Hammer Envy Tour Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Envy TourWe continue to present more information to help you make a better choice in equipment replacements or additions.

Hammer Envy Tour 2.469 .034 .013 (45*x4-1/2”x35*)
Envy Solid 500, 1000 Siaair
Comparison to Hammer Purple Solid Reactive, Hammer Obsession Tour

This Hammer release will be the big control ball for cliffed league and flatter tournament patterns where controlling the friction is needed but there is conditioner in the heads. I started by using what is currently my lane reading ball, the Hammer Purple Solid Reactive. The theme you’ll see through this report is control. But control for different conditioner ratios, but shapes that are similar. 

Hammer Purple Solid Reactive 2.586 .027 (5”x30*)
Reactive Solid 500, 1500 Siaair

When Hammer announced this release late last year, I was excited to roll it. As we learned about this “experiment”, I knew this would be a ball as an option to my current lane reader- Hammer Raw Solid. I still use the Raw on occasion, but the Purple Solid has less diff so I get a better read from front to back as it pushes further down the lane, too. Cores are one thing, but matching the cover to get a motion is how anyone can build a workable arsenal. The cover is very adjustable, if needed.

Hammer Obsession Tour 2.469 .034 .013 (45*x4-1/2””x35*)
TourV2 Solid 500, 1000 Siaair

One of my favorite balls is the Hammer Obsession Tour Pearl. The motion is what I liked due to the core dynamics and the coverstock worked well at the centers in my area. For more volume, the Obsession Tour is the next choice where more flaring balls where too much Ex: Black Widow 2.0, Hammer Obsession (retired) or Hammer Envy. Smooth ball motion and controllability is where the Obsession Tour shines. Hand release changes can change the length through the fronts but off the friction the directional change was still manageable. It continues to be a tournament favorite for many styles of bowlers.

Hammer Envy Tour 2.469 .034 .013 (45*x4-1/2”x35*)
Envy Solid 500, 1000 Siaair

The Hammer Envy Tour uses the same Obsession Tour core, but changes the cover to the Envy Solid found on the stronger Hammer Envy released on 9/23/2022. The Envy Tour is the same shape as the Obsession Tour just earlier and can handle more volumes. Both box finishes are the same, but it’s the formulation that makes the motion distance difference visible. Bowlers who need more traction due to higher speeds but like to play straighter up the lane will like this release. Tournament bowlers where the fresh is very cliffed will be able to smooth it out and still have great hitting power. Bowlers with slower ball speeds and bowl on lighter volume patterns should look toward other options. I’m sure the cover can be adjusted, but to add more surface would give you’re a stronger directional change, just earlier and smoothing it out will push the ball a bit further down the lane. Personally, I am not a fan of polish. Polishing certain balls takes them out of their intent and there are other equipment choices. I see this ball being making the trip to the Open Championships this year in Reno and other tournaments.

BrandBallFeetFocal PointSet DownArrows42'Exit BoardPAP
5-1/4" x 1/4"up
HammerPurple Solid Reactive246 pin1813920X5"30*X
HammerObsession Tour28Between 6/10221591845*5"25*X
HammerEnvy Tour30Between 6/10241992145*5"30*X
HammerEnvy Tour3310 pin272292145*5"30*X

The Hammer Envy Tour will be used a lot for tournament play. If you are not sure if it fits in your arsenal, ask your favorite shop or contact Fill The Frames Bowling Services.

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. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Services page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text messages to (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services