315 seems to be a popular number with frames these days. I’ve played with several lately that tip the scale (unstrung) at that number (in grams). It’s a good baseline weight as it provides enough heft without being cumbersome. Yet if a player is more accustomed to something heavier, the frame can be brought up to 12+ oz. without too much customization. Of the ones I’ve tried, the Tecnifibre TFlash 315 ATP is one of my favorites.
The frame falls into that “modern” category: Firm feeling, crisp response, with plenty of power and spin potential. Aggressive baseliners who like to take big cuts on the ball will find a lot to like with this frame, but it also performs well in the forecourt. What I liked best about the TFlash 315, though, was the response—it had a surprisingly comfortable feel at contact when compared to many of the tinny frames that own a similarly stiff flex.
For a more in-depth assessment, I turn The Pro Shop over to Mitch Case, director of tennis at Woodridge Lake in Goshen, CT. Here’s his full rundown of the TFight 315:
Mitch Case: Knowing the reputation Tecnifibre has for producing quality strings, and having never played with one of their racquets, I was excited to have the opportunity to try the new TFlash 315 ATP. The frame is one of the heaviest tweeners on the market, coming in at 11.7 ounces strung, and features two primary technologies: Tour Prepared Technology (fiber silicon injected into the handle), and Velocity Shaft Design (frame construction that helps to improve swing speed). My demo came with a full stringbed of Tourna Big Hitter Black 7.
When it comes to demoing racquets, the strings play an incredibly important role in how a frame performs. In this case, the full bed of Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 highlighted the spin potential of the TFlash in a big way. The action on topspin groundstrokes was definitely on par with the other major players in the tweener racquet category (Babolat’s Pure Drive and AeroPro Drive, Wilson Juice, Prince Warrior, etc). When it came to spin serves, I was able to produce some of highest kicks I’ve ever hit. Slice sliders also had a lot of movement and speed.
I also had good success hitting flat serves. The upper portion of the stringbed is more forgiving than many of the other frames I’ve played with to date. (It made digging out low balls and returning them with topspin rather effortless). As I tend to hit a little above the sweetspot, especially on serves, I found this forgiveness to be beneficial when it came to pace. I felt comfortable placing serves and working the ball around the service box, though the out-wide flat serve on the ad court was not as easy to execute as usual.
The feel of the TFlash 315 ATP is very firm, yet clean. In my experience, many of the stiffer racquets on the market either produce a slight buzzing vibration, or a more muted response. Therefore, players are usually forced to sacrifice comfort for feel/feedback, or vice versa. The TFlash provides a nice middle ground—the feedback is still very true and crisp, yet most (if not all) of the unwanted vibrations have been filtered out.
As a fan of solid feeling racquets, the TFlash 315 did not let me down. Though I prefer a thinner and more flexible beam, I really appreciated the stability and plow-through that resulted when hitting the center of the stringbed. Off-center hits, specifically towards the 3 and 9 o’clock locations, suffered from some minor twisting though. A little lead tape at those spots would undoubtedly help in this respect.
On groundstrokes, I never struggled to control the ball, which allowed me to take offensive cuts on a regular basis. The power level of the racquet/string combo was ideal for mixing up my shot selection between flat drives and super aggressive topspin. Slices skidded low and hard, while droppers spun back towards the net. Volleys also felt solid, especially when driving through the ball on a putaway.
The only struggle I encountered while using the TFlash 315 was on return of serves; on my first day out with the frame, I had a difficult time finding the right depth. Faster serves also tended to push the racquet around more than I would have liked. However, after the strings had softened, my shot quality improved significantly. I was able to use the power from the frame and strings, and pop the ball back deep into the court.
The TFlash is a solid offering from Tecnifibre. I was successfully able to play aggressively while maintaining my margin for error thanks to all the spin I was able to create. Though it plays a little too firm for my liking, strong intermediates and advanced players looking for a little more feel and control out of a stiff tweener frame should add it to their demo list. Between the super clean, crisp feel, nice balance of control and power, and the excellent spin potential, the TFlash 315 is no flash in the pan.
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Adapted to "big hitter" with strong kills to master the potential of the racket.
A nice combination of power and spin in a firm package.
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