I have to say these T Fight rackets confuse me a little bit. The specs just don’t seem to be consistent throughout the range and that led me to be a little bit critical of the T Fight ATP 315 XTC. The T Fight ATP 320 XTC on the other hand, I was a massive fan of, and looking at the specs of the T Fight ATP 305 XTC this racket looks right up my alley as well.
Thanks to tennis racket companies’ insistence on giving their rackets ridiculously long names that must have been a very confusing first paragraph. So, let’s focus on the 305g T Fight ATP 305 XTC.
On paper, this stick is exactly what I look for. The 305g weight and 3PT headlight balance should make it very speedy but the 329 swingweight should also give this racket plenty of stability. With a bit of luck that should mean lots of racket head speed that can be converted into plenty of power without sacrificing much in the way of control.
I’m the kind of player who likes to know he can swing for the hills and the ball is not going to end up in the back fence, so I’m always pretty excited about these rackets. A racket is a blend of many many variables, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to have the control. I got plenty of that with the 320g version of this racket, but not enough with the 315g, so hopefully, the 305g would be more to my liking.
The 18 x 19 string pattern of the 305 XTC certainly suggests that it will lean towards control. For some reason, Tecnifibre went with a 16 x 19 pattern for the 315g version, but the 18 x 19 for both the 320g racket and the 305g racket. I much preferred the 18 x 19 pattern in the 320g racket so that bodes well for this playtest.
Since I use the Babolat Pure Strike 18 x 20, which has very similar specifications to this racket, I kept my usual string set up of Babolat RPM Blast strung at 52lbs. This setup should maximize the control of the Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC, whilst giving good access to spin. This isn’t a hugely powerful string setup but it allows me to rely on myself to produce those big booming shots.
As I said, I was really disappointed with the 315g T Fight so hopefully, the 305g racket would renew my faith in Tecnifibre. I’m always talking about great racket ranges sharing the same characteristics no matter which racket your using, and the T Fight rackets do fail there, but there’s nothing stopping the Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC being a good racket on its own.
Groundstrokes – 8.5/10
I think I’m turning the phrase “blend of modern maneuverability and classic control” into a bit of cliche, but it sums up these rackets very well. In the past, there’s always been a feeling that in order to play high-level tennis with plenty of control you need a heavy racket. However, I think modern racket technology has made a big difference in how people view rackets.
The T Fight ATP 305 XTC is one of those rackets that is much lighter, but with its 329 swingweight has the stability that can give you high levels of control. If you’re someone who values control and maneuverability above all else then that’s exciting news!
In the past, I’ve always used rackets around 330g, enjoying the performance, but often suffering physically because of the heavy weight. However, with the Tecifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC I felt like I got a much better blend of comfort and performance. This racket is extremely easy to swing but it still hits all the high notes when it comes to control, power, and spin.
The easy playability of the 305 XTC makes it a good racket for anyone who enjoys a control oriented racket. When you play off the back foot and are looking to hang in the point, the fast nature of this racket means you’re never struggling to generate a bit of pace on the ball and the high levels of control allow you to hit with pinpoint accuracy.
Equally, for players who love to step into the court and attack, the 305 XTC gives you the confidence to swing through hard without having to worry about the ball pinging long. As one of those players who loves to be on the front foot, I found I got along well with this racket.
The Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC is a good racket as it is, but if you’re thinking 305g is a little bit too light for you then I have some good news. This racket looks like it’s prime for a little bit of customization. Just like my Pure Strike, you can easily put some weight in the V and scale it up to your desired weight.
If you add 10g of weight you can easily scale this racket up to 315g and add a little bit of extra stability and control. Of course, you’ll lose a little bit of maneuverability, but you’ll find it’s still an extremely fast racket.
This is a very good racket, that can appeal to a wide range of players. I know the closed string pattern rackets aren’t as popular but I do think they offer players a lot of the qualities they need. The Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC does that through control and maneuverability in a package that I really enjoyed. I gave this stick an 8.5 out of 10 for the groundstrokes.
Volleys – 7/10
While I found the Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC to be fairly decent at the net, it was clear to me that it was most comfortable from the back of the court. Somehow, the 329 swingweight makes this racket seem much more stable on the groundstrokes than it does the volleys.
Of course, the T Fight keeps its excellent maneuverability at the net, a great feature when the balls coming at you extremely quickly. I do find the 305g weight perfect for easy maneuverability when I’m at the net, but I just found the ball pinged on me a bit more than I would have liked.
I often felt I had hit a perfect volley and it seemed to float long, which is a pretty annoying feeling! On the easy volleys, this wasn’t a problem, but when I was hitting difficult pickup volleys it was a bit of an issue.
I had the same problems with my Pure Strike and that was the main reason I added the extra weight. The results have been really positive and I feel much more comfortable at the net as a result. Normally I don’t recommend messing around with the weight of your racket too much, but in the case of the Pure Strike, and this Tecnfibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC, I think it can make a big difference.
At the end of the day, the performance of the T Fight 305 at the net is nothing to worry about. As long as you’re not spending all your time at the net it’s more than adequate. I do think you can make a few tweaks to this racket that will make a big difference to the way it performs on the volleys though.
I gave the Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC a 7 out of 10 for the volleys.
Serve – 8/10
You can see the complexities of choosing a tennis racket in what I’m about to say. Although I find the 305g weight a bit too light for volleying I really get on well with it on the serve. I find my serve is all about racket head speed, and if it starts slowing down then I suffer as a result. The Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC is a racket that’s going to keep you swinging through with plenty of speed no matter what, and that’s something that benefited me.
The excellent maneuverability of the ATP 305 XTC allowed me to generate good spin and power which led to a very good serving performance. Whether I was hitting a big, flat serve, the big kicker, or the slider out wide, or a simple second serve, I felt in control and confident that I was going to hit my target. Confidence is key when it comes to the serve so I’d have to give this racket high marks.
For those players who are all about stability on serve, the ATP Fight 305 might not be the perfect fit, as you’d probably want something a bit heavier. However, anyone looking for a great blend of maneuverability and stability on serve would be happy with what they find with this racket.
I greatly enjoyed the serving part of the Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC playtest and gave it a good score of 8 out of 10. Speed, power, control, and spin, it’s got a little of everything.
Overall – 8/10
I particularly enjoyed playing with the Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC from the back of the court where I was able to use this racket’s great maneuverability to generate plenty of power and spin. Since I use a very similar racket I felt comfortable with the T Fight right away and found I was playing some really good tennis from the back of the court.
I didn’t find the T Fight to be quite as strong at the net, but I certainly wouldn’t say that it performs poorly at the net. It is very fast and easy to get into position, but it just lacks a little bit of stability on the most difficult volleys.
It was back to its best when it came to the serve though, giving good control and power. I was able to use this to pick up a ton of free points on my first serve without sacrificing on consistency. Whether you’re looking to hit a big flat serve, loopy topspin serve, or swinging slice serves, you’re bound to find something you enjoy about this stick.
When you add all of this up you get a very good racket and one that I would certainly recommend. The Tecnifibre T Fight ATP 305 XTC is highly maneuverable with good stability for a 305g racket and we’ve given it an 8 out of 10.
Review by: Will