Angell ASL2

tennis347

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For all the Angell and Wilson users, how does the ASL2 compare to the Blade 98 16 x 19 in terms of power, spin, control, comfort and stability? Thanks for your feedback.
 

topspn

Legend
hmm..compared to the new V7 Blade 16x19 it has more power and more spin potential. Both are pretty comfortable but need some weight 2&10 or 3&9 for stability. Blade has better control.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
hmm..compared to the new V7 Blade 16x19 it has more power and more spin potential. Both are pretty comfortable but need some weight 2&10 or 3&9 for stability. Blade has better control.
Thanks for your feedback. I figured the ASL2 would need a little weight. The RA is identical on both frames. Which frame has a more flexible feel?
 

topspn

Legend
Thanks for your feedback. I figured the ASL2 would need a little weight. The RA is identical on both frames. Which frame has a more flexible feel?
The Blade does but comfort no issues with the ASL2. The ASL frames have a bit more response or springiness in their feel compared to the TC95/100
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
The Blade does but comfort no issues with the ASL2. The ASL frames have a bit more response or springiness in their feel compared to the TC95/100
I just ordered the ASL2 and will keep you posted with my review as I have been playing with the Blade v7 98 16 x 19 since it came out last Aug.
 
I use Solinco Confidential @ 46 generally and have been using another Solinco prototype the last few months and loving it. Switched to the ASL2 after using the V7 Blade for several months and haven’t looked back. Great stick from every aspect.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
I use Solinco Confidential @ 46 generally and have been using another Solinco prototype the last few months and loving it. Switched to the ASL2 after using the V7 Blade for several months and haven’t looked back. Great stick from every aspect.
In your opinion what makes the ASL2 a superior frame over the v7 Blade?
 
In your opinion what makes the ASL2 a superior frame over the v7 Blade?
The maneuverability is the main thing for me. I come from primarily using pretty HL frames. I liked the punching power of the Blade but just couldn’t gel with the balance. Tried modding but couldn’t get what I wanted without it becoming a tank. The ASL has controlled power, great net feel and easy spin. It’s not as stable as the Blade stock but that’s a small tradeoff for me. It swings faster and has room to modify if you want. To me it’s like the original Tec 315 Ltd I played for several years but with a bigger backbone and less need to modify to make it dangerous. Other than the Angell hybrid grip, mine are totally stock and I easily keep up with my 5.0 hitting partners.

I generally avoid saying “superior”. The Blade is a great frame, the ASL is just a better fit for my style.
 

tennis347

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The maneuverability is the main thing for me. I come from primarily using pretty HL frames. I liked the punching power of the Blade but just couldn’t gel with the balance. Tried modding but couldn’t get what I wanted without it becoming a tank. The ASL has controlled power, great net feel and easy spin. It’s not as stable as the Blade stock but that’s a small tradeoff for me. It swings faster and has room to modify if you want. To me it’s like the original Tec 315 Ltd I played for several years but with a bigger backbone and less need to modify to make it dangerous. Other than the Angell hybrid grip, mine are totally stock and I easily keep up with my 5.0 hitting partners.

I generally avoid saying “superior”. The Blade is a great frame, the ASL is just a better fit for my style.
Thanks for the feedback. I also thought the Blade v7 is a really good racquet but am looking for easier spin and the controlled power. I also like the fact that there is room for customization with the ASL2 where as with the Blade there's not much room due to the high stock swing weight.
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
Following. Really interested to hear what you and others think about the ASL2. Did you also play the k7 lime? I am playing the blade 16x19 v7 now as my main stick.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
Following. Really interested to hear what you and others think about the ASL2. Did you also play the k7 lime? I am playing the blade 16x19 v7 now as my main stick.
I have played with the K7 Red and thought it was an excellent frame but a friend of mine made me a great offer I couldn't refuse. Never tried the K7 Lime but heard its another solid offering from Angell. I was playing with the Blade v7 98 16 x 19 but recently sold them. The Blade is also a good racquet but wanted something that was more spin friendly and easier to use. I will post my review of the ASL2.
 

skeeter

Professional
I use Solinco Confidential @ 46 generally and have been using another Solinco prototype the last few months and loving it. Switched to the ASL2 after using the V7 Blade for several months and haven’t looked back. Great stick from every aspect.
Which string pattern on the Blade? I still have one of the original versions of the TC 97; anyone had a chance to compare the ASL2 to that racquet?
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
IMO that going from the Blade v7 98 16 x 19 to the ASL2 will be an easy transition. The Blade is more tip heavy whereas the ASL2 is more headlight and will be easier to maneuver and generate easier racquet head speed. Definitely good for topspin and slicing. Should have my frame by tomorrow or Weds the latest and will have it strung right of way!!
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
I just received the ASL2 this morning and its a real beauty! The fit and finish is the best quality I have seen! The unstrung weight came in exactly at 310 grams. Angell has top notch quality control compared to most racquet manufacturers today. I looking forward to having it strung up soon and will post my review!
 

Jouke

Semi-Pro
I just received the ASL2 this morning and its a real beauty! The fit and finish is the best quality I have seen! The unstrung weight came in exactly at 310 grams. Angell has top notch quality control compared to most racquet manufacturers today. I looking forward to having it strung up soon and will post my review!
String that baby up already!! Haha. Looking forward to hear from you!
 

itsstephenyo

Semi-Pro
I'm pretty anxious to see your reviews too. Good friend of mine is trying to mentally compare a Blade 16x19 to some of my Angell sticks and I told him about the ASL2, as well.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
And? I might be more excited than you are! :)
Just got back the racquet from the stringer. I put on my usual Wilson Contour grip. It weighs 329 grams at the moment. The ASL2 feels pretty substantial but very headlight. I added 5 grams total with 1/2 strips and strung it with Gosen Micro 16 at 54lbs. That should be enough weight for me. With a dampener it now weighs 336 grams and still feels whippy and very maneuverable compared to the Blade v7 98 16 x 19. The feel is quite plush just bouncing the ball on the hoop and feels a touch firmer than the K7 Red.

Playing tomorrow afternoon and will post my review!
 
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tennis347

Hall of Fame
Just got back the racquet from the stringer. I put on my usual Wilson Contour grip. It weighs 329 grams at the moment. The ASL2 feels pretty substantial but very headlight. I added 5 grams total with 1/2 strips and strung it with Gosen Micro 16 at 54lbs. That should be enough weight for me. With a dampener it now weighs 336 grams and still feels whippy and very maneuverable compared to the Blade v7 98 16 x 19. The feel is quite plush just bouncing the ball on the hoop and feels a touch firmer than the K7 Red.

Playing tomorrow afternoon and will post my review!
Indoor plans changed last minute and didn't get a chance to hit with the ASL2 today. Its looking like 2 sessions outdoors on Sunday and Monday as will be in the mid-40's in NY. I will report back on Sunday night!!
 
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tennis347

Hall of Fame
I finally had a chance to hit with the ASL2 this afternoon in 40's temperatures and light wind. I tinkered around with adding 5 grams of lead at 3 and 9 along with a Wilson Contour grip. I strung it up with Gosen Micro 16 at 54lbs. My initial impression is that this racquet is string sensitive. The sweet spot felt small and it played a bit on the firm side. Spin was easy to generate but it felt a bit too low powered with this set up. I wasn't able to hit my slice backhand with any real depth and penetration. Topspin strokes on both sides had nice height and had some heaviness to them. IMO the string tension may have been a tad too high for the cool playing conditions. After 30 minutes I had to put the racquet down. My other frame is the Prince Phantom 100x 305. In no way am I knocking the Angell frame but I felt alot more dialed in with the Prince frame which was strung with the same tension and string. The Prince frame has a larger sweet spot and felt more forgiving with easier power.

Maybe a little more time with the ASL2 and a lower tension around 51 or 52 lbs would possibly open up the sweet and offer better feel. I am used to very flexible frames.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
Sounds a little disappointing to be honest. I hope your next outing will be better!
True, I thought that at 54lbs with a soft string like Gosen Micro it would have played well. The feel maybe a bit too firm for my taste. When it gets a bit warmer out I will give the ASL2 another try. I don't really want to cut the strings out right now. I did find that the K7 Red had a bigger sweet spot and better feel IMO. Right now I am pretty happy with the Phantom 100x 305. Its quite flexible and forgiving with decent power. Will see how things go down the line.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
Angell has alot of solid racquets out there, however I have decided to look for another racquet with a softer feel.
 
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skeeter

Professional
Agreed, though I also have a Clash in my bag and it's pretty dang soft. So, sounds like you're not really "looking", though, if you're a true racquet-holic like most of us, you'll be keeping your eyes open! :cool:
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
Agreed, though I also have a Clash in my bag and it's pretty dang soft. So, sounds like you're not really "looking", though, if you're a true racquet-holic like most of us, you'll be keeping your eyes open! :cool:
The beam is too thick on the Clash and I previously tried the 98 sq inch version and didn't like the feel. The Blade is probably one of best players racquets IMO and essentially for what I am looking for! That sums it up after all the craziness. The Blade will be the only racquet in my bag moving forward my friend!
 
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ASL2 is a good stick, ATMO. Takes well to customization, good maneuverability, good feel and honest feedback. Seems a bit string sensitive, so worth experimenting. Like an older ProStaff, but with good quality control. [emoji79]
 

skeeter

Professional
The beam is too thick on the Clash and I previously tried the 98 sq inch version and didn't like the feel. The Blade is probably one of best players racquets IMO and essentially for what I am looking for! That sums it up after all the craziness. The Blade will be the only racquet in my bag moving forward my friend!
Good for you! Nice to have some piece of mind. I'm going to keep both (Clash and Blade) in my bag for now; like them both for different reasons so the battle of the Wilson's will continue for a bit longer. But I play well with both so it's win-win (literally) at this point.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
Good for you! Nice to have some piece of mind. I'm going to keep both (Clash and Blade) in my bag for now; like them both for different reasons so the battle of the Wilson's will continue for a bit longer. But I play well with both so it's win-win (literally) at this point.
Thanks! I have finally learned that the grass is not greener on the other side. There is really no holy grail racquet out there but the Blade comes the closest! I still enjoy looking at the TW board but have to stop buying racquets! Enjoy your tennis!
 
10+ hrs on ASL2 with a soft round poly in it at 45lbs, plus a bit of lead at 3&9 and in the handle, 345g total weight. It’s a bit (10-20g) lighter than what I used to play, but I got the balance such that the swingweight feels comparable. The racquet comes through the air nicely, without undue resistance, and the feel at impact is pretty solid, with enough feedback that adjustment on subsequent strokes is intuitive. Ground strokes are getting dialed in, serve as well - good slice out wide or into the body gets me plenty of easy put-aways, and I’ve been experimenting with a kick serve, which I’d never done before. I’ve managed to hit some truly amazing angles on the ground strokes both on the slice and topspin. The angles could be a function of the strings, but the ball clears the frame nicely. Still working on stick volleys / keeping them deep — seems like the lighter total mass is throwing off my timing at the moment, but I’ll keep working on it. I can see how the flex profile of this frame would allow for a predictable response and a variety of shots to be hit with good control, if you know what you’re doing — with some momentum, the racquet packs a punch, while at low speeds and hitting near the tip allows for finesse. All in all this seems like a great stick to work with for awhile, as I experiment with strings and balance, which are all very personal things.
 
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