Did HEAD ever produce rackets in Taiwan in the 80-90s?

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  1. MichaelChang

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    I come across some old school HEAD rackets (supposedly made in the 80-90s) that are marked "Made in Taiwan". They do not look like the traditional Austria or US made Head rackets, the paint job is differnt. I don't know. Did HEAD have a factory in Taiwan at that time?
     
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  2. retrowagen

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    Yes, commencing in 1989, with the Match Pro constant beam widebody.
     
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  3. MichaelChang

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    Thank you retrowagen. I hardly see Taiwan made HEADs. Are they good compared to the Austria made ones?
     
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    I have a few Taiwan made Head frames and a few made in Malaysia.
     
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  5. MichaelChang

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    How do they hit? I like Taiwan made Prince, but never hit with a Taiwan made HEAD. Are they good?
     
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  6. plasma

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    Head prestige Pro (USA)
    Head Match Pro (Taiwan)
     
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  7. MichaelChang

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    Thanks for the pictures man!
    It seems HEAD let the Taiwan factory made some non-mainstream rackets?
     
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    They seem about the same. I'm not one of those people that can pick out subtle differences in frame feel.
     
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    Howard Head was a true American genius! Having grad-u-tated Harvard and with the goal of becomming a creative writer, HH found he had no aptitude for it! Not being much of a skier ..BUT feeling that a vastly improved metal ski could help beginners...he set about designing MANY!! I say many..because it was all trial and error ...and passing them out to Pro's on the various mountains ..he came up with the trend setting design ..changing the ski world completely!

    The, not being a tennis player ..but also feeling that a major design change could make things easier for beginners ...he developed the Prince Oversize (metal) racquet that became another revolutionary trend setter BUT in another sport!! Also..with lots of trail and error.

    Being from Baltimore..he went about having players and club pros in the area test his designs. One was a former Pro who worked for us at TennisLink.org in DC.

    The Mfg is nearly ALWAYS done but whomever can fulfill the desing specs at the lowest cost. That Head Racquet you mentioned was fine as long as I didn't hit with it more than an hour or so a day. BUT..if I hit with it as much as 3 hrs ...it was "wristy"!!

    BTW-We're (my wife and I) are still hitting with TiRadical-OS ..but considering a change to Prince O series. Dan
     
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  10. plasma

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    can someone pls post a new thread in honor of Howard Head?
     
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  11. vsbabolat

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    The few HEAD racquets that were made in Taiwan were low-end department store type racquets that were produced by a OEM most likely by Kunnan Lo the founder of Pro Kennex. All Premium HEAD racquets at that time were manufactured in Boulder, Colorado and Kennelbach, Austria. Then in 1988 all production for all premium racquets was switched to Kennelbach, Austria.
     
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    VS Gut, once again I agree with u 110%. Please post some VS-babolah threads in this classic section, I think that with enough threads they'll stop trying to hide us...
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  13. LuchoVena

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    Sorry to resuscitate this thread, but was the Taiwan factory legit legit then? did they even try at high end inventory such as Graphite Pros (or during the Fiberglass/Graphite era) or other predecessor of the Prestige? Special Editions for the Asian market? or just the low end, aka, Walmart quality? Any fakes and if that was a thing back then?

    I know that you VS, as well versed and knowledgeable as you are, said they were only low end, but any chance they tried at least to make anything of the above, experimentally?
     
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  14. vsbabolat

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    The Taiwan racquets were manufactured by Kunnan Lo (Pro Kennex). No Prestige or any of the high end racquets were manufactured in Taiwan. They were higher quality than what is Walmart quality today. There were no fakes back then.
     
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  15. teachingprotx

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    Wow this is interesting !
    Is the match pro the same beam width as the prestige ? Hard to tell in plasmas post ! This is exciting . If the match pro is a thin beamed and if it was a ' low end " model .. Can I say that it's flexy due to a lot of fiberglass ? Thanks :)
     
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  16. vsbabolat

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    Match Pro is much wider than the Prestige
     
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    I believe IIRC, the Graphite industry was super strong in Taiwan, probably one of the top in the world in the 80's. Thus, and is still probably the case, Pro Kennex can make and has made nice frames, but the following just has been there, like Wilson, Prince or Head back then.
     
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