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keegan.mier

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Re: NU Blue Hammer Review
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2023, 12:45:16 AM »
https://youtu.be/1JcnnpV15zc?si=gRnndfjIxQfltgsg

I think the comparison everyone is making to the Purple Pearl Hammer is right, but wrong. What everyone is currently doing is comparing it to the Brunswick/Reynosa poured Purple Hammers from 2019 to current (Green pin and purple pin). Why? Because that is currently the only Purple Hammers they have access to. I think that is the wrong comparison because those versions of the Purple Pearl Hammer are designed to roll forward more than its counterpart in the original Purple Pearl Hammer, which was the EBI variant, poured in Hopkinsville; yes, the banned one.

I think that the Hopkinsville Purple Pearl Hammer is the one that bowlers should be comparing the NU Blue Hammer to, as it has a more left-to-right ball motion than the forward-to-back motion the Reynosa poured Purple Pearl Hammers have. In watching Comparison videos between the Hopkinsville and Reynosa Purple Pearl Hammers, and seeing your video on the NU Blue Hammer, I am seeing more of a similar motion between the NU Blue Hammer and Hopkinsville Purple Pearl Hammer. It really shows in your throwing of the ball versus your distributor who was also in the video.

That said, the ball looks good on a house shot and as you said, very controllable. I'm trying to figure out if I have the room in my bag for this in compared to an Envy Tour as my control piece.

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Re: NU Blue Hammer Review
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2023, 09:22:56 AM »
Like most of the other videos once the fresh surface goes away the ball looks very reactive. Once again most of the videos have right handed bowlers throwing this ball around 4th or 5th arrow on house conditions. That is no different from most of the equipment available.

The bigger comparison is for the pros that are going to be using this on their conditions since for non pros at nationals etc have urethane options. Pros will likely have to have twice as many of the blue to compete and keep fresh surface vs the urethane since the ball shines up so fast with any kind of volume.

Great marketing. The ball is already killing it on sells. Actual need in the bag for most will likely be less of an impact.
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Re: NU Blue Hammer Review
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2023, 06:59:52 PM »
Like most of the other videos once the fresh surface goes away the ball looks very reactive. Once again most of the videos have right handed bowlers throwing this ball around 4th or 5th arrow on house conditions. That is no different from most of the equipment available.

This is why I was thinking of the Hopkinsville Purple Hammer because of the very motion you're describing. The Reynosa pours don't have that kind of motion, despite as good as they are. I'd love to see a comparison between the NU Blue and the Hopkinsville Purple.

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The bigger comparison is for the pros that are going to be using this on their conditions since for non pros at nationals etc have urethane options. Pros will likely have to have twice as many of the blue to compete and keep fresh surface vs the urethane since the ball shines up so fast with any kind of volume.

I've seen a couple of comparisons with the Purple (Reynosa) on Cheetah, and while a bit more off the spot than the Purple, it still looks controllable. But again, it will be as if we have a Yukon Gold potato, and are tying to get to as close to it as we can, but we only have a Dutch Yellow, Russet, Fingerling, and a Kennebec. Each are potatoes but have a slightly different feel and texture.

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Great marketing. The ball is already killing it on sells. Actual need in the bag for most will likely be less of an impact.

Agreed. Personally, I'm trying to simply think of if it will fit, based on motion. I have the Black Widow Purple Pearl Urethane (Hopkinsville), so I have a more rolling urethane option; I'm not registered with the PBA, so the Purple Urethane is an option, but because of its front to back motion, would overlap with the Widow. But compared to the Hopkinsville Purples, that side to side urethane-like motion may be possible..

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Re: NU Blue Hammer Review
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2023, 10:07:40 PM »

Here is what is unique about the Nu Blue Hammer from my perspective. I'm almost 62 years young. Right handed. Still good ball speed, and definitely not rev dominant. 

I wanted something that I could play the dry portion of the lane and still get carry with the control.  Before I even rolled it, I smoothed it to around 2500 grit.  I saw the ball at box finish and it was way too strong to play the dry.  Drilled pin down and 4" from PAP.  Playing straight up 6 (left foot 16) and first game was 278 with a 698 set. Not huge, but exactly what I was hoping for.  Control with carry.

Game 2 I started leaving more 10 pins so I made a normal "urethane" move with feet one board right and carried nearly all the 10s again.  Paradise for me.

Used it another night with 5 man teams, so the outside gets pretty toasted. Both nights I moved left one board total with feet and target.  Now that's crazy.  EVERY other resin ball I own would have been hitting the 2-4 "pocket" with that line.

Even on the dry the ball had a smooth arc back to the pocket.  My eyes were expecting it to go through the nose, and somehow it still held the line.  Resin? Yes, but a slower response cover complimented with a stable core.  I'm amazed after 6 games with what I'm seeing thus far. 

A friend with good ball speed (and a two hander) used his at box (1000) playing much farther inside, and it had exceptional control when everything else finishes very strong and angular.

This ball rolls like urethane at 1000, yet at 2500 gave me great length and still a very smooth move late playing the dry. I gotta get another one soon and just save it for the future.  I didn't expect this ball to be THIS good, and I'm pleasantly surprised.

If you want the look of urethane, yet need better carry (who doesn't?) take a hard look at this ball.  Unique is an understatement in my view.
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Re: NU Blue Hammer Review
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2023, 08:04:49 PM »
Light-Med Oil ball, this is not Urethane, I drilled mine up 60x5x35 compared too the Purple Hammer, I find the NU to be controllable and with my slow ball speed I did not get Over/under. Great job Hammer.