Sometimes a racquet’s name doesn’t quite relay its intentions. And for frames that do, there are countless that don’t measure up to its billing. The Tecnifibre T-Flash 300 Power Stab doesn’t suffer from either problem. Its objective is unmistakably clear, and it delivers as advertised.
Testing the T-Flash 300 PS was a guilty pleasure. The balance and relatively low swingweight made it speedy through the hitting zone, yet it still packed a significant punch. Fast swings were easy to generate with the Power Stab and the resulting pace and spin it injected into ground strokes and serves inflicted wounds on my opponents. The frame delivered the heavy, dictating shots so coveted for baseline aggression.
But it still managed to excel when I stepped off the gas and engaged in steady exchanges—just make contact in the ample sweet spot and the ball found its way to the opposing baseline. Even off hard-hit shots there was enough stability and control that a quick slice or roller returned an effective, neutralizing ball. It required such little effort, it almost felt like cheating.
As expected with this type of frame, though, it did have a wild streak. Sometimes I didn’t use enough spin or got too drunk with (potential) power, swinging without measure, and launched an ugly unforced error. And several instances when I scrambled inside the court to handle a short ball, an abbreviated shovel swing resulted in a head-scratching flier. So, finesse shots were largely hit or miss, and bigger targets were the wise play. But that’s the trade-off made for a racquet that does its share of heavy lifting.
Also, a common trait of easy power, was the high stiffness. However, I wouldn’t call the racquet uncomfortable. The Power Stab technology is a convex yolk which extends the length of the main strings through the throat for better shock absorption and energy transfer. It also reinforces the cross section of the throat to resist twisting at impact. Additionally, the frame possesses Sensor Link, a soft polymer added to the graphite for vibration dampening. It all seemed to work relatively well—with full a bed of polyester (Tecnifibre Black Code @ 50 lbs.) the response wasn’t harsh or particularly unfriendly, even on off-center hits.
Still, feel was not a strong suit. The ball liked to jump off the strings, so when the opportunity arose I found myself punching volleys. Serious net players won’t find the high-end stability or touch they typically seek, but both traits were better than expected. Besides, that’s not this frame’s intended audience. If the sum total of your net play is blocking the ball into the open court or slamming away a floater, this racquet will certainly suffice.
While versatility might be limited, what the T-Flash 300 PS does well, it does very well. Nail a serve, unload on a forehand, repeatedly groove backhands, go from defense to offense—these are its strengths. Sure, there are moments when its power is tough to tame, and its precision leaves something to be desired. But that’s what you get from racquets that offer users ample assistance. And for the most part, the help the T-Flash 300 offers is more than welcome.