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Tecnifibre T-Fight 315 XTC

Tecnifibre has been making racquets for some time and it has taken some time for the racquets to gain traction!   For years the racquets played off of the success of Tecnifibre strings!  “If the strings are that good the racquets must be good as well”…was the thinking, I believe.

The racquets are able to stand on thier own and the relationship with the Lacoste brand certainly has helped from a “brand” perspective.  Did Lacoste change the logo from the triangle to the stylized TF!  I wonder?

The racquet continues the red, white and blue (French colors and the home country of Tecnifibre) graphics package and they look good!  The white basic color makes the shaft look a little bulbous, in my opinion, but that has no bearing on performance!

The T-Fight XTC series offers racquet weights of 280, 295, 300, 305, and 315 grams so there is one for every level!

Even Danil Medvedev!  If you watched the US Open you saw, in my opinion, one of the best of the year!

Take a look at the specifications then come in and try this racquet!

ManufacturerTecnifibre
Racquet ModelTecnifibre T-Fight 315 XTC
Reference Tension53 lbs - 24.0 kg
String
Tecnifibre Duramix HD 16
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC51
ASPS, FlexFour64.5
Racquet Flex, RDC63 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour55
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness384.8 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams338
Weight, Ounces11.92

Balance, mm312
Balance, Inch12.28
Length, Cm68.85
Length, Inch27.106
Head Width9.63
Head Length12.93
Head Area, cm2631.1
Head Area, Sq. Inch97.8
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.627
Main String Grid7.62
Cross String Grid10.25
Density (% of head filled with string).798
Average Cross String Space.539
Average Main String Space.476
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.7
First Moment, Nm.802
Polar Moment333
Torsional Stability16
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2317
Swing Weight, Ounces11.18
Swing Weight Calculated329
Power, RDC50
Control, RDC50
Manueverability, RDC75
Power, Calculated 1973.2
Head Points10.16 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %45.3%
Center of Percussion21.4
Dwell Time, ms8.91
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.2
K, Lb/In163.4
Recoil Weight167.4
Twist Weight235.1
End Weight 148.6
Tip Weight 192/0
9 O'Clock99.5
3 O'Clock97.2
Butt Cap143.5

Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD

Have you ever wanted to play with a Yonex Pro racquet but really want a 18 x 20 string pattern?  Well your want’s have come true!  The new Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD is that racquet and it is here!

The great new green and gold cosmetic creates a “menacing” tool for your game.  This is a “thin” beam racquet measuring 20.0mm through out the length which results in a flexible racquet.  That flex combined with the “mesh” material in the grip area should make this a comfortable hit with just enough feed-back to be helpful.

The 18 x 20 string pattern, thus the “HD” designation, makes this a control oriented racquet allowing for massive strokes for increased ball rotation.  The “HD” should contribute to extended string durability but if this raacquet suits your playing style string durability is not top on list of considerations!

Yonex says “For advanced players looking to play aggressively with added precision, feel, and stability”.

Other VCore Pro 97 racquets wil be here soon but in the meantime take a look at the specifications of the VCore Pro 97 HD.

ManufacturerYonex
Racquet ModelYonex VCore Pro 97 HD
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Ashaway MonoGut ZX Pro
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC56
ASPS, FlexFour64.5
Racquet Flex, RDC57 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour50
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness353.8 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams336
Weight, Ounces11.85

Balance, mm322
Balance, Inch12.68
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.968
Head Width9.57
Head Length12.54
Head Area, cm2625.8
Head Area, Sq. Inch97.0
Number of Main Strings18
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.687
Main String Grid7.25
Cross String Grid10.18
Density (% of head filled with string).783
Average Cross String Space.509
Average Main String Space.403
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT37
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in206.94
First Moment, Nm.831
Polar Moment340
Torsional Stability16
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2324
Swing Weight, Ounces11.43
Swing Weight Calculated348.4
Power, RDC42
Control, RDC59
Manueverability, RDC71
Power, Calculated 1740.5
Head Points6.46 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %47.0%
Center of Percussion21.0
Dwell Time, ms8.50
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.2
K, Lb/In179.5
Recoil Weight160.8
Twist Weight230.8
End Weight 139.8
Tip Weight 196.2
9 O'Clock100.4
3 O'Clock99.6
Butt Cap135.6

Tecnifibre T-Flash 285

As I was working on this racquet I am thinking about the category in which this will be placed by me, and others probably, and I need to put it in the “game improvement” category!

Typically “game improvement” racquets are very large, ultra light, head heavy, and stiff!  The T-Flash falls into this category because it is stiff!  None of the other characteristics apply!

This racquet has a stiffness of RDC 70!  This compares to the Wilson Ultra, and the Babolat Pure Drive, except it is not as heavy as either of those racquets.

To me the weight is an issue that can be remedied, and the very open string pattern mitigates the stiffness and keeps the effective stiffness below 30.

If you are considering a “power” oriented racquet this one should be on the list!

Adding Ashaway MonoGut ZX string to the mix assures the player of comfortable hitting!

Take a look at the specifications… then hit with it!

ManufacturerTecnifibre
Racquet ModelTecnifibre T-Flash 285
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Ashaway MonoGut ZX
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC51
ASPS, FlexFour68
Racquet Flex, RDC70 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour56
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness413.8 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams315
Weight, Ounces11.11

Balance, mm336
Balance, Inch13.23
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.968
Head Width9.57
Head Length12.92
Head Area, cm2626.4
Head Area, Sq. Inch97.1
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.624
Main String Grid7.75
Cross String Grid10.31
Density (% of head filled with string).823
Average Cross String Space.543
Average Main String Space.484
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.7
First Moment, Nm.822
Polar Moment330
Torsional Stability14
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2316
Swing Weight, Ounces11.15
Swing Weight Calculated355
Power, RDC56
Control, RDC45
Manueverability, RDC76
Power, Calculated 2147.6
Head Points2.05 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %49.1%
Center of Percussion20.7
Dwell Time, ms8.91
Efective Stiffness - lbs29.5
K, Lb/In163.4
Recoil Weight142.9
Twist Weight216.4
End Weight 113.0
Tip Weight 197.1
9 O'Clock95.7
3 O'Clock99.1
Butt Cap115.2

Brittany Tagliareni: Person…Tennis Player…Friend

We hope you will enjoy this video that was aired recently on The Tennis Channel!

We have been working with Brittany and her Mother, Cathy for several years and they have been the most wonderfuly enlighting years!

What Brittany allowed us to do was try to configure the racquet, grip and string setup that would provide the best tactile feedback and consistency.  Brittany is currently using a Yonex SV100 and Ashaway MonoGut ZX string.

If you don’t already know Brittany the following video will get you accquainted.

Tecnifibre TF 40 305

As you know Racquet Quest is always interested in racquet models from any brand and while Tecnifibre is not a new brand it is, in my opinion, just beginning to gain traction in this market.

Tecnifibre has always been associated with some of the best multi-filament strings available.

The racquet we are reviewing today is the Tecnifibre TF 40, 305 gram version.  I would place this racquet in the “player” category, if you believe in such categories, and the 21.7mm beam confirms where most “players” find themselves. The 18×20 string pattern also contributes to the categorical placement.

There is a 305 gram version of the TF 40 and a 315 gram version both having the 18×20 string pattern.  I believe there needs to be a 16×19 string pattern to complete the TF 40 series.

The TF 40 series is a no-frill approach to racquets.  The red, white, blue, and black graphics look good as does the “knurled” outer surface of the racquet head.

Take a look at the “play ready”, string, overgrip, vibration damper, specifications below to see how it stacks up, then come by and try it!

ManufacturerTecnifibre
Racquet ModelTecnifibre TF 40 305
Reference Tension53 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Tecnifibre HD MX 16
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC60
ASPS, FlexFour69.5
Racquet Flex, RDC60 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour43
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness376.3 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams329
Weight, Ounces11.61

Balance, mm332
Balance, Inch13.07
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.57
Head Length12.86
Head Area, cm2623.3
Head Area, Sq. Inch96.6
Number of Main Strings18
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.670
Main String Grid7.625
Cross String Grid10.125
Density (% of head filled with string).786
Average Cross String Space.506
Average Main String Space.417
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT39
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in218.3
First Moment, Nm.846
Polar Moment337
Torsional Stability16
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2321
Swing Weight, Ounces11.32
Swing Weight Calculated362.6
Power, RDC41
Control, RDC61
Manueverability, RDC73
Power, Calculated 1879.3
Head Points3.46 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %48.4%
Center of Percussion20.5
Dwell Time, ms8.21
Efective Stiffness - lbs30.0
K, Lb/In192.3
Recoil Weight146.3
Twist Weight226.0
End Weight 127.6
Tip Weight 202.0
9 O'Clock98.7
3 O'Clock100.7
Butt Cap127.8
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