Sports Ball Weight Comparison

Which sport has the lightest or heaviest balls? Below is a list of ball weights for a wide range of sports. Out of these sports, the lightest is the table tennis or ping pong ball, the heaviest is a tie between bowling and shot put, though in bowing there is range of weights used with 16 lb the maximum allowable.

sport ball size comparison A display of different ball sizes at the Scienceworks in Melbourne



The official ball weights are listed where known. In the case of a range of ball masses, either the range is listed or the average or commonly used size is listed. The ball weight used for adult male competition is used if there is variation in the ball size used for different ages or classes. The standard unit of measurement is sometimes ounces or pounds and other times grams. Whichever the case, the units are converted so that you can compare the weight in either unit.

See also our list of ball sizes.

sport weight (ounces) weight (grams) notes
Table Tennis 0.1 2.7  
Badminton 0.168 to 0.194 4.75 to 5.50 the shuttlecock is not a ball, but worth comparing
Squash 0.8 to 0.9 23 to 25  
Racquetball 1.4 40  
Golf 1.62 45.93  
Tennis 1.975 to 2.095 56.0 to 59.4  
Baseball 5 to  5 1⁄4 142 to 149  
Lacrosse 5 to 5 1/2 142 to 156  
Cricket 5 1/2 to 5 3/4 155.9 to 163.0  
Field Hockey 5.5 to 5.7 156 to 163  
Pool 5.5 to 6.0 156 and 170  
Softball 6.25  to 7.0 178 to 198.4  
Volleyball 9.2 to 9.9 260 to 280  
Netball 14.0  to 16.0 397 to 454  
Water polo 14.1 to 15.9 400 to 450 size 5 (used for male adults)
Soccer 14.8 to 15.7 420 to 445 weight for a regulation size 5 ball.
Team Handball 15 to 16 3/4 425 to 475 this is for the size III ball
Croquet 16 453.6  
Basketball 22 623.7 weight for a regulation size 7 ball.
Bocce 32 920  
Bowling 256 oz (16 lb) 7.26 kg this is the maximum size
Shot Put 256 oz (16 lb) 7.26 kg men's weights


The ball weight information is from a wide range of sources online. Although they are believed to be correct, you should check with official sources if it is important. If you have a correction or a sport ball weight to add, please let us know below.

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