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Tecnifibre TF40 305/16M

Tecnifibre has introduced the new TF40 series in a very much appreciated 16 x 19 string pattern!  The 18 x 20 pattern is a good one but we think it may intimidate some potential buyers.

This initial review is for the 305 series, with 305 being the gram weight of the unstrung racquet, in case you didn’t know!

As with all the Tecnifibre racquets we have been in contact with this new one looks to be very well done with some subtle details that are interesting.

One is the textured decal on the “Tecnifibre” side of the shaft.  It is obvious to the touch and we think it adds to the overall aesthetic of the racquet.  Another one is the slightly asymmetrical terminus of the shaft at the grip top. It is barely noticeable but I like it!

One of the additions to the series is the “Foam Inside” component.  Some players really like the “feel” of foam-filled racquets and this one is filled to the brim!  Since it is filled with foam Tecnifibre does not see the need for a “trap door” on the butt cap, so if any work needs to be done back there the butt cap needs to come off.  I don’t think there will be much needed so the solid butt cap eliminates the potential for “buzzing” which has plagued some racquet models.

The TF40 305 is a thin beam, 22mm all the way from the grip top to the very tip of the racquet. with a box shaft and an elliptical head cross-section.

Tecnifibre TF40 305 16×19

Tecnifibre makes some of the very best multi-filament strings using PU as a binder and performance component and the string packages all say “PU Inside” so I guess that is where “Foam Inside” comes from!

Foam Inside

Tecnifibre TF40 305

 

 

 

 

 

ManufacturerTecnifibre
Racquet ModelTecnifibre TF40 305/16M
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Ashaway MonoGut ZX Pro
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC55.0
ASPS, FlexFour65.0
Racquet Flex, RDC64 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour54.0
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness378.2 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams328
Weight, Ounces11.57
Balance, mm330
Balance, Inch12.99
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.59
Head Length12.82
Head Area, cm2622.9
Head Area, Sq. Inch96.5
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.630
Main String Grid7.125
Cross String Grid9.75
Density (% of head filled with string).669
Average Cross String Space.496
Average Main String Space.429
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.837
Polar Moment334
Torsional Stability14
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2320
Swing Weight, Ounces11.29
Swing Weight Calculated357.2
Power, RDC48
Control, RDC53
Manueverability, RDC73
Power, Calculated 1997.1
Head Points4.09
Head Weight, %48.1%
Center of Percussion20.6
Dwell Time, ms8.58
Efective Stiffness - lbs29.6
K, Lb/In195.76
Recoil Weight146.89
Twist Weight228.20
End Weight 128.8
Tip Weight 199.2
9 O'Clock99.1
3 O'Clock99.2
Butt Cap128.9

Head Lynx Touch! Two for One?

Several weeks ago we received the first sets of Head Lynx Touch 17 gauge strings.  Yesterday we received the Lynx Touch 16 gauge version and want to share the differences…numerically!

Quickly, this string is composed of two (2) separate but “combined” filaments.  So, is this a monofilament or a multifilament?  The numbers indicate it reacts like a monofilament as we have become familiar with it.

Head Lynx Touch

Visually the string components are obvious.

The inner filament is black and the outer covering is translucent.

 

Let’s start with the 17 gauge version:

  Lynx Touch 17

The area under the heavy red lines is the “stress/strain” curve and we see that this string takes 23.5mm to reach the 50-pound mark.  This is just a number unless it is compared to other strings so it is neither good nor bad, right now!

You can see that the string will hold up to 149.8 pounds before it breaks.  This is tensile strength and may be important when considering the amount of “notching” that can occur.  The “knot” strength of this version is 132.4 pounds.

Now let’s look at the 16 gauge version:

Lynx Touch 16

The difference is subtle.  The 16 gauge version is a little stiffer (expected) and a little stronger in tension  (also expected).  The “knot” strength of this version is 133.6 pounds.

What is interesting is the “grouping” of the stress/strain cycles on both strings.  They indicate a good elasticity.  The closer to the “zero” point on unloading the better!

In our opinion, both versions of the string would be considered “stiff” and suitable for the player looking for a stiff but stable string as our creep test confirmed.

If you currently use stiff strings and would like better consistency this would definitely be a candidate ./

We Believe!

In addition to our commitment to full custom racquets, we also believe in racquets that have been pushed aside by newer models just because it is the thing to do each year!

Of course, there can be material and design changes to racquets that make them desirable and that is always a good thing but maybe not every year!  Our experience has been that a typical consumer will use a racquet for about three (3) years.  But we also know that there are those players that want the very latest of everything!

This post is to let you know that there is life before the latest racquets!

We know the Head Speed Graphene Touch is an extraordinary tennis racquet!  The shared hole string pattern was around for a short time but it is a good pattern…so we have some of those!

The Head Prestige Tour Graphene 360+ is another incredible tennis racquet that should not be overlooked even though the Auxetic Prestige series is here.  The Prestige Tour features a 99 square inch head size with an 18×19 string pattern.  This is a real “players” racquet, to use the common descriptive, although anyone can play with this racquet.  We have these!

The Yonex V-Core without the VDM is another example of a good racquet being replaced before its time, and the same goes for the V-Core Pro 97 and 100!  Some players prefer the feedback of the non-VDM racquets.  We have those.

The previous version of the Wilson Ultra 100 is preferred by some due to the grip pallet configuration and construction.

So what is the point, here?

Very simply it is to let everyone know that there is life after new models by opting for an older model, and, letting those that prefer previous models know that some are available.  These racquets will not be “dumped”, they are too good for that!

Of course, there are not many of the “special” racquets so use the “Easy Order” tab to let us know you are thinking about one or more!

 

 

What is an Over-Grip for?

Well, it seems pretty clear that an overgrip is intended to keep the under-grip in good condition for a longer period.

Consider an under-grip of synthetic material that will cost about $15.00 installed and an overgrip is about $1.00 (we put one on for free with every racquet we string). Is it because we are so nice or because we don’t want to spend a lot of time handling your old overgrip! It could be both!

New Over-Grip!

If you listened to the latest Racquet Quest Podcast you heard about our upgrade from Yonex Super Grap to Head Prime Tour overgrips! Why?

There are several reasons but a major one is the packaging of the Head overgrip helps with our efficiency of handling and installing an overgrip. It sounds like a small detail but it is important to us. Plus, the material of the Head Prime Tour is very effective in what it is intended to do!

So, why don’t some players ever change their overgrip? We don’t know! Do you? If so please tell us.

Old Over-Grip!

If you need help installing your overgrip you are welcome to come by the World Headquarters and we will do it for you.

Over-grips are cost-effective enhancements to your racquet grip and your game!  So, get a good clean grip on your racquet!

Head Prime Tour Over-Grip

Head Prestige Pro 2021

This years Head Prestige Pro is last years Prestige MP.  This name change was made to synchronize all the 18×20 string patterns as the “Pro” model…I think!

So, what’s in a name?  A thin beam, heavy (sort of), 18×20 pattern, players racquet, that’s what!  The Prestige Pro also includes the new Auxetic material and construction for a refined feel.

For some reason Head Prestige racquets have been called “stiff” by some and this is certainly not the case and never has been.   This racquet is not stiff! As with any racquet the string selection can have a huge effect on “stiffness” so take a look at the effective stiffness!

I believe this is going to be a “control freaks” racquet!  This racquet could also be a baseliners dream come true.  The weight will drive through the ball and the swing weight will allow for some last nano-second stroke adjustments.

Take at look at the data below then go to the Prestige 2021 Comparative Data post to see all the models in one place.

A baseliners dream!
ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Prestige Pro 2021
Reference Tension52 lbs - 23.6 kg
String
Head Reflex MLT 17
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC53.0
ASPS, FlexFour62.5
Racquet Flex, RDC58 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour36.0
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness326.1 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams342
Weight, Ounces12.06

Balance, mm318
Balance, Inch12.52
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.48
Head Length13.06
Head Area, cm2627.4
Head Area, Sq. Inch97.2
Number of Main Strings18
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.653
Main String Grid7.56
Cross String Grid10.24
Density (% of head filled with string).791
Average Cross String Space.513
Average Main String Space.417
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.832
Polar Moment333
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2318
Swing Weight, Ounces11.22
Swing Weight Calculated345.8
Power, RDC45
Control, RDC56
Manueverability, RDC75
Power, Calculated 1811.5
Head Points7.87
Head Weight, %46.4%
Center of Percussion20.7
Dwell Time, ms8.74
Efective Stiffness - lbs27.7
K, Lb/In169.87
Recoil Weight157.84
Twist Weight230.87
End Weight 143.2
Tip Weight 198.9
9 O'Clock102.8
3 O'Clock100.3
Butt Cap140.3