At 97-square-inches this frame was one of the smaller ones on test, and while that meant at times its sweetspot was hard to find consistently, the comfort on the ball was right up there with the best.

Not a particularly well-known brand in the UK, the testers were fairly unfamiliar with Pacific frames but that didn’t affect their appreciation of what the X Tour 97 had to offer.

Adam found “good spin levels and control on groundstrokes” which may well be a result of the open 16 x 20 stringing pattern.

Sarah’s favourite element was its overall power and its feel when hitting with slice. Another example of players being pleasantly surprised by a racket. It pays to try before you buy!

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