Tecnifibre worth the money?

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  1. tfergus09

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    I notice most of tecnifibres racquets cost around 169 dollars. Is this a good investment or should I go with like a Wilson or Prince 03 racquet for only about 20,30 dollars more
     
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    If you're willing to employ a little bit of patience, you can find great deals on used (sometimes new) racquets here in the Sale Section or on the auction site.

    The Tecnifibre racquets I've handled have top notch construction and are just as good as anything else out there. It all depends on the specs and feel you're looking for.
     
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  3. Nitro

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    What do you mean "is it a good investment?" Their racquets are just as good quality as Wilson or Prince. They have a nice selection of excellent racquets that just happen to be a little less expensive. Nobody in their right mind buys or passes over a racquet over 20 or 30 bucks.
     
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  4. Bud

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    The Tecnifibre racquets are very nice and hit just as well as any racquet out there. The fit and finish is superb, too.

    They are definitely worth the cost.
     
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  5. iplaybetter

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    i love them, that is what a players racket costs on todays market, if anything there size makes them a bit better, in my mind it comes down to this:
    i like the stick
    they look good
    no BS tech
    and the kicker of they are not that common but the way they play and the no bs are what sells it for me
     
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  6. Fedace

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    Not sure about these frames. One of the TW guys have said these are " Poor man's Wilson frame" so to speak. It plays like Wilson N-codes but just not as solid is what i heard.
     
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  7. iplaybetter

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    interesting, i like them a lot more than the n-codes, i never feel like i can hit a full shot with the comparable n-code, i switched from the n-pro open to my 335 and i am very glad i did, more feel, and just better shots
     
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  8. BreakPoint

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    You should pick the racquet that works the best for you and that you play the best with and not by what it costs. The cost differences are negligible compared to how much enjoyment or anguish you'll experience playing with the racquet on the court over the life of the racquet.
     
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  9. BreakPoint

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    Not true. The Tecnifibres are great racquets. I'd call the Donnay Pro One Int'l MP a "Poor Man's T-Fight 335". :)
     
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  10. Nitro

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    I think thats more than a little unfair. Tecnifibre is, without question, a stand alone first rate company. Their frames aren't as popular or as widely distributed as others, but they are not a poor man's anything. The feel on the T-Fight series is, I think, somewhat similar to the feel of an N-Code or K-Factor but slightly different. I wouldn't necessarily call it a less solid feel, its definitely different, but not in a bad way per se.
     
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  11. Fedace

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    OK then, which has better control and power ?? Tech or N-codes ??
     
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  12. Nitro

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    Thats not an intelligent question and I think you know that. Both companies produce about 10 different models. I have used a couple of Tecnifibres and most of the Wilson line and I think that there are racquets for me and racquets that aren't for me.
     
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    Ok then if you compare Ncode 95 and tech 335, which has better control and power ?? I think Ncode 95 blows away tech 335 out of the water. I was told that tech 335 has cheap graphite feel to it...
     
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  14. McLovin

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    If I'm reading this correctly, you are saying one racket blows another away, yet you haven't even hit with the other one?!?! "You were told"?

    In the immortal words of Mr McEnroe...You cannot be serious!
     
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  15. es-0

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    Have you ever used the 335? It sounds like you haven't with the, "I was told" part. I use the 320, and it is the nicest hitting racquet I've used. Other people who have hit with my racquet find flaws in it, but I find flaws in theres. No one racquet is going to be perfect for everybody.

    So, if you haven't used the Tecnifibre then I suggest you do before passing judgment.
     
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    I don't think a TW Staffer would make a comment like that.

    Tecnifibre make great racquets they are just not as well known right now in the US market.

    You should demo racquets from all the brands you are interested in and then make an educated decision on what you want to buy.

    Chris, TW
     
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  17. jmverdugo

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    So you havent actually played with a TF? IMO you should test them before saying something, specially if it is a bad thing. TF makes fine rackets and strings, i have tried both of them.
     
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  18. sargeinaz

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    So have you hit with the 335 or not? If you haven't, perhaps you should before you rip on it.
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  19. Nitro

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    I think that the n95 has a slightly more solid feel but also a little more powerful. The Tec 335 is a little more hl and I like how it feels when serving. It has a better mix of feel and control than the n95. To be honest, since you obviously haven't played with a single Tecnifibre racquet I can't imagine on what basis you are making any of these comments. To put it simply, Tecnifibre makes perfectly good racquets. Paying 20 or 30 dollars more for a Wilson is not going to buy you better graphite (which is absolutely preposterous, the graphite used in a tennis racquet costs about 5 cents so unless they are using pencil graphite I doubt its much different than anybody else's graphite). If a Tecnifibre racquet is the best racquet for you then you should buy.
     
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  20. Nitro

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    Wow, 5 people posted in the time it took me to write that. I must agree, you cannot possibly pass judgment on a racquet without ever having played with it.
     
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  21. Seacoast Stringer

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    I've hit with the nCode 95 and the TFights and both are fine racquets. Tecnifibre sticks are very well made and I enjoyed hitting with the 335 quite a bit. Hits a very heavy ball and is a serve & volley monster.

    I recommend that people test frames for themselves rather than going the "I've been told" route, lol.
     
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  22. tfergus09

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    Well my problem is that i cant demo where i live from so i rely on reviews i see and what i hear.
     
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  23. Nitro

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    Why can't you demo racquets?
     
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  24. tfergus09

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    Im from The Bahamas.....If i were to ship racquets here to demo, not only would it take longer than the week websites allow, but i would have to pay more money for the shipping and duty etc.
     
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    YES, i was told this last year by TW staff. though i did push him into making a comment about it. He did say that it was his personal feeling NOT widely accepted opinion. and yes i did hit with 320 but NOT 335's.
     
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    Obviously there are some strong followers of Tech rackets. I do apologize if i offended any Technifibre supporters. but YES i did hit with 320 and felt it was little too light on contact with the ball, meaning shots that came off the string bed felt like it was a LIGHT ball, instead of Heavy ball like Ncode produces. I did NOT try the tec 335's however, maybe 335's can produce a heavier ball than 320's ?? If 335's is easier to swing than Ncode 95 and can produce just as of heavy ball then yes i say Technifibre has a Winner there.:)
     
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  27. PROTENNIS63

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    Sure it is worth the money if you feel you are playing better with the racquet.
     
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    Just to clear this up.....I have never hit with a tecnifibre frame before and I cannot demo it....I either buy it to try it, or I dont
     
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    So please continue to comment n tell me abou whats so special about tecnifibre. How prince has a big sweet spot, babolats generally have more power etc
     
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  30. iplaybetter

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    they are a little more old school, very comfortable, heavy, fairly flexy decent sweet spot, not huge but not tiny, so when you hit the sweet spot if feels that much better, decent spin, lots of pop when you get it going
     
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  31. RestockingTues

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    That's what she said ;)

    Forgive me, it's my juvenile post for the day! :D
     
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  32. neverstopplaying

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    Having played with N-code 6.1 95s for about a year and then TF335s for the past year, I can say that, for similar racquets, the TF335 offers much more feel, more control and less powerl

    Of course, if this was just a general statement to compares all ncodes to all Tecnifibes, then its just a stupid remark.

    As for the OPs question, TF makes (IMO) top products that retail for slightly less than Wilson. However, you can get a Wilson ntour ncode for only $79 on TW right now - this was a top racquet a few years ago. The same will happen to the latest and greatest k-factors and k-blades when Wilson's next marketing miracles comes to life. You're less likely to see this with smaller company such as TF.

    In either case, buy what you like best - life is short.
     
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  33. BreakPoint

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    You cannot compare the TF-320 to the nCode 95 because they are in different classes of racquets, like comparing apples and oranges. For a more apples-to-apples comparison, you have to compare the TF-335 to the nCode 95. Those two are more in similar weight classes. I mean you wouldn't compare the power of a heavyweight boxer with a featherweight boxer, would you?
     
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  34. theProdigy

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    tecnifibres are definitely worth the price. for anyone who hasn't hit with one, please don't discredit it just because its not one of the bigger companies. i've been a wilson user all my life and recently switched to the tfight 335 and i am thoroughly impressed by tecnifibre's quality, just a SOLID frame in all aspects.
     
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  35. tfergus09

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    Alright I think Ill try one. Anyone know any shops in the states that sells them?
     
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    What i want to know is if TF335 are more heavier and more solid racket, then Why are all the pros using TF320's which is has much more lighter feel. Verdasco, Tipsarevic both use the TF 320 of some sort.
     
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  38. Nitro

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    Who knows what racquets they're actually using. The 320 may just be the racquet that TF is pushing. I assure that Verdasco and Tipsarevic are using the same racquets they used before.
     
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    Personally, I haven't played with the TF 335 before but the specs look awesome and that's as much as I'm qualified to say about the racquet... because I haven't played with it before! What a concept.
    However, everything I have heard about Technifibre is that they make quality products, though you do pay a premium for their strings its nice to see they are offering their racquets at a more competitive price than other top racquet manufacturers.

    Verdasco and Tipsarevic are not REALLY using those racquets, it's never accurate to assume something of a racquet by what it looks like the pros are playing on TV.
     
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  40. Fedace

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    They sure look like 320's to me. Look at the shape of the racket
     
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  41. pow

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    For instance, Tipsarevic (likely Verdasco also) uses a mold from a Major racquet. It's in the string pattern.

    Also, having similar appearances in a racquet tells us nothing about its static weight, balance, swingweight, stiffness, etc. Those traits in a racquet strongly influence its feel, stability, spin... well just about everything in a racquet.
     
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  42. f1 tech

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    TF makes great racquets. I've tried at least 4 of their racquets. My favorite is the TFlash 310. They also probably have one of the best finish on a racquet. The paint is very durable. My only complaint is that TF racquets seem to weigh a little more than their listed weight. For example, my TFight 320 weighs 12.1 oz with 16 gauge strings and one overgrip. It came out a little too heavy for me. I was hoping it only weighed about 11.75 oz. or so.
     
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  43. LafayetteHitter

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    To say they are lesser quality than lets say "Wilson" just because there are fewer is a narrow minded train of thought (simply because they are not overly popular in the US). If you cannot demo I would think it best to buy a used one that suits your specs first so that if you end up selling it shortly after you don't lose half of what you spent. Every racquet does something different for each individual so testing is the only way to know.
     
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    Quality seems to be quite good as noted above. I've dropped and banged my 310s quite a number of times and never seem to chip the paint. Even the headguard seems more impervious to scratching than those on a lot of racquets.
     
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    any opinions on the heavier end of the tflash series?
     
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    They make moderately good string. Haven't tried their rackets yet so I'm unable to make an opinion about them.
     
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  47. f1 tech

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    Ollinger,

    How much does your 310 weigh?
     
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  48. andfor

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    What Verdasco and Tipsarevic are actually playing with is anyones guess. They most likely are using TF frames painted up or simply not available to the public. Sources (not TW Staffers BTW) tell me Verdasco still uses the Tfight 325 painted up and Tipsarevic uses a custom Tfight 320 XL with a 16x20 pattern.

    Having just attended a challenger I can tell you the guys on that level are using the real TFight's 320's and 335's.

    Overall they are very good frames. If you like control sticks the TFights are excellent, if you like power try the TFlashes.
     
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  49. mark rodgers

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    Like a lot of guys here, I've hit with a lot of different sticks. I was playing with the Babolat Pure Control and Yonex RDS 001 MP when I got two TF 320s. I ended up switching away from the Babolat and Yonex. I was hooked pretty much right away. Excellent build quality. Power, control, and feel are all excellent. I add a few grams to 3 and 9 and it's good to go. I've strung it up with MSV Focus Hex 18.

    These TFs aren't second fiddle to anyone.
     
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  50. tbini87

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    the T-Flash racquet is very nice (i just got the 310). i have been using the t-fight 335 which is just a little too heavy for me. switching to the 310 added a good amount of power and pop to the ball. it didn't feel as light as i thought it would compared to the 335 either. i think i will be sticking with it for sometime... but will probably try to get my hands on some 320s soon.
     
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