Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd XTC (18 x 20) Specs
Head Size: 98 in² / 632.26 cm²
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Unstrung Weight: 11.1 oz / 315g
Strung Weight:11.7oz / 332g
Balance: 12.59in / 31.98cm / 7 pts HL
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
In general, I’ve got on pretty well with Tecnifibre’s rackets so far. I had the odd issue with the ATP TFight 320 but ended up giving it a really good review. One thing I wasn’t 100% happy with was the feel, but with the Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd, I was hoping that might change.
This racket has got the kind of specs that get me excited for a playtest, as it looks like it’s set up for speed and control – just the characteristics I enjoy. At 315g unstrung, the TFight 315 Ltd is a perfect weight for me, but its headlight balance means it should be super manoeuvrable and fast through the strokes.
The one aspect that I really like is the 18 x 20 string pattern, I liked the ATP TFight 320’s feel but I just felt like it could be enhanced by a slightly more closed string pattern. I’m always going on about 18 x 20 string patterns, but I don’t get to play with them as much as I would like, so I was excited to see how it went with this stick.
Another plus with the TFight 315 Ltd is that is has a slightly heavier swingweight than its ATP TFight 315 counterpart. I was a bit critical of this racket for not offering enough stability so I was hoping that the Ltd would fix this issue.
The TFight 315 Ltd uses Dynacore HD, a special material that should improve the feel of this racket with a soft response. I’m all about the deadened feel, so I was pretty hopeful that this stick might be ideal for me. I enjoyed the feel of the TFight 320 for the most part, but I felt like when you didn’t quite hit the middle, the performance dropped off significantly. If the TFight 315 Ltd fixes that then it has the potential to be a brilliant racket.
The TFight 315 Ltd feels very nice in your hands, with a lovely sleek frame that hints at a racket that’s going to give you great racket head speed. Warming up, it was easy to notice the racket’s qualities of speed and control and I felt comfortable swinging through, knowing the control was there.
I took the Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd out with my favorite string, the Big Banger Original strung up at 52 lbs, so I really had a setup that was geared to control. Tom (who’s our string expert) and I always joke about my set ups being similar to playing with a plank of wood, so you wouldn’t necessarily want to emulate this set up, but it allows me to see exactly what the racket offers.
I was looking for three main qualities in this stick, speed, control, and feel. It’s a difficult blend to find, but I think the TFight 315 Ltd has the potential to achieve it.
Groundstrokes – 8.5/10
I love a fast swinging racket, but the problem is, they rarely provide the solid feel on contact that I need. Instead, they tend to be quite pingy, focusing on easy power and spin rather than good old-fashioned control.
With the TFight 315 Ltd you feel like you’ve got the right balance though. The setup of this racket allows you to maximize your swing speeds, but it also gives you the confidence to hit through the ball 100% because you know it’s got the control to keep the ball in.
When you know you can get good power from your strokes naturally, this is exactly what you want. You want to be able to put everything into the ball and not see it hit the back fence. To me, having to add more spin to my shots to keep the ball in seems a waste of time. I want to hit my full stroke every time and have it land where I’m aiming it.
This is exactly what happened on my forehand with the TFight 315 Ltd. I felt like I had the ball on a string, using my speedy strokes to generate good power and spin, rather than relying on the strings to do the work for me.
One area I always struggle with is flattening out my forehand, and that’s one of the reasons I much prefer the 18 x 20 string pattern. When I wanted to add spin with this racket, I had that option, but when I needed to hit a flatter ball, the natural trajectory of the strings allowed me to do that. I do think some rackets make this difficult. We’re all a bit obsessed with topspin, but sometimes you need to be able to flatten the ball out.
If I had a criticism of this racket it would be that it does focus a bit too much on speed. I don’t think you need the balance to be quite as head light. You could move the balance towards the head a little bit more and it would still be a very fast racket. By moving the balance towards the head, a little, you would have more swingweight and more solidity on contact which I think would be a help.
You could easily achieve this by adding a little bit of weight to the head of the racket, and I do think you’d come out with an improved racket. The good thing is there is plenty of space to optimize this racket so you can customize it how you like.
I did enjoy playing with the Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd from the baseline though and I gave it an 8.5 out of 10. This is the same score as the ATP TFight 320. I liked the added control of the TFight 315 Ltd more, but I missed the extra bit of swingweight of the ATP TFight 320.
Volleys – 7.5/10
I found many similarities between the TFight 315 Ltd’s performance from the back of the court and at the net. There were lots of good characteristics, but I just wanted a little bit more swingweight.
When it comes to volleying, I find swingweight makes a big difference, and when you don’t have enough, you lose a little bit of control and feel. This was the case with the TFight 315 Ltd. I felt like the 18 x 20 did add a little bit of extra control, but there wasn’t enough weight in the head to absorb power.
When I had an easy volley this wasn’t a problem, but when the ball came at me really fast it became much more difficult to control. The most difficult volleys, where the ball was smashed at my feet, were made all the more difficult by the lack of stability.
On the plus side, the TFight 315 Ltd is very easy to get into position, and when the ball came to me without too much pace, I did enjoy the feel. I was able to attack the volleys well and was able to choose my spots nicely.
I don’t think the TFight 315 Ltd is too far away from being a good volleying racket, it just needs a little bit more weight in the head of the racket. For those people who agree with me, it wouldn’t be a hard fix to get this stick fixed up to volley a bit better.
I have the Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd a 7.5 out of 10 at the net. Not a bad performance, but it could have been better.
Serve – 8/10
I found the TFight was much more adept when I got to serving and I found a lot of qualities I liked. I had it strung up with a low power set up, but I felt it still offered enough pop for my serve to be effective.
The TFight 315 Ltd was back to giving me the confidence that I could swing through as much as my heart desired whilst knowing it had the control to keep the ball in the court. I wasn’t hitting monster serves, but if I went with a different string set up, I would have been hitting some pretty good numbers.
The 18 x 20 string pattern worked nicely on the serve and allowed me to get decent spin without losing control of the ball. I get a lot of slice on my lefty serve out wide to the ad side and I feel like the 18 x 20 pattern stops me from getting all slice and no power. Whatever it was doing, it worked well because I was tormenting Tom with that lefty slider! (Editor’s note from Tom – he was!)
I’d say the TFight 315 Ltd is pretty balanced when it comes to the serve. It obviously majors on speed, but it is pretty even when it comes to power, spin, and control. That’s something I look for in my rackets and I felt very comfortable with this stick on serve.
I gave the Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd an 8 out of 10 on the serve, having enjoyed its blend of power, spin, and control. The head light balance allows you to unleash some serious racket head speed into your serves and the tight string pattern keeps the ball nicely under your spell!
Overall – 8/10
Overall, I found the Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd complimented my game nicely. I enjoyed the quick swings and levels of control, but I did feel it lacked a little bit of stability at contact point. If I was to buy this stick, I would seriously consider adding some extra weight in the head just to give it a bit more swingweight.
From the back of the court you can swing away to your heart’s content with the TFight 315 because you know it has the control to keep everything in check. If you’re confident in your swings, then you’re going to be able to get good power and spin, but also benefit from the pinpoint accuracy this stick offers.
Volleys were easily the weakest part of this playtest for me. It didn’t do a terrible job, but I just wanted some more weight in the head of the racket to help me control the ball when it was coming at me with lots of power. On easy volleys it’s fine, but it didn’t help me out too much on the difficult ones.
As we moved onto the serving portion of the playtest things improved greatly and I enjoyed serving with the TFight 315 Ltd. I was encouraged to hit through the ball with fast swings, resulting in a good blend of power and spin.
I think with just a few tweaks, this could be an excellent racket, but in its current form I still enjoyed it. I gave the Tecnifibre TFight 315 an 8 out of 10 and I think it is a racket that’s worth trying. If you like speed and control from a racket, then this is a good option and there is plenty of space to customize it.
Review by: Will