As so many of you readers understand all too well…when you've started playing around with different racquets, strings and setups – it becomes a never-ending quest. Or perhaps journey is a better word – because at different points in the journey you need to stop and stick with a stick. Right now, that stick is the Tecnifibre Tfight 315 ATP Ltd for me. I use the 16/19 string pattern, but if you prefer a lower launch angle and better directional control, there is also a 18/20 model.
What I like about this racquet is the feel. The sweet spot is small, but it is exact and you know when you've hit it. It plays very similar to a Head Pro Tour 630 or PT57A (pro stock code) and for most racquet aficionados – that's a great thing. Another benefit is that it's affordable, especially compared to a PT57A which retails around 350-400 euro on the bay and the forum for strings. It's retailing around 120 USD/euro or less brand new from the tennis warehouse or Amazon. If you think this might be the stick for you, make sure not to buy the later Dynacore edition as it's not at all similar.
What I do with my Tecnifibre Tfights is put plenty of lead in the head to increase the stability and plow-through. The swing weight out of the box is very low and I really think you need to do this to unlock the racquets potential. I bumped my racquets up to 349 grams with lead at 3,9 and with some extra silicone in the handle that put the balance point at 31.5 cm. I then string with my go-to string Solinco Hyper-G 17 at 22.5 kgs (51 lbs) and plays great. With the open string pattern I can generate lots of spin, but the flexy feel of the racquet (59 RA) still allows me to have some deft touch on volleys and drop shots.
I've heard that a gut/poly combo is heaven in this racquet, but I've yet to try it out. Maybe I'll order some Wilson Champions Choice or Babolat VS + RPM Blast hybrid sets (they're both excellent!) and start experimenting. Any hybrid string pack involving natural gut is expensive, but it sure is a fantastic feeling setup so I might treat myself soon. After all, it's soon Christmas.
To summarize, I've played with these racquets now for a few months and I'm super happy with them. I hope that feeling lasts. It really works well for my game and the small sweet spot reminds me to move my legs and keep my technique true. If you try the Tecnifibre Tfight 315 ATP Ltd, make sure to give them a few sessions and try adding lead to the head. You should never give up on a racquet until you've really given it a proper chance to settle in your hand and head.
What racquets and setups are you using right now? Are you looking for a racquet recommendation for your level of tennis? Don't hesitate to leave a comment!
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