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 3-D Offset Attack (WWRD 11/18/2022)

Hammer 3-D Offset Attack

The Hammer 3-D Offset Attack will do just that- attack. Using the same core as the previous 3-D Offset and wrapping it with a shiny pearl cover (Neoflip 25) with the base formulation of HK22, this is the first Hammer with this base formula. At the seminar the colors and motion were outstanding. Pro shop owners and staff members were really impressed with the motion of this ball. Higher friction lanes are being seen more and more and if you move in and can’t get a ball to turn the corner, check out some of the videos online. The colors are Vibrant Blue/Navy and are placed in the medium to heavy volume category. A comparison report will be on our website soon.

Recommended cleaner: Brunswick Reaction Recharge

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Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer Purple Solid Reactive (WWRD 11/18/2022)

Core 16-15
Core 14
Core 13-12

Hammer Purple Solid Reactive

Purple. There are a lot of purple balls on the market. The thing that separates them is their motion going down the lane and through the pins. The amazingly popular Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane continues to be a tournament favorite.

I have been asked why I don’t use Urethane very often. The fact is due to how I bowl (release specs and speed) and what I see on a daily basis, urethanes limit my M.o.E. (Margin of Error) and pin carry. Hammer has now developed a ball built the same as the Purple Pearl Urethane, but has changed the coverstock to a solid reactive. The core numbers have changed due to the cover density. This will create a more angular shape down lane than the Pearl Urethane. In the 14lber, carbon fiber outer core is used and an alternate core is used in the 12-13lbs balls. But the motion is still there. Bowlers who have wanted to go with the urethane motion should really take a look at the Purple Solid Reactive. The cover can be adjusted but at the intro seminar, the ball was very versatile and bowlers of different styles could play various parts of the lanes. I will be testing this release along with the next ball on this report.

Recommended cleaner: Ultimate Black Magic Rejuvenator

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Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer Scorpion Sting (WWRD 09/23/2022)

 

Hammer Scorpion Sting - 12-16 lbs (@15 lbs  2.485  .045 D.O.T. • Alternate core 12-13 lbs.)

  The Hammer Scorpion has continued to be a great seller since its release last year. For a mid-performance ball it gives bowlers a lot of hook for the money. As lanes transition, bowlers could need something cleaner and more reactive later down lane. Instead of putting a pearl cover on the same core, Hammer has modified the core to increase the RG and Differential to create the ball motion that’s needed. The Scorpion Sting will be great for medium volumes and for bowlers who are rev dominate but are looking for more pop at the end of the pattern. There’s a lot performance for this ball at this price point. This one looks fantastic too in the colors of Teal/Silver/Purple and of course the inner core is carbon fiber infused for durability.

Recommended cleaner: Ultimate Black Magic Rejuvenator

www.HammerBowling.com

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer Envy (WWRD 09/23/2022)

 

Hammer Envy - 12-16 lbs (@15lbs  2.505  .055  .021  D.O.T. • Alternate core 12-13 lbs.)

Overall ball motion on heavy volumes. This is how the new Hammer Envy was designed. The new Launcher core has both a flip block and radial disc technology. The cover is the Envy solid last used on the Hammer Obsession (minus the CFI). The engine is stronger than the Obsession Tour to more than make up for cover change. The Hammer Envy is going to rev up early, so make sure you match it up to how you attack heavy volumes. The colors on this one are Black/Red/Orange to make it easily identifiable as a Hammer ball from a distance.

Recommended cleaner: Power House Clean N’ Dull

www.HammerBowling.com

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer Dark Web (WWRD 07/08/2022)

Hammer Dark Web

  Hammer Bowling has continued the Web series with another winner. Ever since the dual release of the Web and Web Tour Edition in 2018, the evolution of the Webs has built a great fan base. Different cores and covers gave them unique ball motions. The new Dark Web brings a new core built with D.O.T. and the cover that is found on the Black Widow 2.0. The Modified Spheroid has a flip block that helps increase overall ball motion. There is an alternate core that keeps the numbers close to the heavier counterparts in the 12-13lb balls. Built for Medium to Heavy volumes, the Dark Web gives bowlers a big solid symmetrical that fits under the Widow line. We have compared this ball with other Webs and you will find our findings on our Reviews and Views page of our website.

Recommended cleaner: Power House Clean N’ Dull

www.HammerBowling.com

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer Ocean Vibe (WWRD 07/08/2022)

Hammer Ocean Vibe

Along with the Black Widow, the Hammer Vibe was the ball Hammerheads have requested. Well, wait no longer. Here is the Hammer Ocean Vibe. The iconic Vibe core is the motor and the coverstock is the CT Reactive Plus that was the solid formulation on the Onyx Vibe. The box finish on the Ocean Vibe is 500/1K/2K Siaair with Crown Factory Polish that will give this ball an amazing look going down the lane; clean and angular. There are alternate cores in 12-13lbs. The Ocean will also be available in weights down to 10lbs. The cover will help bowlers with slower speeds get the ball down the lane and have more reaction than a poly. We have tested this ball and you can find our Views on our website.

Recommended cleaner: Brunswick Reaction Recharge

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Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer 3-D Offset (WWRD 2/25/2022)

Hammer 3-D Offset

Does this ball sound familiar? The Hammer 3-D Offset has been brought up in conversations for years when people talk about great bowling balls. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 3-D Offset, Hammer bowling is offering new technology and outstanding performance to remind you of the ball motion but made for today’s conditions. Hammer started with the core shape, creating a single density inner core with the same shape as the original. The original was a thick-shell ball, and it’s been modified today’s version with a carbon fiber outer core. These modifications create more dynamic core numbers for increased ball motion potential and a durable, harder-hitting product. Hammer has also made this a D.O.T. ball which further increases durability and eliminates layout and drilling restrictions. The Blazing Violet color is almost identical to the original. The 12 & 13lbers have an alternate core but offers the same motion as the other weights.

www.HammerBowling.com

Recommended cleaner: Hammer Tough Scrub

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California

Hammer Black Widow Urethane (WWRD 2/25/2022)

Hammer Black Widow Urethane

The most popular Hammer core of all time (Gas Mask) and one of the most talked about covers in recent years (Purple Pearl Urethane) have been combined!  If you’re looking for control and more hook (Strong arc) than the Purple Pearl, look no farther. Bowling in high competition need control with more motion? The Hammer Black Widow Urethane should be in your tournament bag. Color? Pink! Pink! & Pink! (With a little white). The Asymmetrical cores are altered in the 12-13lbers, but are still stronger than the Symmetrical Purple Pearls for more motion.

www.HammerBowling.com

Recommended cleaner: Hammer Tough Scrub

Please visit each brand’s website for more specification information and where you can sign up for first to know emails. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to like the Brands of Brunswick Demo Program-West Region and Bowling Buckosh pages on Facebook to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California