Hammer Bowling

Hammer Taboo

by Thomas Larsen on 30. November 2010

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 4″, 5″, pin in middlefinger, 55 degrees
PAP: 4 3/8″ over and 1″ up
Speed: 18 mph
Revrate: 320 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.060

Hook power: 59.71

Ball review:

The Taboo combines the core from The Black Widow and a brand new surface from Hammer. This gives the Taboo a unique ball motion. It reads the midlane early and really strong, but still maintains a very long continous backend.
To me the Taboo just seems to read over a little bit longer distance than a lot of other balls and I think this is what made it so popular at the PBA World Series.

The Taboo is very versatile and it gives me a lot of oppourtinities as I’m able to both smooth the backend out, but also really make it curve.

With the box finish it needs some head oil, but with a higher pin or shinier surface it will definitely be able to get down the lane and maintain the same strong backend.

The Taboo is no doubt going to be a ball I use a lot. Probably both on medium and long oil patterns, but I think I will even be able to use it on some short oil patterns like I can with my Mission.
The midlane roll and backend continuation is something I think will fit my ball roll really well – as will it a lot of other players.


Surface finish: Box
Layout: 4 1/2″, pin in palm, cg 45 degrees, hole 1″ past VAL, 1″ down from midline (Rico-layout)
PAP: 4 3/8″ over and 1″ up
Speed: 18 mph
Revrate: 320 rpm
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.045

Hook power: 52.38

Ball review:

The Brawl combines a strong cover from the Black Widow Sting and a higher RG, medium diff core from the Grind.
I decided to go in a different direction with this ball as I tried the Rico-layout to give me something completely different than my other medium balls.

I got quite a good amount of flare, which also makes this ball smooth out the backend like it is intended with this layout and give me a medium ball that will control the pattern.

Because of the higher RG the Brawl is able to get through the fronts, but still reads the midlane and that will make it possible to stay a little straighter with this ball on fresher conditions. It will also make it possible to push it through the fronts and control the friction, when the lanes break down and get a little spotty.


Hammer Plague

by Kamilla Kjeldsen on 27. October 2010

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: Pin above
PAP: 5 1/8″ out & 1″ up
Speed: 16 mph
Revrate: 200-240
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.055

Hook power: 25,46

Ball review:

For me this ball will be used on medium to long fresh patterns. It rolls early and keeps the line I give it. It needs a lot of oil on the lanes to work well otherwise I don’t see much reaction with it on the backend of the lanes.

The Plague gives me a lot of control on heavy oiled lanes, and really holds it’s energy for the pins. I will mostly use this ball in the beginning of a tournament, for the first 1-3 games before I have to change to something that goes longer and easier through the heads better.

Compared to the Virtual Gravity and Mission it’s more controllable and I have a feeling I will be more happy with this ball.

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 5″ x 70 deg x 50 deg
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18 mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.045

Hook power: 54,11

Ball review:

This is the 2nd release in the Hardcore line. The Bullet core gives this ball lope through the mid lane with a lot of back end motion. Due to the nature of the core/cover combo the Brawl works best on medium patterns preferably broken down a bit. For me it seems to need friction to really show it’s potential but once it gets going it’s a hard hitting beast


Surface finish: Box
Layout: 5 1/2″ x 80 x 75
PAP: 5 3/4 over og 3/4 up
Speed: 16 mph
Revrate: 380 rpm
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.045

Hook power: 50,34

Ball review:

The Hammer Hardcore Brawl is the 2nd ball in the Hammer Hardcore line. It’s a ball I have drilled for fresh oil. It doens’t flare all that much, but it has a nice early stop reaction. The Brawl is a weaker dull ball, for when there isn’t a lot of oil on the lanes, and when you have to create some control when shiny balls turns the corner to sharply.

I would probably use this ball mostly when I need to play really tight, or if I have to stand far to the right on the lanes. It should also be a good ball for shorter oil patterns when you want that stop reaction before the pocket.


Hammer Swagga

by Erik Andersin on 29. September 2010

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 5 3/4″ x 45
PAP:
Speed:
Revrate:
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.060

Hook power: –

Ball review:

First feeling of this ball was that is hooks loads, nice midlane read and still a strong backend hook. For me this ball needs a bit more oil both in length and volume to show its full potential. This will be a given choice on the longer patterns. As I have not had the chance to use it in competition yet, I will get back with more input as soon as possible.


Hammer Swagga

by Frederik Øhrgaard on 21. September 2010

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: Pin under, cg down, no hole
PAP: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 19 mph
Revrate: 340-360 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.060

Hook power: 84.09

Ball review:

Combination of new and old technology equals success!

With the original Black Widow core and the new Plague coverstock, this ball has a higher flare potential than any other ball I have tried so far. My ball is drilled to be early and strong on longer patterns with a lot of oil – and it works just perfect for this purpose. With small surface changes, you can easily make it longer and more aggressive in the backend.

One of the other significant things about this ball is the pin-carry. It was tested on a 39 foot sport pattern, and normally not my favourite choice to use such a strong ball on this type of pattern. However, the pin action was incredible and pretty much as the fresh original Black Widow – It makes the pins dissapear!

This ball is highly recommended for people with less rotations in general, women and top-players seeking a ball to use on heavy oil-patterns. Please remember that this ball is a “limited” edition, so try it before it´s to late!


Hammer Swagga

by Jesper Agerbo on 21. September 2010

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 5″ x 65 pin above ringfinger
PAP: 5 3/4 over og 3/4 up
Speed: 16 mph
Revrate: 380 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.060

Hook power: 72.15

Ball review:

Hammer Swagga is a ball for me that goes fairly long for a dull ball. Even though it goes long, you can still see it has quite a lot of midlane. It still comes around the corner on the backend with a boom. Personally I’ve never had a ball that flares as much as the Hammer Swagga. It flares from my finger holes, and all the way across my balance hole.

I think the Hammer Swagga has the mid lane read of a Nasty, but the backend combination of the first Black Widow and the new Plague. It’s a crazy combination of 3 strong balls.

I would definitely rate the ball as a very strong ball, which will work best for those who have a lot of dull balls which rolls out on the backend, and shiny balls that goes too far. I think Hammer Swagga will be a big hit for people who lacks hook and those who likes to see hook on the backend part of the lane.

Mine is drilled with pin above my ring finger and MB is 1″ right of my thumb hole.

Hammer Swagga

by Michael Bai on 15. September 2010

in Hammer Bowling

Dark blue line = Hammer Swagga - Thin blue line = Hammer Plague

Surface finish: 4000 Abralon
Layout:
5″ x 40 x 60
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18 mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.060

Hook power: 56.36

Ball review

The new Hammer Swagga is a great addition to the Hammer line up. It has the proven Widow core and the cover from the Plague. Compared to the Plague the Swagga reads the mid lane a little later and has more pop on the back end. It works best on medium to heavy oil.

For me it is a go to ball when the Plague or Pure Physics starts hooking too early. I can use the Swagga on multiple angles from outside to deep inside, due to the versatility of the core. All in all a very good ball that will see a lot of use.


Hammer Swagga

by Thomas Larsen on 15. September 2010

in Hammer Bowling

Dark blue line = Hammer Swagga - Thine blue line = Ebonite Mission

Surface finish: 2000 abralon – 1000 hand
Layout: 5 1/4″, pin over, MB 40 degrees, no hole
PAP: 4 3/8″ over and 1″ up
Speed: 20 mph
Revrate: 320 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.060

Hook power: 45.98

Ball review:

The new Swagga is a special release from Hammer. It has the coverstock from the Plague and the core from the Black Widow, so it’s a pretty aggressive combination and that shows on the lanes.

The Swagga is one of the strongest balls I have thrown. Eventhough the layout is a little weaker it still flares a lot and provides a lot of hook on the lanes.

It reads the midlane well and fairly early, but still has a very strong backend, which will make it great for medium to heavy oil patterns especially when the patterns have broken down a little bit. The strong backend makes it good for opening up the lanes and creating some angle. Compared to the Ebonite Vital Sign the Swagga is a little longer and backends more than the Vital Sign and the Swagga is earlier and stronger on the backend than the Ebonite Mission.

The surface seems to be very easy to change and I think the ball will be very versatile with both shinier and duller surfaces to combat different lane conditions.


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