Ball & String

Like jacks and the yo-yo, paddleball has been a childhood favorite for as long as anyone can remember. But the para2ONE Extreme Paddleball is no buy-it-today, break-it-tomorrow, dime store variety toy. With its sturdy grip, solid construction, and unique asymmetrical shape, the Extreme Paddleball is designed to deliver endless hours of fun, indoors or outdoors, for ages 7 to 97. Created by longtime Maker of active toys, René Kueng, this reinvention of the game features a revolutionary notched head that will challenge you with 360 degrees of play. The ball and string bounce not only up and down, but also from side to side using both your forehand and backhand. It even includes two balls cleverly nestled in the base of the handle and paddle for easy storage when not in use. With 10 tricks to put your hand-eye coordination to the test, para2ONE transforms paddleball from the one-dimensional toy of our youth to a modern day sport. Shoot for the sky, smash it sideways, or take it all the way around the world—the next generation of paddle is here.

para2ONE

Extreme Paddleball

Ball & String

Like jacks and the yo-yo, paddleball has been a childhood favorite for as long as anyone can remember. But the para2ONE Extreme Paddleball is no buy-it-today, break-it-tomorrow, dime store variety toy. With its sturdy grip, solid construction, and unique asymmetrical shape, the Extreme Paddleball is designed to deliver endless hours of fun, indoors or outdoors, for ages 7 to 97. Created by longtime Maker of active toys, René Kueng, this reinvention of the game features a revolutionary notched head that will challenge you with 360 degrees of play. The ball and string bounce not only up and down, but also from side to side using both your forehand and backhand. It even includes two balls cleverly nestled in the base of the handle and paddle for easy storage when not in use. With 10 tricks to put your hand-eye coordination to the test, para2ONE transforms paddleball from the one-dimensional toy of our youth to a modern day sport. Shoot for the sky, smash it sideways, or take it all the way around the world—the next generation of paddle is here.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jim
    Jim

    René took it as a personal challenge to change the way a paddleball was designed and played. After nearly 100 years of no major re-design of the toy, today René is able to present his new creation to the world, the ability to do new tricks in all directions. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about para2ONE today.

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    10/7/2014 12:47 PM

    Hi there! I'm Jim Marielli from ACTIVE PEOPLE. Rene gives his regards from Basel, Switzerland! I'm here to answer any questions you may have about the new Para2ONE Extreme Paddleball.

  • Tricia
    Tricia
    10/7/2014 12:54 PM

    @Jim I work in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education space. I am always looking for great fun and real-world connections to engineering and science. Do you all have engineers/scientists on your team? You mention the re-engineering of the paddleball game and I'm curious as to whether you have more info around that process or the engineers/scientists behind the game, or any trials and tribulations from the redesign (talking about how failure is a good thing is important in STEM education). Anyway, just curious! THANKS!

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    10/7/2014 1:26 PM

    @Tricia That's a great question. One of our other products (search Astrojax on Grommet) was designed by a theoretical physicist, and there is a great deal of practical research that goes into a toy before we finally release it. Rene has a background teaching sports and physical education in school in Switzerland and has three children of his own (the best "field testers" of all!). He has a natural love for skill-based activity toys and his new paddleball went through several variations and lots of prototyping. We sent prototypes to some trusted key people around the world, mostly skill toy enthusiasts and educators/teachers (with strict orders not to post any photos or info!). We also sponsor some entertainers including "The Paddleball King", Steve Langley. We were looking for valuable feedback on this new direction. I also have five children, so they get to play with and test new products before they are released - and you would be surprised how they see a toy through different eyes than their toy obsessed dad! So to answer your question, our team is a worldwide mixture of scientists, educators, toy enthusiasts, and perhaps most important...children (of all ages)!!

  • Janet
    Janet
    10/7/2014 1:11 PM

    Can you give me an idea on the dimensions of the paddle? (Lengthy, width at widest point?) Also, how long is the elastic string when not stretched? I'm looking for something to practice / improve reflex time in pickleball.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/7/2014 1:32 PM

    Hi Janet,

    The dimensions of the paddle are 11.5" x 6.25" x 1.5". The length of the string when not stretched is close to 38 inches so it's quite long. I don't have experience with pickleball in particular (although excited to learn about this new sport). I can tell you from experience that the extreme paddleball is more difficult than it looks but also more fun!

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    10/7/2014 1:45 PM

    @Amy Thank you Amy.

    @Janet. As you "cross train" with paddleball to improve your pickleball skills, you may enjoy the ability to easily adjust the string length on the Para2. This is especially helpful as beginners learn to paddle. When you begin, you will want to use a shorter string length. And as you feel more comfortable, you will lengthen the string. The string feeds through a hole in the middle of the playing surface, down a recessed channel into the "service ball". The service ball pulls apart into two halves and the excess string wraps up neatly inside. This allows for a clean and neat system to hide excess string, and adjust the length quickly and easily!

  • Janet
    Janet
    10/7/2014 2:54 PM

    @Jim and @Amy - Thanks for the responses. Is the 11.5" length with the handle, or just the paddle head? Thanks again.

  • Linda
    Linda
    10/7/2014 1:41 PM

    Can replacement balls and strings be ordered as well?

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    10/7/2014 1:49 PM

    @Linda Accessories will be available very soon. Accessories will include playing balls, service balls (the ball that excess string is stored in), and of course string. The Para2ONE comes complete though. You will have about 38" of string. If the string breaks, you can simply tie a knot and continue to paddle. If you are careful not to lose a ball, you will have everything you need with this purchase.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    10/7/2014 2:59 PM

    @Jim

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    10/7/2014 3:00 PM

    @Debbie Just too expensive!!!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/7/2014 3:50 PM

    Hi Debbie,

    The extreme paddleball is indeed more expensive than the "dime store variety" that's mentioned in the video yet it's quality and construction are far superior. The asymmetric shape of the paddle makes the game more accessible and versatile for anyone who's up for the challenge and the Maker had this accessibility in mind when developing it. It's more challenging and more fun than the old variety.

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    10/7/2014 4:51 PM

    Here are the ten tricks that are recommended, from Classic Overhand to a full Around the World, 360 degrees. Enjoy!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

para2ONE

Extreme Paddleball

Ball & String

Like jacks and the yo-yo, paddleball has been a childhood favorite for as long as anyone can remember. But the para2ONE Extreme Paddleball is no buy-it-today, break-it-tomorrow, dime store variety toy.

With its sturdy grip, solid construction, and unique asymmetrical shape, the Extreme Paddleball is designed to deliver endless
hours of fun, indoors or outdoors, for ages 7 to 97.

Created by longtime Maker of active toys, René Kueng, this reinvention of the game features a revolutionary notched head that will challenge you with 360 degrees of play. The ball and string bounce not only up and down, but also from side to side using both your forehand and backhand. It even includes two balls cleverly nestled in the base of the handle and paddle for easy storage when not in use.

With 10 tricks to put your hand-eye coordination to the test, para2ONE transforms paddleball from the one-dimensional toy of our youth to a modern day sport. Shoot for the sky, smash it sideways, or take it all the way around the world—the next generation of paddle is here.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jim
    Jim

    René took it as a personal challenge to change the way a paddleball was designed and played. After nearly 100 years of no major re-design of the toy, today René is able to present his new creation to the world, the ability to do new tricks in all directions. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about para2ONE today.

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    10/7/2014 12:47 PM

    Hi there! I'm Jim Marielli from ACTIVE PEOPLE. Rene gives his regards from Basel, Switzerland! I'm here to answer any questions you may have about the new Para2ONE Extreme Paddleball.

  • Tricia
    Tricia
    10/7/2014 12:54 PM

    @Jim I work in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education space. I am always looking for great fun and real-world connections to engineering and science. Do you all have engineers/scientists on your team? You mention the re-engineering of the paddleball game and I'm curious as to whether you have more info around that process or the engineers/scientists behind the game, or any trials and tribulations from the redesign (talking about how failure is a good thing is important in STEM education). Anyway, just curious! THANKS!

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    10/7/2014 1:26 PM

    @Tricia That's a great question. One of our other products (search Astrojax on Grommet) was designed by a theoretical physicist, and there is a great deal of practical research that goes into a toy before we finally release it. Rene has a background teaching sports and physical education in school in Switzerland and has three children of his own (the best "field testers" of all!). He has a natural love for skill-based activity toys and his new paddleball went through several variations and lots of prototyping. We sent prototypes to some trusted key people around the world, mostly skill toy enthusiasts and educators/teachers (with strict orders not to post any photos or info!). We also sponsor some entertainers including "The Paddleball King", Steve Langley. We were looking for valuable feedback on this new direction. I also have five children, so they get to play with and test new products before they are released - and you would be surprised how they see a toy through different eyes than their toy obsessed dad! So to answer your question, our team is a worldwide mixture of scientists, educators, toy enthusiasts, and perhaps most important...children (of all ages)!!

  • Janet
    Janet
    10/7/2014 1:11 PM

    Can you give me an idea on the dimensions of the paddle? (Lengthy, width at widest point?) Also, how long is the elastic string when not stretched? I'm looking for something to practice / improve reflex time in pickleball.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/7/2014 1:32 PM

    Hi Janet,

    The dimensions of the paddle are 11.5" x 6.25" x 1.5". The length of the string when not stretched is close to 38 inches so it's quite long. I don't have experience with pickleball in particular (although excited to learn about this new sport). I can tell you from experience that the extreme paddleball is more difficult than it looks but also more fun!

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    10/7/2014 1:45 PM

    @Amy Thank you Amy.

    @Janet. As you "cross train" with paddleball to improve your pickleball skills, you may enjoy the ability to easily adjust the string length on the Para2. This is especially helpful as beginners learn to paddle. When you begin, you will want to use a shorter string length. And as you feel more comfortable, you will lengthen the string. The string feeds through a hole in the middle of the playing surface, down a recessed channel into the "service ball". The service ball pulls apart into two halves and the excess string wraps up neatly inside. This allows for a clean and neat system to hide excess string, and adjust the length quickly and easily!

  • Janet
    Janet
    10/7/2014 2:54 PM

    @Jim and @Amy - Thanks for the responses. Is the 11.5" length with the handle, or just the paddle head? Thanks again.

  • Linda
    Linda
    10/7/2014 1:41 PM

    Can replacement balls and strings be ordered as well?

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    10/7/2014 1:49 PM

    @Linda Accessories will be available very soon. Accessories will include playing balls, service balls (the ball that excess string is stored in), and of course string. The Para2ONE comes complete though. You will have about 38" of string. If the string breaks, you can simply tie a knot and continue to paddle. If you are careful not to lose a ball, you will have everything you need with this purchase.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    10/7/2014 2:59 PM

    @Jim

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    10/7/2014 3:00 PM

    @Debbie Just too expensive!!!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/7/2014 3:50 PM

    Hi Debbie,

    The extreme paddleball is indeed more expensive than the "dime store variety" that's mentioned in the video yet it's quality and construction are far superior. The asymmetric shape of the paddle makes the game more accessible and versatile for anyone who's up for the challenge and the Maker had this accessibility in mind when developing it. It's more challenging and more fun than the old variety.

  • Ryan
    Ryan – Grommet Team
    10/7/2014 4:51 PM

    Here are the ten tricks that are recommended, from Classic Overhand to a full Around the World, 360 degrees. Enjoy!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.