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WhereIsMacMac 06-12-2013 07:04 AM

Head Graphite Edge
 
Whats the specs of these sticks? How do they play?

struggle 06-12-2013 07:45 AM

demanding. it's a fancy version of an old wood racket. lovely sticks.

Clintspin 06-12-2013 09:34 AM

They are easy to play with and play very nice. I have a bunch of them but haven't hit recently with any. I will take one out to play in the next couple of days and find out how they feel again.

WhereIsMacMac 06-12-2013 11:12 AM

Will it kill my arm? LOL how much do they weigh anyway?

Clintspin 06-12-2013 12:20 PM

12 to 13 oz and no it will not hurt your arm.

LeeD 06-12-2013 12:38 PM

Never hurt my arm, I just could never hit a strong shot with the Edge, either serves, groundies, or volleys.
However, GREAT control and a bit more impact than I can handle. Had that feel of stiff, but not jarring, or soft, but not smooth.

WhereIsMacMac 06-12-2013 12:44 PM

Can you name a "modern day" racquet that plays similarly to the edge?

LeeD 06-12-2013 12:59 PM

Off the top of my head, no thinking, Pure Storm of some version. I tried the red Babs once, for about 5 minutes. Reminded me of a dead string PS-85, also.

WhereIsMacMac 06-12-2013 01:29 PM

How's the pricetag on these things

HRB 06-12-2013 02:54 PM

You can get Edge's everyday on the Web for under $30..they are the best kept "secret" in classics...they feel awesome, are actually whippy and can produce awesome spin! Serves are spot on...flexy as hell..which is the only detriment if trying to shove big serves back down your opponents throat (like I can with more modern stiff sticks).

WhereIsMacMac 06-12-2013 04:58 PM

Thanks for your inputs! I'm actually considering buying a pair

vsbabolat 06-12-2013 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by WhereIsMacMac (Post 7502898)
Can you name a "modern day" racquet that plays similarly to the edge?

HEAD IG Prestige Mid! The Graphite Edge is buttery smooth. I can hit a very big ball with it.

retrowagen 06-12-2013 05:40 PM

Specs vary on those Graphite Edges, too. All of them are 80 square-inch traditional "mids," most (apart from the Graphite Edge 2 of 1987/8 ) are 18x20. The earlier runs of Graphite Edge came in various standard weights. Earlier ones have a rough, mottled black surface. Later ones are smooth and shiny black. All of them were made in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Earlier ones had individual grommets, later ones were redesigned to have plastic grommet strips. None (except the GE2) have a replacable plastic bumper, but do feature a molded-in plastic skid under the paint, which can wear down before any damage to the actual composite structure occurs. I don't know what the actual layup of the GE is (Head was always very mum on layup % data), but it feels to me like other classic 80% graphite, 20% fiberglass layups of the era.

Head also made Composite Edge frames (1984-1986ish) and Composite Edge Special Edition (1986ish-1987) frames in Colorado (before they shut down tennis manufacturing there and moved it entirely to Austria), and a host of various models in the same mold in Kennelbach, Tirol, Austria.

WhereIsMacMac 06-12-2013 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by retrowagen (Post 7503386)
Specs vary on those Graphite Edges, too. All of them are 80 square-inch traditional "mids," most (apart from the Graphite Edge 2 of 1987/8 ) are 18x20. The earlier runs of Graphite Edge came in various standard weights. Earlier ones have a rough, mottled black surface. Later ones are smooth and shiny black. All of them were made in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Earlier ones had individual grommets, later ones were redesigned to have plastic grommet strips. None (except the GE2) have a replacable plastic bumper, but do feature a molded-in plastic skid under the paint, which can wear down before any damage to the actual composite structure occurs. I don't know what the actual layup of the GE is (Head was always very mum on layup % data), but it feels to me like other classic 80% graphite, 20% fiberglass layups of the era.

Head also made Composite Edge frames (1984-1986ish) and Composite Edge Special Edition (1986ish-1987) frames in Colorado (before they shut down tennis manufacturing there and moved it entirely to Austria), and a host of various models in the same mold in Kennelbach, Tirol, Austria.

I'm talking about this version


WhereIsMacMac 06-12-2013 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 7503371)
HEAD IG Prestige Mid! The Graphite Edge is buttery smooth. I can hit a very big ball with it.

thanks for your feedback! is it string sensitive or whatever?

joe sch 06-13-2013 02:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by retrowagen (Post 7503386)
Specs vary on those Graphite Edges, too. All of them are 80 square-inch traditional "mids," most (apart from the Graphite Edge 2 of 1987/8 ) are 18x20. The earlier runs of Graphite Edge came in various standard weights. Earlier ones have a rough, mottled black surface. Later ones are smooth and shiny black. All of them were made in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Earlier ones had individual grommets, later ones were redesigned to have plastic grommet strips. None (except the GE2) have a replacable plastic bumper, but do feature a molded-in plastic skid under the paint, which can wear down before any damage to the actual composite structure occurs. I don't know what the actual layup of the GE is (Head was always very mum on layup % data), but it feels to me like other classic 80% graphite, 20% fiberglass layups of the era.

Head also made Composite Edge frames (1984-1986ish) and Composite Edge Special Edition (1986ish-1987) frames in Colorado (before they shut down tennis manufacturing there and moved it entirely to Austria), and a host of various models in the same mold in Kennelbach, Tirol, Austria.

weight in grams/oz/flex/sw/balance in centimeters
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Head Graphite Edge 348/12.28/44/331

Very nice classic graphite hitter for the control player with strokes

vsbabolat 06-13-2013 06:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joe sch (Post 7503897)
weight in grams/oz/flex/sw/balance in centimeters
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Head Graphite Edge 348/12.28/44/331

Very nice classic graphite hitter for the control player with strokes

I dont think the flex of 44 is accurate. Mine came out as 56RA. It was considered quite a stiff racquet back in 1982.

vsbabolat 06-13-2013 06:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WhereIsMacMac (Post 7503449)
thanks for your feedback! is it string sensitive or whatever?

Which is string sensitive? The Graphite Edge or IG Prestige Mid? I have found both not to be string sensitive. With the IG Prestige Mid you will have to add weight to match the weight of the Graphite Edge.

max 06-13-2013 11:34 AM

Mine's been kicking around for a long, long time. I used it back around 1983 or 4? I should string it up for giggles, but I just don't have the time to do this.

joe sch 06-13-2013 06:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 7504230)
I dont think the flex of 44 is accurate. Mine came out as 56RA. It was considered quite a stiff racquet back in 1982.

Dino's measurement of one of his hitting stock so could have seen much loving, not sure it could change 20% ?
Maybe a data entry typo ?


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