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

Hammer 3D Offset Attack Comparison

Welcome to Fill The Frames Bowling Services’ ball comparison report of the Hammer 3D Offset Attack

The Hammer 3D Offset Attack 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 3D Offset Attack – 2.489 .053 .008 (45*x5”x30*)
Comparison to Hammer Raw Solid, Hammer 3D Offset
Everything about both of my 3D offsets is the same, with one fantastic exception. Using a new coverstock base material HyperKinetic22 (HK22), you will see a quicker response to friction on every ball that has it. Plus, it also brings out the colors more for great looking bowling balls. There are other balls in our lines that contain HK22 and you will see and hear the differences.

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 just noted this as a starting point for comparison to the much bigger Hammer 3D Offsets.

Hammer 3D Offset – 2.489 .053 .008 (45*x5”x30*)
Recently Hammer brought back an updated cover and the same core shape as the original from 25 years ago. This core was designed by the late Mo Pinel. It was a fantastic ball back then and the legacy continues today. While the asymmetry is not as high as other HP balls, this gives a ball a motion more subtle balance on med-heavy volumes.

Hammer 3D Offset Attack – 2.489 .053 .008 (45*x5”x30*)
Quick off the spot is exactly what the Attack gives. You can see in the chart below where I started and was close to the original 3D Offset and kept moving with the same release and different focal points. The original tended to skid too much when my feet got to 32. I did change to more tilt and rotation and was rewarded with too strong of a reaction. I’ll keep that in the back off my mind for another time. I see this ball as a step down from the Hammer Envy and maybe the top of my bag for daily use with my personal favorite, the Hammer Obsession Tour Pearl. Straighter players will see a sharper motion and I hope they move in and see what the Hammer 3D Offset Attack has to offer.

Hammer 3D Offset Attack Ball Comparison

BrandBallFeetFocal PointSet DownArrows42'Hand PositionPAP
5-1/4" x 1/4"up
Result
HammerRaw Solid256 pin18139R24-3/4"30*X
Hammer3-D Offset2810 pin21169R245*5"30*X
Hammer3-D Offset Attack29.510 pin23179R245*5"30*X
Hammer3-D Offset Attack3210 pin25199R245*5"30*X
Hammer3-D Offset Attack35Between 6/1028208R245*5"30*X
Hammer3-D Offset Attack35Between 6/1028208R345*5"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 between both 3D Offsets. 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

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