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Mookie Toys Super Swingball

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      30.07.2011 15:34
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      Affordable and fun swingball set

      Many of us have grown up with Swingball, and my brother and I have enjoyed playing it for years. My 7 year old son has been having tennis lessons at the local club, and one of the things they always put out for the kids at weekends are swingball sets. However, whereas the older style swingball sets were ones you could drive into the ground and have this as the support to stop it going over, whereas the more modern ones are lighter, made of plastic as opposed to the metal frame I'm used to, and rely on a base unit that you fill with water or sand to provide the base support.

      It's colourful and appealing, with a green and yellow combination very much fitting in line with tennis ball colours. The game stands about 6 foot high on its base, and is essentially two poles with a connector in the middle. At the top there is a coil, and it's up there that the device with the ball on is attached. There's a string that then extends about 4 foot to where a tennis ball is attached. The idea is to hit the ball so that its string, protected by a plastic covering, swings round the coil, going either up to the top or down to the bottom depending on who is hitting it. There are two hooks for the accompanying heavy hard plastic rackets that come with it as well.

      It's a game for two people, and the idea is to try and hit the ball so that it reaches either the top or bottom. If you succeed in hitting it round enough to do this, you win, but bear in mind the other player is trying to do the opposite, so it's worth employing tactics. I like to either smack it as hard as I can or try and put an angle on it to make it hard for the other person to reach it.

      The other thing you can do, and this is what they promote at the tennis club, is to use this to practice your swing. I try and set the ball up so that my son can practice hitting a ball that's at the right height for him, and he quite enjoys this. The beauty of this is that you don't have to keep running around chasing balls that have gone wayward and are all over the court, you can stay where you are. If you miss the ball or just mishit it, it just swings a different way, and you can either regain it or hold it up and start again.

      You can play for ages with this, it gives you a good workout and is great practice for your swing and getting your hand eye coordination sorted. It's also very sturdy. We sometimes move it around a bit depending on whether other smaller practice nets are up and we need to move out of the way. Water slops out of the base when you do this, but even with a half full base there's still enough to hold it upright. The only thing I will say about this is that where the two parts of the middle pole join up, the plastic connector there can split. I know there is one of these where it has broken, and it happened through normal usage. Presumably it's designed like this either for packaging ease, or for some support strength in the middle of a long plastic pole. Either way, it seems susceptible to a bit of damage.

      The cord at the top of the string is adjustable at the loop, and this means that when you're practicing you can loosen it so that it can round and round without coiling up and wrapping round the pole. When you want to go back to competing, it can be tightened and fed back onto the top part of the coil, which is very handy. Overall, I really like this swingball set, and while I still prefer the feel of the swingball set I played with as a kid, I can see the versatility of this one having its benefits, especially when you're limited as to where youj can play it. This is obviously something you can play with on concrete, sand, grass or most surfaces, whereas the poles with spikes are limited to grass and sand.

      Price wise, you're looking at anywhere between £15 and £25, with a 'Pro' version that we've tried playing with available for around the £30 mark. I'd say this is well worth the money, and once we get a garden it'll certainly be something we'll be looking at getting. We're just luck enough that at the moment we have one close enough to us that we can use regularly, even if it is a short walk away.

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      30.07.2011 14:46
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      A really good toy which everyone will enjoy

      In my family, we have had a great many outdoor toys over the years, but our swingball set has always been our favourite. The concept of swingball is that there is a pole which you push into the ground with a coil on the top. Attached the the coil is a long piece of string with a tennis ball attached. Players set the string halfway up the coil and two players play against each other hitting the ball with rackets in different directions and their objective is the get the ball all the way up or down the coil depending on which direction they are hitting it. The first player to do this wins the game.

      A simple concept, the game is a very fun one and one which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is recommended for people over the age of 7 but it is not just a game for children. In summer my dad and I probably play it more than my younger siblings. It can get quite aggressive if you hit the ball two hard which is why I would recommend that only people of similar strengths should play together as it could be quite dangerous. Although it is just your average tennis ball, if you get hit in the head with it it will definitely hurt. You should not stand too close to the pole in order to avoid inujury.

      It is a good game for playing in summer, for example at barbecues or children's parties. It is a really enjoyable game and tests your coordination and reflexes, and is a very good game for playing tournaments with the whole family or your friends. You can also use it to practise your ball-hitting abilities on your own by hitting the ball back and forth.

      Pricewise, it is pretty affordable, as it can generally be purchased for somewhere between £10 and £20 depending on where you look. The pole is made of metal and is pretty strong as it's lasted us a few years without being damaged at all. It has a spike on the end which you push into the ground and it normally stays upright although if it is a particular vigourous game, it might tilt and need readjusting. It is important that when you put the pole into the ground that you find the right balance between dry and wet ground. If the ground is too dry the pole will not go in and if it is too wet it will not stay upright for long. The coil is made of plastic and so are the rackets which are very thick and strong so will not get broken easily. They might be a little too heavy for a young child but if you want you can substitute them with other rackets. Since we've had this swingball set for a few years the string with the tennis ball on has frayed and come off a few times but you can easily replace them both and simply tie them back onto the coil with minimal trouble.

      It's a really fun game and this set is very well made. It can provide hours of fun for both children and adults and is also great exercise.

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      23.07.2010 20:54
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      Excellent fun for people of all ages

      Me and my boyfriend were enjoying the sunshine in the garden a few weeks ago, and we always get bored sat there all day reading or just sunbathing. We decided to buy a swingball set, as we used to have one years a go which we used to take camping with us, and we loved playing with it! I ordered this mookie swingball set on amazon, and it was around £20.00.

      Swingball is a great game for people of all ages to play. We are in our early twenties and we love playing it! This mookie swingball set isn't as good as the one we used to have. You have to push the pole into the ground to secure it, with others they come with a box that you fit the pole into, and fill the box with water to secure it so it stays in place. I thought that this pole would move all the time and fall over as it was just pushed into the ground, but it didn't. We screwed it into our grass and it stayed secure all day. I would prefer it with a box to put the pole in, so you don't have to make holes in your grass! The ball is the same size as a tennis ball and it attached to the end of the string, and it comes with two rackets.

      To play the game, you start by swinging the ball to get it started, then each player hit's the ball back and forth to each other without letting it stop spinning. As long as you hit the ball sensibly this swingball is very good quality and should last you years, however my brother and cousin were playing with it last week and they were hitting the ball really hard, and the ball popped and one of the rackets is cracked, so be careful and just don't be too rough with it!

      You can only play this swingball really with two players, but it is easy to play on your own too. If you had extra bats you could have more players, but I don't think it would really work as well, as there wouldn't be enough space. This swingball doesn't take up much space at all, so is suitable for even small gardens.

      After my brother broke mine, I will definitely purchase another one soon as it is great fun, and gives you a good work out without it even feeling like your exercising! I highly recommend swingball, as it is a game people of all ages can play, it gets you up and moving, and is great fun!

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        12.07.2010 18:27
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        I'm sure this will have many outings over the summer

        Swing ball

        We have recently moved from a tiny flat in the city to a house in the country with a lovely big garden and I have been buying a few outdoor toys lately to occupy our friends and families children. We recently had a big BBQ party come house warming not that long ago and I wanted to spend a moderate amount of money on toys that would suit boys and girls and last for quite a few years. I discovered much to my glee that there are quite a few retro toys available that I used to love playing with when I was younger.

        --How to play--

        I first played swing ball years ago when I was on a family holiday, I remember my dad erecting it in front of the caravan and mum making him move it further away just in case we got too carried away. However, these things are pretty sturdy, if used appropriately. It is a very simple and competitive game or at least has the possibility to be depending on who is playing. Within the set you get two bats and one pole that comes with a stand, attached to the pole is a rope with a tennis ball. Two people are needed to play and whoever begins simple takes the ball and swings it in the direction of the other player, who has to try and hit it back. Back and forth this goes with the intention that each player is trying to get the ball swung round enough times with the other person missing it to get to the top or bottom of the cork screw holder. I am probably making this sound much more complicated than it is. These games can go on for quite a while if two good people plays, however, I always seem to lose really quickly at this. It's harder to return the ball each time than you would initially think.

        --Does it stay upright?--

        This is a great toy because adults can get involved with the children and it makes for a fantastic party game. I found that my husband and his friends liked this as much as the children did, although they did make the poor swing pole fall down a few times from hitting the ball too hard. The stand at the bottom is quite good if filled with sand to keep everything up right, however, be warned that this still falls down from time to time when someone hit's the ball too hard. As my husband and his friends demonstrated, but the children never had the same problem.

        --The pricey bit--

        This is the priciest of the toys that I bought and I probably would have looked past it, had my husband not spotted it and convinced me that it would be worth its weight in fun. It is typically retailing from places like Amazon for £25.99. Although I did initially think that this was expensive (and I still do) I no longer begrudge the money as it was great fun and I am certain it will come out again and again at BBQs.

        --Overall--

        I bought this thinking it would make for a great children's toy but the poor kids ended up having to wait in line behind my husband and his friends. This really went down well at our party and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun outdoor game that is fun for both children and adults. It can be competitive if you wish but it can also just be great fun to have a swing at the ball. I imagine toys like this are really good at helping to build a children's coordination. Overall, I am happy to say that I am going to give this five out of five stars. This is a great toy that made for fantastic afternoons entertainment in the sun.

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          27.06.2009 22:55
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          Great outdoor fun that keeps you fit.

          This is a toy and a half. You need to be fit and know how to move very fast. It can work out a dangerous toy for any age group.

          This is a ball that is attached to a piece of string that is attached to a coil on the top of a pole which is stuck deep into the ground so that it can stand up. It comes with two bats so you can have two players.

          The idea of the game it that one person will hit the ball to make it spin round the coil and the person who is standing on the other side will attemo
          pt to hit it back the other way to make it go round the coil the opposite way to the other person and so on and so forth. If the ball goes all the way down or all the way up the coil the person that is hitting it in that direction wins. If you are good at this game it can last quite a long time.

          You have to keep some distance away from the swinging ball due to the speed that the ball is being hit at. If you do get hit by the ball it can hurt and it is at a height that it will hit you in the upper body, or if you are a child could catch you in the head.

          The age range on this is 7+ because co-ordination is needed to be able to play this properly. Prices vary from place to place but will always be over £10 and less than £20. It is a great summer toy if you have children of close ages like mine that are able to play together. I have found that my son will play with this on his own and hit it round one way that hit it round the other once it gets close to the bottom of the coil.

          This will create a good hour of fun for children and will keep them active and outside in the nice weather. The bats are plastic and can seem a bit heavy to hold for a child but they do not tend to find it too much of a problem and do enjoy it.

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        Super Swingball is a perennial family favourite, which is great fun for players of all ages and ideal for use in the garden or on the beach. In fact, summer wouldn't be the same without the occasional bout of fast and furious Swingball action. And, as it's permanently tethered to the poll (by a 1.4 metre cord) you don't even have to worry about begging your next door neighbour for the ball back! Height adjustable up to 1.6 metres (5' 3), the pole can be broken down into 3 sections for easy transport and storage. Super Swingball also comes complete with 2 tough Checkerbats, which are able to resist the demands of even the most enthusiastic players!