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Juggling Balls – Choosing The Ones That Are Right For How You Juggle

Juggling balls come in a wide variety of weights and sizes. Not all balls are equal and it is important to find the ones that are right for you. Some people might think that a ball is a ball and they are all just the same for juggling, but this is definitely not true.

Some balls are just not good for juggling. Take a tennis ball for example. Tennis balls are about the right size for a juggling ball but they are much too light. What happens when the balls are too light? They bounce off your hands when you try to catch them, making it much harder to juggle. You could definitely manage to juggle 3 tennis balls, but when it comes to doing harder tricks or juggling numbers… forget it!

How to Choose Juggling Balls

Below is a useful chart to help you easily select the best ball for you.

Type of Juggling/Juggler
Recommended Juggling Ball

Beginner

Intermediate/Advanced
High Quality Juggling Beanbag

Hybrid Juggling Balls

Numbers Juggling

Bounce Juggling
Silicone Ball

Other Bounce Juggling Ball

Contact Juggling
Acrylic Ball

Practice Contact Juggling Ball

Performance
Stage Balls

LED Juggling Balls

Practice

Questions to Ask Yourself

The first question you have to ask yourself when choosing a juggling ball is “What is type of juggling am I doing?” Different jugglers prefer different balls. Are you doing 3 ball juggling, 5 ball juggling or even 7 ball juggling? Are you a bounce juggler? Are you doing a lot of body catches? Are you contact juggling? Answering these questions will give you clues as to what type you might want to buy.

The next question you have to ask yourself is “What weight and size do I want?” Since juggling balls come in different weights and sizes you need to know what is right for you. Answering some of the questions that I mentioned previously might help you find the right size. If you are a performer then you might want balls that are larger like 3 inches or greater for a good visual effect on stage. If you are juggling 7, then using balls that are 2.25 inches might suit you.

After you figure out the type and size you want, then you can ask yourself what kind of designs do I want? There are so many different designs that it makes it hard to choose sometimes. For performing, you will probably want to choose something a little flashier. For practicing, I prefer plain white colored balls.

Here are some options to get you started or you can visit the store for the complete selection.


By far my best seller is this classic 4-panel style ball. This is set of 3 is an all around great ball for the price. It’s durable, feels great for juggling and comes in 19 different colors. The size is 2.5″ and the weight is 125 grams, which is the most common size for a juggling ball.

This set stands apart from cheaper sets that tend to fall apart easily or are too light. It’s squishy from the start and doesn’t require breaking in. This ball is a great choice for a beginner or a casual juggler who wants good set of balls that will last.


Another great classic option is the Shiny style ball. This one is almost the same dimensions as the classic 4-panel ball, but is about 5 grams heavier. It weighs 130 grams and is 2.5″ inches in diameter. It is firmer than the classic 4-panel ball and gets softer with some time to break in.

Choose this ball as a flashier option that looks and feels great when juggled.


Another variation on the previous two options is this 8-panel ball. The 8-panel design gives a you a different look with twice as many panels as the previous options and comes in some eye catching colors. The diameter is 2.5″ and weighs a slightly lighter 120 grams.

This option gives you the durability of and feel of a ball that does not require breaking in as it already comes squishy.


The DX ball is something completely different than the previously discussed options. This is a hybrid juggling ball. It weighs 143 grams and is 68mm in diameter. It has a moulded PVC shell and is filled with millet.

Choose this ball if you want something this much more durable than a beanbag type ball and is virtually indestructible from juggling. Many jugglers prefer this type of ball due to its feel and consistency when juggling 3 or more balls.


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This is the Play MMX Ball 62 mm (2.5 inch) 4.1 oz (115 g) or 70 mm (2.8 inch) 5.3 oz (150 g) This ball is the perfect mix between a stage ball and a beanbag. Its as soft as a beanbag but has a super soft feeling in your hand like a beanbag. I highly recommend this ball.

 

 

 

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LED Juggling Balls. These balls are unlike other light up balls because they change color as they are juggled. They are also very affordable compared to other LED balls.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the Play Sil-X Ball 3.07 Inch (78 mm) 5.3 ounces (150 g) This ball is injected with liquid silicone giving it a feel like no other ball around. If you want a unique juggling ball this is your pick.

 

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This is the Play Stage Ball 70mm (2.76 inch) 100 gram (3.53 oz). These balls have a nice shiny finish which makes them great for performing. They are also good for contact juggling practice. They are made of flexible rubber which gives it a grippy feel.

 

 

 

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This is the Play SRX Russian Ball 3.07 inch (78 mm) 4.23 oz. (120 g) This ball is perfect for body tricks, dead drops, body catches. The SRX is partially filled with very thin quartz sand.

 

 

 

 

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This is a silicone ball. These balls are very expensive because the material used to make them is expensive. Unlike rubber balls, they will not stain or get discolored. They have almost 100% bounce ratio and they are the best you can get for bounce juggling. They are also great for traditional juggling. They will last you pretty much forever.

 

 

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This is the Mister Babache 100mm (4 inch) stage contact juggling ball. This ball is great for 3 ball juggling, performing and contact juggling. 100mm is a large size compared to most juggling balls making it great for contact juggling and performing on stage.

 

 

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This is the Mister Babache 63mm (2.4 inch)Turbo Ball This ball is excellent for those who like to incorporate bounce into their juggling. They are 100% rubber and have a 90% bounce ratio. They are also great for traditional juggling. This is a good option if you can not spend around $30 each for silicone balls.