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Vibe Cherry
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Coverstock: Max Length Reactive
Weight Block: Performance
Finish: Polished
Ball Color: Cherry Pearl All colors and appearance do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
RG Differential: .039 (Medium) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare
RG Average: 2.51 (Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
Reaction: Excellent Length with Good Backend Reaction
Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium to Light Oil
Description:  The Cherry Vibe features a symmetric performance core and Hammerís new Max-Length Pearl Reactive coverstock to provide excellent length with good backend reaction on medium to light oil lane conditions.



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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2008, 08:30:46 PM »
First I have to say this ball in the hands of the right style of bowler is more aggressive than advertised.

Since my style cranker 18 mph around 500 rpm this ball has a way different reaction than a tweener with 250 rpm.


For me, this ball clears the heads with ease, not dependent on head oil. With that said I have had few balls clear the heads so easily yet have a huge backend reaction, such as this ball does. I can play a swing shot hooking the whole lane, or play straight up 5 the ball clears the heads the same.

The angularity for me is insane, easily comparable to the ebonite angular one in the turn off the dry. With that said this is all due to my style, and would not have that same reaction for a less aggressive style of bowler.

I have one video I left a 10 but you can get an idea of the aggressive move off the dry
Ths freshly oiled 42 feet in length tapered at 35 feet from 10-1 flooded inside dry outside buffed backends

this shot was 17.2 mph slow cus it was a fresh shot
and around 450 due to not being warmed up


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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2008, 11:44:53 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: 4 1/4" X 4 1/2".

THS-Surprise surprise surprise. That's the best word to describe this thing. Expected a skid/snappy reaction, but wow this thing MOVES off the spot. Goes probably a couple feet longer than my toxic, and turns. Great hit and carry. As far as overall hook potential, it's not much less than my Toxic. Definitely hooks more than I expected.


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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2008, 09:07:42 PM »
I won this ball in a raffle back in November. I paid $20 for tickets and won. lol. But man I love this ball. I have it drilled CG half inch up from thumb and 1/4 inch right from mid span, pin 1/4 inch away from ring finger at 4 o' clock, 600 grit sand.


I originally had it at 4000 grit sand with polish and it was an amazing med/light oil ball. But it didn't fit into my arsenal so I sanded it to 600 and now its my heavy oil ball. This ball is super strong now. I may have to take it back to 800/1000 grit because its a little too strong. But it has a great smooth arc.
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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2008, 07:28:20 AM »
4x3.5 Layout, no x-hole
OOB surface
Super Cranker with lots of tilt

Wood Lanes (with guardian): There's a new sheriff in town!  I punched up this cherry vibe in hopes that I could carry the corner pins a lot better toward the later frames of the set as my Ebonite Raid started to lose its carry.  Here's the thing about the cherry vibe:  it's not a "benched" ball.  It likes to run the show, basically.  I have found great success starting a set with the cherry vibe, carrying the oil down the lane a bit (with the polished finish) then using my Raid after the transition.  The cherry vibe is VERY strong off the dry and will hold in the oil if you need it to.  It is a very versatile piece on both fresh shots and broken-down shots.

Synthetic Lanes (HPL):  As to be expected from any flippy ball, the cherry vibe does appear to be a little touchy.  I find it more rewarding to play a little tighter with less axis tilt when on these lanes.  Don't let the free-hook overwhelm you or you will be sorry when you miss a few boards and leave a nasty split.  No trouble carrying corners, rather entry angle is so sharp I've started religiously leaving 9s.

OVERALL:  A very surprisingly strong, underrated piece of equipment that I would suggest to anyone looking for a new best friend.  When you're down and out.. feel the vibe.  The Cherry Vibe!


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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2008, 11:05:30 AM »
Weight: 15 3oz
Pin: 3 inch, used 1/1/2 pin buffer for VAL
Pin to PAP: 5-1/2 (mb 1inch to right of thumb) Pin up
PAP: 5-3/4 1/4 under
Style: Cranker speed and rev matched
Ball reaction: Skid/flip

I bought this mid priced performance ball to get a more competitive look on league night when the alley wants to put light oil out...Hammer has done it again!!!

Med-light oil:
   Its hard to miss with this one Very Very strong ball in the back end...I swing this ball with no problem..32 on the floor..20-17 on the lanes..belly to about 8 at the break... lots of light mixer hits, sends a lot of messengers!!! its a fun fun ball to roll..flips with ease...stays revved up all the way to the head pin..Watch out for the hang..A good bumper, east  to west coast ball..
     Out of box finish is long and strong..Skates through the heads exceptionally well..I broke the cover down to 1000 abralon & polished it back up..I got a better hold down lane, less squirmy..Same carry..Ball rolled up maybe a foot earlier..less light hits overall..better read
    Med-heavy oil:
  Ummmm....I pulled it out during a tourney..played down and end, and of course it had no problem hitting the 1-3..It was just real tight..Due to to extreme back end and angle this ball can produce, I was ringing 10's..tried to belly the ball a little and got caught up with the oil a little.. I give it a 5-10 on this could be played though, just not with a lot of area..Its for light stuff anyway..
  Quick jump off the dry, but predictable, blows the pins wild! Superior on med-light Can play almost anywhere with it..All hand releases work to tame the back end down.. When you other stuff is a tad bit to strong...pull this one out...It will open up the lanes...Reminds me of the Trauma from Storm....But on lighter volumes...I love this ball when the lanes really permit...Good for second shift.. A good solid rock from Hammer with a good price tag..Very under-rated.

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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2008, 03:37:18 PM »
this is the second cherry i've drilled up and all i can say is you cant beat the vibes there amazing for the price. i needed something to be nice smooth and predictable so i drilled this ball up with a rico layout and it has not let me down i've been able to throw it and this ball works better than any of my other stuff on a house shot. its smooth doesn't jump and hits like a train

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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2009, 04:43:10 PM »
I am a rather petite woman who cannot generate enough ball speed to control the back end drive that this ball has.  The house I bowl in has decided to save money on lane oil, so I am bowling on semi-dry lanes.  In order to compensate, I am standing way left of center and trying to hit around the fifth board.  Without enough ball speed, this can be dangerous if there is oil on the outside few boards.  I am going back to my pro to have some top weight removed and if that doesn't work, I will switch to the Emerald Vibe, which has less flip at the back end.

My advice for the small women out there is that if you can maintain a ball speed of at least 15 mph, you will have a ball that crushes the pins.  I am determined to stick with the Vibe which I only use for my first ball.  I use a plastic ball for spares.


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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2009, 01:59:31 PM »
I bought a Cherry Vibe to replace my Storm Barbed Wire, but I have to say I was disappointed in the hooking ability of the CV. I generally practice on second shift synthetic and this ball just didn't make much of a move to the pocket. When I adjusted my speed to really slow (probably in the 12-13 mph range) I could get it to move, but as I increased speed the ball would tend to slide into the 3 pin (
I'm a righty, a medium revs tweener. I bought this ball based on glowing reviews and I wish I could add my voice to that chorus, but based on my experience I would not recommend this ball.
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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2010, 12:52:32 PM »
15lb 3-4pin top 2.75
Pin 5 1/2
CG 4 1/2

Wow This ball hooks more than I expected. I punch this for dry lanes for vegas but it hook when my c-system 2.5 is not. I don't get why. It clears the heads with ease and the carry is AWESOME. This ball makes me want to switch all to hammer
1st use and the ball is paid for lol. a must have for anyone.

use it in vegas on 39 foot with out of bounce shot. I have no idea what pattern but 10 and out will not come back. I use this 15 to 12 and it crush the rack without any 10 pins THE BEST thing is I can use this ball all 12 games I bowl.
I rate this a 10 out of 10 and a must for anyone.
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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2017, 09:58:25 AM »
NEW 2017 CHERRY VIBE!!!!!!!
Here you have it Hammer Fans!!  The Cherry Vibe!!!  I personally love the low differential pieces!!!  My pin up Cherry Vibe is amazingly clean through the front part of the lane followed by a predictable angular motion on the backend.  The Vibes are a must piece in your bag!!!!


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Re: Vibe Cherry
« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2017, 02:22:17 PM »
2017 Cherry Vibe review...
For full review and video check it out:

The Hammer Cherry Vibe is a winner. I will undoubtedly be keeping one in my personal bag again. Extremely high bang for the buck. Consistent and reliable ball reaction. Can actually be used on lower volumes effectively. Has a very continuous motion through the pins. Core/cover match up is perfect. On medium and lower volume house shots, this is easily the first ball out of the bag if you are a tweener. Strokers may prefer more surface to start or using this as the pattern breaks down. Surely a cranker can use this 1st out of the bag. Thatís it. I always wished I hadnít gotten rid of my 1st Cherry Vibe, Hammer did me a huge favor.
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