Any Reviews For The Donnay X-P Dual Tour?

I am thinking about ordering a new Donnay X-P Dual Tour directly from www.donnayusa.com under their current $99 blowout sale and while supplies last! But before I do, and am wondering if any of you fine folks out there have play tested (purchased or demoed) this intriguing stick? I am not in a position to grab any of their full priced racquets at the present, but after studying their blowout options, the X-P Dual Tour looks by far to be the best fit for my game. Let me know! And keep hitting the courts…the weather is starting to get perfect!

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I am a young forty something university advisor, husband and father, who strives to become a better person in all ways. As an avid fitness buff whose favorite individual sport is tennis, I desire to gather true tennis knowledge and wisdom and write about it in a way that might help anyone of interest be a more healthy and able "racqueteer."
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4 Responses to Any Reviews For The Donnay X-P Dual Tour?

  1. El Rey says:

    Hi,

    I did almost exactly what you’re thinking of doing – ordered a refurbished XP Dual from the website (not the tour model).

    • Quality – it looked brand new. I couldn’t spot anything that would qualify it as refurbished. Did not come with a cover – which was OK by me since I don’t use them.

    • As advertised, it made a major difference to the Golfer’s Elbow pain I was experiencing from playing tennis regularly. The pain is not completely gone yet, but I would say it’s at least 75% better than what it was when I was using a Wilson Pro Staff.
    And my stringing choices have had an effect on this – see below.

    • Power – is there. I wouldn’t say it’s the hardest hitting racquet I’ve used, but I’m as happy and competitive as I ever was before. It hits solidly and feels extremely stable on contact which is important.

    • Topspin – Topspin is available but it’s not a magic wand that will give you untold levels of topspin. You’ll have to whip the racquet through with full commitment.

    • Slice – This is the shot that I notice the most difference with. The slice with this racquet is strongly affected by the solidity of the contact – giving me a harder, deeper and noticeably better slice than I was hitting before.

    • Serve – the light head means I can swing the racquet with good power. And I would say my serve consistency and accuracy has improved by a few percent with this racquet, due to the solid contact feel.

    • Rookie mistake – My first stringing I went with big banger, thinking the racquet’s forgiveness would compensate for the string’s notorious effects on player’s arms and shoulders. Not so. They cancelled each other out. I also tried big banger one way and synthetic gut the other, but this still had a negative effect. But using synthetic gut both ways has been great. Strung at about 50lb in my case, as an experiment – it provides arm relief and a great all-round game.

    After using it for several months, I’ll be buying another couple as backups with confidence now.

    The only question I have now, is I wonder what the other Donnay racquets feel like. I haven’t tried any of them since I’m here in Australia where testing is not available.

    • Shack says:

      Hey El Rey! Thanks for your detailed input! You should review racquets for a living :) Sounds like you got a pretty good stick for what you were looking for! I am still thinking about ordering one here sometime soon and would probably string it with Babolat VS Touch for my arm health. You are the second Aussie who has commented on Donnay here at The Racquet Shack! Do you have to order directly from DonnayUSA or do you have other options?

  2. El Rey says:

    Some pro shops may have them here for all I know, but as a digital shopper I could only find one or two Australian sites selling them, and with a limited range. The prices would also have worked out more expensive to buy here than to buy and ship from the USA as I did.
    This is pretty typical and a major complaint for Australian consumers across a whole range of goods.
    Finally, only the Donnay US website offers the refurbished and sale price items which are a genuine bargain (in my elbow’s opinion).

    As for Aussies and Donnay – I spoke to a young coach at my club a few months ago and he said he was switching to Donnay because he liked the product, and apparently they are trying to re-establish their presence on the scene.

    Good luck with your racquet decision and thanks for the string recommendation. I’ll try the Babolat when the current ones expire. Which reminds me, another thing about the big banger was that I broke my strings twice in a month which I’ve never done before. I could definitely feel the pop they gave, but the arm pain and cost of frequent restrings are another matter.

    • Shack says:

      I think most of the racquet makers make at least some decent sticks. However, I am convinced that most players (at least here in the US) are quite shortsighted about their health and spend little time researching what might be better for their shoulder/arm long-term. It’s quite sad, really…and most of the racquet makers are not very quick to contribute much to making racquets safer. People want power, power and more power, and the companies are more than happy to give it to them. I respect Yonex as a company, and I bought a Dunlop for my wife. But I will probably continue to play with my ProKennex Ionic Ki 5 PSE (a wonderfully arm-friendly stick) as well as pursue something with Donnay. Donnay is trying to rebuild their brand after “enjoying” quite a hiatus. I have demoed a few of their sticks, and I appreciate their commitment to designing and producing health facilitating racquets. About the Babolat VS Touch…a beautiful natural gut string. It is quite pricey, but since I am not a string breaker, and since it holds its tension so well, it is worth it to me. But, if you are a string breaker, I would probably go with a good arm-friendly multi-filament…there are several good ones out there! So, Keep me posted, and I really appreciate your comments! Tell your friends about The Racquet Shack…tennis is a global community for sure, and we should all be helping each other out!

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