TECHNIFIBRE 2014 T-Flash 315 ATP Tennis Racquet Review
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The Tecnifibre TFlash 315 ATP offers a great balance of power, control, and spin in a relatively maneuverable package. Paired with a shaped poly, the TFlash 315 allowed me to produce an incredibly offensive ball that stayed within the lines more often than not. The launch trajectory was lower than with many other “modern” frames, yet not so low that I had to work excessively to get the ball deep. I found the low trajectory to work in my favor, as I found it easy to either swing up aggressively at the ball in order to create ample topspin, or drive the ball low over the net on an approach or attempt at a winner. Slice approaches skidded nicely, and underspin drop shots had great bite. The string bed provides good energy return, specifically in the sweet spot and the area just above. This made lifting up shots below the knees (especially with topspin) far more easy than with many other frames. However, when making contact towards the 3 and 9 o’clock locations, the frame tended to twist more than I would expect from a racquet weighing 11.7 ounces strung. The response of the frame is very firm, yet the feel is clean.
At the net, the TFlash 315 ATP provides enough pop to keep volleys offensive and/or deep in the court. The high (by today’s standards) static weight kept the frame from being pushed around by heavy passing shots. There was some slightly twisting on off-center shots, but the frame feels stable overall. Drop volleys and sharp angles took a little time to dial in, as the frame plays on the firm side. The spin potential is strong enough to keep the ball short, even if hit a little too high over the net.
The TFlash 315 ATP is one of the best frames I’ve used recently when it comes to kick serves. I was able to consistently bounce the ball over my opponent’s shoulders/head on second serves. I attribute this to the combination of spin potential from the string and string pattern, as well as the weight and balance of the frame itself. The action on slice sliders also provided some beneficial results, as I was able to pull my opponent out of position and get a week return. Like I experienced with groundstrokes, the top of the string bed is pretty active. Hitting flat serves towards the top of the hoop yielded positive results, including both speed and accuracy, yet the feel was not as comfortable as when hitting in the sweet spot (as can be expected). When trying to place flat serves out wide on the ad court, I struggled to keep the ball within the service line. After adjusting my toss location, I was able to better manage my targeting.
Coupled with a shaped poly, the Tecnifibre TFlash 315 ATP is an absolute spin monster. On both groundstrokes and serves, I was able to create some awesome action on the ball. A little lead tape at 3 and 9 o’clock locations on the hoop would help with some of the torsional stability on off-center hits, though some players might be hesitant to add additional weight to a frame coming in over 11.5 ounces (strung) in stock form. The Tour Prepared technology resulted in a very clean feel, as it seems to filter out the less desirable vibration. The response of the frame is firm, yet the feel is not as harsh as other modern frames. The TFlash 315 ATP is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.
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.