We had been looking forward to giving the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC a thorough workout!
Babolat aren’t the only French racket manufacturers out there, and their rivals, Tecnifibre have been making some good progress in recent years.
The ATP TFight 320 XTC weighs in at 320g unstrung and boasts a slightly unusual 18×19 string pattern that should lend it to more of a control game.
Its 7 PT head light balance reminds us of the Dunlop Srixon CX 2.0 Tour, but the Tecnifibre packs a little bit more punch with a swing weight of 326g.
In theory, this makes the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC very easy to maneuver, allowing players to generate great racket head speed on the take back.
But, it also has the relatively beefy swing weight to help you plow through the ball with power.
The ATP TFight 320 XTC benefits from Xtreme Touch Construction, which is designed to improve touch, flexibility and control and it also has innovative grommets which allow for easy stringing.
Coincidentally, Tecnifibre have gone for the color scheme of the French flag on the mainframe, and the racket looks quite fetching in its blue, white and red paint job, with just a bit of black thrown in.
Aussie, John Milman, is currently the main man endorsing the ATP TFight 320 XTC but there are quite a few pros now using Tecnifibre on both the ATP and WTA tour.
The design of the racket is very classic, and it feels well balanced and comfortable in your hand.
None of us had ever played with a Tecnifibre racket before, so we were looking forward to seeing how one of their flagship rackets played.
The combination of a fairly head-light balance and 326 swing weight is somewhat similar to the Babolat Pure Aero Tour, but the 18×19 string pattern makes this racket a much more control-oriented racket.
The two main things we liked about this racket were the stability it provides on contact and the maneuverability that the head light balance gives you.
We were able to generate a lot of racket head speed with the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC, but unlike some other rackets with similar specs, it still had a good amount of pop on contact and we were able to drive through the ball nicely.
One thing we did struggle with was the sweet spot on the ATP TFight 320 XTC. It has a 98sq. inch head, which isn’t unduly small, but it just seemed as if the sweet spot was quite small, and if you missed it you were in trouble.
After the customary 10 minutes of shanking balls all over the place (just joking!) as we got used to the racket, we set about giving the racket a proper trial.
Groundstrokes – 8.5/10
One aspect that struck us early on with the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC was that you had to really focus on hitting the ball right out of the middle.
If your timing was off, then the racket wasn’t very forgiving, so this forced us to focus in hard.
However, when our timing was fully dialed in on the groundstroke, this became a lovely “player’s racket”.
It has a delightful balance that leans slightly to swing speed, but rather than being very pingy, it offers the user good control, and is loaded with feel.
While parts of the racket’s specs are quite similar to the Pure Aero Tour it couldn’t be more different in this sense.
On the backhand, I was able to create unbelievable racket head speed, which was complemented by the responsive feel of the racket on impact.
Often with very fast rackets like this one, you get too much ping and the ball just launches off the racket before you can control it. But with the ATP TFight 320 XTC I felt like I had plenty of time to feel the ball on the strings.
I was really encouraged to hit through my backhand and the results were great. I was hitting with good power, but I felt like I was fully in control on contact and could put the ball exactly where I wanted.
On the forehand I just missed a little bit of the easy spin that I get from my Pure Aero Tour and found that my shots weren’t pushing my opponent back like they would.
The balance of the racket felt very good still, but I felt like I had to put a lot more effort into creating the spin that I need for my game to work.
I could have changed this slightly by altering the strings I’m using, but in general, the 18×19 string pattern isn’t the most spin friendly setup out there.
Other than the slight lack of spin, I couldn’t fault the ATP TFight 320 XTC on the groundstrokes.
It has great maneuverability combined with good control and feel, and it works very well for the groundstrokes.
I gave the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC an 8.5 out of 10 on the groundstrokes, it was comfortable, easy to maneuver, and offered a lot of control.
It doesn’t give you a boat load of easy power, but it gives you enough, and it encourages you to create your own power with its fast, whippy strokes.
In conclusion, it’s a lovely racket to play with from the back of the court.
Volleys – 8.5/10
Having had some time to figure out the ATP TFight 320 XTC from the back of the court, I was quite excited to see what it was like at the net.
The setup of the racket is exactly what I look for in my volleys, with good maneuverability and stability on contact.
Getting into position quickly is vitally important on the volley and when you’re there you’re not looking to create massive amounts of power, just control it into the area you’re aiming for.
The ATP TFight 320 XTC is ideal for achieving this, and I had great fun playing with it at the net.
The highest rating we’ve given a racket at the net (so far) was the Head Graphene Touch Prestige, which William reviewed. The ATP TFight 320 XTC isn’t too far behind in my opinion.
Whether the ball came fast to my feet or popped up in the air for an easy put-away, I was able to get into position quickly, and punch through the ball, hitting my spots with precision and putting my opponent under pressure.
The one negative was once again the sweet spot. It’s not that easy to find, and if you miss it, you’ll know about it!
This can be tricky, especially at the net, so the ATP TFight 320 XTC lost a few points here. You’ve got to be really dialed in with this racket and not lose concentration.
The ATP TFight 320 XTC gets an 8.5 out of 10 for volleys. It’s easy to maneuver and gets great control and feel, exactly what we look for on the volleys.
Serve – 8/10
If there is one area where I do appreciate a little easy power, it is the serve. My Pure Aero Tour gives me some impressive speed on the serve, but it’s not always the most accurate.
The ATP TFight 320 XTC leaned towards control on the serve, which was great for zoning in on precise targets.
My first serve percentage felt like it went up a little bit, but I still missed those extra MPH from my Babolat.
Once again, I found the sweet spot on this racket a little bit off putting on the serve, it’s got great characteristics all round, but the sweet spot was just bothersome for some reason.
Unfortunately, there’s no real way of fixing that other than just getting used to the racket.
While it didn’t feel perfect for me, the results were very good indeed. I was placing the ball well, and really making my opponent work hard to get the return back with any depth.
The ATP TFight 320 XTC is probably more likely to suit someone who already has access to great pop on their serve, purely from their serve action, rather than the racket providing the power.
The racket won’t supply you with a ton of power, so you do have to be confident in your own action if you want to give this one a go.
I have given the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC an 8 out of 10 on the serve.
It’s a good racket to serve with, and I like its characteristics. It’s just the sweet spot and general feel that wasn’t quite right for me, especially on serve.
Other than that, I enjoyed hitting through my serve with the ATP TFight 320 XTC. I felt the racket was forcing me to go for precision over pace.
Whether that’s the best option for me, I’m not sure, but we could all use more consistency in our games!
Conclusion – 8/10
Overall, we both found the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 320 XTC to be a very good racket.
The balance and weight were ideal for anyone looking to attack the ball from the baseline, and it is a very solid racket when you look to finish the point off at the net.
On groundstrokes, the head light balance gives you lots of racket head speed, and this encourages you to hit through the ball with added gusto.
The racket head speed is aided by nice control from the 18×19 spring pattern, so you are encouraged to generate your own pace on the ball.
This racket would suit an intermediate to advanced player who is confident in their strokes and able to generate good natural power.
If you swing through with this racket you will benefit from the added control and be able to move your opponent around the court.
The one big drawback with this racket was the sweet spot. We found it quite difficult to dial in to this racket, and you must focus very hard on hitting the ball right out the middle.
If you’re on form then this is not a problem, but when things aren’t going quite right for you, I can imagine this being a difficult racket to play with.
Obviously, if we had more time to play with the ATP TFight 320 XTC then we might have got used to the sweet spot of the racket, but despite this little issue we did enjoy this racket, and the characteristics were exactly what I like in a racket.
Overall this racket gets an 8 out of 10 from us. I just can’t get passed the whole sweet spot issue, which stops it from being an 8.5 or 9.
If you like a racket that has great maneuverability and is control focused, then this is certainly a racket that is worth looking at.
You must, however, have at least a reasonable level of tennis under your belt in order to wield this racket effectively.
Review by: Lawrence “Larry” Palmer