Racquet Review: Donnay Formula OS Extension

by: Justin diFeliciantonio | February 24, 2013

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MSRP: $198
Head Size: 110 sq. in.
Length: 27.25 in.
Weight: 9.9 oz.
Balance: 4 pts. HH
Beam Width: 23-25-25mm
String Pattern: 16x19
Construction: Firm
Swingweight: 324
Ideal Swing: Short
NTRP: 2.5 to 3.5

The Pitch
The Formula OS Extension, in keeping with Donnay’s newest performance line, is injected with XeneCore, a proprietary tubing that yields racquets with solid-core constructions. Donnay claims that solid-core racquets—compared to most conventional frames, which are hollow—flex and reshape more quickly upon impact, returning more energy to the ball, better absorbing shock and vibration, and reducing the chances of arm injury. The upshot, Donnay says, is a rare combination of power and comfort.

How It Tested
If you’re an experienced beginner searchingfor a lightweight, head-heavy frame, the Formula OS Extension is worth a trial. Playtesters with slower-paced, punchy strokes enjoyed the Formula’s forgiveness—namely, a generous margin for error, abetted by a large head size and solid response, which they said increased the depth of their serves, volleys and groundstrokes. As one 3.0 player with a Continental forehand and one-handed backhand commented, “This racquet delivers plenty of power, it offers a large sweet spot, and the stability is ample.” For these reasons, several other club-level playtesters recommended the racquet for doubles specialists. Said a 3.0 player with a two-handed backhand,“The racquet was sturdy and stable.”

Bottom Line
A boon for club-level beginners and seniors with short, slow swings.

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