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10pin2002

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Differences in old Hammer urethanes... QUICK!
« on: February 10, 2004, 01:43:10 AM »
There are some old Hammer urethanes coming up for auction here in the next 6 hours or so on ebay... wondering really quick if anyone knows...

1)  What did the Nail do?
2)  Characteristics of Blue Pearl?
3)  Differences in Red, Blue, Black?

Looking for a few urethanes to last me a while and want to make some good choices.

Thanks,
Nate

 

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Re: Differences in old Hammer urethanes... QUICK!
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2004, 04:49:06 PM »
The Nail was a medium/dry urethane ball.  The purple/blue/red Hammers were very similar in reaction, which was to say a little stronger than the original black Hammer.  The Pink Hammer was much like the Nail.  I was able to throw the Nail and the Pink Hammer was a decent amount of success with great hitting power!
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Re: Differences in old Hammer urethanes... QUICK!
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2004, 07:26:21 PM »
The Nails that are up on ebay are mid-90's reactive - NOT urethane. The original urethane Nail was the same hardness as the pink hammer, and an EXCELLENT dry lane/spare ball. The logos are different. Look them up on the other site (bowlingballreview.com) The Nail reactives up on Ebay are the equivalent of a C300 Beast - a mild reactive low flaring ball, good for medium-dry conditions, and just so-so as a spare ball for the average bowler because they will hook when they hit the dry.

The Blue Pearl, Black ,Red, and Blue urethane balls all have the same weight block. They will not flare more than 1 to 2 inches. The Blue Pearl urethane will hook the least, the Black urethane would be next, followed by the Red, and finally the Blue urethane hammer. If you want a spare ball, the Blue Pearl would be excellent. The Black works well too if polished. The Red might backend a bit too much for corner pins, but can work. The Blue urethane is an excellent hard hitting ball that works well on medium-light to medium-heavy oil conditions. The Black and Red urethane balls polish very easily - the Blue urethane does not polish well at all. If you don't mind playing straighter lines, the Black & Red urethane hammers are effective on oily conditions when dull/sanded. Lastly, being urethane balls, they do not like lanes with carrydown - especially with the oils used today. If I was to buy any of those balls listed, I would get the Blue Pearl as a spare/torched lane dual purpose ball, and maybe a Blue urethane for a "never gonna wear out" practice ball.

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Re: Differences in old Hammer urethanes... QUICK!
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2004, 07:27:41 PM »
Oh - I forgot - we've been through this before. Check this out:

http://www.ballreviews.com/Forum/Replies.asp?TopicID=23872&ForumID=6&CategoryID=2

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Re: Differences in old Hammer urethanes... QUICK!
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2004, 05:14:13 AM »
Bowling 200+ listed the hammers in the following order. From the most aggresive
to least aggresive

Blue Hammer
Red Hammer
Black Hammer
Red Pearl
Blue Pearl
Nail
This book was published in 1989 before the pink,purple and burgandy came out.

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Re: Differences in old Hammer urethanes... QUICK!
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2004, 08:52:08 PM »
Well, guys, thanks so far.

Right now there's a Blue Pearl, a Red, and a Black somewhere in my price range with about two hours to go.  I'll let you know about what, if anything, happens.

There are also some Berry Razors up too... always seem to be.  I should just get hold of the store that has them and tell them that me and a couple guys will buy about 6 of them for $60 shipped (about what they go for IF they sell)... same with the Stingrays.

Some of the older stuff like that is good to experiment with, especially if you want to try different weight, drilling, etc.  The balls seem to last a lot longer than the hook-in-a-box stuff you can get today.  Hit just as hard too.  I think today's mid-price stuff is what people should really be getting if they want brand new stuff.  Seems to last longer, works just as good, etc.  Any thoughts?

Nate

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Re: Differences in old Hammer urethanes... QUICK!
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2004, 09:05:42 PM »

Just the info I needed...thx!

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