I just won a Competition Edge

anirut

Legend
I'm a happy dude now. Just won an AA Competition Edge.

If I rememeber correctly, this should make my Competition collection complete with Comp I, Comp II, Comp III, LC and this new Comp Edge.

Any other stick of the Competition series out there? Please let me know.

But one thing makes me wonder ... why no bids for this thing? I was the only bidder.

Anyhow, I won't be seeing the stick until something like July next year! It's shipped to my son in TX.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I'm a happy dude now. Just won an AA Competition Edge.

If I rememeber correctly, this should make my Competition collection complete with Comp I, Comp II, Comp III, LC and this new Comp Edge.

Any other stick of the Competition series out there? Please let me know.

But one thing makes me wonder ... why no bids for this thing? I was the only bidder.

Anyhow, I won't be seeing the stick until something like July next year! It's shipped to my son in TX.
Oh yes. HEAD had more that was offered in Europe and Made in Austria.
http://80s-tennis.com/pages/head-ashe-boron-expert.html

http://80s-tennis.com/pages/head-ashe-cup.html

http://80s-tennis.com/pages/terlinden-rackets-3.html

http://80s-tennis.com/pages/head-lc-arthur-ashe.html

http://80s-tennis.com/pages/head-fibrcor-st.html

More photos of my Arthur Ashe Competition 3 Boron (Gold) as promised:)





I am sure there are more especially in the EU.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Without seeing a picture, I'm wondering if this might be a COMPosite Edge, rather than an Arthur Ashe COMPetition model. Apologies if I am barking up the wrong tree. I'm thinking of the grayish-brown composite similar(smaller, of course) to the Composite Director--graphite and glass, pre-bumper guard era. Just wondering. I'm in Austin...if your son wants to compare notes. CR
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Now, now, VS, you're making me drool ... :)

Coach, my son's in San Antonio. Too bad he's far from where you are. Well, yeah, it's an AA Edge. Anyhow, for 19.99 + 9.99 shipping, I'm kinda happy.

Thanks for your comments.
Well, slap me silly! I never saw the Competition Edge! I managed a 'huge' Head-selling retail tennis shop until spring '79(likely the time of this racket's introduction) and never heard of it. It appears to be of the 'Edge' family, size-wise(hard to tell). As of summer '79, I was busy repping Rossi RTs and R-40s...never knew of the Competition Edge as a competitor to 'our' sandwich composites. I wonder how many were made/sold?

Nice looking racket. Good catch!
BTW, I'm only about 90 miles from SA(should your son and I need to talk rackets from the old days :) ). Adios, Rick
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
It's fascinating, isn't it, how the ski manufacturers of the 70's took their ski construction (aluminum sheet over foam/composite sandwich) and adapted it to the tennis racquet. Head, Rossignol, Yamaha, and (IIRC) Fischer did exactly this. Head had the widest variety of models and selection of slightly varying compositions, though.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
It's fascinating, isn't it, how the ski manufacturers of the 70's took their ski construction (aluminum sheet over foam/composite sandwich) and adapted it to the tennis racquet. Head, Rossignol, Yamaha, and (IIRC) Fischer did exactly this. Head had the widest variety of models and selection of slightly varying compositions, though.
Yep, using differing materials and construction, Dura-Fiber, Kneissl, Volkl, et al, applied their ski technology as well...pretty cool. There was a bit of overlap from tennis to bicycling and golf as well with Aldila and Kunnan back in the '70s and '80s. Ah, the good old days! :)
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Well, slap me silly! I never saw the Competition Edge! I managed a 'huge' Head-selling retail tennis shop until spring '79(likely the time of this racket's introduction) and never heard of it. It appears to be of the 'Edge' family, size-wise(hard to tell). As of summer '79, I was busy repping Rossi RTs and R-40s...never knew of the Competition Edge as a competitor to 'our' sandwich composites. I wonder how many were made/sold?

Nice looking racket. Good catch!
BTW, I'm only about 90 miles from SA(should your son and I need to talk rackets from the old days :) ). Adios, Rick
The A.A. Competition Edge came out in 1982 iirc.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
The A.A. Competition Edge came out in 1982 iirc.
Interesting. I sold a bunch of Graphite Edge units around then. '82 was a pretty late date for a new 'sandwich' frame. It is actually a pretty cool idea in 'mid-size' IF they could make it stronger than the Comp 2 in 'conventional size'.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Interesting. I sold a bunch of Graphite Edge units around then. '82 was a pretty late date for a new 'sandwich' frame. It is actually a pretty cool idea in 'mid-size' IF they could make it stronger than the Comp 2 in 'conventional size'.
I remember seeing the Competition Edge in the Head US catalogue circa 1984; it looked really out of place on the same page as the new TXE (with bumper guard!!). The Edge line-up that year was like a cross-section of tennis technology: Edgewood, Competition Edge, Edge (shiny tubular aluminum), Tournament Edge (matte black aluminum alloy with dampened throatpiece), Composite Edge, Graphite Edge (same mould on these two), and the new TXE.

Arthur Ashe was their main spokesperson at the time (their big name pros were Tim Mayotte and Bettina Bunge; not exactly household names); the name recognition on the old Competition Edge probably was a nod to their "advisory board" main man.
 

tandayu

Professional
I have one new in grip 4 1/4L. The leather grip is very thick, it feels like 4 1/2 in comparison to today synthetic grip on the liquidgarbage metal models, etc.

It is weird to see "AMF" on the buttcap, which reminds me of my bowling ball back in 1990
 

WilsonPlayer101

Professional
Man I just hit against the backboard and did some serving with the AA Comp II I got from the auction site and man I could not believe how well I served and hit. I need to find my original AA I had as a teen in the early '80s. I remember loving that one so much but as the years went on I got modern with new racquets. I'm seriously thinking of going back to the AA Comp II I have now. I need to find my AA from my teens. I think it was a Comp III but I could be wrong.

Can someone compare the Comp I II and III in terms of feel and playability?

I have demoed so many newer racquets and have some and you know what the AA II is the best for me so far. But then again I just hit the backboard with it and served some I have to see how I do against an opponent.
 

WilsonPlayer101

Professional
Head needs to reissue these but in a bigger head size as a tribute to the great Arthur Ashe. I mean the small headsize was fine with me as a teen. I was hitting fine now I'm so used to 95 and 98 sq in racquet heads altho funny thing is on my serves with the AA II I hardly did a mis-hit nor when I was hitting against the wall so maybe the small size is good.

But really, if they made a tribute to AA with a AA Comp but a newer one with a slightly larger head size I think it would be popular You guys know since you own AAs how fine a racquet they are.
 
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