TECHNIFIBRE 2013 TFight 255 Tennis Racquet Review
The TFight 255 has a light and fast feel on groundstrokes. It’s easy to generate solid racquet head speed and accelerate through the hitting zone with this frame. I was able to generate a good amount of power with the racquet. The 255 is also very spin friendly, allowing me to vary the amount of topspin with ease. I found depth and placement to be easy to control for the most part. The 255 doesn’t quite have the same depth and weight of shot on flat strokes as some of the other frames in the TFight line but the increased access to spin does help offset this. The 255 has a bit more difficulty against bigger hitters due to its light weight but it will stand up to intermediate strokes with no problem. Like the 295 MP, I found the 255 to be an excellent defensive tool while still being powerful enough to transition to offense when the opportunity arose. The 255 isn’t quite as adept at creating offensive shots as the heavier Tecnifibre offerings, but it still has the ability to take advantage of stepping into the court and pounding short balls thanks to its fast feel.
As a solid all court offering, the TFight 255 performs well at the net. It has enough power to make short work of put away volleys, while at the same time maintaining a good amount of feel for touch volleys. It is an even balance frame so I didn’t find quite the same maneuverability as the more headlight TFight frames. The 255 makes up for it at the net by being a lighter racquet overall. This allows it to still be fairly agile at the net. Some volleys still float a bit, which to me seems to be due to a lack of mass in some of the TFight frames. It is not really an issue as long as you stay aggressive at net and actively work to put balls away. The 255 is a capable performer at the net, allowing you to be comfortable transitioning forward from the back of the court.
The 255 has solid power on serves, although it is a bit less than some of the heavier models. The racquet’s lighter weight allows for fast acceleration through the hitting zone on serves. The 255 is also a solid choice for slice and spin serves. The ease of acceleration and open pattern make spin generation easy to do when serving. Directional control remains solid as I was able to move my serves around the service box with no noticeable difficulty. My flat serves did not penetrate into the box as much but being able to control the direction of the serve greatly helped to offset that.
The TFight 255 was another comfortable frame from Tecnifibre. It has solid feel on contact while not being overly jarring on off center shots. It generates the power of a stiff racquet but retains the feel and comfort of a more flexible one. It probably also comes with one of my favorite feeling stock grips of all time. The Xtra Feel grip is a great combo of cushion and feel.
The TFight 255 is a great all court frame for intermediate players and developing juniors. It generates plenty of power and spin from the baseline and can transition from defense to offense when the opportunity presents. It offers solid directional control on volleys and serving. The solid feel on contact will also give players confidence from all areas of the court.