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djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Thank you for the suggestion. What Ghostwire gauge in the mains? Same tension for both or different?
i used 17 vSquare mains and 17 Ghost in the cross at the same tension in an 18x20. maybe start with same tension or if you normally string at different tension...go for it
 

big bang

Hall of Fame
How about the custom line compared to vantage?. I still have my Old vantage’s, but cant support the company. I was a vantage rep back I the day, but since Paul was the one who signed me and was always very helpful and nice to me, I didn’t want too work with vantage after they kicked Paul out. Had an serious injury and been away from tennis 9 years. Just started playing 2 weeks ago and would love to add a few custom frames if they play close to the old vantage. I think Paul told me that the angell customs was supposed to be the same frame as he designed for vantage, just new pj. But it’s many years ago now.
 

haqq777

Legend
How about the custom line compared to vantage?. I still have my Old vantage’s, but cant support the company. I was a vantage rep back I the day, but since Paul was the one who signed me and was always very helpful and nice to me, I didn’t want too work with vantage after they kicked Paul out. Had an serious injury and been away from tennis 9 years. Just started playing 2 weeks ago and would love to add a few custom frames if they play close to the old vantage. I think Paul told me that the angell customs was supposed to be the same frame as he designed for vantage, just new pj. But it’s many years ago now.
Nice. Welcome back to tennis. Yes, Paul is correct. I played with VT 321. Purchased used here on TW forum. Was identical to TC100. Even grommets are interchangeable.
 

edelp

Semi-Pro
I did want to stop, but, even though I love my V3 TC100 RA63, I needed to try the TC95. Just ordered... After reading and reading through this thread I guess I know what I would get and had to expect and still I needed to order. Let me see whether I can "avoid" the TC97 open pattern (I like a lot the 18x20 but a little too much for me).
Looking forward to compare.
well finally I could test it. Same cyclone (orange) 1.30 as in the TC100. Wonderful racquet. Need more time but am doubting. Liked in more on FH and Serve, but struggle still on backhand. fair to say that I hit the first time since 6 months!!! so not conclusive. Even though 10gr heavier than the tc100 (but still very light), easier and faster to move and accelerate.
DNA is the same somehow but with more control, still plenty of power, wow and spin!
Will see in the next weeks...
 
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serveitup911

Semi-Pro
With your review you make me want to get the TC100 now. I had a dilemma between TC100 and TC101 before I took a chance and went for the TC101. I am enjoying the TC101 however your review has made me think i need to try the TC100 at 27.5" too. Keep me updated on your views when you play more with them both.
Well, I hit again today and unfortunately the Hyper G in the 100 broke within 20 minutes. It broke in less than 90 minutes total. So I hit mostly with the 101. I really liked the 101 today. I was getting better power today and I really like it on volleys. The mass can be used to direct the ball deep, but the flex can be used to take some pace off hard passing attempts. I served pretty well with it, but I still feel like the 100 serves bigger. I’m going to string them both (100 and 101) with my old standby Tour Bite 1.25. The Hyper G in the 101 is very deeply notched and moving around like crazy, so it’s just a couple minutes from breaking. I am definitely not a candidate for 18g string.
 

emhtennis

Semi-Pro
I would try the 1.30 hyper g in the 100, the launch angle would probably be more predictable too and it may last you at least 6+ hours. Like reading your reviews!

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serveitup911

Semi-Pro
I would try the 1.30 hyper g in the 100, the launch angle would probably be more predictable too and it may last you at least 6+ hours. Like reading your reviews!

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I may at some point try the thicker gauge hyper G. My goal of going with the 18 gauge was thinking it would break before it went dead, and it sure did!

I also decided on the 18 gauge just have a few grams less weight invested in the strings so I could have a more headlight balance for more racket head speed.

you are right about that 18 gauge being less predictable on launch angle. I didn’t feel like the control was quite what it should’ve been for how I was swinging. I think some of that unpredictability has to do with the softness of the hyper G versus the stiffness of the tour bite that I’m used to.
After today’s session, the jury is definitely still out as to whether the 100 or the 101 will be better for my game. The real test will be playing practice sets with a similar level player. So far I’ve just been hitting on the ball machine and with my dad, who is about a 3.0 level player.
 

flanker2000fr

Professional
I may at some point try the thicker gauge hyper G. My goal of going with the 18 gauge was thinking it would break before it went dead, and it sure did!

I also decided on the 18 gauge just have a few grams less weight invested in the strings so I could have a more headlight balance for more racket head speed.

you are right about that 18 gauge being less predictable on launch angle. I didn’t feel like the control was quite what it should’ve been for how I was swinging. I think some of that unpredictability has to do with the softness of the hyper G versus the stiffness of the tour bite that I’m used to.
After today’s session, the jury is definitely still out as to whether the 100 or the 101 will be better for my game. The real test will be playing practice sets with a similar level player. So far I’ve just been hitting on the ball machine and with my dad, who is about a 3.0 level player.
At the risk of repeating myself: if you're looking for more predictability than the Hyper G while avoiding the stiffness of Tour Bite, try Confidential. Best try it in at least 16L, as a thin gauge in a 100 sq.in. open pattern will break extremely quickly.
 

serveitup911

Semi-Pro
At the risk of repeating myself: if you're looking for more predictability than the Hyper G while avoiding the stiffness of Tour Bite, try Confidential. Best try it in at least 16L, as a thin gauge in a 100 sq.in. open pattern will break extremely quickly.
Definitely, I have some confidential to try also.
 

flanker2000fr

Professional
I have ordered 2 more TC100 63RA, which are under way. Paul has confirmed he has matched them with the first I got within 1g / 1mm balance.

Getting out of mandatory HK quarantine on Friday, have booked myself an hour with my coach. Very excited to hit again.
 

LHG1111

New User
I just purchased and received the TC97 18x20 and loving it! Now I'm looking for suggestions for strings to go with the new stick. I'm having some tennis elbow issues so may need a more arm friendly string than the Solinco Confidential and Tour Bite I had been using in my previous racquet - Head Liquidmetal Radical.

Anyone else using the TC97 and have suggestions for a string bed - combo or single set for someone having some arm issues?
 

emhtennis

Semi-Pro
I just purchased and received the TC97 18x20 and loving it! Now I'm looking for suggestions for strings to go with the new stick. I'm having some tennis elbow issues so may need a more arm friendly string than the Solinco Confidential and Tour Bite I had been using in my previous racquet - Head Liquidmetal Radical.

Anyone else using the TC97 and have suggestions for a string bed - combo or single set for someone having some arm issues?
I play a TC97 18x20 as well. The Tier 1 Firewire boost hybrid is very arm friendly and well give you a fun dynamic stringbed to hit with. Recommend the 18g combo on their website.

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Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
I just purchased and received the TC97 18x20 and loving it! Now I'm looking for suggestions for strings to go with the new stick. I'm having some tennis elbow issues so may need a more arm friendly string than the Solinco Confidential and Tour Bite I had been using in my previous racquet - Head Liquidmetal Radical.

Anyone else using the TC97 and have suggestions for a string bed - combo or single set for someone having some arm issues?
My current string setup in the TC97 18x20 is MSV Co-Focus 1.18mm @ 46M/ 43C. Plays very well.

If you wanted an even softer setup, I'm using Babolat Origin in the Mains and MSV Focus Hex Plus 38 in the crosses in my TC97 16x19. It is working out very well and is very comfortable. Here I would use the thinner gauge of Babolat Origin in the Mains (for the 18x20), or a similar string like Isospeed Cream or Gosen AK Control 17 or the new Tecnifibre Triax).

Hope that helps
 

flanker2000fr

Professional
I just purchased and received the TC97 18x20 and loving it! Now I'm looking for suggestions for strings to go with the new stick. I'm having some tennis elbow issues so may need a more arm friendly string than the Solinco Confidential and Tour Bite I had been using in my previous racquet - Head Liquidmetal Radical.

Anyone else using the TC97 and have suggestions for a string bed - combo or single set for someone having some arm issues?
Volkl Cyclone would be quite soft for a poly. It's not the most long lasting poly in terms of tension maintenance, but it's fairly cheap so it's a good compromise.

One of my friend, who has a sensitive elbow, plays it in his DR98, and doesn't have any issues.
 
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ed70

Professional
I just purchased and received the TC97 18x20 and loving it! Now I'm looking for suggestions for strings to go with the new stick. I'm having some tennis elbow issues so may need a more arm friendly string than the Solinco Confidential and Tour Bite I had been using in my previous racquet - Head Liquidmetal Radical.

Anyone else using the TC97 and have suggestions for a string bed - combo or single set for someone having some arm issues?
Origin in crosses with a poly works great in TC97’s, using it at the moment with some black knight i’d got plays great, also have periodic arm problems caused by full bed poly & experimenting with different string too often rather than sticking with what works!
 
Well, I hit again today and unfortunately the Hyper G in the 100 broke within 20 minutes. It broke in less than 90 minutes total. So I hit mostly with the 101. I really liked the 101 today. I was getting better power today and I really like it on volleys. The mass can be used to direct the ball deep, but the flex can be used to take some pace off hard passing attempts. I served pretty well with it, but I still feel like the 100 serves bigger. I’m going to string them both (100 and 101) with my old standby Tour Bite 1.25. The Hyper G in the 101 is very deeply notched and moving around like crazy, so it’s just a couple minutes from breaking. I am definitely not a candidate for 18g string.
Really like your reviews, keep me updated how your testing of both rackets go.
 

Lozannois

Rookie
Looking to try the K7 red.

Except all the positive things that have been said about this stick, anyone would like to highlight its weaknesses?

How do you find the power and control level and does anyone could tell me what is the unstrung swingweight please?

What do you think is the closest racket on the market compared to this K7 red?

Thanks for your help

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tennis347

Professional
Looking to try the K7 red.

Except all the positive things that have been said about this stick, anyone would like to highlight its weaknesses?

How do you find the power and control level and does anyone could tell me what is the unstrung swingweight please?

What do you think is the closest racket on the market compared to this K7 red?

Thanks for your help

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The power level is slightly below a Wilson Blade v7 98 16 x 19 and the control is as good as the Blade if not a little better. The weakness is the rather low power level making difficult to put away shots. The feel, comfort and spin are outstanding.
 

PigPen

Semi-Pro
Looking to try the K7 red.

Except all the positive things that have been said about this stick, anyone would like to highlight its weaknesses?

How do you find the power and control level and does anyone could tell me what is the unstrung swingweight please?

What do you think is the closest racket on the market compared to this K7 red?

Thanks for your help

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I own 3 K7 reds and have been playing with the frame for 2 years.

In stock form, the frame is too light and lacks power. I have a bit of lead on mine, which makes a huge difference in the power level and the ability to handle heavier balls. The feel is outstanding and would compare best to the prestiges of 20 years ago.

If you do not like a very soft frame, the flex could be a weakness.
 

PigPen

Semi-Pro
Have you guys ever emailed Angell? Do they take long normally to respond?
I have emailed Angell many times in the past and they have been extremely helpful and responsive. At the present, the response time may be a bit slower as the owner is recovering from a serious illness. However, they will always reply to each and every query.
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
I have emailed Angell many times in the past and they have been extremely helpful and responsive. At the present, the response time may be a bit slower as the owner is recovering from a serious illness. However, they will always reply to each and every query.
Thank you. I hope the owner is doing ok, thank you for the response.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Had a tinkering session last night...

the TC97 taken the most time to tinker because I need to remove/adjust the weights in the handle. (My fault - I got the heaviest spec, in the pre-loved market... lol)

In the end I had to do it twice because the first weight removed (the heavier one) made it too much of a hassle to add lead tape to bring to my usual spec.

So opened up the handle/pallet again to replace the heavier one with the lighter one (and placed the heavier one in the middle slot instead). Then I was able to put the required amount of lead tape around the 3 and 9 areas to bring to my usual spec

if you are still reading.... here are some pix to compensate.... lol











 

serveitup911

Semi-Pro
What is up with the string pattern and the stupid double blocked hole for the last cross?!?!? It’s a huge hassle with a poly, but at least doable. Today I was stringing my dad‘s 105 with a multifilament, and I was less than a minute from quitting and making it an 16 x 18 racquet. I have over 20 years of stringing experience and many tools at my disposal, but after 20 minutes of cutting the tip at an angle, having it kink, and re-cutting and re-kinking, I was about to give up. Getting the last cross through took longer than stringing the entire rest of the racquet!
 

alexmcnab

Rookie
What is up with the string pattern and the stupid double blocked hole for the last cross?!?!? It’s a huge hassle with a poly, but at least doable. Today I was stringing my dad‘s 105 with a multifilament, and I was less than a minute from quitting and making it an 16 x 18 racquet. I have over 20 years of stringing experience and many tools at my disposal, but after 20 minutes of cutting the tip at an angle, having it kink, and re-cutting and re-kinking, I was about to give up. Getting the last cross through took longer than stringing the entire rest of the racquet!
I use a stainless steel blunt needle, 15 Guage. Put that through the last grommet from the inside and it will keep the path open. If the string is too thick to fit inside the needle at least you can use as a guide and feed the string from the outside whilst pulling the needle out.
Search for "Stainless steel Luer Lock Blunt Tip Needles"
 

serveitup911

Semi-Pro
I use a stainless steel blunt needle, 15 Guage. Put that through the last grommet from the inside and it will keep the path open. If the string is too thick to fit inside the needle at least you can use as a guide and feed the string from the outside whilst pulling the needle out.
Search for "Stainless steel Luer Lock Blunt Tip Needles"
Bought it. Thanks for the idea! I see the inner diameter of a 15 gauge is 1.37 mm, so I guess up to 15L string should go through.
 

alexmcnab

Rookie
Bought it. Thanks for the idea! I see the inner diameter of a 15 gauge is 1.37 mm, so I guess up to 15L string should go through.
In thoery you would think so, but my 15 gauge is 1.36mm inner diameter but I can't fit gosen syn gut 1.29mm or head velocity 1.3mm through it so have to do the "follow it through method" for them. Scorpion 1.22mm does fit though. You may need a bit of chapstick the first time to lube it through. the grommet.

I may at some point enlarge the hole and put a larger fittex grommet and maybe try a 14 gauge 1.6mm or 13 gauge 1.9mm needle.
 

Pctopcool

Rookie
What is up with the string pattern and the stupid double blocked hole for the last cross?!?!? It’s a huge hassle with a poly, but at least doable. Today I was stringing my dad‘s 105 with a multifilament, and I was less than a minute from quitting and making it an 16 x 18 racquet. I have over 20 years of stringing experience and many tools at my disposal, but after 20 minutes of cutting the tip at an angle, having it kink, and re-cutting and re-kinking, I was about to give up. Getting the last cross through took longer than stringing the entire rest of the racquet!
You can also try PATHERFINDER STRINGER AWL from gamma. It works for my tc100.

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jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
If you're feelin' lucky and somewhat depending on the grommet channel, you can also very carefully ease the stringing awl on an oblique angle underneath the loop of string on the outside of the frame that is blocking the hole and position it so that there is just enough room to thread the string through; be very careful not to scratch the frame or impale the string. it actually helps if there is a slight bend in the tip of the awl.
 

Lozannois

Rookie
I own 3 K7 reds and have been playing with the frame for 2 years.

In stock form, the frame is too light and lacks power. I have a bit of lead on mine, which makes a huge difference in the power level and the ability to handle heavier balls. The feel is outstanding and would compare best to the prestiges of 20 years ago.

If you do not like a very soft frame, the flex could be a weakness.
Thank you. What about ASL 3? Anyone who tried it and could compare to K7 red and/or s other racket on the market?

Thank you

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ed70

Professional
Looking to try the K7 red.

Except all the positive things that have been said about this stick, anyone would like to highlight its weaknesses?

How do you find the power and control level and does anyone could tell me what is the unstrung swingweight please?

What do you think is the closest racket on the market compared to this K7 red?

Thanks for your help

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If you play a good level the first thing you will notice is that the frame Lacks plow & stability against heavy shots. It Needs weight to rectify this. I still have one stock that I use for feeding & a bit of social tennis, incredible touch & scalpel like at the net.
 

serveitup911

Semi-Pro
Today I did about 90 minutes of ball machine training and some serving with my 100 and 101 with identical specs. 27.5”. 320g, 305mm. B grip size 2 hybrid pro with 2 overgrips. Strung with Solinco Tour Bite 1.25mm @48M/50C.

The feel of the 101 moved in front of the 100 today when paired with the crisp feel of Tour Bite.

I started off with the 101 for the first load of balls and felt like I could not miss. I was hitting very heavy balls that penetrated the court and my flatter shots were mostly finding their mark. I had great success going down the line and finding my range. I could sense the dwell time and feel the ball take off from the strings, but did not have the trampolining that the 18g Hyper G produced sometimes in my last hitting session.

For the second load of balls, I used the 100. I immediately noticed a higher launch angle and a faster exit of the ball from the strings. The response reminded me of my Pure Drive Roddick +. I was able to hit big, but my range was a little tougher to dial in and there was some tendency for a few trampolines (i.e. controlled my racquet face angle and swing path similarly to a shot I just made, but the ball left on an unexpectedly higher trajectory and landed a little long). Where I saw an advantage in the 100 was with the free power when I was lazy with my footwork as I grew fatigued. I could see this coming in handy in a match situation on the run or deep into the match.

The 100 required me to use more spin for control. I was able to still control my range with the 101 even on flatter shots, which happens to be a big strength of mine. I grew up first learning the game mostly on fast low bouncing indoor hard courts and first learned to hit shots through the court. I added spin to my arsenal later on especially in the early 2000s when poly strings took off. On shots out of the strike zone (high) the 100 had an easier time of getting pop on the ball.

On volleys, the 101 took the lead with its feel and lower launch angle. I had an easier time hitting nice skidding offensive volleys with the 101. The 100 was better on overheads for absolute power although the ball was easier to place with the 101.

On flat serves, the 100 did very well with lots of power. If I missed, it was long. The 101 had a touch less power and if I missed, it was in the tape. (I do feel many misses were a result of switching back and forth - the launch angle difference is pronounced). On second serves, I have never had a great right bouncing kick (twist) serve. The 101 made it like cake - I’m talking big high right hops. Spin serves overall with the 101 were great. The extra dwell time allowed me to load up on the spin. With the 100, spin was still adequate but not up to the level of the 101. With the 100, my serving style would be using mostly pace and penetration. With the 101, my serving style would be using more spins and variety with the occasional heater.

At the end of today’s session I still don’t have a clear favorite. As we know, there are always trade offs with racquets and deciding which negatives to accept and which positives can help our game more is the key. I still feel like I need to find a matchup with a similar ability player and play some sets before I know for sure.

I am going to video my next session and maybe you all can look and see which racquet looks better for me.
 
Today I did about 90 minutes of ball machine training and some serving with my 100 and 101 with identical specs. 27.5”. 320g, 305mm. B grip size 2 hybrid pro with 2 overgrips. Strung with Solinco Tour Bite 1.25mm @48M/50C.

The feel of the 101 moved in front of the 100 today when paired with the crisp feel of Tour Bite.

I started off with the 101 for the first load of balls and felt like I could not miss. I was hitting very heavy balls that penetrated the court and my flatter shots were mostly finding their mark. I had great success going down the line and finding my range. I could sense the dwell time and feel the ball take off from the strings, but did not have the trampolining that the 18g Hyper G produced sometimes in my last hitting session.

For the second load of balls, I used the 100. I immediately noticed a higher launch angle and a faster exit of the ball from the strings. The response reminded me of my Pure Drive Roddick +. I was able to hit big, but my range was a little tougher to dial in and there was some tendency for a few trampolines (i.e. controlled my racquet face angle and swing path similarly to a shot I just made, but the ball left on an unexpectedly higher trajectory and landed a little long). Where I saw an advantage in the 100 was with the free power when I was lazy with my footwork as I grew fatigued. I could see this coming in handy in a match situation on the run or deep into the match.

The 100 required me to use more spin for control. I was able to still control my range with the 101 even on flatter shots, which happens to be a big strength of mine. I grew up first learning the game mostly on fast low bouncing indoor hard courts and first learned to hit shots through the court. I added spin to my arsenal later on especially in the early 2000s when poly strings took off. On shots out of the strike zone (high) the 100 had an easier time of getting pop on the ball.

On volleys, the 101 took the lead with its feel and lower launch angle. I had an easier time hitting nice skidding offensive volleys with the 101. The 100 was better on overheads for absolute power although the ball was easier to place with the 101.

On flat serves, the 100 did very well with lots of power. If I missed, it was long. The 101 had a touch less power and if I missed, it was in the tape. (I do feel many misses were a result of switching back and forth - the launch angle difference is pronounced). On second serves, I have never had a great right bouncing kick (twist) serve. The 101 made it like cake - I’m talking big high right hops. Spin serves overall with the 101 were great. The extra dwell time allowed me to load up on the spin. With the 100, spin was still adequate but not up to the level of the 101. With the 100, my serving style would be using mostly pace and penetration. With the 101, my serving style would be using more spins and variety with the occasional heater.

At the end of today’s session I still don’t have a clear favorite. As we know, there are always trade offs with racquets and deciding which negatives to accept and which positives can help our game more is the key. I still feel like I need to find a matchup with a similar ability player and play some sets before I know for sure.

I am going to video my next session and maybe you all can look and see which racquet looks better for me.
Great review, waiting with interest for your next installment and the video. You analysis of the 101 is similar to how it is playing for me although I have no comparison with 100.
 

ed70

Professional
Good review that, I’ve not played the 101 but With over 4 years playing with the TC97 & having experience with the TC100 I’d agree on many points, especially the higher launch angle & use of spin to control the TC100.
 

BPlain

New User
Played twice this weekend with Volkl V-Squared 1.30 strung at 52lbs. Monster spin and I could confidently take full cuts off both wings. The spin was really great on both slice and kick serves as well. Thought I found a string winner for my K7 Red until I broke them only 3 hours in!

I’m putting in another set of V-Squared and dropping the tension down to 50lbs but I’m not sure that’s going to extend string life that much. It’s a squared string which is great for spin as advertised but it notches really quickly. The strings moved on me a lot but it didn’t impact my control or feel at all so I didn’t mind. It also felt fine on my elbow and wrist despite playing back to back days. We’ll see how the second set plays and I’ll report back.

I finished up playing today with my Halo Hybrid at 50 lbs set up in my second K7 Red and it felt pretty good. Noticeably less spin production but found it easier to find my forehand more consistently than I did on my first go round with these strings.
Well round two with the 1.30 Volkl V-Squared lasted me all of 45 minutes so that's out as a viable option for me. I'm going to stick with the Halo Hybrid set up in my K7 for awhile as I play around with some lead tape configurations in hopes that it helps me find my topspin forehand again more consistently. I already tried adding some weight at 3 and 9 but it didn't feel quite right. As I hit my topspin forehand pretty high up on the string bed, I've now added a little weight at 12 and counterbalanced it in the handle. Looking forward to trying it out this weekend. I love hitting almost every other shot using my K7 with Halo Hybrid strings, just have to find a forehand solution!
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
Anyone actually transition from the TC95 to the TC97 successfully? I bought a V3 TC97 18x20 a few years ago but dismissed it after one two-hour hitting session, probably prematurely. I recently switched from the TC95 to the Wilson Ultra Tour, but I keep seeing comparisons between the UT and TC97 18x20. If they're in fact that similar, I'd like to look into the Angell a bit more and have an opportunity to pick up two TC97 18x20s at a steal. Any advice from the Angell faithful?
 
I posted in the Wanted forum for a K7 Lime, and received a message from georgeliam770 telling me to email romanfolly@gmail.com. After exchanging a few emails and getting quite close to purchasing through paypal, I wanted to "vet" the transaction before completing. Trouble is, I can't find georgeliam770, or the conversation, on TT! Is this a scam? Is there any other legitimate reason I can't find a trace of that user account or conversation on TT? Thanks for your help.
I was also hit up by RomanFolly and told to email georgeliam770@gmail.com. I suggest that TW ban this account, seems super shady to me as well.
 

Caol-ila

Rookie
I've come full circle with Angell too. Started with the 100, then went to the 97 for a while then to 95 and now back to the 100. The 100 provides what I need for my game at this point although I do have a radical tour OS on its way as I want to give an OS a decent try having borrowed a mate's POG OS. We'll see but I won't be parting ways with the 100 just yet. Nice drop of whisky Caol-ila.
Well, something unexpected occurred last week. I played a tournament match using my K7red, with an awful lot of double faults. I don not know why. Then I played with a friend using my TC97, producing several aces and no double faults. Unbelievable and unexplicable. I am going on with the TC97, which looks like a sligthly stiffer, more powerful and less comfortable K7red. Not much less. Mine is even more maneuvrable because I put some weight on the K7red.
At present I am not willing to go back to the K7 or move to the TC100.
 

flanker2000fr

Professional
Finally had a chance to serve as I played two hours doubles today.

I think my experience of the TC100 mirrors what a number of people are saying:
- it is a great serving stick. Lots of power, easy to slice and kick. No issue hitting my spots
- one needs to put a lot of shape on their groundstrokes to control the ball. If not, the ball ends to fly long given the power and the high launch angle. This is not necessarily ideal for doubles, as one needs to keep returns / passing shots low to make life difficult for the volleyers

Still, overall, a very positive experience.
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
Anyone actually transition from the TC95 to the TC97 successfully? I bought a V3 TC97 18x20 a few years ago but dismissed it after one two-hour hitting session, probably prematurely. I recently switched from the TC95 to the Wilson Ultra Tour, but I keep seeing comparisons between the UT and TC97 18x20. If they're in fact that similar, I'd like to look into the Angell a bit more and have an opportunity to pick up two TC97 18x20s at a steal. Any advice from the Angell faithful?
TC95 and TC97 are practically the same racquet. I play with them interchangeably. If you overlay one over the other, you will see that they are identical. The only difference is the square profile of the shoulder beams on TC97. What this produces in practice is a stiffer frame. With TC97 you are getting more power, but are losing some comfort. I myself, prefer TC97: I welcome the extra power. In heavy hitting, and particularly, on serve, it is very noticeable. The level of comfort is manageable -- it stays above ProStaff 97 / Blade / Prestige Pro.

Wilson Ultra Tour 97 is nothing like TC95 or TC97. I am not sure how this rumor even came to be. UT is a very anemic / low power / low spin racquet -- pretty much the opposite of TC97 -- powerful, solid, frame that hits very penetrating ball and serves bombs.
 

joohan

Hall of Fame
Wilson Ultra Tour 97 is nothing like TC95 or TC97. I am not sure how this rumor even came to be. UT is a very anemic / low power / low spin racquet -- pretty much the opposite of TC97 -- powerful, solid, frame that hits very penetrating ball and serves bombs.
I found UT and TC97 quite similar, for instance. Granted, played the very first versions of 18x20 TC97 and first iteration of UT so things may have changed since then. Also played V1 18x20 63RA TC95 and there’s no world in my multiverse where TC97 is more powerful and less comfortable...so our tastes may differ significantly.
 

Poseidon

New User
Hello there,
I got my hands on a used TC97 16*19 racket to try. It's the 320 gram, 63 stiffness version.
All this time I 've been using a DR98, and never thought to change the racket until now.
I love the way the TC97 feels, it's a solid racket with great feedback. The DR98 in comparison feels hollow, like a tin can. I can't hit a ball with the DR98 now, without missing the TC97.
However the big problem is my ball.
Every opponent of mine has testified that the DR98 produces a more penetrating ball, with more pace and weight, more difficult to return. The TC97 has this strange high launch angle that kinda reminds me of a pure aero, which my opponents find easier to return.
All in all if it wasn't for the feel, I would go back to the DR98 without a second thought, but now it's like I can't even play with it.

So, should I tinker with the TC97 16*19, should I buy a 18*20 version?
I am open to any suggestions really.
I was debating between a Head Gravity Tour, or Prince Textreme Tour 100p before I played with the TC97. Now all I care about is that solid sensation after hitting the ball.
Side note, I played with the Yonex 97HD and found it too demanding for my game.
Thanks a lot for any answers.
Also the demoing scene kinda sucks in Greece, none of the above frames is available for testing.

TLDR: Angel TC97 feels better, but Yonex DR98 plays better. What to do?

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