All the ball joints I’ve come across are really stiff when new, when they are worn out then they move very easy and some will have play too. If you do bi annual or quarterly inspections on the chassis and drivetrain of your car, look at things like the rubber boots on ball joints and bushings, axle boots too, if you find one torn (axle boot) and change the boot before it starts clicking (the CV joint) it will last much longer. I find often times when boots break or rip lubrication is lost and it speeds up the wear process. In these lightweight cars suspension components are far easier to replace than larger vehicles and trucks. I find it enjoyable personally.