Angell Tennis Racquets – TC 97 Custom

by Jonas Eriksson

Finally got the chance to hold an Angell tennis racquet in my hands (Angell Custom TC 97 18×20) and will start play-testing it this week. Will report back on how it plays.

Some words about Angell Tennis:
Paul Angell runs Angell tennis, a tennis company which specialises in racquet customisation, but also sells tennis bags and strings as well as other tennis gear. Paul has more than 20 years experience in the tennis industry and has worked as head of design at Dunlop Slazenger and personally manufactured the final Max200G racquets for German sports legend Steffi Graf. He has also been responsible for racquet development for players such as Tim Henman, Tommy Haas, Nicolas Almagro, John McEnroe, Wayne Ferreira, Mark Philippoussis, Marat Safin, and Amelie Mauresmo.

He started Angell tennis in 2012 and has gained a loyal following, especially among racquet aficionados who crave a high-quality product customised to their liking.

It will be very interesting to properly test an Angell tennis racquet which so many racquet aficionados and tennis nerds rave about on the forums. I will also play-test the Angell Halo string which is supposed to be a soft poly string with good spin properties. Reviews for both the racquet and the string to come so watch this space.

These are the specs of my racquet:

  • 97inch headsize
  • 66 RA pre-build stiffness
  • 20mm tapered beam
  • New throat box section design.
  • Over frame grommet structure
  • High Modulus Carbon construction
  • Foam Core

Mine is 320 grams, 10 pts head light and has a 18×20 string pattern. Since I’m mostly playing with 16×19 these days (Yonex Ai, Babolat Pure Strike and HEAD Radical IG Pro being some of my go-to sticks) I’m curious to see how the denser pattern will affect my game. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Wilson Six One 95 18×20 so it’s not a completely new experience, but we’ll see how I’ll deal with the lower trajectory on my shots.

Looking at the specs of the Angell tennis racquets, there are a few things that really interest me. The feel of the racquet in the hand is really nice, it has a classic touch to it and feels solid and the thin beam gives you that knifing-slice and drop-shot-volley inspiration. A lot of reviews talk about the foam-filled core which is supposed to give improved stability as well as a nice sensation when striking the ball. I really enjoy a racquet feeling solid and I hope this feeling will continue on court. I think the stiffness of a pre-build RA of 66 is right in my wheelhouse, even though I’m using a slightly stiff Babolat Pure Strike as my match weapon of choice at the moment.

Have you had any experience with Angell racquets and/or strings? Please comment your thoughts about their products below!

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Radovan July 25, 2017 - 08:15

I am interested also in Angell Racket, also TC97, only thinking about 16×19 version and I have dillema 310gr/315mm balance or 320 gr/310mm balance. So, your review will help me a lot. Besides, I am playing more than two years with Ai98. Waiting for your feedback from court and please compare it with Ai98 and Pure strike.
All the best

Tennisnerd July 25, 2017 - 09:15

Hi Radovan,
A classic dilemma! The Ai 98 is a great racquet as well as the Pure Strike. Since I’ve played extensively with these sticks I will make sure to compare them in my review.

Cheers / Jonas

Maarten July 25, 2017 - 21:30

Glad you finally got it!!
I think it will benefit more with another string than YPTP 1.25. Gut/poly or in my case multi/poly was Really good. Full poly of course 1.2 or thinner! Although it is not a string sensitive racquet I think.
Let us know: )

Stuart August 6, 2017 - 09:36

Looking forward to your review of this one as well. Considering identical specs (and colour scheme actually!), aside from the more open pattern.

Hope you’re having a good time with it!


Tennisnerd August 7, 2017 - 09:59

Hi Stuart,
I’m having a great time with it so far. Review to come shortly.

Cheers / Jonas

Dene March 16, 2018 - 00:15

Hi I have an Angel TC100 Stiffness RA 66, with the Angel Halo 2 string. For comparison I also have a Yonex EZone 98 Blue. Both racquets are extremely comfortable/plush feeling. This was important to me as I have arthritis issues and did not want any shock from the racquet to my elbow. Both have extraordinary control and power. I feel that at 52 lbs the halo string is ever so slightly too loose so it does very occasionally overhit. The TC100 is undoubtedly the better racquet as it is much more manouverable than the Yonex. This is is particularly noticeable on the serve as I try to put a lot of spin on it. The slim hoop helps with this also as I can swing at the ball from the side without the fear of the hoop getting in the way. The TC100 is like a wilson pro, but more manouverable and with better sweet spot.

Tennisnerd March 16, 2018 - 07:38

Hi Dene,
Thanks for sharing. Never tried the Angel TC100, but you make me curious about it. Enjoy your tennis! Cheers / Jonas


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