How It Tested: Styles make fights, an old boxing axiom states, and that applies to Tecnifibre's T-Fight 295. Reaction to this racquet was split along stylistic lines. Shotmakers with longer, faster swings gave it the highest marks, while counter-punchers with shorter swings and some attacking players had a more mixed reaction to the racquet. Flashy baseline shotmakers adept at making topspin shots trampoline off the court said the 16 x 19 string pattern provided plenty of rotation on their ground strokes. If you come under the ball and snap off topspin shots or if you like to drive darting slice approaches, this racquet will deliver.
Unlocking the full scope of the T-Fight's power potential was dependent on testers' skill level and swing speed. Play testers skilled at taking the ball on the rise revealed muscle in the stick that some grinders with slower swings and serve-and-volley specialists struggled to uncover. This is a facile frame easy to swing while extended on the run, though when stretched wide against hard hitters, some testers said they felt their running replies sometime landed short in the court. In the right hands, the racquet can deliver the full spectrum of spin serves; on flat serves it was not an authoritative as its heavier brothers in the T-Fight family.
Likes: The 95-inch head size, 21.5-millimeter straight beam and head-light balance make the T-Fight 295 a fast and fluid racquet. Play testers praised the racquet's maneuverability: whether digging out slices that dove near shoelaces, driving through hip-high shots or dealing with heavy topspin that sprung to shoulder heights, the T-Fight was responsive to a variety of spins and bounces. The T-Fight earned good grades for its spin and speed potential on ground strokes and its control on both kill and approach shots in the mid-court. "You can rip the mid-court ball without holding your breath that the shot will sail long," one play tester told us in pointing out the T-Fight's controllable power. Comfort is also an asset: Tecnifibre says its inserted silicone in the handle to diminish bad vibrations and the result satisfies.
Committed Tecnifibre players will be pleased that the new racquet does not alter the weight, balance or price of any frame in the T-Fight Series. The racquets feature the identical specs as the prior versions with a cleaner cosmetic that eliminates the character images of Zeus and a Ninja. Tecnifibre General Manager USA Paul Kid told us the brand’s decision to update the cosmetics without altering the specs was based on feedback from consumers and players, including Janko Tipsarevic and Marcos Baghdatis. "We introduced the VO2 Max Series two years ago in our T-Fight racquets and our players, like Janko, and our consumers did not want any changes in the racquet specs," Kid said. "They told us ‘These are great racquets; don't change them and don't make me think you changed it either.’ We didn’t change the specs or the cost of the racquets."
Dislikes: Stability and the lighter weight were issues for some play testers, particularly in the front court, which is somewhat surprising given the racquet's traditional head size. Some club doubles specialists and all-court singles players reported the racquet tended to twist a bit in their hands when trying to repel rapid-fire passes. Other play testers said when they set up properly and stepped into volleys, the T-Fight delivered solid volleys with depth, however when they were lunging, out of position or forced to make stab volleys, the racquet could be a bit wobbly. Traditional overheads penetrated the court with pop, depth and control, but some play testers said they struggled to generate sting on high backhand volleys and backhand overheads. Though it's designed as an all-court stick and performed proficiently on the baseline, if you spend more than half your time at net or if your game would benefit from a bit of a power boost, you'd be wise to play-test some of the heavier sticks in the T-Fight Series, including the 305, 320 and 325.
Bottom Line: Players who favor fast frames and can generate plenty of racquet-head speed will get the most from the T-Fight 295. It's best suited to juniors transitioning to a smaller head, thinner beam frame or to the probing, powerful baseliner who enjoys the feel of a lighter frame. If you're looking for a racquet to provide a power surge to your game or if you're a flat-ball hitter who plays an old-school, attacking style, this likely isn't the right stick for you. But if you're a heavy topspin grinder or a flashy shotmaker, then the T-Fight is a capable ally in baseline brawls.