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.
|Racquet Model||Tecnifibre TF40 305/16M|
|Reference Tension||55 lbs - 24.9 kg|
|String||Ashaway MonoGut ZX Pro|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||64 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||54.0|
|Racquet - In Plane Stiffness||378.2 lbs/Inch|
|Head Area, cm2||622.9|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||96.5|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||7.125|
|Cross String Grid||9.75|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.669|
|Average Cross String Space||.496|
|Average Main String Space||.429
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||35|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||195.76|
|First Moment, Nm||.837|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||320|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||11.29|
|Swing Weight Calculated||357.2|
|Head Weight, %||48.1%|
|Center of Percussion||20.6|
|Dwell Time, ms||8.58|
|Efective Stiffness - lbs||29.6|