When I recently reviewed Tecnifibre’s T-Flash 300 DC Power Stab, I credited the frame for delivering on its name. If you want easy power that can do quick damage to your opponents, that racquet can certainly do the job. On the other hand, the T-Fight DC 315 Ltd. doesn’t have a revealing moniker. With its restrained playability, it’s definitely a subtler weapon, better for punishing opponents with ruthless precision. Instead of bludgeoning with heavy blows, it kills with a thousand little cuts. If it had a descriptive epithet, Stealth Shiv might be an appropriate title.
There was a great freedom in playing with the T-Fight 315 Ltd. I could take full swings on the ball without the slightest hesitation that I couldn’t control the outcome. There was decent pop, but it’s really one of those frames that puts the onus on the player to create pace. It has the mass to get the job done, but probably could use more of it in the hoop for those (myself included) who need extra finishing power. As it stands, though, the feathery swingweight encouraged fast racquet head acceleration, and with the open string pattern—a 16x19 with six main strings through the throat—that meant plenty of access to spin for high arcing shots with safety and depth. Coupled with the fine control and it was easy to be steady with this frame.
This carried over to serves where I found good direction, spin and consistency. Again, the power was perhaps a little low, but there if I worked for it. Bombers who like to overwhelm with sheer heat probably will be cold toward the prospects of doing so with this frame. It’s a better choice for players not consumed with mph, but rather spotting their serves with adequate pace or spin to draw a defensive reply to set up their next shot.
Besides the controlled response, I also really enjoyed the plush, buttery feel provided by the soft flex. Strung up with a poly/multi hybrid, shots centered in the sweet spot were sublime. It also offers excellent connection to the ball for subtle angles and touch shots. It’s cushy, comfortable response represents a nice complement to the standard version of the T-Fight DC 315, which has a thicker beam and firmer flex.
The downside to the low flexibility and the whippy balance was a little bit of “wet noodle” syndrome. This happened when I was stretched and not capable of getting sufficient weight transfer into the shot and/or contacting the ball cleanly. For instance, when returning serve, my opponent would take me out wide on the deuce court—when I caught my forehand on time I was able to drive the ball with good direction and authority; if I caught it a hair late and outside the sweet spot, the racquet flex would drain the power and the return would flutter over the net.
That theme continued at net. The quickness, control and feel of the frame added up to mostly terrific volleying. I felt confident aiming shots at small targets and the racquet absorbed pace like sponge. However, when I was late, or contact off-center, the frame had a tendency to wobble. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but the results were poor. Just as with giving ground strokes more plow through and penetration, some added weight to the head could provide increased stability at net, especially when defending at high speeds.
As its name suggests, the characteristics of the T-Fight DC 315 Ltd. encapsulates a somewhat select audience. Those seeking the more fashionable traits of ready power and crisp response may be better served by the standard version or the T-Flash 300. However, players who haven’t given up on the virtues of a thin-beamed, classic-feeling, control-oriented frame—a scalpel in a field of machetes—will definitely want to take a look at this one.