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Switch Blade
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: Not Available
Switch Blade is the best choice for an all-purpose ball in the Blade series. Featuring the classic Hammer core with added flip block and the same Power Grip reactive coverstock as found on the original Vicious, Switch Blade delivers strong mid-lane motion with an aggressive backend.

Line Blade
Color Navy Blue/Purple
Coverstock Reactive
Core 2-piece
RG 2.50
Differential 0.040
Weights 10 thru 16lbs
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Re: Switch Blade
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2004, 10:37:39 PM »
How is possible that this wrecking ball has been on the market for over a month and this is the first review?  Anyway, I bought a 15lb. Switch Blade with a top wt. of 3 with a 2 1/4" pin.  As with my other equipment, it's drilled what's called "double stacked" (very aggressive) in order to keep up with my 20+ ball speed and high revs.  It is currently being used in a Brunswick house (medium oil conditions)using a new oil type designed to hold up longer without breaking down.

While few bowlers throw as hard as I and therefore advertised hook and backend performance for me may differ from most, here's my assessment of this product.

If you're in the market for a ball that you can use during medium oil conditions that is versatile enough to continue throwing with little adjustment throughout your 3 game set, this is the ball for you.  There is one drawback--you may find yourself feeling a little pressured having to hit your new average that has jumped roughly 10 pins.  A consistent roll throughout (I'm still waiting to see that aggressive backend), the Switch Blade delivers outstanding pin action and provides bowlers who are a little less accurate that extra margin of error to carry them to the next level.

Pin Action--10

Outstanding product from Hammer and for majority of people who are on a mid-range budget and not able to fork out $200.00+ for a high performance ball, this is a must have. Any questions, feel free to leave me a message and I'll be glad to answer them.


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Re: Switch Blade
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2004, 01:12:18 AM »
I got a Switch Blade from Jim Kiser a couple of weeks ago for a friend of mine.  It was 15.02 with 2 1/2 top and about 3in pin.  My friend is LH and has a pretty good amount of hand.  His problem is that every ball he had drilled was just to snappy and he was having a hard time staying smooth.  Well we picked a drill pattern for this one.  I drilled this ball for him negative.  I put the pin over his MF and the CG is about 1/4 to the left.  He has used this ball for 2 weeks now and his getting the smoothest reaction I have ever seen him have.  He bowled in a tournament 1 week ago and was +212 for 4 games and was the only left hander to make the cut.  Then he used it on the house shot that he has been struggling on because everything is just over reacting and shot 755 with a 300 on the last game.  This ball is a strong ball.  I would be afraid to see what would happen if we would of drilled this positive for him.  from the drilling we have on it this ball is super smooth for him through the heads and makes a nice turn on the backends.  The positive for him with this ball for his scoring is getting through the heads without over hooking.  Great ball for the price.


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Re: Switch Blade
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005, 05:18:29 PM »
I got this ball a few months after Hammer demo day but a little worried after my Big Block D. died (quit hooking) on me after 50 games. The one I throw on demo day reacted great, but the new one didn't for me. It doesn't like oil and needs some dry to make a turn. I used it on our house shot 40 ft oil dry gutters. I had to square up with this ball rather than swing it to the dry like most hooking balls. My friend has one and throws the ball a little slower than me and had great success with the ball until 50 games later he had the same problem I had with the Big Block, it quit hooking. I don't know about mine because I quit using it about 15 games and sold it. Maybe a better ball for mid-oil with stripped backends on syn. lanes.

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Re: Switch Blade
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2006, 03:41:31 AM »
Hammer Switch Blade

Ball Weight: 15lbs
Pin Length: 1inch
Drilled Long
(pic of drilling)
Rev Rate: High
Ball Speed: 23-26 km/h

Grit: 1000 I think
Type: Polished

Length: Very Short
Volume: Light
Type: Donít Know

Length: Long
Back End: Kind of a snap reaction
Overall Hook:
Breakpoint Shape: Not Sure how to put it, look on the video

Likes: This ball goes really long when u need it to, has a nice reaction to it and yeh
Dislikes: None

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