Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS Specs
Unstrung Balance:32cm/7pts HL
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Another French flag colour scheme from Tecnifibre – I’m starting to see a theme! Having previously enjoyed playing with the TFight 320 XTC and having been pretty critical of the TFight 315 XTC, I was interested to see where the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS would fit in.
The TFlash range is aimed more at speed and spin than their slightly more control-oriented Fight relations, and this racket comes in at a whippy 300g, with a 313 swingweight. This should make the TFlash 300 PS very maneuverable and the 16 x 19 string pattern is a sign of this racket’s spin friendly nature.
The TFlash 300 PS also benefits from plenty of Tecnifibre technology, with Power Stab (PS), Armour Cap +, EZ Lock Eyelets and Sensor Link all included.
Power Stab increases the length of the main strings to give this racket some extra easy power as well as reinforcing the strength of the lower cross-strings for some more stability. The official marketing describes it as a convex yoke! Very exciting.
Armour Cap + adds greater strength to the bumper to protect your racket. I don’t really see how this works, as a few chips and scrapes are just what a tennis racket is supposed to have. I don’t really throw my racket, so I don’t need the extra strength, and most of my rackets end up breaking because of the hundreds of restrings they must go through. Based on the physics of string, I’m not sure whether more strength and less flexibility would help or hurt the frame during a restring.
EZ Lock Eyelets make stringing easier by giving you a little extra buffer for knot tying. Having strung quite a few rackets, this is quite a nice addition. There is nothing more infuriating than having strings break at the knot because of a jagged grommet, so this feature could be quite a good one.
Sensor Link helps to dampen the feel slightly, decreasing vibrations by inserting a softening agent into the graphite. I myself can’t stand an over-responsive racket, so this is something I always enjoy. Think of my ideal racket as a plank of wood and you’ve just about got the picture!
From the looks of the specs, the TFlash 300 PS isn’t my ideal racket by any means. I generate a lot of racket head speed, so I prefer to maximize my shots with a racket with a higher swingweight.
However, there are plenty of people out there who like their racket the other way round; those who will like the fast maneuverability of the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS and the easy spin it gives you.
Despite Tecnifibre’s complete obsession with the French flag, this is quite a nice-looking frame. This may sound stupid, but I feel like I can tell a lot from the look!
I’m not really sure what a Convex Yoke is supposed to look like, but I’d assume it’s the slightly unusual shape at the bottom of the frame, which actually doesn’t look too out of place.
Anyway, spurred on by the look of this racket I set about warming up with TFlash 300 PS as I became the latest player to adorn the French flag racket. Unfortunately, I left my beret at home.
Groundstrokes – 8/10
The first thing I thought when playing with this racket was that it plays remarkably similar to the Babolat Pure Drive. Although they are lesser known,Tecnifibre must do an excellent job with their range of rackets, because for some reason whatever racket I try seems to remind me of one or another of the Babolats.
The Pure Drive and the TFlash 300 PS do have very similar specs though, the only difference being the Pure Drive’s 321 swingweight vs the TFlash 300 PS’ swingweight of 313.
Despite this, I didn’t notice much difference between the two rackets in stability. I was quite critical of the stability of the Pure Drive, whereas I found the TFlash 300 PS to be quite solid for its 313 swingweight.
The TFlash 300 PS’ technology seems to work pretty well, as it does offer very easy power and spin. This combination is needed because without access to a lot of spin, you would simply hit every ball long!
On the backhand I did struggle a bit with the low swingweight of this racket. I was able to get a ton of racket head speed, but I didn’t feel the ball on the strings as long as I would have liked, and a lot of energy seemed to be lost on impact.
On the forehand, I had a little better time, with the quickness of the racket meaning I was whipping up the back of the ball and generating a ton of spin. The only problem with this is that I already generate enough spin on this side, and a lot of the extra spin and speed it gives was not needed.
For someone who has very fast, well-developed strokes, I don’t think this is an ideal racket as you will generate good power and spin naturally. If you are a more intermediate player though, the TFlash 300 PS would make for a very good racket, and it is worth trying to compare with the Pure Drive.
If anything, I’d say I liked it slightly more than the Pure Drive. It felt a little more dampened on contact, which led to a little more control. It also meant that the TFlash 300 PS was nice and comfortable on the baseline, and it took little effort to ping the ball back over the net.
Like the Pure Drive, I would say the TFlash 300 PS is ideally suited to an aggressive baseliner. You do get some easy power, but you’ve got to put a lot of work into the shot to get the combination of power and spin that will land the ball in the court. If you don’t attack the ball, it’s easy for it to sail long.
I would give the TFlash 300 PS an 8 out of 10 on the groundstrokes. It’s not my kind of racket, but it would be ideal for an intermediate who is in the process of developing their strokes. You will get easy power and spin with this racket, and the feel is not bad!
Volleys – 7.5/10
The easy maneuverability of this racket is great for quick volley exchanges at the net. You can get into position quickly, which makes it easy to get your contact point out in front of your body. This is excellent for when the ball is coming at you quickly and you don’t have much time to think; you’ll just find the TFlash 300 PS gets there effortlessly.
With such a small swingweight, this racket was never likely to offer a huge amount of stability at the net, but for what it is, it doesn’t perform too badly. If you get things a little wrong and play the ball late with the TFlash 300 PS you find it does make a difference, and you’re going to lose a lot of power.
Difficult volleys off your feet and half-volleys are not easy, because the racket just lacks the kind of stability and feel that I would normally look for in a racket. However, if you don’t go to the net too frequently, the TFlash 300 PS does a nice job on put aways, and for a racket with this kind of specs, it isn’t a bad volleyer.
I think, again, the TFlash 300 PS is a suitable match for an aggressive baseliner. It certainly wouldn’t suit a serve-volleyer, but, if you’re looking to come to the net just to finish the point off, then it can do a reasonable job.
I gave the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS a 7.5 out of 10 at the net, it gets the job done. I’d say for the kind of singles I play, it would be good enough at the net, but for doubles, I would want something that was much more assured at the net.
Serves – 7/10
The serve was my favorite part of the playtest with the Pure Drive, but I’d say the TFlash 300 PS was most competent on the groundstrokes.
I think the TFlash 300 PS suffered from a lack of swingweight on the serve, as the racket head speed I was able didn’t translate into power. I did get a bit of spin, but that just made my serves sit up, and I was coming under a lot of pressure off the return.
The balance of the racket just didn’t seem quite right on the serve and I was a little disappointed. With the easy maneuverability of this racket, it may be better suited to an intermediate player who is looking to develop their swings.
Perhaps, by increasing the swing speed of an intermediate player, the lack of power might not be as evident, and it could work out, but for someone who already has a big serve, this racket would be one to avoid.
There is just no weight to put through the ball, and it really shows in the power you achieve. A lot of the energy built up throughout the swing is lost on contact with the ball as the instability causes the ball to fight the racket
This was the weakest part of the playtest for me, and I gave the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS a 7 out of 10. The easy maneuverability is good, but it just doesn’t translate into anything meaningful.
Conclusion – 7.5/10
This is a good option for an intermediate player looking develop as an aggressive baseliner. The TFlash 300 PS offers good maneuverability and plenty of easy power and spin off the groundstrokes, encouraging you to go after the ball and attack.
It is decent enough at the net as long as you’re just looking to finish points off with an easy put-away, as opposed to chip charging. It lacks a little bit of stability, but that is the trade off when you go for something with this kind of swing speed.
The weakest area of the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS was, without doubt, the serve, where I felt it didn’t offer me very much at all. However, this might not be the case if you’re a junior who is looking for a little power boost, or an intermediate who is developing their strokes.
If you’re looking at the Babolat Pure Drive, then I do recommend giving this racket a try at the same time, as they are quite similar rackets. I actually preferred the TFlash 300 PS on the groundstrokes, but on the serve, I would 100% take the Pure Drive.
Overall, I gave the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS a solid 7.5 out of 10. I don’t think it is a brilliant racket, but it will have general appeal. It is fairly strong on groundstrokes but unfortunately didn’t do the job for me on serve.
My main thought with this racket is: if you’re trying the Pure Strike, try this one too!
Review by: Will