How It Tested: The T-Flash 315 delivers versatility from the backcourt in providing both counterpunchers and aggressive baseliners a suitable stick. Play testers who thrive from behind the baseline by banging heavy topspin shots relished the racquet's ability to make their drives dance and dip, while aggressive, flat-ball hitters who take the ball earlier reported the T-Flash had plenty of power to enable hem to dictate play. The racquet was particularly responsive when testers were stretched wide: several said that running retrievals felt like routine shots, while bigger hitters praised the T-Flash's ability to generate pace from defensive positions, particularly on the running forehand. On serve, the T-Flash elicited some comparisons to the Babolat Pure Drive. Kick serves crackled, flat serves were backed with bite and depth, and players who favor slice serves said this stick enabled them to slide the slice into the corners of the service box and open up the court for the first strike. The racquet did not score as highly at net, where several play-testers gave it solid, though unspectacular, marks.
Likes: Baseline blasters who view rallies as rumbles will find a well-armed ally in the T-Flash, which packs a potent punch in the right hands. It provides plenty of power, and its open, 16 x 19 string pattern supplies ample access to spin for players adept at bring the ball up and down. Comfort is an asset: Even those who tested it without a vibration dampener said the racquet provided a smooth ride. The racquet is not jarring, even on off-center hits, and while it weighs 11.7 oz., play testers accustomed to playing with lighter racquets reported this headlight stick felt very maneuverable through the strike zone.
Tecnifibre has changed the cosmetics of the T-Flash, but has not altered its weight, balance or price. Tecnifibre General Manager USA Paul Kid told us that Tecnifibre players, including Marcos Baghdatis, who endorses this stick, requested the brand retain the bones of the racquet. Tecnifibre complied and altered only the look: The cosmetic is cleaner that the prior version. The company has built its brand on its strings, and in a nice touch stringers will appreciate, the racquet specs are inscribed in yellow on the upper left side of the hoop, rather than being buried like fine print in the bottom of a long contract in the throat of the racquet, where some might need a magnifying glass to read the specs.
Dislikes: If you're an all-court player or a doubles specialist who prefers playing angle volleys at net, the T-Flash 315 is certainly stable, though play testers said it didn't consistently produce the precision touch shots finesse volleyers favor. Drive volleys and overheads were satisfactory. This stick is serviceable though not spectacular in the front court.
Bottom Line: If you're a topspin artist or flat-ball striker who likes to do damage from behind the baseline, the T-Flash 315 accommodates both baseline styles well. If you have all-court aspirations or you're a club doubles player who spends half your time at net, this may not be the stick you're seeking.