Tecnifibre has always fashioned itself as a true player’s brand. So when it set out to create a racquet line to celebrate its 40th anniversary, it wanted to design something for that core audience. The TF40 305 is constructed and targeted at the most discerning players that want a frame to express their talents. No overly thick or stiff beam, no magic bullet technology. Just a stable, classic-feeling frame that puts a premium on precision and control. The alluring cosmetic only adds to the premium appeal.
The balance of the racquet is such that it gave the frame a beefier presence than its static weight would suggest. It felt substantial through the air, yet stopped short of being clubby or ungainly, striking a nice balance between heft and maneuverability. More importantly, it translated into good pace and plow on ground strokes and composure at high speeds.
Compared to many other constant beam offerings in its class—Wilson Blade, Yonex VCORE Pro, Head Prestige—it is slightly thicker and firmer. It wasn’t quite as plush as some, but still rather comfortable. The crisp, connected feel paired nicely with its above average pop.
As expected, the 18x20 string pattern offered first-rate directional control. Baseline bashers should feel confident they can let loose on shots, but players who attack through aggressive placement more so than pace will be equally comfortable. The ball flight was lower than a more open pattern, which also wasn’t a surprise. More of a revelation was the amount of topspin I could generate—I found it on par with many tight 16x19 configurations. Perhaps players with designs on putting massive work on the ball won’t find enough of it here, but there was no issue putting an effective level of either topsin or slice when called upon.
The favorable combination of power and control also showed up on serves. The racquet doesn’t do much of the work for you, so it did take a healthy swipe to make an impression. Yet it still presented the opportunity to generate useful speeds on flat deliveries which could be purposefully located. I found it the type of frame that allowed for using brains or brawn depending on the situation. As with ground strokes, the level of spin on kick serves wasn’t ferocious. Yet, I had no problems keeping opponents pushed back on second serves to start points at neutral.
Volleying struck a similar chord of getting out what you put in. There was enough mass and stability to handle pace and drive the ball through the court, yet if I was lazy with my footwork or technique there wasn’t a great deal of assistance. It handled reasonably well when quickness was called for, although I actually found the more head-light balance of its heavier sibling, the TF40 315, made it the nimbler of the two. If I were to add weight to this racquet, it would be in the handle.
Even though I struggled a bit with touch around the net, it was probably more do to user error than frame deficiency. There seemed to be enough feel to produce short angles and drop volleys, but I couldn’t consistently take pace off the ball; shots seemed to want to jump off string bed. I tried the frame with two different hybrids: a poly/multifilament and poly/poly. Both worked well, but I would probably drop starting tension from the low 50s into the high 40s to get a little more pocketing.
Overall, the TF40 305 was something of a jack-of-all-trades racquet. I’m not sure there was a standout feature that would drop any jaws, but there also wasn’t any to earn an unkind word. I felt comfortable attempting pretty much any shot in the book. Having that predictability in such a versatile racquet is a huge draw to accomplished players. Which is what makes this frame such an attractive option.