Can You Figure Out What Kind of a Ball This Is from a Zoomed-In Photo?

By: Olivia C

Can You Figure Out What Kind of a Ball This Is from a Zoomed-In Photo?
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About This Quiz

Did you know there were so many kinds of ball games out there in the world? You'll be surprised!

Different cultures have their own ball games, whether they are played for fun, in the schoolyards, or professionally, like in competitions and such. Sometimes, there are region-specific kinds of ball games, and there are also country-specific types. Sometimes, there is one kind of ball game which different countries interpret on their own. And there are even mash-up ball games wherein one kind of existing game would be experimentally joined into another, producing a third kind of game -- and a totally new one at that. It's really very diverse, you see.

And this is where you will see the creativity of human beings. For us to invent such ball games is enough proof that our brains are not only hardwired to communicate or survive, but we're also hardwired to have fun. Of course, which human being would not want to have fun once in a while, right? And for many, having fun means engaging in a game or sport where a ball of some sort is involved.

So, are you ready to see which kinds of balls these are? Take this really fun quiz and zoom out a winner!


Baseball1 Every American knows this! What is it?
Basketball
Billiard balls
Baseball
This is, unmistakably, a baseball. Those stitches don't lie!
Bowling ball

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Basketball1 Hoop, there it is! What is it?
Golf ball
Soccer ball
Billiard balls
Basketball
This is a basketball. That texture is easy to spot anywhere!

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Billiard balls1 What are these colorful ones?
Bowling ball
Golf ball
Billiard balls
These colorful numbered balls are for billiards. Hey, don't get hit by one!
Soccer ball

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Bowling ball1 What’s this huge and heavy one?
Golf ball
Soccer ball
Football
Bowling ball
A bowling ball has holes for finger grips. Careful with that grip, though!

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Golf ball1 Go by the dimples with this. What is it?
Cricket ball
Golf ball
Don't underestimate the small size of golf balls. They hurt like hell when one hits ya!
Tennis ball
Volleyball

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Soccer ball1 Kick it to goal! What is it?
Football
Cricket ball
Tennis ball
Soccer ball
This is a soccer ball. World Cup fans know this!

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Football1 Win one for the gipper! What is it?
Volleyball
Lacrosse ball
Football
This oval-shaped ball is for American football. You throw it!
Cue ball

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Cricket ball1 Hit this one out! What is it?
Tennis ball
Volleyball
Lacrosse ball
Cricket ball
Thank the ancient British Empire for spreading the love of cricket games in certain parts of the world. Yep, this is a cricket ball.

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Tennis ball1 What’s this furry-feeling one?
Cue ball
Pingpong ball
Tennis ball
The tennis ball is unmistakably furry. Hm, maybe it's because it's played in a lawn?
Volleyball

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Volleyball1 Hit it across a net! What is it?
Lacrosse ball
Cue ball
Volleyball
This is a volleyball. You gotta have great wrists and forearms to hit this one over the net!
Pingpong ball

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Lacrosse ball1 Can you guess which ball is this?
Dodgeball
Polo ball
Lacrosse ball
Lacrosse is played with athletes carrying sticks that have nets on the end. That's where they catch this ball.
Marbles

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Cue ball1 Start the game with this. What is it?
Punching ball
Racquetball
Cue ball
This is a cue ball to break the triangular formation of the billiard balls. You use this to hit the other balls to enter the pockets.
Roller hockey ball

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Pingpong ball1 This one is called what?
Shotput
Pingpong ball
Pingpong is also called table tennis. This light and airy balls are tricky to hit with a paddle!
Handball
Duckpin ball

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Dodgeball1 And what’s this one for?
Dodgeball
Dodgeball is a skillful game. Try to avoid being hit by one of these balls on the court.
Softball
Croquet ball
Squash ball

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Polo ball1 Do you know in which game they use this one?
Bandy ball
Exercise ball
Polo ball
This is the ball used for a polo game. Players ride a horse and hit this ball toward the goal of the other team.
Water volleyball

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Rugby ball1 Can you name this ball?
Kickball
Marbles
Pelota
Rugby ball
This football-looking ball is for rugby. There's also a Rugby World Cup.

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Punching ball1 What’s this one, used mostly for exercise?
Punching ball
A punching ball is a boxing training ball usually suspended in the middle, with two straps that attach it on both ends to a standing stick. There's a desktop version of this now, where a suction cup sticks it onto a desk, and you can punch away to your heart's desire -- not necessarily boxing-oriented.
Tetherball
Eight ball
Spam ball

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Racquetball1 How about this ball?
Rubber band ball
Roller hockey ball
Racquetball
This rubber ball is for a racquetball game. It's actually hollow inside.
Shotput

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Roller hockey ball1 This mash-up of a game uses what ball?
Roller hockey ball
Roller hockey is played just like hockey, but with a ball and on roller skates. These balls also come in neon colors!
Handball
Duckpin ball
Softball

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Shotput1 What is this Olympic-related ball?
Croquet ball
Squash ball
Shot put
A shot put is an interesting Olympic event. Players throw one of these super-heavy balls as far as they can to win.
Bandy ball

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Handball1 What is this simple one called?
Handball
Handball games are played by teams. The goal is to pass around the ball and throw it inside the other team's goal.
Exercise ball
Water polo ball
Kickball

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Duckpin ball1 What’s this familiar-looking ball?
Marbles
Pelota
Duckpin ball
Unlike bowling balls, duckpin balls don't have holes. But you can hold one easily and throw it to hit those pins anyway.
Tetherball

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Softball1 Can you name this familiar one?
Softball
A softball is actually larger than a baseball. So you really hit it hard, too!
Eight ball
Speedball
Rubber band ball

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Croquet ball1 You know this! What is it?
Cat’s Eye marble
Paintball
Croquet ball
This is a croquet ball, which is supposed to be hit by a heavy mallet through some hoops. It's a bit like golf, only bulkier and not much walking on the greens...
Koosh ball

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Squash ball1 What about this round thing?
Kettlebell
Sepak takraw ball
Jai alai ball
Squash ball
Squash balls have varying bounce capacities. You can tell that by the number of dots painted on the ball.

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Bandy ball1 What do you call this round plaything?
Pokemon ball
Discus
Snooker ball
Bandy ball
Bandy balls are made of cork on the inside, used for playing bandy. It's basically a winter sport that's like a variation of hockey.

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Exercise ball1 Gym lovers, can you identify this one?
Hockey Puck
Exercise ball
This is usually called just exercise ball. But in certain gyms, they call it the yoga ball or the pilates ball.
Shuttlecock
Ball point pen

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Water polo ball1 Water sports lovers, can you identify this one?
Rickety ball
Kickball
Water polo ball
Water polo balls are equipped to be played on water surfaces. It's a fun and wet game!
Marbles

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Kickball1 What’s this favorite playtime ball?
Kickball
Kickball is also called soccer baseball. It combines the rules and elements of both of these games, that's why.
Pelota
Tetherball
Eight ball

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Marbles1 How about this bunch of small ones?
Speedball
Rubber band ball
Marbles
A bunch of marbles is great to play with! No childhood is complete without playing with these things.
Rubber band ball

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Cat’s Eye marble
Paintball
Tetherball
Tetherball is a simple game wherein a volleyball is tied to a rope, which is then tied to a post. It dangles from there.
Koosh ball

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Eight ball1 What do you call this center of competition?
Kettlebell
Eight ball
In a specific game of billiards, the black eight ball is usually the last one to be hit and pocketed. If you do that accidentally, game over!
Sepak takraw ball
Jai alai ball

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Speedball1 This suspended round ball is called what?
Speedball
A speedball or a speed bag is used by boxers to help them condition themselves. It also helps with timing punches.
Pokemon ball
Discus
Snooker ball

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Rubber band ball1 Office workers, what’s this one?
Hockey Puck
Shuttlecock
Rubber band ball
Rubber band ball-making is a thing. Deal with it.
Ball point pen

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Paintball1 Shooters, what are these called?
Rickety ball
Pellets
Paintball
These colorful paintballs are actually used as ammunition for paintball games. You load it onto an air gun and shoot your opponent with it.
Rickshaw

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Koosh ball1 Can you name this cute ball?
Twitterball
Koosh ball
A Koosh ball is actually a toy for smaller kids. Those rubbery hair-like things are helpful for motor skills development.
Ham ball
Lever ball

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Kettlebell1 How about this non-bouncing heavy thingie?
Plank ball
Shape ball
Kettlebell
A kettlebell is usually used for weight training exercises. It has been in existence since the early 1900s, with earlier prototypes found during the late 1800s.
Curve ball

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Sepak takraw ball1 Asian game lovers, what’s this one called?
Foul ball
Jungaroo
Sepak takraw ball
A sepak takraw ball is usually made of net. It is played like volleyball, with players kicking the ball instead of using their arms.
Jambalaya ball

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Furrow ball
Camp ball
Escape ball
Jai alai ball
The Jai alai ball is caught and thrown using a handheld device that looks like a concave claw. Two players face a wall and bounce it off there.

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Pokemon ball1 Digital people, what do you call this one?
Avatar
Pokemon ball
Technically, this is called a Pokemon Go Poke Ball. Digital natives know this one!
Emoji
Logo ball

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