I was very much looking forward to hitting with the TenX Pro XCalibre 315g, if you remember I reviewed the XCalibre 303g and really enjoyed it. However, I thought that was a bit too light for my game so the heavier version of the same racquet should be a delight.
First, let me dive into the stringing of the XCalibre 315g, it’s quite easy to string it up. The mains start at the head and finish at the head. So this means, that the racquet requires a 2-piece string job.
The only issue I came across was when starting the crosses, I had to push the string through a blocked hole on the first cross. While it’s kind of annoying, it doesn’t affect the performance of the frame.
I strung up the XCalibre 315g with my favorite string, Laserfibre JB Tour 100 at 49 pounds (22kg). I tied off my last cross and went straight to the tennis courts.
TenX Pro XCalibre 315g Review: Playtest
When I started warming up with the XCalibre 315g, I could already feel the additional weight of the frame as well as the higher swing weight. The swingweight was an issue I had with the XCalibre 303g, there just wasn’t enough.
After I got through my warm up, I went full court to see how the XCalibre 315g felt with full speed strokes. Which, I’m sure you can imagine was quite fun!
Like the 303g, the XCalibre 315g offered plenty of controlled power. I was able to easily hit through the tennis ball and hit my targets with little effort and I was getting some very friendly spin. The spin production was easily attainable with the 16×19 string pattern, and with the right string it can give you some heavy, penetrating RPMs!
My serves and my one handed backhand struggled a bit the first time around, being that the XCalibre line are all extended length tennis racquets (27.5 inches). So having to time my strokes was something I had to keep in mind.
While a half inch does not sound like a lot, it makes quite a difference when hitting a tennis ball. On the other hand, having a tennis racquet with an extended length does offer more power. So having to time the ball better in exchange of more power…that is a no-brainer!
I did have a bit of a struggle with only one aspect of the frame. Because this racquet is 315g unstrung, adding the string, vibration dampener, and overgrip; it ended up weighing about 335g (11.8oz). There was a learning curve to weight distribution and the swing weight being a tad heavier than what I was expecting. Like with the extended racquet length, I got used to it and really enjoyed the results.
TenX Pro XCalibre 315g Review: Uniflex Technology
If you are looking for a flexible frame that offers control and comfort…then look no further than the XCalibre line of racquets.
Their Uniflex technology allows the frame the flex/bend as entire unit, versus flexing only in the head or throat. This creates a more comfortable experience for the player. Even though the XCalibre’s stiffness rating is RA66, it definitely does not FEEL that way.
Even with my heaviest forehand shots, the XCalibre 315g did not feel stiff. It was really exciting to go out there and have the confidence to hit the ball hard and not have to worry about any sort of arm injury.
TenX Pro XCalibre 315g Review: Conclusion
As you already know, I’m a big fan of the Australian tennis racquet brand, TenX Pro. Their racquets are one of the most comfortable frames that I’ve tried in a long while.
I really quite enjoyed this frame. It is a great feeling tennis racquet for all levels of play. It does everything I ask it to without much trouble. Spin, control, and power…check. Comfort…double check.
If you are looking for a solid frame that is easy to play with, I highly recommend that you give the XCalibre 315g, or any other weight class, a hit.
If you would like to give a TenXPro XCalibre tennis racquet a try, you can check them out by following this link.