Toys of the Eighties, Zim Zam
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It's similar to Tetherball - but a tennis ball is attached instead of a volley ball. It come with two hard plastic paddles and you "play tennis" around the pole. It's loads of fun!
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Mary Ann - May 11, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a ZimZam and loved it and while cleaning out my father's shed I found one. It is in prefect shape. It could us a new string and ball but whats on it works. I just love the game. Bring it back. It was made with heavy metal not the flimes stuff they make toys from now.
TammyT - May 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I have a swingball, my parents still have an original Zimm Zamm, we broke the last ball yesterday. The swingball is very weak, it looks like ZZ, but the pole structure is wobbly.
christine c - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
i played zimzam as a child, for hours, i found one at a garage sale, and just got done playing with my kids, and they love it also, i would like to know if anyone knows where i can get a replacement string and ball???
Sandy R. - May 27, 2007 - Report this comment
I'm searching right now for a Zim Zam! My whole family absolutely loved playing it when I was growing up and now I want one to play with my sons. Found swingball, which LOOKS like zim zam but another comments said it is wobbly and weak, any other comments or advice? For Tammy T. - the swingball maker also sells replacement balls and tethers - may work with her zim zam??? Worth a look anyway
Chris - June 27, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved to play Zim Zam as a kid! I noticed on ebay there is a guy who sells something called Tether Tennis by sportcraft for $29.99 plus shipping. It looks just like a Zim Zam. I'm going to order one right now!
Laura - June 28, 2007 - Report this comment
Loved this game.....The search continues :)
Ted - July 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I bought a Zimm Zamm swingball at a garage sale because I thought the kids would enjoy playing with it, as I couldn't afford to put in a racquetball court. When I researched it, I saw a lot of people were looking for them and an original one in an unopened box would probably go well on that well known auction site. Then, this forum mostly, as well as others, convinced me to reflect upon all the 'collectibles' my three brothers and I used up while growing up,... and I ripped that box open and gave it to the children.
Cara - July 12, 2007 - Report this comment
Im selling tether tennis by sportcraft on ebay. Just like ZIM ZAM !! seller... anything-top10
aj - July 21, 2007 - Report this comment
I just dont know what I would do if i could get my hands on a zimm zamm. It was absolutly the most fun me and my friends ever had when I was growing up. I keep talking about it, but would love to buy one for my family so they can experience the fun I once had.
susie - July 23, 2007 - Report this comment
I just bought a tether ball set from The Vermont Country Catalog, it is just like zimm zamm. If you need3 a tennis ball on a rope go look up sportcraft, they sell replacement parts.
Jennifer - July 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a Zim Zam growing up in the 80s and would love to purchase one for myself and my children to play. I would like to know where I could get one. Please don't tell me they don't make them anymore. That would be sad.
Alicia - August 30, 2007 - Report this comment
My sister and I used to play zim zam barefoot when we were kids. Nothing like trying to stomp it into the ground without shoes on. Ouch! We smack the ball like we were beating the hell out of eachother. Sometimes she even let me win. I miss my zim zam. I'm buying a Tether Tennis set for my 4 boys so they can rock out with the 80's toys too.
Joan Marie - September 04, 2007 - Report this comment
One of my favorite pastimes growing up was playing zim zam with my siblings and the other kids in the neighborhood while eating an ice cream cone with chocolate jimmies
shelley fullum - September 09, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved playing zim zam with my brother and my friends. I think that my kids would love to play too. Please bring the game back. My husband and I would love showing it to our kids.
Mark - September 23, 2007 - Report this comment
Zim Zam at YouTube (:20 sec) www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSCrgTfqQ8A
kelly j - October 03, 2007 - Report this comment
i loved zim zam!! found one at the vermont country store. its the real deal...:-)
Tonyhawk lookalike - November 06, 2007 - Report this comment
holy cow, I thought I was the only one who remembered zim zam, one of the funniest games ever
Renee - December 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Me and my sister had a ZIM ZAM for such a long time. We would even play it at night in the summer time and My Dad would put out a Flood light for us. Wish they would bring it back. That was my favorite game growing up.
Andrea - February 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I don't know how many times we told my little brother to stay away while the bigger kids were playing ZimZam. He never listened! WHACK! To the hospital for stiches in the side of his head - twice Those rackets were hard, heavy plastic. Super fun.
Curt - February 09, 2008 - Report this comment
"Swingball" is the new version - not quite the same as the heavy duty ZimZam
Amy - March 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved the ZimZam as a child and was excited to purchase this for my sons Christmas gift. Well, this is NOT as good as the ZimZAM. The rackets are made of hard plastic and the ball tore up after playing twice. I am not happy with this at all!!
Lynda - April 26, 2008 - Report this comment
We use to play Zim Zam for hours when we were kids. Especially when we were at the beach. We would have tournaments. It was a blast. I would love to find the original Zim Zam from the 80's for my kids. I have tried some of the other brands.. like Swing Ball, but it just doesn't hold up.
Jimmy - April 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I want my Zimm Zamm
Pi-pi - April 28, 2008 - Report this comment
SwingBall stinks
Michelle - Aurora, IL. - May 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved Zim Zam when I was a kid. My brother and I would play for hours and my dad would yell at us because we would put holes all over the front lawn. We had to keep moving it because we were hitting it so hard that the pole would sway after awhile and the hole would get to big for the pole to sit right. Ahhhhh, what memories. I just saw a commercial for something that was similar to it. Was it swingball? Does anyone know if it's any good? I would love it for my kids and also to see my dad's expression when he saw me and my brother playing it again!!!
Ann - May 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Go to E-Bay and search for Zim Zam you will find someone that sells the "original" ALL METAL zim zam brand NEW! I just ordered one and I can't wait to play it! It cost me around $42 or so with shipping. It will be so worth it, the "swingball" does not compare. check it out and enjoy!
Husky McEwan - May 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Zim ZAM as i like to call it held a special place in my brain. Do you know why? Because i used it on top of my ice cubes while drinking a fountain soda. It added some fun and glamour to my glass. Like fergie once said, G-L-A-M-O-R-OUS because im glamourous. Yes, I am. And by the way GO NEBRASKA HUSKERS
Julie - May 18, 2008 - Report this comment
You can buy this at www.lillianvernon.com. I loved it too!!
Missie - May 21, 2008 - Report this comment
REMEMBER ZIMM ZAMM FROM THE 70's & 80's? Want it? Then go to eBay and type in Zim Zam. I've not found anything more comparable nor less expensive than this one!!
Barb - May 26, 2008 - Report this comment
We just bought the Zimm Zamm (Sportscraft Tether Tennis) from Vermont Country Store. This is just like the original. However the ball split right in half after playing with it twice! The original never broke on us and that took major abuse. I'm calling the company in the morning to see what they will do.
Donna - August 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I got the Sportscraft Version of Zimm Zamm-- it is OK-- the ball is certainly sturdier- however the spring at the top of the pole is all wrong(the original was shaped like a cyclone) and the paddles just don't the same heft of the original--- anyone know where to get and original Zimm Zamm???
Mary - September 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I just got a Tether Tennis game off of ebay. Just like the original Zimm Zamm except for the rackets are much lighter and a little uncomfortable. Still, it is a lot of fun! For anybody looking for a zimm zamm, go to ebay and look for Tether Tennis.
Sherilyn - November 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I too remember ZimZam fondly. My brothers and I used to play for hours. I can remember laughing so hard I'd almost pee myself. A few years back I'd googled and found a supplier in Sweden that was making their own verson of the original. It cost me alot to have the item shipped, but I was delighted I'd found a close version. After playing with it a few times, it's obviously not even close to the quality of the original ZimZam. The metal is soft and the bottom has already bent to the point that I will not stay in the ground. ;o( I'm still searching for a quality one, hopefully there will be one on the market soon.
Spur41 - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
My sister and I played ZimZam and we loved it. Once we were playing and my young cousin came behind me while I was swinging and I hit her square in the forehead. I also developed brod shoulders from this game because we played it so much. It's definately a workout game.
Elizabeth - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I did play with the zim zam when i was about 3 and now im 14. One time I went running to my cousin and he drew back to swing and ended up with the paddle in my mouth. I got a black tooth bc the blood dried and got in my tooth. I still loved that game though
Heidi - May 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I played zom zam for many years as a child, well i hit 40 this year and want to play again! It was great fun
Debbie - June 21, 2009 - Report this comment
We played zim zam for hours throughout the summer in our yard. All the neighbors would come over and we'd have official tournaments. I can't tell you how many tethered balls we went through but loved the game and would love to see my own kids with it. Definitely one of my fondest childhood memories.
Kelly - September 01, 2009 - Report this comment
My family and aunts ,cousins would battle it out a t barbques. There was always some one playing that game all day long. I did buy the Sportscraft version and the ball broke after the first 5 minutes. I found another version with a base that was also garbage.Now both are combined and are passable. I would loooove for someone to make one of the same quality as the original. That game took a beating and kept going!!!!
DEBORAH - September 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A ZIM ZAM FOR YEARS NOW WITH NO LUCK EXCEPT TAKE A CHANCE ON SOMETHING FROM EUROPE. IF ANYONE FINDS AN ORIGINAL I WOULD BE INTERESTED. WAS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST FUN FOR ME AND MY SON WHEN HE WAS YOUNG NOW MY GRANDSON NEEDS TO HAVE THAT SAME FUN WITH ME.
Spack - September 07, 2009 - Report this comment
Zim Zam! "I hear this election's going to be a lose one!"
B.P. - September 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember playing Zim Zam at Briggadoon Resort on Sparrow Lake in Ontario with My cousins for hours. We Laughed till our guts hurt and the battles were like nothing else. I found one at an Antique store in rough shape but never bought it, been looking for one in playable condition for years. Best game I ever played. Anyone who has a Zim Zam sitting around in Ontario, let me Know. Brian
kristin - October 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I played Zim Zim with my mom all the time. I was so devoted to the game I lost my front tooth when I was smoked with the paddle by accident! Hilarious. I wish they would bring this game back.
Michele - November 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Also looking to buy an original zim zam from the 70/80's email me at moonmaiden1973@hotmail.com thanks
victoria - June 07, 2010 - Report this comment
My grandma had an original zim zam we played with as kids and when we moved into her house in my teens it was still there as of right now i'm loaning it out to a friend for a family reunion but still works great and all original parts it is a great game.
Ed - June 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Loved ZIM ZAM as a kid, played it with my son today and had a blast. He says it is like Mario Tennis for the WII!
Judi - July 17, 2010 - Report this comment
It is a TRAVESTY they stopped making Zim Zam. It was the best!!!
newkid - July 17, 2010 - Report this comment
there is a newer, cheaper version of the game called swingball, but it is not nearly as good as zim zam.
Tony - July 20, 2010 - Report this comment
That's me on the box label. I did that photo shoot in the late '70s near Pittsburgh. One of my more successful ways to make money to pay for college at Pitt!
Ann - August 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I played zimzam all the time! It helped me with my tennis game when I was a kid. I'm looking for one now for my boys!
Michele - January 18, 2011 - Report this comment
@ Victoria who left a message June 7 2010 are you willing to sell it? please email boo_bo_sister@hotmail.com thanks
annette - July 08, 2011 - Report this comment
bought a tether tennis on internet & my grandchildren played it for 3 hrs. they had never played it before but their dad remembered playing it as a kid. they absolutely loved it after i bought the new one I found the old one at my dads Had been there for who knows how many years. Needs new ball. Will probably give it to my daughter in Ohio so her kids can have as much fun as she did. Best investment I have made in a long time. Love it.
CHARLI TOMPKINS - July 22, 2011 - Report this comment
WHO CAN SELL ME A ZIM ZAM? MY NAME IS TOMPKINS AND MY EMAIL IS charligirlygirl@gmail.com and ph number in sacramento 916 223-7108 thank you
Jen - December 01, 2011 - Report this comment
IF ANYONE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SELLING AN ORIGINAL USED ZIMM ZAMM PLEASE CONTACT ME AT JENI_JERRY@YAHOO.COM
Kelly - January 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Liiking to purchase original set. Curvesfm@yahoo.com. North Dallas.
Amy - March 24, 2012 - Report this comment
wow i thought i was the only one who was super addicted to the ZIM ZAM. I so would love to have one again, i spent hours and hours playing it solo and with family and friends !!!
Rick - March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I used it with a broom stick to get hundreds of swing as a switch hitter. I made a cement base for the pole like the Johnny Bench Batter up also pictured above. For replacement balls, simply drill a regular tennis ball through and through. Run the line through it and a rubber washer and tie the end in a knot.
Cindy - April 09, 2012 - Report this comment
We used to play this as kids for hours at a time. I didn't know anyone else with the game and people looked at me like I was crazy when I would talk about it. I purchased a knock off version for myself and my sister. The balls don't last long, but it is pretty eaasy to make your own. I pulled it out after Easter dinner and my partners nephews and niece had so much fun playing it.
tammy - June 05, 2012 - Report this comment
this was the best thing that ever happened in the 80's. would love to find one if anyone is selling or knows where i can get one, my email tammywright309@yahoo.com
Victoria H. - July 15, 2012 - Report this comment
My sisters and I loved to play this game for hours when we were small. Each time we broke one, we'd get another. There was also NO childhood obesity epidemic back then. It's summer time, and I would love to play this with my nephews. Children who want to be active really need more fun simple options such as this.
Carrie - September 04, 2012 - Report this comment
My parents just found the one I played as a kid in their garage. My sister and I would play for hours! Now my daughter is addicted to the game. The ball did tear off, but we bought a tennis ball, drilled a hole in it. It works like new now!
Aimee - November 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Amazon sells replacement ball and rope!
Joyce - February 07, 2013 - Report this comment
I worked for the Fonas Corporation in the 70's making the Johnny Bench Batter Up, Zim Zam,and the pitch back game. Had a lot of fun testing these games. Miss those days!
vlado - March 28, 2013 - Report this comment
I have zim zam fonas in original box, never opened. Do you want to buy it?
debbie - April 03, 2013 - Report this comment
yes, would love to buy it!
brian - May 20, 2013 - Report this comment
I am looking to buyt an original zimm zamm new or in excellent sahpe if anyone has one to sell.
brian - May 21, 2013 - Report this comment
vlado if you still have a zimm zamm to sell please email me at bekeister02@charter.net thank you
Tiff - June 29, 2013 - Report this comment
Awesome game! great exercise too! My sister and I would played for countless hours. It was even fun by myself. Time to drag out the family movies of us playing it!
john - September 12, 2013 - Report this comment
love reading all the comments. I too, thought I was the only one who remembered Zim Zam. My memory was playing in a tournament sponsored by Coca-Cola. i was a fairly good player but was schooled by some older players. But I walked away with a cool t-shirt. lol
tammy - December 09, 2013 - Report this comment
I know for a fact if the zim zam were to come back,the company that invested in the quality material of the product would make a killing..i personally would pay a substantial amount to enjoy this awesome game. I miss it alot and there is no comparable game.
Steph - December 11, 2013 - Report this comment
looking for original ZimZam from the 80's. Would love to buy. Please email me newprecisioncleaning@gmail.com

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