2018 Tecnifibre T-Fight XTC Rackets

BHold81

Semi-Pro
Sure. In general, the 305 DC impresses me as a solid feeling, predictable all court stick that does a good job of splitting the difference between traditional and modern. The word that comes to mind in terms of overall on-court response is "linear", very much a get-what-you-put-into-it stick in terms of directional control, power, and spin. It's sort of middle of the road in everything - medium stiffness, medium power, lower trajectory than most open pattern racquets but easier spin than a lot of dense ones. It has a more even weight distribution, a bit more flex, and vibrates at a lower frequency than the other, more open patterned DC T-Fights. Because of those factors, I think, it responds really well to the addition of small amounts of weight. It probably needs tuning for most people but it doesn't take much to make noticeable changes in play. The weight addition process works just like you'd expect it to. The DCs tended to have lower swingweights than the current XTCs, often down in the teens. They're pretty whippy at that point but with a sacrifice in plow through, power, stability, and consistency. With less mass in the head and higher swing speeds, the sweetspot is very sweet (with a soft string) but smaller so that the ball tended to fly long on me when I didn't expect it. Poly strings feel harsher as well. I think the TW review was pretty accurate at stock weight. The more mass you add to the head, the easier it gets to trade groundstrokes, drive the ball through the court, etc.. At higher swingweights, the sweetspot opens up, ball pocketing is better, and the power is more consistent and predictable. A nice smooth stroke that lets the racquet do the work can bolt a fairly heavy ball into a corner surprisingly at will. Volleys are solid with good but not great touch. Slice is especially good. All the usual swingweight trade offs, though, with maneuverability and the like. I personally think balancing all that out with a swingweight in the mid 320s or so and some sort of hybrid or thin, soft poly makes for a nice, comfortable do it all sort of racquet for just about everyone except big, loopy spin players. As a flattish hitting counterpuncher, it suits me well. Most comments I've seen suggest that people like the DC 305 with added mass in the head and I agree. Tecnifibre responded by upping the stock swingweight of the newer XTC version by about 10 points, though, for me, I think 330 might be a little too much. If you get to try a DC, I'd definitely put a few grams at 9-3 or 10-2 before making a final decision.
So, how similar does a weighted up 305 DC feel to a stock 305 XTC? I demo'd the XTC and liked it, but may as well save money if a weighted DC is the same.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Hi @Irvin can you make a comparison between the xtc 320 vs 320 dc and 315 xtc vs 315 dc?
I don’t have a 320 DC so can’t compare them. My favorite Tec racket now is the 320 XTC but I am a firm believe that specs make all the difference in the world. I’m going to match up a couple of 315 DCs close to the 320 XTC specs. After that I believe (for now anyway) there will be little or no difference except for the more open pattern in the 16 main rackets.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
So, how similar does a weighted up 305 DC feel to a stock 305 XTC? I demo'd the XTC and liked it, but may as well save money if a weighted DC is the same.
I can tell you right now they are not going to be the same. The XTC model has the same weight but a 0.5 cm higher balance and and 10 pt higher SW. But both are the same weight. There is no way to add weight to the DC to bring the balance and SW up without adding more mass at the same time. So any comparison will be subjective. May be best for you to demo the XTC and DC version and try adjusting the SW and balance. It should only take 2.375 g of lead tape at 12 to raise the SW 10 points and the balance, and that’s just 2, 12 cm strips. My guess is they will be really close at that point. Of course YMMV because chances are you won’t get 2 demos that perfectly match the advertised specs, and when you buy your rackets they won’t match the demos. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t sort of a catch 22.
 

TomTennis495

Semi-Pro
This has always been on my must hit w list.

Btw, had this been a Babolat ppl would have screamed bloody murder on how big the lettering was lol
 

kailash

Professional
What are the main differences between the 315 LTD versions: 2014 vs DC/XTC? I read that DC & XTC are the same except the paint. Anyone played with these models and can compare?
Son plays with the 2014 315 LTD 16 mains. Would like to know if the later models are better.
 

tennisnut1

Semi-Pro
Sorry to say I gave up on the TFight XTC and sold it to a friend. In the end I just couldn't perform on several type of shots I had with my previous racket. So I restrung my Angel TC 105 with a new set of Tecnifiber Bi phase and just picked up where I left off. I tried for 2 months with the XTC, but just couldn't dial it in. My friend is enjoying it, so it all ended well.
 

ClaudTT

Rookie
Sorry to say I gave up on the TFight XTC and sold it to a friend. In the end I just couldn't perform on several type of shots I had with my previous racket. So I restrung my Angel TC 105 with a new set of Tecnifiber Bi phase and just picked up where I left off. I tried for 2 months with the XTC, but just couldn't dial it in. My friend is enjoying it, so it all ended well.
Thanks!!! The Angel TC 105 is massively sttiffer (74 RA) not only larger than the TFight XTC any of them ....

Ok, now: What was the major difference that you feel was not letting you play your shots ?: 1. Stiffness (68 RA) 2. Sweet spot size 3. Sweet spot location .4 etc ...
 

tennisnut1

Semi-Pro
Thanks!!! The Angel TC 105 is massively sttiffer (74 RA) not only larger than the TFight XTC any of them ....

Ok, now: What was the major difference that you feel was not letting you play your shots ?: 1. Stiffness (68 RA) 2. Sweet spot size 3. Sweet spot location .4 etc ...
First off, I've tried to demo tons of rackets over the past 2 years and with the exception of the XTC nothing fit the bill. The XTC is really an excellent racket and overall it did play better for my serve and volleys. The 23.5 straight beam made it feel very solid swinging and that did cause a bit of an issue for me. Eventhough I had it at 10.5 oz strung which was lighter than my 10.8 Angell, it just felt heavy, weird for sure. I think the difference was my Angell was 23mm at head and sides with 21mm at handle. It seems alot of rackets being sold today follow a tapered beam design and I was hoping that going back to a straight beam would provide more stability overall. It's possible if the specs were 23mm and not 23.5 it may have helped. The strokes I owned with my Angel that I lost with the XTC were: forehand super angle cross court which I hit for winners before but could never get that shot to work. Next were my bread and butter down the line shots off both sides, which again I owned with the Angell. I would miss them wide and just couldn't seem to dial them in. Another issue with the XTC was lack of power, it simply didn't generate any. And my game is based on compact strokes and I just don't swing like modern players, so that was yet another major issue with the racket.

Like I said, it's a very nice racket, but I simply could not afford to lose shots which I owned before. The first time I played a match with the Angel after 2 months, all those shots were back, amazing and I kicked butt. So I will focus on other aspects of my game to continue to beat up on players. I am currently ranked #20 in Florida at the NTRP 4.0 level and also competing in the 65 age group division. Currently focusing on a cool league called Jacksonville Tennis Leage playing in the A divison and am 5-1 to date. This league is also active in a bunch of other states and is wonderful. Happy hitting
 

ClaudTT

Rookie
Yes, this explain it all: "And my game is based on compact strokes and I just don't swing like modern players, so that was yet another major issue with the racket."

Happy hitting !!!
 

tennisnut1

Semi-Pro
FYI just won 2 more league matches this weekend, really played well today with my Angel TC 105, strings are finally starting to break in.
 

Murray_fan1

Professional
I was reading the description of the XTC 315 Ltd on the TW page and it mentioned that the swing weight has gone up a little in this version. Can anyone who has hit the previous sticks confirm this? Irvin?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I was reading the description of the XTC 315 Ltd on the TW page and it mentioned that the swing weight has gone up a little in this version. Can anyone who has hit the previous sticks confirm this? Irvin?
I have the 315 Dynacore, the 315 DC, and the 315 XTC nersions of tennis rackets. I can check the SWs tomorrow and let you know.

EDIT: But because I only have a small number of rackets the variance of specs could be hidden.
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I have the 315 Dynacore, the 315 DC, and the 315 XTC nersions of tennis rackets. I can check the SWs tomorrow and let you know.

EDIT: But because I only have a small number of rackets the variance of specs could be hidden.
EDIT: My bad I just read your post again and see you were talking about the Ltd version. My Ltd XTC as I remember has higher SW than the Limited version for sure not sure about the Dynacore versions.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I was reading the description of the XTC 315 Ltd on the TW page and it mentioned that the swing weight has gone up a little in this version. Can anyone who has hit the previous sticks confirm this? Irvin?
The older Limited version of the 315 had a shot of silicone in the butt of the racket. The mold did not change (to my knowledge) but there have been cosmetic changes in the frames since the Limited model. All the Ltd models are now foam filled with no silicone in the handle. The older model with the silicone had SWs in the 308 range while all the foam filled versions (including the XTCs) are up around 315. So yes the the SW did go up but not just with the XTC model.

EDIT: Taking the weight out of the butt of the racket (silicone) and maintaining the overall weight at 315 grams will raise the SW because the higher the mass is distributed in the racket the higher the SW will be. The SW in the Limited and LTD models and always been low and one of the knocks on this rackets. But a low SW is easy to fix if you know what you’re doing.
 
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What are the main differences between the 315 LTD versions: 2014 vs DC/XTC? I read that DC & XTC are the same except the paint. Anyone played with these models and can compare?
Son plays with the 2014 315 LTD 16 mains. Would like to know if the later models are better.
The racquets aren’t the same. That’s the main difference. The 2013 315 LTD hits nothing like the others.

They can say they’re the same but they aren’t the same. I playtested the 315 LTD DC and was given them to keep months before release.

They wanted me and 4 other guys to draft up our experience to give to the engineers in France. Why would they do that if the racquets were exactly the same?

They wouldn’t.
 
The older Limited version of the 315 had a shot of silicone in the butt of the racket. The mold did not change (to my knowledge) but there have been cosmetic changes in the frames since the Limited model. All the Ltd models are now foam filled with no silicone in the handle. The older model with the silicone had SWs in the 308 range while all the foam filled versions (including the XTCs) are up around 315. So yes the the SW did go up but not just with the XTC model.

EDIT: Taking the weight out of the butt of the racket (silicone) and maintaining the overall weight at 315 grams will raise the SW because the higher the mass is distributed in the racket the higher the SW will be. The SW in the Limited and LTD models and always been low and one of the knocks on this rackets. But a low SW is easy to fix if you know what you’re doing.
The molds not 100% the same.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
Not sure of the RA but they are feel the same as the LTD DCs to me. The XTC LTD 18M and the 320 reminds me a lot of the PT280s I used to play with.
I scored a new PT280 at Goodwill yesterday and took it for a test drive this morning and loved it. You are at least the 2nd person I have seen on TW say the PT280 replacement is the Tfight 320, but the other thread was from 2007 I think. I think I am going to have to find a Tfight 320.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I scored a new PT280 at Goodwill yesterday and took it for a test drive this morning and loved it. You are at least the 2nd person I have seen on TW say the PT280 replacement is the Tfight 320, but the other thread was from 2007 I think. I think I am going to have to find a Tfight 320.
I gave myy last PT280 to my youngest son and he still has it. I have a TFight 320 DC and the XTC my favorite is the XTC but really like them both.
 

Nextman916

Professional
Irvin, you mentioned that you we're going to take the SW's of the 315 LTD DC and XTC versions to see if the swingweight did in fact increase. You mentioned casually that the swingweight's were around 315 for both but I'm wondering if that's your rough estimation or an actual measurement? I think many are curious as to if the changes are only cosmetic paint - seeing as TW's updated specs list an RA of 64 over the 62 of the DC (which could be normal variance) but listed an increased swingweight of the XTC to a whopping 324. Thanks for your clarification in advance!
 
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Hi,

I recently switched to the Tecnifibre T-Fight XTC 305, while fitting leather grips I noticed the numbers / codes on the pallets didn’t match on all three rackets. Two rackets had TF15-3-D and the other had TF15-3-E. All the pallets / handles appear to be the same size. Does anyone know if there is a difference ? If there is no difference why doesn’t Technifibre put the same code on all of there pallets ?

Thanks
Stuart.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Hi,

I recently switched to the Tecnifibre T-Fight XTC 305, while fitting leather grips I noticed the numbers / codes on the pallets didn’t match on all three rackets. Two rackets had TF15-3-D and the other had TF15-3-E. All the pallets / handles appear to be the same size. Does anyone know if there is a difference ? If there is no difference why doesn’t Technifibre put the same code on all of there pallets ?

Thanks
Stuart.
Darn good question, I tried to find out once but did not ever get an answer. This response is pure speculation on my part. I think Tecnifibre rackets are make in a large number of different molds, by different people, using different rolls of materials for layups. The codes may be some method of tracking the people, molds, and materials used to make the rackets. That way if a series of rackets start showing up with different specs they can better track it back to the source. Just a guess though I have no idea.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Hi,

I recently switched to the Tecnifibre T-Fight XTC 305, while fitting leather grips I noticed the numbers / codes on the pallets didn’t match on all three rackets. Two rackets had TF15-3-D and the other had TF15-3-E. All the pallets / handles appear to be the same size. Does anyone know if there is a difference ? If there is no difference why doesn’t Technifibre put the same code on all of there pallets ?

Thanks
Stuart.
Not sure, with other manufacturers, it has signified a different flex profile (as in TF15-3-D might flex more in the throat, and the TF 15-3-E might flex more in the head - just as an example). Since noticing this difference, have you felt that the one with the different code plays any differently? When did you buy the racquets? Early on? From the same place? Did you buy them new from a store? or did you buy them secondhand from someone?

The reason I ask is that if you bought them secondhand, sometimes people sell the early "test racquets" that may have had the correct paint job but were not the Retail production frames and therefore different in the way they flex or their RA, etc.

If you are able to, maybe it would be a good idea to take them to one of those technicians that will be able to put the racquets through the RA, balance, and SW tests to see if the odd one out differs from the other two... just a thought.

That's all I've got... hopefully that was helpful. Otherwise, if you can't tell the difference, just play with them and don't worry about it.
 

Hmnnn

New User
The original 315 LTD 16M was my go to frame before I took a few years off. I had it modded to almost the same specs as the stock XTC. I need to get a second frame, but the originals are hard to come by. The increased RA is a bit concerning, but not necessarily a deal breaker. Does the XTC play and feel close enough to the original to pair them, considering my original is modded to the same spec?
 
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tribesmen

Professional
I haven't played with LTD, but the XTC is the same as Prince 93P regarding feel, which in my opinion is one of the best rackets of recent years, a phenomenal feel for the drop shots.

The Tecnifibre XTC is more game-friendly, in my case the 305gr version. However, I have already ordered the TF 40 305 to compare with the XTC and one of these will be my next racket for longer periods. I have been a lot of testing in recent years, Wislon, Head, Yonex, but only to my surprise Tecnifibre surprised me the most.

It's really a shame Prince doesn't launch the equivalent of 93P in 95-98. 93 head size is too small for 21st century.
 
Hi,

I recently switched to the Tecnifibre T-Fight XTC 305, while fitting leather grips I noticed the numbers / codes on the pallets didn’t match on all three rackets. Two rackets had TF15-3-D and the other had TF15-3-E. All the pallets / handles appear to be the same size. Does anyone know if there is a difference ? If there is no difference why doesn’t Technifibre put the same code on all of there pallets ?

Thanks
Stuart.
The last letter is a batch number of what year they were made. Tecnifibre rounded me up 4 more brand new 315 Ltd 16M and I got them today. I need to call Roman’s to get my pallets and when I remove them I can let you know what they say now. DD went to Callaway Golf so these came from him but I’ve been sponsored by Tecnifibre since 2012.
 
Well looking into the XTC party a little late. After quickly going through this thread, seems like the 305 was the hit. But has anyone given the 320 a proper look? Thoughts?
 

topspn

Legend
Anyone could compare TECNIFIBRE TFIGHT 305 XTC with the last Wilson Blade V7.0 16x19 ?
XTC 300 is the better comparison given the string pattern although the blade has 8 mains in the throat. However the 300 XTC is not too open in the center but does open as you move away to the sides. It’s a very versatile frame and plays much crisper than the blade but feels more connected. Both frames needed weight for different reasons. The blade for lateral stability and the 300XTC for SW since it is low. I like both in all honesty but the XTC 300 a bit more with the more connected feel and more authority with weight.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
300 and 315 version were the best on current XTC line not the 305 as many reviewers said. I hear that new XTC line coming next month has improved on all areas!!!
 

Brando

New User
I couldn't agree more. I recently found the TFight XTC 300 as a spare racket for my family. Underappreciated and from 2018, it was on deep discount. Since the specs were close to the Project One7's, I thought anyone could pick it up. Well, I did. Wow. There's something about the balance of it. A perfect 4HL. Just head-heavy enough to reward a loose wrist with that nice torquey feeling of ballast applied. Just light enough to maneuver easy.

I wonder why the 300 seems to have been overlooked for the XTC 305. Is it because it seemed just another 16x19 while the 18x19 seemed unique and sexy? Maybe it's because Technifibre is considered more of a 'players' maker while this is a definite tweener. But 0.2oz lighter, there's more room for player customization than with the 11.4oz 305. Gotta confess, the question boggles me...
 
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