The (Almost) Complete Timeline of Head Racquets since 1982

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  1. jchl97

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    Have you ever considered the history of racquet production of your favorite tennis brand?
    This is it. I have compiled most of the major Head tour racquets produced since 1982 into a timeline for a
    clear viewing pleasure. Thanks to all the OP and contributors to this forum, I have spent hours of time
    researching, particularly the extremely diverse and complicated vintage ones and managed to arrange
    them into multiple series and lines logically.

    Head experts and aficionados, please feel free to comment and make suggestions/amendments as we
    can add more to the timeline to make it as complete and accurate as possible!

    Enjoy!

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    Update: After almost a year of hiatus, this timeline came across my mind and I decided to update it. With some additions and fixes, please continue to point out any errors and improvements.

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  2. Automatix

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    Fantastic work. Kudos to you sir!
     
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  3. NickJ

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    Excellent. Well done. Are you going to do Wilson, Babolat and Snauwert now??
     
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  4. Alex78

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    That's really nice!
    But, and there needs to be a but, I don't understand why Head doesn't offer a complete racket genealogy on their website, given that they have such a rich history.
    Granted, there won't be too many people interested in the lineage of their new Speed racket, etc. But besides providing this information to the crazy few racket enthusiasts out (t)here, maybe Head could in fact use their history as a marketing asset?! Without blowing it out of proportion, of course. I mean, they've done something similar with the 25th anniversary of the Prestige, and with their reference to former players using it.
     
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  5. Xonemains

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    I havent posted my thoughts in a while, didnt feel the need to lately until now!!

    Great job jchl97!!!

    alot of the younger people can now see some Head history in one page

    again, well done!!
     
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  6. YoungLefty

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    It was very good of you to share. Thanks!
     
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  7. Hankenstein

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    Very nice! Worth 5 stars!!
     
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  8. vsbabolat

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    TXP was the exact same racquet as the Prestige Pro. TXP is what HEAD called the Prestige Pro in the USA in 1986 and 1987.

    The Prestige 600 was not a US model it was sold around the world.

    There was a i.Speed.

    The Ti.Classic and Ti Pro Tour where low end big box store and internet frame.

    Nice spread sheet.
     
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  9. mhj202

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    That's awesome. Thanks for the super clear and easy to follow guide.
     
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    very nice!!!
     
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  11. movdqa

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    How about the 70s and 80s stuff? AA Comps, Head Master, Pro, Vilas, etc? Popups with pictures?
     
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  12. Oz_Rocket

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    Another frame to add. There was a Head Pro Lite Tour 660 released in the late 90s. I ended up with one of these and still have it in the bag although it doesn't get used.

    A pic of one is in post #10 of the following thread:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=12513
     
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  13. Doubles

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    Wasn't there also an I.Extreme? I agree though, nice spread sheet.
     
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    Yes, there was a i.Extreme. Good memory! It was similar to the Ti.Heat and Ti. Fire. Both of witch dont belong in the the Genesis widebody line of the spreed sheet.
     
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  15. evantsung

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    Thumbs up for the color coordinating! The i.prestige s/b black btw. The Extreme and Pure Competition Twintube are also missing...
     
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  16. jimbo333

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    Great work, but i would like to see the years listed each racket was originally made and for sale please? Come on you can do it:)

    Also interestingly at one point the radical actually became the prestige:shock:

    The twin tube radical mp mold had about a 10 year gap not being used, and then was used in the Microgel Prestige Pro. Interesting, as Murray is using a Radical Pro paintjob on effectively a Prestige Pro mold, which used to be a radical mold only with different string pattern (and yes I know he has the pt57a under the paint), makes me laugh!
     
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  17. jchl97

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    Thanks for the comments, glad u guys like it!
    Now I want to get a few things clear before moving on to add more to it.

    Vsbabolat, do you mean that the Ti.Classic and Ti.Pro Tour are low end racquets? If so where do you think they should fit on the spreadsheet? How about the Ti.Fire/Heat?

    Again, where should I fit this into? Should I add a row/column for Twintube racquets?

    That's interesting, but shouldn't reflect on the timeline anyways. I'll try to do another round of research and add in the years, hopefully if I have time. That would affect the organization though as it is not quite in chronological order. You guys please continue helping me in the meantime ;)
     
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  18. jchl97

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    Oh and the Prestige Tour 660, when was that released and where should it fit in-between? Please check if I have missed any frames for the Prestige line and that the order is correct.
     
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  19. vsbabolat

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    Pro Tour 630, Radical Tour 630 (trisys 260), and Radical Tour TwinTube 630 are all from the same mold.
     
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    Awesome Thread and Timeline!!! LOVE IT!!!! not just saying that because it is Valentines day tomorrow.
     
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    The most beautiful racquet of them all is missing here:

    Head Pyramid Tour

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  22. martini1

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    Do you know anything about the triangular head shape racket with a purple pj? It was made in Austria from the mid-late 90's.

    I used to own one back then but knew very little about tennis. I'd like to see some pictures and info if anybody got any.

    Thanks.
     
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  23. evantsung

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    I guess you can add a new row showing the Pure/Extreme/Supreme/Ultimate Competition XL. I remember they came out not long after the zebra Radicals, and were endorsed by Borg, Wilander and other old timers. Or you can leave this series off your list bc they weren't that popular at the time.
     
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  24. corners

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    Great contribution to the board. Thanks!
     
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    Yes, I think people forget that. What I was getting at though was that it is ironic, and I think amusing, that Murray is playing with a current Radical paintjob over a current Prestige mold, which used to be a Radical mold!
     
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    That means a Prestige Pro essentially has the same mold of a PT630/PT57a with an open string pattern?
     
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    To my knowledge Murray uses a PT57a with an open string pattern, but not a current Prestige Pro. Is that correct VS?
     
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  30. vsbabolat

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    Yes, Murray uses the Pro Tour 630 (PT57A) with a 16x19 string pattern.
     
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  31. vsbabolat

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    Composite Edge and Composite Director.
    Graphite Edge 2
     
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  32. rlau

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    Just a matter of taste, I guess... ;-)
     
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  33. vsbabolat

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    The black 1986(?) Graphite Pro as used(?) by Cristian Saceanu and Eric Jelen: was that the mold for the original '87 Prestige Pro? If not, was the mold/racket used in other frames after 1986? I'm asking because it was such a solid and boxier beamed frame that felt so much better than the rectangular box Prestige beams that came after and which remain today.
     
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    where would Graphite Master fit (kind of like Graphite Pro but 102 sq)?

    How about Tour XtraLong (~28 inch long and a bit wider than tour 280)
     
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  37. dje31

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    When---if ever---did the Prestige Pro (630), or variants of it, have Twaron? The original?

    I can't help but wonder if the Volkl C10 Pro and a Twaron Prestige Pro weren't separated at birth. Microgel PP and C10P specs seem pretty close, though MGPP lacks Twaron...ditto for the IGPP, though it's a bit stiffer.

    I know there's no CAP on the C10, and it's not a box beam.

    Thinking more in terms of general specs, playing characteristics, target audience, etc.
     
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  39. jchl97

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    After almost a year of hiatus, this timeline came across my mind and I decided to update it. With some additions and fixes, please continue to point out any errors and improvements. Enjoy!

    [​IMG]
     
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  40. Fruitty

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    Finally someone with an overview of all Head Rackets.
    And now you give the Twintubes their own column, too.
    Thank you JCHL97 !

    (I dont see the tweeners s.a. I.Tour and TI.S2 S3,...)
     
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  41. pt630_belgium

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    Just found this Timeline.
    Great work :shock:

    Thanks a lot.
     
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  42. Chuaism

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    AMAZING!!!!

    Bump for those interested.

    Not that anyone asked but wouldn't it be awesome to have pics included of each version...? Lol

    Good work. I know a lot of time and energy goes into these sort of summaries...
     
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