As some commenters on my post about badminton pointed out, table tennis is another game that requires very quick reflexes and is another Olympics sport that is well worth watching.
This is a game that I have played all my life and it seems to be increasing in popularity and it is not hard to see why. It is relatively cheap and can be played indoors in a relatively small space.
Watch this clip of a point from an exhibition game, especially the replay towards the end giving the view from the overhead camera. The top players put a lot of spin on the ball that causes the ball to curve in flight as well as change directions after bouncing The way the ball curves in flight is incredible.
The doubles game has an interesting twist in that the players are required to alternate their shots. Given the small area they have in which to maneuver, this requires considerable coordination and athleticism as each player has to quickly move away after making a shot to allow the partner to come in and make the next one.
Here is some wonderful play from the women’s doubles semifinal in the 2009 World Table Tennis Championships.