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Purple Pearl Urethane
« on: October 18, 2016, 04:45:36 PM »
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Are you still wanting the ball reaction that dominated bowling in the 80's and 90's? Well Hammer does and they have brought it back with their line of Hammer Urethane bowling balls. This time Hammer is building on their Urethane success with the Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane ball. This ball has modified the popular light bulb core to create the LED core design and covered it with a Urethane Pearl cover and finished it with a 500 grit, then 1000 grit, and then 2000 grit Abralon pad. This combination offers incredible control the length of the lane on short oil patterns because you don't always need a violent reaction.

Color: Purple Pearl
Core: LED (modified for 14#)
Coverstock: Urethane Pearl
Finish: 500/1000/2000 Abralon
Reaction: Smooth Arc
RG: 2.65**
Differential: .015****
RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Light Oil
FCC Rating: Total- 14.5, Finish- 9, Core- 2, Cover- 3.5



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Re: Purple Pearl Urethane
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 12:29:20 PM »
This ball is flat out amazing. This ball is not your typical urethane. It shapes significantly more than balls like the Black Hammer, Boo Yah and Pitch Black. It also shapes differently from the Pitch Blue. It reads the front part of the lane a little less than the solid urethane balls on the market and has more backend. It still isn't reactive, but it doesn't quit down the lane unless there is a load of carry down or the fronts have to be shot on a heavy oil condition. I throw this ball mostly on medium patterns, but is versatile enough to see some use on some longer patterns or shorter patterns. It holds surface better than most urethanes (less lane shine). Instead of only being in play when throwing the ball up the gutter, I have been able to go as deep as 5th arrow before the ball became too slow to carry efficiently. If you need a ball that is stronger down the lane than usual urethane while still emphasizing the earlier read, give this ball a look.
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Re: Purple Pearl Urethane
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2018, 03:38:33 PM »
First I'm a senior bowler with slow speed and average revs.  I bought this ball to use on drier conditions and when lanes break down.  It's drilled with the pin about 4.5" from the PAP and about 1" over the ring finger.
First I'm a senior bowler with slow speed and average revs. 

Tried the ball yesterday after a senior league had just finished.  Lanes were medium to dry.  The ball in box finish was just too strong for this condition.  To use it at all I had to move out to the 4th arrow which was not why I bought the ball.  After the proshop sanded it and added polish, I was able to move more right with my feet and play between 10 and 15 at the arrows.  With the surface change and moving to the right the ball worked very well., however, this was not why I got the ball.  I wanted it for drier conditions and, with my speed, I don't think it's going to work.  I think the only way I can use it is to consider it a medium condition ball (which I realy don't need as I have reactive balls for that) or have it re-drilled with a weaker set-up.  I'll try it again on a league day and see how it works with a little more oil.     


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Re: Purple Pearl Urethane
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2018, 01:21:14 AM »
PAP 5 9/16
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Layout 90x6x20

After crossing with some guys who cannot stop to seem to throw the Purple Urethane in the past two years (You've probably seen him on tv) I finally decided to cave and see what the rage is all about.

I have been throwing a myriad of "black balls" almost exclusively in the past three years, with my ball up's going directly to a strong asymmetrical solid when I need to open up some angles. You might see that it is my preference to keep my angles in front of me as long as possible, while being "okay" with balls rolling out to control and manage lane play.

The difference with the Purple Pearl is that it is somewhat cleaner in the front. It saves up a little more energy compared to the other solid urethane products out right now. I find that this look to be a little more useful on higher scoring patterns that ask for players to keep their angles in front of them for most of the block. However, it is susceptible to over under looks, and that solid urethanes to be used to shut down the angles down even more into the pocket; when these conditions are seen.

I have four urethanes in my bag for the long tournaments, in case lane shine is in play when moving from pair to pair.


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Re: Purple Pearl Urethane
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 06:05:54 PM »
I must admit to having an infatuation with the Hammer Purple Pearl urethane.
First off, it is really, really pretty!
But it is what is does that makes it so special.

First off, I am a Full Roller with low revs (150) and low ball speed (13 mph launch speed) a 90 degree axis rotation and zero tilt. I also have a 1940's style release.

It is difficult for me to match up well with a ball.
I have tried tons of balls with different layouts.
But when I got my Purple Hammer I was amazed.

The Purple is the ultimate control ball that still has amazing hitting power.
My game is based on accuracy. I don't cover boards. I just want to get the ball rolling on a straight course to the pocket and have it roll up and carry.
The Purple lets me do that.
I have had more 600 series with this ball than any other.
What is amazing about this ball is how super strong it is.
It really grabs the lane.
It actually has the strongest coverstock of any modern urethane ball.
It's cover is much stronger than even Hammer's Black Widow urethane.
But because the Purple has a super high RG 2.65 and super low Diff .015, a coverstock that strong allows the ball to roll hard and retain a ton of hitting power.
If you bring the surface up to 2000 you can stand right and go up the boards, but if you bring it down to 1000 or even 500 you can move in and swing it a bit.
And if you have a big hand you can do anything with it, just like Jacob Butturff does.
I mean he can use the Purple on virtually any pro pattern!

Here is a video of me using the Purple so you can see how much control and power it has for a throwback like myself:


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Re: Purple Pearl Urethane
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2019, 12:19:24 AM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):  Dirt house THS on spotty light side


Likes:  Believe the hype this ball is for real.  It is the strongest symmetric urethane ball I own (stronger than my Crow and my black Sumo).  Weird having to put slip agent on a urethane ball for my style but at the dirt house I got this ball for its almost too much (standing further left to start than used to). Got it in 16lb but carries better than any of the dozen other urethane balls I have (mix of 15 and 16).  Nearly reactive like carry.  Super predictable motion as well. Would not hesitate to say nearly everyone should have this ball in their arsenal especially if they are only going to have one urethane ball.  All the advantages of urethane with less of the downsides.

Dislikes:  Almost too strong.  Still slightly earlier than I would like sometimes but nature of urethane (nearly as long as true urethane gets though).  At least being high RG and pearlized it doesn't really ever burn up.   Doesn't give quite the miss room of some reactives but gives about as much as you will ever get out urethane.

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Re: Purple Pearl Urethane
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2019, 02:32:31 PM »
With arguably THE hottest urethane ball on the market, I felt it was important I add this piece to my arsenal. Mine is drilled with a 4 pin to pap to help get the ball to flare a bit more for me with my medium rev rate.

I originally had a Black Urethane, but it had a tendency to hook a tad too early for me. This purple urethane is a much better compliment to it in my opinion. It certainly goes a tad longer and has a bit more controlled continuous motion downlane for me. While Im still getting use to it, I am confident this is the go-to starter ball for shorter patterns when you need to control the early hook before carry down occurs.




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