Bonus Video: Fli-Back!

Wow! Remember these? Wooden paddle (usually with a picture of a cowboy on a bucking bronco), rubber ball, and rubber band–the classic Fli-Back toy. How many times could you hit the ball up and down before you lost control?

My Grandma bought me many a Fli-Back when I was a boy, but I never got the hang of it until much later in life. Maybe the lady in this video can say the same. I still have a Fli-Back in one of the kitchen drawers somewhere, although I think the cats batted the ball out to that place from which no little rubber ball returns.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

7 responses to “Bonus Video: Fli-Back!

  • Unknowable

    “I think the cats batted the ball out to that place from which no little rubber ball returns.”

    Sad words indeed. I’ve never been good with one of those.


  • Phoebe

    Wow, I’d almost forgotten those — although we didn’t call them “Fli-Back.” I think we (mis)used the term “paddleball.” Anyway, I was really good at keeping the ball going. I could even change hands, do an occasional sideways bat, and even (as I recall) change speeds slightly. It was one of the few sports I excelled at. (One of the others was pick-up sticks.)


    • leeduigon

      Change hands? Wow! You know, I always wondered about that picture of the cowboy on the bucking bronco, doing a fli-back while the horse is trying to throw him. But changing hands… you coulda been a star on Youtube.


  • Lisa Beth

    I remember these VERY well. My mother used the paddle to spank me. I think that’s where the expression comes from, “I’m going to paddle your behind!” 😮


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