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.

October 12, 2021
The figures

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.

Daniil Medvedev at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California
Daniil Medvedev at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Image Credit: Zuma / Panoramic

“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.

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