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Ball Weight and Size Comparison of Different Racket Sports

Ball Weight and Size Comparison of Different Racket Sports

Recently I was wondering how does a table tennis ball differ with weight and size of other racket sports. This is interesting because the size and shape affects the physics of the game and how that particular sports racket is created. Table tennis racket is made of rubber but most other rackets mostly use different type of strings or paddles. Let’s take a look at size comparison of other racket sports such as tennis, ping pong, squash, pickleball, cricket etc.

The size and weight affects the physics of racket sports!

Table tennis balls have undergone many changes from size to material. After 2000 Olympics the balls were 38 mm which used to contribute more to spinny game and then the size got increased to 40mm. Recently the table tennis balls material was changed from celluloid to plastic which has changed table tennis to a more physical game which lesser spin. Even other racket sports balls have changed over the years but let’s compare and have a look at the current size and weights of racket sport balls.

Ball Comparison of different racket sports

Let’s take a look at different racket sports balls and their differences.

Sport Ball Size (mm) Ball Weight (gms) Comparison with Table Tennis Ball
Cricket 71.3 to 72.9 155.9 to 163.0 Heaviest and bigger
Golf 42.67 45.93 Heavier and bigger
Tennis 65.41 to 68.58 56.0 to 59.4 Heavier and bigger
Pickleball 73-75.5 22.1 to 26.5 Heavier and bigger
Polo 76 to 89 99 to 130 Heavier and bigger
Pool 57 +/- 0.127 mm 160-170 Heavier and bigger
Racketball 57 40 Heavier and bigger
Squash 39.5 to 40.5 23 to 25 Heavier but smaller
Table Tennis 40 2.7 -

Just for comparison, Badminton shuttle is not a ball but it is also quite light with weight of 4.75 to 5.50 g (0.168 to 0.194 oz). It has 16 feathers with each feather 62 to 70 mm (2.4 to 2.8 in) in length, and the diameter of the cork is 25 to 28 mm (0.98 to 1.10 in).

CONCLUSION

  • Squash ball is smallest but it’s not light in weight for sure
  • Cricket ball is the heaviest , that’s why their is a lot of protective gear in Cricket
    • The table tennis ball is the lightest and marginally bigger than Squash ball

Just from the ball size and weight, the sport changes drastically! Isn’t this a wonder of nature :)

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