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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. 

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 

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