Yes we do like the same specs in racquets. I've tried too many to list, but here are some of my favorites:Hi Jack,
You and I had similar experiences with the Angell TC100; just felt a bit clunky and wieldy though it sounds like you got a heavier used one than I bought new. I do like my TC97 and plan on keeping that for mostly singles; but I am looking for a 100 to use primarily in doubles and I know you've tried a quite a few 100-sized racquets recently. I think we both have similar spec ranges -- low to mid 11-ounces, SW in 320's, fairly headlight and maneuverable, flex in mid 60s, and though I normally play 16x19, I'm fine with 16x20 and 18x20 if in a good racquet -- and tennis ability: solid 4.0 player, middle age (low 55 for me), all-court player, more of a flat hitter (not into the big spin racquets), like both singles and dubs, USTA league play, and just enjoy getting out there.
Although you may still be looking for an ideal 100, I'd be interested in your brief thoughts to date on the 100's you've tried. I know you've been playing with the Prince and Yonex 100 frames a lot; any of those really stand out to you? I note that both the Yonex Ai and DR 100's are pretty high in SW (69) but you seemed to be ok with that. I know you also tried the new Donnay's but don't recall if you tried the 102 (I have a demo of that coming). So, I'd appreciate your "summary" to date of the 100's you've liked and disliked. Thanks.
DR100 - great racquet. swingweight isn't too high. does everything well...power with control. only negative is the relatively high launch angle for me
Xi98 - stiffer feeling than the DR100 with less power. Needs a little tweaking with lead to bring up the sw. Biggest negative is the stiffness
Textreme 100P - My #1 right now, but sometimes I wish it had more power. When I use it I play for placement and lose some free points from faster serves
Graphene Speed MP - One of my all time fav's - Only negative is the very open string pattern. Harder to hit low skidding slices.
Bab Pure Strike 98 16x19 - Great all court racquet - does everything good - nothing great
For doubles play, I think the DR100 would be a great choice.
So, why did you like the TC97 more than the 100? Isn't it quite a bit lower powered? I also was expecting a better "feel" from the TC100 and it was just "meh" for me. I think Donnay has it beat in that dept.
My PERFECT specs are tough to find because I need something with good power and without a large open pattern. My biggest weapon is my backhand slice and my drop shot, so I need a racquet that doesn't float slices on me. I also like a nice feel off the stringbed and I don't like super thick beams or too large hoop sizes. Most 18x20 racquets are too low powered for me. The ony one's I found usuable were the 100P and the Dunlop F3.0.