Tecnifibre Official - Racquets

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
Which racquet is more forgiving on mishits the Blade or T40? Which racquet has more power? I just bought a T40 305 and currently use the new Blade 98 16 × 19. Not sure if I will make the switch but the T40 305 has had some really solid reviews.
The Blade is more forgiving on mishits. I find power level to be pretty similar in both but Blade hits a slightly heavier ball. The main difference that made me switch is the manueverability of the TF40 vs the sluggish Blade. It made a big difference in my serves & volleys and particularly my 2hbh where I was hitting much cleaner and more pace because I was able to get the racquet around quicker. Also, I mentioned this awhile back but maybe it's just me who experienced this but I can feel the flex of the Blade initially, but the more I play with it, I stopped feeling that flex and the racquet somewhat became a bit stiff.
 

tennis347

Professional
The Blade is more forgiving on mishits. I find power level to be pretty similar in both but Blade hits a slightly heavier ball. The main difference that made me switch is the manueverability of the TF40 vs the sluggish Blade. It made a big difference in my serves & volleys and particularly my 2hbh where I was hitting much cleaner and more pace because I was able to get the racquet around quicker. Also, I mentioned this awhile back but maybe it's just me who experienced this but I can feel the flex of the Blade initially, but the more I play with it, I stopped feeling that flex and the racquet somewhat became a bit stiff.
I am currently using the 16 x 19 Blade 98 which has a comparable swing weight to the T40. My only real knock on the Blade is that when the strings loosen up a bit, the control can suffer a bit. I should be getting my T40 today. Not sure if I will switch. I will let you know my thoughts about the T40.
 

High Lama

Rookie
I just got a tf 40 305. I use the heavier version. I can definitely get more racquet speed with the 305 compared to blade and the 315. I like the racquet speed for serves but the light weight hurts the backhand slice. I didn’t lose any power with the lighter version but my timing was off for ground strokes. Anyone know what leather grip I should use to customize it to the heavier version? I’d like to add around 12 grams to the handle. It feels like I’m the only one using the 315 version.
 

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
I am currently using the 16 x 19 Blade 98 which has a comparable swing weight to the T40. My only real knock on the Blade is that when the strings loosen up a bit, the control can suffer a bit. I should be getting my T40 today. Not sure if I will switch. I will let you know my thoughts about the T40.
I've never liked the Blade 98 16x19. It doesn't do anything particularly well compared to so many other open pattern racquets out there. Control is lousy. I find the Blade 18x20 far superior .
 

tennis347

Professional
I've never liked the Blade 98 16x19. It doesn't do anything particularly well compared to so many other open pattern racquets out there. Control is lousy. I find the Blade 18x20 far superior .
What do like about the Blade is the soft plush feel. I have some shoulder issues and the Blade agrees with my arm. I agree that the control can be a bit sketchy. The 18 x 20 Blade has too much swing weight for my shoulder. The mid to high 320's is my sweet spot. The T40 could possibly be the holy grail racquet. I will know after 1 solid hitting session.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
What do like about the Blade is the soft plush feel. I have some shoulder issues and the Blade agrees with my arm. I agree that the control can be a bit sketchy. The 18 x 20 Blade has too much swing weight for my shoulder. The mid to high 320's is my sweet spot. The T40 could possibly be the holy grail racquet. I will know after 1 solid hitting session.
Gotta find a blade 18/20 with a low swingweight. My 2015 blades have an unstrung SW of 291 and 297. I’m thinking I need to add some lead at 12 on the 291. Even with no lead, it plays super solid. The v7 16/19 was garbage compared to this 291 SW blade 18/20
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
I just got a tf 40 305. I use the heavier version. I can definitely get more racquet speed with the 305 compared to blade and the 315. I like the racquet speed for serves but the light weight hurts the backhand slice. I didn’t lose any power with the lighter version but my timing was off for ground strokes. Anyone know what leather grip I should use to customize it to the heavier version? I’d like to add around 12 grams to the handle. It feels like I’m the only one using the 315 version.
off the top of my head I'd say go with the TW private label leather grip in 1.5. Volkl is also said to have a hefty leather grip.
 

t_pac

Rookie
I just got a tf 40 305. I use the heavier version. I can definitely get more racquet speed with the 305 compared to blade and the 315. I like the racquet speed for serves but the light weight hurts the backhand slice. I didn’t lose any power with the lighter version but my timing was off for ground strokes. Anyone know what leather grip I should use to customize it to the heavier version? I’d like to add around 12 grams to the handle. It feels like I’m the only one using the 315 version.
I got the 305 version thinking I'd probably weight the handle to match the 315 but ended up loving the balance as it is.
 

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
I got the 305 version thinking I'd probably weight the handle to match the 315 but ended up loving the balance as it is.
I've yet to try the 305 without the leather grip. As soon as I got it, I put on my fairway leather grip and that was it. I'm gonna try it without. Does stability suffer (especially at net)?
 

tennis347

Professional
Gotta find a blade 18/20 with a low swingweight. My 2015 blades have an unstrung SW of 291 and 297. I’m thinking I need to add some lead at 12 on the 291. Even with no lead, it plays super solid. The v7 16/19 was garbage compared to this 291 SW blade 18/20
There are so many good racquets out there! It comes down to personal preference. There's no question that the new Blade line are one of the best player's frames on the market. Will see what the T40 305 brings to the table. I also like the Angell K7 Red which I have a matching pair of.
 

t_pac

Rookie
I've yet to try the 305 without the leather grip. As soon as I got it, I put on my fairway leather grip and that was it. I'm gonna try it without. Does stability suffer (especially at net)?
Stability hasn't been an issue for me. Along with the Prince TT310 it's probably the most stable frame I've hit for its weight. I use an OG so it's around 4pts HL.

I have added a couple of grams at 10/2 (balanced with weight on the butt cap) which has boosted the stability even more but it was fine stock as well.
 

tennis347

Professional
I received my T40 305 today and it came in at 323 grams strung which is the spec weight. It has nice polarized balance with the weight in the hoop. I have not played with it as of yet. I like to bounce a ball around the hoop to get a sense of the feel and stiffness. The T40 305 is definitely a bit firmer feeling than the Blade 98 16 x 19 v7. My concern is that the upper portion of the hoop on the T40 is too firm feeling for my arm. I did feel some vibration coming down the frame when bouncing the ball in the upper hoop whereas with the Blade its very minimal if any. I also strung up the T40 with Gamma TNT 16 at 52lbs which is a soft string. My shoulder and elbow have been sensitive over the last number of years and I don't want to experiment playing with the T40. I am really use to a more plush feeling racquet than the T40 after playing with the C10 Pro, Prestige Classic and the BB London years ago. I had to see the T40 for myself to make a decision but I am sending it back. I am not saying the T40 is not a good racquet, it's just too firm for my sensitive arm. The old school racquets had a flexible hoop and didn't cause any arm discomfort. I have alot of mileage on my at 52 after playing almost 30 years. Wilson has really hit their mark with the new Blade line. Not an ounce of arm playing with the new Blade. I still think the T40 will be successful with the younger players.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
Gosh I am becoming a fan of the feel of these XTC frames. First the TF40 beautiful feel and now tried the XTC 300 with a leather grip and some added weight. Also really nice feel that I found connected and comfy
 
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Crocodile

Legend
Hitting with the TF 40 315 and to me this is the best racquet Trcnifibre have released in a long time. It has a very addictive feel, very comfortable with a great balance of power, spin and control.
I hit with a lot of racquets and I am happy to say this is one of the best racquet releases for 2019.
Do yourself a favour and get this racquet.
 
I've come in terms with Cyclone Tour now in my TF40 305. Just have to pump up the tension a bit from 22 kg to say 23-24 kg to attenuate to restrain the power a bit and to gain a bit more control. As it is now I can't really swing hard and relaxed all the way in fear of the ball flying over. The next one on my try-list is Razor Code White 18.
 

Dan007

Hall of Fame
The main thing that stood out for me was the feel and comfort the TF 40 305 had over the XTC. The XTC is a stiffer racquet.
I see... I heard that XTC is a relatively comfortable racket but I assume TF40 is even more comfortable. What did you think of the spin potential and the power level of the 2 rackets? I am currently using an old tfight 320 vo2 max which is a 16x19 that I find too powerful so I am looking for something more control oriented but still with decent power. I'm kinda afraid of that 18x20 pattern of the tf40 opposed to 18x19 of the xtc
 

Crocodile

Legend
I see... I heard that XTC is a relatively comfortable racket but I assume TF40 is even more comfortable. What did you think of the spin potential and the power level of the 2 rackets? I am currently using an old tfight 320 vo2 max which is a 16x19 that I find too powerful so I am looking for something more control oriented but still with decent power. I'm kinda afraid of that 18x20 pattern of the tf40 opposed to 18x19 of the xtc
I would say that the XTC would have a higher power level if everything else is equal but what I would do is get the TF 40 and put black code in it at a lower tension and you should get the right balance of attributes you want. For me the improved feel of the T40 is too good to pass up for an XTC
 

hlausic

New User
Could you elaborate? XTC is less stable than the TF40?
Yes... I played with xtc one year, and now I play with TF 40 305 (same string, same tension). Especially on volleys.... For me, this racquet has better feel, stability, little more control.
 

tennis347

Professional
Yes... I played with xtc one year, and now I play with TF 40 305 (same string, same tension). Especially on volleys.... For me, this racquet has better feel, stability, little more control.
How you say the comfort is? Would you consider the T40 305 a very arm friendly frame?
 

hlausic

New User
Yes, of course... My first Tecnifibre was Samurai paint 320 g, then 315g (black&red), then 305 DC, 305 XTC and now Tf 40... This racquet is much softer then others. XTC is also soft but TF is softer...
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
Interesting tidbit..t-fight XTC 300 is a 98 just like the TF40 but in reality slightly larger head size
 
Thought the XTC 305 and TF40 were actual 95 sq in? That’s what tennisnerd said, I believe they’re 98 when measured on the outside like the old school Heads


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topspn

Hall of Fame
Thought the XTC 305 and TF40 were actual 95 sq in? That’s what tennisnerd said, I believe they’re 98 when measured on the outside like the old school Heads


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Tec shows spec of 98 on both so would be strange they have different measuring methods for different racquets released in the very same year. And I don’t know how they measured either one but XTC 300 is ever so slightly larger bottom of the hoop and sides.
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Tec shows spec of 98 on both so would be strange they have different measuring methods for different racquets released in the very same year. And I don’t know how they measured either one but XTC 300 is ever so slightly larger bottom of the hoop and sides.
I have been a racquet geek for more than 15 years and I've grown to accept that the headsize thing is most likely marketing not an honest spec statement.
I've seen CAD measurements, frame included and not, showing that this spec often doesn't stick with reality.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
Agreed, head size can be part marketing and not an exact standard measure for everyone. Just strange seeing it same manufacturer same year when they advertise same head size. I mean why not make them consistently small or big
 

aehjmeyer

New User
Agreed, head size can be part marketing and not an exact standard measure for everyone. Just strange seeing it same manufacturer same year when they advertise same head size. I mean why not make them consistently small or big
Topspn,

I've never dipped into the 18x20 waters but I'm considering it based on all the rave reviews for the TF40. My main concerns revolve around power/spin.

Since you've played the TC95 and ASL2, how much is the power and spin decreased on the TF40 relative to those Angell frames?

Thanks in advance.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
Topspn,

I've never dipped into the 18x20 waters but I'm considering it based on all the rave reviews for the TF40. My main concerns revolve around power/spin.

Since you've played the TC95 and ASL2, how much is the power and spin decreased on the TF40 relative to those Angell frames?

Thanks in advance.
Both have some more free power to them especially the ASL2. TF40 is not underpowered though and especially if you add some weight to it like i did. It is a 305g frame so prime for leather grip and some weight. Plenty of power to dictate IMO and i thought spin is very good for 18x20 and even surprising. Still it is more of a stick that will hit flatter through the court. The good news is i also tried XTC300 and once again added a leather grip and weight. It feels more firm yet somehow still comfortable and has that clean feel of TF40. Very good power and easy spin in this one. Easy launch angle and very versatile with a big serve. Did a 2 hour drill with it and hopefully will have another 2 hours on the court in the morning.
 

axis7777

New User
Both have some more free power to them especially the ASL2. TF40 is not underpowered though and especially if you add some weight to it like i did. It is a 305g frame so prime for leather grip and some weight. Plenty of power to dictate IMO and i thought spin is very good for 18x20 and even surprising. Still it is more of a stick that will hit flatter through the court. The good news is i also tried XTC300 and once again added a leather grip and weight. It feels more firm yet somehow still comfortable and has that clean feel of TF40. Very good power and easy spin in this one. Easy launch angle and very versatile with a big serve. Did a 2 hour drill with it and hopefully will have another 2 hours on the court in the morning.
Tried xtc 300 today and not bad at all but needs 10 more grams at least for me.
No big advantages but very versatile as you said.
How much weight you added and were.
 

aehjmeyer

New User
Both have some more free power to them especially the ASL2. TF40 is not underpowered though and especially if you add some weight to it like i did. It is a 305g frame so prime for leather grip and some weight. Plenty of power to dictate IMO and i thought spin is very good for 18x20 and even surprising. Still it is more of a stick that will hit flatter through the court. The good news is i also tried XTC300 and once again added a leather grip and weight. It feels more firm yet somehow still comfortable and has that clean feel of TF40. Very good power and easy spin in this one. Easy launch angle and very versatile with a big serve. Did a 2 hour drill with it and hopefully will have another 2 hours on the court in the morning.
Oh dear, between this description and sale I may not have a choice
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
Tried xtc 300 today and not bad at all but needs 10 more grams at least for me.
No big advantages but very versatile as you said.
How much weight you added and were.
I added leather grip, 1.5g @12 another 4g “7 from the butt cap so top of the handle and OG. I’m at 334g overall
 

tennis347

Professional
Both have some more free power to them especially the ASL2. TF40 is not underpowered though and especially if you add some weight to it like i did. It is a 305g frame so prime for leather grip and some weight. Plenty of power to dictate IMO and i thought spin is very good for 18x20 and even surprising. Still it is more of a stick that will hit flatter through the court. The good news is i also tried XTC300 and once again added a leather grip and weight. It feels more firm yet somehow still comfortable and has that clean feel of TF40. Very good power and easy spin in this one. Easy launch angle and very versatile with a big serve. Did a 2 hour drill with it and hopefully will have another 2 hours on the court in the morning.
I have to say that the T40 305 is a very solid racquet with great stability, feel, balance of power and control. I am pleasantly surprised that the comfort is quite good considering it plays a bit on the firm side. I thought my shoulder would be feeling the effects from crisp impact. I did string it up with a soft Gamma TNT 16 string at 52 lbs and changed the stock grip to a Wilson Contour. It now weighs about 330 grams strung. No lead is needed IMO. Coming from the Blade 98 16 x 19 98 v7, the T40 305 is superior in power, control, stability and feel. Technifibre has done a tremendous job with this racquet. It really absorbs pace well and I can hit a really heavy backhand slice all day long. The only knock for me is the upper hoop is bit firm. However, with the right string and low tension, it should not be an issue for my shoulder. I might be making a switch from the Blade.
 

n80aoag

New User
I demo'd the TF40 for 8 hours and found it to be stiffer and less plush than the Blade v7 16x19. Forehands felt great to me but for some reason I was not hitting deep, heavy backhands with the TF40 compared to my blade V7. For now I will stick with the blade as I feel like I hit a heavier ball with it and prefer the plush feel over the stiffer TF40. For the record I had tour bite 17 on the blade and TF40 had black code 17g (unknown lower tension).
 

Grieeegoorr

Rookie
I demo'd the TF40 for 8 hours and found it to be stiffer and less plush than the Blade v7 16x19. Forehands felt great to me but for some reason I was not hitting deep, heavy backhands with the TF40 compared to my blade V7. For now I will stick with the blade as I feel like I hit a heavier ball with it and prefer the plush feel over the stiffer TF40. For the record I had tour bite 17 on the blade and TF40 had black code 17g (unknown lower tension).
305 or 315?
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
I demo'd the TF40 for 8 hours and found it to be stiffer and less plush than the Blade v7 16x19. Forehands felt great to me but for some reason I was not hitting deep, heavy backhands with the TF40 compared to my blade V7. For now I will stick with the blade as I feel like I hit a heavier ball with it and prefer the plush feel over the stiffer TF40. For the record I had tour bite 17 on the blade and TF40 had black code 17g (unknown lower tension).
As noted you had what seemed to be lower tension...but I would take the 18x20 string bed vs a 16x19 as apples and oranges. I'd be curious to try the 18x20 v7. Have you had a chance to hit with that?
 

tennis347

Professional
As noted you had what seemed to be lower tension...but I would take the 18x20 string bed vs a 16x19 as apples and oranges. I'd be curious to try the 18x20 v7. Have you had a chance to hit with that?
I had a slightly different experience with the T40 305. I agree that the T40 305 is a bit stiffer than the Blade 98 16 x 19 v7. If you play with poly in the T40 305, I would string at a very low tension around 45lbs. Otherwise, you will destroy your arm. I had my T40 305 strung up with Gamma TNT 16 at 52lbs and the sweet spot is definitely larger than the Blade IMO. I had no problem getting easy depth with the T40 305 even hitting into a heavy wind. There's so much mass in the hoop that drives the ball deep. The slice backhand was a standout feature for me, very heavy and deep with underspin. Topspin was not bad either on the forehand and backhand. With a synthetic string you get a higher launch angle with the T40 305.
The comfort is good considering it's a bit on the firm side.

In comparison, I have played with the Blade 98 16 x 19 v7 for 3 months with a synthetic string set up. Definitely nice and plush feeling. The power and spin is ok but nothing spectacular. IMO the soft flex in the Blade takes away from the power. The controland stability are good but not outstanding. I was attracted to the Blade due to the lower flex.

However, after playing with T40 305 for 1 hitting session in cool and windy, I can say that it's a better all around frame than the Blade. The Blade is only better in comfort and the spin. The T40 305 really hits a heavy ball with less effort than the Blade. I was serving flat bullets with the T40 305. The bottom line is as long it agrees with my arm over the next couple of hitting sessions, I will be making the switch from the Blade to the T40 305. I did not have any arm pain after the first hitting session which is a positive. The key is to string the T40 305 at a lower tension to get superb comfort. It has so much control that you can do that with the 18 ×20 pattern, also with a thin gauge string. I have tried alot of modern racquets but Technifibre has hit a home run with the T40 305. I was dialed in with this racquet right away!! The Blade IMO doesn't do anything special but provide really good feel and arm comfort.
 

tennis347

Professional
I strung up vSquare/Ghostwire at 43#. I'm enjoying that set up and would be interested in a gut/poly

hope to hear from more that have used the v7 18x20 and the TF40 205
Your tension is good and the racquet should be comfortable. If I was using my goat string Gosen Micro 16, I would go with 49 or 50 lbs for cool weather play in NY. In the summer, I would go a few pounds higher. I might try a 17 gauge Gosen Micro since the pattern is dense and the strings will not break quickly. I can't play with poly due to some elbow and shoulder issues from 30 years of playing. I am really hoping the T40 305 agrees with my arm. I should know after a couple of more hitting sessions.
 

t_pac

Rookie
I've got a history of elbow problems and so far no issues with the TF40. Got a couple of poly setups at 44/40 and have also tried multi/poly and arm has been fine so far.

It does have a nice, firm response but still manages to be comfortable.
 

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
The TF40 is one of those rare racquets that plays incredibly well in stock form and doesn’t require modding. It’s surprisingly stable for its weight. As someone who prefers a heavy racquet, I’ve tried leather grip and lead tape yet still prefer it in stock form. Basically, don’t mess with its current weight and balance.
 

tennis347

Professional
The TF40 is one of those rare racquets that plays incredibly well in stock form and doesn’t require modding. It’s surprisingly stable for its weight. As someone who prefers a heavy racquet, I’ve tried leather grip and lead tape yet still prefer it in stock form. Basically, don’t mess with its current weight and balance.
The only change I made was putting on a Wilson Contour grip to improve cushioning. The racquet plays great with no lead. The new grip made it tad more headlight which improves maneuverability.
 

tribesmen

Professional
I would just like to point out, the manoeuvrability is really great for almost a 0 balanced racket and if you make it more head light it must be super fast.
 

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
I would just like to point out, the manoeuvrability is really great for almost a 0 balanced racket and if you make it more head light it must be super fast.
Yup, this is where it's superior to the Blade and hence why I made the switch. Both are around the same weight and the TF40 is slightly more head heavy and thicker frame, yet the TF40 manages to be much more manueverable.
 
I have some trouble hitting the SS consistently, mainly due to poor footwork... would I be better off with the TF40 or Blade?

Also, today I play with an Ultra Tour, which specwise is pretty much on par with these two.. haven’t seen reviews pairing the TF40 up with the UT (slightly modded for similar SW of course).. or even comparing the Blade to the UT for that matter.

Anyone care to shed some light?




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