Hammer proudly presents an innovative bowling ball that's set to redefine the game for those seeking a fresh approach to the classic urethane ball experience. In light of adjustments to PBA regulations concerning traditional urethane balls, Hammer embraced the challenge of crafting a ball that could replicate the iconic Purple Pearl Urethane Hammer's performance without relying on urethane materials – and they've absolutely succeeded. The NU Blue Hammer is a NOT URETHANE ball; instead, it provides the same smooth, dependable, and predictable motion while adding a newfound level of versatility to your game. This makes it an ideal choice for tackling even the most demanding lane conditions. With the NU Blue Hammer, bowlers get the best of both worlds: the advantages of a reactive ball suitable for any competition and the timeless, lane-dominating motion that has made the Purple Pearl Urethane ball legendary throughout the years.
This new Hammer NU Blue release is designed to provide a urethane type motion and be compliant with the new PBA rules. (Please note Purple Urethane Hammers are still legal outside of the PBA.) The NU Blue Hammer features the LED core used in the Purple Urethane Hammer (appears core numbers are slightly modified) wrapped by a "not urethane" coverstock finished at 1000 Siaair. I drilled the first NU Blue Hammer with my favorite layout on a Purple Urethane Hammer- 40 x 5 x 10.
I keep my Purples at 500 Siaair and I went over this first NU Blue Hammer on the spinner with a 500 Siaair pad. Thus far, all I am going to say is I am VERY IMPRESSED and the NU Blue Hammer strikes a lot. The Purple Urethane Hammer seems a bit earlier and smoother than the NU Blue Hammer. That being said, I did make this observation...not only does the NU Blue Hammer NOT seem sensitive to slight release mistakes but also I noticed that I tripped LOTS of corner pins. I don't know if it just matches up on our THS but I definitely noticed lots of slap 10 strikes which is a great thing to see. I definitely see this ball in play whenever a Purple Urethane would otherwise be used. While not exactly like a Purple Urethane Hammer, the NU Blue Hammer absolutely delivers the slower response urethane type of motion as well as strikes a ton! Just in 2 practice sessions, this ball has already earned a spot in the arsenal!
The NU Blue Hammer releases on November 16, 2023- see your local pro shop for more information!
The NU Hammer is not urethane, but it’s as close as you can get to the purple. I drilled mine 50x4.5x35 the same as my purple. For me, the only difference for me is the NU doesn’t hook as early as the purple meaning those weak 10’s you get with your urethane you will not get with this ball because it has better continuation on the backend because it doesn’t roll so early. you can use his ball on house shots and sport shots. If you’re bowling on a sport pattern and you can throw a purple, this would be a very good one to combo when the purple starts hooking too early.
How will this compare to the U motionl
Difference between the Nu Blue and the Purple Reactive
Hello! Hammer uses a FCC rating system to show the strength of the Finish, Core, and Cover so we can compare the reactions by looking at this system. The NU Blue FCC is Total- 16.75, Finish- 9.5, Core- 3.75, Cover- 3.5 and the Purple Solid Reacitive FCC is Total- 18.75, Finish- 9, Core- 3.75, Cover- 6. So you can see that the coverstock is the big difference with the Purple Solid having a stronger coverstock to give it more hook potential.
Will this push oil down the lane like urethane?
Hi Owen! If the bowling ball soaks up the oil as it travels down the lane that helps to give the ball more grip and hook more. If the ball does not soak up the oil as well then the ball can "push" the oil down the lane some as it travels through the oil. This ball was intended to be used in medium to lighter oil conditions. In these lighter conditions it would react as it is suppose to and not "push" the oil down as much. If you bowl in medium to heavier oil then this ball would likely not be able to absorb or grip as well and would "push" the oil down the lane.
Does this ball require a special cleanerq
Hello! This ball is a pearl reactive coverstock so you could use an all purpose cleaner such as the Hammer Clear Magic or Brunswick Big B Cleaner.
How different would the 14 and 15 react? Thoughts on this ball for beginner playing in drier conditions?