TECNIFIBIRE TFight 315 RS 16x19 REVIEW
Millman's endorsed racquet. His personal specs from what I've found around are:
98", 349g, 317mm, 65ra, 334 SW. Amazing specs that even I could handle without preparation.
How does it play in stock form?
The closest frame I could compare it to would be Head Gravity Tour. At least my idea, expectations towards how Extreme Tour should play is more found in RS 315. What I mean is that the power lvl and forgiveness, stability really suits the description of Head Extreme line while Extreme Tour is in my opinion mislabeled as "extreme" where it should be something like "Prestige S" or "radical something"...
It's ready to play in stock form. Something I really appreciate in retail racquets. Mine came a bit heavier at 318g, 310mm which actually is also great
First I strung it at 24kg/24kg with Mayami Big Spin as I heard it's a powerful frame and spin oriented so wanted to emphasise spin potential with 3-sided string and keep the power lvl lower by tighter tension..
So - I will repeat - Tecnifibre frames are IMO all starting from control-based idea and then designers tweak it into direction they want to market the frame.
At 24kg the power lvl was too low and frame felt a bit dead. It was ok but nothing stood out. I gave it to the student, he was actually very happy with the frame (he also enjoyed Tecnifibre IGA a lot but wanted something heavier). I revisited the frame after a month and wow. What a change. Tension for sure must have dropped and the frame came to life. It was much closer to the description you can find online. Power, forgiveness, spin. Basicly "Head Extreme" alternative under 98" and foam filled or if you want - it's kinda like a radical with speed combo.
Compared to my TF40 315 16x19 (customized to 324g/30.5/292) RS315 offers more power, similar spin, a bit more forgiveness but I would say the feel of forgiveness comes from the faster response. Millman is stringing his 16x19 TFight with Black Code 1.28 at very high tension so I guess his response is pretty dead
The launch angle is still pretty low so I didn't feel the need of putting thicker gauges. I would recommend stringing it lower than 24kg. Mayami Big Spin is rather on a softer side than Black Code so I was quite surprised with the response being so low powered. Let the frame breath and string it low !
If you are concerned about the stiffnes don't be. It feels closer to 65-66 ra frames. Most likely thanks to foam inside. I would still prefer a softer layap but mainly for my performance preferences rather than feel (I like longer dwell time).
Head Extreme Tour - RS315 feels less hollow in stock form, and is more stable. However I must give a point to Extreme Tour beam design. It's 22-23-21 but feels and looks actually thinner. I like the idea of it being more suitable to prestige line however it's weird to see it in the Extreme family (if we compare the performances).
RS315 is 23/23/22.5 and feels thicker for sure but maybe thats the reason why it's ready to play in stock form while Extreme Tour is screaming for more mass.
TF40 315 customized has thinner beam, longer dwell time, more control, less power, slightly more forgiveness and for my game I think it might be better but both are amazing. I think RS315 at 65ra (like Millman) would be amazing combo of something "very close" to TF40 315 but with different DNA.
Maybe Wilson Pro Staff actually? But It's been a crazy long time I last played with a Pro Staff family.
Rating: 7.0/10 -
please give us version within 63-65 ra for slightly longer dwell time
I wouldn't mind a slightly heavier SW but it's ok.
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