I didn't want to necro, but I had to clear this up for you. As far as controlled bouncing goes, soft bodies would not be the way to go. Soft bodies seem to crash the BGE frequently and are unpredictable. IPO frames are the way to go on this one, especially if you are controlling the ball.
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