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    The Official Angell Users Club

    Which is your (current) favourite. I’ve been using the ASi for a while but recently got a React 99. I tried a different string set up in it initially (no idea why!) - when I strung it with my standard hybrid (a Double AR co-poly at 48.5 lbs and the Angell multi at 54.5) I was a very happy bunny...
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    Based on the linked site, a difference of 1mm in both directions on your measurements would virtually account for the difference between a 95 and 97 (a difference in each axis of 1.2mm is all it would take).
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    Hi Happi, I think you've perhaps not appreciated the mathematics of ellipse areas, so it before you start "suggesting" that Angell "claiming" different sizes is "marketing", it would be worth getting a clearer understanding of the actual difference and how visually apparent that's likely to be...
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    Sorry for the slow reply - I’ve been travelling with work. 19x16 and it’s hard to compare launch angle because it swings so much faster and the control is better. It really is quite a different beast.
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    I've managed to rub the label off. But I was using a TC 97 strung weight 337gms and from memory 6pts headlight.
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    I have now spent some time with my ASi and all I can say is that I'm not going back to my previous frame (unless I break a string). It's strung with a lower tension poly (45lbs mains) and multi cross at 52lbs. Unsurprisingly, given the low swing weight, it swings really fast and I found I was...
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    I think it may be a bit misleading to compare specs when, from what I can see, it’s a completely new way of constructing a racket. That would be a bit like comparing wooden frame specs with graphite. I’ve used a TC97 for the last few years and really like it; but this looks like the first...
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    Softest Spin Oriented Co-Poly?

    If you want co-poly and really arm safe (which I did too) then take any soft co-poly mentioned here (Volkl v-star gets my vote) and put Ashaway ZX mono gut in the crosses. It works at lower tensions too. ZX on its own I found to be horrible, but as a cross it works great. The major bonus is...
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    New Angell TC97!

    The tc97 has a very similar head shape to the tc95. I could be wrong, but I think that the genius in this frame is that the beam around the head is slightly slimmer on the 97. So, unlike with most frames that get a wider beam as they get a larger head size, Paul Angell has somehow managed to...
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    New Angell TC97!

    I would defer to Paul on how the string patterns compare. I can say that I tried a tc100 a while ago and it wasn't for me. It's hard to say whether it was the change in string bed or the wider beam - I just felt that, for my strokes, it was somehow imprecise and unwieldy. It surprised me...
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    New Angell TC97!

    I think I can answer that. Since I've been fortunate enough to have been playing with the TC97 for the past few months - I was offered two of the first prototypes to use and previously I was using the TC95. The two frames have a lot in common. The best way I can explain the difference is that...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    I played a match yesterday and just couldn't settle with it. To be fair I was playing really badly; I was sluggish and the court surroundings were awful and it was hard to pick the ball up (which I think made me move poorly too). I switched for the V-Star/zx hybrid and immediately felt better -...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    Ashaway monogut zx isn't a multi but it's not a poly either. I know a pro who likes Sensation - I think it's very ordinary. I've come to the conclusion that it all depends how you strike the ball. I'm big on spin, too much so, so the way my hand interacts with the ball at contact is very...
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    Rattling (foam filled) Angell racket

    The rackets are excellent. I would defy any company selling thousands of products not to have an occasional issue. In my experience stringing rackets I've seen numerous faults, poor quality control, massively varying specs, etc. in the mainstream brands and the Angell rackets I see have always...
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    Rattling (foam filled) Angell racket

    I've owned several of Paul's rackets over the years (I think I'm up to ten) and I've never had an issue with any one of them. I have received stacks of great advice and support when I've been buying a frame from him though. I'm sure you'll find an answer and first class support if you're an...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    The reason I asked about colour was the instructions on the pack suggest dropping the tension more on the coloured versions. Anyway, I managed to get a short hit in this evening; persuaded my son to head down to the courts and he sits solidly enough to get a feel for the strings. I...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    What colour was the zx you used? It implies different tensions for the natural colour and the coloured one(s). I've strung mine and will hopefully have a hit tonight - I have a match at the weekend and need to settle on something quickly. I found an old pack of Ashaway Dynamite WB in my...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    Great news. I'm encouraged by your review. I will probably try it at the same tension you did. I'm wary of going too tight after my experience with the gut. On which point... I think that gut's special properties are its playability over its life and that it's better at everything than 'basic'...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    I had literally stumbled onto the Lux Element thread before coming back to check this one. Which other polys had you tried and had issues with and what tension are you stringing at?
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    Great - it sounds like we were in a similar place on the poly: that Kirschbaum string comes up as slightly stiffer than the Volkl Cyclone on the TW data; I had a slightly higher tension in a smaller head but was using a slightly thinner gauge. So it should be a good comparison point. Your...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    Very keen to hear how you get on with the Monogut ZX (was yours 16 gauge?) Also, what was your preferred tension with full poly and which poly? I was very happy with Volkl Cyclone at 51/50 (apart from the arm). You mentioned having strung full poly at 45, is there where you ended up...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    I felt like I had no depth control - I just couldn't relate my swing to the racket, no power either. I think you're right about going lower with gut / poly. The mantis poly was ok depth wise but I never felt totally confident with it - perhaps not helped by crazy amounts of string movement...
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    What tennis player drinks???

    Not so - according to a professor of nutrition who wrote and regretted a book on carb loading. Usually those studies are conducted on athletes whose body composition, energy needs and fat reserves are very different from the average sports person's. Gatorade may help - or it may screw with...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    I've worked through Mikeler's excellent posts on Multis. I bought discho multi on the basis of it, but I really want to get closer to the poly feel than that gets me. I hybrid the gut with Volkl Cyclone. It felt fine for my arm but played horribly compared to what I'm used to - but I don't know...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    I think my elbow will hero in time - but it's hard not to play tennis so I need to find a string that works. Yes, I string myself. So I can experiment. Although I only have two frames to play with - I don't like switching with previous frames that aren't exactly the same. The Kirschbaum...
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    Thanks for your thoughts. I have monogut zx 16 on the way. How would you suggest I use it? Full bed? What tension? The arm has an occasional twinge when playing and tenderness after. Let's say my frame is an Angell TC 100. It isn't quite, but I can't say any more than that because it's a...
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    String Tension Recommendation (from poly to gut)

    I think I may go even lower. 54/50.
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    String Tension Recommendation (from poly to gut)

    You were right. 58 was horrible! I should gave gone lower.
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    String Tension Recommendation (from poly to gut)

    97" 16x19 Nothing specified on the frame 50-65 would be my guess
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    Help! Poly compromise?

    I was using and loving Volkl Cyclone in 18g strung at 50lbs (lock out, so probably closer to 46). I was restringing every couple of games to keep it fresh. But my elbow has had issues (not all because of tennis) so I need something more forgiving. I tried gut 58 mains and Volkl cyclone 52...
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