Ping pong and golf balls are surprisingly similar in size, with the ping pong balls having a diameter of around 40 mm and the golf balls having a diameter of about 43 mm. However, their masses are vastly different, with a ping pong ball weighing 2.7 g and a golf ball weighing 46 g. The ping pong balls have a diameter of 1.57 inches, while the golf balls must be at least 1.68 inches in diameter. Although both types of balls are legal for competitions, plastic balls are only used in tournaments organized by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). This is because they are so light and smooth that they experience a great deal of resistance when playing.
It is recommended to always have a large collection of ping pong balls available when playing. During the manufacturing process, each half of a ball sticks together in the presence of normal air. This works well for playing ping pong as it gives players enough control and time to make their shots. In terms of weight, ping pong balls retain the highest position as they are the lightest ball played in any type of game. The design of ping pong balls is fascinating, with each one weighing around 2.7 grams or 0.095 ounces, while a golf ball weighs around 45.93 grams or 1.62 ounces. To make it more comfortable to bounce on either side of the table, these balls are made smaller and lighter. Urethane is slightly more expensive than other materials, meaning that golf balls with urethane covers are often preferred in short play situations as they offer more control.
However, it is important to note that playing ping pong with a golf ball can cause significant damage to your table tennis table.