|Everybody knows that table tennis is one of the fastest ball sports in the world, but have you ever wondered just how fast can a top player hit a ping-pong ball? I've heard estimates of over 100mph for a ball coming off the racket face, but with the lightness of the ball (2.7g) and air resistance slowing the ball down quickly, just how fast is the ball travelling when a professional smashes the ball past an opponent?
Jay Turberville wondered about this question as well, and has written an exhaustive analysis of the subject of table tennis ball maximum speed. By using still photos, video study and even sound analysis, Jay has managed to come up with a pretty definitive answer to just how fast that little white sphere can be banged around!
|Just how fast is Bence Csaba Hitting the Ball? Photo © 2007 Gerry Chua|