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Tecnifibre TF40 Racquet Review

by Jonas Eriksson
Tecnifibre TF40 Racquet Review

I reviewed the Tecnifibre Tfight XTC 305 some months ago and really liked it. This is why I was excited to do this Tecnifibre TF40 racquet review.

Tecnifibre TF40 Racquet Review

The Tecnifibre TF40 is called TF40 to celebrate Tecnifibre’s 40 years in business. And what a way to celebrate! This racquet really does everything well. It reminds me of a softer, Pure Strike 2017 18×20 or a Wilson Blade 2015 18×20. I think it actually beats those two racquets in feel, which is a good review in itself.  But more about how the TF40 plays after we go through the specs and the tech.

Check out our latest TF40 Review here.

Specs and Tech

Tecnifibre TF40 Racquet Review

This racquet is, like its brother, the XTC 305, made with XTC tech and has a soft Dynacore braid and the Xtense BG grommet system, which is supposed to increase string movement and comfort. There is nothing fancy about the tech, it just seems like a well-designed racquet with a wide group of intermediate to advanced players in mind. The racquet, like the XTC 305, feels very stable thanks to the weight distribution towards the head. Players who enjoy the Wilson Blade will find much to like here.

TF40 Unstrung specs 

Head size: 98 sq in / 632 sq cm
Length: 27 in / 68.6 cm
Weight: 305 grams / 10.75 ounces – mine was 325 with strings
Balance: 6 pts HL (around 2-3 pts HL strung or 33,4 cm)
Beamwidth: 22 mm throughout
String pattern: 18×20
Stiffness rating: 67 RA (drops down to 64-65 strung)
Swing weight: 295 (or around 325 strung)

As you can see the specs will appeal to intermediate to advanced players looking for control and who can generate their own spin.

Tecnifibre TF40 – My setup

Strings – String low
I strung this racquet up with Tecnifibre Ice Code 1.25 (read the Tennisnerd review) at two tensions (with two different racquets of course :) ), one at 21 kg and one at 24 kg and took it out for a play-test. I would recommend stringing it at around 22 kg or lower to open up more pocketing.

Customization – Not really needed
I did not feel the need to customize this racquet by adding lead tape in the head (as it is plenty stable), but I would consider adding a leather grip or lead tape on the handle to make it more head-light.

Skill Level – Intermediate (4.0+ NTRP) to Pro
This racquet has a hefty swing weight and you need good technique to be able to swing it properly. The sweet spot is relatively generous for the head size and string pattern.

Tecnifibre TF40 – Strengths and weaknesses

Playing Style – a Versatile Racquet
The TF40 works for both baseliners and net-rushers. It offers great feel but also packs some power on groundstrokes.

Comfort – Above average
I did not sense any discomfort while playing with this frame, despite an occasionally sore wrist. I would recommend you to string it fairly low to open up some more power and spin.

Strengths – Pretty much everything
I found that the TF40 did pretty much everything well. Slice, touch shots, volleys, power, and spin from the baseline and so on. It is simply a really nice racquet that a lot of players will like.

Weaknesses – The string pattern?
If I would complain about anything, it would be the 18×20 string pattern. You can still generate plenty of spin with this racquet, but I just appreciate a bit of extra lift on my shots these days. 18×19 or 16×20 would have been spectacular. I also think some players might find the close to head-heavy balance a bit hard to maneuver.

This racquet plays very similarly to a Wilson Blade or the 2017 Pure Strike. But it does offer a bit more pocketing and comfort than the Pure Strike. The new Wilson Blade 98 V7 (read my review)is a bit plusher still, but not quite as rock-solid as the TF40. Both those racquets are great, it really depends on if you like the plush feel of the Blade or the crisper, stable feel of the TF40.

Tecnifibre TF40 Racquet Review – Summary

The Tecnifibre TF40 is a worthy celebration for Tecnifibre’s 40 years in business. It is a racquet that does pretty much everything well.  It is stable, gives you some good power, offers nice touch at the net and overall connects you to the ball really well. The balance is more towards the head which might make it feel sluggish to some, but you can, of course, make it a bit more head-light if you don’t mind a higher stock weight.

The one practical thing I would have liked is the possibility to open up the butt cap to inject silicone or add Blu-tack in the handle. I think this could have been easily fixed and is something I hope they think about for their next frames.

All-in-all, great frame from Tecnifibre. Definitely worth a demo if this is the kind of racquet you like!

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Luciano Eduardo Libardi October 3, 2019 - 11:30

very good. This place is the best to know about tennis equipment. I’m still looking for an option to replace my Heade Prestige MP Youtek IG 18×20. Maybe this is.

Tennisnerd October 9, 2019 - 08:23

Thanks! Yes, you need to try this racquet – it is very nice. Cheers / J

PS. If you feel like my advice is really useful, please consider becoming a patron for $2 at patreon.com/tennisnerd and get exclusive content every week. DS.

AJ October 5, 2019 - 18:59

I do play with the TF40 315 since it’s available, coming from a PS 18 x 20 (2017), in my experience the comfort level is way better, and it’s very solid. A butt cap door does not seem useful to me as the handle is one solid piece, you can’t put weight in there without removing foam. It’s probably one of the reasons why it feels – and is – so solid…

Tennisnerd October 9, 2019 - 08:20

Yeah, you are right that the handle is foam-filled, sometimes I just like a more “raw” format where I can customize it myself.

Cheers / J

Ivar October 15, 2019 - 01:32

How does this racket compare to the PRINCE TEXTREME TOUR 100 310? Any noticeable difference in power especially on serve?

Drago October 21, 2019 - 07:41

I have one question for You.
Do you play with overgrip ? I ask only because it adds about 6-7 grams of weight into the handle so that makes it more head light.

Tennisnerd October 23, 2019 - 13:30

Hi Drago,
Yes, I do. Yeah, I know it changes the balance a bit. Cheers / J

Drago November 10, 2019 - 14:44

I have the new TF40 305.
I want to ask you about diffrence between this one and xtc 305 ?
Is it xtc much better on spin ?
In overall do you prefer this one or xtc ?

Rafal November 21, 2019 - 15:50

Sensational racquet! Great blend of feeling, control and power!
Thanks for help Tennisnerd!

Tennisnerd November 22, 2019 - 08:13

Thanks Rafal!

José Parcerisa March 27, 2020 - 02:52

Hi, what is the diffrence between this one and xtc 305 ?

The string pattern is different and it looks that the XTC 305 packs more power, but besides that, what is the difference using it?, why all the pros on tour use the XTC 305?

Tennisnerd March 30, 2020 - 08:58

Hi José,

The XTC is stiffer and offers a bit more spin. The TF40 has a more plush and controlled feel from the string bed.

They are both great racquets. Regards / J

WCB June 1, 2020 - 14:12

How would you compare the TF40 vs pure strike in terms of power? Also, I have been using the PS 16×19(3rd gen) – how would you compare

Tennisnerd June 1, 2020 - 18:05

The power level is very similar to the Pure Strike. But I feel more connected to the ball with the TF40. The PS is more muted.

JOHN SOARES June 2, 2020 - 13:44

Any thoughts or comparisons with the TF40 315? It is hard to really understand the differences other than specs…

Tennisnerd June 4, 2020 - 06:05

If you are open to customizing your frame the difference is basically just weight distribution. If you add something like 8 grams underneath the grip or inside the handle and two grams at 12 on the 305, you will get very similar specs. In my opinion, there is not really a huge point of just offering different weight options of the same frame, but not everyone is into adding weight to a racquet.

Gramhum June 10, 2020 - 20:51

Troy – “I would like a bit more mass in the hoop to help with put-away power. I also might prefer this racquet with 16 main strings for a bit more spin and slightly higher launch angle. Although not necessarily a knock, I slightly favor the TF40 305.” Michelle – “There are times I want to get more out of this racquet. It can make it tough to keep my opponents on their back foot, which just doesn’t work with my game.”

Stéphane January 19, 2021 - 17:53

Hi Stéphane i am french! Have you tested the TF40 315… Your impression.I play with the VCORE 97HD, i was seeking greater <>. 315 or 305.

Tennisnerd January 20, 2021 - 11:54

Hi Stephane, I have not tried the TF40 315, but it’s not going to give you better ball pocketing. Maybe the Clash 98?

Stéphane January 19, 2021 - 17:55

I was seeking greater balle pocketing

Marcus July 22, 2021 - 18:57

How does this racket compare to the PRINCE TEXTREME TOUR 100 310? Any noticeable difference in power especially on serve?


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