The (Almost) Complete Timeline of Head Racquets since 1982

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  1. vsbabolat

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    The Radial Graphite was high end Twaron/Graphite goodness.
     
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  2. Sweet-Spot

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    ok so just after TXE/same era as prestige pro?
     
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  3. vsbabolat

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    Same era as Prestige Pro
     
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    Reminds me of the Graphite Directors here in the States, '84-86 time frame.
     
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  5. Sweet-Spot

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    ok, Took a while but the update is finally here!

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. Automatix

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    Great job. Thanks.
     
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    This is great!
     
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  9. 1010

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    I think note 3 can be augmented with
    "Other professional racquets mainly in the 1980s, featured Pro (midsize) and Master (Midplus) and Director (Oversize)."

    mandatory pics:
    Tournament Director
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    Graphite Director
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    Some new misc racquet for your excellent infographic

    Calibre Tour 600 and 660 - also exists simpler Calibre non-tour (600 660 720), also i.Calibre
    pattern: 16x19 - crosses C3 to C17 are evenly spaced.
    strings: 54-64 lbs
    beam: round box PT630-like
    advertized technology: I.D.S. = Integrated Dampening System
    made: in austria
    year: 1990 circa, endind at the intelligence iteration
    notable decals: Tour Series, Constant Beam
     
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    Specter 660 and OS
    pattern: 16x19 - the OS sports oblique mains, think about badmington.
    strings: 57-67 lbs
    beam: round box PT630-like
    advertized technology: Vibration Dampening 20% = a piece of rubber where woofer is today
    year: somewhere in 90s
    notable decals: Constant Beam

    later, the dampener was moved inside and we got:
    advertized technology: I.D.S. = Integrated Dampening System
     
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    Legacy 660
    pattern: 16x19
    strings: 54-64 lbs
    beam: round box PT630-like
    advertized technology: Double power wedge = moves c.o.p. up in the hoop,
    S.A.S = Shock Absorbing System - a damp-thing bigger than ever​
    made: in austria
    year: somewhere in 90s
    notable decals: Double power wedge

    S.A.S.
    note how kevlar fibers (yellow) are interweaved to form a X.
    that tool requires also a dampener, triangular shape, red color, which I stenciled
    [​IMG]
     
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    That was a contestant beam widebody that came out in 1992. Same paint job as the Prestige 600
     
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    Graphite Pro midplus - Master exists, but since pro is already marketed mp, that's obscure
    pattern: 18x20
    beam: dear old Prestige Classic box
    advertized technology: Vibration Control System
    made: in austria
    year: 1985 circa
    notable decals: Vibration - Control - System, silver buttcap,
    only in DE: besonders armshonend = especially arm-friendly​
     
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    Should we add a row for Edge series opposed to Tour series?
    Starting with

    Comfort Edge - comfy leather for all
    pattern: 18x20
    beam: dear old Prestige Classic box
    advertized technology: Vibration Control System
    made: in austria
    year: 1985 circa
    notable decals: Edge Series, Vibration - Control - System, Graphite Composite may or may not be present, don't be surprized if buttcap says AMF - HEAD
     
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    Edge Special Edition
    pattern: 18x20
    strings: almost all crosses are evenly spaced: C2 to C20
    beam: dear old Prestige Classic box
    advertized technology: 100% graphite
    made: in austria
    year: 1982 circa
    notable decals: Edge, 100% graphite, leather grip, gold buttcap AMF-HEAD
     
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    When the Pro series came out for 1986 it was larger than the Edge series so the Pro Series was called Midplus at that time. I have many Pro series racquets that have besonders armschonend.
     
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    Let's revive a previous contender.

    Prepare for stringing doom!

    Graphite Radial - isn't Radical
    pattern: 22x23 - I'm not kidding. No way a 40ft/12mt piece can handle this.
    strings: so dense you can slap mosquitos. the throat alone has 10 grommets
    beam: dear old Prestige Classic box
    advertized technology: Twaron
    made: in austria
    year: 1988 circa
    notable decals: Twaron(C) Performance, Vibration - Control - System, arrows to guide lead placement at 3 and 9 o'clock, silver buttcap
    (DE only) besonders armschonend = especially arm-friendly​
     
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    Century Pro 600 and Century Master 660
    pattern: 18x20 and 18x19
    strings: 64-73 lbs
    beam: round box PT630-like
    advertized technology: Extended Power Wedge
    made: china
    year: in the 90s
    notable decals: Graphite, Extended Power Wedge
     
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    Beam is nothing like Pro Tour 630. It's from the same mound as the Graphite Pro 600 TF
     
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    Pro Special Edition midplus
    pattern: 18x20
    beam: round box PT630-like
    advertized technology: 100% graphite
    made: in austria
    year: 1986 circa
    notable decals: Pro, 100% Graphite, gold buttcap AMF-HEAD
     
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    That will push Graphite Master in the oversize league, 'cause Master is bigger than Pro since 1982
     
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  23. vsbabolat

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    I have the same Special Edition Pro withou Amf butt cap stick. Just has Head made in Austria
    Same mould as the Graphite Pro
     
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  24. vsbabolat

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    That's true. That's what it was considered in 1986 when the Master series came out.
     
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    Devil's in the details, and man, you can spot them all.

    Century Master
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    another one for the crowded plaza of 660s, beginner stick, may or not may be worth a citation

    Dominion 660

    pattern: 16x19. crosses C3 to C19 are evenly spaced
    strings: 60-69 lbs
    beam: its own. beams coming out of handle with no join point like alluminium rackets
    advertized technology: Double Power Wedge
    made: in china
    year: 1994
    notable decals: Double Power Wedge, Constant Beam Widebody

    no-join
    [​IMG]
     
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    Comet 660
    pattern: 16x19
    strings: 63-74 lbs. crosses C3 to C19 are evenly spaced
    beam: round box PT630-like
    made: in austria
    notable decals: Made in Austria in the hoop

    edit: added SAS pic to post #62

    Another trivia I remembered: some Specters had the PT280 paint scheme, the famous blue-black-blue-black. Fashion.
     
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    Dinasty 660 - another clone
    pattern: 16x19
    strings: crosses C3 to C19 are evenly spaced
    beam: same as Legacy 660
    advertized technology: Double power wedge = moves c.o.p. up in the hoop,
    S.A.S = Shock Absorbing System - a damp-thing bigger than ever
    made: in austria
    notable decals: Double power wedge
     
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  29. BorgCash

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    What about Comfort Pro and Lady Lite Plus Pro Series? I have these two.
     
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    Just found a Calibre oversize (Calibre 720 18x19) and updated my earlier post
     
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    In these days, one may wonder how much the stylish white Confort Pro still influences latest Pure Strikes.
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    Comfort Pro
    weight: 11.2 oz / 317 gr unstrung
    pattern: 18x20
    strings: crosses C13 to C18 are evenly spaced
    beam: half octagon. rounded inside, octagonal outside. Or, an inverted Pure Strike (octagon inside/...)
    advertized technology: Vibration Control System
    made: in austria
    notable decals: Ceramic Reinforced, Vibration - Control - System, besonders armschonend (= especially arm-friendly), silver buttcap
     
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  32. haegger

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    Man, this is a nice work, man. Only HEAD's lovers and aficionados do this.

    Keep the good working, bro.
     
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  33. BorgCash

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    Gtest picture and info also.
    I was surprised how good this racquet playing. 'Cause I got mine from people who broken it and then repaired. One third of the racquet is black, so it's not easy to understand from the first look what is it.
     
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  34. haqqani1777

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    Beautiful stick. What are the specs if I may ask?
     
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  35. BorgCash

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    You can read the specs under the picture.
     
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    Mine has a little different pj, metal grey lines instead of blue.
     
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    Put an Atlantis 720 over Prince 97 and there was no big difference in the size of the heads. Awaiting a Polaris 660 tomorrow and think it will match probably Prestige Rev Pro.
     
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    Ah, missed it since was on phone. Thanks. What is the balance and head size?
     
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  39. BorgCash

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    The headsize is standart Head 89,5. The balance of mine strung with dampener and without overgrip is about 31HL. But my racquet is almost grommetless, nearly all of them are broken so i have to find new ones.
     
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