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Taboo
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 92.31
Color: Black/Purple/Blue 
Coverstock: Grand Theft Reactive 
Core: High Mass-Bias Gas Mask Core 
Factory Finish: 800/1000/2000/2000 Abralon 
RG: 16#-2.51, 15#-2.50, 14#-2.49, 13#-2.53, 12#-2.60 
RG Differential: 16#-.049, 15#-.060, 14#-.057, 13#-.055, 12#-.039 
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium/Heavy to Heavy Oil 
Description: Hammer Bowling’s original rule breaker is at it again. Introducing the hot new Taboo. First we started with the venerable Black Widow core. Then we wrapped it in our brand new Grand Theft Reactive Coverstock. And, as if that wasn’t enough, It’s our first ball to be poured with our game-changing HD color process. What’s that mean for you? Far more hook and continuation in the backend culminating in a ball that just strikes more.

 

cbyrne

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Re: Taboo
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011, 07:40:32 PM »
i just boughty the taboo recentley, and I've had it for about 3 weeks now...and i just can't put it down!....it's a fantastic ball for anyone with a high rev rate and mid to fast ball speed...i average around 215 with it and im 16.  I've shot a 279 and a 750 series with this ball....i love it so much and think everyone needs this ball!


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Re: Taboo
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011, 07:40:46 PM »
i just boughty the taboo recentley, and I've had it for about 3 weeks now...and i just can't put it down!....it's a fantastic ball for anyone with a high rev rate and mid to fast ball speed...i average around 215 with it and im 16.  I've shot a 279 and a 750 seriies with this ball....i love it so much and think everyone needs this ball!


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Re: Taboo
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2011, 02:37:16 PM »
BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 2-3"


Starting Top Weight: 3oz


Ball Weight: 14


 


DRILL PATTERN


Pin to PAP: 4 7/8


CG to PAP: 3 1/2


X Hole (if there is one):

 





BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 587


Ball Speed: 18-19

 

PAP/Track: 4 1/2---> 1/2 up


 




SURFACE PREP


Grit: factoru


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):

 




LANE CONDITION


Length: 38' house shot

 

Volume: med oil


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):


 



BALL REACTION


Length: Good length. 2000 abralon surface makes it pick up its roll a little early down lane!!


Back End: Strong and continuous!!

 

Overall Hook: BIG total hook with this ball!!


Midlane Read: Not so noticeable, all hook is at the back end of the lane!!


Breakpoint Shape: Very angular


 




COMMENTS


Likes: Best ball I've EVER thrown, easy to read and adjust, very predictable rolling ball, hits like a freight train, new HD coloring on the Taboo!! MUST have for any serious bowler, if not whoever your bowling against and they have this ball, they will be tough to beat!! Dont sleep on the best ball Hammer ever made... (my opinion)


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Re: Taboo
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 02:18:47 PM »







 



COMMENTS







Likes: Great ball rolls great bowled my best games ever with this ball, once i put some polish on the taboo it became a monster. I would recommend this ball to everyone.



Dislikes:  None







 



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Re: Taboo
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 03:39:44 PM »
I started using a demonstrator Hammer Taboo about 3 weeks ago on THS. Goes long with a left turn that carries everything. The first two times out was 684 and 660, and decided I had to have one in the bag. No disappointments. Using it with out of box finish, and able to use it throughout the set without making huge adjustments. Hammer has come through again! 


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Re: Taboo
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2011, 08:46:11 AM »
LANE CONDITION






Oily




Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):



 



COMMENTS







Likes:  Great addition to the Hammer lineup.  My average (for new games thrown in league) has increased 10 pins so far due to this powerful bowling ball.  My Taboo is drilled to travel down the lane farther and then break for the pocket.  The strikes are strong, with seldom a ten pin standing after impact.  The alleys I bowl on are oily, and this ball is definitely meant for oily conditions.  As the alley dries, you have to move your spot, .... but no problem.  I now have a straight (plastic) ball for spares as the late breaking hook is not easy for spare making.  Its a ball everyone should have in their arsenal!!!   JON 

 

 



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PASSDAMAYO88

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Re: Taboo
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2011, 12:26:07 AM »
i was a little skeptic at first because i have never thrown a hammer ball because i am a storm/roto grip guy. but when i got this as a present, i thought, might as well. when i threw this, talk about back end reaction. this went from board 1 to right in the pocket as a buzzsaw. i was standing at the left gutter cap doing so. this ball is a must have. 

 


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Re: Taboo
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2011, 06:49:36 AM »
LANE CONDITION

Length: 42
 
Volume:  heavy

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): sport

 
COMMENTS

Likes: Loves oil

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   649 right out of the box.....I love this ball.  It slams the pocket hard from many different angles.  Very forgiving...don't pass up the chance to get one for your bag. 
 
 
 



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Re: Taboo
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2011, 10:41:28 AM »
BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 3-4"


Starting Top Weight: around 3


Ball Weight: 15.3


 


DRILL PATTERN


Pin to PAP: layout used - 50* x 5" x 40*


CG to PAP:


X Hole (if there is one): x-hole located on the P2

 



BOWLER STYLE



Rev Rate: moderate - have not been checked for a while
 



Ball Speed: moderate - have not been checked for a while

 

 

PAP/Track: 5 1/4" right and 3/4" up
 
 

SURFACE PREP



Grit: out of box
 

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): sanded, oob

 





LANE CONDITION


Length: 38' house shot, as well as some tournament patterns, that are longer 

 

Volume: league - medium, tourneys - differs



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): league - League-multiple surfaces / houses & Tourneys
 
 



BALL REACTION


Length: gets down lane very well


Back End: strong, but not flippy.

 

Overall Hook: most that i have in my bag
 

Midlane Read: reads the midlane well, but most of reaction is down lane.

Breakpoint Shape: strong roll



 




COMMENTS


Likes: This ball was drilled to get down lane and clears the heads well. Reads the mids decently, but what I really like is how continuous it is down lane. It doesnt matterif it is in league, where I have to cover more boards or the tourney patterns where I have to square up a little bit more. May drill up another one, with a 45* x 4 1/2", pin down layout, to help read mids better and start up earlier. Think that will be a good 1-2 punch for tourney patterns.


Dislikes: none at this time


 


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Re: Taboo
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2011, 01:37:49 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length: 2-3"

Starting Top Weight: 2 1/4 oz.

Ball Weight: 15lb 4oz.

 
DRILL PATTERN

Pin to PAP:  55* x 4 1/4" x 40*

CG to PAP:

X Hole (if there is one):
 

BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: ~280rpm

Ball Speed: ~16mph 
 
PAP/Track: 5" over, 3/8" up

 
SURFACE PREP

Grit:  2000 (box finish)

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):
 

LANE CONDITION

Length: 40' house shot
 
Volume: differs

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

 
BALL REACTION

Length: Moderate

Back End: Strong & continuous.  Turns hard left if you let it.
 
Overall Hook: High

Midlane Read: Moderate

Breakpoint Shape: Round, but angular on the backend (typical Black Widow shape for the most part)

 
COMMENTS

Likes: Carries well and kicks out corner pins as well as any ball I've ever had.  Decent amount of forgiveness on a THS - it will hold line on a pull surprisingly well.  Ball motion is similar to the Black Widow shape.  I like how far I can play inside and have it still carry (notice I don't have too much hand).  Goes longer than I would've thought, but still reads the mids well.

Dislikes: So far, I've found that it doesn't come back if you leak it too much outside on a THS.  Has the characteristics of an oiler in this respect.

 
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RetiredJim

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Re: Taboo
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2011, 05:16:05 AM »
LANE CONDITION






Length: 39 ft

 

Volume:


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Lanes 1&2 of Senior's Afternoon League, tough shot!!


 



COMMENTS





Likes: 1st game with this ball after 1/2 dozen practice shots - 300 game out of the box!! 


Dislikes: A little too aggressive on later shots


 


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Re: Taboo
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2011, 04:53:53 PM »

First off, I just want to say I have been bowling Hammer for the last 5 years and love them.  I am a Full Roller and have a 214 average.  It is tough to match balls up for myself.  I have thrown numerous balls that just didn't work out.  I haven't bought a new ball in a couple of years, so I decided to pick up this ball.  I have never thrown a ball that rolls this nice.  I have it at OOB conditions.  It gets down the lane with ease and then it just launches towards the pins.  I can play inside or outside with this ball.  With some more games, hopefully this can become the best ball in my bag (right now it's the BW Bite, numeorus 279+ and 792, 805).  Maybe I can now get that long awaited 300.








 

 


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Re: Taboo
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2011, 03:11:36 AM »
Age: 20

Average: 211 (Thursday Night Palisades)
     
Style: 2 Handed/Right
          
Ball Speed: 20-21 Mph (Off hand)
                  18-19 Mph (At Pin Deck)
 
RPM: 580-630
 
Layout: 70 x 5" x 50 (Pin in Ring Finger)
 
Shots Thrown On:
Route 66
Route 66 (Shortened)
USBC Blue 1
USBC Blue 3
USBC 2010 Championship Pattern
PBA Shark
 
A little sketchy about this ball at first, since i didnt like the Hammer Plague and the Hammer Jigsaw Trap and  kind of gave up on the Hammer line for a while... Until now.
 
Got this as seeing alot of people are liking it, and saw Bill O'Neil throw it on tv, and the ball looked awesome from my point of view :) And another Local bowler down here, Jarret Mizo, now on Team USA, said he liked the ball as well.
 
So reading up on this ball, this ball was supposed to be a really aggressive bowling ball, so i gave it a mild/control layout for me. 70 x 5" x 50 with the Pin in the ring finger. Same layout that is on my Track 715T.
 
Out of the box, the cover on the ball was way too strong for my liking. Ball got through the heads of the lane smooth and had a violent reaction in the back end of the lane. On a fresh Route 66 pattern, this ball really did impress me. But after the 2nd game, i had to put it back in the bag. Too much backend and it was reading the midlane too strong.
 
Cover Change: "Polished"
 Now this ball is something that will stay in my arsenal for a long time :) just a little polish helped out this ball alot. Much smoother then it was before, the backend was still a little violent, but much more controllable. Now comes versatility by just adding polish on this ball.
Got through the heads smooth like before but smoothed out the violent reaction in the backend.
 
For people with high rev rates, i suggest polishing this ball or taking the cover down to 4000 abralon. And for strokers/tweeners, out of the box should be no problem. Just put on your favorite layout and it should work wonders :)
 
This ball has some amazing carry :) makes the pins fly, and it hasnt disappointed me yet. Its been through about 30+ games, and the cover has not died!!! thank you hammer :) 
 
Will be posting videos soon after midterms are all done :)
 
And thank you for a great ball Hammer :)
 
Rating: 9.5/10
 
-Keene Inafuku
 
 


Current Arsenal:
Storm Anarchy
Storm HyRoad
Storm Virtual Gravity 
Storm Natural Pearl
Ebonite Mission 2.0
Hammer Taboo (Polished)
 

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Re: Taboo
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2011, 09:12:10 AM »
LANE CONDITION






Length:40' House Shot

 

Volume:Medium


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):Top Hat


 



COMMENTS





Likes:Overall I really like the ball.  It allows me to open up a little and give myself more room for error because it has such a great recovery on the backend.  What I have personally noticed about this ball is how well it carries light hits.  There are nights that I bowl that because of how the oil has carried down I purposely try to hit the pocket light because of how well it carries.  This is the closest I have come to finding a ball comparable to the original Roto Grip Cell, which in my opinion is the best bowling ball ever poured.  The Taboo has a little more overall hook than the Cell.  But for me the Cell was the most forgiving ball I've ever thrown.


Dislikes: $159 price point.


 


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