Arthur Ashe racquet and cortland steel racquet

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  1. nadalfan1992

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    Hey guys I was wondering about two sticks I had a third but Dont Let It Bounce answer about that one.The two sticks are Arthur Ashe competition 3 head and never heard of this one till I got it also it is a graphite composite.The other one It is called cortland the name of the brand it is steel racquet the logo on it is a C with a crown on it.If you guys need pictures I will try and post some in the next few days if needed.
     
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    The Comp 3 was the more flexible frame that came after the Comp 2, which had a Boron stiffener, and the foam core was brown.
     
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    The Comp 3 and LC (light or lady comp) came along too late to capture much interest. The market was quickly moving toward graphite composites and away from sandwich construction...eg. Yamaha, Head, Rossignol. The 3 and LC were both too flexy for hard hitters and not powerful enough for the intended market(ladies and less strong hitters).
     
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    Thanks guys about the Arthur Ashe racquet but do you guys know anything about the Cortland steel racquet?I played with both of them Now I dont have much hitting time with any of these old sticks.But I convinced my friend to play with one of them and I love that kind of pace unfournatly It fast pace now because of the thick beams and low weight.By the way I'm 17 also I'm a tennis fanatic and I like to collect some old tennis racquets like these two and hit with them sometimes.
     
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    Interested in the Cortland, please post some pics.
     
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    Hard to see your pics on that link. If you have better quality pics, please send them to: ahanesthesiaa at gmail dot com
     
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    Sorry tmr I dont have a usb cable for my other camera that takes better pics so I cant send any.
     
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    nice racquet, but in the last picture, it almost looks like an Ergonom. Is it just the picture angle, or is it warped?
     
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    I do not think its warped but I'm not sure but I think its the angle.
     
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    Isn't the Cortland aluminum? No signs of corrosion. It has the look of an early/mid 1970's aluminum racket. Don't remember that brand. Maybe it was a store brand?

    Edit: Looked it up. Courtland was a NY based tennis manufacturer that was acquired by Wilson around 1964. I assume it was Wilson's value brand for a time thereafter?

    The Arthur Ashe Competition was kind of a BFD in its day, mid 1970's. Composite core sandwiched between brushed aluminum (or stainless steel). That sandwich construction was the same way that Howard Head made his skis of the same era. Tiny sweet spot by today's standards but was considered a more powerful and more forgiving improvement over the 68 square inch woodies of that time.

    Also found this but it is not the same racket. Might be the same brand at any earlier time. Sort of like Dayton which also made steel rackets with steel strings.

    http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=661291
     
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