Hammer Effect Comparison

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

Hammer Effect 2.470 .050 .017 (40° x 5” x 50°) • HK22 – Cohesion Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
Comparison to the Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid, Hammer Envy Tour Pearl & Hammer Hazmat
There is a lot of new tech in the Hammer Effect. HK22 has been a hot topic since its introduction. The chemists have not been sitting on their laurels. They have created different versions of the HK22 base. Yes, they still create different reactions with additive packages, but this is new. If you have seen the HK22+ Solid balls, you would have a feeling that a new pearl was on the way. Here it is on the new Hammer Effect and its called HK22 Cohesion Pearl. What makes this pearl different is its properties to “stick to the lane” even in the conditioner. Hammer believes this is the strongest motion than previously seen from polished pearls. Of course, the cover can’t do it alone. The Effect has the new Huntsman core which takes attributes from 2 classic and dependable cores- the Vibe and Gas Mask. With these numbers and new cover, the ball motion is a strong change of direction when encountering friction even with the HK22 Cohesion cover treading better in the mid lane. The layout on this one is different for me. Not quite pin down, but a slightly less drilling angle and a larger VAL angle than I am used to due to may higher track. It pins the DOT in my ring finger and if I went a little longer the DOT could split my bridge and be OK. I can do this with the benefit of the Effect having D.O.T which opens up the drilling options while keeping the warranty valid. Please note that all are box finish and they are identical. This comparison was done after a morning Trio league and there was almost untouched conditioner from 12 board in.

We invite you to visit the Bowling Buckosh page at Bowling Buckosh Hammer Effect where you can get the entire tech on new cores and covers as they are released. For ball reaction and comparison videos, please visit the BrunsNick page at Hammer Effect- BrunsNick and for those who use the lighter weights, look for the Effect 15lb vs. 13lb video.

Findings/Opinions

Hammer Envy Tour Pearl 2.469 .034 .013 (45° x 4-1/2” x 35°) • HK22 Envy Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
This is one of my favorite balls due to the Obsession Tour Core. Stronger than a sym in the right place on the lane. With there still being head oil and the track area broken down a bit, the angles were good a little closed with the feet at 23, 12 at the arrows and a focal point of the 6 pin.

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid 2.500 .058 .016 (45° x 5” x 25°) • HK22 – Aggression Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
A comparison has to be the Black widow 2.0 Hybrid with the fabled Gas Mask Core. This Black Widow was one of the most useful for me in the friction of the local centers. This ball was a little earlier in the mid lane than the Envy Tour Pearl. The strike alignment was 2/2 left at 25/14 and the focal point stayed the same at the 6 pin. If I got a little fast, there would be some wiggle. More friction or transition is needed.

Hammer Hazmat 2.479 .055 (4-3/4” x 30°) • HK22 – Semtex Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500/Crown Factory Compound
The Hazmat is the strongest sym in the current Hammer line. Clean in the conditioner and a quick, but rounded response off the end of the pattern. It does face up if the friction is hit to the outside too close to me. This core is big and I had to move left to 27/14 and the focal point open up a bit to in between the 6/10. This ball wanted to pick up earlier just as I described in its comparison report. Using a faster hand motion I could get it to strike, but keeping it in the oil and going to a more rolly release provided a better reaction. I think hitting the surface slightly will blend it out for daily patterns or I’ll leave it and use it for tournaments with flatter ratios.

Hammer Effect 2.470 .050 .017 (40° x 5” x 50°) • HK22 – Cohesion Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
Where the Hazmat struggled and using the same alignment, the Effect was great. Clean with a strong recovery without being too angular. As I moved in (29/19/ Focal at the 10 pin) and slowed the speed down, I added more axis rotation and the motion was still clean and a little more angular. I went right to see it I could roll up the back and while it did look possible, the track area was worn down from the league. I hesitate to say I could use the Effect on fresh as I see it as a transition piece. Seeing how the shape changed, I believe heavy handed bowlers can use it but use a softer hand and get the motion they like to see. You can really see the Effect go through its ball procession and make that easier to read and adjust. When this ball matches up, it is a monster. I think patience and knowing where it fits in one’s arsenal will make if a great addition for many bowlers. Going back to the layout, it is new for me and the flare rings were on the big side of separation. Looks like I will be adding a second Effect with a layout close to my normal or asyms or maybe a little different. Personally, I may touch the surface and remove the compound to blend it out a little more. Never be hesitant to play with your surfaces, you could find something very different and useable. If you don’t like it, you can also adjust it back.

You can find more technical information here – Hyperkinetic22 and DOT. 

Ask your favorite retailer what could work in your benefit. If you are an FTF client and I have done an Arsenal Evaluation for you, you can contact us and we can see if any ball can fit in your ball selections.

We hope enjoyed this review and got some information to help you make the choice to add the Hammer Effect 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 consultation session on your personal release specs or current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Consulting page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text me at (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Black Widow 3.0 Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Black Widow 3.0. We continue to present more information to help you make a better choice in equipment replacements or additions.

Hammer Black Widow 3.0 2.500 .058 .016 (55° x 5-1/2” x 35°) • HK22 – Aggression Solid 500, 1000, 2000 Siaair
Comparison to Hammer Black Widow 2.0, Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid & Hammer Envy Tour
Using the same additive package as the 2.0 Solid, Hammer adds the newest base formulation (HK22) to the Black Widow line. Keep in mind, the 3.0 is not a replacement for the 2.0. It’s is another option that gives more and earlier traction that narrows the gap between the Widows and the big Asym Extreme Envy. We added the Envy Tour to this comparison to show the difference in the cores while having similar (but not exact) covers strengths. As with most Asyms, the 12 (RG 2.612) and 13 (RG 2.589) pound balls will have an alternate core (Diff of .043 and Asym of .011). This allows the performance to match the ball weight.

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 2.500 .058 .016 (45° x 5” x 25°) • Aggression Solid 500, 1000, 2000 Siaair
The original Black Widow changed the game for thousands of bowlers. The 2.0 was introduced on 11/19/2020. This ball was designed to get as close to the original motion on today’s lane conditioners. The release was and continues to be a success. The cover is easily adjustable to help a bowler fine tune the ball motion. The Aggression cover will combat the Medium to Heavy volumes.

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid 2.500 .058 .016 (45° x 5” x 25°) • HK22 – Aggression Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
The HK22 base has opened up a world to all ready great ball motions and using it as a base for the Gas Mask core has produced what many are calling the Ball of the Year for 2023. It is cleaner and more angular than the Black Widow Ghost with better traction in oil. Surface changes are taken very well to match a bowlers release specs. Currently a go to ball for transition and friction away from the pocket.

Hammer Envy Tour 2.469 .034 .013 (45° x 4-1/2” x 35°) • Envy Solid 500, 1000 Siaair
On our Comparison Report for the Hammer Envy Tour (9/21/2023), we stated that this ball could be in many bowlers’ tournament bag as well as being a league choice. This is exactly what happened. The controlled power of the combination of the Envy Solid coverstock and the Obsession Tour core allows bowlers the best option for smoother ball reaction front to back and have a nice motion off the pattern. While blending out high ratio daily patterns the Envy Tour also manages flatter ratios as well, if not better.

The layout is slightly different and this is due to the D.O.T. and the ability to fine tune layouts even further.

Bonus Comparison – Hammer Scorpion Low Flare 2.474 .031 (4-1/4” x 30°) • Semtex Hybrid 500, 1000, 2000 Siaair
Since the 3.0 and Scorpion Low Flare were released together. FTF wanted to show a comparison between the two. You can find our Hammer Scorpion Low Flare Comparison Report on the FTF website.

Comparisons
Bowling on a fresh pattern for this center where the numbers are 12:1, under 24mls, bulk at 27’ and buffed to 48’ this provides a good taper both front to back and the side to side is tapered, also. 

Starting out with the Hammer Envy Tour with a refreshed to box surface, I had to start a bit more left than I would using my usual benchmark, the Hammer Purple Solid Reactive. The starting angles were pretty shallow; starting on 23, targeting 13 at the arrows, with a focal point to the center of the 6 pin (9 board) between 42’-44’. With a rolling controlled release, lining up was fast and carry didn’t take long. The flare was about 4-1/2” and the motion was smooth and continuous off the pattern.

Switching to the Black Widow 2.0 also with a refreshed box surface, it and the bigger core took over. To get to the pocket consistently, moving in was needed and striking was found with the feet at 34, targeting at 18 at the arrows and a more open focal point to the right side of the 6 pin. This was an 11/5 move that created steeper angles from the Envy Tour. Using the same release as the Envy Tour, I just kept moving. Moving more left to 36 (the highest bulk of conditioner), flat 10s showed up. I could adjust the release for more axis rotation and the 10s were kicked out. The total flare was 6”.

Changing to the shinier Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid, the angles were closed almost back to where I started with the Envy Tour, but the ball reaction was different as the Envy Tour is a slower responding cover to friction and the 2.0 Hybrid is much quicker and sharper when it sees friction. This is what some call a skid/flip reaction. FTF describes this as clean through the front and a quick/sharp reaction off the pattern and the flare measured again at 6”.

The Hammer Black Widow 3.0 had more flare (7-1/2”) as it kept hooking. This is what we believe is too much flare for what we were bowling on. The motion was a touch cleaner than the 2.0 Solid but when it saw friction, hook started and did start to roll forward when the ball got too far away from the pocket down lane. The alignment to strike was where the 2.0 started leaving flat 10s. Staying there and closing down the launch angle so the 3.0 is in the conditioner longer, the reaction was better and the pin carry increased. Simply put, for my matched speed I need more volume to use the 3.0 or keep it in the bulk more. A surface change is possible, but that’s every bowler’s choice to fine tune the reaction. Bowlers that are speed dominant on medium to lighter volumes and ones who bowl on volume that need a ball to help cut through the conditioner will be happy with the 3.0.  

Just to test from where I was with the 3.0 to where I could strike with the Hammer Scorpion Low Flare had me curious. The motion looked the same as the Low Flare report; however when it hit the pins is was almost an 8-10. This showed the core is trying but the cover needs some friction to change direction. Moving right to 26, targeting 15 and the focal was between the 6/10, the smooth motion front to back and a little pop from the Semtex Hybrid cover, gave a great reaction and excellent pin carry.  The flare was larger (4”) than previous low flare or tournament differential cored balls, but is less than the Upper-Mid and High Performance balls. It’s all a ration and relative to each other. 

Findings/Opinion
The Hammer Black Widow 3.0 is a continuation of the line and brings the evolution of HK22 to work with the Gas Mask core. There have been many Black Widows and the 3.0 will be a favorite among Hammer fans. It receives surface changes well. While FTF isn’t the biggest fan of polish and balls that are designed to cut through the conditioner, maybe a smoother grit or a touch of compound will fine tune the reactions if more volume is scarce in your area. This could be a tournament ball for those who have not had success with the biggest core numbers and cover combinations. The question from most- Is there enough difference between the 3.0 and the 2.0 Solid? I believe so. While I do have a slight difference in drilling numbers, a bigger change and possible surface adjustments would open the ball motion difference. Having a 3.0 and the Scorpion Low Flare is an interesting 2 ball combo for some bowlers. Ask your favorite retailer what could work in your benefit. If you are an FTF client and I have done an Arsenal Evaluation for you, you can contact us and we can see if any ball can fit in your ball selections.

You can find more information about HK22 https://brunswickbowling.com/products/hyperkinetic22

We hope enjoyed this review and got some information to help you make the choice to add the Hammer Black Widow 3.0 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 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!

As always, what you bowl on and more importantly your release numbers and skill set will determine your choice in equipment. You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your personal release specs or current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Consulting page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text me at (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Scorpion Low Flare Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Scorpion Low Flare. It’s been awhile since Hammer has had a Low Flare option. FTF sees this as a ball that will get little notice at first and then when more hit the lanes, they will be seen in a lot of leagues and tournaments. Dual releases sometimes cause balls to be overlooked, at first.

Hammer Scorpion Low Flare 2.474 .031 (4-1/4” x 30°) • Semtex Hybrid 500, 1000, 2000 Siaair
Comparison to Hammer Scorpion Sting and Hammer Arson Low Flare Pearl 
With the introduction of the Hammer Scorpion Low Flare, we see the return of a ball that can battle cliffed daily patterns, transitioned or tougher situations where control is needed. I understand most bowlers would migrate toward urethane balls. As we know, not everyone can use or like to roll urethanes. Looking for a smooth arc and some pop down lane, the Scorpion Low Flare would be a great option. High rev players that need control can easily find a place in their bag for this release. Tech wise, taking the flip block off reduced the diff by almost a third from the Scorpion Sting, while barely changing the RG. The Semtex Hybrid is the same cover that’s was on the first Hammer Scorpion. While the 12 and 13lb balls have the same cover and alternate core, we do see it as an exact ball as the Scorpion in the same weight. If you enjoyed your Scorpion at these weights and you have quite a few games on it, the Scorpion Low Flare would make an excellent replacement. 

Hammer Scorpion Sting 2.485 .045 (4-1/2” x 35°) • Semtex Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair, Crown Factory Compound
While I personally like the motion of the first Hammer Scorpion, I never used it as much as I would have liked. The Scorpion Sting with a lower RG and higher diff seemed better on the conditioner to friction ratio on medium volumes. A clean motion with a continuous change of direction off the end of the pattern was its strong point. 

Hammer Arson Low Flare Pearl 2.480 .020 (5-1/4” x 30°) • Semtex Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair, Crown Factory Compound
The Arson LF was released in February of 2013, so you can see why I stated that it’s been awhile since we’ve seen a medium strong cover on a lower differential core. Similar to the change in the core, Hammer under the EBI umbrella took the flip block off the first Arson core. This changed the numbers from Arson- 2.50 .045 to Arson Low Flare 2.48 .020. A more controlled Hybrid cover blended out the cliffs at the time and higher rev players again used this ball for control and tougher patterns in some tournaments.

Comparisons
This comparison was done after a morning trio league (3 games) with bowlers of averages from 120 to over 200 and bowled on one lane. Daily pattern is 12:1 with good taper side to side and to 48’.

Starting with the Scorpion Sting to get a base read, I didn’t see very much transition from the fresh morning pattern in this center. Angles were shallow, sliding 21 targeting 11 at the arrows with a target down lane of 7 to 9. Rolling the ball without much axis rotation, getting to the pocket and striking was not difficult, although the Scorpion Sting is a bigger ball than I would use on the fresh here. Low diffs (.030-.040) favor me to start here, but the Hammer Envy Tour (smoothed) can work, too.

Switching to the Arson Low Flare the ball was straighter throughout the shot. Having a longer Pin to PAP, a pearl version of the Semtex and compound added, this wasn’t a surprise. Moving right into the friction the motion was smooth with a rounded arc down lane. However, misses to the right did not recover consistently. Slicker oils of today make this ball sensitive and probably a defined high friction choice.

Changing to the Scorpion Low Flare and lining up the same as the Scorpion Sting, the pocket was still obtainable and carry was very good. I attribute this to what daily pattern builds can do to assist bowlers. Moving left into more volume, the Scorpion Low Flare continued to have a smooth shape throughout the lane and the carry was great. After striking more, I kept moving. Now into the pretty fresh 12:1 part of the lane and getting it to the friction down lane, I reduced my speed a touch to see what would happen. Same motion, same power through the pins, same pin carry and strikes (with a couple of 10s). Adding axis rotation and opening the launch angle to the friction 6-10 at about 43’, the Low Flare stayed on line easily and more pop was seen due to the delay in the cover reading the friction. Where the all started to not get back was deeper in the volume and steeper angles, but I did get 6/5 left before that happened. One shot with the Scorpion Sting there and it cleared well and was a later and sharper reaction down lane. This showed the more smoother ball motion of the Scorpion Low Flare.

A few days later, we put down the 2022 USBC Championships Team pattern down to test for some upcoming training sessions we have coming up. After using a few balls (Hammer Extreme Envy, Hammer Envy Tour, Radical The Hitter and Hammer Hazmat for a total of 3 games), the Scorpion Low Flare came into play. As you may know, USBC Open Championship patterns are playable and sometimes need to be shaped to hopefully maximize scoring. With the bit of friction I created outside down lane, the Low Flare rolled well and I didn’t see a skip or skid while there. Slowly moving in, I could get to the “track” area (9-11) at the arrows and keeping the projection straighter but slight left to right to 7-10 at 42’, the Low Flare read well and I had some miss room to hit the pocket and strike. This reduced the sometimes over/under reactions we see at the tournament due to their oiling and cleaning procedures. Of course, this will not duplicate what was or what we might see this year but as a comparison, the Hammer Scorpion Low Flare will be making the trip to Las Vegas this year.   

Findings/Opinion
Although it is said (way too often with new equipment), this ball could find a spot in every league bowler’s bag. It definitely would be in a tournament arsenal. High rev players sometimes have trouble with big cores. The Scorpion Low Flare gives a proven cover on a more controllable core. Years ago, the term low flare was seen as “less hook”. With the advancement in cover/core tech and the aging of the lane panels, control is needed. Again in the past, low flare measured 1” to 3”.  This version is about 3” to 4” which is a lower option than today’s high performance balls touting 7”+ of flare (hooking potential). FTF always suggests getting your Release Specs and see if any ball could help you with how and where you bowl. While this ball has been released along with the very popular Hammer Black Widow 3.0, it stands alone and deserves a strong look for its unique build and motion.

Thank you for taking time to read our comparisons and we invite you to check our website for other comparison reports. Just put the ball name in the search and see it if is there. FTF currently only does comparisons on the Hammer releases, although we do give quick reviews on all the Brunswick brands.

As always, what you bowl on and more importantly your release numbers and skill set will determine your choice in equipment. You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your personal release specs or current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Consulting page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text me at (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Hazmat Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Hazmat (WWRD 11/16/2023). We continue to present more information to help you make better choices when purchasing equipment replacements or additions. All numbers are for 15lb equipment.

Hammer Hazmat 2.479 .055 (4-3/4”x30°) • HK22 Semtex Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair Factory Compound
Comparison to Hammer Envy Tour Pearl (9/21/2023), Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid (2/23/2023) Hammer Bowling has added a big cored, shiny symmetrical to its line. Using the Semtex Hybrid additive package (Black Widow Dark Legend, Fierce Phobia, and Scorpion) with the hottest base product in the industry-HK22, bowlers will be getting a ball that picks up in the mid-lane and a continuous motion off the back of the pattern. The paperwork says the intent is for medium volumes, as always drilling options and surface changes may be needed to dial the reaction each bowler is looking to achieve. 

Hammer Envy Tour Pearl 2.469 .034 .013  (45°x4-1/2”x35°) • HK22 Envy Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair Factory Compound
If you haven’t seen the Hammer Envy Tour Pearl go down the lane, you are missing a lot. The cleaner version of the Hammer Envy Tour gives almost the same motion as its solid counterpart, but for less volume or higher friction lanes. It’s not too strong for most daily patterns, yet gives a smooth motion and some area down lane. Plus there is a great promotion with this ball and the Hammer Extreme Envy that gets you a Hammer hoodie or pullover FREE! This offer ends 12/31/2023, so act fast!

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid 2.500 .058 .016 (45°x5”x25°) • HK22 Aggression Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair Factory Compound
The Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid is still one of the best selling balls currently available. Nothing can be added to improve upon the motion of the famous Gas Mask core…oh wait….the HK22 base formulation does. This cleaner and quicker response to friction is keeping Hammer fans very happy and scores keep coming.

FINDINGS
Knowing that the core numbers are higher than previous syms like the Scorpion (.043), Dark Web Hybrid (.048) and still a personal favorite the Web Pearl ’21 (.048), I knew I would need more volume in a flatter configuration based on my release specs. For me, if there is a starting cliff the Hazmat would read the friction as soon as it saw it. In the fresh volume, the ball seems to travel too far and the window down lane was smaller than I’d like. Straighter angles in the conditioner and speed control allowed me a better reaction, but I didn’t have the built in room that other choices would give me on a fresh pattern for this center. When I repeated shots, the Hazmat looked great and hit amazingly. Other than having more volume and flatter, I think removing the compound and having a smooth finish (2-4K) would give me better traction in the oil, a longer roll transition overall and more room for error off the hand. I can see using this on medium, flatter patterns in where I need a ball to get through heads with some friction built in. Higher speed players will like this ball banking the friction down lane. Slower speed bowlers can use this in the volume and get great results if they can’t use the bigger solid choices with asym cores. Changing your rotation and tilt will give you more ways to attack the lanes. All in all, I like this release. I just need to dial the surface in as every bowler should do with every ball they have. I’m not trying to turn this ball into something I have, just tweak it enough to be more effective for what I see. 

Hammer Envy Tour Pearl – This ball continues to be in my main arsenal. Clean, but not skippy in oil. Smooth, very readable and responds well to release changes. I can use this on the fresh where I do the comparisons. Starting close to the friction (never in it) about 11 at the arrows to 8-9 at 45’ and with slight launch angle with the feet at 22, not a problem striking from this starting point. Moving in quickly to see what was there, the Envy Tour Pearl wanted to go a bit too long this early. Moving back and switching to the Hazmat, it read earlier and kept going. Moving 2-2 left and adding a bit more rotation, I was able to strike. Visually I could see where I could keep moving as the ball was cutting through the pins. While continuing moving in and got the feet at 30 and 19 at the arrows (that’s 8/8!) and adding a little more tilt the Hazmat was striking. I actually had to add more rotation and tilt once my feet got past 25. What was happening is the ball got to the end of the pattern started to roll forward (for me) due to the clean back ends and my slower speed. Adding rotation and tilt created more continuation through the pins. This goes back to my earlier statements about a slight surface change to play more in the volume and elongate the reaction window. Please note that this comparison was after a morning trio league and not many bowlers move left of 13 at the arrows.

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid – This ball comes into play after some games have been thrown and the friction starts to open up down lane. It is my “skid/snap” reaction on the higher end. It has been said that the Hazmat is close to the reaction as the BW 2.0 Hybrid, just a smoother off the pattern. At box finish, I see the BW 2.0 Hybrid longer and sharper. This comparison was on fresh and both balls would not be my choice until the lanes blended out and developed friction further down the lane. The Hazmat could be used just right of the beginning setup point to the Envy Tour Pearl. Starting with the feet at 24, 14 at the arrows with a focal point at the center of the 6 pin (9 board) striking was there but again seemed like I could get more room down lane with a surface adjustment. Possibly a stronger pin to PAP distance due to how the Hazmat clears the fronts in oil would work, as well.  I keep my layouts close to each other so get a better idea of what each ball does and how I would adjust them later. Once I got to 25/15/9 the BW 2.0 Hybrid left a 2-4-5. The Hazmat continued and struck. Moving 2/2 more the Hazmat went longer and again went a touch forward with my starting hand position. Adding more rotation, it was back to striking.

These are my observations on how I compared the balls on a 12:1 42’ daily pattern with added buff to 48’. Your results may vary depending on your release specs, skill set & lane environments. Ball choices, surfaces and layouts should be considered before making a purchase to get the benefits of every bowling ball.

As always, what you bowl on and more importantly your release numbers and skill set will determine your choice in equipment. You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your personal release specs or current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Consulting page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text me at (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Envy Tour Pearl Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Envy Tour Pearl (WWRD 9/21/2023). We continue to present more information to help you make better choices when purchasing equipment replacements or additions. All numbers are for 15lb equipment

Hammer Envy Tour Pearl 2.469 .034 .013 (45°x4-1/2”x35°) • HK22 Envy Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Factory Compound

Comparison to Hammer Envy Tour (2/23/2023), Hammer Obsession Tour Pearl (9/24/2021)
The Obsession Tour core is just flat out good. Bumping up the new Envy Pearl’s cover with the hottest cover base in the industry-HK22, I see a winner for many styles of bowlers. Early word is that this may be one of the best league condition balls ever. Time will tell. The Chrome color will stand out going down the lane or just sitting on the ball return. If you bowl on higher volumes, you can pair this with the Hammer Extreme Envy or your favorite heavy to Medium/Heavy conditioner ball choice. As the oil gets removed and a predictable ball motion is needed, switching to the Hammer Envy Tour Pearl makes sense.

Hammer Envy Tour 2.469 .034 .013 (45°x4-1/2”x35°) • Envy Solid 500, 1000 Siaair
I previously compared this ball before its release date, my observations still stand and the report can be found on the FTF website under the Comparison Reports tab. The Hammer Envy Tour should be in every serious competitor’s bag. It’s just a great motion that is versatile across many patterns and volumes. If you like keeping your angles more in front of you, you can. If you want to get around it a little more to get a later yet still have a smooth reaction, you can do that too. Both the Envy Tour Solid and Envy Tour Pearl are drilled the same and can be a great compliment to each other or a better choice for bowler’s with less speed and matched or are slightly rev dominant. Higher rev and speed bowlers have also said they like the control the Hammer Envy Tour gives them. See? Versatile! 

Hammer Obsession Tour Pearl 2.469 .034 .013 (55°x4-1/2”x35°) • TourV2 Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Factory Compound
What can I say? I love this ball, but it is no longer in production. The controllable core shape and numbers just matches up well to me and many other styles of bowlers. The comparison should be interesting as the core and finish is the same for the new Hammer Envy Tour Pearl. The Envy formulation seemed a little stronger than the TourV2 formula. The drilling angle is slightly different but wouldn’t be visible to the eye as transition happens very quickly in my area. The HK22 base will tell the story.

FINDINGS
Hammer Envy Tour- With early morning fresh, I could use the Envy Tour due to the smooth motion the cover and core combo provides when the ball hits friction. Dry is not a choice for this cover. The ball has some lane shine and I touched up the cover by hand for this comparison. Getting one shot with my angles slightly open (Sliding 21, targeting 10 and focal point the 10 pin) the Envy Solid had a good read from oil to friction. Carry was good, but knowing how fast this center transitions fast outside of 10, I moved in a bit. Sliding 22 (instep) targeting at the arrows was 13 and the focal point was the 6 pin. Striking from here was easier and there were little signs of over/under again due to the Envy Sold cover.

Hammer Obsession Tour Pearl- This was a more friendly choice moving closer to the friction, but still had to stay inside of 10 at the arrows. Of course, it’s a few feet longer than the Envy Tour, but the shape is still there. A better choice for medium patterns with some hold to the left and friction to the right. This ball always came with me went I went into competition. Should have grabbed a couple when they were retired. One of the things that happened with the Obsession Tour Pearl is when lanes crashed, this ball still wanted to pick up a bit too early. Added axis rotation helped, but only for so long. If there was more volume in, the Obsession Tour could still be used. It just didn’t have a super quick response to friction with the lower diff core. When it read, it read smoothly.

Hammer Envy Tour Pearl- Good things come to those who wait. Since I didn’t grab more Obsession Tour Pearls, Hammer made the choice easier. “Let’s make a great ball even better”. Adding the base HK22 formulation has created what will replace the Obsession Tour Pearl and let me use it longer. The ball is clean through the conditioner and the ball roll through the lane is very readable. Its fantastic core, stabilizes and creates a motion that is pleasant to many bowlers’ eyes. I truly believe we will be seeing many of these on the racks for competition. I tried 3 different hand positions from approximately the same setup while changing my launch angles and focal points. All three struck with ease. This shows a great versatility and no need for “trick layouts”. Put in your favorite layout and go to town. Up the back of the ball I could get the ball to 12 @ 40’ and out to 5 at 40’ with much more axis rotation and tilt. With my most used release, the ball was at 9 @ 40’. Again, all struck…hard. Keep in mind the ball did go further down the lane than 40’ with different releases, I just used that distance as a common location target. The response is quicker and can be used longer if needing to move in and create more shape with a release adjustment. The Envy Tour Pearl might not be the first ball out on heavier volumes, but I can see it used a lot after some traffic has gone down the lanes. If you bowl on higher friction lanes or less volumes, this will be a great match up!

BONUS! FREE SWAG!!!
With the purchase of either the Hammer Extreme Envy or the Hammer Envy Tour Pearl (see related Comparison Report), you can receive a free Hammer Hoodie or Pullover (A $70 value!). Check the Hammer website for more info! Be sure to follow the directions to get your SWAG!

These are my observations on how I compared the balls on a 12:1 42’ daily pattern with added buff to 48’. Your results may vary depending on your release specs, skill set & lane environments. Ball choices, surfaces and layouts should be considered before making a purchase to get the benefits of every bowling ball. 

As always, what you bowl on and more importantly your release numbers and skill set will determine your choice in equipment. You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your personal release specs or current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Consulting page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text me at (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Extreme Envy Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Extreme Envy (WWRD 9/21/2023). We continue to present more information to help you make better choices when purchasing equipment replacements or additions. All numbers are for 15lb equipment

Hammer Extreme Envy 2.479 .054 .022 (90°x2”x30°) • Envy CFI Solid 500, 2000 Siaair

Comparison to Hammer Envy (9/23/2022), Hammer The Sauce (6/18/2019)
One of the concerns of bigger core, aggressive coverstock bowling balls is that they “burn up”. I will attribute this to older lane surfaces and bowlers using balls that “over power” the amount and type of lane conditioner that they are bowling on daily. Taking a step forward, Hammer has slightly changed the Launcher core found in the Hammer Envy. This is called the Launcher LRG core. By lowering the RG & Diff (2.505/.055 to 2.479/.054) and adjusting the Asym Diff from .021 to .022, then using the same Envy Solid formulation but adding CFI in the coverstock allows the ball to match up better to cut through medium-heavy volumes and add more motion off the pattern. Carbon Fiber Infused (CFI) is an additive to the cover to gain traction. Hammer also uses CFI in most of its equipment’s inner core to add durability and hitting power. Bowlers that are speed dominant will like it when other balls go too far down the lane.

Hammer Envy 2.505 .055 .021  (45°x4-1/2”x45°) • Envy Solid 500, 1500 Siaair
Personally, I don’t use the Higher Performance balls often due to the combination of my specs and the age of the lane surfaces and conditioner volume. I can use them during some tournaments and higher volume sport patterns, though. When the Envy came out, I drilled it to replace older balls in that performance level. I saw a higher RG and hoped it would give me more continuation off the pattern and through the pins. It did but that didn’t last long for daily use as the lanes transitioned quickly. However, I could use it more often during higher volume and longer pattern tournaments. So it continues to be in my tournament set up. Surface adjustments can be made, but keep them rational. There might be better choices than highly polishing a ball designed for traction. Talk to your favorite shop tech to help you make a better choice.

Hammer The Sauce 2.470 .049 (85°x2-1/2”x45°) • Aggression Solid CFI 500, 2000 
The Sauce was an early release that used CFI on the coverstock and was later used on a bigger Asym. Being in bowling for over 45 years, I have played a little will layouts and surfaces. What I did in 2019 with The Sauce is short pin a strong ball. I’ve had done it in the past with a mid range Asym (2.50/.46 Diff/.011 Asym Diff) in 2015, but I decided I needed something stronger. As with Syms, the drilling angle (first number) doesn’t matter, but I use the angle number on most layouts. This is measured from a straight line 6-3/4” from the pin through the CG (if correct but always balance out the ball, just in case). With any Syms, the technical Mass Bias will be in or near the thumbhole as it will be the biggest void in the ball. No thumbers can use the angle for reference. I chose this layout to take advantage of the cover on shorter patterns with volume up front. My angles will be more closed and I can use it to control the back end friction. Sound familiar? Urethane-type motion, but with a stronger move later that may also open up the backend.

FINDINGS-
While having a short pin layout isn’t a true test to compare the Hammer Extreme Envy to the Hammer Envy, I wanted to see the difference if any, in the response to friction with the CFI addition. Bowling on the fresh (see below) there is enough built in hold and blended friction, so there’s no need to “carve out a shot”. High Performance balls don’t usually do well for me at this center unless there’s more volume. So I moved into the volume to use it as best as possible, keeping my angles a little straighter.

Hammer Envy- Early on I knew I would be getting out of this ball fairly soon; too strong for this volume. Sliding 23 (instep), with a laydown at 17 and targeting 13 at the arrows with a focal point between the 6/10. The Envy would be at 9 board at 40’ and although striking, the exit point would be at 14 off the deck. The ball stands up and rolls forward very quickly here (but better than earlier HP releases) and carry might become an issue quickly. More axis rotation helped, but there were better choices to use at the time.

Hammer The Sauce- With a short 2-1/2” Pin to PAP, the motion was very clean and when it touched the lighter volume down lane, the roll was very strong and hit very well. The launch angles were a touch more closed; sliding 24, target 14 at the arrows and focal point the left side of the 6 pin. The Sauce revved up quickly and was manageable. I moved a bit left to see if it would get back (4/3 and opened the focal point to the 6 pin) and it made it back and still hit well to carry. This is a benefit of short pin layouts. When you can use them, they are very versatile. They may have limitations, but is just another option to scoring.

Hammer Extreme Envy- Right away, I can see the cover is cleaner than the Hammer Envy. Again while drilled with a 2” Pin to PAP, the Extreme Envy was longer than The Sauce and had more pop off the friction, but still was controllable. Drilling the same as the Hammer Envy will give a more distinct motion off the friction compared to other balls in this performance level. If you are looking for that ball for medium-heavy volumes and get some later motion, the Hammer Extreme Envy will fill that spot in your bag. Lighter weights have an alternate core, but the numbers are still strong in the 12-13lbers. 

Here is a comparison of flare separation between the two. Comparing the Hammer Extreme Envy to another short pin layout with a similar surface was as close as I was going to get without a time machine or finding a Sauce in someone’s secret stash.

BONUS! FREE SWAG!!!
With the purchase of either the Hammer Extreme Envy or the Hammer Envy Tour Pearl (see related Comparison Report), you can receive a free Hammer Hoodie or Pullover (A $70 value!). Check the Hammer website for more info! Be sure to follow the directions to get your SWAG!

These are my observations on how I compared the balls on a 12:1 42’ daily pattern with added buff to 48’. Your results may vary depending on your release specs, skill set & lane environments. Ball choices, surfaces and layouts should be considered before making a purchase to get the benefits of every bowling ball. 

As always, what you bowl on and more importantly your release numbers and skill set will determine your choice in equipment. You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your personal release specs or current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Consulting page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text me at (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Dark Web Hybrid Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Dark Web HybridWe continue to present more information to help you make a better choice in equipment replacements or additions. Tester Specs: PAP 5-1/4”x1/4”^ – Tilt 6* – Rev/Speed Range Matched – Ball 15lbs

The Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Solid and Hammer Dark Web complimented each other very well on medium to heavy volumes. With the release of the Hammer Dark Web Hybrid (07/13/2023), the same core is built using D.O.T. (Durability Optimization Technology). This allows more drilling versatility, keeps the warranty valid and produces a predictable shape. The difference here is the coverstock. Using the same cover as the Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid, the shape is again smoother from front to back but with the HK22 base and the flip block, the motion down lane is more pronounced than the original Dark Web.

 

Hammer Dark WebModified Spheroid D.O.T.- 2.514 .048 (4”x35*) • Aggression Solid 500, 1500 Siaair
When the Hammer Dark Web was released (07/08/2022), my views were that this ball is a good choice as a shape difference than the Black Widow 2.0 Solid (11/19/2020). Both had the same cover formulation and the Dark Web has a slightly more textured finish. The Dark Web would have a smooth motion front to back with a roundish shape off the back of the pattern compared to the Gas Mask core. Medium to heavy volumes is the best environments for most bowlers at the box finish. Speed Dominant bowlers can use if closer to the friction in the front part of the lane. Slower speed bowlers may have had to smooth, compound or polish the Dark Web as it was too strong for where they bowled daily. During the comparison, the differences are the more textured surface and the Aggression solid cover. The Dark Web Solid started its roll earlier and had a smoother yet stronger motion off the pattern than most solid syms due to the flip block on the core. The Dark Web Hybrid added more entry angle changes with different hand positions. Using a more rolling release, the cover still pushed a bit further down lane. With a release that creates more skid and angle change (more axis rotation and tilt), the Hybrid had much more continuation through the pins. Using the same release, the Solid didn’t have as much angle due to the box surface. The versatility points goes to the Hammer Dark Web Hybrid.  

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid – Gas Mask- 2.469 .034 .013 (45*x5”x25*) • Aggression Hybrid HK22/500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
The Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid is currently my cleaner more angular ball when I need to open my angles. Going to something earlier but still Asymmetrical would be the Hammer 3D Offset Attack or the Brunswick Defender Hybrid. The common theme here is the HyperKintic22 (HK22) base formulation. Using the Hammer Dark Web Hybrid on a fresh pattern with more volume in the center of the lane, the strong core wanted to rev up, but the compound finish was a bit too under/over until the lane blended out. Getting to the pocket was fairly easy, but the miss area was smaller than with the Dark Web Hybrid. The Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid for me would be a better choice to open up angles as the heads began to go away. One thing about the 2.0 Hybrid, if I used a more rotation/tilt release the ball was very clean and very angular down lane. This made it a bit too sharp. Using a more rolling release, the 2.0 Hybrid cleared and gave me a more manageable reaction. This was a surprise to me when I tried it. It’s pretty much the reason it’s in my bag.

Hammer Dark Web Hybrid – Modified Spheroid D.O.T.- 2.514 .048 (5”x35*) • Aggression Hybrid HK22/500, 1000, 2000 Siaair
Comparison to Hammer Dark Web, Hammer Black Widow Hybrid 2.0
For this comparison, I drilled the Dark Web Hybrid slightly different than the original. The only change was an additional 1” longer Pin to PAP. For a symmetrical ball, a 4”-5” Pin to PAP is used for later reactions. Drilled in 2 of the same balls, the length/shape difference wouldn’t be noticed to the eye and could blend in together as the surface changes. However the combination of the pin distance change, HK22 base, additives and surface prep gave a different ball motion. This created a quicker response time and more entry angle when it saw friction, but not as early as the solid. The Dark Web Hybrid was more forgiving on shots inside the intended targeting line and further away from the reaction point down lane. More traction in the conditioner is a strong positive of the HK22 formulation. For the comparison, The Hybrid revved up as soon as the original but cleared the front part of the lane easily, saving the reaction for down lane. Where the solid read friction as soon as it saw it and if it was in the friction too early the ball would start losing axis rotation too soon and carry could suffer. This is why I suggest it is better for more volumes, the higher volume portion on the lane or for higher speed bowlers.

I see the Dark Web Hybrid as a great choice as a benchmark ball for matched bowlers. Also, a nice choice for a transition ball from a stronger cover symmetrical like a Track Stealth. Bowlers who are on the slower ball speed side and need more angle change down lane, the Dark Web Hybrid could be the answer. Surface prep is always a major ball motion change and I see this cover as one that can be fine tuned.

BrandBallFeetFocal PointSet DownArrows40'Exit BoardPAP 5-1/4" x 1/4"^ Tilt 6* Rev/Speed MatchedResult
HammerDark Web R123
61712918X4"35*X
HammerBW Hybrid 2.0 R1266
191491845*5"25*X
HammerDark Web Hybrid
R1
276
2014817.5X5"35*X
HammerDark Web Hybrid
R3
286/102014823X5"35*X

As always, what you bowl on and more importantly your release numbers and skill set will determine your choice in equipment. You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your personal release specs or current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Consulting page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text me at (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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
Result
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

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Black Widow 2.0 HybridWe continue to present more information to help you make a better choice in equipment replacements or additions.

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid 2.500 .058 .016 (45*x5”x25*)
HK22 – Aggression Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
Comparison to Hammer Black Widow Ghost, Hammer 3-D Offset Attack

Hammer adds the newest base formulation (HK22) to the Black Widow line. This gives a motion that will be sharper in the friction down lane. The 12 (RG 2.612) and 13 (RG 2.589) pound balls will have an alternate core (Diff of .043 and Asym of .011), but the motion will still be sharper based off the bowler’s release. You will notice that both Black Widows are drilled the same and the surface is their box finish that has been refreshed and cleaned. We added the 3-D Attack because it has the HK22 base formula and the VAL angle is slightly higher and the core is somewhat milder.

The Hammer Purple Solid Reactive (5”x30*) with slight lane shine was used as the lane reading ball.
Hammer Black Widow Ghost 2.500 .058 .016 (45*x5”x25*)
Aggression Pearl 500, 1000, 1500 – Siaair/Crown Factory Compound

The Ghost is cleaner than the 2.0 Solid. Again the engine is the Gas Mask core which is one of the strongest cores in the upper mid level balls of all time. The cover is stronger than a lower level pearl. Technology is moving the familiar Solid-Hybrid-Pearl step down in covers and shuffling it around with additives to give different response times to friction.

Hammer 3D Offset Attack 2.489 .053 .008 (45*x5”x30*)
HK22 – Neoflip 25 – 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound

We wanted to compare the different cores (close Diffs and ½ of the Asym diff) with the different pearl formulas but the box finishes are the same. Both balls with HK22 are a quicker response than other balls in their lines that are comparable. On a previous report the Attack was 7/7 left and more launch angle than the earlier Hammer 3-D Offset release.

Hammer Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid 2.500 .058 .016 (45*x5”x25*)
HK22 – Aggression Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound

Personally what I see in my area on a daily basis is that the Black Widows are too strong for me without drastically changing the surface. This is due to the amount of conditioner put down, the age of the lane panels, my release specs, the covers and the strong Gas Mask core. 

I have been able to use Black Widows with the cleaner covers (BW Black & Gold), but not for very long due to transition. After drilling up the 3-D Attack and the Brunswick Defender Hybrid due to them having the new Brunswick HyperKinetic22 base formulation, I was excited to see what it could do for me in a Black Widow. As I tested and compared it, my hopes were confirmed. This release clears the fronts better, reads the midlane later and is sharper when it reads the friction. Even with this I still started deeper on fresh just like the bigger balls in my arsenal. I had to make room for the directional change (hook) down lane. In the graph below, you can see two different launch angles both resulting in strikes, The more closed angle was a high pocket strike but not a trip 4 pin. This showed me how much room was created off the pattern and carry was still present.

The Ghost was a little bit smoother and flatter going through the pins on the fresh. I moved into the volume a bit and added more tilt and rotation, but the Ghost still wanted to roll a bit too early. Usually if I have to move in, I have to adjust my release to get a ball to skid and recover harder (not a big zone change with more volume) as I did with the Ghost. I moved in and kept my more rolly release. The 2.0 Hybrid still cleared and reacted quickly at the end of the pattern. This gives me another ball reaction tool in the upper-mid line. Usually this is done on medium-light volumes and balls that are not as dynamic but still can create pop, Ex: Scorpion Sting or Ocean Vibe. 

The late high strike was with a more delayed release and I probably could have kept moving and adjusting angles and tested speeds. Another option when a “weaker” ball would clear but doesn’t make it back to the pocket. Since both finishes are identical, this clearly shows the difference in the base formulations. What was surprising (and I’m seeing it more often) is some formulations are producing length reactions different than what was the norm for so long. As always, watch your reactions and adjust accordingly. An info sheet can only tell you so much.

You can find more information about HK22 https://brunswickbowling.com/products/hyperkinetic22

BrandBallFeetFocal PointSet DownArrows42'Exit BoardPAP
5-1/4" x 1/4"up
Result
HammerPurple Solid Reactive246 pin1813920X5"30*X
HammerBlack Widow Ghost266 pin20148945*5"25*X
Hammer3-D Offset Attack32Between 6/10261782045*5"30*X
HammerBlack Widow 2.0 Hybrid3410 pin271971845*5"25*X
HammerBlack Widow 2.0 Hybrid34Between 6/102821112345*5"25*High X

I hope this report helps give you a better understanding between the new Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid, the Black Widow Ghost and the 3-D Offset Attack. Feel free to contact FTF with your questions. Please be specific, that way I can get you the best possible for you.

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

Hammer Purple Solid Reactive Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer Purple Solid Reactive.

The Hammer Purple Solid Reactive is the newest addition to the Mid-Performance line. To keep the comparisons more streamlined, I will be comparing the new releases to the balls that are closest to them in their current line. If that’s not possible, I’ll use a ball I believe is close from other lines.

Hammer Purple Solid Reactive – 2.586 .027 (5”x30*)
Comparison to Hammer Raw Solid, Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane.
The R&D department had an idea about using the same core as the wildly popular Purple Pearl Urethane and wrapped it with a solid reactive coverstock. This experiment created something special. You will notice that the core numbers have changed and this is due to the density of the solid reactive cover. This raises the diff and creates more flare and a stronger motion down lane. I have stated (my views) that urethane is not a good choice for certain bowlers. This could be dependent on their style, skill set and environment. The Purple Solid Reactive is a very good choice for those players and a great addition to any bowler’s bag. At the time of this writing, I have not seen a surface change from other staff members. This goes to the versatility of the ball itself.

Hammer Raw Solid – 2.537 .038 (4-3/4”x30*)
Currently the Raw Solid is my benchmark solid for daily use. It gives me a predictable ball motion and tells me where the friction is and a good idea on the length of a pattern. The layout used is on most of my syms so I can get really good feedback on the differences in cover/core from ball to ball. Getting lined up pretty quickly, you can see the differences in the grid below. I had less room moving in compared to the Solid Reactive as the Raw is a more rounded shape overall and responded slower.

Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane – 2.650 .015 (4-1/4”x25*)
The Pearl read the lane much earlier and rolled forward too long on this pattern. Urethane is used to control friction, on the back when other balls are too jumpy, when there’s volume up front but the pattern is shorter or for total ball motion control. Higher rev/speed bowlers have more success using this ball to me. Testing on a freshly oiled lane with some built in friction right of 10, I kept the Pearl straighter (see chart below). Pin carry was ok, but not optimum. Flare was less than 2” and limits scoring. This is why I don’t use urethanes for daily use.

Hammer Purple Solid Reactive – 2.586 .027 (5”x30*)
Simply put, this release is amazing! If you like a more smooth reaction and directional change off the pattern, the Hammer Solid Reactive is a ball you should look into. As I rolled the ball and kept moving in along with changes in hand positions, the ball kept clearing the heads and had the same readable motion down lane and makes it easy to read lane transition.  In the grid below you’ll see where I started and where ended striking as the ball seemed to find its limits for that day. The Hammer Solid Reactive will be a great addition/replacement to the majority of bowler’s bags. If you are looking for a quicker motion of the end of the pattern, I don’t believe polishing will add much more. There are better choices for that option. The Solid Reactive seems to blend out cliffs, which are seen a lot these days. This ball will be with me in both league and tournament play. 

Hammer Purple Solid Reactive Ball Comparison

BrandBallFeetFocal PointSet DownArrows42'Hand PositionPAP
5-1/4" x 1/4"up
Result
HammerRaw Solid256 pin18139R24-3/4"30*X
HammerPurple Pearl Urethane236 pin16139R24-1/4"25*X
HammerPurple Solid Reactive29Between 6/1022178R25"30*X
HammerPurple Solid Reactive3510 pin28218R35"30*X
Defining Terms:
Starting position: Instep of the slide foot. • Focal point: Swing projection toward the pins. • Set Down: Ball contacts the lane. Hand Position: 1 = Stable, more roll. Usually starting hand position on fresh. 2= Fingers rotated to the left a bit for more length and angle down lane. 3= More hand rotation at set up. Provides my max clearance through the heads and most of the midlane and creates the biggest change of direction when the ball reads the most friction and what the cover allows. S=Solid, H=High, T=Trip, F=Flat L=Light C=Crossover.

I hope this Comparison helps give you a better understanding with these 3 balls. As always, what you bowl on and more importantly your 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