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The Sauce is Hammer's first High Performance release for almost a year!Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 6"Mass Bias Position - n/aCG Placement - 1" above mid lineBalance Hole - noneSurface Preparation - Box Finish (4000 grit Abralon)What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:Well I use this layout on a Black Widow and Black Widow Pearl. The conditions at the particular house we do our testing and league bowling tend to get very wet/dry. This layout helps smooth out the ball motion while maintaining plenty of heavy roll and enough down lane hook. With what we heard about the Sauce from Hammer I thought this would fit in above my Widow.What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:Pretty much what I expected. This ball fits in perfectly with the other Hammer balls I have drilled this way. It actually skids through the heads a little cleaner then my Black Widow which was a little bit of a surprise but the overall ball motion is awesome. I think this is the look that Hammer has needed to really fill out their ball line. The Sauce rolls very strong in the front part of the lane and continues that motion into the transitional part of the lane. As you can see from our ball reaction video the ball makes a very distinct, very sharp motion at the break point. Overall I feel this will fit in well with most league bowlers and higher average players.
Click Layout Image to Enlarge The Sauce High Performance Series features an all-new Contrusion core shape allowing for greater backend movement without sacrificing breakpoint control, and the Hammer Aggressive Edge coverstock; the most aggressive coverstock we've cooked up yet. Pin to PAP(4 1/2" over 1/2" up) - 3 3/4"CG Placement - 1 1/2" Right of grip center - 2 3/8" from PAPBalance Hole - 5 1/2" Right, 1" Down - Hole Drilled 2" Deep w/ 3/4" Drill BitSurface Preparation - Sanded to 1000 Abralon and Polished with Brunswick Factory FinishWhat I Was Looking For In This Layout: Since this is the first high performance Hammer releases in some time, I decided to go stronger with this layout to see what it could do. I was looking for this ball to hook more in the midlane and give me a strong punch at the breakpoint. What I Ended Up With In This Ball Layout: Out of the box, this baby hooked early and often. A little too much for me to handle, so I ended up using 1000 grit Abralon and polishing the surface with Brunswick Factory Finish polish.I started this ball left of the 4th arrow and got it to 10 at the breakpoint. With the added polish, the ball was able to store more energy to release at the spot. It begins to pick up a roll earlier than anything else I have in my bag. With the ball left at box finish, I found that the reaction smoothed out on the backend as it was using its energy too quickly.The added polish really helped. Once it reaches the breakpoint, the progression to the pocket is very strong. It actually looks like it goes into another gear and levels through the pins.Overall, Hammer is back in the High Performance market with The Sauce. If you're a low rev player and want the most reaction out of your ball, I would recommend this type of layout for you. For higher rev rate bowlers, I would either recommend you use this layout on heavier oil patters, or lay the ball out with the pin 5-6" from your PAP. This layout rolls tremendous on medium patterns and offers more angle at the breakpoint.