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Black Hammer Urethane

Average Customer Review: 4.92 of 5 stars
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
220
PAP:
4 1/2 over 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Black Hammer Urethane is back well sort of. The new Black Hammer has all you liked in the old even roll and control on those dry lanes. Very easy to get the ball through the front and that move in the back will give hit through the pins.

Ormond Pro Shop Manager
ormond@bowlingball.com
386-672-2529

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24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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About the Bowler

League Average:
235+
PAP:
5 9/16 over and 1/8 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
205+
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Here is my take on the new Black Urethane by Hammer. Hammer took great care in making sure that this new release would offer a true urethane reaction going so far as to flush their entire system to get any resin out. The Black Urethane Hammer comes finished at 500 Abralon and features a brand new high RG/low differential LED core.
I drilled my Black Urethane Hammer with a 50 x 4 x 40 layout with a weight hole on my PAP. I have thrown the ball at box surface on both USBC White and THS patterns. My rev rate is 405 and have a PAP of 5 5/8 over and 1/8 up.
I still have original Black and Blue Urethane Hammers in pristine condition as well as the remake 2011 Blue Urethane Hammer so I was able to try the new Black Urethane and compare them to the “originals”. On modern conditions, I found the ORIGINAL Black Urethane Hammer to be somewhat sensitive to carrydown and as a result, carry suffers. The ORIGINAL Blue Urethane offered a much stronger midlane pick up and backend motion and was not as sensitive to carrydown. I was never a big fan of the 2011 remake of the Blue Urethane Hammer in that the remake Blue Hammer was, in my opinion, extremely sensitive to carrydown. In throwing the NEW Black Urethane Hammer, it is definitely a true urethane look in every sense. When you are seeking control of the lane, the new Black Urethane Hammer is a must. What is interesting however, I find the NEW Black Urethane Hammer to considerably stronger than the ORIGINAL Black Urethane Hammer. I would compare the NEW Black Urethane Hammer more to the ORIGINAL Blue Hammer in terms of the strength of the ball and ability to read the midlane and backend. On both the THS and White, any over/under was blended out by playing straighter angles with this new Black Urethane Hammer. This NEW Black Urethane Hammer was much less sensitive to carrydown than its predecessor. I preferred throwing harder on top of the dry and just letting the ball stand up in the midlane and roll to the pocket. Yet, like with the original Blue Urethane, one can easily move left with this ball a little bit, go away with the ball, and see the ball recover and still hit. The key with this ball, like with all urethanes, is to get the ball to stand up early enough in the midlane so that the ball will not slide by.
This ball is definitely designed for shorter patterns, lighter volumes, and major wet/dry patterns. Longer patterns and/or patterns with heavier volumes are better handled by a stronger ball in the Hammer line such as a Red Legend Solid or a Bad Intentions Hybrid. That being said, this new Black Urethane Hammer definitely works and works very well for its intended purpose. I will also note that the hitting power of this new Black Urethane is impressive by ANY standard…one will be surprised how many corners and off hits will carry with this new release.
See your local proshop operator for the newest release by Hammer- the Black Urethane Hammer.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
228
PAP:
5 5/16" x 5/8" Up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
205
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I was very excited to hear that Hammer was going to release a TRUE Urethane ball, but was a little skeptical as I did not like the re-released Blue Hammer a few years ago. Hammer went to BIG lengths to make sure this release was a true urethane by shutting down the plant and completely flush out the lines of all the resin from other balls. I still have a few of the original urethanes in my tournament arsenal. This new Black Hammer is stronger & is not as sensitive to carrydown as much. The new Black Urethane rolls very close to my original Blue Hammer that I use on the short tournament patterns or when the lanes are really toasty/dry. I loved the lighter hits that I got with this ball that threw the pins around and this ball was very impressive with how it managed the over/under lane patterns that I saw with it.
This ball is perfect for the shorter patterns, lighter volume medium patterns, and for blending out the wet/dry lane patterns. Playing straighter as possible like the older urethanes will help you kick out the corner pins with this ball. Cannot cross a lot of boards with this ball and would suggest that it is important to have the ball pick up the mid-lane so it will be mellow in the backends.

Ball Layout Used: 65 x 4 1/4 x 30

I feel the new Black Hammer Urethane would be a great ball to have in your bag for the league / tournament season when you need something to control the lanes.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
210
PAP:
3 15/16 Right
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Hammer Bowling Black Hammer Urethane brings back that old school smooth and consistent roll that so many people like to see on extremely dry or shorter patterns. This ball will allow the slower speed or higher rev rate bowler to stay further right on the lane through the night. It gives you an old school look with a modern pop on the backend.

Deltona Lanes Pro Shop Manager
386-774-2800
deltona@bowlingball.com

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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About the Bowler

League Average:
221
PAP:
4 1/2 over and 1/4 down
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Likes: This ball rolls great on short sport patterns and house shots. I used a 60 x 5 1/2 x 40. I was amazed by how smooth this ball rolls and how well it carries. You have to keep your angles tighter with this ball, doesn't cover a ton of boards. I feel like this is a must have for a tournament bag!!

Dislikes:Very shot specific
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13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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About the Bowler

League Average:
187
PAP:
4 3/4 x 3/8 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I have problems coping with the bad burn towards the end of league and recently bowled in a tournament that went through singles and doubles without re-oiling. Nothing in my bag was handling the dried out conditions so I decided to try a retro approach. All I can say is WOW! This ball has that old school early heavy urethane roll with a smooth arc but finishes stronger through the pins than the original Hammer black that I threw back in the day. Even on a short pattern it holds its line with enough finish to carry the ten pin. I've started using it as my spare ball for the house pattern we use for league and it works great. Awesome control with very predictable movement. Its not going to replace my resin balls but it certainly has a shot specific place in my arsenal. When everything else is over hooking, this ball is a solid bailout option. I'd highly recommend it.
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League Average:
PAP:
5" Right
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Urethane Hammer is a must for all high rev bowlers especially if they bowl on sport patterns. Unlike all the other so called "Urethane" balls on the market, this is a true Urethane bowling ball. This ball picks up early and gives you the old school Urethane look on the back part of the lane.
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League Average:
242
PAP:
5 1/2
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
209
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
My favorite ball to use when the lanes are burnt inside and theirs some spark on the gutter. It gives be the best arcing motion in my bag controlling the pocket at the same time. I've drilled mine 1 pin above the ringer finger cg kicked out with XH and one drilled pin below the ring with the cg kicked out with XH. Great ball for shorter and medium patterns
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About the Bowler

League Average:
236
PAP:
5 1/8 over 1/2 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
207
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
My layout is 3 3/8" x 3 3/8" with an XH on my axis. This is my go to ball when the track is burned up in league when I'm faced with extreme over/under. This ball hits hard especially when going at the shim. This ball is also an excellent option for shorter pattens under 35'.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
177
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
190
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
What i was looking for was something i could play more to the right with on the lanes without an aggresive hook. Was not dissappionted! Im a 2 finger bowler an sometimes have that high rev is not always the answer although im able to adjust my finger tips to throw more straighter, the black hammer is my dream come true. Bowled on a cheetah pattern with this an did fairly good (200+ avg)! Went an bowled a particular bowling alley that was cheap on the oiling during a traveling league meet. Used this ball an outperformed everybody. While everyone struggled with too much hook an hitting the pocket, i was in bowlers paradise. Very consistant to getting to pocket even on very dry lanes. Now my other team member wants to get a urethane hammer as well. Get this! Adds that versatility to ur arsenal when the lanes are to dry for that reactive ball you got.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
220
PAP:
3 7/8 over 9/16 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Love this ball! The Wolf oil pattern quickly became one of my favorite patterns when I drilled this ball. Exactly what I wanted out of urethane. It reads the lane early, but doesn't die out before it hits the pins.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
235
PAP:
4-9/16 +1/4
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
186
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The black hammer gives me a look ive never seen before but love! It has an early read off ny hand but is smooth and controlled in the backend. Pretty predictable and gives that great urethane shape!
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