Comparison Reports

Hammer Hazmat Solid Comparison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Hazmat Solid to your arsenal. Feel free to contact FTF with your questions. Please be specific, that way I can get you the best possible answer for you. Our best advice is to get an honest feedback on your skill set. This will determine your choice in equipment which can benefit you on the lanes. Understanding what you bowl on for the majority of the time helps greatly, too.  You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a training or consultation session on your current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Services page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text messages to (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Arctic Vibe Comparison

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

Hammer Arctic Vibe – 2.510 .042 (4-3/4” x 30°) • HK22 – CT Max Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound

Comparison to the Hammer Purple Solid Reactive, Hammer Raw Solid and Hammer Ocean Vibe
The Vibe core is one of those in the industry that has proven itself over and over through the changes in the bowling environment. The cover changes are what was/is necessary for the changing lane surface frictions and lane conditioners. One of FTF’s principles is to help bowlers understand which equipment matches their skill set, environment and competitive needs. The Vibe series has always had a place in every bowler’s bag. They are great choices for recreational, league and tournament bowlers. Recreational- a great choice as a first reactive ball. League- Depending on your environment and/or style, they can be your first ball or a step down as the lane transitions. Tournament- Step downs or a ball to combat high friction from the start. I can’t remember the time when there were 3 different Vibes out at the same time. 2 yes, but not 3. Currently there is the Reactive Vibe (HK22 CT Reactive Max Solid-7/13/2023) which FTF has not bowled with and the Ocean Vibe (7/8/2022) which is in this comparison report. The difference in the Arctic Vibe is that is the first Hybrid Vibe and it also has the HK 22 base formula. One of the greatest values for the price point. If you don’t have an option from the bigger balls, take a look at the Vibe line.

Findings/Opinions
One of thing things we see with daily patterns due to the higher ratio is they mask what balls can do when they encounter friction, I started warming up as I usually do on fresh. This comparison was after a trio league and not many bowlers on that pair ever hit left on 12 at the arrows so inside the Purple solid, Raw Hammer and the Ocean look almost the same and struck. The difference was minor but in the shape and when it happened. The alignment was the same from 12 to 8/9 at 43’ (focal point the 6 pin), where they separated was opening the angles and that will be explained below. 

Hammer Purple Solid Reactive – 2.586 .027 (5” x 30°) • Solid Reactive 500, 1500 Siaair
Probably my favorite ball as a benchmark in a long time. But as with all things, at this writing it has moved to the retired list. There are a couple of choices I think will replace it. One is the Track Cypher and the other may be the Arctic Vibe. Bowling on friction, control is needed and that’s what the Purple Solid did for me. Yes it doesn’t hook a lot, but it does in the right places and has a predictable shape. With the same core that is in the fabled Purple Urethane Pearl, the diff is .012 higher (@ .027) in the solid and that’s due to the density of the covers. The Arctic Vibe is at .042 before drilling and a quicker response to friction cover. With the pattern opened up to the right and still fresh, the Purple Solid was fantastic and I could see playing there and slowly shifting in would work. Remember this is bowling alone and the transition will be different with other bowlers and what surface and where they are comparatively. 

Raw Hammer Solid – 2.537 .038 (4-3/4” x 30°) • Juiced Solid 500, 1500, 3000 Siaair
Another great value line for Hammer is the Raw Hammer line. The Solid comes with a strong solid cover that was on the Hammer Fugitive Solid (5/20/2021). In my area to keep closer to the preset cliff on daily patterns the Raw Solid was my benchmark. This was replaced by the Purple Solid. The cover was lane shined and this ball was cleaner than the Purple Solid with a bit more shape off the pattern. A cover refresh and this ball would be back in a benchmark slot.

Hammer Ocean Vibe – 2.510 .042 (4” x 35°) • CT Reactive Plus Pearl 500, 1000, 2000/Crown Factory Polish
The Ocean Vibe is the cleanest ball in the Vibe line, but that doesn’t mean it the straightest. The dynamic Vibe core produces some shape and the Ocean is not super angular, but it is the top of the hill in the current Vibe line. As lanes get older and centers’ reduce conditioner volumes, cleaner covers and low to med diffs are a good choice. Again, close to the oil line all three were close but moving into the volume the Ocean Vibe did not recover and maybe tickled the head pin. 

Hammer Arctic Vibe – 2.510 .042 (4-3/4” x 30°) • HK22 – CT Max Hybrid 500, 1000, 1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
The Arctic Vibe I received has the majority of the purple swirl pattern was on the track side of the ball and it didn’t become visible until near the end of the midlane. It seemed like the Arctic Vibe was clean as or cleaner than the Purple Solid and Raw but was much stronger when it hit friction. The snow color is a little hard for me to see the rotation, so I tagged my PAP with a black sticker. After that I could see the ball was a longer in the volume and more forward than I’d like to see. This is definitely due to the age of the lanes. I see out of the box on maybe a little more blended medium-light pattern to be better for my specs. On a separate test at another center with even more lane friction, I saw the same type of reaction. I decided to remove the Factory Compound and that got the hook window longer while still getting through the fronts with the HK22 CT Max Hybrid cover. Never be hesitant to adjust a cover to open your options on any ball. Bowlers that are speed dominant and balls like the Ocean Vibe aren’t enough and bigger cover/core balls are too much due to lane friction the Arctic Vibe is one to fill this slot and it’s another great option at this price point.

You can find more technical information here – Hyperkinetic22.

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 Arctic Vibe to your arsenal. Feel free to contact FTF with your questions. Please be specific, that way I can get you the best possible answer for you. Our best advice is to get an honest feedback on your skill set. This will determine your choice in equipment which can benefit you on the lanes. Understanding what you bowl on for the majority of the time helps greatly, too.  You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a training or consultation session on your current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Services page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text messages to (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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

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