Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC Specs

 

98 sq. in. / 632.26 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Unstrung Weight:11.1oz / 315g
Balance: 12.59in / 31.98cm / 7 pts HL
Swingweight: 314
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses

 

Our Review

 

I initially thought the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC was almost the same racket as the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC, just with a slight drop in weight. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as there are some subtle changes which make these two rackets completely different.

We tried the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC a couple of weeks ago, and we enjoyed its responsive feel. However, there was something in the specs of the ATP TFight 315 XTC that led us to believe that is would be quite different from its big brother.

The ATP TFight 315 XTC is 5g lighter than the 320 version, which brings the swingweight down from 326 to 314, but that shouldn’t make a massive difference. The big difference between the two rackets is the string pattern. The ATP TFight 320 XTC has a closed 18 x 20 pattern, whereas the ATP TFight 315 XTC has a much more open 16 x 19 pattern.

This will completely alter the way the ball comes off the strings, and we were expecting this to mean the ATP TFight 315 XTC would be a lot more spin friendly than its heavier brother but have less of that great control and feel.

The question is, how much feel will you lose to gain that extra spin? We did love the ATP TFight 320 XTC for its control and feel, but we did have a little complaint about its lack of spin, so the ATP TFight 315 XTC was something we were excited to try.

Like the 320 version, the ATP TFight 315 XTC feels pretty good in the hands, and the 315g weight is about ideal for me. It’s got the same French flag look as all the other ATP TFight rackets, and generally looks pretty slick.

With the TFight 315 you get Tecnifibre’s Xtreme Construction, which uses a special material in the lower shaft to add extra flexibility, touch, and stability. This really does sound like a magical material to accomplish all that! But we were impressed with these aspects of the Tfight 320, so would we find the 315 to be the same?

A quick warmup in the box suggested that the TFight 315 XTC was much more spin friendly and boy did it have some crazy manoeuvrability! Again, the sweet spot was a bit peculiar with this racket and many shanks happened early on, but I was hopeful I might get a little more dialled in as time went by.

Groundstrokes – 7.5/10

 

You can’t help but notice how incredibly whippy this racket is on the groundstrokes. The low swingweight of 314 and the 7 PT headlight balance mean your hand is just trying to keep up with the racket as it almost swings away with a mind of its own.

To be honest, I don’t really get the appeal with this. When I’m swinging a racket, I want to feel the effort in and feel like I’m swinging something solid. That’s certainly not the case with the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC, despite its 315g weight.

On the backhand side, the speed of the racket meant that I didn’t struggle to keep my racket head speed up, but it really lacked some stability on contact. A 314 swingweight isn’t enough to play high-level tennis with in my opinion, as you’ve kissed goodbye to the kind of control and heaviness that you need to redirect a big ball. The specs of this racket just didn’t come together for me.

The only positive I could find for this racket over the TFight 320 was that it did offer up more spin. That was my main complaint with the Tfight 320 – that it didn’t offer its user much spin. While the Tfight 315 gives you some spin, it comes with a much more pingy feel.

The forehand side didn’t get much better, with my fast, whippy action, making the racket move way too fast. I’ve got to feel like I’m swinging something substantial on this side. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 300g racket if it’s got a good swingweight and the right balance then I can do work with it, but this racket has got everything backwards for me.

I was stuck between hitting everything long with the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC and getting so much spin to counteract hitting it long that everything turned into a 30mph spinner that dropped horribly shot.

Perhaps this racket would appeal more to a developing junior, who is looking for something with a little bit of weight, but some easy manoeuvrability. If I was a junior, I’d be looking at the Wilson Six One Team myself, but different styles require different specs, and this racket could be right for some people.

I gave the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC a 7 out of 10 on the groundstrokes. It just wasn’t for me and I don’t see this racket suiting a whole host of people either. If you like whippy rackets then it’s worth looking at the TFight 315, but I’d class the Babolat Pure Aero Tour as pretty whippy and there’s no comparison between the two rackets.

 

Volleys – 6.5/10

 

The Tfight 315 XTC didn’t inspire me with confidence as I stepped up to the net, and it turns out it had no reason to. The specs of this racket don’t really translate that well at the net and it lacks the one thing I love when volleying – stability.

It’s also a little bit pingy, and at the net, it’s plus point of spin is not that useful. The best part about the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC at the net is that it’s very fast. You can get into position exceptionally quickly with this racket and that is very beneficial when you’re in a quick-fire exchange at the net.

Once you get to hitting the ball though, the TFight 315 XTC is not the best racket you will have come across. This is in stark contrast to the TFight 320 XTC which we found to be an excellent racket at the net. We gave that racket a very respectable 8.5 out of 10 at the net, but unfortunately, if you’re someone who spends a lot of time at the net, I wouldn’t suggest you look at this one.

I had a bit of a difficult time with this one at the net and felt like I was getting thoroughly dominated in our drills. I’m normally pretty confident in my skills at the net, but not today!

I gave the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC a 6.5 out of 10 at the net, simply put, it wasn’t for me.

 

Serve 8/10

 

Again, we really liked the control we got on the 320g version of this racket, but that just wasn’t there on the 315. Having said that, the serve was probably our favourite part of this playtest.

The ATP TFight 315 XTC gives you a good boost of power and spin, and I even quite enjoyed the manoeuvrability on the serve. This resulted in me hitting some pretty big serves, and I was also able to work on my kick serve (something I’ve been working on for a long time)!

Ideally, I’d love to combine the control of the 320 and the power and spin of the 315 on the serve, but alas, it’s not a perfect world, and the TFight 315’s good performance on the serve doesn’t save it from its other performances.

I would say this racket would suit someone with good technique on the serve, but not someone who naturally gets a ton of power. If you’re a massive server then you’ll want to maximize control, but for someone who hits a medium paced serve, this racket would be ideal to boost you up to the next level.

The combination of spin and power means that you can hit a wide variety of serves and you can go after your second serve with the confidence that you will get enough spin to get it to dip in.

Overall, a much more enjoyable experience on the serve than on other shots. I gave the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC an 8 out of 10 for the serve. If anything, it performed slightly better than the TFight 320 in this area.

 

Conclusion – 7/10

 

I didn’t particularly enjoy the playtest as much as I was hoping, and I was a little disappointed, having really liked the 320g version of this racket.

I think everything stems from the low swingweight; I would have liked to have seen something much closer to 320.

The 315 XTC does get a little bit more spin and power than other versions of this racket, but I found it to be very lacking in feel and stability.

I would look to customize this racket by adding a bit more weight in the hoop, with lead tape, which would hopefully fix some of the problems I had with it.

The one aspect that I did enjoy with the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 315 XTC was on serve, and I felt it was a great weapon. Unfortunately, that didn’t make up for the rest of my experience and I gave this racket a 7 out of 10 – a long way behind its big brother.

 

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Review by: Will