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#198817 - 01/01/18 09:58 PM Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane
nord Offline
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Registered: 10/27/11
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Below is a video of my first session with my new Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane.
I got this ball as a ball down option when the Black Widow and Midnight Scorcher are too much ball.
The Purple Pearl has a very high RG of 2.65 and a very low Diff of .015.
I had it drilled with the same high flare Full Roller layout I have on the Widow.
Despite the high flare layout, flare remains low, about 2 inches or so.
Oil was pretty heavy this day and the lane may have had lots of carry down from holiday house balls.
I found it hard to find the proper line that would let the Purple get into a good roll.
Eventually pushing it directly out into the dry seemed the best option, though occasional misses inside of second arrow would hold the line and hit pretty hard.
I did get a lot of washouts and splits though from light hits when the ball would not roll.
But I did get the ball as a ball down option when the volume is very low or getting taken off later in a set.
I think the Purple should fulfill that role quite nicely.
This ball does hit really hard when you get it working!
This is probably due to it being a two piece ball and the extra Coefficient of Restitution that design produces.
I have also attached a photo of the layout on the Purple.

Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane:
https://youtu.be/2D2F-3z4Cj4


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Purple Hammer Layout.jpg


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High Game: 259 bowled with The Hardwick Rubber Ball at Poway Bowl.
High Series: 630 bowled with Black Widow Urethane.
Composite Avg: 175

Arsenal
Visionary Midnight Scorcher Particle Urethane
Hammer Black Widow Urethane
Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane

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#198870 - 01/18/18 04:49 PM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: nord]
Dennis Michael Offline
Virtual League Champion

Registered: 12/11/05
Posts: 9651
A/S/L: M/Barrington, Ill
OK, I lost my post. I'll recreate it.

I went back and read the original specs of the older balls I am using. One in particular caught my attention. It's 9 year old Lane Master, Black diamond. Matte finish at 1500.

Well, this ball fits really well and I have used it alot. Found out, it is really lane condition specific. Heavy oil, even fresh is a no no. Dry is out as well. But, it works really well on an overlay shot or one that has been used. I use it in Sr League in the afternoons with great success.

Anyhow, the original Mfg write up called this ball a particle-urethane ball. I remembered the particle, but not the urethane part.

Stand at 27, roll over 13 at arrows, out to 9 at the range finder with great success.

But, the urethane surprised me.


Edited by Dennis Michael (01/18/18 04:50 PM)
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#198875 - 01/21/18 04:09 PM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: nord]
Dylan585 Offline
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Registered: 03/18/14
Posts: 284
A/S/L: 20/m/ny
Are ya still using the judge nord?
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High game: 288 (2 times now!)
High series: 710
Average: 197

Bag: Motiv Tank Rampage, Genesis the judge, motiv paranoia, motiv Forza gt, motiv Arctic sniper

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#198879 - 01/22/18 05:00 PM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: Dylan585]
nord Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dylan585
Are ya still using the judge nord?

Not using it much these days as it simply is not strong enough for me on modern house shots.
It gets slick with oil after about 5 throws and wont grip anymore.
It is truly just for very dry lanes or those with a heavy hand, lots of revs or up the back roll like Sin Li Jane has.
I really like her ball motion.
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High Game: 259 bowled with The Hardwick Rubber Ball at Poway Bowl.
High Series: 630 bowled with Black Widow Urethane.
Composite Avg: 175

Arsenal
Visionary Midnight Scorcher Particle Urethane
Hammer Black Widow Urethane
Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane

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#198883 - 01/22/18 10:27 PM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: nord]
Dylan585 Offline
2X Virtual League Champion

Registered: 03/18/14
Posts: 284
A/S/L: 20/m/ny
I'm serious with my offer if you ever want to sell it
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2 handed stats:

High game: 288 (2 times now!)
High series: 710
Average: 197

Bag: Motiv Tank Rampage, Genesis the judge, motiv paranoia, motiv Forza gt, motiv Arctic sniper

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#198906 - 01/26/18 11:08 AM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: nord]
W9JAB Offline
Action Bowler

Registered: 01/07/14
Posts: 270
A/S/L: 66/m/Il.
Nord, I have been watching your post for some time now, I was wondering just how many bowling balls to you own?
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#198914 - 01/27/18 12:19 AM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: W9JAB]
nord Offline
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Ha, ha.

I actually had far too many, so I gave some away to players and the rest to the Goodwill.

Those balls represented years of experimentation with different types and styles of balls to try and find out if a ball makes a difference and what works for me.

I learned a lot.

I am down to the following:


-Hammer Dark Legend Solid
-Hammer Black Widow Urethane
-Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane
-Hammer Widow Spare
-Radical Rack Attack
-Visionary Midnight Scorcher Particle Urethane
-Visionary The Crow Urethane
-Visionary The Judge Urethane
-Vintage AMF Angle Plus Urethane
-Vintage Brunswick Grizz Urethane
-Vintage Hardwick Rubber Ball
-Brunswick Karma Urethane

For this new season of doubles league at Parkway I am only using a urethane arsenal to see what my average will be by the time the season is over.

My Arsenal consists of:

Strong: Visionary Midnight Scorcher Particle Urethane (Rarely needed)
Medium: Hammer Black Widow Urethane (The ball for the fresh)
Weak: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane (Game 3 if things break down)
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High Game: 259 bowled with The Hardwick Rubber Ball at Poway Bowl.
High Series: 630 bowled with Black Widow Urethane.
Composite Avg: 175

Arsenal
Visionary Midnight Scorcher Particle Urethane
Hammer Black Widow Urethane
Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane

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#198919 - 01/27/18 06:57 PM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: nord]
BOSStull Offline
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Registered: 10/15/11
Posts: 1121
A/S/L: 61/M /Georgia
That's a lot of urethane balls Nord.

Hammer purple urethane 16 lb .30 Diff 2 peice might be a good candidate to replace my Artic Sniper that has a bad gash in it.
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Current Average 207

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Storm: Hy-Road, Hy-Road Nano, Intense
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#198921 - 01/27/18 08:41 PM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: BOSStull]
nord Offline
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Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 756
A/S/L: 40/M/Santee/CA
Originally Posted By: BOSStull
That's a lot of urethane balls Nord.
Hammer purple urethane 16 lb .30 Diff 2 peice might be a good candidate to replace my Artic Sniper that has a bad gash in it.

True.
I have had very little success with reactive balls over the years.
They are just too twitchy and undependable and condition sensitive.
Some days they are amazing and most days suck.
I see everyone else around me using them and getting high scores and a lot of really sucky players with horrible technique averaging higher than me because they use reactive and get all these lucky strikes.

Example:
Last week we bowled against a team where one of the players had horrible technique and released the ball when he was still about 5 feet back of the foul line.
He twirls it like a bullet, total 90 degree axis. He just throws it pretty much between second and third arrow. His first game was a 141 then in game 2 he bowls a 277!
In game three only a 170. He missed every 10 pin he left because he does not know how to pick up right side spares, only left side because he still uses his strike ball and does not change his release and hooks every spare.
His average is actually 206! But no way in the world is he even close to being a 200 average bowler, no, no way.

Yet...reactive.

It makes his terrible form into something that can score very high in enough instances that he gets super high games sometimes.

If I had simply given him a urethane ball he would be done, no longer a threat.
Do you see now why I don't like or trust reactive balls?
They really should be banned so players can get back to being shot makers and requiring skill to bowl.
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High Game: 259 bowled with The Hardwick Rubber Ball at Poway Bowl.
High Series: 630 bowled with Black Widow Urethane.
Composite Avg: 175

Arsenal
Visionary Midnight Scorcher Particle Urethane
Hammer Black Widow Urethane
Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane

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#198922 - 01/27/18 10:52 PM Re: Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane [Re: nord]
Mkirchie Offline
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Registered: 01/14/07
Posts: 756
A/S/L: 37/M/New Jersey
Originally Posted By: nord
They really should be banned so players can get back to being shot makers and requiring skill to bowl.

I know this is a topic you have brought up in the past. While I agree that reactive has affected bowling, I do not think that they should be banned. Regardless of what is being used, those who really know what they are doing are easily identifiable by watching them. Their average is just a number, not a true measure of ability.

I also feel that such a ban is not feasible and could cause a further decline in league bowling. With bowlers already complaining about USBC dues, having them tell bowlers they can no longer use reactive would be a disaster. Regardless of whether it was right or not for the USBC to do this, people were not happy with the USBC when they revoked the certifications of the Jackal and Jackal Carnage. Telling them to replace most, if not all of their arsenal would likely cause a mass exodus. Also, a lot of league bowlers do not take bowling seriously enough anymore to embrace such a challenge to their game.

As a bowler who does use reactive and urethane, my mindset does not change depending on what I am using. I still want to hit my target at all the same release parameters. Plenty of bowlers who use resin do not use it as a crutch to fix flaws in their physical game, they're the ones you can talk to about making adjustments and notice when you're mechanics are off. Please do not think that all bowlers who use resin have no clue what they are doing.

I never want to let bowlers who are bowling better than their physical game because of any advantage from using resin bother me. It's not going to help me bowl any better and more likely to make me bowl worse.

Mark
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HG-300(12)
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