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Viral Hybrid
« on: June 02, 2016, 08:36:12 AM »
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Hammer continues the success of the Viral bowling balls with the Hammer Viral Hybrid. This version offers a stronger mid-lane reaction while keeping the consistent and predictable reaction of the previous Viral balls on dry to medium oil conditions. All of this is achieved by combining the Vibe core with the Violent Flip Hybrid coverstock and finishing it with a 500 grit and then 2000 grit Abralon pad and then Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish. This bowling ball is infused with Carbon Fiber! Hammer added this tough material to the inner core of this ball to add strength and durability so that they can offer an incredible 3 year warranty.

Color: Lime/Gold Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
Coverstock: Violent Flip Hybrid
Finish: 500 / 2000 Abralon Polished w/Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
Core: Vibe with Flex-Resin Additive, Ceramix Surfacing Process, and Carbon Fiber Outer Core.
Reaction: Skid / Flip
RG: 2.51 (for 15# ball)
Differential: .042 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Light Oil
Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 year limited
FCC Rating: Total- 18.5, Finish- 7, Core- 6.5, Cover- 5



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Re: Viral Hybrid
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2016, 01:00:04 PM »

PAP/Track:  5 5/16” x 5/8” up
Axis Rotation:  45 degrees
Axis Tilt:  13 degrees
Rev Rate: 385
Ball Speed: 17 mph


Lane Patterns Used: 41' House Shot, USBC Open Championship Team (38’) & S/D (39’) patterns


The Viral Hybrid features the great “Vibe” core along with a Hybrid coverstock, which is a first for the Vibe / Viral series. The colors of the Lime Green & Gold colors looks sharp going down the lane and Hybrid really performs great on the medium-lighter lane patterns. This ball definitely fits in between the Viral Solid and Viral Pearl. For those that did not throw any of the Viral balls yet, but have used any of the Vibes back in the day, this one reminds me very close to the original Cherry Vibe, but a touch earlier. With the Hybrid coverstock, it blends out the over/under while providing easy length with a controllable ball motion in the backends. I am extremely impressed with what I seen in this ball so far. 

I think the Viral Hybrid will be a great addition to the bag for those looking for a ball to control the midlanes while turning the corner too. The coverstock really makes this ball shine compared to the other Virals that have been released to date. Very versatile ball… You will be impressed!

With the Carbon Fiber outter core and the new 3 year warrantee that Hammer provides for this ball, this is the BEST bang for your buck!

Michael Thompson
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Re: Viral Hybrid
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2016, 04:39:58 PM »


Pin Length:2-3
Ball Weight: 15lb
Layout: Pin over bridge - Kicked CG at about 5pm
Rev Rate:396
Ball Speed: 16-17 mph
PAP/Track: 5 9/16 over and 1/8 up

Finish: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): 2000 Polish - Box
Length: 39ft
Volume: 50 UL
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

On a scale of 1-10 ( 1=Low, 10 = High )
Length: 6.5
Back End: 7.5
Overall Hook: 5
Midlane Read: 3
Breakpoint Shape: moderate length & strong roll

Likes: The original Viral was an absolute favorite of mine.   The Viral Solid rolled a little early for my likes so I was hoping for something that would be a best of both worlds kind of ball.   That is exactly what they did.   The Hybrid definitely rolls like the solid but has that aggressive finish at the back end like the original.   You can play inside and down the boards.  The great Vibe core is back again which is the heart of this ball.  You can control the mid lane and still get a nice strong finish. Really going to be a great compliment to the Arson line right above it in performance.

Dislikes: Haven't found one yet........Obviously since it is an entry level performance ball - don't throw it on  a flood. LOL

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Re: Viral Hybrid
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2016, 03:14:38 PM »

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): 40 ft house shot, 2016 usbs open championship patterns (singles/doubles and team)


Likes:Disclaimer: I love the Viral line. I drilled my ball the same way that I have my Viral which is pin above the bridge and cg is kicked to about 5 o'clock. This ball is earlier than my Viral but provides more back end pop than my viral solid does. I didn't make any surface changes to the ball. This ball will get a ton of use for me during league nights!

Dislikes:None yet but ball will not be used on heavier oil patterns



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Re: Viral Hybrid
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2016, 07:32:13 PM »
The Viral Hybrid utilizes the long time successful Vibe Core and wraps it with the Violent Flip Reactive hybrid cover.  The 500/2000 grit with Power House Factory Finish reacts more like a pearlized ball in my opinion.  Not a bad option for later games and as the lane condition opens up.  The cover is easily adjustable, and will sell well with the great shelf appeal of the lime green and gold pearl color scheme!