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The Game of the Two Whacks!
Member Name: hanmillie
Advantages: Great fun, easy to set up, excellent value
Disadvantages: Mind your head
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.
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
Summary: A timeless classic for all ages!