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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

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

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

Head Speed 10th Anniversary Edition

The new Head Speed 10th Anniversary Edition is here and whether you are a collector or serious player, or both, you need to see this model!

The all black, with some gold splashes, racquet is here in the MP and S versions, and both the same specs as the non anniversary edition which, by the way, has put a Head racquet in the top five best sellers in the US!

Typical of all Head Special Editions and Anniversary Models this racquet comes pre-strung with another set of string attached for those that don’t like the current string setup.  A good move, in my opnion.

These racquets are here now so  stop by and take a look at this beaitiful Anniversary Edition.

How to Demo a Racquet

We have what seems to be a zillion demo racquets, and there is a player for each of them, I suppose.

One of the biggest complaints against “demoing” is precisely that…too many to choose from!

This is what we recommend;

  • Start the convesation with yourself before you need to make a decision.  Allow a month before the “season” starts if you can,and start the conversation with us early on.
  • What do you want that your current racquet is not providing.
  • What is your budget.  If you are a junior what is your “sponsors” budget.
    • With these three questions you are well on the way to a painless “demoing” expreience!

Here is what we would like to have to speed up the process:

  • Bring your current racquet in “play ready condition” with you to the primary discussion.
  • Tell us what has changed physically since you selected the current racquet.
    • Injuries, including tennis elbow, shoulder and wrist issues, or a long layoff, etc.
  • What do you want the new racquet to do that the current racquet is not?
    • Power, or “POP”, Control, Comfort, Grip Size, String Issues, etc.
  • Do you have a brand preference?
  • If we can make your current racquet better will you not demo other racquets?
    • It is possible that the current racquet can be better than it is so demo it as well after some customization.
    • Tell us if this is of interest or “I want a new racquet…period!

With this information we can make the demoing process much more fun,consise, and ultimatley rewarding, and in a much shorter time period.

Our demo process is free however we believe the racquet should be “setup” just as it will be used which may require stringing and a litttle customization and there will be a charge for that if you agree.

Our huge database of racquet specifications allow a quick look at the characteristics you prefer.

We think you wil be surprised at how much fun the demo process can be!

 

 

 

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