Hammer Arctic Vibe (WWRD 5/16/2024)

May is blooming with releases!

As the Fall leagues wrap up and tournaments are is full swing, we have some new releases that will fill a void or expand a current line up for its respective brand. Depending on your style and the environment you bowl on, you may have a need for cleaner piece or a ball that can be used later in your bowling session. All of these options are budget friendly and give more performance than the price indicates. Here are 5 choices and the WWRD is 5/16/2024, so get your pre-orders in so you can have yours on release day!

All bowling balls (except Polys) have a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase.

Hammer Arctic Vibe

 @15lbs 2.510 .042 HK22 • Alternate Cores 12-13lbs & 10-11lbs • Volume - Light to Medium • Core - Vibe • Coverstock- HK22 CT Max Hybrid (NEW)
Another Vibe? Yes! What makes this one different is not only the HK22 base, but it is the first Hybrid Vibe offered in the States. With the CT Max Hybrid package, the Arctic Vibe will traction earlier than the Ocean Vibe and give more overall hook than the Radioactive Vibe. One of FTF’s favorite balls is the Hammer Scorpion Low Flare. But even that ball can start up too early with enough friction. The Arctic Vibe would be a perfect step down. The striking 2 color look of this ball is sure to get noticed. This is another ball that will outperform its price point.
Box Surface - 500/1000/1500 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound • Color - Snow/Purple • Recommended Cleaner - Power House Ball Cleaner   www.HammerBowling.com

Don’t forget to register your equipment on the corresponding manufacturer’s website. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to follow all the Brands under the Brunswick umbrella and Bowling Buckosh feeds on social media to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Thank you for supporting the Brunswick brands and Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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

Hammer Raw Hammer Blue/Black/Orange (WWRD 5/16/2024)

May is blooming with releases!

As the Fall leagues wrap up and tournaments are is full swing, we have some new releases that will fill a void or expand a current line up for its respective brand. Depending on your style and the environment you bowl on, you may have a need for cleaner piece or a ball that can be used later in your bowling session. All of these options are budget friendly and give more performance than the price indicates. Here are 5 choices and the WWRD is 5/16/2024, so get your pre-orders in so you can have yours on release day!

All bowling balls (except Polys) have a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase.

Hammer Raw Hammer Blue/Black/Orange

@15lbs 2.537 .038 • 12-16 lbs • Alternate Core 12-13 lbs & 10-11lbs • Volume - Light to Medium • Core - Raw Hammer • Coverstock - Juiced Hybrid
Hammer is freshening up the Raw Hammer Hybrid selection with a new color to replace the Orange/Black combo. The Juiced Hybrid cover is finished with the Factory Compound. Together they will start the ball a little earlier than the Raw Hammer Pearl. 
Box Surface - 500/1000/2000 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound • Color - Blue/Black/Orange • Recommended Cleaner - Power House Ball Cleaner   www.HammerBowling.com

Don’t forget to register your equipment on the corresponding manufacturer’s website. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to follow all the Brands under the Brunswick umbrella and Bowling Buckosh feeds on social media to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Thank you for supporting the Brunswick brands and Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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

Hammer Raw Hammer Black/Purple/Teal (WWRD 5/16/2024)

May is blooming with releases!

As the Fall leagues wrap up and tournaments are is full swing, we have some new releases that will fill a void or expand a current line up for its respective brand. Depending on your style and the environment you bowl on, you may have a need for cleaner piece or a ball that can be used later in your bowling session. All of these options are budget friendly and give more performance than the price indicates. Here are 5 choices and the WWRD is 5/16/2024, so get your pre-orders in so you can have yours on release day!

All bowling balls (except Polys) have a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase.

Hammer Raw Hammer Black/Purple/Teal

@15lbs 2.537 .038 • 12-16 lbs Alternate Core 12-13 lbs & 10-11lbs • Volume - Light to Medium • Core - Raw Hammer • Coverstock - Juiced Pearl
Here comes another beautiful color combo from Hammer Bowling. Adding the Factory Polish to the Juiced Pearl cover gives the cleanest and quickest response to friction in the Raw Hammer line. Bowlers of all styles can find a Raw Hammer to fit their game.
Box Surface - 500/1000/2000 Siaair/Crown Factory Polish • Color - Black/Purple/Teal • Recommended Cleaner - Power House Ball Cleaner   www.HammerBowling.com

Don’t forget to register your equipment on the corresponding manufacturer’s website. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to follow all the Brands under the Brunswick umbrella and Bowling Buckosh feeds on social media to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Thank you for supporting the Brunswick brands and Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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

Hammer Effect Comparison

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

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

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

Findings/Opinions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Effect (WWRD 3/21/2024)

Marching right in!

There is a lot of info for the releases of late March. Will any be added to your tournament arsenal or be a late league replacement? There will be questions on some of these balls and I’ll try to answer them in the descriptions. As a Hammer Staff member, I will go deeper into the information on the Hammer Black Pearl Urethane and Hammer Effect. FTF will have a Comparison Report with the Effect on our website soon. For all of them the WWRD is 3/21/2024, so get your pre-orders in so you can have yours on release day! All bowling balls (except Polys) have a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase.

Hammer Effect

@15lbs 2.470 .050 .017 HK22 • 12-16 lbs Alternate cores 12-13 lbs. • Volume - Medium to Heavy • Core - Huntsman (NEW) • Coverstock - HK22 Cohesion Pearl (NEW)
The Hammer Effect brings many new things to the Hammer line. Some bowlers look at the cover type and core numbers for their decision making and this is fine comparing two balls with the same cores. When something unique comes out, a deeper look into what is actually there is warranted. Let’s look at the new Huntsman core. You can see elements of two of the greatest cores in Hammer history- the Vibe and Gas Mask. Great performance is what is expected and has been seen with online reviews. The 12 and 13 pound choices will use Hammer’s High Performance Asym core found in the Extreme Envy for those weights. The difference maker is the new cover. When the public sees HK22, there is an understanding of stronger motion when the cover encounters friction. The chemists have different versions of the HK22 base (via additive packages) and the Effect is the first to use it in the Hammer Line. Cohesion is its name and the definition is “the act or process of sticking together”. Simply put, the ball adheres to the lane better. This is a stronger and continuous ball motion for a pearl in more volumes. The Effect will fit nicely between the Extreme Envy and the Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid. One more new component is that this is the first four color ball produced by Hammer. Each color pays homage to Hammer’s ball history. You can find that image online. FTF looks forward to rolling and comparing this one soon.
Box Surface - 500/1000/1500 Siaair/Factory Compound • Color - Maroon/Blue/Black/Purple • Recommended Cleaner - Hammer Clear Magic Cleaner   www.HammerBowling.com

Don’t forget to register your equipment on the corresponding manufacturer’s website. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to follow all the Brands under the Brunswick umbrella and Bowling Buckosh feeds on social media to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Thank you for supporting the Brunswick brands and Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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

Hammer Black Pearl Urethane (WWRD 3/21/2024)

Marching right in!

There is a lot of info for the releases of late March. Will any be added to your tournament arsenal or be a late league replacement? There will be questions on some of these balls and I’ll try to answer them in the descriptions. As a Hammer Staff member, I will go deeper into the information on the Hammer Black Pearl Urethane and Hammer Effect. FTF will have a Comparison Report with the Effect on our website soon. For all of them the WWRD is 3/21/2024, so get your pre-orders in so you can have yours on release day! All bowling balls (except Polys) have a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase.

Hammer Black Pearl Urethane

@15lbs 2.495 .04812-16 lbs Alternate cores 14 & 12-13 lbs. • Volume - Light • Core - LED Coverstock - Urethane Pearl 78D
The Hammer Purple Pearl has been legendary in performance and continues to win all over the World. However with the PBA surface hardness adjustment, Hammer had to go back to the drawing board to have a ball ready for the start of the PBA season in January. In order to fill the void at the moment, the NU was released. It has and still is well received but it is not urethane and the surface properties were a bit stronger. Using the same core in both, the RG and Diff numbers changed. The difference was due to the density of urethane vs. resin. But with the Black Pearl the numbers are the same as the Purple Pearl. The hardness change and box surface makes the Black Pearl close to the Purple with the same core numbers. Since the ball has a harder Durometer reading it will be a bit straighter. Staff members have reported 4 boards less with the feet and 2 boards in with the eyes. This is a more closed launch angle. The 500 grit surface will make up for it to be closer to the Purple and more can be added if needed, for the Pros. League and recreational bowlers may not need this if they want hook. 2 handers…go for it! It is a great choice for certain tournament patterns and high friction centers for when control is needed. Slower speed bowlers might look to the Black Pearl when reactives are uncontrollable.
Box Surface - 500 Siaair • Color - Black Pearl • Recommended Cleaner - Hammer Urethane Magic Cleaner  www.HammerBowling.com

Don’t forget to register your equipment on the corresponding manufacturer’s website. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to follow all the Brands under the Brunswick umbrella and Bowling Buckosh feeds on social media to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Thank you for supporting the Brunswick brands and Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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

Hammer Black Widow 3.0 Comparison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We hope enjoyed this review and got some information to help you make the choice to add the Hammer Black Widow 3.0 to your arsenal. Feel free to contact FTF with your questions. Please be specific, that way I can get you the best possible answer for you. Our best advice is to get an honest feedback on your skill set. This will determine your choice in equipment which can benefit you on the lanes. Understanding what you bowl on for the majority of the time helps greatly, too.  You can always contact me with any questions or schedule a consultation session on your current equipment. For more information, please visit the Coaching & Services page on our website at www.filltheframes.com or you may call or text messages to (310) 784-1901. Thanks, be well & safe!

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

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Scorpion Low Flare Comparison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services

Hammer Black Widow 3.0 (WWRD 1/25/2024)

New choices for the start of the year!
Happy 2024 everyone! This release date (1/25/2024) has a bit of everything and a personal favorite motion back in the Hammer line. Pre-order your at your trusted retailer today. All the product videos are found at their respective websites, plus tech videos are found at BuckoshBowling.com Core numbers noted below are at 15lbs. All bowling balls (except Polys) have a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase. Good Luck to you in 2024!

Don’t forget about the amazing promo on the Hammer Extreme Envy and Envy Tour Pearl! Extended until January 31, 2024

Hammer Scorpion Low Flare

@15lbs  2.500  .058  .016  HK22
12-16 lbs Alternate cores 12-13 lbs. • Volume - Medium to Heavy • Core - Gas Mask Coverstock - HK22 Aggression Solid (NEW)
If it says Black Widow you know what’s inside, the popular Gas Mask core. What is new to the line is the HK22 Solid coverstock. This time the Aggression Solid package is added to the fastest rising base formula in bowling history. The 3.0 is not a replacement for the 2.0 (still selling greatly), but an addition for more volume and a slightly different shape due to the HK22. This ball would fit above the 2.0 and below the Extreme Envy. This could be a choice if you were contemplated the 2.0 as a solid asym bridge in your bag. Bill O’Neill recently won the PBA Players Championship using 2 Black Widow 3.0s. The Real Deal loves the Gas Mask core as do many bowlers.
Box Surface - 500/1000/2000 Siaair • Color - Black/Orange • Recommended Cleaner - Clean N’ Dull       www.HammerBowling.com

Don’t forget to register your equipment on the corresponding manufacturer’s website. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to follow all the Brands under the Brunswick umbrella and Bowling Buckosh feeds on social media to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Thank you for supporting the Brunswick brands and Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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

Hammer Scorpion Low Flare (WWRD 1/25/2024)

New choices for the start of the year!

Happy 2024 everyone! This release date (1/25/2024) has a bit of everything and a personal favorite motion back in the Hammer line. Pre-order your at your trusted retailer today. All the product videos are found at their respective websites, plus tech videos are found at BuckoshBowling.com Core numbers noted below are at 15lbs. All bowling balls (except Polys) have a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase. Good Luck to you in 2024!

Don’t forget about the amazing promo on the Hammer Extreme Envy and Envy Tour Pearl! Extended until January 31, 2024

Hammer Scorpion Low Flare

@15lbs  2.474  .031 
12-16 lbs Alternate cores 12-13 lbs. • Volume - Medium • Core - LED 3.0 Low Flare (NEW) • Coverstock- Semtex Hybrid
FTF is personally excited about this release. Bowlers who like a straighter attack angles should have at least one low flare option in their bag for control. The Hammer Scorpion Low Flare uses the 3.0 Low Flare core. It’s the same core that was in the Scorpion Sting with the Flip Block removed. This creates a lower diff (.016 less in 15lbs) while the RG is also lowered a bit. This creates a smooth rolling option with the proven Semtex Hybrid cover (Scorpion) that many bowlers can use.
Box Surface - 500/1000/2000 Siaair • Color - Purple/Black Pearl • Recommended Cleaner - Hammer Clear Magic       www.HammerBowling.com

Don’t forget to register your equipment on the corresponding manufacturer’s website. I’d also like to ask you and your friends to follow all the Brands under the Brunswick umbrella and Bowling Buckosh feeds on social media to get the newest information. Again, you can contact me with any questions at www.info@filltheframes.com or (310) 784-1901.

Thank you for supporting the Brunswick brands and Fill The Frames Bowling Services

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