Since 2009, Pacific has been producing high quality, high performance player frames. With such a strong commitment to their craft, Pacific wants to ensure players of all levels can find an accessible option in their model lineup. The new Pacific BXT X Force LT No.1 is built for players who want Pacific performance in a racquet that is lighter and easier to swing. The racquet integrates BXT into its construction. This matrix of graphite and basalt is placed at key areas like the shoulders of the hoop to help maximize stability on impact. Players can also be confident in the specs of their frame with the Zero Tolerance Guarantee, backed by the patented Fisher Vacuum Process.
On the ground speed was the biggest asset of the X Force LT. The 10oz strung weight and headlight balance let me whip the racquet through the hitting zone and generate a solid level of pace from both sides. The racquet was quite flexible so players should not expect the same level of ball speed typical of stiffer baseline frames. The 98 inch head felt maneuverable and the sweet spot was a good size. I also felt the string bed had a consistent power level, helping me when I hit high on the face on my backhand side. The racquet played with excellent precision as well. I could play balls close to the lines with confidence, keeping me on offense consistently. Spin production was consistent with other 16x20 patterns I have played in the past. There was enough to lift the ball as needed but the string pattern really shined when I could step in and direct a flat shot for a winner. I was impressed with the stability of the X Force LT based on its weight. It held its own against big hitters, with only a slight wobble noticeable on defense. The issue was nothing that a bit of customizing couldn’t quickly address for players.
Volleys & Serves
Maneuverability was a key strength for this frame at net. Its lower weight and headlight balance ensured that I had the upper hand during volley exchanges. There was no issue snapping it into position on reflex volleys and it proved to be very nimble on defensive stretch volleys as well. The moderate power level and weight were most effective when I focused on volleying aggressively. Balls I waited on tended to pop up a bit more as there was no extra weight behind them to drive them down. The solid accuracy let me volley to the corners confidently and create angles that were difficult for opponents to deal with. The flexible response and feel produced precise touch volleys and let me mix depths to further keep people guessing.
Variety was the spice of life when serving with the X Force LT. The racquet accelerated through the top of the serve easily, producing excellent pace on my first serve. The trade off was the weight of shot as my serve lacked the same bite that a heavier racquet can produce. I used the solid pace and accuracy to consistently vary my first serve location. I hit spots in at various depths and locations reliably, ensuring the returner never got comfortable. The easy swing speed also helped generate good spin on my kick and slice serves. My kick had a high bounce to hit and got above opponents’ shoulders regularly. I was able to drag players wide with my slice but I felt a little more weight would have helped it skid even more.
Players who enjoy the response of a flexible racquet would be right at home with the X Force LT. It had a soft feel on contact but it wasn’t muted to the point of losing track of the ball. It simply absorbed shock well and gave enough feedback to let me know what the ball was doing on the string bed. This built in flexibility also provided a great deal of comfort. There was little vibration in the racquet, even on off center contact. Arm sensitive players should be able to make a quick transition to this frame.
Players who prefer a light maneuverable frame still appreciate high quality construction and attention to detail. This latest offering from Pacific expertly blends enough punching power to be dangerous with precise control and outstanding feel. The Pacific X Force LT No. 1 is a strong choice for anyone who wants to control points with a variety of shot making, all while swinging easily and comfortably.
About the Reviewer: Matt Locke currently serves as the Junior Programs & Development Coordinator for USTA-Idaho and is an active USTA League and Tournament player.