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      18.03.2014 11:23
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      A great game for all

      I obtained a Swingball set for a young person's club. We use it both indoors (in a fairly large hall, swingball would not be suitable for use inside a home) and out doors.

      The Swingball is a game played by two people. The idea is to hit a ball attached to a string and swinging it around the pole to try get the spiral counter to the top or bottom of the spiral pole depending on the direction each person is aiming for.
      Swingball is simple to play and great fun.

      Our particular swingball set comes with a free-standing base ..This means we do not have to push the pole into the ground, grass and the game can be played indoors. The stand can be filled with water or sand. Or just about anything small that is heavy and keeps the pole up right. We started with water but that was very heavy and after loads of use sprung a small leak. So emptied out the water. Covered over the tiny hole with tape and filled base with sand. The base works just as well - on going if brought another of these swingball sets would use sand rather than water in the base.
      We have found that this game that both young people and adults cab play, even together which is rare. Although the adult needs to take care how hard they hit the ball back if playing with someone small or under say 10 years old age. There are loads of swing ball sets on the market - the one we have cost £22. It has lasted over a year now.

      Our Swingball comes with two blue plastic rackets, very much like lawn tennis rackets with maybe shorter handles. Care needs to be taken when hitting the ball that the racket does not fly out of the hand.
      Swingball is a great game for families and youth groups. All day play together inside or out.

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        23.07.2013 14:08
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        A summer must buy

        The sun has been shining (coughs as its currently raining) and so all those summer garden items are out of thee garage. The benches, table, parasol, swing seat and swing ball are now littering the garden.

        So, i hear you ask, what is swing ball? The game basically involves Two players hitting a ball on a cord attached to a post from different directions, the aim being for cord to go up or down the post. The ball is a tennis ball and the bats are quite large plastic affairs.

        As a child, we had a similar swing ball set (but then it was knocked into the ground) that we took camping with us every holiday and I can remind hours of playing this game.

        We were given ours as a gift but can be bought for anything between £10-20. Ours has a square base which is filled with water to provide stability, rather than pushed into soil/ grass. This is useful for us, as ours sits on the patio.

        The kids have had many a happy hour bashing this ball on a string at each other, with adults joining in. I have also noticed our middle child often nips outside and bashes it on her own for 20 minutes at random intervals of the day. The game is quite durable and ours is outside from early summer till Autumn and still looks good after a few summers.

        It can get very heated and competitive. I quite like that fact that it builds up batting skills in the children as they don't seem to do the same amount of bat and ball type games as when we were kids. Haven't recently played badminton with them, it demonstrated how useful these skills are, in terms of coordination.

        Im awarding a 4 Doo yoo stars as a cheap but entertaining game for children (and adults) that builds up basic coordination skills whilst involving some exercise and being outdoors.

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        16.07.2013 18:33
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        A really fun game especially for the summer

        Swingball is available in places like Argos, supermarkets, toy shops and department stores. It costs around £15 although this does vary depending on where you get it from. It is widely available and a very popular game.

        Swingball is quite a simple idea, it's a pole with a rope attached with a tennis ball on the end, two players have a tennis racket each and they hit the ball to each other using it. At the top of the pole there is a spiral, the aim of the game is for a player to beat their opponent by getting the rope to either the top or bottom of the spiral, depending on which side they're on. It's easy to play but very fun and it is suitable for a range of ages, from children to adults. It's also fun to just play it as hitting the ball to each other and seeing how long you can keep it going instead of playing competitively.

        The pole is blue with a yellow plastic spiral, a green tennis ball and blue plastic tennis rackets. The tennis bats are made from plastic and aren't proper tennis rackets like the ones you would use to play a real game of tennis. Because they're plastic, they don't have that 'spring' to them which means they can't hit the ball too far or too hard. This is definitely a good thing because that could be dangerous and could cause injury to the other player because of how close you are standing.

        The poles height is adjustable so it can be changed to suit different heights. This game does need to be played by two people of similar heights ideally, but it can definitely be worked out so that it's at the right height for the taller one to hit the ball with their arm down while the shorter one can still reach the ball comfortably. Also, it's important for younger ones not to get too boisterous while using this because the ball is a real tennis ball and it can be hit hard and whack the other player in the face. Also, the rope can get tangled round someone so the main thing is to make sure the game is staying safe and fun. It is recommended to ages 5 years and up and I think that's about right.

        Swingball can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. It's very fun and addictive and it can really bring out the competitive streak in the players. It is also a friendly and light-hearted game, so can be enjoyed by players of all abilities. It is a lot of fun and can also help teach hand-eye coordination. It is quite compact and can be played in smaller spaces than playing with two tennis rackets and ball, also it means the ball can't get lost and keeps the game in a certain area, so the ball can't hit someone who isn't playing or get hit into the neighbours garden. It is very easy to assemble, you can either buy the version with a pointed pole which sticks into the ground or the one with a base which can just be picked up and moved out. The one with a base is more versatile because it can be played on any surface whereas the one with the pointed pole needs to be stuck into the ground. Also the pole can loosen from the ground and it makes a hole in your garden.

        This is absolutely fantastic to beat the summer boredom in kids, it can be taken on camping holidays and provides hours of fun to adults and children. I definitely recommend this as a low-cost, fun, outdoor activity for absolutely anyone!

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          18.03.2013 22:31

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          GOOD BUY

          Brilliant piece of kit.

          Having just moved house to a bigger house (smaller garden though) I was looking for something the kids to play with in the garden despite limited space. And this was brilliant.

          Advantages..
          Many difference games you can play, both by yourself and with a partner
          Unlike real tennis you can play in a 2m radius so you dont need much space
          Can practice both forehands and backhands
          Clear game, and easy to see when you've won or lost
          No matter how obscurely you hit the ball, you will never have to go and fetch it like you do in real tennis
          Very easy to move and place somewhere else
          Get rackets and everything you need with the set, easy to assemble and deassemble

          Disadvantages..
          If you leave it out in the winter the plastic becomes very brittle, and just slight bashings can lead to it breaking off
          Can become very violent, not with the ball as such more with the quick movement on the racket which I have seen leave a persons hand before and could have hurt someone if they'd been on the end of it.
          Have to keep changing the water/sand which gives the stand weight otherwise it becomes mouldy

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          07.11.2012 20:30
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          Good clean fun for all the family

          I love swing ball, another simple idea that I really wish I that thought of.

          Swing ball is a game that is primarily for two people. You have the main post, which is inserted into the ground. At the top there is a corkscrew which has a line attached, at the end of the line is a tennis ball. The two plastic paddles/racquets are used to hit the ball in an attempt to either reach the top of the corkscrew or the bottom.

          The paddles themselves are quite sturdy and although are fine for playing this game, they do limit the amount of force you can hit the ball with. Although the idea of the game sounds quite simple, your opponent (who also has the task of beating you, will be trying to hit the ball as well. Although you can get quite a hit with the racquets, if you miss a shot, because of the suddenly inability of the tennis ball to act and move like a normal tennis ball, it often moves in very strange ways. It will go off at a weird angle when you least expect it, making it harder for your opponent to hit, but equally making it tricky for you as well.

          This game keeps both adults and children of any age amused for hours and the pole itself can be made shorter to accommodate younger players. Players should be careful of being caught by the ball on the leg or arm as when it gets speed up it can give you a nasty clout. You can also play this game with one only member, just randomly hit the ball backward and forwards, not as much fun as playing with two but its still quite fun.

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          This can be a fun game but if children are playing it watch them carefully

          WHAT IS IT?

          An outdoor game that can be played by children or adults.

          HOW DO YOU PLAY?

          Swingball is a pole with a tennis ball attached to a strong piece of string, you each stand on either side of the pole and bat the tennis ball to one another using the plastic bats included in the set.  The pole needs to be fitted into the plastic base and you have to fill that with sand or water to weight it. The string travels along a spiral at the top of the pole and the winner is whoever hits it to the top or bottom of this spiral depending on what side you are standing.

          WHAT I THINK

          Swingball is a fun game but not as energetic as playing a proper game of tennis.  I've always thought its quite dangerous because the ball being hit in such a wide arc can lead to facial injuries and the string can become wrapped around the body if the game is left out instead of being packed away after every use.

          The opponents need to be evenly matched to get a good game and this isn't easy when it's being used in a family environment.  My oldest daughter is quite tall for her age but at eight still can't play properly with my husband who is six feet tall, I am shorter and we feel like we are playing better together but even I cannot win when I play my husband even though I used to play tennis semi competitively because he is so much bigger.

          The string moves up the spiral smoothly and the tennis ball is the right weight for it to travel in a smooth arc, the bats are made of thick plastic but some small pieces have already broken off of ours and we've only had this set for a year.

          Instead of playing Swingball I'd rather take my children to an outdoor tennis court and teach them to play the game properly. There is no running involved in Swingball and the only feeling of doing any exercise is your batting arm aching after a few games, I think it is more of a toy than a serious piece of sports equipment.

          2 Dooyoo Stars.

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          10.08.2012 15:08
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          A timeless classic for all ages!

          When my siblings and I were young my parents invested in a swing ball set. This was not only to give us some fun out in the garden as oppose to dwelling in the dark indoors staring glassy eyed at the television, but also to give my brothers a chance to knock a ball around so to speak without putting it over the neighbours hedge. In turn preventing yet another grovelling door conversation where my brother would ask "can we have our ball back?". I seem to recall many a happy time when we would stand out in the garden swinging our bats and each trying our best to outdo the other and thus claim the coveted winner's title. It was with these thoughts in mind that I recently bought my very own swing ball set. Not only to have fun in the garden but also to encourage a bit of competition at the barbeques that we like to host.

          The Game

          The swing ball game is a simple yet fun game which involves a long pole with a long cord attached to the top which is fixed to a tennis ball. The pole has a spiral fixed to the top and the aim of the game is to beat the other player by getting the end of the cord down to the bottom of the spiral first. The game is simply constructed using a blue metal pole, with a yellow spiral and a blue cord which feeds down to the tennis ball. Together with the pole you are provided with two plastic bats which are red in colour and chequered to look like tennis bats.

          There are a couple of variations to this game, including poles where a square base is provided and those which (like ours) have a sharp pointed pole for pushing firmly into the grass. In our case the pointed pole was a better option due to the force with which the ball was inevitably going to be hit when a couple of adolescent boys tried their hands at it.

          Price and Availability

          This game is manufactured by a number of toy manufacturers and can usually be found in most large toy stores. However, I bought our set from Argos namely the 'Turbo Swing ball' and paid just £16.99. A look online reveals that this price has now gone down to just £14.99 which is a bargain in my opinion, given the hours of entertainment and years of fun that this game provides.

          Setting Up

          This game is easy to set up. Simply find a patch of grass which does not have any plant pots or uneven areas around it and then push the pole into the ground. The height of the pole can be adjusted to suit people of all heights and this means that it can be fun to play with smaller children. Being that the only set up required is to push the pole into the ground means that this game is incredibly quick and easy to set up and can be done in a matter of seconds.

          There are no hard and fast rules with this game, the only being that whoever hits their gets the cord down to the bottom of the spiral first is the winner. It is worth noting though that between competitive people this can get incredibly fast, and the ball quickly builds up momentum meaning that should a person or animal for that matter run in front of the ball they are likely to get a nasty whack.

          My Experience and Opinion

          In my experience this is a fun game which can involve hours of competitive fun. The game is a good quality and we have had no problems with the bats suffering knocks or breaking strings due to the fact that they are made from a dense plastic. In addition the game can be neatly wrapped up and stored in the shed when it is not in use. Whilst the game is only provided with two racquets, it is also possible to play as part of a tournament with the winner of the round going on to play another player.

          The only thing I don't like about this game is the hole that it leaves in my lawn, particularly when some aggressive game has been played as it encourages the pole to lose its vertical height and gradually move in a sideward's direction. However, as previously mentioned this can be overcome by simply buying the version which has a square base as oppose to a pointed one which also means it can be played in gardens where there is only paving.

          This is an excellent game and one which I continue to love; I can therefore highly recommend it. As a result of the above this product scores a great five stars from me.

          Thanks for reading! x

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            31.07.2012 16:28
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            recommended.

            Swingball is one of those classic and timeless games that I played as a kid and my children still play. It's also a game that both children and adults will play equally - and a game that adults and children can play together - as long as there is a little restraint shown if you're playing against an 8 year old! There are many makers of swing ball and I've had a few over the years, but the swing ball set we currently own is currently the "All surface Swingball" that can be bought in ToysRUs. This version of Swingball set me back £19.99 which, considering the amount we paid for it is a really good price and one that I have been very happy to pay.

            For those of you who don't know, Swingball is a game played by two people whereby the aim is to hit a ball (which is attached to a string) and swing it around the pole in an attempt to get the spiral counter to the top or bottom of the spiral (depending on the direction you're aiming for). It is a fun game and is simple to play.

            This particular Swingball comes with two red plastic "rackets" which are solid without strings and with short handles. The short handles and the fact that they are fairly lightweight means that even small children can play with them. The handles are quite thick and so this absorbs quite a lot of the impact when you hit the tennis ball hard, but still occasionally the racket will fly out of my hand if I'm being particularly aggressive. The ball is an ordinary tennis ball and despite being whacked many times, it has not deflated and still as hittable as ever. I Like this model because the height is adjustable depending on the height of the people playing.

            The reason I chose this particularly model is because it comes with a free-standing base which means I don't have to stick the pole in the grass. The base is also plastic and it can be filled with either sand or water to weight the base and to stop it from moving. Initially we filled the base with water, but we found that with filling the base with water the be would occasionally move - especially with some vicious hitting. However, now that we have replaced the water with sand, the base is heavier due to the denser concentration of sand and now it does not move. It is not so easy to empty the base of sand if you want to make it more portable, but to be honest we just don't bother with this.

            The Swingball can be left out in all weathers - and to be honest I don't think ours has been packed away since I've owned it. It stiller remains in good condition and it looks set to last for another few years yet.

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            30.07.2012 10:19
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            a great game for outdoors

            ==Swingball==


            For Jacks birthday this year I wanted to steer away from getting him a ton more Lego and inside games. Seeing as his birthday is at the end of June it seemed a far better time than Christmas to get him a lot of games for our new garden. This Swingball was one of a few outdoor games that Jack's Nana bought for him and it is certainly one of his most used games since his birthday.

            There was a few types of the Swingball to choose from and Jacks Nana phoned me up from the toy shop to see which one I thought best. There is a My First Swingball set which I believe just has a lighter foam ball as opposed to the tennis ball type one used in the regular Swingball. There is also an All Terrain Swingball which has a base plate on the pole of the Swingball and can be played on concrete as the pole doesn't need to be embedded into the ground like the standard Swingball.

            We opted for the regular Swingball as this was suitable from ages 5 and over and seeing as it was Jacks 5th Birthday we thought this would easy for him to play. The set cost his Nana a little over £20 though I think it probably can be bought for cheaper if you shop online as she was buying from a local independent toy shop.

            Getting the Swingball up and running was really very easy and inside the box there was really only a few bits that needed putting together in order to get the game going. The pole came in a few sections but the small instruction leaflet that came with the set showed clear and concise instructions that I did read for once and found very easy to follow. So much so that setting the game up really only took around 5 minutes. The end of the pole was slotted into our grass with ease (because of all the previous weeks rain) and the tennis ball which was attached to a looped rope was fixed onto the spinning section at the top of the pole.

            The game comes with two very chunky plastic tennis type rackets. These thankfully are not too heavy and Jack has no trouble picking them up and swinging them about. The game can be played either as a friendly one where you both hit the ball to each other and to get Jack started we decided just to stick to hitting it around the pole to each other.

            The other way you can play the game is for each player to pick either the top or bottom of the twisting plastic runner at the top of the pole. Then it would be the first player to hit their ball up to their chosen section i.e. if I chose to have the top of the pole I would need to swing the ball past Jack enough times in the direction to take the rope up to the top without him hitting it back in the other direction taking the rope down to his bottom section. This game is also very easy to get to grips to and pretty easy to win against Jack who is a lot shorter than I am but of course I try to let him win an equal number of times!!

            The game itself is very good and it is truly a classic one that has stood the test of time as I remember playing it when I was a young girl and its still just as fun playing it now as it was then. The product seems pretty well made is it does take some what of a battering without causing any damage to it. We found the pole easy to insert and remove into the grassed area in our back garden and it is lightweight and slimline so it doesn't take up hardly any storage space when not in use either.

            I really can't find any fault with this outdoors game at all. It means that Jack is outside getting some fresh air and getting his arms and legs moving a bit which is far better than sitting in front of the television! The game is well made, easy to put together and easy to play. It can be taken down easily when not in use and storage is not a problem. For £20 odd it certain represents a good value for money game and already I think has had its monies worth. It is affordable for most and in my opinion a top rated outdoors game which I will award a 5 out of 5 star rating and give a very high recommendation.


            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you


            Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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              19.07.2012 14:19

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              Good buy

              I've just moved homes, into a bigger house however with a lot less garden space.. However I purchased a swing ball set for my kids which just fitted in the garden and they played endless hours on it!
              There's no fetching the balls, and you can hit it as hard as you like! As well as playing it with two people you can quite easily play it on your own.. And spend endless hours practicing your forehand and backhand strokes while not moving a meter.
              I got mine for around 20 quid which for the time the kids have spent on it is an excellent purchase, as well as it being such a good piece of kit. It's durability is excellent as I left it out for days on end in the winter and even after frosts and lots of rain it was still in great conditiion.
              The only fault I have with is that water gets inside it through the hole in the bottom and this turns mouldy and green, it doesn't effect the game play but just looks weird!

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              We bought our swing ball for the little lad (well, obviously it wasn't for me or my dear other half!) and it's lasted ages and been very well used. We have it in our back garden. We paid around £16 for it and bought it online. I am not sure if you can buy the larger model or not but at only 1.6m in height this is suitable primarily for children, I would have to say, though that's not stopped me or his mum having a bash. It's good fun and gives us a laugh as a family on a hot sunny day.

              We are not overly competitive in our house and I think so long as you're not the sort of person (as an adult anyway) who is going to use the bat to bash the living daylights out of the ball and get too aggressive, then I would personally say you'll be okay with this set. The box says it's suitable for tots though again I'd have to say that age about six years and upwards is probably more appropriate. Our little lad was six when we bought him this and he's a 'small' six and it was fine for him to use with me and his mum or with his cousin who's a year older when he came over.

              The set is easy to set up and comes with full instructions and it's one two little chunky bats. It helps the little ones work off some aggression and energy while still letting us, as parents keep them in our eyeshot, safe where we can see them at play in our back garden. I also like the fact that f we want to, we can actually adjust the height so that me and his mum can have a bat around in the back garden once we have got the little lad off to bed and the sun is setting in the sky. We will often take out our cans into the back garden at sunset and have a bat for an hour or so. It's gentle exercise and helps my dear wife with her weight control and assists with her co-ordination as she is not steady on her feet.

              It's a great little game if you have family barbeques as it keeps the kids entertained while the adults can drink.

              Overall a great toy, very hardwearing and durable and well worth the money.

              Highly recommended.

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                Fun game

                You can get a basic swingball set on Amazon for £15.97 and it is made by Mookie. Once set up it is 1.6m in height so is ideal for children and adults alioke although this particular model is mainly aimed at children, it is not the sort of design for aduklts who want to smash lumps out of the ball. Included in the set are two plastic bats that are quite chunky and when you hit the ball it has a solid sort of whacking sound to it. It is suitable for children from five and up I reckon although the box says it is suitable for those who are younger, I'm not so convinced that it is suitable for younger children however certainly adults who are not overly competitive will enjoy this swingball set.

                The downside to this set is the fact that it has a spike on the end so you need soft ground to set it up on, you can if you are prepared to pay a bit more get ones with a base that can be used on any surface and in hindsight I wish we had got one like that as a lot of our rear garden is patio and there is a small area of grass, this means that when this is in operation it sort of dominates the grass to the exclusion of all others.

                In terms of developing and improving hand eye coordination swingball is excellent and with the ball tethered it will not go flying off to cause any damage. There are three poles in all so you can adjust the height of it for smaller players. Playing is great fun and you do get a bit of exercise as well although it is hardly enough to draw a sweat unless you have really long rallies.

                Personally I would recommedn paying a bit more to get a solid base for any surface but I have no complaints with the quality of the product that was supplied. Just need some sun now so that we can use it this year.

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                  I'm lovin' this

                  I have been thinking about buying a game or something of the sort to play with my friends at university. We are pretty much kids in adult bodies so we like to be active. We were talking and one of my friends brought up the idea of swingball and since I've never played it before (but really wanted to), so we all pinched in and bought a swingball set from Argos. It costs us £20.00, which is not a lot at all as we bought it as a team.


                  The version we bought is the newer one; the one with a base that can be filled with water instead of spikes. Our back courtyward is paved so we can't use the set with spikes. The set is pretty easy to set up, the only problem we have is that we had to buy a hose pipe to fill it with water as we can't be bothered to do so many trips with buckets full of water. The set we bought comes with a pair of rackets: they are pretty sturdy and made of plastic. The ball itself is a tennis ball and it's attached to the pole; this is one of the reasons we bought the swingball set as our neighbourhood is pretty crowded and it would a pain to look for a stray ball.


                  The base is pretty sturdy as long as the water is filled as instructed, and it only shakes a little bit even if we hit hard. We play the normal swingball game and the adult swingball game where we try to hit each other with the swingball; we draw a circular radius where we have to stay inside during the game, one step outside and the player forfeits. From my personal experience, it does hit quite hard, similar to paint ball but less messy. It is fun and exciting to play between close friends and this swingball set brought us a lot of fun and laughter.


                  As for the durability of the set, we've bought this set just about two months but played quite a lot games since we tend to gather whenever we have some free time. The base and the pole is still stable but one of the racket is getting a little bit cracked at the juncture between the top of the handle and the palm of the racket. It is still playable and for a £20.00 set, I think we've got our money's worth from it already.


                  Swingball is an ideal game to play at parties and gatherings between friends. I doubt this set would last until next summer but I wouldn't hesitate to buy another set because swingball keeps us active and healthy whilst having fun. I would recommend swingball to all ages.


                  Thank you for reading. :) x

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                    A great game for any garden

                    Swingball has been around for many years and never fails to excite who ever plays it! it is the most fun you can have in your garden with the whole family. I am not sure how much I paid for it because we have had it for many years. our is starting to fall apart because we have used it so much! I think its time for me to get a new swingball stand!

                    The aim of the game is to be the first person to hit the ball to the top! you can play with 2 people, or practice by yourself. You have to be careful though, if you lose concentration the ball will eventually smack you around the head, as I have found out over the past 10 years! the best thing about the game is the fact that you can play with all ages, kids will enjoy playing with each other, adults will enjoy hitting the ball so hard that it nearly flies of the rope! Its a great family game. You also do not need a large garden to play, just an area big enough to hit the ball safely without running into a wall etc.

                    The version I have does not go into the ground, it has a large base which you fill up with water! this stops it from moving in the wind, or when you are hitting the ball rather hard. older versions were just a spike into the ground, these tended to come out of the ground mid game and were slightly dangerous to whoever the pole flew towards! haha.

                    The set comes with two bats, they are plastic, but rather thick. So they do pack a punch when you hit the ball. There is a tennis ball at the end of the rope and this is what you hit back to your oppenent. if you miss the ball when it comes your way it will mean you are starting to lose! you must hit it back! its hilarious fun.

                    the game is very old, my dad used to play it in his teens, so its been around for a while. I think its a must have for this summer! It also helps improve hand eye co-ordination and could help you get better at other racket sports! such as tennis, badminton and squash. Its rather fun and will pass the time! Every garden should have a swingball!

                    Overall, I would recommend this to absolutely anyone out there! you dont have to be too fit to play and you will learn different techniques to help you win! Give it a try, your kids (and you :p) will love using it!

                    thanks for reading my review :D

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                      25.03.2012 08:53
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                      I'm not sure exactly how long Swingball has been around, but I certainly played it when I was a kid. Over the years, it has changed a bit, and the products you buy nowadays rely more on a ballast base rather than sticking a spike into the ground. This has its advantages as well as disadvantages.

                      Swingball is a game where you have a tall pole which usually comes up to head height, with a ball on a string or cord attached to a spiral at the top of the pole. The idea of the game is then to hit the ball so that the cord extends fully and travels either up or down the spiral, depending on which way you're hitting it. The game is ideal for two players, and the idea is to try and beat your opponent by getting the cord to the end of the spiral.

                      It's certainly a game of skill, and the physics behind a game such as this means that it's never quite as simple as each of you hitting the ball. The angles the ball comes at you from and the way this affects the cord often means stuttering shots and quite a few laughs. The old version seemed easier to right and I also find that it is sturdier as it has a spike that goes into the ground, meaning that if it's in properly it won't go anywhere.

                      The newer versions involve a plastic base which you need to fill with water, otherwise it won't stay still and the slightest swing of the ball may result in it tottering over and falling down straight away. The older spike style has the win in terms of sturdy play and not having to rely on there being a substantial amount of water available, but the newer style doesn't have to rely on there being grass or sand to stick the spike into, which is a bit of a bonus.

                      Both versions are extremely playable, although the spirals are slightly different as well. I find that the newer version has a more tangled cord where it attaches to the top of the pole, with the connector not really being the best design quality. It would be much better if you didn't have to keep stopping to untangle it, thus interrupting the flow of play. The older version didn't have this issue, with the clip where it attaches being small enough to keep rotating where it's needed and very rarely experiencing it getting stuck.

                      Both versions are extremely playable and a lot of fun. You can build up speed quite easily, but the tennis ball attached to the end is still a tennis ball and when you get caught by it it can smart somewhat. Nothing to be too worried about but just to be aware of, especially if playing with kids who may not realise that stepping in closer for a shot near the pole may mean you have to step back out quickly in case the ball hits you by the next shot. The dumpy thick plastic rackets the game comes with also mean that the ball won't swing round as quickly as if you had hit it with a regular tennis racket.

                      It's a whole load of fun that most of the family can play and is not restrictive at all. You can practice on your own as well as playing in pairs, and you can generally get a Swingball set for around the £20 mark. It's a quality product that can give you hours of fun. Recommended.

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