Brunswick Knock Out Comparison

Ball used for comparison – Hammer Web T.E. Hybrid as the base reaction and has been drilled with a layout of 4-1/4×30. All balls when tested were used with their box finish. 

Brunswick Knock Out (Layout: 4-3/4”x30)

For a solid, this ball will clear the heads (at least on a fresh house pattern) and has a smooth, continuous move at the end of the pattern. From a rolling hand position to a release that creates more axis rotation the Knockout had different change in direction but still very versatile.

Comparing it to a Hammer Web Tour Hybrid (drilled close, 1/2″ pin closer to PAP) the Knock Out was 2/2 left and had more miss room to the right down lane. It also handled more volume than the Web T.E. Hybrid. Slower speed bowlers or bowlers that bowl on a lot of friction may need to adjust the cover or choose a ball designed for lighter volumes.

These are my views and your results may vary. Please go to the FTF Ball Comparison Info post to see how I was able to get the above information.

It’s important to know your personal specs to help you make the proper choices for your game and increase your scoring. I believe bowling balls are tools and using the ones that work against your specs, skill set and environment will cause issues.

You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your current equipment. Visit the Coaching & Services page on our website, email us at www.info@filltheframes.com or you call and text messages to (310) 784-1901.

Thanks, be well & safe!
Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services 

Hammer Web M.B Comparison

Ball used for comparison – Hammer Web T.E. Hybrid as the base reaction and has been drilled with a layout of 4-1/4×30. All balls when tested were used with their box finish.

 

Hammer Web M.B (Layout: 45×5”x25)

Drilled the same as the BW 2.0, with the Web M.B. I could play in the same zone as the Web T.E. Hybrid but with a longer launch path and a more angular motion off the pattern. The combination of both Asym balls would make a good 1-2 punch. There’s enough difference in lengths, shapes and versatility to last a 3 and maybe 4 game league sessions. I could see straighter players using a Solid or Hybrid

These are my views and your results may vary. Please go to the FTF Ball Comparison Info post to see how I was able to get the above information.

It’s important to know your personal specs to help you make the proper choices for your game and increase your scoring. I believe bowling balls are tools and using the ones that work against your specs, skill set and environment will cause issues.

You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your current equipment. Visit the Coaching & Services page on our website, email us at www.info@filltheframes.com or you call and text messages to (310) 784-1901.

Thanks, be well & safe!
Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services 

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Comparison

Ball used for comparison – Hammer Web T.E. Hybrid as the base reaction and has been drilled with a layout of 4-1/4×30. All balls when tested were used with their box finish. 

Hammer Black Widow 2.0
(Layout: 45×5”x25)

The Black Widow 2.0 gives the familiar shape as the original released in 2006. With an updated coverstock to handle today’s slicker conditioners, the R&D team hit this on the nose. Comparing it to the Web T.E. Hybrid, the BW 2.0 was 4/4 left and had a stronger back end reaction. Designed for medium to heavy volumes, it fits the bill. The cover might pick up lane shine quickly, but can be touched up with a pad or left as is to calm it down if that is needed in the environment you bowl on. The box finish seems too much for me on fresh (cliffed), but as the pattern developed I was able to use it with more confidence.

These are my views and your results may vary. Please go to the FTF Ball Comparison Info post to see how I was able to get the above information.

It’s important to know your personal specs to help you make the proper choices for your game and increase your scoring. I believe bowling balls are tools and using the ones that work against your specs, skill set and environment will cause issues.

You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your current equipment. Visit the Coaching & Services page on our website, email us at www.info@filltheframes.com or you call and text messages to (310) 784-1901.

Thanks, be well & safe!
Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services 

Raw Hammer Comparison

Hammer Raw Hammer Solid and Pearl (Blue/Silver/White)

Balls used for comparison:
Hammer Fugitive Solid & Hammer Fugitive Pearl (Layout: 4-3/4” x 30)

All balls when tested were used with their box finish.

When this line was announced, the first thing I thought of was “FINALLY!” The Hammer brand has needed this line since the Vibe series had been moved to the retired page. The Raws would be in the “More bang for your buck” category. While there is a third option, the Raw Hammer Hybrid, I have not tested it, but it’s safe to say it fits in between the Solid and the Pearl. This is not always the case in higher lines. The covers are friendly to surface changes, but don’t expect to create a higher level ball motion.

Hammer Raw Hammer Solid (Layout: 4-3/4” x 30)

The covers on the Solid and the Fugitive Solid are the same (Juiced Solid) but the Fugitive has a stronger core and rougher box surface and would handle higher volumes. On the fresh pattern, the Raw Solid easily could play where the Fugitive Solid was, but is cleaner through the mids. The reaction shape off the end of the pattern was continuous with no quick jump. You can see this ball creep higher as the lane opens up and this allows you to move ahead of the transition to keep the ball in the pocket. The Raw Solid would be a great fit for many bowlers and in transition situations which make it a very versatile piece.

Hammer Raw Hammer Pearl Blue/Silver/White (Layout: 4-3/4”x30)

Using the same approach line up and targeting as the Raw Solid, the Pearl clipped the head pin and destroyed the 3 pin. Moving 3/3 right and closing my angles (straighter) the ball struck. It’s very clean and the move on the back is a bit sharper, but I wouldn’t call it a skid/flip motion. I did change my hand position to add axis rotation and the Pearl went a touch longer but still didn’t flip hard. This is good when you encounter a lot of friction at the end of the pattern and you’re playing right of 10. I could play in the drier sections of the lane closer to the gutter and this ball made it look there was more conditioner than actually was. I tried the stronger Fugitive Solid there and it wasn’t going to be productive.

Overall for the price point (around $100 undrilled and pre-tax) the Raw series is what Hammer Bowling needed. First it re-introduces a popular core with 3 different versions of the Juiced cover and it brings a ball that is not too strong for bowlers that have slower speeds, closed angles, but more importantly a ball series that would be a great introduction to casual or new bowlers. 

These are my views and your results may vary. Please go to the FTF Ball Comparison Info post to see how I was able to get the above information. It’s important to know your personal specs to help you make the proper choices for your game and increase your scoring. I believe bowling balls are tools and using the ones that work against your specs, skill set and environment will cause consistency and scoring issues.

You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your current equipment. Visit the Coaching & Services page on our website, email us at www.info@filltheframes.com or you call and text messages to (310) 784-1901.

Thanks, be well & safe!
Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services 

FTF Ball Comparison Intro

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison reports. These will be my personal feedback from balls that I have drilled and used in training and competition. Because there are always bowlers who are new or are trying to learn more, I will try and keep this easy to understand. If there are any bowling terms that need clarifying, please use the contact information located at the bottom and send me your questions. 

Like most ball reviews, the bowler’s specs are important to have in order to match up the bowler and ball to the environment they bowl on frequently. Versatility is the goal when considering new equipment. Below you will find my specs. It is important to remember that a ball that works for one bowler may not work for another based on the bowler’s specs, especially the Positive Axis Point (PAP). 

Right Handed
Positive Axis Point 5-1/4”x1/4”^
Axis Rotation 60˚
Axis Tilt
Rev Rate 250-300
Speed off the hand 16.5 m.p.h. 

Looking at these specs you will see that I’m not a very high rev rate bowler but I have a high track and low tilt. This creates a ball roll that could read friction almost as soon as the ball touches it. For me to use balls designed with coverstocks that cut through oil and cores that rev up earlier (low rg), there better be a lot of volume for me to get a good ball motion. Most of my Asyms have layouts with a drilling angles 45-55*, Pin to PAPs from 4-1/2” to 5” and Vertical Axis Lines (VAL) 25-30*. On Syms the Pin to PAPs are usually around 4-1/4” to 4-3/4” and the VAL are usually around 30* 

As a Hammer Staff member, I try the balls in the line and others under the Brunswick umbrella. If there are balls with the same core but different covers, I will drill them the same to see the length and shape differences. Once I compare them with their out of box finish, I may change the surface to increase the versatility and open my scoring chances. 

Understanding your personal specs and equipment will help you score higher and make better ball changes when needed. Contact us and we can set up a consultation session to help your growth as a bowler. The information and pricing is located on the Coaching & Services tab on our website. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Regionand Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information and Demo dates in your area. Again, you can contact me with any questions at info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901. 

Thank You,
Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services