Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Arti, Nov 19, 2017.
Having just acquired an Head Arthur Ashe Competition 2, this is an amazing commercial:
Hahahahahahaha! You can't say that about any of the HEAD Pro's today.
It's such an insanely soft and well balanced frame. It even has a big Head inspection sticker right on the front of the throat, just incredible quality control.
Head was an amazing company for decades.
Head was an amazing company for decades. Starting in 1991 HEAD put a code on the white label on the plastic protecting the grip that would tell you the date the racquet was manufactured. That ended in 2006 when in-house Austrian production ended.
In the 80's to 1991 HEAD identified who checked the quality
oh wow German!
That's little silver sticker was on every Austrian racquet. They were a cool company
The AA Competition Edge might also tickle your fancy. Slightly bigger, softer flex.
The Comp 3 has even greater flex.
The Comp 2 was not my favorite, I found it temperature sensitive, it got really stiff [ for the era ] when the temperature dropped. I stuck with the 1's until I went to Yamaha YFG 30 after watching John Sardi serve bombs losing to McEnroe in the NCAA's
Players used to sit back to back on change overs.
I think the silver frame was the original competition Head.
The Arthur Ashe Competition, Comp 2 and Comp 3 are all silver and I believe the same mold with different layups
Yes, aluiminum skin with fiberglass sandwich and then the Comp 3 was fiberglass and Graphite.
Fiberglass makes amazing racquet material but it is incredibly heavy
The AA Competition Edge was good too. Was the aluminum skin with Graphite and fiberglass in Midsize.
Did he play with the Genesis ever or was it just for a photo shoot?
No. By this release he was very sick and long retired from playing. He endorsed Head frames in media & pulic appearances until his death.
Thanks for the memory. Lt Ashe, using the Don Budge Wilson in 1968.
That model with the longer flake, making the shaft stiffer became the Stan Smith.
HEAD released several Europe on frames Ashe Cup et al
Cool! I have never seen a red one. I still haven
my “red head” the head pro.
Loved Arthur but his racquet was garbage. Had two of them that delaminated (metal plate separated from the plastic core) when left in a car on a relatively mild (temp. 70s) spring day. Head refused to take them back.
strung way too many to actual remember - both for "regular" customers when 'home' as well as my many days on the Tour stringing for the Pro's... they were special indeed... a real creative frame introduced well before the days of "today" technology ... can't really blame Head here for the design! It was a part of racket-evolution... yet I personally hated to 'tube' everywhere for the Pro's who were using gut, (99%) ... a real PITA! Remains a CLASSIC top #10 in my memories
That frame was a German release also below, which is a Comp 1 AFAIK
That's the AA Cup. Head sold the original AA compititon in Europe and a whole line of AA branded racquets with the aluminum skin with fiberglass sandwich construction.
Thanks. The words[ paint job of ] before a Comp 1
De-lamination @ 12 o'clock I take it. I saw that happen to the light models but not to mediums.
longest use was a set of 4 used for 12 seasons by one player I strung for. Tubing & 7 power pads, every time I service that frame.
The Ashe Comp was my 2nd "real" racket after a T2000.
What are you taking about paint job?
The Comp 1 came out in 1969. Before that Head didn't have racquets. That AA Cup is from around 1979/80
Arthur used the Tony Trabert Autograph
He did clinics and would feed balls with it.
Thanks.A re-release is a paint job in my book.
As for the frame, you are as usual precise.
I was commenting on the design is the same as the thick flake Don Budge racket, which was renamed for Trabert until it was re-branded the Stan Smith.
I got the racket history from members of my club who hosted Arthur & other ATA jrs during his early days.
They were very brand loyal as Wilson supported black juniors in our club the 50's & 60s and showed me each of these frames.
I was told in 1969, " It is the player, not the racket."
There was a whole line of AA aluminum skin Fiberglas sandwich racquets made in Austria for Europe. They even had mono shaft racquets using this construction in Europe. The AA Cup isn’t a paint job.
Yes, I saw a silver monoshaft AA on the bay.
They also produced some Special Edition Comp Pros, of which I have one and a AA Light Comp.
HEAD made some great frames, times change.
The mono shaft racquets weren’t called AA.
Here is a photo of the Head Swing
There are a couple of others that I can remember the name off the top of my head
That the frame I saw.
Wow! That's the very first RED Arthur Ashe Comp 2 Boron I've ever seen, and it comes with the added model name "Expert." I was unaware that this even existed - very cool!
I think this racquet eventually became the Stan Smith, which I used throughout high school.
That was called the Arthur Ashe Expert, made in austria and sold in Europe. HEAD made other Arthur Ashe models with Boron that was sold in European market.
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