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

DV8 Brutal Collision (WWRD 12/2/2022)

 

DV8 Brutal Collision

The first Collision has a great motion down lane for an asymmetric ball and is a hybrid asym many bowlers should take a look at. The Brutal Collision will bump that motion up as the base cover is HK22. HyperKinetic22 (HK22) was introduced last month and this is the first solid reactive that is built with it. With a polished solid cover, the Brutal Collision will have more hook and a devastating backend reaction. The colors are a combo of Lime/Orange/Blue that will pop again due to HK22. Built with DynamiCore and D.O.T. gives you durability, hitting power and drilling versatility. Get ready to turn some heads with the DV8 Brutal Collision.

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

Track Sensor (WWRD 12/2/2022)

 

Track Sensor

A new core design for Track Bowling is being introduced in the new Sensor. The low RG and Diff numbers will yield a smooth controllable ball motion. Wrapping the new Regulator core in the DR-6 pearl cover will deliver easy length and a strong backend motion on medium to light volumes or higher friction lanes. The Sensor would fit under the Kinetic Black Ice and pair up nicely with your benchmark solid. The colors are a beautiful combination of Purple/Smoke/Gold.

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

Radical Bigfoot Hybrid (WWRD 12/2/2022)

 

Radical Bigfoot Hybrid

  Can Radical upgrade the Bigfoot? Yes, they can and they did. Usually a hybrid is a mix of solid and pearl resins. But the lab is introducing the first symmetrical ball with HK22 base formulation. The colors of Teal/Black will be clearer and the motion will be quicker at the friction point. DynamiCore is there for durability and added power at the pins. The Reliable price point will make the Bigfoot Hybrid a great choice as a gift for you or your favorite bowler.

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

Columbia Top Speed (WWRD 11/18/2022)

 

Columbia Top Speed

The Speed continues to be a fantastic choice for heavy volumes. The cover of the Top Speed combines the Pearl version of the Formula 1 with the new HK22 base material. This gives the ball a shiny finish that gets it down lane easily and creates an impressive backend motion when it encounters friction. Testers saw more margin of error (M.o.E.) which is what every bowler likes. The enhanced colors are Scarlet/Silver/Purple are wrapped around the Shifter core in 14-16 lbs. Medium to heavy volumes is where the Top Speed shines.

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

Ebonite Game Breaker 2 (WWRD 11/18/2022)

 

Ebonite Game Breaker 2

When a manufacturer has a winner, they continue to improve on it to give bowlers options for different volumes and the shapes needed to combat them. Sometimes, a favorite is a fond memory and a few are stashed away. The Ebonite fans have spoken and everyone wins on this one. Welcome back Game Breaker 2! The same core (Enhanced V2) and same cover (GB 10.7). The update is using DynamiCore for added durability. The smooth motion is needed to help on higher friction surfaces and the cover can be easily adjusted. The price point screams value for a benchmark ball.

 Recommended Cleaner: Power House Clean N' Dull

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

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

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 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

Brunswick Defender Hybrid (WWRD 10/21/2022)

 

 Brunswick Defender Hybrid

The Defender continues to be a med-heavy volume choice for league and tournament bowlers. The PortalX core provides a nice, readable motion for an asym. You will be seeing some new coverstock formulas and the first is the HyperKinetic22 (HK22) found on the Brunswick Defender Hybrid. While we won’t be going into the tech, more information can be found on the Brunswick website. HK22 will handle more volume and create a stronger, more responsive breakpoint. Using HK22, the colors seem to pop giving the Defender Hybrid a great look. The colors are Pink/Purple/Violet. This combo will turn heads and so will all the strike. Built with DynamiCore and D.O.T., you get versatility in drilling and durability.

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 Recommended Cleaner: Brunswick Reaction Recharge 

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