Football and ping pong are both popular sports having a massive fan following all over the world. Many people play Ping Pong which is also known as Table Tennis as it has to offer so many things.
Now let’s make a comparison of the two sports regarding ball, speed and reaction time. According to the findings by ProTable Tennis(http://www.bestpingpongtables.review/), an average tennis table shot travels at the rate of 25 miles per hour. Harder shots can travel at the higher speed of 60 miles per hour. The ball can cross the table in about 0.25 seconds or even less dependent on the speed of the ball. Also if you take a few steps back from the table allowing you get enough reaction time, the ball is still quite fast. To put things into better perspective, a football traveling at the speed of 90 miles per hours takes about 0.4 seconds to reach the home goal. Agreed that a tennis ball can’t move that fast but it sure much shorter distance as compared to football. And shorter distances give less time to react to the ball coming towards you.
Statistically speaking, the average reaction time of a human being to any visual stimulus is about 0.3 seconds. Different individuals have different reaction time. Some may have even faster reaction time whereas some may have slowed. Intense practice of table tennis gives an overview of how much time does a person take to see something or receive a visual stimulus, make a decision corresponding to the stimulus and act on that decision or respond to the stimulus.
Leading researchers and scientists, thus have theorized that table tennis or ping pong players have excellent reaction time and they respond to visual stimuli in a much better manner than any other athletes do.
An average tennis ball is 40mm in diameter. To make persistent contact and to strike the ball each time it comes towards you, you need to keep your eyes glued to it until it hits your racket. This is a challenging task as it requires to synchronize the location of the tennis racket to the trajectory of the ball, developing perfect hand-mind-eye coordination. This also increases your ability to anticipate the path of the ball coming towards you and improves your cognitive powers. You will be able to foresee the direction of the ball coming through from the position of your opponent standing in front of you, the way he or she swings his or her bat, the force they use and the angle they make. This helps you a lot in keeping consistent contact with the ball and maintain a flawless game. Based on these observations of the ball coming from your opponent you will be able to analyze and select your shot and the way you are going to swing your hand, and with the amount of force, you should hit the ball.
The same mechanisms and ideas and techniques can be very well applied in the game of football. If footballers can anticipate the speed and direction of the ball coming through, beforehand, they will have the upper hand while striking the ball with their feet. They will be able to predict their opponents game plan and strategy up to an extent and play accordingly.