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Which Ball is Bigger?

Have you ever wondered what balls are similar in size? Which ones are larger or smaller than others?

topendsports.com has answered just that with this in-depth chart:

sport size (inches) size (mm) notes
Squash 1.56 to 1.59 39.5 to 40.5
Table Tennis 1.6 40 increased size from 38 mm after the 2000 Olympic Games.
Golf 1.68 42.67 These are minimum sizes. The size changed from 1.62 inches in 1990.
Racquetball 2.25 57
Pool 2..25 to 2.375 57.15 to 60.33
Carom billiards 2.42 61.5
Lacrosse 2.5 63.5
Tennis 2.575 to 2.700 65.41 to 68.58
Cricket 2.80 to 2.86 71.3 to 72.9 8 13/16 and 9 in (224 and 229 mm) in circumference
Field Hockey 2.8 to 2.96 71.3 to 74.8 circumference 224–235 mm (8.8–9.3 in)
Baseball 2 7⁄8 to 3 73 to 76
Wiffle Ball 2.87 to 3.15 73 to 80 approx. size
Croquet 3 5/8 92
Softball 3.82 97.1
Bocce 4.2 107 the target ball size is from 40 to 60 mm
Lawn Bowls 4 5/8 to 5 1/8 117.5 to 130.2 lawn bowls are not a perfect sphere
Shot Put 4.33 to 5.12 110 to 130 men’s weights
Team Handball 7.3 to 7.5 185-191 this is for the size III ball
Volleyball 8.15 to 8.39 207 to 213
Bowling 8.500 to 8.595 215.9 to 218.3 this is the maximum size
Soccer 8.5 to 8.8 216 to 223 dimensions for a regulation size 5 ball.
Water polo 8.5 to 8.9 216.5 to 226.0 size 5 (used for male adults)
Netball 8.9 226
Basketball 9.4 238.8 dimensions for a regulation size 7 ball.

 

References:
Chart – http://www.topendsports.com/resources/equipment-ball-size.htm
Photo – http://www.topendsports.com/resources/equipment-ball-size.htm

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