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# Coverstock: Max-Hook Reactive Pearl
# Color: Orange/Silver All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
# Factory Finish: 4000 Grit Abralon with Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
# Core: Raw Hammer Assault Core
# RG: 16# - 2.48 15# - 2.48 14# - 2.50 13# - 2.53 12# - 2.60 11# - 2.62 10# - 2.72
# Differential: 16# - .047 15# - .050 14# - .053 13# - .055 12# - .039 11# - .032 10# - .031
# Flare Potential: Medium-High
# Performance: Medium Length with Strong Backend Movement
# Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil

# Description: The Raw Hammer Psycho expands the performance range in the Raw Hammer series by offering a new core shape in our very successful mid-price series. The Raw Hammer Psycho features a new Raw Hammer Assault core paired with our new Max-Hook Reactive Pearl coverstock to provide medium length with a strong and aggressive backend move. This new ball is sure to catch many eyes sitting on the shelf with our new Orange/Silver combination.



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Re: Psycho
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2008, 09:58:43 PM »
Beginning to switch to mostly Hammer and Lane Masters equipment, and got the Psycho to compliment my Anger.  To really see the difference between these two balls, and also make a nice combination in my arsenal, I drilled the Psycho the same as my Anger, pin above the bridge, CG stacked below just above the center of my grip.  First time out, I liked the reaction of the Vibe a bit more than the Psycho, but what I have found out about the Psycho, is it has a fantastic amount of hold built into it.  I think this is partially due to the layout, but also attributed to the ball as well.  It is about 3-4 boards less hook than the Anger, and as you begin to move inside, it is easy to chase the oil line, and watch it fly off the breakpoint when it reaches the friction.  I have been able to use the Psycho a bit longer than I guessed I would making this a great ball to handle any medium condition, all the way down to a medium dry.  The hitting power is fantastic, and it handles carrydown extremely well from what I have seen.  This is an excellent benchmark ball to be put right in the middle of your arsenal, and get a good read on how much oil is on the lane.  More often than not, this will be a great ball to start, if not, get the Anger out, if it's too much, it's Vibe time.  Great job Hammer!!!

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Re: Psycho
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2008, 06:26:17 PM »
Great ball. Drilled pin above the ring w/800 polish applied to it, Hammer has a winner with this one. 300(2x) 824 with this ball so far, gonna get a Venom to try out the Widow series.

If your a fan of the Raw Hammer Series this ball is a must have.
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Re: Psycho
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2008, 12:16:47 PM »
Weight: 15#
Top Weight: 3.5 oz.
Pin Placement: 2-3"

4 1/2" Pin Above the Ring Finger. CG slightly kicked out. No Weight Hole necessary.

First Impression:

Very clean through the heads with a smooth and continuous backend reaction.



By far the Widow Pearl is more aggressive off the dry which in turn has more backend reaction. The Psycho is a great compliment due to the fact that when the Pearl is flying, the Psycho will give you that great backend reaction yet it will NOT be as profound off the dry and drastic as the BWP. Comparing to the Widow Pearl, you can play straighter on heavier oil conditions and not have to worry about it over reacting.

Final Conclusion:

If you seek a ball with decent backend reaction with a more aggressive smooth archy reaction, then look no further than the RAW HAMMER PSYCHO!
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Re: Psycho
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2008, 12:16:38 AM »
Buy this ball!!!! This ball is like a mix between the black widow pearl and toxic. This ball is one word....Dominant.

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Re: Psycho
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2008, 11:54:46 PM »
My PAP: 5 1/4" over by 3/4" up. 15-15.5 mph. Above average revs. I'd say I'm somewhere in between tweener and cranker.

Drilling: Pin 4 3/4" from PAP, above my ring finger.

THS: With the OOB 4000 Abralon + Polish, The Psycho really tears it up on THS. It has great midlane read with a strong arcing backend motion. The ball is definitely NOT a skid-flippy ball, but the move isn't weak either. The new Assault core is definitely a winner in my book. Provides excellent hit that I've come to expect from Hammer, and it really whips pins around. As far as total amount of hook is concerned, I was actually surpised at how strong it is.

So far I've taken the cover down all the way to 1000 grit abralon. The basic reaction is what you'd expect, the lower the grit gets, the earlier the ball rolls, and more overall. So far I've had the most success with the OOB surface. Without polish the ball tends to start too early for even THS after the first game or so.

The only condition that I really can't use this ball on is really light oil, or a shot with burnt up heads. The ball is simply too much for either of the two.

Overall this thing is a real winner. Seems to be pretty forgiving to both speed and hand action mistakes. Anyone looking for a great medium oil ball with all the hit and carry of a high performance ball at a mid-price point the Psycho is for you. And as a bonus it looks sweet too!


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Re: Psycho
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2008, 04:36:21 AM »
I've held off on my review with this ball to get a better feel for it. I've never thrown Hammer prior to this year and made the switch right before the season. This ball is pretty good. I bowl primarily on synthetic and the ball is very smooth. There is no jump off the transition point. I started out tonight with a 257 and a 265 before the lanes started to break down and I switched equipment. I throw about 14-15 mph and typically about 15-8. The ball carries very well and looks nice rolling down the lane. Nice job Hammer!
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Re: Psycho
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2008, 12:46:45 AM »
Here is my review of both of my Raw Hammer Pyschos!

Layout #1 - 5 1/4 x 4 1/2CG
Layout Pic #1 -

Layout #2 - 3 x 2CG
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Stats are as follows:
PAP - 5 3/8 OVER
Speed - About 14-15mph
Revs - About 200-300rpms.

Reaction Wanted: I just wanted a Pyscho!

Reaction Received (#1): My Pyscho #1 is like a dream ball. I have many games on this ball, and it has yet to show any sign of reaction-loss. The ball has nice midlane read, and never jumps very hard off the spot. It gets in the dry of the shot, revs, and just stands up into the pins. As long as there's decent dry, Pyscho #1 works very well! A medium oil piece at best!

Reaction Received (#2): Pyscho #2 is just a bit confusing to me so far. The ball has no more than 10 games on it, but I feel I know its' general reaction so far. It seems, although it's drilled to be earlier, that it goes longer than Pyscho #1, but still has that strong arc. Compared to #1, this Pyscho definitely only arcs, though. Pyscho #1 has more backend recovery, and lets me play a little deeper on the lane!

Overall: The Pyscho is a big winner from Hammer! It is probably my favorite pearl ball of all time, right next to the Hammer Sling Blade (yes, that legend). I am very pleased with my Pyschos, and would recommend one to anybody! I feel many people need a reaction the Pyscho gives. For a pearl, it really smooths out the lane for you, and gives you a little heads up as to how the lanes are playing!

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(Pyscho #2 only, for now) (also, don't mind my so fascinated sister)

I hope this review helped in some way/shape/or form. If there's any additional questions on something i missed, or something you would like to know, then LMK! The ball is amazing, and a great release from AMF!

Thanks to Beans for drilling it! Thanks for reading!
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Re: Psycho
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2009, 08:35:13 PM »
I just bought the Psycho and wow. It has good length and it hits like a truck. It's like rolling a little tank down the lane. It has a very strong backend. It is not as flippy as people say it is, it is a very good ball I am enjoying it very much so far. I bowled on medium oil, the ball reacted well, the backend movement got really strong when the lanes started to break down but no big deal just make the little adjustment. This is a very good ball I would strongly recommend it.


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Re: Psycho
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2009, 02:06:47 AM »
Right Handed
300-325 rev rate
High Track

1in pin


I got this ball to play right around the second arrow. If I remember correctly it's supposed to be a label drill. What I got out of the ball is pretty good length and a smooth arching motion when there's oil present. Once the the lanes transition it gets to be a little snappy. I experienced a little over/under when there was carrydown from the women's league before us.

All in all the Psycho is a pretty decent ball. When I made it to the pocket it hit, and carried about average. I've owned a lot of hammers releases the past few years and as of now this may be the most condition specific one I have had. If I bowled on fresh shots my opinion might be different. For the leagues that I bowl in which are both second shift, one after women and the other after the men, the psycho was too much or not enough.

Overall I'd give it a 7/10

This review is without having made any surface adjustments at all. If i so choose to tinker with the cover I will definitely update. For now this is where I stand.

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Re: Psycho
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 12:07:08 AM »
this ball is great for hi rev guy's with alot of speed. great power pack..hello, im new to this site i was just wondering if anybody has a nasty nail black for sale new or other wise. please contact me at

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Re: Psycho
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 09:12:43 AM »
Just got one of these I bowled with it for about 15 games. It hooked more than my Toxic but less than my Reaper. It performed as expected great length with a decent move to the pocket. I would recommend this ball to anyone with a lot of hand and decent speed.


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Re: Psycho
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2009, 06:06:08 AM »
Med speed
Med rev rate
moderate axis tilt

Pin under ring--4" from PAP
2000 Grit Abralon/Wet Grey Scotchbrite

Lane conditions:
Med to Heavy oil THS, with soft backends.

The Raw Hammer Psycho is very arcy in box condition.  I found the shiny finish to be alittle too weak for our house shot.  I cut the ball with 2000 Abralon and it came to life for me.

I used this ball as my benchmark ball for the first part of the season.  Shiny it was arcy, but at 2000 it is very arcy. It read the midlane well and just floats towards the pocket.  Because of this, carry for me has been average to above average with this ball.  

Longevity has not been an issue with this ball.  I de-oiled once after 120 or so games and was unable to extract much oil from the cover.  

Overall, I think the Psycho is a very good ball for those bowling on flatter patterns and looking to keep the ball in play.  It will give you consistent results shot after shot.


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Re: Psycho
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2009, 01:09:39 PM »
Layout - 5 x 3 pin down with a low hole
Surfaces used - box, 320, 1000, 1000 polish, 2000, 2000 polish, 4000

  In box finish the Psycho gets down the lane easily, makes a defined midlane move, and then has a nice and strong "pop" right into the pocket. I REALLY like the way this ball rolls. its very predictable and controllable without any bad habits. Just about everyone describes this ball as "arcy" but i have to partially disagree. while it does make a noticeable move in the middle of the lane, there is a defined move when it hits the dry. I would NOT call it a "flip." its more of a "pop."

  Surface changes suit this ball well and change the reaction as you would expect. at 1000 grit there is no "pop" downlane and the reaction shape becomes a smooth and floaty arc. 320 grit was done kind of as a joke.. i dont recommend that surface as its like trying to throw a snow tire down a rubber lane. it hooked so much that it almost hooked in my backswing and ripped my hand off... ...not really.. but 320 grit is not recommended.

  Overall it hooks about 2 boards less than the Acid and the two compliment each other very well.


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Re: Psycho
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2009, 05:30:39 PM »
Good ball, you could actually say it is one of my favorite balls to throw.  Drilled it to go long, and snap in sharply on the backend.  If I swing it out, the ball won't recover, but this ball isn't supposed to, so it is more of a control thing with me.  This is a great beginner ball if you are looking for a consistent reaction, but it is also good for the experience bowler for a lane that is broken down.