TECHNIFIBRE 2014 T-Flash 300 ATP Tennis Racquet Review
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The Tecnifibre TFlash 300 ATP features a super clean, firm response, controllable power, and tremendous spin potential. From the baseline, I found the 11.2 ounce (strung) frame very easy to swing. There is a good amount of concentrated mass at the top of the hoop, which helps when swinging up aggressively to create topspin, or when trying to strike the side of the ball to create a sharp angle. The 16x19 string pattern creates great spin potential, as topspin groundstrokes dipped and slices skidded low. Contact inside the sweet spot is rewarded with pocketing and power. Contact above the sweetspot is also surprisingly decent. However, off-center hits, towards 3 and 9 o’clock locations on the hoop, create quite a bit of instability, and the frame twists in hand.
I found the TFlash 300 ATP very easy to handle at the net. Reflex volleys were no problem. Also, the frame provided enough mass to put balls away (with a little effort), while still being light enough to deaden the ball for droppers and short angles. I found that knifing my volleys yielded the best results, as the ball would sometimes pop up on flatter shots. On the reach, or on off-center hits, the stability of the frame was not the greatest, often resulting in a weak reply.
On serves, the TFlash 300 ATP swings quickly with ease. I felt in complete control of the racquet throughout the entire stroke, and had no trouble making last minute adjustments within the swing. The string bed was forgiving in the area above the sweet spot, which is where I tend to hit with on the majority of my serves. That allowed me to take the ball at a slightly higher point. Flat serves did not have as much pop as I would have liked (I found the TFlash 315 to hit a faster ball), but spin serves had a good amount of break and movement off of the bounce. While my demo came with a full stringbed of multifilament, I still had great results on kicks and slices. If paired with a shaped poly, the results would be even better.
The Tecnifibre TFlash 300 ATP is a great choice for players in search of a “modern playing “ frame, but with a cleaner feel. The Tour Prepared handle technology does seem to filter out the unwanted buzzing/vibration that sometimes occurs with stiff racquets. However, the frame still provides enough feel for a higher level player. The 16x19 string pattern, though not as extreme as some of the other spin frames on the market, still produces a fantastic amount of spin on both serves and groundstrokes. While it lacks the same solid feel and stability as its heavier incarnation (TFlash 315 ATP), a little lead tape could correct this. Intermediate to advanced players will get the most out of this frame.
About the Reviewer: Mitch Case is the Tennis Director at Woodridge Lake in Connecticut. He is also a PTR pro and a USRSA master technician.