to me like the frame response of a ProStaff and stringbed response of an EXO3 Tour.
Seriously hoping this is true. I'm going to get mine soon...
 

HiroProtagonist

Professional
Seriously hoping this is true. I'm going to get mine soon...
You getting the Gold or another Donnay?

I can only vouch for the Gold 94 but I was extremely skeptical regarding Donnay's claims to "Revolutionary Technology" and a little put off by their bourgeoisie pricing when they first came out. But after hitting with the Gold I can say that their sticks are legit, nothing really revolutionary but certainly something that is mostly missing in the current market.
 
Haven't tried one yet, mostly due to the price, but I'd probably like them. I like the muted feel of a PK ki 5 with a vibration worm-type dampener. The more muted, the better.
 
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