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The 8 Slowest Sports You Can Play

After covering the fastest ball sports and the fastest non motorised sports a few months back, we got a comment in asking “which are the slowest sports’? And being the good sports business that we are we decided to research and cover the question.

But this drew up a sight problem, do we cover the slowest paced sports in terms of ball speed etc, or do we cover games that move at the slowest pace.  So we decided  to cover the obvious – sports where you move at a slow pace and require little or no physical effort.  But don’t be fooled some of these require extreme skill and precision

Lawn Bowls

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Traced certainly to the 13th century, lawn bowls is a sport perfectly suited to the elderly.  A slow bending of the knee combined with a very deliberate roll of an iron ball is the height of this sport’s physical demands.  One thing is very certain, you won’t see many injuries, concussions or broken bones in this one!


slowest sports

Carrying around a big hammer to hit balls with may sound great, but it’s not.  Croquet is usually played by two or four or six players. The object of the game is to hit your ball through the course of six hoops in the right sequence in each direction and finish by hitting them against the centre peg.  In general the slower you hit the ball, the more accurate you are in croquet.  If there is a title for the slowest sport, croquet would be a close contender.  Zzzz

The 10 most physically demanding sports


Slowest sports

Another classic sport where fitness has now place!   It requires a good eye, great temperament and an unparalleled tolerance for alcohol. A classic pub sport, darts epitomises the most unfit sports and darts players aren’t exactly known for their super-fit lifestyles but it’s still a challenging sport that requires great natural skill and practice.

The 10 most skilful sports 


slowest sports

It’s a great game and hugely skilful and if fitness were restricted to the brain only then we’d have this top of the list in a heartbeat.  A common theme throughout all of these sports is the constant sitting and all-around immobility athletes take part in. If you like to play sports sitting down then this is the game for you : )


slowest sports

These guys do laps of a 12×6 table for hours on end, but they do it in black suits or funky waste coats and walk at a very slow space, like many of the above sports it’s hugely skilful but everything about the sport screams lethargy, from the length of time eyeing up individual shots to the length of time spent in a comfy looking armchair. Snooker is definitely one of the most unfit sports on the planet and nothing you say can change that.


slowest sports

Another sport which makes it into the sporting category based on its demand for great hand-eye coordination.  But as skilful as shooting is there is no fitness required and no athleticism required to be great at this sport.

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eSport / eGaming

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Laugh about it all you want but gaming is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  Yep, believe it or not, having the use of both thumbs has made these athletes part of a multi-billion dollar sports industry and a huge detractor of young kids playing physical sport!

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”. “An e-athlete.”


Bowling is another leisurely sport that seems to be synonymous with drinking beer!  It’s great fun and in compared to most sports on this list you can hurl that ball quite fast down the lane.  However with the leisurely pace it’s normally played at we felt it worth a mention.

If you know another one that we can add to the list of slowest sports, let us know.

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