Tecnifibre T-Fight XTC 315
The T-Fight XTC 315 is the heaviest version (with 16×19 stringbeds) of the new T-Fight series produced by the French company Tecnifibre.
It has a completely new graphic look, very sober and accurate, where it is evident the “contamination” of Lacoste that acquired Tecnifibre in 2017.
XTC refers to Xtrem Touch Construction technology, a combination of carbon, polyester and aluminium above the handle that offers greater stability and sensitivity to the ball.
Technical data sheet
The new T-Fight comes with a 98 square inch head size and a 16×19 string pattern.
The unstrung weight is 315 grams with a stated tolerance of ± 7 grams. In our case the “naked” frame weighed 317 grams, so only 2 grams more than the specification.
|Head size||98 sq. in.|
|Weight (not strung)||315 g (±7 g)|
|Balancing (not strung)||310 mm (±7 mm)|
|Detected stiffness||68 ra|
|Profile||22.5 mm / 22.5 mm / 21.5 mm|
The frame is based on the following construction technologies:
- XTC: material matrix designed to improve feel and stability
- Dynacore HD: long braided & continuous fiber used in the layup to create a softer feel while maintaining the crisp and powerful response
- Armor Cap+: this is the second generation of Tecnifibre’s ArmorCap Bumper System. It provides the racquet’s head with advanced protection against court contact. This extends the life of the racquet
- EZ Lock+: this is the 2nd generation of Tecnifibre’s advanced knot tie-off system. This version has been updated for more optimal tie-offs. It not only makes string installation easier, but it extends the life of the grommets
- Horse Back Strip: bumps on the grommet strip to help the strings absorb more shock and transfer more energy to the ball
As anticipated just before, the new T-Fight has completely redone its look.
The acquisition of Tecnifibre by Lacoste had a major impact on the creation of the new look of the T-Fight series.
The result is a sober and refined graphic with evident references to the French national colours.
The frame has a white base and red (outside the string plate) and blue (inside the string plate) semi-polished inserts.
The writing “Tecnifibre” on the outside is white on a black base, as is the writing “T-Fight”. Colours reversed for the inscription “Tecnifibre” inside the stringbed.
There is the classic steel-coloured “ATP” plate inside the stem that recalls the cap of the handle, which is also steel-coloured with the same inscriptions.
On court – The pros
Let’s start by saying that the T-Fight XTC 315 is a difficult and quite selective frame that requires legs and arm to express its full potential.
Weighing 315g, the T-Fight XTC 315 is extremely stable and control-oriented on the field, with a 98 square inch flat and 310mm handle balance.
From the bottom of the field the rallies are controlled with authority and precise trajectories can be traced with all the fundamentals. Very interesting are the conclusions along the line, both forehand and backhand, which are executed naturally and effectively.
The “open” string pattern (16×19) and the mass of the frame (315 g naked) facilitate the execution of powerful strikes and sufficiently loaded with spin.
The T-Fight is certainly not a “spin machine” and is better suited to a “flat” or slightly covered game. The generation of rotations is not prohibitive but not even immediate and you need a lot of arm and wrist to get good results.
The back instead is great and “bad”. You play it very naturally both in the defensive phase and in the offensive phase with the ball that remains low and tense creating several annoyances to the opponent. Super the chop that allows you to create optimal situations for the next volley closure.
Very stable and precise even in the net game where the T-Fight 315 is also appreciated for its good handling and dynamism. The volleys, both of approach and closure, are played with safety and precision.
The T-Fight 315 also performs very well in service. The first serving ball is very powerful, the second one is precise and insidious in slice or kick (where a lot of leg and technique are needed).
On court – The cons
Although the “open” string pattern (16×19), the T-Fight 315 requires excellent timing on the ball and doesn’t forgive off-center shots. The sweetspot is not particularly wide and is concentrated in the center-low part of the stringbed.
The kick service is not at all trivial to perform effectively and requires arm, leg and a lot of technique.
Access to the rotations is not prohibitive but you need a lot of arm and wrist to get good results.
Who it is indicated for
As mentioned above, the T-Fight 315 is a difficult and selective frame that performs best when held by well-trained competitive players and with excellent basic technique.
It adapts very well to a game made of winners and shots only slightly covered. Excellent then for those tennis players who like to close the point in a few strikes.
Thanks to its stability and maneuverability, it also winks at players who love to play near the net.
I tested the T-Fight XTC 315 with the following strings and tensions:
- StringLab ALU Tour LB 1.20 (19 kg)
- StringLab Rip&Curl (20 kg)
- Dyreex Nerve (20 kg)
- Head Velocity 1.30 (21 kg)
It performs better with lively and rather elastic strings (strung at low tension) that help to improve sensitivity and touch and mitigate stiffness.
The T-Fight XTC 315 is a quality frame, demanding and selective, suitable for a well-trained public and with an excellent basic technique.
Frame oriented to control and stability, allows the generation of powerful shots as long as you hit the ball with the right timing and in a decisive manner.
Excellent back, in particular the chop that allows you to create optimal situations for the subsequent closure on the fly.
Very good in the net game where it is precise, maneuverable and dynamic enough.