Donic Waldner Dotec Allround
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The DONIC Dotec System is the first wood technology without awkward edges.Since the human hand does not have hard edges, DONIC wanted to develop a smooth blade without sharp edges.It was, therefore, important to ensure a completely smooth transition between blade and handle.
The handle: The DONIC Dotec model has a totally different handle to previous bats.The handle is made out of one piece, surrounded by natural cork. There are different versions for right and left handers.
Waldner Dotec AR: The Limba / Balsa combination produced by the new DONIC Dotec Technology, results in a perfect, relatively speedy, all round blade. The touch is amazing when returning the ball. One cannot experience better control inside the DONIC Dotec range!
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Blade Weight Variations - Actual blade weight may vary by up to 8g.Blade Sealing/Varnish You may add blade sealing for this blade. Sealing prevents wood splintering.
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Reviews of Donic Waldner Dotec Allround (5)
Picked this up again after not playing with it for years. It was a good blade then, it's still a solid blade. People who play with it love the handle. Only stopped using it because a coach said I needed to develop my backhand with a more traditional flare first. Plays stiff and direct, with a true ALL feel. Spinny enough for a balsa core blade, must be the top plies. Look for rubbers that like a stiff blade.
Makes a pronounced *tonk* sound when contacting the ball. No one I've met liked the sound, but it depends on your preference. I've never heard an all wood, carbon, ALC, ZLF, ZLC, or other composite blade that sounds this strange. Truly odd, and my guess is it's the combination of Balsa and 'Dotec Mesh' that creates it. Personally, I found it distracting so bought a Tibhar SPW instead, which I love. Only those who love balsa (and it's pro's and con's) or want to try something different need apply, IMO. Speed is definitely faster than say a Primorac Off- and slower than a Tibhar SPW, say between 7.9 and 8.5 speed. Just as speed is somewhat variable due to the balsa, so to is the control due to balsa's 'non-linear' effect. The rubbers applied to it also vary perceptions of speed and control. I tried softer and harder sponge!
rubbers on it but couldn't find anything that worked well for me, but again it's personal preference.The handle is cork, despite review by "lbuga68" above to the contrary. I'll add that it certainly doesn't look anything like "rubber" as suggested, although could in a strange way be said to feel like rubber as cork has a natural rubber-like elasticity to it. It IS cork though, without a doubt. Regardless of the blades many idiosyncrasies, it's not my cup of tea. It's strong points (IMO) are it's light weight (70g~) and forehand-friendly handle, while slightly opening the backhand up, for better or worse. For the record, the curved, fat, protruding (palm shaped) part of the blade should curve INTO the palm, not the other way around. If I was buying a Dotec style blade for the first time I'd get the Carbon version, which would hopefully change it's sound while adding a more consistent feel and playing characteristics than the 5 ply AR version. The 4 outer limba plies would probably assist with this. TTDB reviews appear to suggest the speed/spin characteristics are also more balanced with the carbon version.
I ordered it online and i tought handle is covered by cork. I was wrong, it is rubber looking like cork.
I like thick handle but this was too much even for me. I sold blade to a defensive mate and he was happy with Calibra Sound and Xiom O Elite on it.
This blade is very fast for a allround blade. Yet, the contol is very good so its not perse a bad thing. Also, its a bit smaller than im used to with allround blades. I use some slower spinny rubber on this blade otherwise it would be too fast for me.
I spent about a year with this blade as my main setup for beginning intermediate play. Light, medium stiff with soft limba outer plies, the Wldner DOTEC AR's most obvious feature is the handle. A cork wrapped handedness specific grip, it resembles an asymmetrical conic grip with a slight curve. And contrary to many player's opinions, the bend or curve should go INTO your palm (with the DONIC logo and stripe on your BH). This design, in addition to fitting your hand, effectively angles your FH grip for top/sidespin shots, while at the same time allows you to close your BH stroke with ease. Love it or hate it, the DOTEC grip is unique, and very comfortable due to the soft, sweat-absorbing cork. Perhaps just as unique, but rarely discussed is the core construction of the blade. It resembles that of Andro's BLAX designs, with small blocks of wood (Balsa?), divided up into cross sections by a strange green synthetic material. The blade plays a bit above ALL - maybe ALL+/OFF-. Touch in the short game is quite good due to the limba outer plies and the blade feels very linear. I would say that it is fairly low throw, compared to something like the Primorac. More of a htting blade than a looping blade, smashes are firm and direct. While It plays well with classic rubber, ESN Tensors make it a lot more loop friendly. Did not like the feel with Chinese rubber. At $60 this blade is expensive for something that is "Made In China" but the fit, finish and grains look good. Quality is up there with Yin-He's better stuff.
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