Ultimate racquet of choice - tournament players and/or coaches

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Yeah, I'll probabbly go for something 1.23-1.25 at 20-21kg. Currently has alu power on it from the previous owner (looks completely fresh though) at, I assume, higher tension so I'll just try that first.
Curious about the swingweight due to quality control, doesn't feel to high but let's see what my stringer measures.
Also serving, seeing how Zverev and Rublev hit second serves :rolleyes:
Let me know your SW. I am quite interested. All gravity Pro sticks i had felt fast (had 3 of them)
 

veelium

Professional
Will do, but it's probably gonna take a while.
My angell 95 is at 300 swingweight unstrung so shouldn't be too far off.
 

Wheelz

Hall of Fame
Let me know your SW. I am quite interested. All gravity Pro sticks i had felt fast (had 3 of them)
I thought it was the opposite? That they felt slow for their weight. Or maybe it’s their performance is not as good as it’s weight.
 

Dauren

New User
@galapagos seems my golfer's elbow getting better :) , wanna compare my speed pro and rs305 once more, but struggling with strings for speed, need your advice here, one for comfort and one for performance please8-B
 

Fintft

G.O.A.T.
@galapagos seems my golfer's elbow getting better :) , wanna compare my speed pro and rs305 once more, but struggling with strings for speed, need your advice here, one for comfort and one for performance please8-B
Am no expert but I love this Mayami poly/poly hybrid for softness, control and power Tour Hex /Hit Pro at 48/45. Much more than gut/poly at 55/50.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
I thought it was the opposite? That they felt slow for their weight. Or maybe it’s their performance is not as good as it’s weight.
I believe i used the word weird :p
Fast yet heavy… empty but No room for customization. On groundstrokes they felt like 323 SW to me. On serves like 327-330.
 
GPros can feel kinda fast, like Thor’s hammer, & evth in btwn; their QC is all over the place. The one I demoed was ~335SW strung w/ a 1.20mm poly. Best suited to those who like heft on serve, play an aggressive baseline or counterpunching game & have a 2HBH. They get kinda tiring to serve with after ~2-3hrs when they come over spec.
 

jalapeno74

Rookie
I had some more games with my bunch of raquets - the longer I play with them, the more I feel the small differences that can make such a huge impact on your game:

TF40 305 (old version): Still closest to the Blade v5 in terms of feel, whippiness, touch and power. They are very similar. I can volley with them like crazy, even tough shots and/or drive my opponents crazy with drop shots from anywhere. The only thing I struggle with from time to time is the serve (haven't figured out why) and the launch angle, which can be quite demanding

That's why I kept coming back to...

The Head Speed Pro 360+ : Serves are HUGE with this one, at least my first serve which I usually bomb flat. The percentage is just crazy high with this one. The second one (kick or slice) is worse than the ones with the TF40 but due to the percentage of the 1st I don't really care. DTL shots are incredible as well, so much pinpoint shoot makes you feel like a sniper. The extra inches help me dig out shots on defense that I don't get back with the other frames. Overall just a great frame. Still struggling a bit with my OHBH drive/topspin though. Slices are great and THBH defense shots as well but I just feel wobbly with it when trying to dictate with it on the backhand side

Just great to have two frames that really match with my game and that don't hurt my arm! Still have two Blade v5s but now I feel confident that there are equally good alternatives

Hope you can narrow your search down as well
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
I had some more games with my bunch of raquets - the longer I play with them, the more I feel the small differences that can make such a huge impact on your game:

TF40 305 (old version): Still closest to the Blade v5 in terms of feel, whippiness, touch and power. They are very similar. I can volley with them like crazy, even tough shots and/or drive my opponents crazy with drop shots from anywhere. The only thing I struggle with from time to time is the serve (haven't figured out why) and the launch angle, which can be quite demanding

That's why I kept coming back to...

The Head Speed Pro 360+ : Serves are HUGE with this one, at least my first serve which I usually bomb flat. The percentage is just crazy high with this one. The second one (kick or slice) is worse than the ones with the TF40 but due to the percentage of the 1st I don't really care. DTL shots are incredible as well, so much pinpoint shoot makes you feel like a sniper. The extra inches help me dig out shots on defense that I don't get back with the other frames. Overall just a great frame. Still struggling a bit with my OHBH drive/topspin though. Slices are great and THBH defense shots as well but I just feel wobbly with it when trying to dictate with it on the backhand side

Just great to have two frames that really match with my game and that don't hurt my arm! Still have two Blade v5s but now I feel confident that there are equally good alternatives

Hope you can narrow your search down as well
i will try TF40 305 18x20 to compare with customized TF40 16x19 315. When I look at the TW data it looks like TF40 305 18x20 might be actually more powerful and forgiving. Hmmm

I did enjoy Speed Pro and TF40 315 18x20 from 2 years ago :) and I was a blade 2015 user as well !
 

brentzki

Rookie
@galapagos - hows the topspin potential on the RS305? I have a somewhat whippy playstyle (western/extreme semi-western fh grip) but would love a 98" frame with good playability and give me some good access to spin whilst also allowing to be aggressive on flatter shots from baseline.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
@galapagos - hows the topspin potential on the RS305? I have a somewhat whippy playstyle (western/extreme semi-western fh grip) but would love a 98" frame with good playability and give me some good access to spin whilst also allowing to be aggressive on flatter shots from baseline.
sounds like RS305 is perfect for you :)

it has very "modern" specs. low static weight, high SW which IMO is great for whippy topspin strokes. I am more traditional so I add weight to the handle to make it around 320g/310mm and with that I am striking more "forward" with longer relaxed strokes. Kinda Del Potro inspired? In stock it's very fast (even too fast maybe, faster than blade for example) but 18x19 pattern is the best thing in tennis lol

What's great in RS305 is not only the string pattern that is amazingly versatile but I love it for the huge sweet spot. I feel like I am playing with Speed Pro but in 98" instead of 100" so the frame doesnt feel so much "bulky". Anyway Speed Pro is amazing as well ! Maybe a bit better weigh distribution and it's something in between "modern" and "classic" where RS305 is pure modern but can be customized.
 

brentzki

Rookie
sounds like RS305 is perfect for you :)

it has very "modern" specs. low static weight, high SW which IMO is great for whippy topspin strokes. I am more traditional so I add weight to the handle to make it around 320g/310mm and with that I am striking more "forward" with longer relaxed strokes. Kinda Del Potro inspired? In stock it's very fast (even too fast maybe, faster than blade for example) but 18x19 pattern is the best thing in tennis lol

What's great in RS305 is not only the string pattern that is amazingly versatile but I love it for the huge sweet spot. I feel like I am playing with Speed Pro but in 98" instead of 100" so the frame doesnt feel so much "bulky". Anyway Speed Pro is amazing as well ! Maybe a bit better weigh distribution and it's something in between "modern" and "classic" where RS305 is pure modern but can be customized.
Amazing thanks for the feedback! Will have to demo! Is there potential for producing heavy topspin balls? What string would you recommend to put in it produce those heavy spin loaded balls?
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Amazing thanks for the feedback! Will have to demo! Is there potential for producing heavy topspin balls? What string would you recommend to put in it produce those heavy spin loaded balls?
Tecnifibre Black Code, maybe Solinco Hyper G or Confidetial, Head Lynx Tour, Mayami Big Spin, Diadem Solstice Power, Mayami Tour Hex. Those are coming to my head.
 

ClaudTT

Semi-Pro
sounds like RS305 is perfect for you :)

it has very "modern" specs. low static weight, high SW which IMO is great for whippy topspin strokes. I am more traditional so I add weight to the handle to make it around 320g/310mm and with that I am striking more "forward" with longer relaxed strokes. Kinda Del Potro inspired? In stock it's very fast (even too fast maybe, faster than blade for example) but 18x19 pattern is the best thing in tennis lol

What's great in RS305 is not only the string pattern that is amazingly versatile but I love it for the huge sweet spot. I feel like I am playing with Speed Pro but in 98" instead of 100" so the frame doesnt feel so much "bulky". Anyway Speed Pro is amazing as well ! Maybe a bit better weigh distribution and it's something in between "modern" and "classic" where RS305 is pure modern but can be customized.
HAHAA... quite exact, DelPo uses that type of setup !!! ... like us... heeee ;)
 

Tmano

Hall of Fame
sounds like RS305 is perfect for you :)

it has very "modern" specs. low static weight, high SW which IMO is great for whippy topspin strokes. I am more traditional so I add weight to the handle to make it around 320g/310mm and with that I am striking more "forward" with longer relaxed strokes. Kinda Del Potro inspired? In stock it's very fast (even too fast maybe, faster than blade for example) but 18x19 pattern is the best thing in tennis lol

What's great in RS305 is not only the string pattern that is amazingly versatile but I love it for the huge sweet spot. I feel like I am playing with Speed Pro but in 98" instead of 100" so the frame doesnt feel so much "bulky". Anyway Speed Pro is amazing as well ! Maybe a bit better weigh distribution and it's something in between "modern" and "classic" where RS305 is pure modern but can be customized.
galapagos, how tight is the 18x19 pattern on the RS305 in comparison to the RS300 16x19 pattern?
Would you also briefly add the main differences between the two racquets?
Thanks!
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
galapagos, how tight is the 18x19 pattern on the RS305 in comparison to the RS300 16x19 pattern?
Would you also briefly add the main differences between the two racquets?
Thanks!
I still havent hit with rs300 but soon.
i imagine the string pattern should be similar to tecniifbre tempo/t-rebound Iga frame.
If yes then i would say the difference in response is quite big with rs305 lower launch and more depth control.

so in terms of control i would say
TF40 18x20 > RS305 > TF40 16x19 > Iga/RS300
And spin potential:
Iga/Rs300>TF40 16x19> RS305> TF40 18x20
In power:
RS300/Iga > RS305 > TF40 16x19 > TF40 18x20

i still want to try 2022 TF40 18x20… anyone here already tried it ? Would it be my „come back to the blade era” ?
 

Tmano

Hall of Fame
I still havent hit with rs300 but soon.
i imagine the string pattern should be similar to tecniifbre tempo/t-rebound Iga frame.
If yes then i would say the difference in response is quite big with rs305 lower launch and more depth control.

so in terms of control i would say
TF40 18x20 > RS305 > TF40 16x19 > Iga/RS300
And spin potential:
Iga/Rs300>TF40 16x19> RS305> TF40 18x20
In power:
RS300/Iga > RS305 > TF40 16x19 > TF40 18x20

i still want to try 2022 TF40 18x20… anyone here already tried it ? Would it be my „come back to the blade era” ?

Thanks Galapagos!
Unfortunately I can't really help with the 2022 TF 40 18x20. Hopefully someone have some insight!
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Cool, I've been playing with customized TF40 315 for a while with Signum Pro Firestorm 1.30, Mayami Tour Hex 1.23, Tourna Silver 7 Tour 1.30. The best was Mayami Tour Hex. Might try it with Razor Code next

BUT for now I have a scheduled date with RS305 and Head Lynx Tour 1.25 at 23kg so will be able to compare the performance with Razor Code 1.25 setup.
 

Crocodile

Legend
Well, what I can say is that before the extended lock downs we had here in Australia I was quite settled with the type of racquets I was using, As I work 6 days a week on court for over 35 years it was all about racquets like this:
1. Any 10 series Volkl or Becker frame that was 325g or heavier with the exception of the 2020 C10 Pro. I don’t think the higher seingwright (330 v 323) and 64 Ra works for me. My favourite was the PB10 Mid and the older C10, VE 10mp, SG 10mp 325 and SG Mid 330 plus BB Melbourne and Tour 10MP
2. The PK Q Tour 325 - 3 iterations ago ( Black and gold before racing stripes ) fantastic frame,
3. Yonex Tour HG 330 - .Orange - nice and soft
4. Angell TC 97 and K7 Lime and Red
5. Dunlop biomimetic 200
Then after lockdown, even after doing my strengthening exercises every day something changed. I was feeling pretty good and then laid into a big first serve and strained my shoulder. Then a friend encouraged me into a night comp and 3 sets later and the next morning it was the shoulder and GE together causing issues. I have been working hard to fix both issues. The shoulder seems OK now with GE at 85 percent, but something had changed. All of a sudden the PB 10 Mid snd PK Tour 325 2021 seemed a little too slow snd cumbersome to get around and I decided to put them into storage ( one of each and sell the second one ) and try something a little easier for what I was doing now. So what I’m playing with right now is the 2021 PK Q Tour 315 which still has a 328 swing weight but a lower 60 RA and open 16/19 string pattern strung in NRG 1.32 at 52lbs snd it seems to be OK.
Other racquets that I have tried in the last 3 weeks include:
1. Prince Phantom 100P - This is a very nice racquet and very easy to serve with.
2. Prince Phantom 93P 18/20 - Great feeling racquet but you get the feeling that for tournament play and doubles in 2022 iwould probably have some disadvantages compared to the larger more powerful sticks.
3. I tried the Heysil 98 Tour which has a very nice feel but even with the customisation from the manufacturer, it was way too light.
4. I did hit with the 2021 Yonex VCP H and thought it was very good and not as heavy as reports had suggested, it plays like a lead tipped arrow but probably over 3 sets it could become a liability.
5. Tried both the Head Boom Pro and Head Speed Pro and both racquets had a nice feel but they are over priced. The Prestige Pro is sold out here,
6. Will be hitting with the TF 40 305 2022 with a leather grip added and a T Fight 315 in a 16/19 snd will see how it plays.
7. Keen to buy the Phantom Pro 100 18/20 to
See how it compares to the PK Q Tour 315 for arm
Comfort and see how we go.
Not really keen to buy any racquet that you can’t order as a 5/8’s. I will have an over grip to go as well. Buying a 1/2 and putting 2 over grips is not what I like to do.
Anyway that’s just some of what I am doing racquet wise right now,
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Well, what I can say is that before the extended lock downs we had here in Australia I was quite settled with the type of racquets I was using, As I work 6 days a week on court for over 35 years it was all about racquets like this:
1. Any 10 series Volkl or Becker frame that was 325g or heavier with the exception of the 2020 C10 Pro. I don’t think the higher seingwright (330 v 323) and 64 Ra works for me. My favourite was the PB10 Mid and the older C10, VE 10mp, SG 10mp 325 and SG Mid 330 plus BB Melbourne and Tour 10MP
2. The PK Q Tour 325 - 3 iterations ago ( Black and gold before racing stripes ) fantastic frame,
3. Yonex Tour HG 330 - .Orange - nice and soft
4. Angell TC 97 and K7 Lime and Red
5. Dunlop biomimetic 200
Then after lockdown, even after doing my strengthening exercises every day something changed. I was feeling pretty good and then laid into a big first serve and strained my shoulder. Then a friend encouraged me into a night comp and 3 sets later and the next morning it was the shoulder and GE together causing issues. I have been working hard to fix both issues. The shoulder seems OK now with GE at 85 percent, but something had changed. All of a sudden the PB 10 Mid snd PK Tour 325 2021 seemed a little too slow snd cumbersome to get around and I decided to put them into storage ( one of each and sell the second one ) and try something a little easier for what I was doing now. So what I’m playing with right now is the 2021 PK Q Tour 315 which still has a 328 swing weight but a lower 60 RA and open 16/19 string pattern strung in NRG 1.32 at 52lbs snd it seems to be OK.
Other racquets that I have tried in the last 3 weeks include:
1. Prince Phantom 100P - This is a very nice racquet and very easy to serve with.
2. Prince Phantom 93P 18/20 - Great feeling racquet but you get the feeling that for tournament play and doubles in 2022 iwould probably have some disadvantages compared to the larger more powerful sticks.
3. I tried the Heysil 98 Tour which has a very nice feel but even with the customisation from the manufacturer, it was way too light.
4. I did hit with the 2021 Yonex VCP H and thought it was very good and not as heavy as reports had suggested, it plays like a lead tipped arrow but probably over 3 sets it could become a liability.
5. Tried both the Head Boom Pro and Head Speed Pro and both racquets had a nice feel but they are over priced. The Prestige Pro is sold out here,
6. Will be hitting with the TF 40 305 2022 with a leather grip added and a T Fight 315 in a 16/19 snd will see how it plays.
7. Keen to buy the Phantom Pro 100 18/20 to
See how it compares to the PK Q Tour 315 for arm
Comfort and see how we go.
Not really keen to buy any racquet that you can’t order as a 5/8’s. I will have an over grip to go as well. Buying a 1/2 and putting 2 over grips is not what I like to do.
Anyway that’s just some of what I am doing racquet wise right now,
Tf40 18x20 perhaps ? :) i would love to hear your review :p RS315 should be nice as well for a tc97/speed pro fan. Its somewhere there… dont string tighter than 23 kg in my opinion.
 

Crocodile

Legend
Tf40 18x20 perhaps ? :) i would love to hear your review :p RS315 should be nice as well for a tc97/speed pro fan. Its somewhere there… dont string tighter than 23 kg in my opinion.
Hopefully in the next day if the rain stops I will rest and get back here to post. Will be interesting to see how both Tecnifibre racquets match up to the Speed Pro The only TC 97 I have is a 330g/305 in the first copper paint job and it’s a very solid frame that takes time to get it moving.
 

ClaudTT

Semi-Pro
Beware of the marketing BS of matched pairs. Just got to believe Babo and got screwed... they put 2 rackets with the same weight, which is easy to do in 2 seconds, but different CG and worse much different SW by a good margin.
Shame on them, as they are basically defrauding their clients.
Needless to say was NOT the only of variants, another big one was longer grip wrap and overlap space.
A shame.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Hopefully in the next day if the rain stops I will rest and get back here to post. Will be interesting to see how both Tecnifibre racquets match up to the Speed Pro The only TC 97 I have is a 330g/305 in the first copper paint job and it’s a very solid frame that takes time to get it moving.
can't wait to hear your opinion. I am a big fan of Speed Pro and I heard so many good things about 2022 TF40 18x20. Also having played with TF40 16x19 i can see it's potential. I like that TF40 18x20 has higher stock SW.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Cool, I've been playing with customized TF40 315 for a while with Signum Pro Firestorm 1.30, Mayami Tour Hex 1.23, Tourna Silver 7 Tour 1.30. The best was Mayami Tour Hex. Might try it with Razor Code next

BUT for now I have a scheduled date with RS305 and Head Lynx Tour 1.25 at 23kg so will be able to compare the performance with Razor Code 1.25 setup.
Lynx tour at 23kg is a bit too tight in RS305. I also didnt like the sound from the strings. Maybe 23kg/22kg or 22/22 or 22/21 :p will wait for the tension drop and see.
Razor code much more comfort with pretty much the same control and power lvl. Spin, hard to say for now. Advanced training tomorrow should give more info :)
 

Crocodile

Legend
can't wait to hear your opinion. I am a big fan of Speed Pro and I heard so many good things about 2022 TF40 18x20. Also having played with TF40 16x19 i can see it's potential. I like that TF40 18x20 has higher stock SW.
Only had a short hit with the TF 40 305 16/19 and I bought it for testing purposes, because usually I use much heavier frames. Unfortunately it’s raining a lot here so I need to go out and hit with it more.
Normally, I would prefer the 315 version of this frame and then try to add weight to the head, otherwise it’s too light. This time I thought I’d get the 305 because of the extra SW and go the other way and add weight to the handle and see how it goes.
Hitting with it in stock form the resemblance in feel to the previous model is there with perhaps the main difference being the option of the 16/19 pattern which has probably given the frame about 15 to 20 percent more comfort.
The quality of finish and spec consistency is very good and definitely one of the better 305g frames out there along with the Diadem Elevate MP which also is foam filled
Personally I would love to see Tecnifibre use this technology to make a traditionally weighted 325g pro frame with a 330 sw and make it available in grip 5, it would be a fantastic frame.
Interestingly I also have the new T Fight 315 in the 16/19 and for its 69 ra it was amazingly very comfortable. It’s a bit more crisper and the ball gets in and out of the string bed much quicker, but I was pleasantly surprised how well it played.
Feel wise I generally like the Phantoms more and also like the PK Q Tour sturdy box beam feel and higher SW.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Only had a short hit with the TF 40 305 16/19 and I bought it for testing purposes, because usually I use much heavier frames. Unfortunately it’s raining a lot here so I need to go out and hit with it more.
Normally, I would prefer the 315 version of this frame and then try to add weight to the head, otherwise it’s too light. This time I thought I’d get the 305 because of the extra SW and go the other way and add weight to the handle and see how it goes.
Hitting with it in stock form the resemblance in feel to the previous model is there with perhaps the main difference being the option of the 16/19 pattern which has probably given the frame about 15 to 20 percent more comfort.
The quality of finish and spec consistency is very good and definitely one of the better 305g frames out there along with the Diadem Elevate MP which also is foam filled
Personally I would love to see Tecnifibre use this technology to make a traditionally weighted 325g pro frame with a 330 sw and make it available in grip 5, it would be a fantastic frame.
Interestingly I also have the new T Fight 315 in the 16/19 and for its 69 ra it was amazingly very comfortable. It’s a bit more crisper and the ball gets in and out of the string bed much quicker, but I was pleasantly surprised how well it played.
Feel wise I generally like the Phantoms more and also like the PK Q Tour sturdy box beam feel and higher SW.
Ya. I think the SW on TF40 16x19 and 18x20 should be the same at around 326-330. So in case someone wants 16x19 then I guess 315 makes more sense and work from there. From 305 the 18x20 should be a winner. I thought you are going to test 18x20 after your experiences with speed pro :)
 
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galapagos

Hall of Fame
Ya. I think the SW on TF40 16x19 and 18x20 should be the same at around 326-330. So in case someone wants 16x19 then I guess 315 makes more sense and work from there. From 305 the 18x20 should be a winner. I thought you are going to test 18x20 after your experiences with speed pro :)
Ok so lynx tour in Rs305 is giving me not enough control. I mean its a low powered string at first and then tension slightly drops and all of the sudden i have too much power while sometimes hitting too short as well…. Tecnifibre razor code and mayami tour hex at the moment are my favourite- much more consistent in response. I might also try black code and luxilon original :)
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Ok so lynx tour in Rs305 is giving me not enough control. I mean its a low powered string at first and then tension slightly drops and all of the sudden i have too much power while sometimes hitting too short as well…. Tecnifibre razor code and mayami tour hex at the moment are my favourite- much more consistent in response. I might also try black code and luxilon original :)

Try Tour Sniper. Its one of the best polys for control.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
X Force Pro 320 REVIEW

ok, maybe nobody is really waiting for that racquet review but I will do it anyway ! xD
I got to know this model after playing a final in local tournament. Guy with this stick was an aggressive baseliner with quite heavy top-spin. He tested many frames and this was the one he enjoys most.

How does it play?
It's a big brother of X Force Pro No.1. For sure it's not a "classic" frame and I believe it should shares many assets of Babolat Pure Aero VS. Same pattern, similar stiffness. What's cool about that model is the dampening technology. It really absorbs the shock. It looks a bit like the dampener is integrated into the frame. For such traditional player like me it's a bit too weird to be honest but it seems to be working.
320g/310mm - traditional weight distribution but the design is crazy modern. Very thick hoop (25mm) will give you added comfort, power and stability but it gets thinner down the stick to 20mm for added feel. It's a similar design to Yonex Ezone family and it's +/- the same performance that you can get from X Force Pro No.1

I really enjoyed backhands with that stick. It's super solid. Rest is kinda ok'ish. What I could recommend is putting string like Solinco Hyper G. It should suit the frame amazingly.

X Force Pro 320 vs X Force Pro NO.1 ?
To me, the better one was Pro NO.1. It felt a bit less clunky (traditional weight distribution heavy-headlight with thick beam is a bit weird combo) and the frames offered almost the same performance therefore I would choose X Force PRO No.1 simply because I get same experience with lower static weight.

I really think X Force Family is amazing alternative for somebody that loves Yonex Ezone line but hate that they are making the frames very light and with low swing weight. X Forces are ready to play in stock form. Probably it should be a good option also for Babolat Pure Aero users that want a bit more control and comfort but drop a bit of spin potential.

I rate it at: 6.5
say hello on IG ! (y) @dandan.tennis
 
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veelium

Professional
That's the racquet my brother has been using the lately.

His came with the weirdest specs, ~320-325g unstrung and an unstrung swingweight of 285.
At those specs it's not something I can play with but from the feel etc. it could be a decent stick with the right specs.. A more controlled tweener as you said.
It sports a nice 16x20 pattern as well.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
That's the racquet my brother has been using the lately.

His came with the weirdest specs, ~320-325g unstrung and an unstrung swingweight of 285.
At those specs it's not something I can play with but from the feel etc. it could be a decent stick with the right specs.. A more controlled tweener as you said.
It sports a nice 16x20 pattern as well.
yap, exactly
 

abhi_trip

Rookie
Lynx tour at 23kg is a bit too tight in RS305. I also didnt like the sound from the strings.
I have the same experience when I strung Lynx tour with Gosen OGSM @ 52lbs in my Synergy 98. The sound is a bit weird and the control is definitely less than the hybrid of Big hitter silver 7 Tour + Gosen OGSM.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Black code is nice but I think I prefer Razor code (has been a while).
Ya. Maybe you are Right. I am just going through my favourite polys to see whats working best in RS305. So far tried razor code, black code, lynx tour and signum pro firestorm.
On my list i still have to try mayami tour hex, hepta power, luxilon original, tourna silver 7 tour. Maybe hybrid big spin/tour hex.
 
Well, what I can say is that before the extended lock downs we had here in Australia I was quite settled with the type of racquets I was using, As I work 6 days a week on court for over 35 years it was all about racquets like this:
1. Any 10 series Volkl or Becker frame that was 325g or heavier with the exception of the 2020 C10 Pro. I don’t think the higher seingwright (330 v 323) and 64 Ra works for me. My favourite was the PB10 Mid and the older C10, VE 10mp, SG 10mp 325 and SG Mid 330 plus BB Melbourne and Tour 10MP
2. The PK Q Tour 325 - 3 iterations ago ( Black and gold before racing stripes ) fantastic frame,
3. Yonex Tour HG 330 - .Orange - nice and soft
4. Angell TC 97 and K7 Lime and Red
5. Dunlop biomimetic 200
Then after lockdown, even after doing my strengthening exercises every day something changed. I was feeling pretty good and then laid into a big first serve and strained my shoulder. Then a friend encouraged me into a night comp and 3 sets later and the next morning it was the shoulder and GE together causing issues. I have been working hard to fix both issues. The shoulder seems OK now with GE at 85 percent, but something had changed. All of a sudden the PB 10 Mid snd PK Tour 325 2021 seemed a little too slow snd cumbersome to get around and I decided to put them into storage ( one of each and sell the second one ) and try something a little easier for what I was doing now. So what I’m playing with right now is the 2021 PK Q Tour 315 which still has a 328 swing weight but a lower 60 RA and open 16/19 string pattern strung in NRG 1.32 at 52lbs snd it seems to be OK.
Other racquets that I have tried in the last 3 weeks include:
1. Prince Phantom 100P - This is a very nice racquet and very easy to serve with.
2. Prince Phantom 93P 18/20 - Great feeling racquet but you get the feeling that for tournament play and doubles in 2022 iwould probably have some disadvantages compared to the larger more powerful sticks.
3. I tried the Heysil 98 Tour which has a very nice feel but even with the customisation from the manufacturer, it was way too light.
4. I did hit with the 2021 Yonex VCP H and thought it was very good and not as heavy as reports had suggested, it plays like a lead tipped arrow but probably over 3 sets it could become a liability.
5. Tried both the Head Boom Pro and Head Speed Pro and both racquets had a nice feel but they are over priced. The Prestige Pro is sold out here,
6. Will be hitting with the TF 40 305 2022 with a leather grip added and a T Fight 315 in a 16/19 snd will see how it plays.
7. Keen to buy the Phantom Pro 100 18/20 to
See how it compares to the PK Q Tour 315 for arm
Comfort and see how we go.
Not really keen to buy any racquet that you can’t order as a 5/8’s. I will have an over grip to go as well. Buying a 1/2 and putting 2 over grips is not what I like to do.
Anyway that’s just some of what I am doing racquet wise right now,
If arm comfort is your primary goal, you have to try the PK Black Ace Pro. The comfort is noticeably better compared to the PK315 tour and the control is better as well.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Where do you feel it sits on the crisp/muted scale?

I love crisp ALU style strings. This is not as crisp, but crisp enough to feel good to me. A little more muted and plush combined with some ALU crisp is how I'd describe it.

Silver 7 Tour is crisper, but I switched between that and TS for months and loved both.
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
TECNIFIBIRE TFight 315 RS 16x19 REVIEW
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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.
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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 :p
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).

Closest alternative:
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.

say hello on IG ! (y) @dandan.tennis

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veelium

Professional
Sounds quite nice.

How does it compare to the RS305?

Is it just different string pattern and specs or any other noticable differences?

How open/closed is the string pattern compared to an angell 95 16x19?
 

galapagos

Hall of Fame
Sounds quite nice.

How does it compare to the RS305?

Is it just different string pattern and specs or any other noticable differences?

How open/closed is the string pattern compared to an angell 95 16x19?
RS 305 definitely less power. But I guess it's related to specs and string pattern rather than frame itself. RS305 is slightly softer and more control-oriented (much less "explosive" response). I prefer RS305 but I have to customize it closer to RS315 specs (make it more HL)
 
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