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Tecnifibre T-Fight 305 DCS3

Tecnifibre T-Fight 305 DCS3

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by Federico Coppini

Tecnifibre believes in its T-Fight line. So much so, in fact, that it has created a number of variants of the frame with different weights and string patters to suit every type of playstyle. It's time to test the T-Fight 305 DCS3, which sports an interesting 18 × 19 string pattern, among various other features.


Data sheet

Head size: 98 sq. inches

Unstrung weight: 305g

Balance: 325 mm/4 pts HL

Swingweight: 321 (with Tecnifibre Black Code 4S 1.25)

String Pattern: 18 × 19

Stiffness: 66

Beam width: 21.5-22-22 mm

Length: 27 inches

 

Aesthetically, there is not much to set this version of the T-fight apart from its brethren in the series. That is not necessarily a bad thing, however, as all the rackets in this lineup are well designed and good looking. The change to 98 square inches for the head size from 95 in the previous model is a welcome adjustment, given that the market seems to be moving increasingly in that direction.

The coloring on the frame is quite eye-catching, with dominant black finishing broken up by flashes of blue, white and red. The head has a slightly square look about it, more so than most rackets, and the beam width of 22mm is well suited to players who like to hit with decent amounts of power. There is a 0.5 mm variation in the beam width down towards the handle, but this has no tangible effect on the way the racket plays.

Overall, the racket has a good feeling in the hand, with the 18x19 string pattern being the most striking feature when one first hits a few balls. This particular pattern configuration will be most appreciated by big hitters, who will enjoy the extra control that comes with the racket’s power.

Another eye-catching detail is the EZLock system, which eases the stringing process by simplifying knot tying, and also lengthens the lifespan of the grommets. It’s a wonderful addition, and one which one sorely misses when going over to other rackets that have the traditional system.

Last but not least, the racket grip is simply wonderful. Slightly rectangular, the X-tra Feel grip has a natural touch to it, and is particularly comfortable during long practice sessions or matches. Using an overgrip on this handle is not necessary, and in fact would likely be detrimental in comparison with using it as is. The metal features of the grip cap are a nice little touch too, and perfectly compliment the overall aesthetics of the racket. 

On the court, it immediately becomes clear why Tecnifibre has opted for the 18×19 pattern on this racket. Shot seem to fly off the stringbed, and the racket rewards hard hitting by imparting a generous amount of control on each stroke. The 305g weight is perfect for this racket, and it plays much differently than similar 300g and 315g racket configurations. The swingweight, which clocks in at 321g, is perfectly balanced, and the sensation of control is akin to a racket with a much sturdier swingweight.

The overall racket balance of 325mm further adds to the sensation of control, especially with the weighty handle giving a solid feel. Perhaps the biggest difference between the T-Fight 300 and this version is the ball’s exit angle, which is slightly more forward in this case, leading to a more penetrating ball without losing spin. The 300 is more helpful in generating topspin, but that doesn’t mean the 350 is a slouch in this regard. Indeed, if you are willing to hit through the ball a little more, your spin will still be excellent, and your shot will have more power while still remaining under control.

The large racket head of the 305, combined with low stiffness, allows for natural feel on touch shots, perhaps even more so when compared to the 300. In terms of racket head size, 98 square inches is perfect for the 18x19 pattern, and consistency of shot is no less reliable than with a more traditional pattern.

Overall, the T-Fight 305 does not over-cater to any specific style of play, instead lending itself equally well to various game types. That being said, the racket shines brightest in the hands of someone who likes to hit with decent amounts of both power and topspin. Shots fly off the racket head with satisfying pace and accuracy, and hitting the ball fairly hard takes advantage of the "bite" of the 18 verticals and “push” of the 19 horizontals.

If you are used to generating most of your own power in each shot, the 305 will reward you handsomely, but it still won’t disappoint if you aren’t the world’s biggest power hitter. The racket’s control and flexibility is central to its appeal, and players from every level will appreciate these aspects. Also important to note is the level of comfort associated with this racket. You can play for a very long time without noticing any discomfort or fatigue in your racket hand. Full, fast swings are accomplished with ease, and quick takebacks are also not a problem.

At the net, the 305 is a nimble performer. Drop shots are a joy, and while side spin is not too easily generated, once you get a feel for the racket these kinds of shots are also easily executed. Slices are low and penetrating when executed correctly.

Volleys require some work, and you’ll need to put energy into your shots to get the most out of the racket, but you will be well rewarded for the effort. The racket also smashes well, with the head size coming into play here in particular.

As far as serves are concerned, the racket is excellent at hitting flat, precise balls. Kick serves are fine, though players looking for extreme kick on their second serve will likely want to look elsewhere.  

Overall, the T-Fight 305 represents a step in the right direction when compared to its predecessors. It’s definitely an upgrade, and its combination of power and control will serve experienced players well, especially those who don’t want the racket to do all the work for them. Pros like Medvedev, Bedene and Chardy use the T-Fight 305, which says about as much about its suitability for high levels play as any review can.

 

Score:

Power 7

Control 8.5

Sensitivity 7

Comfort 7.5

Tolerance 7

Topspin 7

Backspin 8

Flat shots 8

Net game 7

Serve 7

Return 8

Playability 7.5

Value for money 8

Total 97.5 / 130

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