Sam Jackson

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Buying Ping Pong Balls

And More

There are a lot of balls to choose from out there, but let's be honest, the ball you are buying out of the repurposed candy vending machine is not a winner. Here are the basics on what you need to look for when buying balls, be it for ping pong or... other types of pong.

Size and weight
Balls must be 40mm in size and weigh 2.7g. You may find some balls that are marked "40+", this is acceptable as well.

Balls should be plastic, though the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) does allow celluloid balls as well (though this is being phased out). Most plastic balls will be size "40+".

Regulation colors are orange and white, period. Obviously this doesn't matter outside of a match, but FYI.

Star System
Most balls are rated 1-3 stars (if they aren't, they're probably are novelty balls). Balls in the 1-2 star range may or may not be regulation size and width, so be careful. If they are regulation size and width, the stars denote hardness and durability of the ball, with one star balls being the softest and least durable, and three star balls being hardest and most durable. One to two star balls are typically only used for practice, and are generally cheaper than three star balls.

And that's about all you need to know! To make things easy for you, I've picked out the best deals on a few different types of balls:

Best competition balls

Best practice balls

Best glow in the dark balls

Personal favorite

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