Custom Rackets

Custom TC97 – 18 x 20

Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


A control orientated version of our popular TC97. The slightly denser string spacing creates a stable hitting surface at any string tension whilst still allowing spin generation and plenty of power. Enhanced feel and stability come from the new box section design, whilst the hoop beam thickness is slim to allow plenty of flat shots without the fear of framing.




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Do what Roger did. Design a 97″ custom racket that meets the needs of YOUR game. Fitting perfectly between our menacing TC95 options and our serving monster TC100″, the new TC97 is primed to be the racket of choice for a wide audience of players. Enhanced feel and stability come from the new box section design, whilst the hoop beam thickness is slim to allow plenty of flat shots without the fear of framing.

Dressed up in classic black and grey, its a serious style contender, but with more substance than its competitors can offer thanks to the unique way each frame is configured to meet the needs of the player. The TC97″ custom racket is the perfect frame for everyone, just build it how you like it.

Standard specs include

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

Additional information

Weight 1.1 kg
Grip Size

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

7 reviews for Custom TC97 – 18 x 20

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    karl (verified owner)

    I have a TC97, 320g, 10 pts HL. It is a good racket. Serve is much better. I struggle with my slice bh and I have got arm/elbow issues. It plays better indoor than outdoor. I played with Head Speed pro so I have not used to more weight in the head. I have decreased the tension to 52 for a hybrid set up, but I will probably go down to 49 lbs.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    konvelanis (verified owner)

    Just a quick shout out to Angell Tennis for constructing the most plush feeling buttery racquet I’ve ever used. I just had to order two more frames because I know these will be the only racquets in my bag from now on. A top shelf product!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    BRIAN (verified owner)

    I am a 4.0 doubles mostly player with 2HBH, but I employ a one hand on occasion. I pursue a complete game with variety of serves, volleying, and drop shots. I currently have used the 16X19 Pure Strike and sometimes the RF 97, which I would say, after demoing/owning many rackets, these are the best for their weight class, along with the Head Speed Pro for the 100 inch. After playing singles and doubles, I immediately found my Custom 97, 11 oz/9 pts head light, very solid, plush, great spin, and no flaws whatsoever. I let my buddy use it warming up, so I actually went from a 97 Pro Staff to my racket in a match, and my buddy was very impressed my TC 97. I would liken this racket to having the feel, accuracy, and control of both a Head Prestige and the Speed Pro, based on the string pattern, It was as solid on volleying and returning 4.0-4.5 level hard, flat, topspin, and slice serves as the RF 97 or Speed Pro. I was really hoping my TC 97, replacing now my Pure Strike, would afford me the awesome stability, accuracy , and spin I would get on command, and I really needed a more head light racket for maneuverability. My new racket not only met, but exceeded my expectations in all facets of the game.
    As a progressing 4.0, I have found that as one gets better, one should play with a smaller head size, maybe little heavier racket, and now that I have a 18X20 pattern, my return of serves and volleys are much more predictable and reliable.
    I would recommend for 3.5 level players and above to stop the racket shopping madness, and purchase an Angell racket, close to the specs you like. Mr Angell answered my questions, made a great recommendation, and within a week I received my racket, and I am playing with more confidence in all areas of my game. Don’t hesitate to purchase one of these rackets, I didn’t demo one, and based my decision on the reviews, talking to Mr Angell, and the fact I have tried most rackets on the market.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    macaumeng (verified owner)

    I am a 3.0-3.5 all-rounder and a recreational player. I’ve tried many rackets before,
    Wilson: Blx blade , Head: prestige 660, iradical MP, iprestige, fp presitge and youtek presitge MP, Yonex: RDX 500MP, DR98, DR100
    Babolat: pure drive, Dunlop: aerogel 4D 300 tour, Prince: Textreme tour 100P and some Volkls and Tecnifibre…
    FP prestige had been my main stick for few years, i dont have any complain about it but i need a lighter and faster yet stable racket, then i changed to DR98, it was a good racket before I tried the Custom TC 97.
    My TC97 is 300g unstrung and 6pt HL.
    I strung my Custom TC 97 with RPM @48P , in the first try I felt it’s very underpowered, but everything is OK, groundstroke, control, backhand slice were all good, just low powered. Before my next game, i customize the TC97 as my DR98, I put about 8g of lead to the handle to make both weight the same around 335g strung, with dampener and overgrip.
    It’s magically different!! All power came out after the customization, I felt my forehand was effortless with very good power and still have that directional control, slice backhand was as good as my FP prestige, it moved very quick in the air so volley was easy. Spin was enough(I dont care spin coz I like to hit flat shot). I really didnt find any shortcomings, may be the only one thing is the sweatspot it’s just a little bit smaller than DR98 yet bigger than FP prestige. TC97 is super stable, I dont know what magic did Paul put into the racket. If I can keep only two rackets in my bag, TC97 will be the one. I may order one or two more TC97 in the future. Everyone who is finding his holy grail should try it out.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen (verified owner)

    Initially I purchased the TC95 16×19 to play with, but after hitting and researching more I wanted to be able to compare it to a classic feeling frame with a more controlled pattern. This then gives me two options to hit with on different surfaces and singles/doubles. They are both very solid long term investments for enjoying this game. This time I went slightly heavier with 320g 10pt headlight.

    I play more with a nadal esque style of forehand in generating topspin but with a SW grip, and with a solid 1hbh.

    What can I say about this frame… It is beautiful from top to bottom. The B shape grip suits me wonderfully and the size is similar to my old Babolat Pure Storm Limited, potentially slightly smaller. I went with the 18×20 version of this frame due to its likeness to the old Head prestige lines and solid layup. The leather grip is very high quality and with super grap over the top it’s perfect. I am glad that I pulled the trigger again on my second Angell frame.

    Groundstrokes with this frame are effortless, there is superb feedback on every stroke and the ability to flatten out shots rivals the more bulky and more heavy competition from other brands. There is ample control and spin offered even from this 18×20 pattern and depth in all strokes is very easy to find. No inconsistencies on any of the strokes that I have been privy to on all of my hitting sessions. Backhands are slightly less enjoyable compared to the TC95, the flex makes whipping the racquet on the backhand easier. This is no slouch for 1hbh, it is solid and can easily generate lots of topspin or slicing the ball incredibly well.

    Volleying is where this frame shines, the feel and placement with power is addicting. When you feel the ball touch the strings the feel is immediate and stays there all through your hand and arm. There is no harshness, just an immensely pleasurable plush feeling with a great deep sound off the strings.

    Serving is solid, ample power and placement at will. Not quite as much pop as the TC95 but substantial enough for my game. I am still able to bully most opponents out of the game with my serve.

    Overall this frame does everything well, the best part is the feedback and knowing exactly where I make contact with the ball. It delivers the most plush and controlled game through heavy spin and depth of any frame I have used. The only frame close is my old Pure Storm Limited but the feel, feedback and power cannot be compared. I was hesitant of the lower potential spin with this pattern but it is still very easy to generate huge amounts and use it to control the court. The control and spin at shoulder height is unparalleled compared to my other frames. Power is slightly down compared to a beast such as RF97 but that is with gut mains and heavier static weight. The TC97 swings much easier, much cleaner and has an easier time with semi-western grips for heavy topspin from what I have noticed.

    I have probably 5 grams at 12 on my TC97. Overgripped and those are the only changes. I will add more weight around 12 for more power in the future if needed. I have it string mid-high 40’s with Diadem Solstice Power. I can foresee gut/poly will suit this frame exceptionally well.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Sedlak (verified owner)

    I honestly couldn’t have written a better review. I second the review above, this is the best feeling racquet I’ve ever used. My racquets are 27.5″ tc97 18×20, 330g 12pt hl , and I’ve never played better tennis. Screw the big companies’ poor quality control and fictitious marketing. Angell is pro tour quality, and needs to become more well known. Do yourself a favor and demo other racquets so you have an idea of your preferred spec or ‘dream racquet’ , and then order a Custom Angell that fits those specs. You won’t be disappointed.

    Open level player in Missouri Valley section, USA

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    David (verified owner)

    I remember holding off on Angell racquets for a long time. I convinced myself that I didn’t want or need a “custom” stick, that I didn’t have a good enough idea of my preferred spec to risk the money, and that if everyone else seemed to be using racquets from the big racquet companies, why did I need anything different? In the meantime, I probably tried every major racquet line from most of the major manufacturers, and while there are certainly some nice choices out there, I always felt I was making compromises where I didn’t want to, whether on feel, power, stability, etc. Meanwhile, as the market has moved towards stiffer, lighter frames, the pool of flexible player’s racquets has continued to dwindle. I tried to convince myself that I enjoyed beating my arm up with the latest and greatest super-light, super-stiff racquets that have flooded the market (my arm begged to differ), and finally having exhausted virtually every option out there, I decided to take the plunge and purchase an Angell.

    As they say, better late than never.

    I’ve tried several of the Angell racquets and they are uniformly superb, different enough to appeal to various playstyles but clearly of the same high-quality pedigree. There are no new whiz-bang technologies. No “revolutionary new materials” that companies advertise to justify a new paintjob and $200+ price every two years. Just a commitment to high-quality materials and build quality that’s obvious from the moment you hit with the stick. Of the Angell line, the TC97 18×20 has become my stick of choice. The feel is just sublime. Whether due to the foam filling, extra graphite, and/or some other design wizardry that Mr. Angell has cooked into the frame, the racquet manages to filter out any harshness or discomfort while still transmitting the essential ball feel that tells you where the ball is on the frame. As a result, it’s easy to make any small adjustments or changes on the fly, because you know exactly what’s going on at contact. Yet for a flexible player’s frame, the racquet still possesses the forgiveness, power, and spin potential that players look for in the faster, spinnier “modern game.” Even on off-center hits, the racquet is still able to get the ball back deep. Power is substantial when needed, and spin is easy to come by even for an 18×20 pattern. One of my main concerns coming from a 16×19 pattern was that I’d be losing out on power and spin, but I haven’t missed it at all. Meanwhile, the main strength of this racquet and the 18×20 pattern is the laser-like control. The stick makes you feel like you can put the ball on a dime, and the confidence such control brings makes the frame a joy to play with. I’ve occasionally taken out some of my older frames to hit side-by-side, and invariably within 10-15 minutes I find myself reaching back for the Angell. It’s just that good. So if you’re looking for a plush, flexible, phenomenally controlled racquet with the forgiveness, power, and spin to stand up in the modern game, this might just be the racquet for you.

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