Hammer Scorpion Sting Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Scorpion Sting. The Hammer Scorpion Sting is the newest addition to the Mid-Performance line. It has been designed to add more motion at the back end and compliment the popular Hammer Scorpion’s shape.

Hammer Scorpion Sting 2.485 .045  (4-1/2”x 35*)

Comparison to the Hammer Scorpion, Hammer Web Pearl (’21), Hammer Ocean Vibe

The Scorpion Sting is built with a new LED 3.0 core and the return of the Semtex Pearl coverstock. The core has a lower RG and a slightly higher diff. The addition of flip block will generate a clean path through the heads on medium volumes or as transitions happen in during a bowling session. A choice could be to go to a stronger cover/core combo, but that may be too strong. This depends on volumes in different zones. I see this ball close to the Web Pearl but adding more shape down lane than the Scorpion. If you don’t have a Web Pearl, the Sting would fit between the BW Ghost and the Ocean Vibe. Depending on a center’s oiling procedures, a bowler’s style and adjustment ability I can see this ball getting a lot of use for leagues by many bowlers. A slight surface change may open up the motion a bit very much like the Ocean Vibe. Always move around the lane to see what each ball has in terms of strengths and limits in addition to your adjustment abilities.

Hammer Scorpion 2.520 .043 (4-3/4”x 30*)

When the Scorpion was released, I was very interested to roll this ball. The combination of the updated LED2.0 core with the proven Semtex Hybrid cover would give me a similar rolling shape as the Purple Pearl Urethane. It was stronger and more forgiving than the Purple on a daily center’s pattern. Not a long rolling path, but a more controlled motion that is easy to read and make adjustments as transition happens. The Scorpion as a benchmark without too much surface allows me to read the fresh quickly. The drilling layout was close to what I have in the Scorpion Sting and I also refreshed the cover to 500/1K/2K Siaair.

Comparison: The Scorpion Sting is longer than the Scorpion and more angular (not sharp) off the end of the pattern. Same part of the lane shows a slight difference, but changing hand positions give the Scorpion Sting more hooking shape later down lane. I could move 5/3 in, change to a more angular creating hand position and open my angles and the Sting recovered and struck.

Hammer Web Pearl (Jade/Smoke) 2.481 .048 (4-3/4”x 30*)

My current favorite choice as a non solid, smoother cover benchmark ball to start with. It seems I can use this ball everywhere. Comparing the two, the Sting is a bit cleaner and a more rounded shape off the end of the pattern. On a pattern with more oil in the middle and some built in friction toward the channels, most out balls can be played in the same area through the heads. I believe there would be a more shape separation on flatter patterns with the Scorpion Sting being later in motion. 

Comparison: The Scorpion Sting is close to the Web Pearl.But my targeting and angles were more closed to keep it in the oil for the Web Pearl. Friction is the friend of the Scorpion Sting. A great choice if upper mids are too strong.

Hammer Ocean Vibe  2.510 .042 (4”x 35*)

If you bowl on friction or medium and lighter volumes the Ocean Vibe will do the job. While the response to friction is pretty quick, it’s not super fast. But the directional change will tell you where the friction is. This is another great addition to the Vibe legacy. When the ball hits too much volume, it tends to over skid. However, slightly adjusting the cover allow for more miss room. The Scorpion Sting will handle more volume than the Ocean Vibe and is very hand position friendly to change ball roll and motion.

Comparison: The Scorpion Sting will fit almost directly between a stronger pearl (core and cover) Black Widow Ghost and the Ocean Vibe. Almost gives you the best of both worlds at a great price point. Even though the Scorpion Sting and the Ocean vibe are in the same level, they are different and there is a price difference.

I hope this View helps give you a better understanding between balls in the past and current Hammer lines. As always, what you bowl on and more importantly you skill set will determine your choice in equipment. 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 Envy Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Envy. The Hammer Envy which is designed to be Hammer’s strongest ball ever. This comparison was done with the balls below and using Hammer Dark Web as a warm up and benchmark motion.

The pattern is 43’ that has 12:1 ratio with a moderate taper front to back and a strong drop off at 7 on each side with approximately 25mls.  My PAP is 5-1/4”x1/4”^ with low tilt at 6* and I’m considered matched rev rate to off the hand ball speed which is about 17.25 mph. All the noted core numbers are at 15lbs pre-drilled. I prefer to keep my drilling similar for comparison reasons. However, please check any changes. I will note if I would adjust the layout to what I believe would benefit the ball’s design.

Hammer Envy 2.505 .055 .021 (45*x4-1/2”x 45*)

Comparison to the Hammer Dark Web, Hammer Black Widow 2.0, Hammer Obsession

While the Obsession was the last HP ball for oil, this one is closer to the Redemption Solid in shape and it’s stronger and more continuous through the pins. Personally, I can’t use strong solid asyms very often due to my speed and the amount of friction I see most of the time. They have a tendency to roll forward of the back of the pattern and my reaction area is limited. However, I can use them on more volume and longer lengths. Out of the box, the surface cut through the freshly oiled lane and I was “here I go again”. After getting some shots in the ball did not weaken, but became more readable as it went down the lane. There was over 6” of flare and this proved the need for more volume for me to use it efficiently. With the new Launcher core, revving up was easy and progressively stronger throughout the ball motion phases. The Envy began to rev up just past the arrows and kept building. With the radical disc and the flip block opposing each other, the Envy had more directional change at the end of the pattern. With some hand position changes, there was more change of direction than I’ve seen at this ball level. I was seeing a ball reaction that I normally see in the upper-mid and mid Hammer lines on what we see on a daily basis. Touching the friction too soon will not give anyone (other than speed dominate bowlers) a good reaction. Bowlers who are speed dominate and has other equipment not read soon enough, the Hammer Envy would be an excellent choice. If you are a tournament bowler whose current arsenal struggles on higher volumes or is too jumpy on Sport patterns, the Envy should get a good look.

Hammer Dark Web 2.514 .048 (4”x35*)

Being on fresh the Hammer Dark Web might be a touch to strong for me with its box finish. The striking alignment was feet at 25, targeting 13 at the arrows and the focal point was between the 6/10. This kept the ball in the oil and didn’t touch the friction too soon down lane. 

Comparison: The Dark Web is smoother than the Envy and a great choice for daily volumes as a benchmark. The Envy struck at32/19/6.

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 2.500 .058 .016 (45*x5”x25*)

The cover of the Dark Web and 2.0 are the same Aggression Solid although the 2.0 is smoother (500/1K/2K Siaair) out of the box. Going back to the alignment of the Dark Web the move was 2/2 left to get to the pocket. Switching to the Envy I had to move (30/18/R10) and added axis rotation and tilt to see what the Envy could do. 

Comparison: The Envy would be a ball to switch to if the 2.0 quits when moving to more volume (and that’s saying something).

Hammer Obsession 2.468 .050 .013 (55*x4-1/2”x35*)

The coverstocks on the Obsession and the Envy are the same formulation (Envy Solid), however the Obsession had CFI (Carbon Fiber Infused) added. Since the Envy has a stronger core, Hammer adjusted the cover to get the motion they wanted. Both are box at 500/1500 Siaair Micro Pad. The number that stands out is the RG which comes in at 2.505 vs. the 2.468. The higher number usually helps the ball get further down the lane. This is where the balance of the core and cover hit the intended motion on the volume for most bowlers. Starting where I was lined up with the Dark Web (25/14/6-10) my move was (28/16/10) due to the strength of the ball.

Comparison: The Envy was stronger overall with recovery that was better even if it hits the friction earlier down lane. The Envy was 4/3 left.

I hope this View helps give you a better understanding between balls in the past and current Hammer lines. As always, what you bowl on and more importantly you skill set will determine your choice in equipment. 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 

Columbia Cuda PowerCOR (WWRD 09/23/2022)

 

Columbia300 Cuda PowerCOR 12-16 lbs. (@15 lbs 2.501  .047  DynamiCore/D.O.T. • Alternate core 12-13 lbs)

The original Cuda introduced a new design in core technology. Updating it to the new drillable Cuda PowerCOR (interchangeable thumb friendly) and surrounding it with the ERT Solid cover found on the C300 Power Torq Solid will be a great option for medium to heavy volumes. Adding a dense flip block away from the center creates more differential and imbalance. Built with D.O.T. and DynamiCore adds the ultimate in drilling options and durability. A strong, solid symmetrical is a must in every bowler’s bag. The color is very familiar at Burgundy/Black with pink engraving.

Recommended Cleaner: Ultimate Black Magic Rejuvenator

www.columbia300.com

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer Scorpion Sting (WWRD 09/23/2022)

 

Hammer Scorpion Sting - 12-16 lbs (@15 lbs  2.485  .045 D.O.T. • Alternate core 12-13 lbs.)

  The Hammer Scorpion has continued to be a great seller since its release last year. For a mid-performance ball it gives bowlers a lot of hook for the money. As lanes transition, bowlers could need something cleaner and more reactive later down lane. Instead of putting a pearl cover on the same core, Hammer has modified the core to increase the RG and Differential to create the ball motion that’s needed. The Scorpion Sting will be great for medium volumes and for bowlers who are rev dominate but are looking for more pop at the end of the pattern. There’s a lot performance for this ball at this price point. This one looks fantastic too in the colors of Teal/Silver/Purple and of course the inner core is carbon fiber infused for durability.

Recommended cleaner: Ultimate Black Magic Rejuvenator

www.HammerBowling.com

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer Envy (WWRD 09/23/2022)

 

Hammer Envy - 12-16 lbs (@15lbs  2.505  .055  .021  D.O.T. • Alternate core 12-13 lbs.)

Overall ball motion on heavy volumes. This is how the new Hammer Envy was designed. The new Launcher core has both a flip block and radial disc technology. The cover is the Envy solid last used on the Hammer Obsession (minus the CFI). The engine is stronger than the Obsession Tour to more than make up for cover change. The Hammer Envy is going to rev up early, so make sure you match it up to how you attack heavy volumes. The colors on this one are Black/Red/Orange to make it easily identifiable as a Hammer ball from a distance.

Recommended cleaner: Power House Clean N’ Dull

www.HammerBowling.com

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Ebonite The One Remix (WWRD 9/23/2022)

 

Ebonite The One Remix 12-16 lbs. (@15 lbs  2.466  .056  .027  DynamiCore/D.O.T. • Alternate core 12-13 lbs)

One of the most popular Ebonite balls has returned! Same great Centrex core now with DynamiCore/D.O.T., a stronger coverstock (GB 14.4 Solid) will take care of medium to heavy oil volumes. A quick look at the core numbers screams strong. Although it comes shiny, you can adjust the cover to suit your needs. Look for a good length and strong backend reaction on volumes it is designed for or if you are speed dominate. The eye appealing colors of Teal/Purple/Violet will be noticed right away on the lanes.

 Recommended Cleaner: Ultimate Black Magic Rejuvenator

www.ebonite.com  

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Track Paragon Hybrid (WWRD 8/19/2022)

 

Track Paragon Hybrid

  The Track Paragon Hybrid complements the solid Paragon Solid perfectly. Track fans saw the I-Core 3.0 provide an earlier revving motion than the Paradox line. The QR-11 Hybrid coverstock will give a cleaner and stronger back end reaction that would be a transition ball when higher volumes change or a High Performance choice on medium volumes for most bowlers looking for a stronger ball for competition. The Grape/Amethyst/Sapphire colors will stand out on the ball return.

Recommended Cleaner: Brunswick Reaction Recharge

www.TrackBowling.com

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Brunswick Melee Jab Carbon (WWRD 08/19/2022)

 

 Brunswick Melee Jab Carbon 

The Melee core continues to be a staple for Brunswick in the Jab and Knock Out lines. The difference is the coverstock. Changing from the very clean cover of the Melee Jab Midnight Blue to the stronger A.X.H. Pearl (last found on the Zenith Pearl) you will still see a clean through the fronts but an earlier motion in the mid lane. The surface can be fine tuned to get the motion you need to score higher on medium volumes. This ball will be very good for many bowlers and won’t break the bank.

 Recommended Cleaner: Brunswick Reaction Recharge 

www.BrunswickBowling.com  

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Brunswick Quantum Evo Hybrid (WWRD 8/19/2022)

Brunswick Quantum EVO Hybrid

The Pro level of equipment is where the Quantums belong. With newer technology of core shapes, D.O.T. and DynamiCore2, medium to heavy volumes aren’t much trouble for the entire line. The new core numbers will create a targeted shape that fits perfectly with the Evolution Reactive Hybrid coverstock. At 500/2000 Siaair Micro pad, the surface can be easily tuned to fit your game and environments you bowl on. The colors are a beautiful combo of Lime/Sky/Silver. Check into this ball as a high performance choice for your arsenal.

 Recommended Cleaner: Brunswick Reaction Recharge

www.BrunswickBowling.com  

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

DV8 Hellcat (WWRD 8/19/2022)

 

DV8 Hellcat

Taking the Hell Raiser core to another level, the new DV8 HellCat cover (Havoc) is smoother in oil than the super strong Hell Raiser Blaze, but more than the “Skid/Flip” cover of the Hell Raiser Return. Built for use on medium to heavy conditions, the HellCat could be a good choice for speed dominant bowlers where pearls and some hybrids aren’t strong enough to read the back of the pattern. The HellCat colors are Purple/Red/Black and finished at 500/2000 Siaair Micro Pad. This surface prep gives a strong midlane and backend motion. The DV8 HellCat will be the strongest solid in the current line.

Recommended Cleaner: Ultimate Black Magic Rejuvenator

www.DV8Bowling.com

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California