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Comments: Very nice racquet. It felt good right away, without any weight adjustments. It has
a very, very smooth feeling, sort of old school, that I like. It compares well to my Volkl Powerbridge 10 mid, which I
usually play with. It was super easy to mix flat shots with aggressive topspin, and slices were actually easier
than with the Volkl. Overall I'm very impressed and would definitely recommend it.
Comments: This is an incredible racquet! For the first few times I hit with it, the racquet felt like it had
less power than the Wilson Pro Staff 85. Now that I have adjusted, it's easy to generate power. The thin beam and solid,
wood-like feel are unmatched by other modern racquets. It is the best volleying racquet I have hit with. My slices are
excellent. It feels much more flexible in the upper hoop than the rest of the racquet. If you tend to hit in the upper part
of the string bed, you can lose a ton of power. (Much in the same way a wood racquet feels softer and more flexible in
the upper hoop than the rest of the racquet.
Comments: Felt very solid, could hit flat shots through and slices
were very good. Downside is that it has very small sweet spot just
like K6.1 tour 90 and could not produce top spin as expected. Touch
shots were not good either. I like k6.1 tour 90 better. This racquet
is not my choice.
Comments: I really liked this racquet. I switched from Wilson Kfactor 90, and I can say that the X-Blue is
easier to cut the air and lighter, making it more friendly to the player. I found it a little vibration, but nothing that does
not work using a dampener. In all, an excellent choice for advanced players seeking a racquet a little less demanding
than Roger Federer's racket.
Comments: Well, what a let down. I had high hopes. Like players on TW who've tried many different
frames, I've settled on the Head Pro Tour 630/PT57A. (But if I was going to buy a new of the shelf frame, the Youtek
Prestiges are pretty nice too).
When I heard about the Donnays I was told they would be as close to pro stock as you can buy off the shelf. I thought
great, I always liked Donnay, and it was nice to have them back and the specs of the frames seemed fairly impressive.
Since they would be much more readily available than the PT57, I was definitely interested.
SO, heres my review: it just feels off. I like the PT57 because its a bit on the flexier side, but it feels right, or it flexes in
the right places. The Donnay just feels soft. The PT57 has plenty of power while the Donnay is quite a bit
underpowered. Now in your basic easy rallying you may not notice much difference, but when you really go to crack the
ball, I was disappointed. Now when I say it feels soft, well I mean it felt like I was hitting with a flat ball or had a broken
string. Of course I let others try it and they all did agree it felt different.
I will agree it felt great on volleys, but thats about it.
The other weird thing was that, when hitting, the swing weight felt weird, not sure how to describe is as I had weighted
and balanced it, similar to my other rackets, but it felt head heavy when hitting. I couldn't accelerate the racquet as
fast, it was like I was swinging through water. So that, coupled with the way the racquet flexed and the way the ball felt
off the strings, just not right.
I think its the Xenecore, like there's just too much mass in the head.
Oh and of course the tiny sweetspot, it's no bigger than the size of a ball. Normally your have to hit near the frame to
notice a significant difference. this frame was almost the complete opposite. I would notice when I WOULD hit the dead
center of the sweet spot.
Also I felt a lack of spin. I know this is an 18x20 which I prefer, but I can usually generate enough spin with 18x20,
here somehow it managed to counter that.
I like the thin beam, and the way the racket feels in the hand,but it lacks too much power for me. I was losing about
15mph on my serve. I could get use to the feel but I'd like a crisper feel.
Tuning was cool, but I tune my rackets anyway, so it didn't really matter much to me. I was a little dismayed that I HAD
to use the 10gm butt cap weight just to get the correct weight and balance. It seems kind of stupid to HAVE to use a
"tuning" item to in fact "FIX" the weight and balance.
Just a bummer, looked to have promise, I think they'd have been better off just making Pro-Ones.
So close.... yet So very far.
Comments: I demoed this racquet extensively this past week, and here are some thoughts regarding this cool new stick.My reference racquet: Wilson KBlade Tour 93, full 17 gauge Babolat RPM Blast 17 bed at 53lbs. My playing style: Baseliner with heavy topspin and one-handed backhand.
From: Steven, 12/10
Comments: Just demoed this racket last week - I LIKE IT!! Seemed a little hefty at first, but after a few
hits, felt great! I am used to "heavier" rackets, so if you don't like some heft skip this one. I found it to be very
maneuverable with lots of control and placement. I also loved the serving with it. I think it's because the large sweet
spot on these rackets allow you to hit higher on the string bed. I usually play with the "Nadal" racket. I was
immediately hitting better, harder and more solid serves with this racket, and of course it's very solid at net. The
hybrid mix string job is weird and the strings felt kind of boardy. I would put RPM Blast or Babolat Hurricane Pro on
this at midweight to start. Sweet racket, I may have to buy one - and I probably will, except I'm waiting to try the "Dark
Red" although it seems a little light. The X-Black is similar to this one, but a little too heavy for me. And, the fit and
finish are fantastic - beautiful sticks, just terribly expensive!!
Comments: I really wanted to love this racquet given its hype and the price, but the only thing I love is
the cosmetic. I don't like playing with a dampener and without one the racquet is murder on the arm. With a dampener I
am still not impressed. The frame is thin and I believe that it may swing faster than the thicker frames, but it feels too
unstable especially on serve if the ball hits the strings just below the top of the frame. The xenecore material is too
powerful for my taste. My groundstrokes, usually reliable, are not so when I use this stick. The volleys are a little better.
It does have the feel of an old school racquet based on the opinion of some of my friends who are old enough to have
played with wood racquets. Your experience may vary but I think for more than $250.00 a racquet should offer a lot
more and feel a lot better. I hope it grows on me over the next few weeks.
Comments: This is my new racket of choice; my main stick prior was the Head PT57/Pro Tour 630
(among others such as the Prestige 600/trysis 300, Tkg 237.2, Donnay Pro one, head radical Twintube MP)
this Racket is the perfect blend, just right amount of flex (black 94 had too much for me) good plow through, it has a
really solid feel, in some ways kind of like a wooden racket, it's like that old school feel to a certain degree in a modern
package, with more power for the modern game (try stringing a poly in a wooden racket and you'll know what I mean!)
I use a western grip and a get plenty of spin but even better slice/drop shots!!
I give it a 9.5/10, if they make a 90" I'd give THAT a 10!!
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