Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES Specs

 

Head Size:    100 in² / 645 cm²

Length:    27in / 68,5cm

Strung Weight:    320g / 11,3oz

Unstrung Weight:    300g/10,6oz

Balance:    32,49cm / 6 pts HL

Swingweight:    320

String Pattern:    16 Mains / 19 Crosses

 

Our Review

 

We took a look at the latest version of the TFlash Range, the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES. This racket builds on the previous Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS and promises to offer plenty of access to power and spin.

Tecnifibre has updated this racket with a slick new paint job in black, white, and green and has also brought in new technology to thicken the beam and change the spacing between the strings. This has resulted in a beefier swingweight and hopefully some added comfort from the new iteration.

We found the old TFlash 300 PS was an ideal racket for intermediate players looking to develop an aggressive baseline game. It had excellent maneuverability, allowing you to swing fast, and offered plenty of easy power and spin.

The new 300 CES doesn’t feel quite as fast through the swing, but that easy power and spin is still there, and we certainly noticed a difference when it came to cushioning. The TFlash 300 CES is pretty stiff so it needs that extra cushioning, and for those players who don’t like the stiffer frames, this could be an issue.

None of us found we had any aches or pains after using this stick, but you could feel the stiffness on occasions, which I know for some people can be a deal-breaker.

To combat this, we set the TFlash 300 CES up with a pretty arm friendly string setup, going with Luxilon Element at 50lbs. Poly strings like this one naturally give you some extra control and spin, but we find Element to be nice and comfortable as well.

When it comes to rackets with plenty of power around the 300g mark, there’s lots of competition from rackets like Babolat Pure Drive, and Head Extreme so we were interested to see where the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES would fit in.

 

Groundstrokes – 8/10

 

As you would expect with a racket with these kinds of specs, its best performance came from the back of the court. We’re often talking about how we want a little bit more swingweight from certain rackets, but the 300 CES really gets this area right. The 320 swingweight gives you plenty of stability and helps convert your racket head speed into good power and spin with reasonable control to boot.

You do lose out on some of the excellent maneuverability the old 300 PS had, but at 300g, this racket is far from cumbersome. We had no problem getting this stick moving, and appreciated the extra plow through the swingweight gave us.

On a personal note, I found the TFlash 300 CES to be extremely effective on my backhand side, where I sometimes struggle to keep the racket head speed up. This leads me to drop the ball short sometimes and allow my opponent to step into the court, but I was able to limit the number of times this happened with the 300 CES.

I would still have liked a little bit more control on the forehand side, and as I naturally produce quite a lot of power and spin, I didn’t feel like I got the most out of this stick. However, it’s designed for players who like to get that extra little bit of power and spin from their racket, and that’s what the CES gives you.

Comfort-wise, the TFlash 300 CES was good in many ways. We really liked the way the ball felt off the strings and found the Progressive String Pattern which helps give you more control when you hit out the middle and dampen shocks from off-center shots worked very effectively. Again though, this is a pretty stiff frame, and this might cause some players to get a little bit tired when they play a lot of tennis with the racket.

Comparing this stick to the Babolat Pure Drive, I think it does very well. The one thing I particularly liked was the launch angle was a bit lower than the Pure Drive which helped me flatten the ball out when I needed to.

All in all, a very good performance from the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES from the back of the court, which earned it an 8 out of 10.

 

Volleys – 7.5/10

 

We gave the 300 CES the same score on the volleys as the older PS version. We liked the extra stability with the new version, but it has lost a little bit of that maneuverability we enjoyed about the old racked, so it balanced out at the same score.

Power and spin aren’t particularly characteristics we look for at the net, but the 300 CES does have enough stability to give you that little bit of control you need for the volleys. It was never going to be the best volleying stick in the world with its setup, but it does do a pretty good job.

The new version is still maneuverable, which makes it pretty easy to get into position, but it’s not quite as fast as the old racket. It’s a subtle difference, but you do notice it, and players who loved the old TFlash 300 PS might miss that with the new racket.

For a 300g racket with a focus on power and spin, we thought the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES did a pretty good job at the net, and it earned a pretty solid score of 7.5 out of 10.

 

Return – 7/10

 

This wasn’t the TFlash’s strongest area, and despite the extra stability, we couldn’t get it working how we wanted. Perhaps more than any other shot, the return is where I really crave control, and the TFlash 300 CES isn’t really set up for this.

Normally I like to be really aggressive on the return but I just had to dial things back that little bit with the 300 CES and make sure I was getting the returns back in court. Of course, different players will be looking for different things on the return, but generally, I think it just lacks a bit of control for returns to be one of its strong points.

 

Serve – 8/10

 

If I felt let down on the return, that certainly wasn’t the case on the serve. I really liked the combination of speed, power, and spin this racket gave me and I was able to use it to hit some seriously good serves.

I tend to go for rackets with a little bit more control, but on the serve I didn’t find it made too much difference as I mixed in the spin and power to good effect. On the first serve, you really feel the benefits of that extra swingweight helping you drive through the ball and generate good power. Then, on the second serve the spin potential kicks in to help you control the ball into court and keep your opponent guessing.

There wasn’t much to disliked from the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES on the serve and we gave it an 8 out of 10. The whole set up felt extremely nice and contributed to a good serving performance from all of us.

 

Overall – 7.5/10

 

Overall, I think this is a very good option for players looking for power and spin. It didn’t always give me the control I craved, but that’s not what it’s designed for and the things it is designed for it did very well.

For players looking to try rackets like the Babolat Pure Drive, I would certainly recommend giving the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES a try, as you might find it’s a good option you hadn’t considered.

From the back of the court, this stick swings nicely, and offers ample power and spin potential. The extra stability over the previous version of this racket works nicely, and as upgrades go, we’d say it is a pretty good one.

While volleys aren’t the TFlash’s strongest suit, we found the 300 CES doesn’t do a bad job in this area. As long are you’re not a big net player then you should feel comfortable enough with this stick in your hand, and that’s certainly what we found.

On serve, we found the TFlash’s speed and access to power and spin particularly useful and used it to good effect, winning lots of free points on the first serve, and getting good consistency with the second serve.

All in all, a good playtest, and a good score of 7.5 out of 10 for the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES.

 

Review by: Will