Head Graphite Edge (Matte)

Hey guys I need your thoughts...

I have tried / leaded just about every stick imaginable but nothing and I repeat nothing compares to the Head Graphite Edge (Matte) 81sq. in. 13oz strung with overgrip and 5 pts. head light. flex 58-62?

My question is has anyone played with this and could you help me find current sticks???

Any help would be greatly appreciated...

This weekend I had the bright idea to break it so I would stop fantasizing about it's spec sooo much. Clearly I'm delusional because this racquet helps me lift my game to a ridiculous level.

Again Please Help..
 

ipitythefool

Semi-Pro
Hey guys I need your thoughts...

I have tried / leaded just about every stick imaginable but nothing and I repeat nothing compares to the Head Graphite Edge (Matte) 81sq. in. 13oz strung with overgrip and 5 pts. head light. flex 58-62?

My question is has anyone played with this and could you help me find current sticks???

Any help would be greatly appreciated...

This weekend I had the bright idea to break it so I would stop fantasizing about it's spec sooo much. Clearly I'm delusional because this racquet helps me lift my game to a ridiculous level.

Again Please Help..

It is very interesting since I wrote a similar post about the matte Graphite Edge few months ago, asking the same, which current sticks can compare to this...:) Amazing feel! Amazing touch....amazing "pop" sound....If only the racquet head size was not too small for someone like me who hits 2 hrs a week (due to shortage of courts and players) and therefore not enough eye to hand coordination..or if i could get more court time...I would love to play with the Graphite Edge all the time...just amazing stick...............
 

anirut

Legend
Keep the Edge, don't break it, and look for something that plays and feels right "in its own character".

It's like you love this one girl so much, she's beautiful, hot, etc. and she's gotten old. You can't have another girl that's like her. Everyone's different. Learn to live with something different and add spice to life.
 
Anirut-

I respect your post generally on this site.
But what exactly do you think I'm trying to do? I am trying to find a new love with as many characteristics as the head graphite edge (matte), brother.
Now if you could steer me towards a new "woman" instead of just talking about useless analogy's I would be grateful. http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif

Redondo?
Black ace?
Dunlop 100, 200?

I can customize anything except feel and flex and those two go hand in hand.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Try the HEAD MG Prestige Mid
Volkl PB 10 Mid
Dunlop Aerogel 200


You will have to customize the above racquets for weight, balance, and swing weight to the spec of your Graphite Edge because all modern racquets are very light.

*Edit-Give the new Wilson KPro Staff 88 along with the K6-1 Tour 90 a try. They are stiffer than the Graphite Edge but the mass is there. I preferred the K6-1 Tour 90 over the KPro Staff 88.
 
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Thanks VS
Have a MG Prestige mid. Felt too stiff for some odd reason? Is it tension sensitive?

Currently have Volkl DNX 10 Mid's (4) w/ leather and enough lead in the 10 to 2 position to make it 8 pts. head light and weigh 12.9oz.

The black ace looks interesting with leather, an overgrip, power pads, and lead in the tip I wonder how nice it would feel.

I'm honestly scared to try more sticks because once I try a few more I'm completely out of ideas.
 

anirut

Legend
Taz,

Alright, if feeling different is something you're willing to get used to, then the Redondo may help. I have a friend who's an advocate of the iPrestige who fell in love deeply with the Redondo. Well, just give it a shot and see if you'd like it.

I wouldn't recommend the AG100 as it would be kinda way too light to have that solidness you like.

The BlackAce, on the other hand, is crisp, more like the MG Prestige, but you can really mod the BlackAce tail heavy and very head-light. I moded mine up to 386 grams and 12 pts HL (weight properly distributed in the right places along the handle) and it hits a ton and very, very stable. You could try it if you wish.

If you want to know how I moded my Black Ace, pls email me. It's too much detail to put in here.
 

ipitythefool

Semi-Pro
Keep the Edge, don't break it, and look for something that plays and feels right "in its own character".

It's like you love this one girl so much, she's beautiful, hot, etc. and she's gotten old. You can't have another girl that's like her. Everyone's different. Learn to live with something different and add spice to life.

true...Graphite Edge is like one of those numbers you can call up on a Sat nite, and you know that she will be available...you like the spice you get (best "feel" racquet I ever tried by far, with I believe fiberglass in the mix....) but you want to be on the hunt for a younger version that you can get the same spice :)
 

MichaelChang

Hall of Fame
why bother. the Graphite Edge comes to the flea bay quite often. Couple weeks ago there was even a brand new one with plastic on handle, well that is really rare, but for a 7-8/10 condition used one, it is quite often available on the bay, with a low price tag. Why bother buying a $150 modern racket where you can buy a used GE for 15$. Not to mention on the bay there are also Graphite Edge 2 and the graphite Edge TXE from time to time. I have picked up quite a few of those bad boys in the last 2 years.
 
Michael :

I can tell from your post that you have not hit with the matte finish graphite edge. Because all of those other versions hit nothing like this one....

I've been to the bay you ****...where else would someone find a 1981 racquet? The problem isn't finding another one on the bay it's finding 5 or 6:cry:

but I do thank you for your options above...
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Thanks VS
Have a MG Prestige mid. Felt too stiff for some odd reason? Is it tension sensitive?

Currently have Volkl DNX 10 Mid's (4) w/ leather and enough lead in the 10 to 2 position to make it 8 pts. head light and weigh 12.9oz.

The black ace looks interesting with leather, an overgrip, power pads, and lead in the tip I wonder how nice it would feel.

I'm honestly scared to try more sticks because once I try a few more I'm completely out of ideas.

I found the MG Prestige very string sensitive. There are a bunch of new racquets that are coming out that you might like. So maybe you should sit tight for a little bit.
Dunlop has two new interesting racquets that are worth a hit. The Aerogel 4D 100 and the Aerogel 4D 200 Tour
Just came back from the first main draw night at Thailand Open 2009. Dunlop came up with a lot of new racquets. It's quite strange that most of them come strung.

The first one is Aerogel 4D 100. I don't remember the strung weight, but it's pretty heavy.
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Approximate balance of AG100 4D
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The second one is Aerogel 4D 200 Tour. This is also a heavy racquet (350g strung), but the string pattern is quite open.
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AG200T has even balance, but it feels a bit head-heavy for me.
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Also the Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT might be a option. http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCBAB-BPSLGT.html

Unfortunately you are not going to find anything that is going to play like your Graphite Edge. It is a matter of trying to find something that you can play well with and that you can tolerate the feel.

Or maybe the Donnay Pro One International?
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCDUNLOP-DP1INT.html

It's a tough process. You just can't get around demoing.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I'd demo a bunch of Heads. I should have done this earlier. I came from the Head Graphite Master 100, an 80's stick I used as a junior. I tried a bunch of sticks and bought some babolats before trying the Head Radical Pro. This stick is basically a real nice updated classic Head racquet with modern features. So while on paper, Head may not be making the racquet you like, you may find similar characteristics in their 90 inch Prestige...maybe. Worth a shot.
 
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