Just Bought A Head Arthur Ashe Competition

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  1. WilsonPlayer101

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    Was at the local Goodwill store and they had a Wilson T-3000 and a Ashe Competition. I was on the fence whether I should buy it or not because I have an Ashe Boron that I bought about 12 or so years ago and I have an Ashe I think II or III as well. The Boron is buried in the garage so I can't get to it yet and the II or III whatever it is I have is without strings and altho some places can string it still, I thought maybe this Competition would be nice to have. Back in high school I got the II or III for my 15th birthday. I chose it and I loved th racquet. I know I should recall if it's a II or III but it's been years since I seen it so I forgot which one it is.

    I do recall playing really well with it regardless of small headsize. Back then no one worried about the square inch of the headsize of the racquet because all were pretty small then, then over the years we move on with progress and we wake up 30 years later in our mid to late 40s with 98 sq inch headsizes and get spoiled by it. Then when we try to go to a small head size like the Ashe or the T-2000/3000 we have a hard time hitting.

    I didn't get a chance to play with it but I did hit agains the wall in the back yard. The space in the backyard is pretty small so I didn't give it a good test but I will on the weekend but so far it feels like a pro. I mean it feels great just as it did 30 years ago. I know back in the day I hardly hit the frame with the ball but if I try to play now I might hit the frame but so far I can say hitting agains the wall I have hit the sweet spot pretty well and not the frame. But playing a set might be different. I do love this racquet. Just hitting against the wall it really brings out good form in me. Not sure why it does but better than my modern Head Prestige racquets. I hope to maybe improve my form with this then go back to the Prestige for some competitive tennis and see if it improves my game.

    By the way it was in almost mint condition and it had the original head cover as well. The strings not sure if they are gut or nylon but I suspect nylon beacuse there is no fraying of the cut ends like you see with gut. It has the Head stencile on it so maybe they are original strings.

    I recall someone here or somewhere stating that the Arthur Ashe is the Delorean of tennis racquets. I have to agree. The looks of it and the era of these racquets. I am very pleased with this racquet. It feels great and hits well and the leather grip, don't even get me started with this. It's great. I don't know who makes the grip for Head back then but could it be Fairway? I wish all leather grips nowadays was like this. I always loved the leather on my old Ashe and this one I bought now is no exception. It feels great and is sweet. Just easy on the hands and comfortable.
     
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  2. anirut

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    Your post brought me a big grin ... :)

    I have the Competition I, II, III and LC in my collection, too. In fact, the other day I was thinking about taking one of my two LC's for a spin.
     
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  3. colowhisper

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    I got a kick out of this too- the Delorean of racquets! We must be similar age, I played the Arthur Ashe in high school, loved that racquet. I would buy one in a second if I saw at goodwill, congrats on a great find.
     
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  4. WilsonPlayer101

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    Yeah I think we must be the Ferris Bueller generation! I am high school class of 1985. It was my 14th or 15th birthday that I got the Ashe. I picked it out for my birthday. I wish it was not piled over with a bunch of junk. But the one I just got is nice. A diff model of the Ashe, the Competition.

    I want to go out and hit with it this weekend. I want to get used to the small head size in hopes to improve my hitting and coordination.

    I also like the Lendl Adidias. Too bad it's piled over too. I need to find that one. That was a fave of mine too.

    What class are you?


    James
     
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  5. WilsonPlayer101

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    I see your location is Thailand. Are you from there originally or did you move there? Just wondering if in Thailand back in the day if those Ashe racquets were big or you moved there from somewhere else or just got these racquets. I been to Thailand in the '80s, three times. I loved it.
     
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  6. anirut

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    I'm a Thai, been here since birth, except for about seven years when I spent abroad as a high school student. I started playing and learned about tennis only when I went abroad (1977) and that's the first time I met the Comp II. The rest is history.
     
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  7. Steve Huff

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    I used the Comp I in 1975 in high school. Left it in my dad's hot car one day by accident and the head curled up to almost 90 degrees. Obviously, it was worthless then.
     
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    in the late 70's i used a comp 2 and it was futuristic looking but played like wood. one day it was stolen and i replaced it with an xrc. the xrc is still my all time favourite bat
     
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  9. PBODY99

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    Used the Comp 1 a lot, but I found the Comp 2 to be temperature sensitive, they played stiffer in the heat and in those days I got months out of a string job. By the time the 3 came out I moved on to the YFG 30. I have a couple of each model including the LC's all of which I use during the Throw Back Thursdays at my club.
     
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  10. tennytive

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    I have 2. One I lent to a friend, and when I got it back years later the head was warped. I wonder if I could put it in a hot car and which way to face it to straighten it out again. :)

    The other is my stick from college days. Really worn down from decades of use and hasn't been strung in so long it still has the blue spiral nylon from I want to say 20 years ago.

    No idea of the tension used, and whoever strung it last used 21 crosses… is that right for this racket? There are 16 mains, so I would expect 20 crosses not 21.

    Anyone know the pattern and tension range in case I can restring this racket at some point if winter ever ends? I was thinking of using a 17g since the head is so small. TIA
     
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  11. tennytive

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    Found it on 80's …… , 16 x 20, so all I need to do now is pick a tension that would be appropriate.

    Replaced the grip but the handle still squeaks. I should have tried removing and re gluing but was afraid the plastic might be too brittle and break.

    Man I beat this thing like a drum over so many years. I'm surprised it's still in one piece.
     
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