Hammer Hazmat Solid Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Hazmat Solid. We continue to present more information to help you decide on better choices for equipment replacements or additions.

Hammer Hazmat Solid 2.479 .055 (4-3/4” x 30°) • Semtex Solid 500, 2000 Siaair
Comparison to the Hammer Dark Web, Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Solid, Hammer 3.0 Solid, Track Stealth and the Hammer Hazmat 

With a strong cover that was seen on the Hammer Black Widow Dark Legend Solid (8/9/2016) medium to heavy volume is where this one sits. If you are looking for a strong, smooth benchmark reaction the Hazmat Solid will be a great choice. Those looking for the Dark Web replacement will find that this one fits, although a bit stronger. It slots above the Scorpion Low Flare and almost even with the Black Widow 3.0, just with a more rounded shape. 

Hammer Dark Web 2.514 .048 (4” x 35°) • Aggression Solid 500, 1500 Siaair
The Hammer Dark Web (07/08/2022) was a favorable benchmark sym for tournament use. Some volume or surface change was needed due to having the same Aggression Solid cover as the Black Widow 2.0 Solid for lighter daily patterns. The shape is more even front to back and easy to read and make a ball change, if needed. The solid and denser cap is on the top of the core, where in the Hazmats it is on the bottom to help them maintain the higher differential.

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 2.500 .058 .016 (45° x 5” x 25°) • Aggression Solid 500, 1000, 2000 Siaair
This release was a return of a ball (11/19/2020) that was as close to the original as possible with today’s lane surfaces, conditioners and cleaners. It is still a popular choice in the Hammer line.

Hammer Black Widow 3.0 2.500 .058 .016 (55° x 5-1/2” x 35°) • HK22 – Aggression Solid 500, 1000, 2000 Siaair
If you read my comparison for the Black Widow 3.0, I stated that I needed more volume than I usually see for the 2.0 to work easily. What happened through a few games is that the cover did settle down (as most balls do) and I am able to use it on fresh but still in the volume longer on what I see daily. I see the 3.0 earlier than the 2.0. due to the HK22 base with the same Aggression Solid additive package.

Track Stealth 2.482 .056 (4-1/2” x 35°) • Aggression Solid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair
I am a big Track fan and I don’t drill as many as I’d like, but when the Stealth came out it was an easy purchase. It is a big sym that would need more volume and has a place in a tournament bag. The main reason I added it to this comparison is to see how close it is to the Hazmat Solid. The cover has been refreshed to box. The numbers are close, so let’s see.

Hammer Hazmat 2.479 .055 (4-3/4” x 30°) • HK22 Semtex Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500/Crown Factory Compound
In my comparison for the Hazmat, I like the ball but I don’t see enough oil for the engine it has. Honestly, it has gotten lost in my arsenal (due to not enough volume for this piece) and I brought it out for this comparison. With tournaments coming, it will have a spot in a 3 ball tote. Thinking back, it was one ball I think I could have used at Nationals for a time. I took the Effect for that spot and didn’t need to take it out of my bag for how I attacked the lanes.

Findings/Opinions
This comparison was on a fresh daily pattern. The shape has the heaviest concentration from 13-13 @ 12:1, then quick tapers from 12 to 8. 7 to 2 is the low, flat section to the channel. The volume is 25.4 and is stretched to 48’. This gives plenty of hold, but not enough out to play straighter angles with stronger balls.
Speed noted is down lane at the scanner. Results are a strike with the ball exiting the pin deck between the 16th and 21st boards. Exit angles will change due to when a ball rolls through the pins due to speed and motion changes when a ball encounters friction.

Hammer Black Widow 3.0 – Started with this and was good in the volume. Feet at 24, 13 at the arrows and a focal point of the 6 pin (9 board). Speed – 14.92
Hammer Black Widow 2.0 – The 2.0 was cleaner and a bit more than the 3.0 due to the cover and slight layout differences.  Feet at 25, 13 at the arrows and a focal point of the 6 pin (9 board). Speed – 15.01
Hammer Dark Web Solid – A refreshed surface had the Dark Web Solid picking up early, so moving into the volume and closing down the launch angle was the move. The volume also added more speed and an added rotation were needed to kick the corners. Asyms will have a “built in” later change of direction. Feet at 29, 17 at the arrows and a focal point of the between the 3 and 6 pin (12 board). Speed – 15.60
Track Stealth – Starting where the Dark Web was striking, the Stealth rolled earlier and was too forward. Moving deeper and again closing angles and adding more tilt got it to strike. Feet at 35, 20 at the arrows and a focal point was the 3 pin (14.5 board). Speed – 15.39
Hammer Hazmat – Clears the heads well and the alignment needed to be changed. Being closer to the friction, once the cover read friction the core took over and rolled forward. To lengthen the motion and add reaction, more rotation was needed to strike. Feet at 26, 14 at the arrows and a focal point was the 6 pin (9 board). Speed – 14.60
Hammer Hazmat Solid – The Hazmat Solid was in a similar striking position as the Stealth. Using the same release, the motion looked a touch longer than the Stealth as well. The Semtex cover versions took surface adjustments well. To the eye, it looks like the Hazmat cover absorbs oil quickly so cleaning and surface maintenance will be required to keep the performance. Feet at 34, 20 at the arrows and the focal point was right of the 3 pin (13 board). Speed – 15.34
For bowlers who prefer syms, this ball is one to consider. It is a more rounded motion throughout the motion than big asyms like the Extreme Envy and Black Widow 3.0. This is a top volume sym for tournaments. Lower rev/ higher speed (#4 or #5) bowlers may be able to use on a daily pattern that has more volume toward the channels. As always, you can fine tune the cover to a limit.

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We hope enjoyed this review and got some information to help you make the choice to add the Hammer Hazmat Solid to your arsenal. Feel free to contact FTF with your questions. Please be specific, that way I can get you the best possible answer for you. Our best advice is to get an honest feedback on your skill set. This will determine your choice in equipment which can benefit you on the lanes. Understanding what you bowl on for the majority of the time helps greatly, too.  You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a training or 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