Testing Equipment #11: The Tecnifibre T-Fight 305
Today on Testing Equipment our racquet guru Seb Proisy has a look at the Tecnnifibre T-Fight 305.
One racquet helped Daniil Medvedev steal away Novak Djokovic‘s opportunity of a calendar Grand Slam – and in the latest episode of Testing Equipment, host Seb Proisy takes a look at what makes the Tecnifibre T-Fight 305 such an effective weapon in the Russian’s hands.
“It’s an all around players’ racquet that tries to solve the ultimate dilemma for racket manufacturers: finding the balance between power and control by manipulating your ability to develop topspin,” Proisy explains.
Of course, like all professionals, Medvedev’s racquet is completely customised – but Proisy says the basic 305 model gives a player greater chance to develop topspin, although the likelihood of breaking a string is also increased.
“Unfortunately, manufacturers haven’t figured out a way to give us topspin and longer lasting strings – and in my opinion, they’re going to be stuck on that one for a while,” joked Proisy.
STANDS OUT FROM OTHER RACQUETS
He says the 305 has a wider string pattern than usual, with 18/19 rather than the more normal 18/20, meaning the bed feels much more open – and the 300 has a 16/19 pattern, which Proisy thinks provides a better spin potential. Having said that, he warns that it might not be a good option for someone who uses a lot of heavy spin.
“It’s a good all around players’ racquet that does enough with its experimentations in string pattern to make it stand out from other such rackets,” he says.
And Proisy thinks it’s a suitable choice for someone who likes to use spin – or someone who plays flatter, like Medvedev himself.
“It continues the legacy that the very first T-Fight started years ago and does so with bright colours that remind us of the French flag,” he points out.