Time for an update: Angell?

TxGator

New User
Hi everyone - I understand that there is an Angell mega-thread and I’ve been sifting through it for answers.

I recently started playing tennis again after a 6-7 year hiatus and recognize it’s time to update my sticks as they are in pretty bad shape. I currently play with the Head Youtek IG Speed 18x20 (315) and have been pretty satisfied (strung at 57lbs with Wilson NXT) - particularly with the pop I get on flat serves and confidence I have with volleys and baseline aggressiveness (4.5-5.0 NTRP). I have been demoing racquets this last week and been generally unsatisfied - Pure Strike 16x19 (like the way the ball moves and consistency but the feel is lacking...slight arm pain after hitting for a few hours) Yonex VCORE 98 and VCORE pro 97 are okay but not blowing me away. No major preference to 18x20 vs 16x19, but I tend to lean toward flattening out most shots to overpower opponents.

I keep coming across Angell and feel very inclined to move in this direction and would welcome any recommendations, particularly regarding the TC95 or TC97 frames.

Any insight is very much appreciated, as many of you know, switching racquets after several years can be a challenge.
 

darklore009

Hall of Fame
I tried numerous of frames from vary of brands to find the perfect racket. Nothing comes close to the consistency of an Angell racket as its a small company that appeals to serious tennis players. You can guarantee his rackets will be dead on in specs as either you or another user that decides to sell theirs as specified by them. I bought 2 TC95 rackets from 2 different users. Both of them have the exact spec of 320g and 310mm balance or 10pt HL, the only thing that makes them different are their RA values each of them have. The difference in feel is noticeable, but doesnt affect my performance as I can switch between them seamlessly.

You will feel the difference in feel as all Angell rackets will feature foam core to give it the solid feel in contact with the ball. If youre interested in other people's experience with Angell rackets, you can hop into the Angell official thread where users discuss their experience with it and answer other user's questions about whenever they should go for it or not.
 

Ft.S

Semi-Pro
I went through similar path as you, OP, and actually did end up buying several Angells, from TC90 to TC100. The best I liked was the TC97. After about 8-10 months I moved to a different racquet. With Angell you need to know your specs for racquets, otherwise it may turn out to be a waste. And reselling them is a little more difficult than other standard offerings in the marketplace.

Along the journey with Angell and other racquets, now I know exactly what my specs are, so choosing racquets became much easier for me. Whether it is Angell or other, just keep an open mind, and don't be shy of changing frames when you feel what you have is not quite right, especially shy away from frames that make your arm/wrist/elbow/shoulder sensitive.
 

ONgame

Semi-Pro
You have to take a leap of faith if you want to try Angells because there aren't demos.
I did, and I was satisfied with how the racquet feels, been using them for 2 years now, don't think I would change to a different brand any time soon.
Look for one with specs close to your Head in the used section and have a go.
I think you can turn them around fairly quickly if you end up not liking them.
 

BBender716

Professional
Hi everyone - I understand that there is an Angell mega-thread and I’ve been sifting through it for answers.

I recently started playing tennis again after a 6-7 year hiatus and recognize it’s time to update my sticks as they are in pretty bad shape. I currently play with the Head Youtek IG Speed 18x20 (315) and have been pretty satisfied (strung at 57lbs with Wilson NXT) - particularly with the pop I get on flat serves and confidence I have with volleys and baseline aggressiveness (4.5-5.0 NTRP). I have been demoing racquets this last week and been generally unsatisfied - Pure Strike 16x19 (like the way the ball moves and consistency but the feel is lacking...slight arm pain after hitting for a few hours) Yonex VCORE 98 and VCORE pro 97 are okay but not blowing me away. No major preference to 18x20 vs 16x19, but I tend to lean toward flattening out most shots to overpower opponents.

I keep coming across Angell and feel very inclined to move in this direction and would welcome any recommendations, particularly regarding the TC95 or TC97 frames.

Any insight is very much appreciated, as many of you know, switching racquets after several years can be a challenge.
Something that fits that bill might be a TC95 or TC97 16x19, 320g, 70RA with a similar balance to the Pure Strike. The 70RA will actually feel more like 65 because the 70 is unstrung and the racquet is foam filled.

I play with a TC95 RA70 10pts HL 320g with 4g at 3 and 9 each and love it. Plays like a comfy Pure Strike Tour with a 95in head.

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I’d say go for the 18x20 if you end up getting one, as their 16x19 frames are quite open. TC97 or K7 Lime might be good candidates, or, if something with more bang is desired, the TC95 can really hammer the ball.


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landcookie

Semi-Pro
I used to be a serial racquet changer and am now only playing with my Angell TC100s. I have them in 63 and 70 RAs and they are more or less interchangeable. I even got to request a custom swing weight on my racquets.

Can't speak highly enough of the quality, however you need to know your preferred spec range, and coming back from a hiatus, I suspect it's not something you'll be able to tell just yet.

Angell also has some non custom racquets that could suit you. I would send Paul an email if you have any queries, he's usually rather good at responding.

Good luck!
 
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TxGator

New User
Thanks for the insight everyone - I wound up ordering the TC95 310g/315mm 18x20 4 1/2 in an A grip per everyone and Paul’s recommendations... really looking forward to trying this one out!
 

JCK011

New User
Hi everyone - I understand that there is an Angell mega-thread and I’ve been sifting through it for answers.

I recently started playing tennis again after a 6-7 year hiatus and recognize it’s time to update my sticks as they are in pretty bad shape. I currently play with the Head Youtek IG Speed 18x20 (315) and have been pretty satisfied (strung at 57lbs with Wilson NXT) - particularly with the pop I get on flat serves and confidence I have with volleys and baseline aggressiveness (4.5-5.0 NTRP). I have been demoing racquets this last week and been generally unsatisfied - Pure Strike 16x19 (like the way the ball moves and consistency but the feel is lacking...slight arm pain after hitting for a few hours) Yonex VCORE 98 and VCORE pro 97 are okay but not blowing me away. No major preference to 18x20 vs 16x19, but I tend to lean toward flattening out most shots to overpower opponents.

I keep coming across Angell and feel very inclined to move in this direction and would welcome any recommendations, particularly regarding the TC95 or TC97 frames.

Any insight is very much appreciated, as many of you know, switching racquets after several years can be a challenge.
I also am looking to change to a Angell racket, do you know how to contact them?
 
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