Pacific BXT X Fast LT- View: 1129 by Federico Coppini
If you feel that BXT X Fast Pro is too much for you, but you like its overall proportions, then you should give the BXT X Fast LT a try. It’s lighter, but maintains the spirit of its more substantial big brother.
Head size: 100 sq inches Weight: 288g Balance: 322 mm Swingweight:317 String pattern: 16 × 19 strings Twistweight: 18 kgcmq Stiffness: 65 Beam width: 22-23-24.5 mm Length: 27.36 inches Graphite and Basalt X Composition Aesthetically, the BXT X Fast LT boasts a silk screen that is exactly the same as that of the Pro version, but with some color differentiation.
The Pro’s deep orange has been replaced with a light blue, but all of the black finishes remain the same. The racket offers good shock resistance, and while the frame boasts many technological features, it has a traditional oval shape without much variance or flourish.
It’s 100 square inch frame is on the larger side, and is perfectly complemented by the 16×19 string pattern. It’s beam width is somewhat unusual, going from 22mm at the grip attachment to 23mm up the frame and finally 24.5mm at the head.
At the sides of the racket head (at 3 and 9 o’clock) is the PSS Stability System, which greatly improves stability and helps with shock resistance. Moving a little down from there we find the FAST (Full Acceleration Shaft Technology) system, another technological feat that changes the structure of the racket throat to promote stability and power.
Finally, the Precise Grip System allows you to change the grip size to your exact specifications. The shape of the handle is square, but not so much that it affects your grip. The grip is a Master's Grip, which is compact, responsive and smooth.
In fact, it’s so good that you can easily use it without an overgrip, though we would recommend one given the grip’s white color. On the court, the BXT X Fast LT reveals a simplicity of use that is somewhat lacking with its Pro counterpart.
The Pro tends to be a little tough to handle, and somewhat chaotic if you don’t know how to use it. A large part of this feeling has to do with weight. The Fast LT comes in at a zippy 288g (unstrung), which is significantly less than the Pro.
The frame is slightly longer than most, which allows you to generate pace and spin with greater ease. Indeed, the entire swing has a nice feeling of momentum to it, no doubt aided by its 322mm balance (slightly increased from the standard 312mm).
The shifted balance allows the racket to enjoy more of a catapult effect to generate speed and spin, certainly a welcome addition for the racket’s target market. Despite not having a heavy head, the Fast LT is rigid and reactive, especially when taking big cuts at the ball.
In fact, all of the racket’s features make it feel even lighter than it already is, and the big sweet spot combined with the wide beam width means the racket is a good all-court performer. Flat shots fly off the frame, but it’s heavy top spin that is particularly amplified.
You can hit the ball very hard yet still feel in complete control thanks to the heavy spin the Fast LT imparts on the ball. At 65, the racket’s stiffness is just right for this specific type of frame, especially given the racket’s length.
The ball stays on the strings for a satisfyingly long time, and races away as soon as the contact phase is over. Impact is sweet and rewarding, more so than the Pro version, and even if your shot is slightly off-center you won’t be punished for it.
Technically, the Fast LT has a medium weight profile, and it has the kind of solid feel one associates with such rackets.
Whether hitting ground strokes or volleys, there is a definite sense of touch, but it is never overwhelming. The Fast LT caters for various styles of play: power players will enjoy the racket’s sense of control during flat shots, while more defensive players will love how easily topspin is generated alongside the power.
Hitting hard with spin is never a scary proposition with the Fast LT, given the lack of an excessively heavy head and weighty frame. The FAST technology definitely comes into its own here, helping generate ample spin with little effort.
But while this racket will be perfect for a lot of players, it has its shortcomings when it comes to very high levels of play. It doesn’t have quite as much control as one would like in a pro frame, and its tendency to want to do most of the work for you will grate players who like to tell a frame what to do, and not the other way around.
That being said, this frame is not meant for pros, and despite its faults even they will find it a fun instrument on the tennis court. Interestingly, the Fast LT generates spin with almost no effort, but it’s the kind of spin that produces a wide arch and some kick.
The ball, however, will not have an explosive speed once it bounces. Purposefully generating your own spin as well will give the ball more speed when it bounces, to devastating effect with some practice. Backhands with the Fast LT are a breeze.
Controlling the ball is easy thanks to the generous amounts of spin generated by the racket. The arch tends to be quite high, so to guard against dropping the ball short you will have to put your weight behind your shorts. If you do this correctly, you will be able to generate some wonderful depth.
The backhand slice also works well thanks to the racket’s low stiffness, and you can get some good action on the ball without too much effort. At the net, the Fast LT has great maneuverability thanks to its low weight.
You won’t have too much trouble reaching volleys, but you will have to have some good technique to put the ball away. As far as the smash is concerned, you get easy power and accuracy from the racket, and putting away lobs with power is a joy.
Finally, the serve. Flat, hard serves are accurate and powerful, but not overly so. Slice serves, on the other hand, produce better results. With the ball spending a longer time on the string bed, you can generate some vicious slices, and they usually have a good amount of power behind them as well.
The slice will not go particularly low, but the angles will be very difficult for opponents, even when you are serving at only 75% power. The kick serve is also potent, and tends to run away after the bounce if you hit it with a decent amount of power.
If you just roll it in, instead of hitting hard, it will sit up a little bit, but there will still be enough kick to make things interesting for your opponent. Ultimately, the LT is a more user-friendly version of the Pro.
It’s much more lively and versatile, and will suit a much wider range of players than its big brother. It’s a satisfying racket to use from the back of the court and it rallies extremely well. It does tend to add spin to all shots, even when you are trying to hit it flat, but this is not something that will overly bother most players.
Overall, the LT plays like a much heavier racket, but with all the benefits that a lighter frame provides. It’s certainly a worthy contender in its weight class. For more information on prices and availability, contact your local Pacific distributor.
Score Power 8 Control 8 Sensitivity 7 Comfort 8 Tolerance 8 Topspin 8.5 Backspin 7 Flat shots 7 Net game 7 Serve 7.5 Return 8 Playability 9 Value for money 8 Total 101/130
Test settings used: Pacific Poly Force 1.24 22/22 - 21/21 - 23/23 Pacific Poly Force 1.29 21 / 21- 22/22 Pacific Xcite 1.20 22/22 - 23/23 .