Tecnifibre TF40 315

RoarTT

Semi-Pro
I have seen much talk about the 305 version but little about the 315. Been searching a bit but haven’t found much. Anyone have some experience to share? :)
 

High Lama

Rookie
I have used it extensively. It is a great control racquet with a crisp direct feel. I needed to add 4 grams to the hoop to get the depth/ court penetration but I also use thin poly strings. What do you want to know specifically about it?
 

RoarTT

Semi-Pro
Thanks! I’m probably most interested in knowing how the power level and stability is compared to other 18x20 offerings. Like Ultra Tour, Angell TC97 and Pure strike 18x20.

The 1. gen Pure Strike Tour is sort of the my ideal when it comes to stability. Little different specs. but mine came in at 316 grams unstrung and 320 strung SW and 32 cm strung balance so kinda close to the TF40 315. My only knock on the PST was that it was slightly overpowered at times and lacked a little bit of feel. But still i would like something more powerfull than say the Ultra Tour :)
 

High Lama

Rookie
I’ve played with all those racquets briefly. It is closest to the black n red pure strike tour. It is not as stable or powerful as pst. It is slightly softer/ less harsh on contact. It is more maneuverable headlight and comfortable than the pst. My TF 315s are 346 grams with og, dampener, and 3 to 4 grams of lead in the hoop with about 325 swingweight.

It has more power/ stability than an ultra tour for sure with a crisper modern feel. It has more power than most racquets which have similar specs such as a yonex hd or new prestige mp which were too underpowered to me. Hope that helps.
 

RoarTT

Semi-Pro
I’ve played with all those racquets briefly. It is closest to the black n red pure strike tour. It is not as stable or powerful as pst. It is slightly softer/ less harsh on contact. It is more maneuverable headlight and comfortable than the pst. My TF 315s are 346 grams with og, dampener, and 3 to 4 grams of lead in the hoop with about 325 swingweight.

It has more power/ stability than an ultra tour for sure with a crisper modern feel. It has more power than most racquets which have similar specs such as a yonex hd or new prestige mp which were too underpowered to me. Hope that helps.
Thank you so much! :)
 
What strings pair best with this racquet? I'm coming from a prestige. I'm enjoying the extra power that the TF40 315 has but I miss the connected feel of the prestige. Ive tried it with Head Hawk and that felt a little too stiff and boardy. I'd like to stay away from Multi's if possible. Thanks in advance
 

StanAO14

Rookie
What strings pair best with this racquet? I'm coming from a prestige. I'm enjoying the extra power that the TF40 315 has but I miss the connected feel of the prestige. Ive tried it with Head Hawk and that felt a little too stiff and boardy. I'd like to stay away from Multi's if possible. Thanks in advance
I’ve played with this racquet but not sure anymore which strings I put into it. Probably a medium stiff poly in the mains and a soft poly in the crosses. Strung around 22/21kg. Why? Because it’s a tight 18/20 pattern (hence stringing low, crosses 1kg looser to get a bit more launch), therefore I would not choose to go full bed stiff poly, but also not full bed soft poly (because it is pretty comfortable with lowish RA and stable. Lastly I would choose a thin(ner) poly because of the tight 18/20 (let’s say 1.20 mm). For example solinco confidential mains with Yonex poly tour pro crosses…
 

RoarTT

Semi-Pro
What strings pair best with this racquet? I'm coming from a prestige. I'm enjoying the extra power that the TF40 315 has but I miss the connected feel of the prestige. Ive tried it with Head Hawk and that felt a little too stiff and boardy. I'd like to stay away from Multi's if possible. Thanks in advance
The biggest problem for me with the TF40 was the low launch angle. I ended up using Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 (1,20mm) at sub 50 lbs tension. This did help. I think a thinner gauge helps with feel as well. The pattern on this one is very dense. It's not unheared of to go with a 19 or maybe even a 20 gauge string i would say. Solinco Confidential and Tour bite (even the soft version) made it feel a little too stiff and boardy as you say. But going with the Tourna BHB 7 felt better. My advice would be to try a softer more lively poly at at thinner gauge. Like the Tourna i mentioned and maybe Volk Cyclone Tour and so on :)
 

ewiewp

Hall of Fame
The biggest problem for me with the TF40 was the low launch angle. I ended up using Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 (1,20mm) at sub 50 lbs tension. This did help. I think a thinner gauge helps with feel as well. The pattern on this one is very dense. It's not unheared of to go with a 19 or maybe even a 20 gauge string i would say. Solinco Confidential and Tour bite (even the soft version) made it feel a little too stiff and boardy as you say. But going with the Tourna BHB 7 felt better. My advice would be to try a softer more lively poly at at thinner gauge. Like the Tourna i mentioned and maybe Volk Cyclone Tour and so on :)
I use tf40 for that low launch angle.
I think my old prestige mp had it even lower.
 
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ewiewp

Hall of Fame
I’ve played with all those racquets briefly. It is closest to the black n red pure strike tour. It is not as stable or powerful as pst. It is slightly softer/ less harsh on contact. It is more maneuverable headlight and comfortable than the pst. My TF 315s are 346 grams with og, dampener, and 3 to 4 grams of lead in the hoop with about 325 swingweight.

It has more power/ stability than an ultra tour for sure with a crisper modern feel. It has more power than most racquets which have similar specs such as a yonex hd or new prestige mp which were too underpowered to me. Hope that helps.
I feel similar to this post with my tf40 315.
It's modern feel but has feel good flex on high impact

But one of my tf40's came about 7g higher than spec(and more head light). You might want to get spec matched.
 

StanAO14

Rookie
I feel similar to this post with my tf40 315.
It's modern feel but has feel good flex on high impact

But one of my tf40's came about 7g higher than spec(and more head light). You might want to get spec matched.
That’s not too bad, mine was 324g unstrung ;)
 

ewiewp

Hall of Fame
That’s not too bad, mine was 324g unstrung ;)
Mine is 354g strung with over grip,dampener,head tapes, lol.
Slightly heavier than my ideal spec but its ok since it more head light.

I use 15 gauge string. I love homogeneous feel of a dense string bed with thick strings.
 
The one i have has a heavy swingweight. 299 without strings. 333 after 1.25 poly. I think i like it. feels so solid and still doesn't feel bulky. Tecnifibre doesnt have the best quality control.

I'm trying Ice code today to see if i can get a little more pockety feel compared to head hawk. I will try a shaped poly next week. I usually don't like them because my backhand does'nt penetrate the court as well but with this 18/20, stiffer racquet, i might need the extra safety. Thanks for the recommendations
 

RoarTT

Semi-Pro
I feel similar to this post with my tf40 315.
It's modern feel but has feel good flex on high impact

But one of my tf40's came about 7g higher than spec(and more head light). You might want to get spec matched.
Mine came in at 322 unstrung as well. Just look at the results from a racket matching here. They should rename it TF40 320 or 325 :p

 

Crocodile

Legend
I actually prefer the 315 to the 305 because I like a higher static weight combined with a more headlight balance.
The 315 is an excellent frame, box beamed, foam filled racquet with a 64ra and soon to be upgraded with greater string pattern options. I know it won’t happen, but would love to see Tecnifibre bring out a 325g version like they used to back in the day with the T Fight range.
The 315 has a very good mix of specs that should appeal to a broad range of players. It’s best feature is its feel and balance between control and power. You get the control from the 18/20 string pattern and headlight balance and enough power with the slightly wider beam than your ultimate players stick and the 64 RA.
This frame also compares favourably to other excellent frames including the Angell K7 Lime and Red and the Diadem Elevate which are also foam filled.
 

Rob209

New User
What strings pair best with this racquet? I'm coming from a prestige. I'm enjoying the extra power that the TF40 315 has but I miss the connected feel of the prestige. Ive tried it with Head Hawk and that felt a little too stiff and boardy. I'd like to stay away from Multi's if possible. Thanks in advance
I tested a lot of strings in this racket whilst trying to find my “perfect” set up. I’ve settled on T1 FireWire mains with T1 GhostWire X. Currently all at 48lb although I may try and sneak down a couple of pounds - especially playing outside in the winter. I’ve got no pecuniary interest in T1 but I find them good value and quality. The FireWire is triangular and enhances my spin generation and the GhostWire is a slick round poly with excellent tension maintenance and a lovely soft feel, I’ve tried it as the X in a few poly:poly hybrids and it softens the string bed beautifully, without sacrificing the control and spin that people play with poly for.
I got my rackets from shops that offered the ability to match specs so mine are all fairly similar - unstrung specs:
  1. 316g/309mm/284.5SW
  2. 318g/311mm/283SW
  3. 318.1G/313mm/285.5SW
  4. 317.1g/310mm/283SW
  5. I’ve got a leather grip, over grip and small TF dampener on them. Strung and with that they’re all 348/349g and obviously pretty headlight still with the leather grip. I really enjoy the solid feel at contact.
 

ewiewp

Hall of Fame
I actually prefer the 315 to the 305 because I like a higher static weight combined with a more headlight balance.
The 315 is an excellent frame, box beamed, foam filled racquet with a 64ra and soon to be upgraded with greater string pattern options. I know it won’t happen, but would love to see Tecnifibre bring out a 325g version like they used to back in the day with the T Fight range.
The 315 has a very good mix of specs that should appeal to a broad range of players. It’s best feature is its feel and balance between control and power. You get the control from the 18/20 string pattern and headlight balance and enough power with the slightly wider beam than your ultimate players stick and the 64 RA.
This frame also compares favourably to other excellent frames including the Angell K7 Lime and Red and the Diadem Elevate which are also foam filled.
Tf40 is foam filled?
 

Francoss

New User
I love my TF40 315. The specs are for net play. No need to add weight If you want serve and volley. I have mine with Yonex Dinawire crosses and Babolat rpm soft mains. Stable, low powered and you can do any shot you want. Yes launch angle is super low, but when God gives you bullets, you learn to be a machine gun. No dampener needed. Slices like a dream, handle shape favors Continental grip volleys. Perfect doubles racket. Perfect Kick serves. (Seven point headlight for spin creation). Does not need a leather grip. Did I say no lead needed? Great serve returns but tricky topspin window if your string bed is tight. I’m dropping 3 pounds next time. I’m dialing it in. Has a big 98 inch head, call it a 99 if you want. You will need a feel-good string because the the tight string pattern will shut down some pocketing. Yes, poly users run the risk of making it a wooden board with the wrong tension.
 

t_pac

Semi-Pro
I haven't played the 315, but I have 3 x 305s weighted up to be more head light.

The TF40 is such a great stick, tend to switch between them and the Head Gravity Tour. Actually leaning towards the Gravity lately as with my ageing eyes/reactions the extra head size is useful, and it's just a lot easier to use overall. Miss the TF40 feel though and scalpel like precision though...

For full poly my go to was Tier 1 Black Knight X Ghost Wire in the mid 40s, but I generally prefer gut/poly (VS x GW at around 55/50)
 

TomTennis495

Semi-Pro
315 is a dream. I actually switched from the pure strike which , as you stated , could be hard to control at times. So much power! The tech 315 is a great switch if you want more feel and control but a similar over all feel
 

McGradey

Professional
Interested in the new 16x19 version. It's a lot of white though. Look forward to hearing peoples' first impressions!
 

ewiewp

Hall of Fame
315 is a dream. I actually switched from the pure strike which , as you stated , could be hard to control at times. So much power! The tech 315 is a great switch if you want more feel and control but a similar over all feel
Love the feel when it flexes a bit at heavy impact.
 
I just got back from my UTR match with the TF40 315 16x19 and, unfortunately, have bad news for this racquet. I played with the modified TF40 demo until I went down a break 4-3 in the first set. Then I switched back to my modified Dunlop cx200. I won the match 7-6, 6-0. I’ll break down the differences by category. Here are the specs of each racquet and my background:

My background:

Former D1 college player. Current UTR is about 10, current NTRP is 5.0.

Racquet specs

TF40 315 16x19 (2022) –
Added 6 grams at 3 and 9 plus over grip. Strung with tour bite 16L at 50 lbs. 343 grams weight, ~7pts HL, swing weight unknown (supposed 313 factory swing weight based on TW).

Dunlop CX 200 (previous version) – Added 6 grams at 3 and 9 and a leather grip + over grip. Strung with tour bit 16L at 50lbs. 339 grams weight, ~8 pt HL, swing weight unknown (based on TW, swing weight is 4-5 points higher than the TF40 315 16x19).

Review

Returns


My opponent’s two best shots were his serve and his forehand. He has a 5.0 serve that is deep and with pace and a very high 1st server percentage. Also, he takes advantage of any short or weak shot that he can hit a forehand on. The whole match revolved around whether I could neutralize his serve with a deep return, preferably into the back hand corner and take his strong forehand out of play. With the TF40, I struggled to consistently return his serve deep in the court and was on the defense every point. He was getting forehands on the first ball. Also, my defensive shots didn’t seem to have any weight to them, so I couldn’t stop his attack once it began. After I went down a break, 4-3, I switched to the Dunlop CX200 and my returns immediately became way more effective. I didn’t feel the weight of his serve and I had much better control of the depth and placement of my return. For the rest of the match, I was able to neutralize the point by hitting a controlled returns to his backhand or by keeping the return deep enough so that he couldn’t hit effective forehands. After the switch, I got pretty much every return I could get a racquet on back into play. I broke him the next 4 out of 5 times after going back to my racquet.

Serves

I had the same problem on serve. With the TF40, my serve just wasn’t heavy enough to force an error or a short return. I felt like I was on defense on many of the points. He was even able to hit strong forehands off my first serve. I held my first 3 service games, but was under huge pressure. Finally, at 3-3, he broke my serve. When I switched to the CX200, his returns became a lot less effective. He didn’t hit one strong forehand return for the rest of the match. The accuracy, heaviness, and depth of both first and second allowed me to either be neutral or in control of the point. I didn’t lose serve again for the rest of the match.

Baseline

With the TF40, I was able to get my opponent on the run, but my attacking shots were not drawing errors or short balls. Also, when he did get a forehand, the heaviness of his shot (just like with the serve) forced me into hitting a short ball or losing control of the ball. I was constantly on defense and was exhausted from having to defend more than normal. When I switched back to my CX200, I was able to consistently keep the ball deep into the backhand corner. He was no longer hitting run around forehands. This changed the entire direction of the match. Also, my shots just seemed heavier as I was drawing errors when I was able to take a full cut at the ball.

Volleys

I didn’t come to the net enough in this match to comment on volleys. I will say it's very hard to top the CX200 on volleys. It is an absolute scalpel at net.

Comfort

The CX200 is also by far the more comfortable racquet.


Overall

I think the common theme here is that I was getting pushed around by my opponent’s shots with the TF40. Even with the added weight, I could not maintain the control and depth of my shots when my opponent hit a heavy ball. This included on the serve or from the baseline (note, he plays with the most beastly racquet out there – the RF97). My current racquet is better in every category for my game and playing against players who can a hit a heavy ball.

Sorry to kill the buzz on this racquet! I think it could be a good racquet if you are a player who is physically strong and takes huge cuts at the ball. It rewards big swings with good spin and control. But for me in this match up, it didn’t stand up to my current frame. The outcome of the match clearly shows there was a huge difference. I am not sure why Tecnifibre changed it so much from the current 315. The current TF40 315 18x20 racquets come stock with a swing weight in the 330s (although this could have been due to bad quality control). I played with that racquet with no customization for a year and had some of my best singles victories. The only reason I switched is because I wanted a 16x19 pattern. Overall, I wanted this one to play more like the old 18x20 version in a 16x19 frame, but it just doesn’t have the same balance of stability, power, and control.
 

ChrisJR3264

New User
I just got back from my UTR match with the TF40 315 16x19 and, unfortunately, have bad news for this racquet. I played with the modified TF40 demo until I went down a break 4-3 in the first set. Then I switched back to my modified Dunlop cx200. I won the match 7-6, 6-0. I’ll break down the differences by category. Here are the specs of each racquet and my background:

My background:

Former D1 college player. Current UTR is about 10, current NTRP is 5.0.

Racquet specs

TF40 315 16x19 (2022) –
Added 6 grams at 3 and 9 plus over grip. Strung with tour bite 16L at 50 lbs. 343 grams weight, ~7pts HL, swing weight unknown (supposed 313 factory swing weight based on TW).

Dunlop CX 200 (previous version) – Added 6 grams at 3 and 9 and a leather grip + over grip. Strung with tour bit 16L at 50lbs. 339 grams weight, ~8 pt HL, swing weight unknown (based on TW, swing weight is 4-5 points higher than the TF40 315 16x19).

Review

Returns


My opponent’s two best shots were his serve and his forehand. He has a 5.0 serve that is deep and with pace and a very high 1st server percentage. Also, he takes advantage of any short or weak shot that he can hit a forehand on. The whole match revolved around whether I could neutralize his serve with a deep return, preferably into the back hand corner and take his strong forehand out of play. With the TF40, I struggled to consistently return his serve deep in the court and was on the defense every point. He was getting forehands on the first ball. Also, my defensive shots didn’t seem to have any weight to them, so I couldn’t stop his attack once it began. After I went down a break, 4-3, I switched to the Dunlop CX200 and my returns immediately became way more effective. I didn’t feel the weight of his serve and I had much better control of the depth and placement of my return. For the rest of the match, I was able to neutralize the point by hitting a controlled returns to his backhand or by keeping the return deep enough so that he couldn’t hit effective forehands. After the switch, I got pretty much every return I could get a racquet on back into play. I broke him the next 4 out of 5 times after going back to my racquet.

Serves

I had the same problem on serve. With the TF40, my serve just wasn’t heavy enough to force an error or a short return. I felt like I was on defense on many of the points. He was even able to hit strong forehands off my first serve. I held my first 3 service games, but was under huge pressure. Finally, at 3-3, he broke my serve. When I switched to the CX200, his returns became a lot less effective. He didn’t hit one strong forehand return for the rest of the match. The accuracy, heaviness, and depth of both first and second allowed me to either be neutral or in control of the point. I didn’t lose serve again for the rest of the match.

Baseline

With the TF40, I was able to get my opponent on the run, but my attacking shots were not drawing errors or short balls. Also, when he did get a forehand, the heaviness of his shot (just like with the serve) forced me into hitting a short ball or losing control of the ball. I was constantly on defense and was exhausted from having to defend more than normal. When I switched back to my CX200, I was able to consistently keep the ball deep into the backhand corner. He was no longer hitting run around forehands. This changed the entire direction of the match. Also, my shots just seemed heavier as I was drawing errors when I was able to take a full cut at the ball.

Volleys

I didn’t come to the net enough in this match to comment on volleys. I will say it's very hard to top the CX200 on volleys. It is an absolute scalpel at net.

Comfort

The CX200 is also by far the more comfortable racquet.


Overall

I think the common theme here is that I was getting pushed around by my opponent’s shots with the TF40. Even with the added weight, I could not maintain the control and depth of my shots when my opponent hit a heavy ball. This included on the serve or from the baseline (note, he plays with the most beastly racquet out there – the RF97). My current racquet is better in every category for my game and playing against players who can a hit a heavy ball.

Sorry to kill the buzz on this racquet! I think it could be a good racquet if you are a player who is physically strong and takes huge cuts at the ball. It rewards big swings with good spin and control. But for me in this match up, it didn’t stand up to my current frame. The outcome of the match clearly shows there was a huge difference. I am not sure why Tecnifibre changed it so much from the current 315. The current TF40 315 18x20 racquets come stock with a swing weight in the 330s (although this could have been due to bad quality control). I played with that racquet with no customization for a year and had some of my best singles victories. The only reason I switched is because I wanted a 16x19 pattern. Overall, I wanted this one to play more like the old 18x20 version in a 16x19 frame, but it just doesn’t have the same balance of stability, power, and control.
How would you compare the TF40 305? I mistakingLy bought the Ezone and my game is suited to the 18/20 305 when I demod
 

taydbear7

Semi-Pro
I love my TF40 315. The specs are for net play. No need to add weight If you want serve and volley. I have mine with Yonex Dinawire crosses and Babolat rpm soft mains. Stable, low powered and you can do any shot you want. Yes launch angle is super low, but when God gives you bullets, you learn to be a machine gun. No dampener needed. Slices like a dream, handle shape favors Continental grip volleys. Perfect doubles racket. Perfect Kick serves. (Seven point headlight for spin creation). Does not need a leather grip. Did I say no lead needed? Great serve returns but tricky topspin window if your string bed is tight. I’m dropping 3 pounds next time. I’m dialing it in. Has a big 98 inch head, call it a 99 if you want. You will need a feel-good string because the the tight string pattern will shut down some pocketing. Yes, poly users run the risk of making it a wooden board with the wrong tension.
I like the sound of this. I’ve been struggling at the net and need something stable. Would Hyper G or HGS FB be a good string for this racquet?
 

YCata

New User
I would imagine a 313 SW to be pushed around a bit by hard hitters, but would've thought the foam would make up for it.

Has anyone else tried the latest version and was able to maintain stability while generating heavy balls from it?
 
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