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DONNAY DIFFERENCE

What makes DONNAY Racquets so different from the competition & how you may benefit from switching.

All of our competitor’s graphite tennis racquets are made the same way. They are essentially blown up in a mold, just like a balloon, with compressed air. Heat is then applied, which cures an epoxy resin that the graphite fibers are soaked in, to result in a hollow finished racquet.

Racquets were not always made like this, but over time, as the cost of manufacturing steadily increased, manufacturers were forced to resort to this method to keep production costs down, in order to maintain high profit margins on their tennis racquets.

So what is the problem with such "hollow racquets" as it pertains to you? It's all a matter of pure physics. Hollow racquets like other hollow structures are extremely efficient transmitting SHOCK & VIBRATION. They essentially RING like a bell. Shock & Vibration propagate (travel) through their structures and it's that Shock & Vibration which are so dangerous to you & your arm.

DONNAY has a better way. While our racquets are made in molds similar to other racquets, we do not use compressed air to inflate the graphite like a balloon. Unlike our competitor's racquets, our racquets are inflated with an expanding foam called XENECORE. This foam fills the entire inside of our racquets, so our racquets are not HOLLOW like the competition. XENECORE filled racquets have many unique advantages over traditionally air inflated racquets:

1) The XENECORE absorbs shock and vibration like a SPONGE. This results in a significant reduction in the level of shock & vibration that reach your arm. The FEEL of the racquet is SOLID rather than the traditional tinny feel of others.

2) Xenecore filled racquets are much stronger & more structurally stable that hollow racquets. There is less deformation of the racquet's shape due to impact with the ball, so they are more accurate as well.

Xenecore is virtually weightless, so it's use allows DONNAY to make lighter racquets (if desired) that are stronger than their heavier competition. Yes we agree that a racquet may feel TOO LIGHT is someone's hand, & some of our models have the ability to change the total weight of the racquet, with modular butt cap weights, without any effect on swingweight. It's much cleaner than via the use of lead tape!

DONNAY has models to compete with almost every popular competitive racquet available. If you use a:

Pure Drive or an Pure Arrow, check out our Formulas.
Pro Staff, Radical, Prestige, or Blade, give the Pro One a try.

Looking for the Ultimate Spin Racquet, Try our 15mm Beam Width Silver or Gold 99’s.

New to the Sport, or Senior? Our Game Improvement Racquet, the Superlight 114 is for you.

Leaving the best for last, our ALLWOOD 102 is our PERFECT STORM of Tennis Racquets.
Light Weight, with ample Control and Power, it's our #1 best seller, & for good reason. It simply
does EVERYTHING WELL.

Adding to our line of superior Tennis Racquets, DONNAY boasts the best Customer Service
available from any racquet manufacturer. Call, Text or Email, we are available 8:00am 'til Midnight
Eastern, 365 days a year. 877 DONNAY-7 , (678) 787-1606 , howie@donnaytennis.com

Play at your best, at your safest and forever with Donnay's totally unique all-solid-core line of tennis racquets, and say good riddance to conventional hollow tennis frames that don't maximize your ability and performance, hurt your arm and shorten your playing life. Here's why:

Why are Donnay racquets are superior to all other brands’ offerings?

All Donnay racquets have solid-cores throughout the frame that make the racquet more responsive in the player’s hand for helping him or her achieve their desired power, control and stability.

More important if you have arm issues (or afraid of developing one) the solid-core acts as a super dampener much like a car shock absorber prevents an extremely bouncy ride. It eliminates shock and vibration at ball contact, the cause of shoulder, elbow, forearm and wrist injuries.

What is the racquet’s role in today’s arm injury epidemic?

Conventional tennis racquets are hollow. This is how manufacturers have reduced weight from the solid wood era to make tennis racquets lighter and more accessible and maneuverable.

The Big Trade-Off from solid wood to hollow carbon materials has been the havoc on the hitting arm. Arm injuries have become an epidemic — today half of all players will suffer at least one bout with tennis elbow in their playing days, according to the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation.

In solid wood rackets, vibration disappeared quickly, but the current stiffer, lighter and hollow conventional frames do a poor job of snuffing out the vibrations, so they transfer this shock to the arm that can stealthily sabotage the elbow, wrist, forearm and shoulder. To use another sport as an example: Think of the bone-shaking shock & vibration of the hollow baseball bat versus the relative dampening of the wooden version.

Donnay is the only tennis racquet manufacturer that produces an all-solid-core racquet line. The frames are filled throughout with a patented ultra-lightweight and high-tensile premium material called “Xenecore,” which is administered in powder form so it doesn’t add any significant weight to the frame. This “filling” goes from the butt cap, up the shaft, around the hoop and back down to the butt cap.

How does solid-core technology benefit performance?

• STABILITY AND CONTROL: the solid-core configuration expands the sweet spot and resists twisting on off-center hits.

• POWER: the solid-core construction allows the frame to snap back quicker on ball contact and catapult the ball deeper and with more speed into the opponent’s court. Solid-core technology allows Donnay to make even power-enhanced stiff racquets like its Super Lite 114 play “soft,” so they don’t compromise feel and directional control. 

Why don’t other tennis manufacturers make solid-core racquets?

Donnay does not share its solid-core patent and Xenecore technology with competitors. So they wuld be forced to fill frames with a traditional substance such as polyurethane that is heavy and adds significant weight. That would be too cumbersome for most recreational players. There are a few polyurethane-filled racquets on the market but they weigh in excess of 12.5 ounces (strung). That means you almost have to be Roger Federer to easily swing them.  There are some ATP pros who in fact have their racquets injected with polyurethane by their customizer because they have the strength, conditioning and skill to handle the extra weight.

How is the Xenecore injected into the frame?

A bed of ultra-lightweight Xenecore microcapsules are injected into the frame before it is baked. When it reaches baking temperature, the microcapsules expand and rise to completely fill the frame, similar to baking cookies in an oven. It’s a more expensive process but the payoffs are more power, control, stability and comfort.

Why does Donnay label its racquets “dual core,” “tri core, “quad core” and “pentacore?”

They refer to the number of cores in the frames. When Donnay was re-introduced in 2010, its original X-Series had a single core (or tubing) throughout the frame.

But as the company evolved it was determined that adding more cores improved the comfort and performance.

The first improvement was the dual-core line (two cores) with a second layer of Xenecore tubing on the inside of the hoop that further fortified the frame and eliminated energy loss on ball contact.

Then came the Tri Core (three cores) and Quad Core (four cores) lines. Tri Core improved performance while keeping comfort at its highest, while Quad Core provided an 8 percent faster ball speed and the highest stability of any racquet at the time.

Quadcore rackets are designed for ultimate performance rather than comfort.

The latest incarnation is Pentacore (five cores). This expensive and more intricate version created the ultimate “feels soft/hits hard” tennis racquet. Unlike the previous versions where cores ran continuously throughout the frame, the Pentacore application consists of a closed single core around the hoop as the first line of reducing shock & vibration transmission, followed by four separate cores that extend from the yoke to the butt cap that give the frames their potent power/ control/stability/comfort quotient.

(For more information on all of Donnay’s current racquets and their characteristics, benefits and specs click on the “Details” button of the individual model.) 

DONNAY EARLY ADAPTERS JIM COURIER AND JAMES BLAKE EXPLAIN WHY THEY CHOSE THE SOLID-CORE BRAND