Head Arthur Ashe Competition

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  1. Arti

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    Having just acquired an Head Arthur Ashe Competition 2, this is an amazing commercial:
     
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  2. vsbabolat

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    Hahahahahahaha! You can't say that about any of the HEAD Pro's today.
     
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    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.
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    Head was an amazing company for decades.
     
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    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
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  6. Arti

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    oh wow German!
     
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    oh wow German!
     
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  8. vsbabolat

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    That's little silver sticker was on every Austrian racquet. They were a cool company
     
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    @Arti
    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
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    Players used to sit back to back on change overs.
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    I think the silver frame was the original competition Head.
     
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    The Arthur Ashe Competition, Comp 2 and Comp 3 are all silver and I believe the same mold with different layups
     
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    Yes, aluiminum skin with fiberglass sandwich and then the Comp 3 was fiberglass and Graphite.
     
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    I think the silver frame was the original competition Head.
     
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  17. Arti

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    Fiberglass makes amazing racquet material but it is incredibly heavy
     
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    The AA Competition Edge was good too. Was the aluminum skin with Graphite and fiberglass in Midsize.
     
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    The AA Competition Edge was good too. Was the aluminum skin with Graphite and fiberglass in Midsize.
     
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    Did he play with the Genesis ever or was it just for a photo shoot?

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    No. By this release he was very sick and long retired from playing. He endorsed Head frames in media & pulic appearances until his death.
     
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    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.
     
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    HEAD released several Europe on frames Ashe Cup et al
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    Cool! I have never seen a red one. I still haven
    my “red head” the head pro.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    That frame was a German release also below, which is a Comp 1 AFAIK
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  29. vsbabolat

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    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.
     
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    Thanks. The words[ paint job of ] before a Comp 1
     
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    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.
     
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    The Ashe Comp was my 2nd "real" racket after a T2000.
     
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    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
     
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    Arthur used the Tony Trabert Autograph
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    He did clinics and would feed balls with it.
     
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    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."
     
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  37. vsbabolat

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    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.
     
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  38. PBODY99

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    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.
    Thank you
     
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    The mono shaft racquets weren’t called AA.
    Here is a photo of the Head Swing
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    There are a couple of others that I can remember the name off the top of my head
     
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  40. PBODY99

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    That the frame I saw.
    Thank you.
     
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    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!
     
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    I think this racquet eventually became the Stan Smith, which I used throughout high school.
     
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  43. vsbabolat

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    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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